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Spend this money now!

Posted by Martin Finucane March 11, 2007 02:29 PM


Due to state-level political snafus, Medway may not be able to take full advantage of more than $1 million in capital grants from the state.

The town has until June 30 to spend the money earmarked for six specific projects but is having a hard time spending the money by that deadline, town officials told two state legislators who visited last week.

Town Administrator Suzanne Kennedy said former Gov. Mitt Romney allowed the grants last summer, then cut the funding after the November election, leaving towns like Medway in limbo with half-planned projects until Gov. Deval Patrick reinstated the grants in January. Some of Medway's projects, including adding to the senior center on Oakland Street and repairing the Choate Park dam, could be completed by the deadline.

But others, including a truck wash bay at the town public works garage, might not, Kennedy said. Senator Karen Spilka, (D-Framingham) told Medway officials that the state's tight budget situation is likely to make it hard to get the deadline extended and they should consider options such as prepaying for projects so the money will be spent in time.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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