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Reconditioned street sweeper purchased

Friday, March 26, 2010

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Brazil City Street Superintendent Mike Head (right) wipes down the city's new street sweeper after bringing it into the Street Department Thursday afternoon, while Common Council of the City of Brazil member Bill Lovett checks out the components inside the cab. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
For the first time in approximately three years, the streets in Brazil can be swept.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times a reconditioned street sweeper had recently been purchased from Brown Equipment Company, Fort Wayne.

"We've worked with them before and have received very good equipment," Bradshaw said about the 2000 model Johnston 3000 sweeper. "The city was also able to get a one-year parts and labor warranty, along with a one-year warranty on the sweeper itself, which is typically what you get with a new one."

The street sweeper was purchased for a base cost of $69,000, and the city has set up a payment plan, with the monies to most likely come out of the Street Fund.

"We were lucky to get a deal where we don't have to start payments until next year," Bradshaw told The Times. "The interest rate on the purchase is 4.11 percent, and four annual payments of $19,093 will be made starting in 2011."

The city had initially hoped to purchase a new sweeper in late 2008, but budget constraints prevented that, which Bradshaw announced during the Oct. 14, 2008, meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil.

"The budget is still tight, but I spoke with (Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, CPA Principal) Dan Hedden before the purchase was made," she said Thursday. "I know the city really needs it, but I wanted to make sure we would be able to not only put it in our 2011 budget, but be able to make the payments as well."

Brazil City Street Superintendent Mike Head was especially pleased to have a new sweeper in service after not having one for about three years.

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Ann Bradshaw
"It is so dusty out there, we, and I'm sure the residents, will appreciate it a lot," Head said. "We plan to run it everyday we can."

Head told The Brazil Times weather conditions determine whether or not the sweeper can be used on a daily basis.

"We ran the sweeper a little bit (Thursday) before the rain started falling harder," he said. "When it gets too wet out, it turns everything into mud, which clogs up the sweeper, and we want to keep it running as much as possible."

He added the sweeper is a major benefit at the end of winter because the city can get all the sand and salt off the roads and intersections.

"However, once it gets too cold, we have to keep it in the department because the water pumps would freeze up if it were to be used in the middle of winter," Head said.

Council member Bill Lovett said he is glad to see continued progress in the effort to improve the city.

"There are a lot of things going on, especially in the improvement of homes in the city," Lovett said. "This is just another step for us to make things better for the residents."

Bradshaw said this is the first step in hopes of making some significant improvements to the city's roads.

"This past winter really took a toll on our streets," she said. "I have a 'wish list' going of some of the areas in really bad shape, and hopefully, with some luck, we will be able to do some street paving this year."


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Aren't you afraid of washing the rocks out of the big holes in the road that you used when water line repairs were made or when you were filling in holes from weather?

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 10:49 PM

Obviously not because the roads get worse every year and they are using the street money to buy a sweeper??? Hello what's it matter if the streets here are swept when they are all full of potholes and crappy little hole cover ups???

-- Posted by SKCC on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 9:35 AM

**crappy little hole cover ups**?? Only in Brazil.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 1:18 PM

I can't believe they waste money on stupid stuff!!! I just bought a new car, and as soon as I got in Brazil, I remembered why I shouldn't have bought one. You can't have anything nice, driving on these roads. I understand wanting to make your town nice and whatever, BUT... I think before anyone purchased something like that our roads should have been done, ALL OF THEM. Everytime the town buys something, everyone says something about the roads needing fixed, including myself! So, why not fix the roads, and then buy whatever else!!!!

-- Posted by tsl2010 on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 9:05 AM

I'll bet that if they had bought a machine to fix pot holes, most of you would be complaining about the trash. Some people are just simply never satisfied.

-- Posted by olmedic on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 10:57 AM

I dont like trash, but this doesnt pick up trash it sweeps dust and dirt off the road. I would much rather have a little dust on my vehicle from the road than the undercarriage torn out or the tires and wheels ruined from the pot holes.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 1:52 PM

trash in brazil ?

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 5:36 PM

1. Slow down in residential neighborhoods, the potholes don't rip your car up if you drive sensibly.

2. We could muster all the people on public assistance on the lawn at city hall, give'em brooms, shovels, etc. and get a return on our investment. (Maybe a little less entitlement creep if they have to put something back into the pot).

3. Thank you, Mayor.

-- Posted by reddevil on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 11:16 PM

You know the city turned off a bunch of street lights in alleys to try and save on electricity, maybe they could go out and buy some new light bulbs for the street lamps that arent turned on. Makes about as much sense as a street sweeper for dirt roads.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 1:39 PM

Seems like repairing the out of service fire hydrants would be a priority over a used street sweeper. Street sweepers don't generally save lives.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 4:37 PM

All the people in this town are so worried about what Mrs. Bradshaw isnt doing and not thanking her for what she has done. All these repairs and stuff cannot be done over night. Ever occur to anyone that maybe waiting for the weather to cooperate to fix the roads would be a good idea. And if ur so worried about ur New Car, Big deal, your gonna have bad roads anywhere you go. If Brazil was a perfect town you would complain that there is nothing to complain about. And I guess you gotta blame your problems on someone. I'm not any relation to Mrs. Bradshaw and I am not a city employee but I am a strong supporter of her and all she has done since entering office. And as for Lee Thall who really cares if she wears make-up or what she looks like. So whats this really about?

-- Posted by Tabby on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 6:18 PM

I agree that a person should be respectful on here and I have not ridiculed the mayor or anyone else on here, but this is an opinion page and my opinion is whoever made the decision to "waste" money on a street sweeper was not thinking of the best interests of the people of Brazil. We have been waiting for years to have the roads in Brazil repaired (Mayor Bradshaw is not the only mayor that has not been able to accomplish this) and they have still not been repaired. I do not think warm weather is going to make a bit of difference in repairs to the roads. There is not money for repairs and the fix is to throw gravel in a hole or patch it with asphalt that will work its way out. As far as my "new car", I dont drive a new car, but I would like for the one I do drive to last longer than it is going to in Brazil. And if you think there are not towns that are getting new roads then you dont get out of Brazil much.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 6:59 PM

Those were constuctive comments, something most of you wouldn't understand. olmedic, you hurt my feelings, lol.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 8:50 PM

**I'll bet that if they had bought a machine to fix pot holes, most of you would be complaining about the trash. Some people are just simply never satisfied.

-- Posted by olmedic on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 10:57 AM **

olmedic, if the citizens of Brazil think this Mayor and/or administration are wasting money or not doing their jobs, they have every right to complain. Could they have repaired a fire hydrant or two for what they paid for the used street sweeper? Possibly. Then there are those in this town that think this bunch can do no wrong and that the sun rises and sets on them, or, they live with their head in the sand. Which are you?

Were you the one that made the statement that she was elected because the majority voted for her? Well so was Obama, how's that working out for you? Just because someone is elected, does not mean they are doing a good job and therefore do not deserve to be criticized.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 10:37 AM

TABBY .. as far as weather impeding progress on fixing the potholes all over, it seems that the city had no problem fixing roads closest to the courthouse.

The big issue for me is HOW the roads are put down the first time around - it's like a band-aid on a cut squirting blood. Half-*ssed. Doesn't take much to ruin the patch job if it's lousy to begin with.

I'd say if you who don't have a problem with money wasted on a street sweeper before road repair is done .. you must live on a pretty nice street. As for going slower .. I do and it doesn't matter. If you don't run over them just right (or someone is coming the opposite direction), it's hard to avoid the holes. Damage is inevitable.

I'll save my "thank you, Mayor" when my road is fixed ... I don't live near the courthouse.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 12:55 PM

This is to Freedom 1:

I am sure that the new sweeper had instructions and there was proper training involved (such as where to put the gas) :)

-- Posted by sew&sew on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 6:52 PM

Went through town this morning and the new street sweeper was hard at work at 6:45. Guess which road it was cleaning? Hwy 40. Now correct me if I'm wrong but isnt that a state highway?

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Apr 1, 2010, at 10:26 PM

I don't think that anyone is being disrespectful. If you work hard and you want nice things you should be able to have them. What this is really about is the roads are bad, and people who pay taxes want them fixed. That's all. I don't think it's disrespectful by any means. If you keep saying something over, and over and over and over.... you would probably get sick of it, and start getting a little sarcastic. I work hard, and I WANT NICE THINGS, because I deserve them!! I don't deserve to have to fix them all the time due to the roads. There are defiantely things I can understand the Mayor wanting to fix, but since the roads are such an issue, why not start with those first.

-- Posted by tsl2010 on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 8:51 AM

Totally agree, tsl2010.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 10:42 AM

tsl2010

Nicely said.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 3:20 PM


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