Workshop helps residents narrow focus of Brazil's comprehensive plan
More than 20 people gathered at Pappy’s Bar-B-Que Thursday night to help shape Brazil’s future.
Scott Siefker and Haley James of Taylor, Siefker & Williams Design Group led the effort to choose ideas that had been shared in earlier meetings that may be incorporated into a comprehensive plan for the City of Brazil.
Those present dined on appetizers and soft drinks while filling out worksheets and prioritizing ideas in four categories:
• Construct Brazil: Infrastructure and Environment
• Connect Brazil: Mobility and Opportunity
• Create Brazil: Economic Development and Innovation
• Celebrate Brazil: People, places, and history
“We really want to have a dialogue with the community,” Siefker said.
Siefker’s company has helped write comprehensive plans for towns as small as 50 people and for larger cities such as Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky, he said.
The comprehensive plan will give direction to local government and it will open the door to possible grants, Siefker said in a previous meeting.
Those present expressed enthusiasm for the effort to create a comprehensive plan.
“I think it’s gone very well,” said Mike McClellan. “I think it’s been very well attended and hopefully there will be some good ideas out of this that can help improve the city of Brazil.”
“I’m excited that something is being done to improve Brazil,” John Lee said. “I think this will go a long way to really improve the image of Brazil.”
“It’s wonderful that we have the crowd that we do have and people are interested in what we’re doing, trying to make long-range plans,” said City Councilman Roy Kellar. “I think it will come to reality.”