Five local towns get grounds maintenance grants

Five local towns are among 76 municipalities and school districts to receive grants to buy more efficient grounds maintenance equipment, the Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday.

The goal is to improve local air quality, because new equipment releases less emissions, the DEP said in a news release. The grants can be used to cover 80 percent of the cost of new lawn mowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and other equipment.

The $550,000 from the Lawn Equipment Exchange Fund is the result of an interstate air pollution case against Ohio Edison, the DEP said. Communities were chosen based on cost effectiveness and air quality benefits of proposed purchases.

Local communities slated to receive the funds are:

• East Lyme, $5,660

• Montville, $6,784

• North Stonington, $5,759

• Norwich, $9,810

• Salem, $6,800

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