The town of Otsego will receive a $125,000 state grant to help fund the purchase of a multi-use highway truck, according to a media release from the office of state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford.
“Local elected officials, particularly in small rural towns like Otsego, take painstaking efforts to balance their budgets,” Seward said in the release. “The goal is to provide necessary services while keeping property taxes in check. When major, one-time expenses materialize, the task becomes even more daunting and needed projects and equipment can be neglected.” He said the grant meets “a crucial need without raising taxes.”
Otsego Town Supervisor Meg Kiernan said, “The people of Otsego are incredibly grateful to Senator Seward for his support of our highway department.” She said the town’s fleet of five trucks includes some that are more than 20 years old and in dire need of replacement.
The $125,000 capital grant secured by Seward through the State and Municipal Facilities Program, along with an additional $99,106 from the town’s equipment reserve fund, will be used for the purchase of the new highway truck, the release said.
“I am extremely pleased to partner with the town of Otsego on this critical equipment replacement that will keep our roads safe for residents and visitors alike, without putting a dent in the town budget,” Seward said.