A flood mitigation project will cost Brookfield taxpayers less than anticipated. More grant money has been awarded to Brookfield for the Meadowbrook Manor project. First Selectman Steve Dunn says the actual cost of the project came in higher than original estimates and he asked the Public Works Department go to FEMA and request adding to the grant they had awarded the town.
FEMA granted an additional $163,500.
That brings the total grant awarded to $1,457,400. The town share of the total cost is $485,800. The town originally approved the issuance of bonds in the amount of $2,000,000 to do this project so the final cost to the town will be $1,514,200, less than the originally approved amount by the taxpayers.
The 128 home neighborhood has experienced persistent flooding from Lime Kiln Brook for more than five decades, in some cases so severe that contaminated septic water has flooded dining rooms, kitchens and living areas.
A new flood-relief storm sewer will be installed to augment the current drainage system and provide relief during high intensity storms. The 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.