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Holland to receive $500K grant

Money paves way for Sturbridge Road project

Kristin LaPlante. (click for larger version)
January 12, 2011
HOLLAND — If at first you don't succeed, keep trying until you do.

Eight years of tireless work is finally paying off for Town Clerk Kristin LaPlante, as her request on behalf of Holland for a $500,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program Grant was recently approved.

LaPlante, who also works with the Holland Highway Department, has written lengthy grant proposals for Holland during the last eight years. The town is in desperate need of repairs to sections of Sturbridge Road that experience major drainage problems, but the state rejected each of its past seven bids.

"I have been trying for so long, and I am really excited that Holland will finally be receiving this grant," LaPlante said. "We have a huge puddle problem on Sturbridge Road, and this money should definitely help us fix it."

Over the last five years, Holland officials have attempted to fix the problem by saving money allocated through the Massachusetts Chapter 90 Program, which entitles municipalities to reimbursement of documented road, building and infrastructure improvement projects. However, the saved money was never sufficient to cover the full cost of the construction.

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

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