With all the fun I was having in town center yesterday I neglected this smelly story; and appropriate because as of 8:00 pm Rob Kusner will no longer be a Select Man (there go a bunch of great posts over the next year).
I am in Germany now (yeah, you already know, since I know you check from where in the world people log into your blog ;-) and just got this in my inbox. I thought you'd get a kick that it is addressed to me of all people!
Best wishes from Berlin (and see you in Town Meeting :-),
March 31, 2008
Mr. Robert Kusner
Board of Selectmen
Amherst, MA. 01002
Dear Mr. Kusner:
I am pleased to advise you that Amherst will receive $22,575 from the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund for FY 2008. The fund was established in 1993 to mitigate sewer rate increases due to debt service obligations for qualified sewer construction projects.
The balance in the fund from prior years and the FY 2008 appropriation provides for awards calculated at 6.567% of eligible debt service. The FY 2008 total state distribution from the fund was $23,025,406.
We are pleased to administer this important program to mitigate sewer rate increases in communitites across the Commonwealth.
Robert G. Nunes
Deputy Commissioner &
Director of Municipal Affairs
Well that $22,000 will somewhat make up for the $38,000 effluent waiver Mr. Kusner gave his employer, Umass; except of course this grant is only a one-shot deal while the sweetheart effluent deal for Umass is a five year gig.
And with no cap on how much they can use for free and with all that new construction coming on line, the amounts are sure to expand exponentially
Note to Greg Saulmon at Local Buzz: Yeah, like ACE, the Deputy Commissioner also has a spelling problem (communities, committees…whatever)