By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced to city councilors the receipt of more than $154,000 in grants for the Council on Aging (COA) and the Police Department at the Oct. 7 council meeting. The new grants come on the heels of a $64,000 award, and the application for a $1.2 million road construction grant the mayor announced less than two months ago.
These grants, when combined with more than $850,000 the city has received since January add up to $1.1 million, and the potential $1.2 million grant to rebuild Simarano Drive. The largest amounts were received by the Council on Aging, including the Senior Center, for more than $800,000 and the Police Department with $175,000 for a host of programs, including the first K-9 program.
Councilors accepted the $53,624 award from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and $99,805 given by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to the Marlborough Police Department.
According to a communication from Jennifer Claro, Marlborough Senior Center director, the funds will be used to provide exercise classes, conduct a weekly wellness clinic, staffed by a VNA nurse, and “to provide additional enrichment, programmatic and administrative support.”
Other grants awarded to the COA include two $5,000 awards from Bay Path Elder Services to provide for continuation of educational and enrichment programs targeted towards Portuguese and Latino populations, and a second to enhance the city's scheduled senior transportation services to area retail locations.
The award to the Police Department is a reimbursement grant that will be used to offset personnel costs to the Public Safety Dispatching Center, to purchase fire alarm repeater equipment, and to purchase new dispatch chairs.
In other business, councilors approved the installation of a new utility pole on Kings Grant Road, which was reported by the Fire Department to be a safety issue. The new pole will alleviate low hanging wires and help maintain proper clearances of wires over the public way.
The emergency measure was brought to the council's attention at a recent meeting by Ward Six Councilor Ed Clancy who stressed the need to act on the matter as soon as possible. It was referred to the Public Safety Committee, chaired by Ward 7 Councilor Don Landers, who asked for a suspension of rules at the Oct. 7 meeting to act immediately on the situation, which was echoed by Councilor Mark Oram. Council President Trish Pope in passing the measure asked representatives of National Grid to notify the council with contact names so they could follow up on the action if necessary.