Town seeks another grant for Brownfields

Northborough – Just as the town is preparing to ask for bids to clean up the former Fish and Game Club property at 167 Bearfoot Road, it is also preparing to seek a second $200,000 grant to pay for it.

The town has already received a $200,000 grant to clean up the lead and arsenic contamination on the property, but the cost of clean-up could be as high as $1 million.

The Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on the new grant application at its Nov. 10 meeting, as required. However, only Town Administrator John W. Coderre and selectmen spoke at the hearing.

"As you know, we are in the process of getting ready to go out to bid to perform the remediation at the old Fish and Game property," Coderre said. "We had prior to this sought and received a $200,000 Brownfields EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] grant. Through some close review, we've determined that we may be eligible potentially for another grand up to the maximum of $200,000."

Because the grant is competitive, Northborough may not receive the money, but Coderre said he wanted to apply for it.

"I am cautiously optimistic that we may see something from it," he said.

The selectmen agreed to have Coderre write a letter for the board in favor of the grant at Coderre's request to add to the application.

"We have been in contact, as you all know, with [U.S. Rep. James P.] McGovern's office and we have been in touch with them as we were going through the application process here," Coderre said. "He's indicated through his office that they will support us fully in applying for this grant."

The town is committed to paying for the remediation, and any grant money would off set the town's direct cost, he said.

"What [the grant] would ultimately do is reduce the amount that we would need to bond to complete the project," he said.

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