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City officials discuss current road paving

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Brush has been removed and trees have been cut down on the west side of South Vandalia Street in preparation of improving drainage in the area, along with proposed street paving. [Order this photo]
The City of Brazil is prepping more areas for road paving.

On Friday, Common Council of the City of Brazil member (Ward 4) Bill Lovett spoke with The Brazil Times about current work going on in the South Vandalia Street area.

"Down in the little dip just south of Mechanic Street, we have been working to clear out brush and cut out a few trees to extend and expand the ditch to improve the drainage," Lovett, who also works for the city's Storm and Wastewater Department, said. "Just about anytime it rains water covers the road and eats away at it."

He added tree stumps still need to be removed, but crews are waiting for a survey of the area for utility and water lines to ensure nothing is damaged while work is being done.

"The additional ditching, which is on the west side of Vandalia Street, will be done by Knust Excavating," Lovett said.

Once the ditching and checking of water lines in the area is complete, plans are to pave the road, which will be bid out as one package, along with the Davis Street/Lenox Street area near East Side Elementary.

"Part of the reason that area of Vandalia is so rough is that we've been in there so many times to patch and re-patch because of the water that sits on the road," Lovett said. "We want to make sure the water lines are in good shape or replaced before the roads are blacktopped so we don't have to go right back in and tear up what was just put down."

City Attorney Traci Lawson recently told The Brazil Times publishing for the solicitation of road paving bids is on hold until the water line work is complete in order to lock in the most up-to-date costs as bids are typically only good for a specific amount of time.

Lovett said crews have measured the portion of Vandalia Street from just south of the gravel access road to Morris Manufacturing to Magnolia Drive.

"This has been in the works for a long time," Lovett said. "I'm just glad we finally got all our ducks in a row to do it."

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Amazing, they "got their ducks in a row" right at election time. Amazing how that works.

-- Posted by BWare on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 8:01 PM

WOW...roads going to be paved, new water lines, new water towers. How dare they try to improve the city, can't wait to vote them out of office!!!

(I'm being sarcastic for those who can't figure that out)

-- Posted by no1special on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 7:24 AM

Notice anything about the timing, no1special? Why not 2 or 3 years ago? Politics 101.

(I'm NOT being sarcastic)

-- Posted by BWare on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 8:27 AM

Just a note...everything that Mayor Bradshaw has "accomplished" has not been her doing. She uses an accounting firm called Umbaugh & Associates to take care of these projects. God knows how much money they are getting paid. Where do you think the increase for the water goes? Obviously not to fix water lines. The water increase was done 2-3 years ago & now all the sudden the water lines are going to be fixed.

Don't fool yourself into thinking that she is in her office day & night working on these projects. She has had 4 years (took office before the last election when Tom Arthur resigned) to make these so called improvements. Another thing to remember is the city had to get a $5 million dollar loan for the water towers as the grant only covered around $2 million. These were not FREE water towers. Also maybe someone can explain why I now have to pay city taxes for a water tower up by I-70?

It is time for Mayor Bradshaw to go!

-- Posted by aab_2010 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 11:03 AM


It is sad but true, Umbaugh is being paid to do the job we pay Bradshaw to do. The facts are the facts! I agree IT IS TIME FOR BRADSHAW TO GO!

-- Posted by ArmyGuy99 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 12:19 PM

i think its too late Bye Bye

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 1:37 PM

This particular stretch of road has needed to be delt with for A LONG TIME. This road leads into Edgewood where I have lived for almost 30yrs & the far & in between patching doesn't last long. Mr. Lovett has also lived there just as long if not longer & we do not, nor have we ever, gotten special treatment because of his position so I am glad he is able to do something about this road. It's just not the people who live in this area but also the people who work in this area (Morris).

I don't care what time of year it is....THANK YOU Mr. Lovett for getting this done.

Those of you who don't like the mayor should indeed vote against her but making comments about others just because they worked with her isn't fair. Everyone & their position should be judged individually.

-- Posted by Kayk on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 2:40 PM

So between her salary, Umbaugh & Assoc., misplaced funds, "new" positions for her family/friends, personal laptop, personal cell phone, city owned car filled with city gas & city maintenance...she is the most expensive mayor we have ever had! Way to save money Mayor Ann Bradshaw. NOT!

-- Posted by GimmeABreak2 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 3:15 PM

To aab_2010: I thought the city was using Kenna out of Indy because Umbaugh was doing a bad job and they fired them.

To GimmeABreak2 where is the info coming from for the laptop, cell phone and city owned car? Is it that postcard that was mailed out that seems to be complete bs? Just asking!

-- Posted by really?inbrazil? on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 5:11 PM


Actually it was in the State Audit. Try reading it you may learn something. As far as the car, open your eyes, she drives it all over town. I don't need to read some postcard to have common sense.

-- Posted by GimmeABreak2 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 5:33 PM


I personally could care less if its election time or not. These things and alot more need to be done in the city. As far as I'm concerned this administration has done more for this city in 4 years than any other in the past 20 years. As far as who the mayor is I don't care if Peter Pan is the mayor and his fairy friends work for the city, as long as the projects continue.

-- Posted by no1special on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 6:46 PM

holy pavement pounding batman! it appears that the joker is loose in gotham city; and is attempting to do something! could it be something that is evil and underhanded? or is it something to please or benefit the henchmen of the joker? has the joker joined forces with catwoman and commissioner gorden in this ditch digging delima? what further evil befalls the good citizens of gotham city? will the planned pavement pounding produce perils to the personal private property along pogue's run? tune in next week: same bat time, same bat place, same bat channel.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 8:14 PM

Umbaugh and Associates get paid over $80K for a job Miss MQueen was elected to do.....and she gets paid also!!! NO wonder our water bill is so high. And Imagine, the city employees got a pay raise this year on top of that.,

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 10:01 PM

Brazil should do away with a mayor and hire a city manager who has an education in city administration? This hired position with all the qualifications and expereince can do so much more for the community. And by hiring someone from outsi of Brazil (perhaps)...there wouldn't be a great deal of small town politics, hopefully just business. It's worth a shot! Open your eyes Brazil, cities around the region are doing it, and have progress even in times of economic problems. Council-manager government is the way to go....Mayor-council governent needs to be replaced in Brazil. Oh, and the terrible roads might improve along with a lot of other stuff, if only given a chance.

-- Posted by hoosier01 on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 12:06 AM

no1special you are correct, they purchased a used street sweeper.

-- Posted by BWare on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 12:08 AM

I wonder whose idea it was to pave the street with asphalt anyway. Walking on the brick streets they look in better shape then the other pot hole streets with asphalt.

-- Posted by billoney on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 5:30 PM

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