"We are still working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) while conducting an environmental study of the area," City Engineer Brian Pohlar told The Brazil Times Tuesday. "The plan is still to place the detention pond in the area between Murphy Avenue and Morris Manufacturing, near the old railroad crossing south of US 40."
One of the other things officials are working on in the planning stages of the pond is a wetland delineation of the area for the pond.
"It is basically a site review of the area to study the hydrology, vegetation and soil," Pohlar said. "It is also a way of determining if the boundary of a wetland has changed."
Pohlar added once the delineation and environmental study are completed, then they can move forward to the acquisition of property for the pond.
"Land, along with rights of way, will need to be purchased before the pond can be created," he said. "At the same time, we are also still working on preparing budget estimates for the project."
While funding for the creation of the pond is not completely secured, there should be some available.
"I believe INDOT has some funding set aside for its 2012 Fiscal Year budget to help with the costs," Pohlar told The Brazil Times.
INDOT has insisted the pond be constructed prior to the start of the US 40 project, which Pohlar said is still slated to take place within the 2014 Fiscal Year, which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
"As far as I know, letting is still set to happen in the later half of 2013, with actual construction to start in 2014," he said. "At this time, I have not received any notice of it being pushed back any further."