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Mayor Wyndham addresses Chamber

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham is confident 2013 will turn out just as good as 2012.

On Tuesday, Wyndham was the featured speaker during the monthly meeting of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce at the Renaissance Reception and Conference Center.

During his presentation, Wyndham told chamber members he believed 2013 would bring a lot of changes to the City of Brazil.

"Some great things are going to happen in this city in a short amount of time," Wyndham said.

Wyndham told those in attendance work on the Pogue's Run project is nearly complete, which will pave the way for the state to begin work on the United States 40 project.

"We've got our ducks in a row," he said. "The wheels are in motion."

The U.S. 40 project, which has been in the works for several years, will call for a wider road through the city, new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, among other items.

Wyndham said he believes the project can only help the city in the long run.

"You have one shot at a first impression," he said. "It's going to look beautiful, and that's a big deal. By changing the look ... it changes the attitude.

"There is opportunity here. We have a great community spirit. There will be growing pains, but I want you to embrace this project, not be afraid of it. Once this is done, it will attract people to this community."

During the presentation, Wyndham also discussed the state of the city and how his first year in office went.

"It's been an exciting year for me," he said. "We're moving in the right direction. There has been a lot of progress."

Wyndham provided updates from each city department.

For example, he said he was pleased with how the Forest Park Golf Board increased its revenue by 43 percent last year.

"They have the right goals to make things work," Wyndham said.

In addition, he said through the National Stabilization Project (NSP) -- a project spearheaded by the Planning and Zoning Department -- local realtors helped with the selling of several of the new homes that were built in 2012.

"This helps revitalize the area," he said.

Wyndham said the Brazil Street Department was able to purchase additional equipment, which has helped.

"Those guys work very hard with what they have to work with," he said, adding helping the street department was a top priority heading into office.

Wyndham said some cost-saving ideas were implemented in his first year, which helped create additional money for the city to use on various projects, including city streets.

"The city streets are a big issue," he said. "They need attention."

Wyndham said blacktop would be used on several city streets this year, making travel smoother.

"I'll guarantee it," he said. "We're moving forward. I feel like our departments are in pretty good shape. We all have the same common goals.

"(I want you to) feel good about where we're at. We're in a good place."

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What happened to the new homes built 4 years ago that sat and still sit empty.? Did all those get sold?

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 7:02 PM

When we get all these new sidewalks, curbs and gutters where will the parking be? There isnt any on Jackson Street either, so what are the businesses downtown supposed to do? Also, why does Brazil stop at Depot Street? Parades, the new street lights, curbs, etc.... Businesses in the west end pay just the say tax rate as all the other businesses on National Avenue but see none of the benefits.

-- Posted by tcschurick on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 8:19 AM

We've heard this same story before, I'll believe it when I see it.

-- Posted by sixfoottown on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 8:41 AM

Good Job Brian!

-- Posted by Opinion1 on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 8:49 AM

Of course his first year was exciting........he gave himself a big raise that extends over 4 years! I have yet to hear about the water system. Unless they fix it, those nice new streets will be torn up to repair the water lines. Let's put the horse in front of the cart for once.....

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 11:45 AM

As far as the houses that the city built, I was interested in purchasing one, and I make too much money apparently. I would have loved to purchase one. Oh well, I'll just build my own.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 7:35 PM

These homes are not worth resale.Construction is mid level at best in comparison. If you cannot get a resale value, why go into debt? Leave your ignorant, anonymous (therefore wimpy) comments now...LOL!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 2:58 AM

ya all think i was ticked off about the flooding issue a couple years ago. all this bs on the 40 project, all the bs about retention pond; it is what it is. bs talks / actions walk. now the city of brazil and it's wounderful utilities have blessed our humble home again. those utilities have "blown out" directly underneath my house. when it rains; storm drains and sewer drains are surcharging directly into my crawlspace depositing waste, toxins and who knows what else. it has already started washing all the dirt underneath the foundation and footers.

therefore i wish to thank certain prior and current officials for taking quick, prompt and responsible action for the last 18 years in resolving this issue. thank you for depositing your waste and trash on my wife, children and our home. thank you for almost completly destroying my bussiness and livelihood. we really appreciate your cooperation and efforts in this matter.

oh, by the way, i know the city of brazil was properly served by public notice; a reservation of rights. the city also knows the road they have forced me to now follow.

again; thanks city of brazil for treating my family and home with the utmost respect.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 6:05 PM

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