Public comment due on Monroe emergency planning

MONROE — The Monroe Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Planning Department has updated the Monroe multi-hazard mitigation plan.

Funding for the update has been provided through a grant from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The next steps are to provide a public comment period, finalize the plan and seek approval from MEMA and FEMA.

Once the updated plan is approved by FEMA and adopted by the town, Monroe will be eligible for state and federal grant money to fund pre- and post-disaster mitigation projects to reduce the impact of future natural and man-made disasters. These funds are co-administered on behalf of FEMA by MEMA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The plan can also help communities obtain credit in the form of reduced flood insurance premiums for policy holders under the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.

The draft updated plan is available for review and public comment at the Town Hall located at 3C School St. In addition, a digital copy of the plan can be viewed on the Franklin Regional Council of Governments website at www.frcog.org by clicking on the link in the “What’s New” section on the homepage. The comment period has been extended to March 24.

Comments should be directed to Pat Smith, FRCOG Senior Land Use Planner, at 413-774-3167, ext. 134 or psmith@frcog.org.

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