Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times a grant application was recently submitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) for decorative and energy-efficient lighting.
"INDOT is classifying the grant as being for Transportation Enhancement," she said. "The amount of funding we are applying for is $717,000, with the city to provide an additional $180,000."
Gibbens said while the city should find out if it will be awarded the funding within the next 60 days, it will not be released for use until 2013, allowing the city time to gather the local funds.
"After reviewing the current and potential future budgets, the city should be able to dedicate $60,000 in the Cumulative Capital Development Fund in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for this project," Gibbens said. "In addition, we are also considering setting up some fundraisers, which could allow us to utilize some of that funding for other projects."
She added 71 of the current street lights between Harrison Street and Depot Street would be replaced with the new fixtures, which feature LED bulbs.
"LED bulbs have the greatest energy efficiency and a minimal amount of maintenance required," Gibbens said. "I believe the bulbs we are looking at have a 10-year life expectancy."
Included in the grant application, which was created by Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineering, Terre Haute, is an engineered drawing of the proposed lights, which includes the style for the pole and dual, acorn-shaped luminaries.
In addition, the city's application included letters of support from District 44 State Representative Jim Baird, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, West Central Economic Development District, the Clay County Commissioners and County Council, along with a separate letter of support signed by 18 different individuals with businesses and interests along U.S. 40.
The application also states no acquisition of land will be required as all work will be completed within the existing INDOT or locally controlled right-of-way.
"INDOT currently has the U.S. 40 project tentatively scheduled for late 2013-early 2014, and the hope is to install the new lighting in conjunction with the project," Gibbens said. "It will not only brighten up the sidewalks at night, but also bring some added beautification to downtown Brazil and the historical district."