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City receives planning grant

Friday, April 3, 2009

The City of Brazil recently received a planning grant which could assist in getting further funding to replace the current water tower, located between Vandalia and Columbia streets. Times Staff File Photo.
The city may be on its way to getting funding for a new water tower.

On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced the awarding of a $28,800 planning grant to the City of Brazil through the Small Cities and Towns Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"We found out our grant application was approved in January and this is most likely announcing the release of funding," Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times. "The funds will help finalize the water studies that have taken place the past couple of years."

Gibbens added the finalized plan is necessary to have before sending an application for the project grant, which would go toward the construction of a new water tower and other related needs.

"Receiving the planning grant is a good sign for our chances at having the project grant approved," she said. "I don't believe they would approve this grant and then reject our application for the projects."

While the funding may now be available to complete the plan for the city's water system, it still has to be approved by the Common Council of the City of Brazil before it is included in the project grant application.

"The plans will be reviewed by both the Plan Commission and the council," Gibbens told The Brazil Times. "We will be seeking other funding sources as well to contribute to the projects, which should also include replacing pipes and possibly the drilling of another well, along with the water tower."

The water studies have addressed the needs of the city's system, analyzed future improvements for upgrades and a income study of the city's water customers.

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nice job Stacy being interview on TV. you did good.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 9:44 PM

Better set some money aside for the class action lawsuit being filed by the ACLU for the discriminary policy for charging your water rates.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 12:43 AM


It's time for you to shut up and pay your share.

Bring the law suit on, you have no chance.

-- Posted by lucky on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 5:55 AM

This is really good news. Our much needed water tower may become a reality!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 6:04 AM

Replacing that water tower would be the best thing to happen to Brazil in a while... that eyesore is so embarrassing.

-- Posted by bsmom on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 8:25 AM

I think it would be great to get a new water tower. Hey maybe we would actually be "A town of progress" instead of 'progess' as it is currently spelled on the water tower.

-- Posted by BrazilBillie on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 9:01 AM

I think I need an explanation as to how a water rate that has not been adjusted to meet costs until recently suddenly becomes "discriminary" when it is adjusted to cover costs.

It is not like any group was singled out, everyone bears the burden of higher prices caused by years of the price keeping up with the cost of operating the system.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 10:32 AM

Leo,et al,

Brazil increased water rates for everyone. However, residents of the surrounding area were raked for twice the rate increase. Sure, everyone needs skin in the game. Brazil needs a new water tower, and upgrades in equip, etc. The next scenario by this logic is Duke energy charging rates based on proximity to the power plant.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 11:23 AM

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