During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, a resolution was passed, authorizing the submittal of a grant application to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
"The grant, which will assist the city's water system improvements, would come from OCRA's Disaster Recovery Appropriation 2 (DR-2), stemming from the floods of May and June 2008," Donna Anderson, representing Kenna Consulting, Inc., Indianapolis, said. "It is a non-competitive grant, and hopefully funding will still be available when the application is submitted."
Anderson said with advertising requirements, the earliest the application may be sent in is about April 4 since the environmental review has already been completed, and there is a maximum amount the city may apply for.
"Brazil may apply for $2,222,872, and the total estimated cost of the projects is $8,131,470," she said. "The remaining amount for the projects could be obtained through a State Revolving Fund loan."
Matthew Pierce, an engineer with Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineering, Terre Haute, informed the council and those in attendance the projects are focused in five main areas:
* Constructing a new well in the well fields,
* Installing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for better monitoring of the water system,
* Replace older and undersized water mains to provide better pressure and fire protection,
* Replace the current water tower within the city limits, and
* Construct an elevated storage tank on County Road 450 North, near State Road 59, to allow for better water pressure for customers south of the city.
"The tank near Interstate-70 would hold 250,000 gallons, and we are also planning to construct a booster station along SR 59, near CR 750 N, which would create better flow to that tank," Pierce said. "We are also looking into obtaining grants for alternate projects to replace meters and hydrants."
Pierce added the current water tower would come down after construction of the new one in Craig Park is completed.
"There shouldn't be a significant cost to bring the tower down because the steel can be recycled," he said.
Council President Steve Lamb inquired about how large of an area the tank near I-70 would be able to serve should multiple businesses decide to develop the area.
"The tower could serve up to 200 acres of typical development," Pierce responded.
Pierce explained there is a "Phase Two" proposed for further improvements to the water system if they are needed in the future.
"There is currently a 6-inch line that runs down to the I-70 area," he said. "There is planning in place to increase the size of that line, along with water mains, down the road if the situation calls for it."
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.