MILFORD – The town became the 241st municipality in Massachusetts to sign a Community Compact agreement with the state, which is intended to improve the town’s technology and handicapped access to buildings.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was on hand to sign the agreement with selectmen Monday at Town Hall.
Polito praised Milford’s selectmen and state legislators for their tireless work in pushing for local funding, which should become easier with the agreement in place.
The program is voluntary, and more importantly, “it’s funded,” Polito said.
The Community Compact program began with Gov. Charlie Baker’s first executive orders in 2015, which is intended to provide funding and resources for specific initiatives to help improve cities and towns.
Milford has a well-documented problem with technology, and the agreement is intended to provide funding and resources to improve residents’ access to information, including a revamping of the town’s website. The town also hopes to tackle security issues as well.
According to Polito, the town is the first to sign a Community Compact for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.
“That really shows how proactive you are as a community,” she said.
David D’Archangelo, director of the Massachusetts Office on Disability, praised the town for signing on to improve access for disabled residents.
He said the ADA required local governments to have a transition plan by 1993.
“Here we are in 2016 and not many local and state governments have that,” he said.
State legislators, including Sen. Ryan Fattman, R-Webster, and Rep. John Fernandes, D-Milford, also spoke about the importance of a connection between local and state governments.
Polito once served on the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen, and Baker the same post in Swampscott.
Fattman said all but one town in his district has signed a Community Compact, which he said highlights “the importance of the partnership” between local and state government.
“Overall, it’s a great program and I’m proud to be here and proud to support it,” he said.
Fernandes praised Baker and Polito’s leadership in working to connect with municipalities.
“It’s really where the rubber hits the road in the partnership,” he said.
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Milford Daily News November 16, 2016.