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August 20, 2012
BRIMFIELD — Selectmen recently announced that they will place grant money from the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation into the Highway Department account, but many residents feel those funds should be distributed among individuals whose properties were affected by last June's tornado.

The DCR is expected to release approximately $704,000 to Brimfield soon, $154,000 of which will be used to pave Dean Pond Road and Dearth Hill Road. The rest of the money will likely be used for tree-related projects and repairing Haynes Hill Road and Paige Hill Road, which have sustained significant damage during rainstorms since the tornado.

"The DCR said we could use the money for anything tornado-related except paying bills, and the board felt that we really need to fix Paige Hill and Haynes Hill roads. They keep washing out all over the place," said Selectman Diane Panaccione, who mentioned the possibility of allocating money to residents impacted by the tornado during a board meeting last week.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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