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Ground broken on I-70 water tower

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ground was officially broken Wednesday to mark the start of construction on the 250,000-gallon water tower near Interstate-70. Participating in the event were (from left) Brazil Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Jenna Godsey, Brazil Water Office Manager Sheryl Hill, Brazil Water Assistant Superintendent Shawnette Szekely, City Council member Bill Lovett, Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety member Jack Nelson, Common Council of the City of Brazil President Sam Glover, City Engineer Brian Pohlar, City Council member Pat Heffner, Clay County Redevelopment Commission member John Williams, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, Clay County Commissioner Jack Withers, Brazil Water Consultant Dick Vanatti, Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen, Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors Foundation Foreman Bobby Groce, Clay County Council President Mike McCullough, Commissioner Paul Sinders, County Council member Rita Rothrock, Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineering Inspector Bill Nation and County Council member Toni Carter. Jason Jacobs Photo.
* Officials hope added services attract new businesses, jobs

The first of what many hope will be many steps to develop the Interstate-70 area has taken place.

On Wednesday, members of the city and county administration met along County Road 450 North (Frontage Road), about a half-mile west of State Road 59, to conduct a groundbreaking on a new 250,000-gallon water tower.

"This tower will help provide improved water and fire protection services to the current infrastructure near I-70, plus allow for approximately 95 acres worth of similar water usage," Brazil City Engineer Brian Pohlar told The Brazil Times. "Granted, it all depends on what types of business would be constructed and how much water they would need to operate."

Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind., is already in the process of starting the foundation on the $696,938 tower, which will feature a spheroid-style tank.

For years, there has been a push to attract industry to the I-70 area, but with limited services available, those efforts had not worked out. With a water tower now being constructed, both city and county officials hope interest will spark again.

"This is just another step in the growth of all of Clay County, including Brazil," Common Council of the City of Brazil President Sam Glover said. "This is a ripe area that has needed to be developed for a long time."

Clay County Council President Mike McCullough added, "In years past, there have been a lot of businesses that have past on coming here because of the lack of water services. Hopefully, this will bring commercial interest back to Clay County and I think we could see some growth in the next five years."

Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders echoed McCullough's sentiments about the possibility of the tower making the area more attractive to industries.

"With the construction of this tower, it provides a great opportunity to economically develop the area," Sinders told The Brazil Times. "I want to commend Mayor Ann Bradshaw, the city administration and city council for all their efforts and hard work in making a water tower at I-70 a reality."

Bradshaw told The Brazil Times she was appreciative of everyone involved in all of the water projects.

"These improvements are much bigger than just the water towers," she said. "The work being done will help all of Brazil's water customers, including those in Center Point, have better water pressure and fire protection. At the same time, we have been fortunate enough to be able to build a second tower to improve those services even further, which hopefully will bring more business and jobs to both Brazil and Clay County."

Both this tower and the 750,000-gallon tower being constructed at Craig Park are scheduled to be completed by November.

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Clay County Council President Mike McCullough added, "In years past, there have been a lot of businesses that have past on coming here because of the lack of water services.

Not to nitpick, but I believe the second "past" should be passed.

For the record; if things brings in more business I am all for it.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 7:11 AM

This project has been long, long overdue. If city and county politics hadn't been what they had been for the previous generation, this area would already be thriving, plus another major employer around the same size as Great Dane would be sitting down there right now.

Kudos to the present city and county representatives, especially Mayor Bradshaw, that finally got this done. Hopefully the area will now develop into something economically significant. Shame on those in the past who could have got this done and didn't, and cost Clay Countians jobs.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 7:20 AM

Just re-read my post and realized what I thought was funny in my head did not translate as funny in print. Things brings was supposed to be poking fun at errors.

Anyway, hope the new water tower brings in more business in that area. I know of several businesses that have passed on that area because of water issues.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 8:15 AM

Tangible progress ! There you go naysayers.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 8:37 AM

I-70 was put in before I was licensed to drive.

I've often wondered why it was never developed because there are many places across this land that offered less, such as places in the middle of nowhere in the deserts of the Southwest where towns grew shortly after an interchange went in. If the lack of water was the impediment to progress at I-70 & IN59, we are one step closer to observing growth.

Kudos to all who helped make this happen.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 1:10 PM

Maybe the true problem is the lack of motivation and pessimistic attitudes of those living in the county who like to put down any effort people use to try and improve things. Yet it is these same people who think they know everything, but when asked to bring their input to the table, they choose to stay seated and quiet.

Our officials could have easily done the same thing those before them did: sit and wait for something to come to them. But guess what, they took the initiative and have things at least moving ahead. With all that empty land near the interstate, i imagine there will be many companies wanting to come here now that they will be able to have water.

Sometimes thinking positive makes things better instead of shooting down every idea to make progress.

-- Posted by axegrinder1313 on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 4:07 PM

LOL!Just today when I was on my way home from picking my grandkids up at school & drivng in town & passed the old water tower on Vandellia St :( and it just hit me "what a mess,slum looking condition out town is in" personally I would rather have the road conditions taken care of.Where does our tax money go Bradshaw?

-- Posted by pilot5usa on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 6:53 PM

"Ground was officially broken Wednesday to mark the start of construction on the 250,000-gallon water tower near Interstate-70".

The ground probably cracked open from all the dead political weight!

-- Posted by mo47834 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 3:25 PM

Same people same complaints, you have to much time on your hands, if you want to help have some fund raisers.

-- Posted by bowling on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 4:13 PM

Well since you are so smart ( Isn't_it_obvious_to_us} why don't you tell us !!!

You seem to know all the answers.

-- Posted by bowling on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 7:19 AM

"...that school music and athletic programs are just for entertainment and school pride. And the school budget should reflect that philosophy."

Do you really believe that the school budget supports these programs at the expense of academics? C'mon now.

Then why are the band and teams always fund raising? Talk with anyone with kids in any of these activities. I think they will set you straight in how much money they have to put into it themselves besides the expectations of fund raising.


The organization is the "Clay County" Chamber of Commerce, not "Brazil".

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 5:18 PM

Guess it wasn't that "obvious" to him, CCG. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Feb 2, 2011, at 8:11 AM

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