It’s been well over a decade in the making. This year, Randolph’s safety measure is finally breaking ground.
 
“Finally, after nearly 20 years of planning, more than 70% of our town will no longer be in the designated flood plain," said Randolph Mayor George Bradley. 
 
"It was always a mission for Randolph to get out of the flood plain."
 
FEMA's flood plain covers areas that have an increased risk of hazardous flooding. By diminishing the town’s risk, the need for expensive flood insurance premiums dissolves.
 
The federal government issued $10,000,000 out of the $15,000,000 dollar project. The rest was made up by the townspeople themselves, who passed a 1 and a half cent tax increase in 2018 for that very purpose.
 
“I’m grateful for the citizens of Randolph for getting behind this project. And they are," Bradley said.
 
The US Army Corps of Engineers made the decision of who will take on the task of widening Randolph’s creek.
 
And who they chose was a company of fellow servicemen.
 
“Every community deserves what it takes to mitigate any natural disaster,” said Shinn and Kellogg LLC cofounder Frank Kellogg.
 
"And this is just one of many.”
 
Half of Shinn Kellogg LLC is staffed by veterans. Frank Kellogg says he wants give veterans the opportunity to triple what they could have earned during their time in the service.
 
And just this year, they’ve taken on the duty of safeguarding Randolph’s future.
 
At least in its first phase.
 
“We’re humbled that the US Army corps of Engineers and the city of Randolph have given us the opportunity to demonstrate our wares as a business enterprise that focuses on hiring as many vets as we can,” Kellogg said.
 
The first phase is set to complete by September 2022.