A location for the proposed skatepark may be close to locked in.
During the audience comments portion of Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, Clay Community Skatepark Committee Representative Roberta Weliever provided an update on the possible locations.
Currently, two lots -- one next to the Jackson Street Wesleyan Church, and another behind Speedway -- are being looked at closer than others.
"The lot near the Wesleyan Church is smaller than we were hoping for, but the park can be redesigned, but the lot behind Speedway is also good because the ground is already level," Weliever told the council.
The committee had been looking for a lot that is 100-by-120 feet, but the lot near the church is 70-by-127 feet. However, there is still waiting to be done before it can be fully considered.
Council members and Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens informed Weliever the lot is still in the process of being obtained after being purchased in the Commissioners' Tax Certificate Sale, and the tax deed may not be cleared until September or October.
Parking availability and possible fencing were also discussed for each location, with the focus leaning toward the lot on Jackson Street.
Weliever said she has been attempting to contact the owners of nearby lots to see if utilizing the areas for parking would be favorable.
"When it comes to fencing, we were considering placing it on all sides, but now we are looking into putting up fences just on the sides near the streets," she said. "It will probably be a chain-link fence, and by placing it just on the sides with the roads, it will help keep the skaters safer because they, and the boards, will be less likely to go into the streets by accident."
Weliever added she is preparing to apply for a grant, but needed a concrete location to list as the main possibility on the application.
The council unanimously approved to allow the placement of the skatepark on the lot next to the Wesleyan Church, should the tax deed be cleared.
In other business during Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil:
* Recommendations for the re-bid of new construction through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) were approved. Emmert Group, Brazil, was accepted as the "lowest, most responsible and responsive bidder" for homes to be constructed at 422 W. Chestnut St. and 1108 N. McGuire St., both for $137,242, while Indiana Property and Development Group's, Brazil, bid of $99,487.50 for 910 W. North St. was also accepted,
* A resolution was passed, following a public hearing, allowing the sale of two homes -- 104 N. Alabama St. and 704 N. Forest Ave. -- that were purchased through the Housing and Urban Development's $1 Homes Program. The homes will be sold at auction, which may take place in the middle of July, and
* The council approved to continue the Real Estate Tax Abatement for Britt Tool after clarification of the numbers included on the Statement of Benefits, while tabling consideration for I.V.C. Industrial Coatings, Inc. Personal Property Tax Abatement because they are still waiting for an explanation from representatives regarding questions the council has about the Statement of Benefits.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.