On Thursday, Mayor Ann Bradshaw and City Engineer Brian Pohlar spoke with The Brazil Times about recent progress toward the projects starting.
Bradshaw said she and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Raymond Staub traveled to Bingham McHale, Indianapolis, to sign off on the final paperwork for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan. Pohlar told The Brazil Times closing on the $5.93 million SRF loan took place Monday.
This secured the funding for the projects with the city receiving approval May 17 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding under the Disaster Recovery Fund, Appropriation 2, in the amount of $2,222,872.
Then on Thursday, the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety approved the following bids for work, which had been initially opened June 2:
* Division A (Water Distribution System) -- B & T Drainage and Excavating, Marshall, Ill., $2,301,327.70
* Division B (Well field) -- M.K. Betts Engineering and Contracting, Anderson, Ind., $387,200,
* Division C (Interstate-70 water tower) -- Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind., $696,938,
* Division D (Craig Park water tower) -- Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., $1,574,000, and
* Division E (New booster station/SCADA system) -- Engineered Fluids, Inc., Centralia, Ill., $491,554.
The award for Division A includes three alternate bids for 85 additional hydrant replacements, 1,000 meter replacements and additional water main work in the I-70/Frontage Road area.
For Divisions C and D, the city opted for the construction of a spheroid tank (I-70) and a composite tank (Craig Park), rather than the multi-leg style, despite a higher initial cost.
"The upfront cost is a little higher, but it will provide a savings in the long run," Bradshaw said. "Over time, it will cost less for the upkeep and maintenance on a spheroid and composite tank, in which only the top would have to be repainted, compared to the multi-leg, which is similar to our current tank in town, and would have to be completely repainted."
Pohlar told The Brazil Times the rest of the leg work to be done leading up to the start of the projects is essentially a formality.
"We have to send out the notice of awards to the companies, which must be signed, along with providing insurance and bond information," he said. "After that, all the paperwork has to be sent to SRF and Office of Community and Rural Affairs for final approval, then the work may begin."
Bradshaw estimated work should begin by the end of July, or possibly the first part of August.
"Even with the paperwork needing to be finalized, the companies will still have to get the supplies together," she said.
Bradshaw told The Brazil Times construction on the Craig Park water tower is slated to begin before the one at I-70, in hopes of both towers being completed at the same time.
She added the past couple weeks have been a blur and the culmination of the hard work from all parties is paying off.
"Everything has been coming together so fast the past few weeks," she said. "It's one thing to envision this and hope for the best, but seeing it become a reality is unreal."
Bradshaw said she is pleased the work on this massive project will begin soon.
"To be able to do this for the people of Brazil is great," she said. "This is something that will affect everybody in a positive way. From the youngest person to the oldest resident in the city, everyone will benefit from this."