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Additional Electronic Vote Tabulators, ‘calming kits’ among recent requests approved with ARPA funding

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WESTFORD — The Select Board has approved a number of additional American Rescue Plan projects as it continues to allocate funding towards priority needs.

A full list of requests can be found online.

A complete list of funded projects can be found below:

  • $50,000 for an additional supplemental appropriation for gasoline and diesel fuel for the town’s fleet of vehicles.
  • $8,825 to purchase an additional 300 Electronic Vote Tabulators for Annual Town Meeting. The town currently owns 500 tabulators, but notes a number of registered voters did not receive tabulators at the Oct. 17 Special Town Meeting.
  • $7,939 to supplement funding for hybrid vehicle for the building Department. $31,359 was originally approved at an Oct. 17 Special Town Meeting.
  • $151,752.57 to supplement unanticipated bus transportation costs. The schools must pay a fuel surcharge for any amount in excess of $3.177 per gallon of diesel fuel. The projected amount to cover the current fuel surcharge is $97,931.57. Additionally, Dee Bus Service has quoted Westford Public Schools at $53,820 for bus service as a result of the Beaver Brook bridge closure.
  • $49,250 for Westford Public Schools to purchase educational materials supporting trauma-sensitive classrooms, anxiety support groups and “Calming Kits” for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • $4,509.11 for supplemental funding for a one ton dump truck with plow for the Highway Department. $65,000 was originally approved at the Oct. 17 Special Town Meeting for the vehicle.
  • $5,000 to upgrade the town’s GIS system.
  • $21,900 for entry level commercial drivers license training for the Department of Public Works.
  • $6,000 for rental, mortgage and utility assistance for FY23.

The total cost for each project is $304,875.68.  As of a Dec. 7 report, Westford has approximately $3.27 million in ARPA funding remaining.

The town’s remaining funding must be allocated by Dec. 31, 2024 and must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.