Article Courtesy of Allan Stein|Randolph Herald-Wicked Local|August 18, 2014|Shared as Educational Material
Randolph Town Council members voted $5,000 in matching funds to support a regional effort to develop new bylaws and operating procedures to better protect the environment.
The council on Aug. 11 voted the transfer of funds from the Avalon Bay Mitigation account to the Community Innovation Challenge Grant account to develop uniform stormwater management bylaws in communities participating in the regional initiative sponsored by a $180,00 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The program includes the Neponset Watershed Association and six other participating communities.
Randolph Town Clerk Brian Howard, filling in for Town Manager David Murphy, said the $5,000 appropriation gives Randolph an “opportunity to get ahead of the curve” with efforts to limit pollution of local waterways.
“It does commit us to long-term financing under this application” to support a “longer term joint entity,” Howard said.
The development of uniform stormwater protection bylaws and protocols dovetails with announced changes in EPA policies.
Howard said meetings and training sessions have been scheduled regarding the regional starting in April, prompting Councilor James Burgess to question why town officials are learning about this now.
“We are now into August and we haven’t heard a thing about this. That pretty much irritates me,” Burgess said.
“We certainly can try to improve the communication,” Howard said.
Howard said the $5,000 appropriation covers the town’s contribution to the program in 2014.