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June 12. 2014 9:32PM

No federal funds available for Milford's South Street project


Chairman of the Milford Board of Selectmen Gary Daniels, left, and Town Administrator Guy Scaife discuss the South Street Project at Tuesday’s meeting. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys)

MILFORD — Community Director Bill Parker had good news and bad news for the Board of Selectmen regarding the South Street safety improvement and utility relocation project.

At Monday’s meeting, the board approved the resolution to obtain the easements on South Street required by law to keep the project moving forward.

The petition laid out the easements on properties associated with the project.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Milford Town Hall.

“Everything is ready to go on South Street except there is no federal money,” said Parker.

The town received an email Monday from Bill Cass, project developer for N.H. Department of Transportation, informing Milford that the state will not receive the federal highway funds that it normally gets. That means the state is out of federal money, and all projects advertised are on hold. Only those currently under construction can proceed.

“The bottom line is there is no federal money available to start our two projects at this time at Emerson Road and South Street,” said Town Administrator Guy Scaife.

Cass suggested the town keep moving in case funds are released.

Parker said, “We are moving ahead with the project and staying on track.”

A point of concern is the fact that the South Street project is partially funded by the Transportation Enhancement Fund, which has a late spring 2015 deadline to use those funds. Scaife will look into a deadline extension in case of an inability to obtain federal funds.

The board is considering writing letters asking for support, including to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and Parker added, to “let them know how critical this is to us.”

In other news, preliminary quotes for the new building at the transfer station were reviewed, and the board discussed whether the building would have public access and if a handicap ramp would be needed.

All business at the current building is done through the window, and the public is not allowed in the building.

khumphreys@newstote.com


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