By Sarah Heinonen
Joe Calabrese of the Wilbraham Open Space and Recreation Committee presented the Select Board with the town’s updated Open Space Plan. He explained at the board’s March 29 meeting that the plan must be updated with the state periodically. The plan allows the state to be eligible for Mass Land Grants, which are used to purchase parcels for conservation and recreation.
Wilbraham will be applying for a “Public Health Excellence” grant. The funding, which would be administered with help from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), would help with the cost of regionalizing municipal health departments. Currently, the town is exploring a joint venture with Hampden, Ludlow and Longmeadow. Without funding, the startup costs for such a program could be up to $300,000 for three years, said Town Administrator Nick Breault.