Agawam considering resolutions to convert private streets into public ways

Hampden County

 Agawam is in the process of converting dozens of private streets into public ways.

The Agawam Town Council Wednesday night considered resolutions to accept 29 streets, created by private developers who built and sold the homes on these streets.

Agawam Mayor Bill Sapelli told 22New if Agawam accepts the streets, the city’s responsible for plowing and maintenance.

Sapelli said that would benefit the city. 

“As far as getting money to do streets and sidewalks grant money from the state, part of the formula is contingent on the miles of street in your community,” Sapelli told 22News. “So the more streets you have, the better chance you have of getting funding for that purpose.”

Also during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Sapelli presented “Life Saving Award” certificates of appreciation to four police officers and five civilians who helped save an occupant of a burning car in July.

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