Recently, the City of Brazil and Clay County Commissioners signed off on an interlocal agreement, in part, to repave Pinckley Street.
The project began Oct. 25, with the city milling the road, between State Road 59 and Murphy Avenue, then moved on to employees of the Clay County Highway Department paving with materials purchased, by the city, from Wabash Valley Asphalt.
"The paving on the original stretch of road was completed on Nov. 1," Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders said. "We were also fortunate enough to have additional materials to do some additional paving."
The extra paving extended approximately 30-feet east of the southern intersection of Murphy and Pinckley, along with a portion of John Steele Drive, reaching about two-thirds of the way from Pinckley to Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse.
With the city also in the process of its water system improvement projects, some additional preparations had to be done prior to the repaving.
"We replaced some water lines along Pinckley Street before the paving was done so we wouldn't have to rip up a new road," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said. "So far, we have gotten a lot of good comments about the work and the road."
Banning Engineering (Plainfield) Project Engineer Tabatha Briones told The Brazil Times both entities benefited from working together to complete the project.
"If an outside contractor were to have been hired to provide the materials and pave the road, it would have cost approximately $123,626 just for Pinckley Street," she said. "But with county employees doing the paving, the project cost only $74,660. So there was a savings of about $50,000, and that does not account for the savings from being able to do the extra portion of Pinckley and the stretch running through the park."
Sinders acknowledged the completion of Pinckley would not have been possible without a positive collaboration.
"We had a very good working relationship among the city, county, all the employees, as well as Tabatha, who provided excellent guidance," he said.
Briones added seeing to governmental entities working together was an unfamiliar one for her.
"A lot of cities and counties usually don't create a partnership on any project," she said. "But this one was a good collaboration because everyone wanted to do a good job, and with the finished product, it truly showed."
Pinckley Street, between SR 59 and Murphy Avenue, is co-owned by the two entities. The north side of the road is within Brazil's city limits, while the south side is in the county.
Sinders added, "We were fortunate the city had the funding available to pay for the materials, and we had the paving machine that the city did not have. It was a great example of teamwork, and I am pleased we were able to do this and come out with a good finished product."
The Pinckley Street repaving project may also be the first in a line of collaborative projects between the city and county.
"I'm looking forward to working together on the water tower at Interstate-70 as well because it will benefit all of us by improving the ability to recruit business and industry to the area, which is pretty wide open," Sinders told The Times. "Looking ahead, I think you're going to see more units of government working together. With less money becoming available, everyone is going to have to stretch their dollars in the future, meaning there will be an increasing need to work cooperatively to maximize the use of what is available."
As for the completion of the current project, Bradshaw was grateful for the smooth and positive working environment.
"I thank all the commissioners, county and city workers, as well as Tabatha, for seeing this through," she said. "Right now, it is much better to be able to work together, and that is what we are all doing because we want to do what is best for the residents of Brazil and Clay County."