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Thursday, July 15, 2010

A pair of grant proposals were brought before the Common Council of the City of Brazil during Wednesday's meeting.

During a public hearing, Angie Pappano, Vice President of Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, presented the council information about the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grant.

Pappano said there are currently 13 applicants for the program, which the city has participated in the past few years, and there are other individuals who have received applications, but have not yet returned them.

"Like with the previous grants with this program, the funding would go toward repairing roofs, windows, siding and even replacing furnaces," Pappano said. "Through the grant application, the city would be requesting $346,250 in Community Development Block Grant Funding through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)."

According the handout provided during the meeting, the eligibility requirements for the rehabilitation grant are as follows:

* An applicant must be an owner-occupant,

* The applicant's home must be located within the incorporated limits of the City of Brazil,

* The home must have a permanent foundation (no mobile homes or trailers), and

* The applicants total household income must not exceed the income limits issued by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/IHCDA (see information box for details).

Pappano said once all the applications are submitted, the process would take about two-and-a-half months for approval.

With no application deadline in the guidelines, the council agreed to set Aug. 31 as the application deadline. Also, the council closed the public hearing with no public comments being provided and accepted a motion to allow the grant application process to move forward.

For more information about the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grant, or to request an application packet, contact Pappano at 317-781-1651 or apappano@kennaconsulting.us.

Meanwhile, the council discussed a proposal for a Community Focus Fund Grant for Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) in which the city would have to be the primary applicant.

Kenna Consulting Grant Administrator Donna Anderson told the council since S.O.S. is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization, a governmental agency must be the primary applicant and S.O.S would have to enter into a subrecipient agreement with the city.

Anderson explained S.O.S. is seeking the $500,000 grant, which is through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, in order to rehabilitate the old Brazil Junior High building and help fund some of the organizations other programs. S.O.S. recently acquired the building for $15,000.

"There is a $56,000 local match for the grant, which we are accepting donations for, and if the city is able to contribute anything, it would be a benefit in hopefully obtaining this very competitive grant," Anderson said.

The council voted 4-0-1 (Pat Heffner abstained) to allow the paperwork process to move forward and to conduct a public hearing on the matter at the Aug. 11 meeting.

In other business during Wednesday's meeting, the Common Council of the City of Brazil:

* Approved a motion to allow Mayor Ann Bradshaw to sign off on a contract with Tim and Daughters, Inc., Columbus, Ind., if one can be reached, for construction on two homes through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Pappano explained that Global Construction Management, Clayton, Ind., which had received initial approval for the construction, was unable to obtain the necessary Payment Performance Bonds,

* Approved the creation of handicapped parking spaces at 1203 E. Church St. and 1128 N. Walnut St.,

* Passed final action on a resolution to amend the vacation policy in the City of Brazil Personnel Policy Handbook, and

* Accepted a resolution allowing the city to sell the property at 104 N. Alabama St., which was acquired through the HUD Dollar Homes initiative, to the highest and best bidder since it failed to sell for at least 90 percent of its appraised value Wednesday morning. City Attorney Bob Pell said the city will attempt to have the sale July 30.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Income limits

The following list breaks down the maximum income limit allowed by the Housing Development Fund as part of the qualifications for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grant. The total household income includes all income from everyone 18-years-old or older who currently lives in the home and is not a full-time student.

* One-person household -- $31,000,

* Two-person household -- $35,400,

* Three-person household -- $39,850,

* Four-person household -- $44,250,

* Five-person household -- $47,800, and

* Six-person household -- $51,350.

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I feel that the neighborhood stabilization program is a wonderful program. Stacy and the rest of the staff at the mayor's office are doing a good job to bring this program to fruition. However, I am very disappointed to see construction contracts awarded to an out of town contractor. I have heard that local contractors don't seem to be too interested in this project and this is why this went to a business from out of town. Does any one else have any information about this? Why are our local contractors looking away from this opportunity?

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 10:02 AM

jddriver4960 - Indiana Property & Development Group, has been awarded the majority of these contracts. I.P. & D.G. is a general contractor based out of Brazil.

Hope this helps!

-- Posted by IP&DG on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 4:04 PM

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