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Public invited to tower event

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw
Brazil residents are invited to see the first step in the completion of the new water tower.

At 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, a groundbreaking will take place in the northwest section of Craig Park (just north of the Zoo building), marking the start of construction on the tower.

"I am very excited to see this come to fruition," Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times.

Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., was awarded the work on the tower in late June with a bid of $1,574,000. The tower will be a 750,000-gallon Composite Elevated Storage tank, which has a higher initial cost, but will save money in the long run with less needing to be spent on maintenance with the base and pillar being constructed of concrete.

A second tower will also be constructed in the Interstate-70/Frontage Road area, but a start date has not been set.

"People here have wanted and needed a new water tower for quite a while and they deserve to see this one first," Bradshaw said. "However, with the tank at I-70 being a smaller capacity (250,000-gallon spheroid-style tower), it won't take as long to construct, and we are hoping to complete both of them at about the same time."

Bradshaw added the city has begun to look at options regarding the removal of the current water tower on North Vandalia Street, but are strictly in the pre-planning stages.

"The new tower must be completed and fully functional before we can take the current tower down," she said.

"With construction on the new tower expected to take as long as 12-15 months, depending on weather conditions, it allows us plenty of time to look into all the options for the best and safest way to bring down the current tower when the time comes to do so."

Included among the other Water System Improvement Projects are:

* Replace older and undersized water mains to provide better pressure and fire protection within the water distribution system. This also includes 1,000 water meter replacements, water main work in the I-70/Frontage Road area and the replacement of an additional 85 hydrants compared to the original specifications,

* Installing an additional well in the well field in Putnam County for increased water pressure and flow, and

* Constructing an additional booster station and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for better monitoring of the water system.

The city also received good news on July 26 when the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs sent notification that the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding had been officially released for the city to use.

The amount of the grant, which is for the water projects and grant administration, totaled $2,222,872.

For Bradshaw, after so much hard work and waiting, it is a relief to see the projects finally start to take off.

"So many people have been involved in making this happen," she said. "If not for everyone working together as a team for the improvement of the City of Brazil's infrastructure, this may not have happened. It is great to see this happen because it will benefit the entire city and the residents."

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Great job to all involved.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Aug 6, 2010, at 1:58 PM

Just when I think I have had enough of hearing about all the evils Mayor Bradshaw brings to our town day in and day out, she up and does something so good for this city that all the usual whiners and complainers are left speechless. THAT is what I like so much about our Mayor. She doesn't need baseless rhetoric to keep her name in the press, she just quietly and productively makes our town as great as it can be one HUGE step at a time! Go Mayor Bradshaw!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sun, Aug 8, 2010, at 8:18 AM

Congrats to the Mayor and city official. However, I happen to know that their were also a few other local elected officials working behind the scenes to help make this happen. Good job to all involved!! People do care about the future of Brazil and Clay County. It just takes time to get things turned in the right direction sometimes.

-- Posted by open minded on Sun, Aug 8, 2010, at 2:39 PM

Thanks Anne and everyone who finally listened to the mayor (a woman) who never gives up when she sees the need for an upgrade to our community. This project has been needed for a long time. Many of the other mayors talked about a new water tower, but Anne you were persistant and now our community needs to thank you for all of your stubbornness and being the woman Mayor who will not back down on a project that is so badly needed. So Anne Kudos to you MRS. MAYOR!!!

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Tue, Aug 10, 2010, at 11:28 AM

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