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Heated meeting in Miami

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

Miami ó It was a bloodless battle at the Miami town council meeting Monday night, but a battle just the same. Town Manager Jerry Barnes told the council that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency has been automatically rejecting Miamiís applications for Brownsfield grants.

The last time the town received one of the grants, which are aimed at cleaning up hazards such as oil or chemically contaminated soil, was back in 2008 for the Fitzgerald-Barcon building.

Barnes told the council this week that the way the grant was handled resulted in Miami being blackballed from subsequent Brownsfield grants. The governmentís action included money set aside to assess contamination on any property in Miami.

Barnes said that applications on behalf of the town were systematically rejected as a result of mishandling of the 2009 grant.

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