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Workshop tonight in Danbury on proposed bond package

A public workshop is being held in Danbury about the proposed 2020 bond request.  The forum will be held from 6pm to 7:30pm at City Hall.  Some $38.7 million for the City and $23.3 million to the schools are being requested. 

The money for the schools is split between classroom space and replacing elevators.  Danbury officials have proposed renovating the Osborne Street facility to create new classrooms, relocate maintenance crews and create Board of Ed administrative offices.  Danbury expects 60-percent state reimbursement on eligible costs. 

There's money for several infrastructure improvement projects including downtown streetscapes, energy efficiency projects and parks.  The bulk of the bonding for the City would go toward paving, drainage improvements and repairing or replacing bridges.  The Downtown streetscaping involves sidewalk replacement, decorative lighting and landscaping.   

The Fire Department needs additional space to house apparatus and alleviate space constraints at fire headquarters.  A storage facility is planned adjacent to Engine 26 near the airport. 

The funding for the parks include drainage and field improvements, acquisition of land, environmental remediation, signage and access improvements. 

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