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Rep. Hill, Sen. Lovely bring good financial news to Topsfield
Rep. Brad Hill and Sen. Joan Lovely informed the Topsfield selectmen Monday night that the town will be receiving funds to offset the costs of several projects.
Sen. Joan Lovely and Rep. Brad Hill were present at last week’s Topsfield Board of Selectmen meeting to provide legislative updates. There were a number of Topsfield projects that Lovely and Hill spoke to, including the $100,000 price tag of an elevator for the newly renovated Town Hall.
“While you were initially turned down for the grant,” Hill said, “we were able to get $30,000 of that grant, and to get the government to sign off on not less than $75,000 for the remainder under the General Appropriation Act. We are working feverishly with the administration to get that cash delivered.”
With regard to the town’s downtown (sidewalks, parking, etc.), Topsfield did not initially receive grant money. Hill reported to the Board that under the Economic Bond Bill, they have secured “not less than $500,000 that shall be expended for the reconfiguration and renovation to the downtown area in the Town of Topsfield.” Hill reminded the Board that this is a bonded project, not cash, so when the bond is finalized, funds will be provided.
There are two projects that fall under the heading of Environmental Bond Bill. Hill reported that “not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the construction of the water treatment plant in the town of Topsfield.” The second project for which funds will be provided is the environmental abatement of soil contamination and asbestos removal at the Town Hall, in the amount of $250,000.
Finally the delegates were pleased to report a $76,000 increase in reimbursements for fiscal 2019 for regional school transportation with an additional $20,000 in unrestricted government aid.
“You were heard loud and clear,” Hill said. “This was a priority in the budget.”
“We are extremely grateful for what you do on our behalf,” Selectmen Boyd Jackson said, “We know the provisions of the Bond Bill won’t come immediately, but we can get started and plow that money back in when it comes.”
“It’s an honor to represent this very lovely town,” said Lovely, “I enjoy this wonderful community.”