|Environmental Bond Bill Contains Earmarks for Dalton, Hinsdale|
|02:59PM / Monday, June 18, 2018|
BOSTON — State Rep. Paul W. Mark of Peru joined his colleagues in putting forth a comprehensive environmental bond bill containing more than $2 billion for improvements to air, water, parkway and trail quality across the commonwealth. Within this bill, Mark was able to secure $5.5 million dollars in earmarks for environmental revitalization and cleanup in Berkshire and Franklin counties.
"These funds will help our communities undertake important projects that will improve our environment and quality of life while also providing a path forward for sustainable growth," the Peru Democrat said.
H.4559 allocates $1 million for the removal of hazardous materials and cleanup at the old Dalton High School site; $500,000 for flood and drainage improvements surrounding the Skyline Trail in the town of Hinsdale; and $500,000 for pond dredging and safety improvements at Highland Park in the city of Greenfield.
The bill also re-authorizes a $1 million grant to the town of Greenfield for environmental remediation and brownfield redevelopment at the former Bendix site and $2.5 million for the building of a gravity-fed sewer connecting Main Street and Jacksonville Road to the sewage treatment plant in the town of Colrain through a former 2014 bond bill, effectively renewing these accounts until 2023.
The Senate will also debate an environmental bond bill in the coming weeks.