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Town Receives $675,887 More from FEMA

The town recently received $675,886.96 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – on top of the $121,000 it received in November, 2015 – to reimburse the town for part of the money it spent on replacing the Godfrey Brook culverts under Main St. (Rt. 16) and under Congress Terrace, Westbrook St. and West Walnut St. in 2015 and 2016.

Highway Superintendent Scott Crisafulli applied for the funds in 2014 through two submissions under FEMA's Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program. When those grants were awarded, the town then projected it would receive $800,000 from FEMA. The 2015 payment and this month's payment equal $796,887. The terms of the grant called for Milford to pay for the work first, and then be reimbursed.

The town allocated $2.6 million for the two projects, with Town Meeting Members voting in May, 2015 to appropriate $500,000 through property taxes, transfer $1 million from the town's "free cash" account and borrow $1.1 million. Town Treasurer Christopher Pilla said this month that the $1.1 million was never borrowed, and he plans to take steps to rescind that borrowing authorization.

Not borrowing that money makes the actual cost to Milford taxpayers for the two projects only $703,113 – calculated by subtracting the $796,887 from FEMA from the town's remaining allocated $1.5 million. Town Administrator Richard Villani told the Board of Selectmen on February 6 that a $75,135 balance remains in the project account – which further reduced the town's share of the two projects to $626,978.

Villani and board members said the $75,135 balance could be used to pay for the engineering design plans for repairing another section of Godfrey Brook. At the selectmen's January 23 meeting, Crisafulli recommended the next section of the brook to be tackled should be between Church and Water Streets, due to frequent flooding along that section.




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