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Another home to be rehabilitated

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another home is set to be rehabilitated through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, a local company was awarded the contract to do work on the property, located at 908 N. McGuire St.

Upon the recommendation of NSP grant administrators and Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Vice President Angie Pappano, the contract was awarded to Indiana Property Management Group, Brazil, based on having the lowest bid of $32,855. Global Construction Management, Clayton, Ind., also submitted a bid, of which the amount was not disclosed during the meeting.

"The recommended bid includes the replacement of all plumbing, but with the water not currently turned on, we anticipate that not all of it will need to be changed out," Pappano told the council before the vote. "If the work is completed for less than the amount proposed, the leftover money could revert back into the grant fund."

Prior to the final decision taking place, council members asked Pappano about other terms of the grant, such as how the cost of homes will be determined and how residents can go about purchasing the homes.

"The cost of the homes will be based on appraisals at fair market value," Pappano said. "As part of the application process, potential buyers will have to go to their bank in order to determine a mortgage that is affordable to them. The difference between the value of the home and the mortgage becomes a subsidy as a soft second mortgage that the homeowner will not have to repay as long as they live in the home a certain amount of time, which is either 10 or 15 years."

She added while there haven't been too many applications sent in to this point, she anticipates interest will grow after the houses start going up.

For more information about the NSP homebuyer program, or to request an application packet, contact Pappano at 317-781-1651 or apappano@kennaconsulting.us. Residents may also contact Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens at 446-0050 or stacyg@brazil.in.gov to request information.

The council also scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, to conduct a public hearing on the sale of real estate and discuss the NSP recommendation of construction contractors for the re-bid of three homes.

Meanwhile, the council also reviewed current tax abatements to determine if the companies are in compliance. Abatements for Morris Manufacturing and Brad J. Emmert/Kim A. Emmert-O'Dell were unanimously approved, while those for IVC Coatings, Inc. and Britt Tool were tabled due to the council wanting more information about the respective statement of benefits.

In other business during Wednesday's council meeting:

* Deputy Clerk-Treasurer initiated a discussion about adding clearer language to the Employee Handbook regarding the Vacation Policy. Currently, there is no terminology specifying what happens in the situation in which an employee accrues more than five weeks of vacation time. One suggestion was to initiate a "use it or lose it," policy, but the council tabled the issue to allow City Attorney Bob Pell time to draw up an official ordinance, and

* During the public comment portion of the meeting landlord and county resident Mary Hendrickson voiced concerns about open burning, stray animals, unlicensed vehicles and protecting landlords in situations where tenants do not pay their water utility bills in full. She suggested the re-creation of a "landlord's council," and to turn off the services until the full amount is paid. Brazil resident Gary McNeil also suggested placing the council's agenda online prior to the meeting with the hope it would attract more people to the meetings.

The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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