New Fairfield officials have made moves to put a new state grant to work right away. The town was awarded $128,000 in the form of a STEAP grant for ventilation for both Town Hall and the Annex. Currently, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the buildings are running fans and opening windows. The balance of this project costs about $96,000.
The full amount is coming from the town so they can sign the contract and get the work done as soon as possible. Once the grant is received, the grant money will go back to the general fund.
The Selectmen are looking at ways to help small businesses in town during second round of COVID. First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says there is a possibility of deferring taxes for small businesses or possibly establishing a tax abatement committee in town. Since it's not a Charter town, the Board discussed what options would be open to them.
Members suggested reaching out to small businesses to make sure they apply for all currently available state and federal grants.