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Grant for projects approved

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ann Bradshaw
A portion of the funding for the City of Brazil's Water System Improvement Projects has been approved.

On May 17, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) approved the city's application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding under the Disaster Recovery Fund, Appropriation 2, in the amount of $2,222,872. According to the official paperwork, which arrived at City Hall Monday, $45,000 of the grant monies are to be used for grant administration, while the remainder is for water facilities.

"I am ecstatic about receiving the grant, and proud that the City of Brazil will soon be seeing improvements to the water system," Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "This has been a very long process up to this point."

The plans to apply for the water grant began in November 2007, when an income survey was sent out to customers of the Brazil Water Utility.

While the grant is beneficial to starting the projects, it only accounts for slightly more than a quarter of the total cost.

"We are still waiting for approval on the city's application for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan," Bradshaw said. "Other than that, everything still looks to be on schedule to begin construction, particularly on the new water tower at Craig Park, by the end of June or early July.

The SRF application is requesting a loan of $5,930,000, which will help pay the remainder of the cost of the projects.

The city also conducted a pre-bid meeting May 17, in which numerous contractors attended to learn about the projects, which are split into five bid packages. The division of the projects is as follows:

* Division A -- Distribution system (water mains, meters, hydrants, etc.),

* Division B -- Well field,

* Division C -- Interstate-70 elevated water tank (250,000-gallon capacity),

* Division D -- Craig Park elevated water tank (750,000-gallon capacity), and

* Division E -- New booster station/SCADA system.

The bids will be opened at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, in a meeting that is open for the public to attend.

"After the bids are opened, they will be taken under advisement for review by the Common Council of the City of Brazil and the Board of Public Works and Safety," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "The bids will then have to be approved during a separate public meeting, in which a date has not been set at this time."

With the start of the projects on the horizon, Bradshaw expressed appreciation for all the hard work all those involved have done.

"This wouldn't be happening if everyone wasn't working together with the goal of improving the city," she said. "I am very thankful to all those who have helped in any way since we started the process with the income survey."

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Great Job Madam Mayor you are doing alot for this city

-- Posted by mdh1175 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 11:06 PM

Yea buddy, great job, bought a used street sweeper. Of course the fire hydrants still aren't repaired, but who cares if houses burn and people are killed?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 10:25 AM

Mayor , you are doing a great job. Very proud of the job you are doing. Those that complain ought to run for mayor if they think they can do a better job. Keep up the great job

-- Posted by marys7@verizon.net on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 11:09 AM

Are you nuts??? She is the worst mayor ever....

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 3:41 PM

I don't agree with everything she is doing but i do think her and her staff are putting more effort into bettering our town than any of the mayors in recenty memory

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 4:16 PM

I think she is doing a great job, her staff is also very helpful, and I agree she puts more effort into bettering Brazil than any mayor in recent history. Thanks for all you do for the city.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 6:00 PM

Boy has she aged though !

-- Posted by grays on Fri, May 28, 2010, at 4:53 AM

Right Who hasn't, and being Mayor is a thankless job as witnessed by one of the comments above, and I'm sure it was made by someone who had to clean up something, or got a ticket, etc.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, May 28, 2010, at 12:49 PM

I am confident that she has made messes that someone has had to clean up. But, now she is handing out tickets also?? I think that the under appreciated officers of the law are very capable of doing their jobs.

-- Posted by righton on Fri, May 28, 2010, at 6:00 PM

No of course the Mayor isn't handing out tickets - how ridiculous is that assumption righton ? People usually focus on the head of the city rather than the department they had the trouble with when things go wrong for them, thats also who they call, for instance if they get a ticket or they have to mow their lot, etc. So no the Mayor is NOT " handing " out tickets. She is the substitute target for disgruntled persons.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 7:59 AM

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