The state has granted extensions on $1.2 million in grants for the town's capital projects, giving the officials some much needed breathing room after the money was briefly rescinded at the end of last year.
Town officials had been scrambling to put proposals together for bidding on the six projects, which were funded at $200,000 each and were required to be completed by the end of June. Former Governor Mitt Romney cancelled the grants in November, but Governor Deval Patrick reinstated them when he took office in January.
The state has pushed the deadline back to June 30, 2008 for completion of work on several projects, including fixing the Choate Park dam, improving recreation fields, and rehabbing the Thayer Homestead, Public Services Director David D'Amico said.
D'Amico said two of the projects, replacing a vehicle wash bay at the town's public works garage and developing a new drainage system for the Brentwood neighborhood, won't need extensions as they are substantially underway. The final grant paid for cleanup after a major storm last summer.
-- Alison O'Leary Murray
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