The Danbury City Council last month signed off on applying to the state for grant money to prepare architectural plans for the rehabilitation of the Octagon House. The state Historic Preservation Office has advised the City that, because of state budgetary constraints, that pool of money is no longer available.
Mayor Mark Boughton wrote to the Council for their meeting tonight that they can look at federal funding.
Danbury received Certified Local Government designation years ago and is therefore eligible for the federal Grant Program. The city is seeking the same amount, $20,000. Danbury will put up matching funds. The City's share has been allocated in the capital budget, and that money remains available.
The City Council must change the resolution to apply for federal funding.