A project Brazil residents have wanted for a long time will soon be underway.
In a special meeting Wednesday, the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety signed off on an interlocal agreement with Clay County, which allows for the repaving of Pinckley Street, between State Road 59 and Murphy Avenue.
According to Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen, $88,000 has been committed to the completion of the project.
"Between our Rainy Day Fund and other budget cuts we have made, there was money available to do this," she told The Brazil Times. "The residents have wanted this for quite a while, so it is great to be able to make it happen."
With responsibility of Pinckley Street being split between the city (north side of the street) and the county (south side), both entities will play their part in the repaving.
According to the interlocal agreement, the city will be responsible for purchasing the cold mix (for blacktopping) and milling the street, while the county is committed to providing the equipment (trucking and paving machines) as well as the labor.
The Clay County Commissioners' signed off on the agreement during its regular meeting Monday, and President Charlie Brown expressed his appreciation about having a good working relationship with the city.
On Wednesday, board member Bill Lovett said everything is pretty much in place for the project to begin as soon as possible.
"The risers for the manholes have been ordered," he said. "Those will go in after the milling is done, but before the blacktop goes down."
Banning Engineering (Plainfield) Project Engineer Tabatha Briones told The Brazil Times a four-foot wide strip will be milled along curbs, side streets and other areas necessary to maintain a consistent road height.
She added Wabash Valley Asphalt provided the best quote for the cold mix and other road materials, which the board unanimously accepted.
One major concern for the board is how it would affect access to Forest Park Elementary. McQueen said the city would contact the Clay Community School Corporation to determine a plan to conduct work on the project with as little interference to the school as possible. As of press time, no definitive plan or schedule had been finalized.
Work is anticipated to begin in the next 7-10 days, with completion to be no later than mid-November.
"As long as the temperature is above 45 degrees, asphalt work can still be done," Briones said. "Even though weather conditions can vary, this type of work can be done through the middle of November."
McQueen told The Brazil Times additional plans are in the works to pave more roads in the next couple years.
"With all luck, we should be done paying for the sidewalk project this year," she said. "Other than maintenance costs, we should then be able to start utilizing Cumulative Capital Development Fund dollars on repaving roads starting next year."