Boston - Today State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) announced that in the past week $2,784,500 in state grants and bonding authorizations were awarded to the 1st Barnstable District. Three amendments Rep. Whelan filed to this year's Environmental Bond Bill were included in the final conference committee report, authorizing $1.7 million in funding for three priority projects in the 1st Barnstable District. Funding authorizations include $1 million dollars for the DHY (Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth) Clean Waters Community Partnership, to fund initial design and engineering costs associated with wastewater mitigation in the three Towns. Also authorized was $700,000 for two projects in the Town of Brewster. $300,000 has been authorized toward extending the wing wall of the Freemans Pond Culvert at Paine's Creek Beach. Additionally, $400,000 was authorized toward the restoration and repair of the retaining wall at the historic Stony Brook Grist Mill and Herring Run.
In addition to these bond authorizations, last week the Town of Dennis was awarded $825,000 in a Community Development Block Grant in a ceremony at the State House. Also, last week the Town of Dennis received $99,000 from the Department of Conservation and Recreation for safety upgrades to the Cape Cod Rail Trail crossing at South Gages Way, and $120,500 was awarded to the Town in a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program grant from the Department of Environmental Protection for the Town to begin a glass recycling program. Meanwhile, the Town of Brewster received a $40,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation Recreational Trails Program to expand the trail network and improve access at Drummer Boy Park.
"This has been a very good week for the 1st Barnstable District and I credit the outstanding cooperation with our partners in municipal government for letting us know their priorities as well as the strong support we have received, and continue to receive, from the Baker-Polito administration", Rep. Whelan said. "My office has taken seriously our commitment to return more of our state tax monies to our local communities for important projects and initiatives here on Cape Cod that improve the lives of our citizens."
Dennis Town Administrator Liz Sullivan stated, "Thank you to Rep. Tim Whelan, and our entire state legislative delegation, for all of the strong advocacy throughout these processes. These funds will greatly assist in tackling many local priorities, including the DHY Clean Waters Community Partnership, as we move forward to a better future."
"We in the Town of Yarmouth are grateful for the efforts of the Cape & Islands legislative delegation, and in particular would like to thank Rep. Whelan and his office for their continuous communication and advocacy as we move forward with this important inter-municipal partnership tackling our wastewater issues", stated Yarmouth Town Administrator Daniel Knapik.
Representative Whelan is serving in his second term and his district includes Barnstable Precinct 1; Yarmouth Precincts 1,2,3,4,and 7; all of the Town of Dennis, and Brewster Precincts 1 and 2. He serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means, the Joint Committee on Higher Education, and serves as Ranking member on the Joint Committee on Public Service.