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Bradshaw pleased with tenure

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ann Bradshaw
Ann Bradshaw will leave the mayor's office in January pleased with her time as mayor and for the future.

According to Bradshaw, some of her fondest memories in office have to do with upgrades to the water system.

"One of the major accomplishments has been the two water towers," Bradshaw said. "(Also) The SCATA system, fire hydrants, some water lines as well, booster station and the valve turning machine, that's all really been major."

The water tower project, which will be completed in the near future, has been something Bradshaw has worked on the majority of her time in office.

"Actually at a point, not during my time as mayor, a company came in and checked the tower, and I was told that they estimated in approximately three years it could start springing leaks," Bradshaw said about how the water tower project began. "And I was asked do you just want to renovate it or what, and I said 'no.'"

Bradshaw said the next step was securing the grant for the water tower.

"In May of 2010 we received the grant of $2,222,872," Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said another moment that stands out to her is how the community pulled together in the wake of Cpl. Gregory Stultz's death.

"The community really came together the day that they brought him home," Bradshaw said. "The streets were lined, and it was amazing,"

Looking to the future, Bradshaw said she is ready to transition into her role as council member and to work with the incoming mayor Brian Wyndham, and has already been meeting with him to help bring him up to speed.

"We've had some meetings," Bradshaw said. "I'm trying to help him as much as possible, and I'll help him in any way I can."

Bradshaw, who was the first female mayor of Brazil, said helping people is one of the most important aspects of holding the title.

"I helped everybody that I could help when they came to me," Bradshaw said. "If it was at all possible, they received help with whatever the problem was.

"I've always enjoyed helping people there's a lot to this job, and that's OK, but that's is what you're here for (to help people)."

Bradshaw said over the course of her time in office she had good relationships with the people she worked with.

"I do want to say that I had a good relationship with the council members, the board of works members, and of course everybody in the mix. We did fine, and that's what it takes," Bradshaw said. "You work together, and you go forward."

Bradshaw also said she was thankful for the support she had from the community.

"I want to thank them for their support through the years," Bradshaw said. "The people here are great, they really are."

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As an outgoing council member, I want to say what a pleasure it is to call Ann House Bradshaw my friend, as well as co-worker in city government. We, as a entity accomplished a lot. What I'm most proud of is reducing the city debt from $900,000 four years ago to approximately $100,000 today.

Steve Lamb

-- Posted by steve47834 on Mon, Dec 26, 2011, at 6:50 PM

Mr. Lamb, I believe with the new water towers, the city is now approximately 5 Million dollars in debt give or take several hundred thousand dollars. So we actually went from $900,000 to around 5 Million in debt during your time on the council. As then article states, "In May of 2010 we received the grant of $2,222,872," Bradshaw said. But what it does not say is the project costs were over 7 Million dollars initially. I believe I read that a loan was taken out by the city for the remaining 5 Million dollars, this is money that the city will have to pay back, and therefore it is a debt. It's no wonder the city is in the financial position we are in. When even the council members that were involved and voted on the project don't understand that they have created an enormous debt.

Now, I also understand that there is going to be a special council meeting within the next few days at which time the City Clerk (who is also a friend of Mayor Bradshaw) is expected to ask the council for a second deputy clerk's position. This position will be created so that the daughter of our outgoing Mayor will have a position after Mayor Bradshaw leaves office. During past administrations (including the Bradshaw administration), there has never been a need for a second deputy clerk. I find it strange that the request could not wait for the new council to be seated. We will see this week if what I'm hearing is true and if so, I think we have an integrity issue with some of our government officials. If I understand correctly what I am hearing, outgoing council members Steve Lamb and Bill Lovett along with current council member Brad Deal are all expected to vote to give the clerk the new position. This vote will insure the outgoing mayors' daughter a position that will not be under the direct control of the incoming Mayor. Now, I'm not saying that Mayor Bradshaw's daughter shouldn't be considered for a job if she is qualified, I'm just saying that the outgoing council members should not be voting on creating a position for her as their last governmental act. If the Clerks office can justify the need for the new position, (and justify the money to pay for it) then let the new council vote it into being after the first of the year, It's only a week away after all. This way it will not look so shady. I certainly hope none of what I'm hearing is true and that they are only rumors.

-- Posted by zombiekiller on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 1:14 AM


-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 7:21 AM


Looks like nothing will change in Brazil!

I'm told, 15% of All politicans admit they are liars and thieves and the other 85 % lie about it.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 9:20 AM

Heresay or not .. ZOMBIE makes some very valid points. It's easy to paint a rosy picture of the financial situation our city is in .. why not just call it what it is? People will respect you a lot more if you just tell the truth. Sheesh.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 11:09 AM

If they pull this off it only shows sour grapes from these 3 councilmen.Waiting for the new council this late in the year is the right thing to do.I can say things go around and come around and the clerk and all these councilmen will remember this the next election and this includes the out going mayor,I believe if they pass this it shows thier true colors.Perhaps the new council can quickly nulify this if it passes.

For Steve Lamb telling us all we have is 100,000 in debt shame on you,do you think us citizens are stupid?

-- Posted by clycogrl on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 11:36 AM

I was referring to monies owed to companies from YEARS ago.

The end.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 12:33 PM

Why would there be a need for two deputies, a clerk and a full time accounting firm? How much is that costing the city when our roads are in deplorable condition? This is a very sneaky way of employing the Mayor's daughter!! The son in-law was already moved to the fire department in front of other well qualified candidates. Do the citizens also realize that a "few" of the favorite employees who would be replaced with the new Mayor coming in have already been "laid off" so they can receive unemployment? If this had been on the up and up it would not have been done in an executive session! I think if the citizens would demand accountability from these officials this would not be going on behind closed doors.

-- Posted by letsgettherealtruth on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 12:39 PM

All I can say is GOOD RIDDENCE MAYOR BRADSHAW AND ALL YOUR CRONIES!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe now with new council the City of Brazil can move forward! OH BUT WAIT....it can't move forward because you are now a new councilwoman! DAGNABIT Brazil just can't win!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 2:48 PM

I'm told, 15% of All politicans admit they are liars and thieves and the other 85 % lie about it.

steve47834 which percent are you , oh you aren't really a politician , my fault. I think I know where the mayor is.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 3:44 PM

zombiekiller: I think your post about the cities debt is "off the mark". I believe that Mr. Lamb was referring to paying down $900k worth of past debt caused by bad financial management of past administrations. Yes the city is now in debt for a new water system, but at least they have something to show for it. It would be like making payments for many years on a vehicle that you no longer even have around to drive versus buying and making payments on a new vehicle that will give you many years of service and pleasure. The new water system will serve the citizens of Brazil for many years to come, and there's no way to have it without going into debt to get it done!

-- Posted by open minded on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 6:00 PM

Good luck Ann...You left Brazil and the mayor's office in a better position than when you found it. I wish you and the new mayor luck in the future!

-- Posted by Daryl Andrews on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 7:21 PM

Oh, the tangled web we weave, when we first deceive.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 11:17 PM

Thank you Mayor Bradshaw for your leadership and your wisdom. The new water system is a good start now lets fix up these 1911 roads.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Dec 28, 2011, at 11:36 AM

I hate to see Mrs. Bradshaw leave office but I wish Mr. Wyndham the best of luck. I hope you try and do a good job and I hope you have broad enough shoulders to handle all the critcism that will be dished at you. It doesn't seem to matter to some people how hard someone works while in office, and it doesn't matter the accomplishments you make either. They are going to complain about the streets and then complain when you spend money to fix them and so on. And when one of your officers or staff do something stupid, it will be your fault too, so be ready to take the blame on that. You are also going to be labeled and slandered, and God forbid in a small town, if you hire someone related, even if they are more than qualified. Call it nepotism if you want, it doesn't matter who you are or where you go, that is just how it is. Mrs. Bradshaw has done a wonderful job for our community and will continue to do so on our council. I really wish she could have stayed in office and finished her current projects, but all good things must end. Again, Good luck Mr. Wyndham.

-- Posted by TheShadow on Wed, Dec 28, 2011, at 2:42 PM

I believe her lack of leadership is one of the reasons she lost the mayoral election.

-- Posted by AreYourKiddingMe on Wed, Dec 28, 2011, at 4:04 PM

AreYourKiddingMe: I agree, and the lack of attendance at either of the two public forum's. She can fool the people of Brazil 3, but she cannot fool the residents of the rest of the city. Good luck Mr. Wyndham.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 6:39 AM

i don't see how anyone can help Brazil, The mayor's office SHOULD be a full time job. I think this job is only to help their own business.

I think the Good Luck should be towards Brazil and it's future.

Mr. Wyndham said he was trying to get the roads fixed locally and do most of the work inhouse.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 10:58 AM

I feel the new council should make the clerk's added employee decision too. Not to say new employee would not be good (if needed) but the new council needs to decide this. Who is going to pay for this move? City tax payers, I guess.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 11:21 AM

To TheShadow, any chance you are a related person who got hired?

I find it highly suspicious that we are now cramming in as many sessions as we can before the end of the term and moving people around. Sure looks like a bid to maintain control of as much as possible. If these were such good ideas, why are we moving so many things AWAY from the mayor AFTER the incumbent lost the election? Exactly how many positions have been created and filled by relatives in this term?

-- Posted by CaptDan on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 8:36 PM

she is happy with keeping her and her relatives with a paycheck.

by the way. Who pays for the gas for the city police to drive their cars home to the vigo county line 7 days week. there is 2 cars. at the same house.

-- Posted by xray on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 10:45 PM

Read the comments:

If you got something from the city during the Ann Bradshaw term: You Love Her.

If you didn't get something or got hammered: She was a horrible mayor.

If you just looked on, not biased: Not great but not horrible, self serving, wallet and bottom line padding.

Look you people need to get a grip. You act like you think these people should represent you. Thats a hilarious joke that is getting really, really worn.

Unlawful corporate governments serve themselves not persons in their districts. Your just a shareholder, not a real person. You simply represent a tax base and therefore a revenue stream, nothing more.

-- Posted by ClayPrepper on Sat, Dec 31, 2011, at 11:45 PM

Would any one like some cheese to go along with your WHINE, WHINE, WHINE.....

Like Abe Lincoln said You can please some of the people some of time, but you can't Please all of the the people, all of the time ....."

Best of luck to you ANN in what ever you do!!! I am proud to call you Friend.

Love you,

Vicky (Howard) Young!

-- Posted by Former Brazilian on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 4:47 PM

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