Entering the final year of her term as mayor, Ann Bradshaw has a few goals for the upcoming year, but they are big ones.
"We have a lot of projects currently going on, and I want to make sure they are completed," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "First and foremost are the water tower and the other water system projects."
To this point, all the water lines have been installed, along with numerous new meters and hydrants, but the towers at Craig Park and near Interstate-70 are the highest priorities Bradshaw wants to see completed.
"It's not just that I, along with everyone else living in Brazil, want to see the new tower completed, it's also because the city has needed this to be done for a long time," she said. "Now that the projects are underway, I don't want to see anything hold them up and make sure they are completed."
Also on the list of current projects Bradshaw wants to keep going is the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
"(City Planning Administrator) Stacy Gibbens has worked very hard to get the progress on the NSP we have had so far," she said. "I am glad we have been able to bring economical, energy-efficient homes to the city, along with progressing toward the overall beautification of Brazil."
Right now, the first set of homes have been inspected and are nearly ready for residents to move in, but more potential homeowners are needed in order to start constructing the next set.
"The NSP is a great program which helps low- and moderate-income residents buy a home at a reasonable price," Bradshaw said. "I hope we will be able to get the most out of the NSP grant by building as many new homes as possible."
The final major item on Bradshaw's list of goals for 2011 is to pave streets.
In late October, the city teamed up with county officials to repave Pinckley Street, along with a portion of John Steele Drive in Forest Park, and she would like to see at least two or three stretches of city roads be worked on.
"We were finally able to finish up the sidewalk project," she said. "Other than routine maintenance to the sidewalks, we can now turn our focus to working on the streets."
Bradshaw emphasized she would not guarantee which, if any, streets would be repaved in the next year, adding it will all be based on the availability of funding.
"It's very difficult to make a promise or guarantee to do something when you don't know if the state is going to cut the budget, or if there will be money to pave streets at all," Bradshaw said. "Of course, I would love to repave all the streets, but we have to be realistic and make sure we have the funds available to do the work first. If money is there, then we will be attempting to pave roads."
Bradshaw also told The Brazil Times she hopes to have individual ward meetings to give residents added opportunities to meet with their respective council representatives and provide suggestions for improving the city.
"As always, the door to my office is open for residents to come in and speak to me one-on-one as well," she said. "I also hope to continue enhancing our good working relationship with county officials so we can all keep doing what is in the best interest of all the residents."