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City to start repaving roads later this month

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Damaged roads, like this one along Lenox Street, just west of Sycamore Street, are becoming the focus of the City of Brazil as the weather is beginning to break. Officials anticipate being able to possibly repave some sections of city streets in the next few weeks, as well as more this summer. [Order this photo]
Residents may expect some detours around Brazil in the coming weeks.

Mayor Ann Bradshaw and Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen recently spoke to The Brazil Times about plans to start repaving roads later this month.

"We've spoken with Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch in order to double check for any leaks in water lines under the roads we are currently looking at so we don't pave the road and immediately have to tear it back up to replace or repair a line," McQueen said. "Once we are good to go on that, the only other variable will be the schedule of Wabash Valley Asphalt, which has the equipment to do the repaving."

Bradshaw said the ice storm in early February only worsened city streets, causing officials to add more streets to the priority list, which was created last year.

"All along, the goal has been to start repaving streets once the sidewalk project was finished," she said. "Unfortunately, the ice caused more damage to the streets, but the residents have been so helpful by calling in and letting us know about the trouble areas."

A few of the streets added to the list were East Lenox, East Olive and North Davis, which McQueen said were important cogs for the city and county.

"All those streets are used to either get to East Side Elementary or the hospital, so they are definitely high on the list," McQueen told The Brazil Times. "Other areas that are priorities are Lambert, Grant and Morgan streets."

A couple of the other aspects the city is looking into before starting to repave is how much money is available, and how far will it stretch.

"We are going to see what is in the Rainy Day and Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) funds for the work," McQueen said. "Our goal is to get a few streets done later this month, then a few more in late summer after the city receives its property tax distribution, some of which is allocated for the CCD Fund."

Bradshaw added, "It's going to take some time to get it all done, but we are looking at each street carefully to determine the best way to maximize the funding we have. Yes, some streets are really bad, but it's not a good use of taxpayer money to repave a half-mile of a specific road when only a couple hundred feet is in bad shape."

A reason for Bradshaw's logic to repave sections is to get as many areas fixed as they possibly can.

"Right now, the street department has been patching, which is only a stopgap until we can get things in line," she said. "If I could repave all the roads, I would, but the city simply does not have that amount of funding, but what we can do is repave several smaller sections to eliminate as many of the worst sections as we can."

Within the next week to 10 days, city officials anticipate having all the information they need to choose which roads they will start on first.

"Once we get everything in line, we should be able to start in the following couple of weeks," McQueen said. "When we, with the help of the county, repaved Pinckley Street, the process was pretty quick when everything was lined up and organized."

McQueen added the city will advertise what streets will be repaved as residents will have to be notified to remove their vehicles from the street to accommodate the work.

"Like Pinckley Street, the streets will be milled first then repaved," she said. "Although the sidewalk project is done, we are still setting aside some funding for maintenance, but when it comes to repaving streets, we are going to focus on the worst areas first, especially with the weather finally starting to break."

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you mean I won't have to go get my tires re-balanced every week from the holes in the streets?

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 9:20 PM

It's good to see this!! Our roads have really gotten bad this winter! Is there still talk of a wheel tax to help with repaving the roads? I would be willing to pay a wheel tax......it would be cheaper in the long run.....the roads are really taking a toll on tires, brakes, alignments etc. Thanks!

-- Posted by EYN1962 on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 9:36 PM

You know what, the streets aren't very good in Brazil but at least we're not paying a wheel tax. I like it here in Brazil and if the only thing I had to worry about were potholes then I would be having a pretty good day. Maybe you guys should post something positive instead of knocking everything. They just said they were going to start fixing some of the streets so give them a little credit.

-- Posted by JimJim69 on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 9:43 PM

Can you spell "election time"?

-- Posted by BWare on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 9:49 PM

OK Fred , when you elect the republicans into office and they start cutting things to save " Tax Dollars" where in the hell are they going to get the money to fix the roads? ohh ,we wont have any blacktop roads, just gravel roads and no money still to even buy gravel . All i can see is get all the lower income taxpayers to pay more taxes and the businesses to pay less. thats how we will get better roads , off the poor mans sweat . That will be your version of how it is done

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 11:34 PM

Good comeback "brazil citizen". You all understand you can't get something for nothing, right?

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 7:08 AM

I agree that poor roads do take a toll on vehicles.

Johnny1971, you stated "Maybe you guys should post something positive instead of knocking everything." Did you mean like you KNOCKED paying a wheel tax? And, "Credit" isn't what the current administration needs, it someone with a plan, inspiration and direction.

I tend to agree that "I resurfaced the streets" would be good campaign rhetoric to use during the upcoming mayoral race. What happened to, the streets will be resurfaced after new water lines are installed. Unless the old water lines are upgraded, they will continue to fail regardless what the road surface is.

To "brazil citizen"... The lack of money, in the city's coffer, is a direct result of poor management and oversight by the city administration, not to mention illegal distribution of tax payer's monies. Saying that they didn't know they weren't eligible to receive the money (on more than one occasion) is a poor excuse for any politician to use and disrespects every tax paying citizens to whom the statement was made. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Additionally, your statement re: "get all the lower income taxpayers to pay more taxes and the businesses to pay less... to get better roads, off the poor mans sweat" is going to continue as long as the federal and state government (who writes the tax code) is saddled with paying for the "out of control" entitlement programs.

Too many people have grown to think they deserve the government to take care of them, from birth to death. What they (citizens, legal citizens) do deserve is the opportunity to apply for a job that they are qualified for and to save for their own future. CAB

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 7:54 AM

Thank You mayor, You are doing a wonderful job your opponents will be negative no matter what you accomplish, whatever political party I am on I support repaving the roads and any advancement we as a city can obtain.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 8:21 AM

One improviement that I would like to see is the complete milling, repaving, and addition of wide sidewalks along Ringo Dr south of Mechanic to the sidewalks in Edgewood Subdivision. I drive that road almost daily, and I am constantly having to dodge potholes while driving past people walking in the road. When two cars meet while a pedestrian is on the road, one car has to stop. It's unsafe for the people walking from Edgewood to the Plaza.

-- Posted by JHeffner on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 9:24 AM

Ombudsman, do you happen to work for the City?

-- Posted by BWare on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 1:43 PM

it is not this winter that caused the roads to be like they are

it is the gravel they try to fix them with.which it will

REPAVE is the smart thing to do even if it takes forever

this mayor is not the one responsile for our roads

they have been like this for years

If everyone paid 100.00 more a year we would have at least a good chance of doing it our lifetime

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 3:54 PM

Can someone explain to me why all the sudden there is funding to repave some areas of the streets when the city is over $300K-$400K in debt?? Where did this rainy day funding come from? The recently passed LOIT taxes? I am sure the mayor will clear this up during her state of the city address. Oh wait, she does not give state of city addresses. More unanswered questions from our 'honest' mayor.

Yes the roads are worse since the ice storms but they have needed repaving for years. Funny how this money magically appeared 4 weeks before the election but did not appear the last 3 years.

1dogbob, the mayor is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of our city roads, she controls the street department.

Lets call this what it is...dog and pony show. The mayor is still tring to recover from the state audits, which show several indiscrections on the part of the current mayor A. Ann Bradshaw!

In 4 weeks my friends, my family and I will cast our numerous votes for someone OTHER THAN Bradshaw.

-- Posted by ArmyGuy99 on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 4:33 PM

I would like to think that the Mayor was doing this for the right reason, but it is election year.

In a Brazil Times article dated 3/15/11 (http://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/1710741.html) Clay County has filed for federal assistance due to the ice storm in February.

I understand the roads need fixed, but why don't we wait to see what money would be coming before we use our "Rainy Day Fund"?

Our City has overdrawn cash balances, and we want to use money we have set aside? I would be curious to know if the City Council approved this,the Board of Works, or just the Mayor and the Clerk-Treasurer?

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 7:46 PM


15 years ago when we moved here I was paying $600 more in property taxes than I am now....Our state legislators conned the majority of voters into thinking that lowering property taxes was the thing to do in order to get elected and look good...Why did no one ask how we were going to pay to keep our communities in shape???

At least we didn't raise sales tax to make up for the difference as that would have hit the poor even more...What did happen though is it is now hitting those making money as a local income tax on top of the federal and state tax...so I guess that has made up for the cut in property taxes but makes the local government politicians look like the greedy ones when it was the state ones who pushed them into a corner where they had to get the money from somewhere.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 7:51 PM

I am as conservative as they come but I would be more than happy to pay a wheel tax if the local governments used the money for the roads. If you guys want to see pathetic roads take a drive through the county. The county commissioners need to be fired during the next election. If they would have done prevenative maintenance on the roads over time they would not be in this horrible condition. But of course there's never enough money, thats all you hear. My neighbor called about the road we live on and the county highway dept. said they couldnt bring gravel because they were out, and there is no money for more!!!!! But when you read the paper they want to turn the old jail into a juvenile detention center. Can the paper actually publish what the tax payers are paying for?

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 7:32 AM

I absolutely in no capacity work for the city, you assume that i do because I appreciate the roads being repaved, how is this connected to working for the city ? Do you not appreciate improvements ? Well, I absolutely can alleviate your concerns, I do not even work in this county let alone the city I happen to have an impartial view point sorry that it differs with yours as I would suspect you work for the city and things are not going your way.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 12:34 PM

Take a breath. That is one long winded sentence.

-- Posted by BWare on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 3:02 PM


FIRST AND FOREMOST, as bad as some of the city streets are, simply resurfacing isn't going to fix the problem. The base of the road needs to be repaired first. I hope an engineer, representing the city, is going to be involved in this project and that Wabash Valley Asphalt (or who ever receives the bid) doesn't just lay another 1 or 2 or 2 " of blacktop on whatever is already there. It would look pretty and be done before the election, but would only last a few years if we are lucky.

NOTANATIVE.... I'm not sure what this posting has to do with resurfacing the roads, maybe finance. Anyway, you really need to do your homework regarding your statements. Government ran jails/prisons virtually NEVER make money. Like the military, they provide a service and spend not generate monies. Which year state budget should be referred to, to see how much money the Indiana Dept. Of Corrections brought into the state coffers? LOL The move to privatized, lower level security facilities is simply economy of scale. Your statement, "They circulate not only government funding but private funding as well." What does that mean? I hope you were implying that they spend money that turns over, thus stimulating the economy. Do you know the per diem cost per person in such a facility? You will find $62 per day isn't out of the ordinary. As for history showing "War and Prisons" being money makers... LOL. Again, the military and corrections don't make money, but they spend it. When the government spends money, theoretically it puts people to work and more taxes are collected. A dollar spent used to "turn over" seven times, putting people to work, generating goods and taxes. CAB

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 5:16 PM

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