Dighton Receives $201,000 Grant for New Technology
DIGHTON — Last Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito presented Dighton officials with a $201,000 state grant for fiber cable to connect the towns’ police and fire departments.
Polito presented Town Administrator Michael Mullen, Fire Chief Chris Maguy, Police Lt. Shawn Cronin, and Select Board members with the funds on June 2 at Taunton City Hall.
The grant will go towards interconnecting the police with two different fire stations. With the aid of the Taunton Municipal Light Plant, the town is installing fiber connection between the three facilities in effort to simplify communications between emergency departments.
“This grant award is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening Dighton’s public safety technology for our first responders and residents,” said Mullen.
Officials said the grant funding is just a portion of Dighton’s future plans to build municipal fiber hookups from Main Street, up Route 138 and to Station #2 on Chase Street.
“Not only does this grant help Dighton invest in its public safety technology, but it envisions and plans for future municipal fiber connections between other town facilities and properties, while providing for adequate service backups in the event of an emergency,” said Mullen.
“We are grateful for the continued partnership of the Baker-Polito Administration and our legislators to support funding for these important initiatives.”