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Board of Public Work and Safety approves payments

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Recently, the Brazil Board of Public Work and Safety approved payments for three companies who have worked with the city in anticipation of state work on United States 40.

The board approved a payment of $571.20, to First Group Engineering, Indianapolis, for appraising reviews and the transfer of documents.

In addition, the board approved a payment of $1,528, for Williams Creek Consulting, Indianapolis, for a natural resource assessment, as well as identifying and classifying wetlands.

The board also approved two separate payments of $5,040, for AECOM Technical Services, Indianapolis, for identifying all utilities and coordinating the movement of utilities in the future.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said the city has been working with these companies in reference to the Pogue's Run Detention Pond project.

"It's moving forward," Wyndham said. "We'll probably start seeing more claims coming in on this Pogue's Run project."

Several years ago, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and various other state officials set up a plan for improvements along U.S. 40.

The plan for Brazil included widening the road through the city by taking away portions of sidewalks.

Wyndham said in order for the plan to move forward, the city must complete work on the Pogue's Run Detention Pond project.

Wyndham also said the city has been in negotiations with property owners in the area of the proposed detention pond.

He said the city had to purchase seven properties or easements to move things forward.

According to Wyndham, the city is still in negotiations with two property owners regarding right-of-ways.

Wyndham also said work on the U.S. 40 project through Brazil could start as early as this year, and could take approximately two or three construction seasons to complete.

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