Governor Jodi Rell and Madison First Selectman Fillmore McPherson announced today that Madison will receive a $200 thousand grant to help clean up the former Griswold Airport. The Town of Madison purchased the airport property in May in order to preserve the 42 acre site as a conservation area and for recreational activities.
“We are very fortunate to receive this grant as it will reduce the amount the Town will have to borrow for the project,” explained McPherson. “The referendum in January authorized spending $1.1 million to convert the property from an airport to a park. The state is now paying $200 thousand of that amount, thus lowering the Town’s debt service payments over the next 20 years.”
“The clean up estimates for this site were formed after countless hours of study by two separate environmental firms using ground penetrating radar, soil and water sampling, and laboratory tests. While most of the airport’s environmental condition is nearly perfect, this grant will help remove some of the older buildings and areas, like the runway, which contain traces of lead paint, asbestos, or oil. Our budget includes the funds to make this property pristine, and this grant will save the town real money at a time when our citizens need it,” continued McPherson.
Nick Hastings, a principal in the environmental engineering firm of Woodard and Curran, helped the Town in applying for the grant.
Town of Madison