Wareham officials prepare to submit $825,000 federal grant application

Sidewalks, senior housing identified as areas of focus
By Matthew Bernat | Jan 31, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Residents listen during a public session that sought input on an annual federal grant used for infrastructure upgrades and low-income programs.

Sidewalk upgrades in Onset and affordable housing for seniors are some areas residents want town officials to focus on when it comes to spending thousands of dollars from an annual federal grant.

The funds will be spent in the next fiscal year as part of the Community Development Block Grant, which awards money to communities for affordable housing projects, infrastructure development and programs for low-income residents. The funds are awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On Wednesday, Peter Sanborn, manager of Wareham’s Community and Economic Development Authority, hosted a public hearing that sought input for the next grant application. The maximum amount the town can receive is $825,000.

Sanborn said past projects have included upgrades to Main Street, including new sidewalks and lighting, as well as money for programs such as Damien’s Food Pantry and the Boys & Girls Club.

The hearing’s purpose was to identify needs to be listed in the town’s community development strategy plan, a requirement of the grant application, which is due March 2. State officials will make sure each project on the town’s request for funding is reflected specifically or generally in the community development strategy.

Currently, the document identifies six major areas – community and economic development, housing, public services, transportation, infrastructure and public facilities.

Sidewalks in Onset were brought up, with residents saying the area from the Dummy Bridge to the Stone Bridge either needs sidewalks installed or have existing sidewalks repaired.

John Salerno, co-owner of Marc Anthony’s Pizzeria, noted that the town should consider clearing off one sand-covered sidewalk already in place at Onset Beach.

“That’s a possibility,” said Sanborn.

Sanborn noted that no specific projects have been identified to receive grant funds yet. He said programs and projects to receive funding will be identified between now and Feb. 13. That’s when the Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on the grant application.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the Multi-Service Center, located at 48 Marion Road.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Rosebud | Feb 01, 2018 08:36

May I suggest--again--that we fix some of the roads in Swift's Beach.  We have sinking drains, potholes, and even a sinking road!  These conditions are dangerous for pedestrians, bikers, the elderly and children.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 01, 2018 13:41

This money would only be used on public roads and not on the many private roads in that area where the problems are.

Posted by: TOOTTOOT1 | Feb 01, 2018 22:34

How about repairing 5 of the 8 street lits on Charge Pond rd?

How about repaving Charge pond or at least major repairs to prevent the flooding?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 02, 2018 10:13

Speaking of street lights.  What is the deal with the all the lights on Viking Drive leading back to the High School?  It's pitch black!  Last night, I noted that nearly all the lights on the poles were not lit.  They haven't been for a while.  It is 100% counterintuitive when thinking about basic safety.


Our high school, which happens to be remotely located down a long road, should feel safe and inviting.  Instead it's dark and spooky.  What do the staff and officials think about as they drive down that dark road?


Are they waiting for an accident, and attack, or worse before anything is done?


Are they crying poor?  Can't afford the electricity or the bulbs?  That can't be the reason because new LED lights are heavily incentivized by Eversource and cost very little to operate.  There is no excuse for dark school grounds in this day and age.


What's the reason?

Posted by: bob | Feb 03, 2018 09:57

WBTS ,Ask the T.A.,He suppose to be saving on energy by keeping the town hall closed on Fridays..Maybe he could use the suppose saving there to fix those lights,and what about the double lights on Main Street.,on the phase 3 section...What a waste....

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