Dracut receives $150,000 in state grants

Funds will be used to repair roof at Council on Aging center, and install traffic lights outside new fire station

Dracut Fire Chief David Brouillette, Board of Selectmen Chair Jesse Forcier, Selectwoman Alison Hughes, Interim Town Manager Ann Vandal, State Sen. Barry Finegold, State Rep. Colleen Garry, and Council on Aging Executive Director Bethany Loveless pose with ceremonial checks for state funding to make town improvements.

DRACUT — State Sen. Barry Finegold and state Rep. Colleen Garry recently presented two ceremonial checks to the town officials for two municipal projects.

The town secured $100,000 to repair the roof at the Council on Aging center and $50,000 to install traffic lights outside the planned new fire station at 593 Nashua Road.

Besides Dracut, Finegold represents the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District communities of Andover, Lawrence and Tewksbury.

Garry represents the 36th Middlesex District, which covers Dracut and Tyngsboro.

Dracut Board of Selectmen Chairman Jesse Forcier, Selectman Alison Hughes, Fire Chief David Brouillette, and Council on Aging Executive Director Bethany Loveless also attended the ceremony earlier this month.

“Though the heart and soul of the (Council on Aging) center are as strong as ever, the physical building has needed repairs for some time now, which is why I was thrilled to secure this funding” Finegold said in a news release.

“In addition, Police Chief (Peter) Bartlett, Fire Chief Brouillette, and the police officers and firefighters they work with do an incredible job serving this community, and we want to support their work by giving them all the resources they need to stay safe,” Finegold said in the release.