In a time of economic uncertainty, the City of Brazil is attempting to help homeowners in need.
During Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, a contract was signed allowing Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, to move forward with submitting an application for a Home Improvement Grant.
If approved by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, it will be the third consecutive year the city has received the grant, which could potentially be for $250,000.
The contract authorizes Kenna Consulting to administer the application process, including writing the grant and program delivery.
"If we are able to get the full $250,000, we will be able to make improvements on approximately 17 homes," Vice President of Kenna Consulting Angie Pappano said.
"However, there is a possibility the amount could be reduced."
Pappano elaborated by saying many factors go into the consideration of determining the priority of work to be done. Some of the factors include age, income status and specific items of need.
"People have been very pleased with the work that has been done through the program," Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens said.
"We even had some people apply again."
The contract itself is for a cost of $2,050, which may not necessarily have to be in cash.
"In lieu of cash, city employees volunteering their time to projects associated with the grant will count toward the contract amount," Pappano said.
"Also, if building permits or inspection fees are waived for the houses with work being done, that would count as well. In essence, the cost to the city could be minimal, if any at all."
The council also approved the second, and final reading of an ordinance establishing new rates and service charges for the city's waterworks utility.
It is the first time water rates have been adjusted since 1993, and officials told The Brazil Times customers should anticipate seeing the increase for the first time on the bills with a May 10 due date.
The new water consumption and meter rates can be viewed online at www.thebraziltimes.com/-story/1484734.ht..., at the bottom of the article.
Administrative business for the New Year was also conducted during Tuesday's meeting.
A vote on a motion made by council member Sam Glover set Pat Heffner as President and Steve Lamb as Vice-President of the council.
Council member Brad Deal made a motion for Bill Lovett to be President and Heffner as Vice-President, but it failed to receive a second.
The council also agreed to maintain its meeting schedule of the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall, but also voted to have a second monthly meeting, if needed, for the fourth Thursday, at the same time and place.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Thursday, Jan. 22, to discuss potential approval of a new Animal Control Contract.