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Greater Danbury area projects receive state bond money

A number of projects in the Greater Danbury area have receive state bond money.

The Bond Commission met yesterday and nearly every item was approved unanimously, including funds to make improvements to West Conn and the other three Connecticut State Universities.  This can go to restoration of academic facilities, upgrading safety systems and other ground improvements.

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments, the regional planning agency for municipalities from Sherman down to Stamford is getting $10.78 million to finance Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program grants.

Brookfield is among the municipalities getting state bond money to reimburse the Police Department for costs associated with the purchase of body worn cameras and digital data storage devices.  The pool of money is open to municipalities for first time purchases of bash cams as well.   Brookfield will receive nearly $21,000.

About $105,000 was approved for improvements to the Danbury state courthouse.  The money will be used for circuit breaker replacement.

Half of the cost of fixing a Danbury bridge on Franklin Street Ext. is being funded with state bond money.  The road carries traffic over Mercer Pond Brook.

The Clean Water Fund will get $60 million.  Projects to be funded include upgrades to the Ridgefield Water Pollution Control Facility. DEEP says properly functioning wastewater infrastructure for Connecticut municipalities is critical for water quality, public health and economic vitality.  The Clean Water Fund assists municipalities in planning, designing, and constructing wastewater infrastructure to protect human health and water quality.  The CWF Priority List identifies the projects which have been deemed eligible for funding, as well as reserves and set asides, that are required or allowed under Federal and State regulations.

A number of grants-in-aid for projects was approved yesterday.  $1.8 million will go to New Fairfield for the construction of a multi-use trail at the Margerie Reservoir. Danbury is receiving little more than $1.4 million to renovate the Danbury War Memorial facility. Renovations include upgrades to the utility, fire alarm, and sprinkler systems.  A new elevator and ADA improvements at the Squantz Engine Company in New Fairfield will receive $210,170. The Engine Company's funds would support its addition of an elevator; currently, while the Engine Company's second floor hosts a large hall that could be used for community events, the hall is only accessible by a staircase. The elevator would allow for the building to be ADA-compliant. 

A $2 million grant-in-aid was approved for the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club for an expansion of the Teen Center in Ridgefield.  Governor Ned Lamont said in a statement that every child should have access to resources that support their growth and development, and that is why he's proud the state is able to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield to expand its teen center and ensure that it can continue providing top-quality services to the community for many years to come.

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Jim Bohannon

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