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.
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."