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.