$64K grant to cover culvert replacement, document digitization in Erving

Staff Writer
Published: 2/12/2020 5:42:43 PM

ERVING — Thanks to a $64,000 grant through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, the town plans to replace under-sized and damaged culverts on Wheelock Street, digitize Town Hall records and switch its storage method to a cloud-based server.

According to Administrative Coordinator Bryan Smith, these measures, which will be ongoing over the next year, “will increase Erving’s resiliency throughout times of a changing climate when natural disasters occur more often and with more force.”

Erving’s $64,000 grant is part of a total $11.6 million in funding announced by the Baker-Polito Administration on Feb. 5. Smith said Erving received its MVP designation in July 2018, which allowed it to create a resiliency plan outlining priority projects and the potential hazards caused by climate change.

“We had priority for five projects. There are some in progress, like getting a generator for the public water supply in Ervingside,” Smith said. “We also had an assessment made on all our culverts, which ended in November.”

Informed by the data from the assessment, the town will focus on replacing under-sized and damaged culverts using the funding.

“We’re going to be working with an engineer to determine the scope of the work that should be done, once we get the conceptual design approved and the environmental permitting,” Smith said. “Construction will likely start next year.”

Smith said the town is also aiming to make documents more easily accessible, hence the planned digitization of records and switching to a cloud-based server.

“In case the documents were lost, we will still have them digitally,” Smith said. “It will be a virtual town hall.”

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263.


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