The Brookfield Board of Selectmen has authorized the First Selectman to apply for STEAP grant funding for Phase II of the Four Corner Streetscape project. Brookfield is applying for up to $500,000 in Small Town Economic Assistance Program funding.
First Selectman Steve Dunn says he's not sure if funding will be awarded because of the state's continued financial problems. But he says it's a good thing anytime 50-percent of a project can be paid for with a grant.
Selectman Sue Slater asked about a time frame. Dunn said he expects to hear back in three to six months. He noted that the state will likely wait to finish their budget process before sending out award notices because that's been the process in the past.
The state signed off on the first phase of the Four Corners streetscape project last week after some adjustments were made ot the plans. Brookfield residents voted to borrow $1.7 million for the project, with the balance of the $3.5 million paid for with grants. The project calls for sidewalks, planters and other beautification in the Four Corners area. Construction on the first phase could begin as soon as next month.