Some of the $50 million package of state bond money being set aside for Newtown to build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School is being allocated Friday. The State Bond Commission has approved a $3 million dollar allocation to finance the ongoing planning and design costs for the new school. This grant-in-aid funding joins $3.7 million dollars already allocated to the town.
New Fairfield Library is getting some state funding now that the Bond Commission has met. The allocation was covered in two items totalling $751,000. The grant-in-aid funding will be used by the town for construction costs including energy conservation projects. The improvements will include a new elevator, meeting space and other various repairs.
State Senator Mike McLachlan says the substantial commitment from the state is great news for New Fairfield. He added that the renovations will make the library more accessible and will benefit the community for years to come.
The state Bond Commission also approved funding for the Danbury Housing Authority. The $5.17 million request would go toward the rehabilitation of the Glen Apartments, a senior and disabled apartment complex near Rogers Park. The project includes converting the heating and cooling systems along with upgraded lighting and insulation.
A "Call for Aid" system would be installed with some of the funding. Handicap compliance, improvements to the community building and other site improvements would also be covered by the funding. One of the more immediate needs, an emergency generator, will be paid for as well.