News from the Select Board
Important Decisions for Plainfield.....
Plainfield has received $188,622.33 in American Rescue Plan Act funds and will be receiving a total of $377,245 in ARPA funds. Now we have the important decision of how to best use these funds for our community. At our September 21 Select Board meeting, we received input from town departments and citizens. Feel free to continue to let the Select Board know your thoughts about the best use of these funds. The Select Board is also considering appointing a committee to help with this task. Let us know if you would be interested in serving on this advisory committee.
As you think about how these funds can be used for our town, you need to know that Congress made some restrictions on how this money can be used by communities and hasn't yet issued final regulations.
At present, there are four broad criteria for eligible uses for ARPA funding:
1. To respond to the public health emergency or its negative impacts
4. Water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
Major Projects for Plainfield.....
Route 2-Main Street Remediation Project has been under consideration in Plainfield for many years. Documents relating to this project going back to March 2005 are available at the Route 2-Main Street Interesection page on our website.
Replacement of the bridge over Great Brook on Brook Road has been of concern for Plainfield for many years. Largely funded by FEMA, Plainfield's 25% share of the $1,242,496 bridge construction cost is $310,642. Below are documents to help you understand the history of the Great Brook Bridge Replacement Project and concerns:
Pedestrian Bridge Project construction started in July 2021. This project has been underway since 2013! Documents and records below help provide some of the history of this project.
On August 5, 2021 the Plainfield Select Board issued a Notice of Intent to Sell Municipal Property relating to the Old Fire House at 30 School Street. No petition to require a town vote was received.
Below are various newspaper articles relating to the Town of Plainfield: