Town Meeting Wednesday
GREENVILLE — Residents will gather for the second time on Wednesday to discuss one of the town’s most pressing issues — repairs to High Street, which has been closed to through traffic since a 2010 landslide.
At the 2012 Town Meeting, Greenville residents voted to accept $1.5 million in federal and state funds to repair the road. But as the engineering phase of the project was competed and construction bids were gathered to stabilize the slope and reopen the road, it became clear that the funds were not going to be sufficient. The town was still short by nearly $350,000. The majority of the work will be paid for by state and federal grant funds, which are slated to expire at the end of this year.
During Town Meeting on Wednesday, the town will be asking residents for approval to raise $86,929 in taxation. This is 25 percent of the total cost. The rest of the funds, $260,787, will be paid by the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The warrant also asks the town to accept the grant funds. The article in non lapsing and will not lapse until either the project is complete or December of 2014.
The town will be seeking to continue slope stabilization on the rest of the road at a later date. The Select Board discussed including that cost with FEMA, but the federal agency was not willing to cover 75 percent of the cost for the rest of the street under the town’s current grant. However, the town appears to be a good candidate for a future, separate grant under the same program. The estimated cost of stabilizing the rest of the High Street slope is $340,000 after contingency. If the project is accepted by FEMA’s grant program, 75 percent of the cost will be covered by the federal grant.
The meeting will be held in the lower level meeting room in the Greenville Town Hall on Main Street at 7 p.m.
Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.