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Rep. Walsh brings good news to town

July 17, 2011

CHARLESTOWN - Rep. Donna Walsh (D - Dist. 36) was on hand at the Charlestown Town Council meeting Monday night to update the council on any new state legislation that is going to directly impact the town.
It was mostly good news for Charlestown.

The Ninigret Breachway, and Route 1A, are both going to finally be repaired.

The breachway project has been something that the town council has been trying to encourage state legislators to follow up on for the past two years. After persistent efforts by the town, as well as by Walsh, the state has granted Charlestown $729,100 for the dredging of Ninigret Breach-way.

“I think the greatest accomplishment has been the breach-way money,” Walsh said, facing the town council as she spoke.

According to Town Council President Thomas Gentz, the town has put aside a total of $300,000 for the dredging of the breachway. He was relieved that the state finally came through for the town.

“We have been trying for the last few years to get the state to keep up with their commitment to dredge that land,” said. “It’s a state responsibility and to accomplish that the town has put aside $150,000 this year and $150,000 last year for dredging purposes.”

Gentz continued to say that by showing the state that the town is willing to participate in this project and help with the funding, was crucial in the legislation. Rep. Walsh agreed.

“The convincing argument for getting this money was that the people of Charlestown cared enough to put aside $300,000 for it,” she said.
Now the town will have a total of $1,029,100 to dredge the Ninigret Breachway. Dredging is an excavation process used to replenish sand on beaches and keep waterways navigable.

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