Brookfield tax payers could be off the hook for a $2 million flood mitigation project. First Selectman Bill Tinsley made a site visit to the Meadowbrook Manor neighborhood two weeks ago with representatives of FEMA and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He said at the Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday night that the town is back on the list of eligibility for grant money.
Tinsley says officials approved of the fact that the project is going to be bid-ready. The core drillings are being done now, but the town hasn't technically broken ground on the project.
A brook will be diverted in order to alleviate flooding conditions in the 128-home neighborhood. Back-to-back 100-year level floods in 2011 prompted the mitigation plan.
Funding for the project was approved by Brookfield residents during a May referendum. Brookfield officials could hear in the next 30 to 45 days whether grant funding will be approved. If it is approved, the town wouldn't have to go forward with the $2 million in borrowing.