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CDBG grant to televise sewer lines looks promising for Brady

Village officials could soon find out what kind of shape the town’s sewer lines are in if a grant application results in money to run a camera through the pipes.

During their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 11, village trustees approved an application for a Community Development Block Grant which would not only cover most of the cost of televising the sewer lines but also provide for global positioning system/global information system (GPS/GIS) mapping of all utility points.

The grant for $30,000, processed through West Central Nebraska Development District, will be considered for funding in the next 90 days.

If awarded, it will require a $9,500 match from the village.

“This is all a precursor to your big lagoon project,” said CJ Poltack, community development specialist with WCNDD. “It’s one of the things that was written into the lagoon study by Miller & Associates.”

Televising the sewer lines will not only provide a look at the condition of the 14,500-linear-feet of pipes, she said, but the procedure requires any obstructions to be removed as well.

“That means they would have to cut out any tree roots as they go,” she said.

The GPS/GIS portion of the grant will locate all utility connections, shut-offs and manholes. She said additional information can then be layered into the computer program.

“We’ve got a lot of question marks going into this lagoon thing,” said village chairman Jeff Miller. “This definitely needs to be done.”

Poltack said if awarded, work could begin in early fall.

“I think this looks pretty favorable,” she said.

In other action, trustees spent considerable discussion time on Community Center rental fees, which were increased during the December meeting.

Board member Todd Roe said he fielded numerous complaints alleging that charging local organizations to use the center takes the community out of the building.

“It doesn’t really matter what I think,” Roe said. “It matters who I represent and the majority of the people I represent do not feel like there should be a fee for local groups to use the building.”

Clerk Pam Diehl said the proposed fee increases and deposit amounts were designed as an accountability tool to force renters to take care of the Community Center.

But trustees voted unanimously to eliminate all fees for local organizations.

In other village business, trustees:

agreed to consider purchasing limited amounts of sand and ice-melt product from the county to use near the school to eliminate icy conditions.

discussed moving or removing stop signs at two intersections: River and Market streets and Commercial and Locust. Trustees agreed public input is necessary so the board will revisit the proposals at next month’s meeting.

approved the sale of a sickle-bar mower to Ed Kinnish for $150. Kinnish’s sealed bid was the only one received.

re-appointed all positions on local boards and committees with no new assignments.

voted to allow Jeaninne Davis to rent the old village office building for $75 per month to be used initially as storage. Trustees agreed repairs need to done in the building to make it functional and they also voted to assess the needs. In the meantime, Davis said she is willing to rent it as-is for now with the intent to share the cost of repairs if she decides to run a business there.

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