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Skatepark location discussed

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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.


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mabey the kids of today grandkids can be the first to scate there.

-- Posted by nobob on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 10:16 PM

skate not scate

-- Posted by nobob on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 10:20 PM

Roberta Weliever's done a fantastic job getting this this far. It's closer than it's ever been. Cut her some slack by easing up on the negative comments. She's doing this out of her concern for kids.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 8:33 AM

Brazil needs to think of the children of this town more. There is nothing to do here so we see them walking the street and skateboarding where they are not suppose to. Other towns have community centers for the kids also which I personaaly think would be a great idea. Let's stop talking about thisa skate park and get it done already Bradshaw!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Innocent on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 8:40 AM

I'm all for the skatepark, but I'm sick of hearing that there's nothing for kids to do here. Tell them to get a job and help pay for their parents' welfare.

-- Posted by LastSanePerson on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 9:55 AM

I want to heap praise upon Roberta Weliever and her committee for the time and effort they have spent on this project. Kudos!! It is great to have people like you in our community. God bless you all.

-- Posted by Weems on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 5:38 PM

Thanks Roberta for your love and concern for our children. So glad the city council and the mayor approves of the skate park. Sure there will be a few kids who will try and spoil it for the skate boarders but they will always be with us. We do need something for our youth to do besides swimming.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 5:58 PM

THIS IS THE LAST THING THIS TOWN NEEDS. WE HAVE ENOUGH DRUG PROBLEMS IN THIS TOWN WE DONT NEED A WELCOME MAT FOR MORE PROBLEMS. I GUESS THIS SHOULD BE EASY FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT THEY WILL KNOW RIGHT WHERE TO GO FOR A DRUG BUST. WHY DO YOU THINK DANVILLE GOT RID OF THIS EQUIPMENT SO CHEAP ANYWAY. WHO WILL KEEP THIS PLACE CLEAN? WHO WILL REPAINT THE GRAFFITI ON THE EQUIPMENT? WHO WILL CUT THE WEEDS? PICK UP ALL CIGARETTE BUTTS? ECT... THIS WHOLE THING SPELLS TROUBLE. PLUS THE BIG ONE INSURANCE.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 6:36 PM

Hey last sane person, you may be more right than you think. I just finished science which explains our workforce doesn't meet the retired community. Apparentlly it's our leaders responsibility to grow the population for the population boom support system when they all retire.

As for the subject at hand: The speedway lot would provide extra income with soda and junk food. It never hurts to concider business profit, ambulance availability, and encourage contest. This is what makes skate parks so boring. Without competition it's just a board with wheels. Everyone wants a trophy. Capitalize, it is our system.

Billy J. Mahoney

-- Posted by Wild Bill Mahoney on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 6:43 PM

I have to agree with the wild man on the lot location. I believe that the location behind Speedway would be better suited for more easy access and refreshments for the little darlings. In addition, this location could be more easily monitored for any shenanigans that would potentially ruin it for the good kids. OK, I suppose they are all good kids at some point in time. What I am trying to say here is that the lot is bigger, like Roberta wants, there is much better access to refreshments, it would have plenty of parking for parents to park the cars and watch their offspring have a ton of fun....the possibilities are endless for this location.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 11:56 AM

Whats the skateboarder/drug reference about? I really dont understand the logic in your statement whatsoever... I do understand that the kids of this town have been waiting years for this project to be completed, and i think Brazil do a good job with the upkeep. As for your obnoxious comment about the criminal skateboarders who are friends of mine... Get real. and insurance? are you kidding me? at your own risk buddy!

-- Posted by rezz1 on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 10:28 PM


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