Potential grant match sole article on Deerfield STM warrant

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/28/2020 5:47:49 PM

DEERFIELD — Adoption of the lone article on Wednesday’s Special Town Meeting warrant would make funding available should Deerfield win a state grant to replace the failing Kelleher Drive culvert and to make other environmentally-sensitive improvements.

Voters at Deerfield Town Offices will be asked if they agree to transfer $196,895 from general stabilization for the required cash match for a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant from the state. At a Jan. 21 Deerfield Selectboard meeting, Chair Trevor McDaniel said the state would pay 75 percent of the cost if the grant is received.

The Special Town Meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

The plan is to replace the Kelleher Drive culvert, and install “green infrastructure” at Deerfield Elementary School and in the town center. The improvement project would also include revision of Deerfield bylaws to promote climate resiliency and low-impact development. According to the town website, Deerfield would actively engage youth from Deerfield and surrounding communities by involving students at Frontier Regional School in designing water conservation measures for the high school’s campus.

Selectboard member Carolyn Shores Ness said the state grant would provide $326,900 for the culvert project, and the town would have to match $108,900.

At the Jan. 21 meeting, she said attendance at Wednesday’s Special Town Meeting is of the utmost importance.

“It’s critical that people come,” she said. “And the reason why is we need to sign the contract on Jan. 31.”

“Hopefully, the town will support us in the grant that we hope to get,” McDaniel said.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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