HOPKINTON — During Tuesday night’s town council meeting, Hopkinton Town Planner James J. Lamphere, delivered the good news that the town will receive $96,000 in grants to mitigate the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) will be used for four town projects including generators for Crandall House and the town hall, modifications to the Hopkinton Animal Shelter, and town-wide comprehensive plan amendments.
“We were definitely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, no question about it. And the four things that we got funded here, if we had had them, then Hurricane Sandy would not have affected us the way it did,” said Lamphere.
After attending a town planners’ workshop in Charlestown, Lamphere learned that public buildings such town hall were eligible for the grants. He also solicited input from the Hopkinton’s town department heads to understand what areas needed upgrading for the next storm.
“We applied for six projects and we got four of them. That’s 90 percent, so that’s pretty good,” Lamphere said.
“And we were the only town that does not have shoreline frontage so we did very well getting the $96,000,” he added.
The town will receive $35,000 toward a new generator for the town hall. According to the CDBG application, the town is considering purchasing a propane-fueled generator that would tie into Thayer House’s fuel tank if it is found to be feasible; otherwise, the town will might switch to a diesel-powered generator for the town hall, which will have extra associated installation costs.
Lamphere added that the generator for the town hall will be appropriately sized to accommodate the future addition to the building.
The town received also $35,000 toward an emergency generator for Crandall House, Hopkinton’s senior citizen activity center. The amount also included a fuel tank, transfer switch, and other installation equipment as well as extensive panel modification.
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