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News in brief: New EV charging fees, storm drainage study, and United Parish repairs

An electric vehicle charges at a ChargePoint station in the Babcock Street parking lot. Photo by Matthew Eadie
October 23, 2023

Select Board sets fees for town-owned electric vehicle chargers

The Brookline Select Board voted last week to charge $.25 per kilowatt hour at the electric vehicle chargers it owns, which have previously been free to use. That fee will cover the cost of electricity and potentially provide a “very small profit” to the town, said transportation engineer Sam Downes.

The town’s Transportation Board had previously voted to recommend charging $.40 per kilowatt hour, but Select Board members voted to lower that price to support the adoption of electric vehicles in Brookline.

Town will use state climate grant to evaluate storm drainage system

The town of Brookline has been awarded a $145,000 climate resilience grant by the Healey-Driscoll administration.

The town is planning to use the grant to evaluate Brookline’s stormwater drainage system, which has been under stress as storms become more frequent and intense.

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“Climate change poses an undeniable threat to our town and its future,” said Town Administrator Chas Carey in a statement. “It’s critical that we plan for resilient, sustainable, and innovative practices to safeguard our environment and protect our resources and community for generations to come.

The project will “develop a hydraulic model of the Town’s stormwater drainage system and complete a system evaluation and vulnerability assessment for current and future storm events,” according to a press release.

United Parish awarded grant for repair work

United Parish Brookline has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to repair its building.

The church, built in 1873, is the only building in Massachusetts designed by nationally-renowned architect Edward Tuckerman Potter.

The funds will be used to fix deteriorating masonry in the building and seal the building envelope to prevent ongoing water infiltration, according to a press release from the trust.

The grant is part of the trust’s National Fund for Sacred Places. Fifteen other faith communities around the country were also given grants.