TELEGRAM – A charge could soon be coming to downtown Marlboro.
An electric charge, that is.
The city was recently awarded a $6,219 grant through the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program to help fund the purchase of two charging stations to be installed in the municipal parking garage behind City Hall.
The grant will cover about half the cost, with money from the Department of Public Works capital outlay equipment account likely covering the rest, Mayor Arthur Vigeant wrote in a letter to the City Council.
The Finance Committee will discuss accepting the grant and funding the remainder at its Nov. 13 meeting, said Finance Committee Chairman Michael Ossing. The committee will make a recommendation on the purchase to the full City Council, which will then vote on the matter.
The charging stations would be the first ones owned by the city. There are privately owned charging stations at the RK Centre Plaza, the Solomon Pond Mall and Walgreens.
The city recently bought two Nissan Leafs, electric vehicles, which are used by the Health Departments’ sanitarians and by the Department of Public Works, the mayor said.
“This is another sign that we are continuing to green Marlboro together,” Vigeant wrote.
City Councilor David Doucette, a staunch advocate of green energy projects, called the charging stations a step forward. At Monday’s City Council he said the stations could attract those with electric cars downtown, which could benefit Main Street shops and restaurants.
“I would be taking advantage of the technology,” said Doucette, who owns an electric car.
Officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection award the grants on a first-come, first-served basis to encourage the transition to a clean energy economy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“On behalf of Commissioner (Martin) Suuberg, I want to congratulate the city of Marlboro for taking this important step to making Massachusetts a regional leader in deploying electric vehicle charging equipment and helping the commonwealth achieve its ambitious climate goals,” Christine Kirby, assistant commissioner, said in a press release.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.