Select Board Sept 8: 440 Granite Ave. updates, Hazard/Mitigation Plan updates and more

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Select Board Sept 8: 440 Granite Ave. updates, Hazard/Mitigation Plan updates and more

Bob Hiss, Town Moderator joined with a request to conduct the October 25 Town Meeting remotely. The Select Board voted to support his request.

Covid-19 update

Caroline Kinsella, Health Director joined to discuss Covid-19 in Milton. She noted that while cases were on the decline, it is still important to continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and social distance. Flu vaccinations will be available soon in October as well as the possibility of Covid-19 boosters. For the latest up to date information on Covid-19 in Milton, please visit: Health Department | Milton MA (townofmilton.org)

440 Granite Avenue proposal

A presentation and discussion regarding the mixed use commercial and residential development proposed for 440 Granite Avenue took place. Site plan approval consists of a long review process. The proposal plan is to market as a home ownership project, targeting empty nesters, and young couples. This development project will help generate more revenue for the town and provide more places for people to live while also rejuvenating the downtown business district.

Equity and Justice for All Advisory Committee update

The Select Board approved the equity and inclusion policy outline as presented by members of this committee. The next steps are to draft the policy based on the outline. If you want to learn more about this committee please visit: Equity and Justice for All Advisory Committee | Milton MA (townofmilton.org).

Hazard/Mitigation Plan Update

“The Town of Milton received a grant from the Massachusetts Emergency Agency (MEMA) to update the towns Hazard Mitigation plan to be in accordance with FEMA guidelines.

The Town is seeking comment and input on the draft of the updated Hazard Mitigation plan. Please review the draft attached on the website and submit any comments by September 22 to Anne Herbst at [email protected].” For more information please click here: Hazard Mitigation Plan Update | Milton MA (townofmilton.org) 

Finance Committee report

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) appropriation was discussed in regards to the water main improvement project. The plan is to move forward with the allocation for the project to begin in the fall. The remaining Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds will be applied to technology use at the schools. 

EPA Superfund National Priorities List

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally proposed to add a 3.7 mile stretch of the Lower Neponset River to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). EPA is taking this action in response to a request from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). EPA will hold a virtual public meeting for local residents and other interested parties on Tuesday October 5.” For more information please click here: EPA Proposes to Add Lower Neponset River to Superfund National Priorities List | Milton MA (townofmilton.org)

Additional items of discussion

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on September 22.

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