During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) conducted its final public hearing prior to submitting its application for a $500,000 grant to renovate the former Brazil Junior High Gymnasium into a community center.
Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Grant Administrator Donna Anderson informed the council, and those in attendance, the deadline to submit the grant application to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs is in a few days, and broke down the match being contributed by S.O.S.
According to Anderson, the contribution includes a $50,000 bank loan being taken out by S.O.S., $6,000 from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and $9,860 worth of in-kind donations, including volunteer labor and materials.
"With the grant, S.O.S. will be able to do much of the interior of the gym renovations, along with some of the exterior work," she said. "However, it doesn't look like they will be able to do much of the work on the lower level with the funding that is available at this time."
S.O.S. Director Jenni Chamberlain told the council much interest has already been made for the potential community center.
"We have had a lot of calls from groups, like the Clay Youth Football League, roller teams and people wanting to use it for anniversaries," Chamberlain said. "Unfortunately, we've had to turn them down because there is no heating or water right now, which hopefully we will be able to receive the grant and fix those issues."
She added S.O.S. is planning to expand its summer breakfast and lunch program to include adults.
"The program will still be free for children, but we have spoken with the Clay County Senior Center and would like to offer breakfast and lunch to seniors and adults for $1.50," she said.
Corinna Stewart, a representative with Sharing The Real Effect That Christ Has (S.T.R.E.T.C.H.), also gave support for the community center.
"I have had the opportunity to work with S.O.S., and I am excited to see what they will be able to do with a larger building," Stewart said. "I hope that S.T.R.E.T.C.H. will be able to utilize the center for some of our outreach services as well."
Council member Steve Lamb -- who made a motion for the city to submit the application on behalf of S.O.S., which will be the subrecipient -- said he can see nothing but good coming from this project.
"I can only see a positive outcome for anything S.O.S. does," he said. "They have been a huge benefit for the both the community and the children."
The motion was seconded by Pat Heffner and passed with a unanimous vote.
In other business during Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil:
* Cemetery mowing bids were opened and the awarding of the contract was tabled in order to double check the liability requirements needed. Alexander's Lawncare, Brazil, provided the lowest bid at $14,490 for 18 cuts, while Mullinix Lawn Service, Inc., bid $24,750 for the same number of cuts, and Specialty Lawn Care provided a bid for 23 cuts at a cost of $23,899.99,
* Salaries for employees of Forest Park Pool were approved, pending the passage of an amended city salary ordinance during the April meeting. The hourly salaries, which were also approved by the Brazil City Park Board Tuesday are $8.50 for Assistant Pool Manager, $7.50 for Senior Lifeguards, $7.40 for Junior Lifeguards and $7.25 for Cashiers,
* A motion was unanimously passed to submit a grant application to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) for the construction, installation and upgrading of road signs to meet a retroreflectivity mandate from INDOT, and
* Approved a resolution to amend the cell phone stipend resolution to include elected officials. The original resolution, passed last month, had only stated city employees had to be reviewed and accepted by the Board of Public Works and Safety prior to receiving the $10 per week stipend, which is taxable income.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.