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Brazil mayor reflects, looks forward to new year

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw recently told The Brazil Times she had many items she hoped to tackle this year. [Order this photo]
With the start of the new year comes goals and hopes for the future.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw recently spoke with The Brazil Times to reflect on her first full year in office and outline her plans for the city in 2009.

"Working to improve the water system continues to be a major priority for the new year," Bradshaw said. "We made some strides in 2008 by completing the income survey, but I want to make a big push to get the water grant."

She added the grant would help the city replace the current water tower, which holds 750,000 gallons, with one that holds 1 million gallons. Also, the grant could potentially help add a second tower near Interstate 70.

One major success Bradshaw feels the city accomplished in 2008 was getting the financial records straightened out.

"It truly was an all-around effort from all the offices, especially (Clerk-Treasurer) Karen McQueen," she said. "We also couldn't have done it without the help of (Umbaugh and Associates CPA Principal) Dan Hedden because not only did things get fixed, he helped us create a solid budget for 2009."

Sticking to the budget is also one of Bradshaw's major goals for this year, but she is also looking into some creative options for the historical district.

"It is sort of a 'dream' project, but I am looking for grants that would allow us to brick the side streets in the historical district," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times.

"Brick roads have a tendency to hold up longer than regular paving and I think it would bring back part of what made the area special."

Although she feels 2008 was a successful year for the city, Bradshaw said there were major disappointments.

"I was really disappointed the city was unable to afford to do any street paving," she said. "Also, I hate not being able to give the employees raises. The elected officials can take a back seat to them, especially since they work so hard, and it hurt not being able to reward them for their efforts."

Despite the disappointments, Bradshaw told The Brazil Times she is looking forward to trying to enhance the atmosphere of the city.

"I would like to see more industries come to the area and create more jobs," she said.

"Also, we are working to possibly boost the Brazil City Police Department by attempting to get a second K-9 unit."

Also, she plans to continue her "open-door policy" and try to strengthen the city's relationship with county officials.

"I always welcome the public to call me or come to my office to express concerns," Bradshaw said.

"We also have a good working relationship with officials on the county level and look forward to building those relationships even further."

Bradshaw acknowledged being an elected official has its ups and downs, but that she enjoys her job and plans to continue to improve.

"I know there are going to be times where decisions have to be made that are unpopular," Bradshaw said.

"However, we are always trying to do what is best for the residents and keep the city moving forward in the right direction."

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If you go look at the few brick streets that are left, they are still in good shape. The only faults in them is where they had to be dug up for work beneath them. And these streets are what, 100 years old or more? I have never understood why this hasn't been done before now. Even if the initial cost is more, and I don't know that it is, the longevity gained is well worth the investment. Maybe with the new Administration's emphasis on infrastructure, maybe this can get done. I would love to see it.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 6:07 AM

Well you could take the bricks from Chicago Ave just south of Jackson and put them anywhere you want. If there is the slightest bit of snow or ice those bricks are treacherous. You can't stop and almost always slide into Jackson Street. If you are trying to go south, forget it. You might as well go around the block and skip the first block of Chicago because getting up that slight upgrade is sometimes impossible. But I must say, the bricks are the smoothest part of Chicago Ave. Sad

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 6:38 AM

Good job, mayor. Your staff, department heads, and city employees have been great. Keep up the great work!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 5:25 PM

Maybe I am being a Debbie Downer but I do not understand why we need another K-9 officer. We already have one and county has 2. We do not even have enough officers at Brazil City the normal number is 13 and we only have 11. Those dogs are very expensive as is the training for the officer with the dog and while the officer of choice is at training we will only have 10 officers for patroling our streets. Maybe the boost the department needs is another officer or two. Also I was driving down Depot street the other day and I was looking at a lot of the cross streets and not very many of them have stop signs or yield signs. So what if someone gets in an accident? Whos fault is it since neither has a stop sign?

-- Posted by piper08 on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 8:35 PM

I'm not an insider like the person claiming to be a debbie downer, I am a Brazil resident and my understanding is a dog is considered to be an officer, the bonus here is that officer does not cost taxpayers a retirement or health plan, nor would the dog have the cost of a uniform and equipment or leave as some have after we pay for their training,by the looks of the face of the meth problem in todays paper, we need all the help ridding Brazil of the meth epidemic as quickly and cost effectively as possible!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Jan 9, 2009, at 1:02 PM

I am not an insider. No where in my comment does it say that I am an insider. I am a resident as well and was just stating my observation. It is not hard to find out how many officers we have and how many we need. (Especially being how you can find out how many we have from the brazilin.gov website.) Yes the dog is considered to be an officer but as to your comment of not have to use taxpayers money for things the dog has to go for training and recertification. That costs money also. Also if the dog gets sick and has to go to the vet who do you think pays for it. We do! To make another point the dog (officer) cant work by its self and a human could. If we had human officers out there we could get rid of the meth problem just as easy.

-- Posted by piper08 on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 2:06 PM

Get a grip, why are you insisting that you're not an insider, I did'nt mean that was a bad thing you just seem to have given the matter a whole lot of thought and sounded like you had a stake in it.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 5:36 PM

Get a grip, why are you insisting that you're not an insider, I did'nt mean that was a bad thing you just seem to have given the matter a whole lot of thought and sounded like you had a stake in it.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 5:36 PM

Nope sure dont I was merely stating my opinion just as everyone else has on this site. I have no stake in the police department aside from the fact that I personally want as many officers patroling our streets as possible.

-- Posted by piper08 on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 9:31 PM

This City has gone to the dogs.

-- Posted by spiritof56 on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 9:46 AM

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