Town Manager Updates Council on Grant Awards

By Adam Swift

The town recently received a $237,000 community compact grant from the state to continue its municipal fiber program.

At Tuesday night’s town council meeting, Town Manager Tony Marino thanked police Detective Wayne Carter and Barbara Pucci for putting the application in.

“This will continue the work on the fiber program around town to connect all the municipal buildings with fiber, and also to update and repair some of the outdated switches,” said Marino.

In other business, Marino said he will be meeting with the Point Shirley Association this Saturday along with the town’s environmental scientist and conservation commission chair to discuss the Yirrell Beach management plan.

“They have already had their own meeting, but we are going to follow up … to see where we stand with the DEP and the beach management plan and beach clean up,” said Marino.

Marino said there has been a concern with removing seaweed from the beach, and that he and the other town officials will be providing an update and getting input from residents.

In other grant news, Marino said the town will be applying for several grants from the state’s Coastal Zone Management office once those opportunities become available.

“We are working on an application for a vulnerability plan to update ours, which has expired,” said Marino.

The plan will update the environmental vulnerabilities from sea level rise and other factors and how they impact Winthrop, Marino said.

In addition, Marino said the town plans to submit a grant for stormwater management design in the Pico Beach neighborhood and surrounding areas.

The town manager said the town is also awaiting word on federal funds for stormwater design grants for that area.

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