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City applies for lighting grant

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This is an engineered drawing of the top of proposed decorative lighting included in a Transporation Enhancement Grant the City of Brazil has applied for through the Indiana Department of Transportation. Courtesy Photo. [Order this photo]
When work on the United States 40 Project commences, some new lighting may also brighten downtown Brazil.

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."

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the city needs to worry about these roads instead of lights and a dome for the park these roads are terrible i have lived here all my life and if i could afford it i would move but i cant my money goes into repairs for my vehicle

-- Posted by mcceric on Wed, Mar 23, 2011, at 10:51 PM

My thoughts exactly! The City is worried about LIGHTS instead of repairing the roads...WOW!!!

About 10 years ago, I was drving my car down East US Hwy 40 near Knightsville...I hit a small pothold in the road and it caused my rim to bend and my tired popped. I thought it crazy since I was indeed doing the speed limit. The city reimbursed the money I had to pay to replace my tire and rim. My point....if we would all start requesting that the city help us pay for our tire/car repairs...maybe they would open their eyes and stop worrying about some new lights.

-- Posted by JQuick on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 12:25 AM

JQuick: I doubt the city paid you a red cent if it truly did happen on US 40 like you said. Try again.

Most commentators have no idea of how this city is ran and how money is obtained, spent, who authorizes spending, etc., do you?

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 3:44 AM

Dagnabbit is correct. The above comments show that the community at large doesn't understand how city/county/state/federal and grant financing works.

Replacing all of that lighting with better and more efficient lighting and the city would only have to pay $180,000..."wow, thats a great price".

Conversly, you know how far $180,000 would go in repaving your street? Not very far.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 4:53 AM

Looks to me that Dagnabbit and ClayCountyGuy are on the city council and are taking offense to what we, the citizens who pay taxes to this county, have to say....THE TRUTH!!!!! That's okay...elections will be coming around again soon....Asta La Vista Baby!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 8:41 AM

Clgruener, first let me say, I'm not on the City Council. Cities are NOT responsible for repairing state highways (US 40 for example). They are the responsibility of INDOT. Of course you don't have to believe me, check it out for yourself.

-- Posted by BWare on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 9:06 AM

clgruner you do not live in Brazil . Take care of knightsville, You don't even know where you vote.

-- Posted by grays on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 11:05 AM

LOL....You Brazilians really Crack me up! These blogs are so entertaining...I just love to get your feathers ruffled!!!! LMAO

-- Posted by clgruener on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 2:23 PM

The bottom line is if your town is given a grant from the state, take it, end of story. There is so much disrepair in Brazil you have no choice but to take advantage of it or watch $ go to another Indiana town. Just keep pushing on the street rework, but embrace the lighting project.

-- Posted by coltsbeer on Fri, Mar 25, 2011, at 12:09 AM

Dagnabbit : I truly do not enjoy being called a liar!!! Why in the World would I lie about something like that. My ex husband could help me vouch...he helped me file the complaint and is the one who took the car to get repaired.

When the incident happend, I call the City Hall and they had me come in there. They gave us a check to reimburse our expense of the repairs.

So, if the money didn't come from the city hall, then I don't know why that is the place I went to get the check..and I watched them complete the transaction. ???????

I do not understand why some of you attack people on a personal level on here for their opinions or stories (like mine). I didnt call any of you out and if the above opinions are yours, then so be it. If you believe that lights are more important than better roads...well, again, that is your opinion. = )

-- Posted by JQuick on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 4:13 PM

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