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Stimulus funds made available to Clay County

Friday, August 7, 2009

Paul Sinders
After months of waiting, Clay County is receiving a piece of the stimulus package.

Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders confirmed to The Brazil Times the county has received $582,727.10 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the resurfacing of a 7.2-mile stretch of Bowling Green-Poland Road, between State Roads 46 and 42.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen to receive funding for this project," Sinders said. "The citizens of this county deserve some of the stimulus money for other projects as well."

Sinders added the only financial contribution the county had to provide as part of this project was $5,000 for the engineering study and report, which had to be included in the application process to be considered.

"The county has worked very hard in drawing up the applications for numerous projects in hopes to receive stimulus funding," he said. "The cost of the materials needed for the project were included in the bid."

Dave O'Mara Contractor, Inc., North Vernon, Ind., provided the lowest bid, and was awarded the work, which Sinders said is slated to begin in the next 30-45 days.

"As far as I know, there is no timetable set for when the repaving should be complete," he said. "Like any work of this type, I imagine weather conditions would play a big role into how quickly the project can get done."

Sinders told The Brazil Times the county has no responsibility in overseeing the progress of the projects.

"The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is in charge of inspection throughout the duration and completion of the project," he said.

Sinders added the county still has not received any new information regarding the application they sent in for the resurfacing of a portion of Harmony Road.

"As far as we know, Harmony Road is still in the running to potentially receive stimulus funding, and we should know more about its status by the end of August," Sinders told The Brazil Times. "From what I have seen with other applications from other areas, it could go either direction. However, at the same time, we have not heard back on where our other applications stand when it comes to whether or not they are in the running."

To date, Indiana has been awarded stimulus for 586 projects, which add up to a total of about $418 million. Nationwide, 23,941 projects have been awarded for a total of $76.65 billion of the $787 billion set forth in the ARRA.

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A new city water system and water tower for everyone! That should be the #1 priority with this money.

-- Posted by coltsbeer on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 10:51 PM

Wonderful. What 12 people drive that road between one town or the other, but Pinckley street is like driving on a railroad tracks. What next, the Staunton, Cory road?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 5:24 AM

What a JOKE!!!! Thanks for nothing all you big shots, I need a grant for new struts because I drive in the town of brazil every day and hit over 50-60 pot holes dips washboards and more in just a few blocks... This town is falling apart.

-- Posted by computerdx on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 6:55 AM

Mabey we should look at the big picture, This stimulus money is for all of Clay county needs, not just Brazil or any one town.

-- Posted by garyodavis on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 8:08 AM


Over $1,200,000,000,000 in deficit spending, and our "representitives" have the temerity to boast of scraps from the table?

-- Posted by shadowrunner940 on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 12:22 PM

Almost $81,000/mile, that's a real bargain. We can't replace cobblestone in Brazil, but we can re-pave a country road. Can someone explain to me how the average Brazil citizen will benefit from a new water tower? I could understand a new drainage system, but a new tower? Is the old one gonna fall down, or is it a danger in some other way? Drive down Blaine street between Walnut and 59 everyday and see what your priority would be! I must be a good old hoosier idiot, cause I don't get it.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 8:11 AM

Could not have said it better almostfootballfree. I cannot understand the thinking of those in charge of thiking what is right for evryone...obviously one of the decision makers must live in Bowlin Green.

-- Posted by ADJ on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 10:20 AM

I'm a little confused now that I have reviewed the comments. Was the application specifically for this project (which is what I am understanding by reading the article) or can the money received be used for a new water system or tower, whatever we need to do to ensure that our family has clean, safe water? I have not seen 1 comment from anyone in the county who will benefit from this defending what the citizens of Brazil think about this. Well said computerdx and conservativedad! Your comments are right on!

-- Posted by Kayk on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 12:06 PM

The way I understand this, the Clay County Commissioners, or their agents, applied for these grants to fund projects in the unincorporated portions of Clay County for which they are responsible. The City of Brazil is responsible for the upkeep of the city streets and other infrastructure in the city of Brazil such as the water tower, drains, sewage, etc. As one poster sarcastically noted, there are a lot of stimulus dollars available out there and this project is just one very minute piece of what is available. The City of Brazil needs to, and in fact probably has, submitted grant proposals to fund city projects. I don't believe that the Clay County Commissioners have any legal standing to submit grant proposals for projects inside the city limits of Brazil, and none of the money that the Commissioners solicited can legally be used to fund projects in the city.

I'm not sure if improving the Bowling Green-Poland Road is the most critical improvement that needs to be made, however each project has to be proposed separately, and for whatever reason, the powers that be decided that this was a worthwhile project. Clay County isn't receiving nearly $600,000 to use in any way the Commissioners see fit--it is specifically for the Bowling Green-Poland Road project. If the proposal wasn't made for this project, the county wouldn't be getting the money. Also, Clay County isn't out of the running for other grant awards just because funding was given for this project.

When applying for a grant, you have to carefully read the qualifying information and suit your project(s) to fit the parameters that are set. If you don't, you may as well save your time and effort because your proposal won't be considered. As far as some sort of political influence being used to get this project selected, I'm fairly sure that none of the people responsible for making grant awards for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act live in or have any close connections to the either of the small towns of Poland or Bowling Green.

I personally know all three of our County Commissioners and I'm sure if you asked them, they would be happy to let you know what other projects they have asked to be funded. Our leaders would have been remiss if they didn't apply for funding for every major project that needs to be completed. Just because the Bowling Green-Poland Road project is the one that was picked, doesn't mean that it is the project our Commissioners would have picked to do first if the choice was left to them. This money isn't going to be available forever; sooner or later every dollar is going to be claimed by some government body and I am glad to see that some of our tax dollars are coming back to the county, even if the project isn't my favorite.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 12:15 AM

[Our leaders would have been remiss if they didn't apply for funding for every major project that needs to be completed.]

I'm willin' to bet dollars to donuts you don't have a freakin' clue about the Rio Grande proposal, am I right?

-- Posted by shadowrunner940 on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 7:49 PM

People, please read the stories before you post comments!


The more you post on here, the more I realize you are not paying attention to the actual stories or the conversations. You're just monitoring your own agenda!

Paul Sinders is quoted in the story saying: "However, at the same time, we have not heard back on where our other applications stand when it comes to whether or not they are in the running."

I imagine that project is probably one of those "other applications." (BTW, why is that one more important? Could you, a friend or a family member live there, which makes "it" all that important to "you"?)

And I'm willing to bet your "dollars to donuts" that you didn't read the part when Sinders said: "The citizens of this county deserve some of the stimulus money for OTHER projects as well."

While the "scraps from the table" being used for the project might be a mere pittance of the more than $1,200,000,000,000 available from the government, it's good news for our county. It might not be the most important project, but something is being done, FINALLY.

While I agree that our country shouldn't be digging a deficit-spending hole instead of trying to find the "honey pot," why do you have to be such a NEGATIVE NELLY? Geesh, I think it's time you stop playing with numbers and get happy.

And to those of you wondering why this money isn't being used for BRAZIL:

The government (in its collective wisdom???) only provides money to "ready-made" and "ready to go" projects. Apparently this one fit that bill, and the grant money is being issued for a COUNTY project, which can't be used for a CITY water tower! Brazil is an island in the northern end of Clay County, responsible for its own repairs.

-- Posted by Cy on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 5:24 PM

Shadowrunner940- I haven't had the opportunity to ask about the project for Rio Grande Road (if one exists), so send me your address and I'll have a dozen or so day-olds delivered to you. It sounds like you have some sort of inside knowledge on this project, so why not enlighten the rest of us?

After giving another look at your comment about our commissioners bragging about the table scraps that they've gathered, it struck me that your figures are a little misleading. The portion of funds that our commissioners apply for when seeking funds for road/highway and bridge building /improvement comes from a pot of somewhere around 27.5 billion dollars, a tremendous amount of money, but not the 1.2 trillion figure that you touted. The remaining stimulus funds are bound for things like tax cuts, health care, extended unemployment benefits, energy, assistance to those with low or limited income, education, other infrastructure improvements, and other earmarked projects. Clay County is already "benefitting" from some of the other stimulus funds as we have unemployed citizens receiving several extra months of payments and most of us have seen our paychecks being taxed less than before--the list goes on, but I won't belabor the point.

If we take into consideration the funds that are set out in the ARRA for bridge and highway building/improvement and divide that by each citizen in the USA and then multiply that by the number of citizens in Clay County, and if my suspect math skills prove correct, our share of that portion of stimulus funds should be somewhere in the neighborhood of $254,000. At this point it appears that Clay County is receiving over $580,000 from the bridge and highway funds which puts us way ahead of the game--and we may receive more funds before this is over. If over a half a million dollars is table scraps, I've got to start hanging around better tables.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 12:19 AM

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