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New Fairfield projects slated to get state bond money

The state Bond Commission will tomorrow and one of the items on their agenda is funding to support the construction of a multi-use trail at the Margerie Reservoir between Danbury and New Fairfield. $1.8 million has been proposed.  The trail funding will support a development along the 270-acre Margerie Reservoir. Consultant Marcy Miller presented a report to the New Fairfield Board of Selectmen on proposed routes during a meeting this fall.  Miller says some of the path would have to cut closer to Route 37 due to wetlands.

Squantz Engine Company in New Fairfield is also expected to get bond money.  More than $210,000 would be provided as a grant-in-aid to the Town of New Fairfield for a new elevator and ADA improvements at the firehouse.

"I am happy to see the trail get the funding it so desperately needs for I have been working on this project for the past many years," said State Representative Ken Gucker. "This valuable resource will provide much needed safe passive recreation as well as be a economic driver for not only Danbury, but the town of New Fairfield. I would also like to express my support for the much needed funds to help squantz fire house becoming ADA compliant. As a past volunteer firefighter myself for New Fairfield, I understand the importance of this project to the community. I especially want to thank the speaker of the house and leadership, as well as the governor for their support."

"During the pandemic, we have experienced a significant increase in the number of people walking, running and riding bikes.  I want to see this trend continue, and there's no question that the Marjorie Trail will provide a natural link for the two communities of New Fairfield and Danbury," said State Senator Julie Kushner.

"I am also thrilled that we are responding to the needs of some our most valued volunteers – the firefighters of the Squantz Engine Company who risk their lives to save ours.  The installation of an elevator will allow the firehouse to, once again, provide a beautiful space, ADA compliant, where the community can gather. I'm so proud that our communities will receive these significant investments by the state, supporting important and meaningful projects that will benefit life for thousands.  I'm grateful to Governor Lamont and the Bond Commission for their support."

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