WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) celebrated the enactment of an additional $1.5 million in federal funding for MA-5 local community projects in the final FY2024 spending package, which President Biden signed into law on March 23, 2024. In total, Whip Clark secured $13 million for the Fifth District supporting 15 projects in 13 different cities and towns. The projects were selected in collaboration with state and local leaders.

“This funding is vital to ensuring Massachusetts remains a healthy, thriving place to live,” said Democratic Whip Clark. “We are tackling rising sea levels, equipping our first responders, and as a result, keeping residents safe. I’m proud to have worked alongside our state and local leaders to identify these investments and bring this funding home to Sudbury and Melrose.”

A detailed summary of the bills is available here.

The community funding projects included in this most recent bill include: 

Sudbury Emergency Operations Center, Town of Sudbury: $500,000

This funding will be used to construct a new Emergency Operations Center. The project will create a cutting edge facility for conducting critical operations during an emergency in the area. 

“The Town of Sudbury is grateful to Congresswoman Clark’s advocacy on our behalf,” said Sudbury Town Manager Andrew Sheehan. “Our existing storm operations center is greatly outdated. These funds will enable us to modernize this facility and provide updated, safe, code-compliant space to efficiently and effectively deliver storm emergency response for residents.”

Lebanon and Sylvan Street Stormwater Management Project, City of Melrose: $1,000,000

This funding will be used to manage stormwater in vulnerable neighborhoods that run from Melrose into Malden. The project will address health and safety challenges posed by storms in the area. 

“The City of Melrose is deeply grateful for Congresswoman Clark’s leadership on the impact of climate change in MA-5,” said Melrose Mayor Jen Grigoraitis. “With the increasing intensity and frequency of rainstorms in our area, the Lebanon/Sylvan Street neighborhood that runs from Melrose into Malden experiences significant flooding, which impacts nearby homes, businesses, and resident access to mass transit. This substantial investment will enable Melrose to develop and execute strategic, climate-resilient solutions that will benefit current and future residents of our community. Thank you to Congresswoman Clark and her hardworking team for this support.”

See the rest of the FY2024 projects in the Fifth District here

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