Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Announce $250,000 to Groton for a New Public Works Building

February 09, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Representative Annie Kuster announced a $250,000 federal grant from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development to Groton, which will be used to help the town construct a new public works building after its current one sustained wide-scale flood damage. The new public works building will include four bays for maintenance and vehicle storage, an office for a road agent, a staff breakroom, a restroom with a shower, a tool storage room, and a mechanical room.

“Flooding can easily cause serious, widespread and costly damage to vulnerable Granite State communities. I’m very glad to see this new funding awarded to Groton, which will allow the town government to build a new public works building outside of the flood zone, protecting crucial equipment and staff from dangerous and destructive flooding,” said Senator Shaheen. “Securing investments for important New Hampshire infrastructure projects like this will continue to be one of my top priorities in the Senate.”

“The Groton Public Works Department provides important services to the community, including road construction and plowing. Unfortunately, the building that houses these important services has become damaged due to repeated and sustained flooding,” said Senator Hassan. “This $250,000 federal grant will help Groton build a new public works building away from the flood zones that will keep their town’s equipment dry and provide better facilities for Public Works Department employees. I am glad that Groton will be receiving this much-needed funding, and I will continue working to secure additional federal resources to help support New Hampshire’s rural communities.”

“The Public Works Department of Groton provides critical services to the local community, and they need a functional building safe from flooding to store the town’s equipment and for staff to work,” said Representative Kuster. “This funding will allow the Department to move out of its current flood-damaged building into a new, upgraded space that will provide employees with a comfortable place to work, protect town equipment, and ensure Groton residents continue receiving the essential services the Public Works Department provides. I’ll continue working to ensure Granite State communities have the tools they need to thrive and succeed.”