BOSTON – Lead pipe replacement efforts and a local community center may receive $1.5 million in state funding thanks to a bill that recently passed the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
The funding levels in the bill were secured by Representative Steve Ultrino (D – Malden), who filed two amendments to a capital bond bill being considered for non-transportation infrastructure in Massachusetts. One amendment allocates $1 million for replacing water service pipes in Malden, which would provide much needed funding for the City’s lead pipe replacement efforts. Another amendment allocates $500,000 to assist a community center in Malden with the cost of leasing or purchasing space. This funding could benefit the Malden Teen Enrichment Center, a potential recovery center, or another community center.
“This bill makes targeted investments in our community by responding to pressing needs in Malden,” said Representative Ultrino. “By improving access to clean drinking water through lead pipe replacement, and by securing space for important community services, we can really make a big impact on residents’ quality of life. I’m grateful to my House colleagues for supporting this funding, and I urge the Senate and the Governor to do the same.”
The bill, H.4045, passed the House 144 to 6, with strong support from Representative Paul Donato (D – Medford) and Representative Paul Brodeur (D – Melrose). The bill now moves to the Senate.