State officials have announced grants for two western Massachusetts communities to help with on-going restoration work from last year’s tornadoes. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.
Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said Thursday, Springfield will get $1 million for debris removal, reforestation and other repair work at nine public parks impacted by the June 1st 2011 tornado. An additional $400thousand can be used by the city to replant trees on public property. The town of Monson is getting $500 thousand for clean up and repairs at public recreational areas such as ball fields, tennis courts, and hiking trails. The grants are the fist from the $4 million in funding Governor Deval Patrick announced earlier this month on the one year anniversary of the tornados.