Big changes are coming to the northwest part of town.
During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, a contractor was approved to do demolition work through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Grant.
David Toth, Principal Architect for The Architecture Studio, Inc., said seven bids were received for the demolition work, but only three were competitive based on cost.
"Of the three bids, we had to throw one out because a bid bond was not submitted, which was part of the requirements," Toth said.
In the end, the decision came down to S & G Excavating, Terre Haute, which provided a bid of $36,440, and Conner Excavating, Brazil, which bid $37,000 for the demolition on seven separate lots.
Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens said only three of the seven lots have buildings on them, but investigated excavating would also have to be done on the foundations.
The council discussed the possibility of choosing the local contractor, but Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Vice President Angie Pappano said, "the grant program requests utilizing the most responsive and responsible lowest bidder."
Given the information provided to them, the council unanimously voted to award S& G the demolition contract.
Pappano also informed the council bids for the construction of seven new homes will be May 3, and brought to them for final approval at the May 12 meeting.
"Also, all NSP recipients will be under review starting May 15 to see the progress of projects," Pappano said. "There may be additional funding available down the line coming from areas initially awarded grant funding, but have not started or made much progress, but there is nothing guaranteed."
Gibbens also informed the council that future demolition needs would be sent out to bid as well, and the current contract is not a guarantee of future contract awards.
Meanwhile, the council also discussed an additional appropriation for the Rainy Day Fund in order to compensate for budget cuts.
Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, CPA Principal Dan Hedden said this has been in the works as he, and the city, anticipated the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) to request the city to make cuts.
Hedden said the DLGF is asking the city to make $276,766 in total cuts out of the following funds:
* General Fund -- $244,541,
* Motor Vehicle Highway -- $27,963,
* Cemetery -- $2,518, and
* Police Pension -- $1,744.
With these cuts, Hedden suggested a $291,766 additional appropriation be made for the Rainy Day Fund, of which there was $500,385 available at the end of 2009. An additional $15,000 was factored in to the amount to allow the Park and Recreation Fund some breathing room "for emergency situations."
"This would give the authority and flexibility to spend the money, if needed, but does not have to be used," Hedden said. "This would be a one-year fix to help get the city through as it getting more stabilized and back on the upswing."
No vote was taken on the matter as it must be advertised and a public hearing needs to be conducted, which will take place during the May 12 meeting.
In other business during Wednesday's council meeting:
* Hedden also presented an update on the city's finances, which included historical information dating back to 2008, along with current trends and anticipated revenues/balances for the end of 2010. At the current pace, the there would be an estimated $64,000 increase across all city funds by the end of the year,
* The council accepted the first reading of an ordinance to create a one-way loop of sorts making traffic flow only north on North Alabama Street, north of Hendrix Street, then east on Strain Street, and south only on North Harrison Street, also north of Hendrix. Final action will be taken during the next council meeting, and
* Discussed the possibility of setting either weight limit or "No Truck" signs at the entrances into the Edgewood subdivision. The council has received complaints about fully loaded tractor-trailers coming through the area, and City Attorney Bob Pell said he would look into what other cities similar in size to Brazil are doing, along with speaking to the Clay County Commissioners as a complaint regarded a Clay County Highway Department vehicle.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
The City of Brazil is looking for residents interested in purchasing a home through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times potential homebuyers must agree to participate in a HUD approved Homeownership Counseling Course, which typically consists of eight one-hour sessions, which are paid for by the grant program of the counseling provider, as well as meet other terms.
For more information about the NSP homebuyer program, or to request an application packet, contact Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Vice President Angie Pappano at 317-781-1651 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents may also contact Gibbens at 446-0050 or email@example.com to request information.