Local municipalities among the beneficiaries of public funds for infrastructure


North Stonington, Preston and Salem are among 77 Connecticut small towns Governor Ned Lamont has approved to receive a total of $31.3 million in state grants, the governor’s office announced Monday.

Grants are awarded through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program, a grant program administered by the Office of State Policy and Management. The governor’s office said funding for these grants was approved at the March 31 meeting of the State Bond Commission, and cities seeking funding should submit applications to the state by March 31. August 15th.

North Stonington is receiving $395,603 from the state for the North Stonington Milling and Paving Project and the North Stonington Elementary School Parking Lot Project.

First selector Bob Carlson said most of the funding will go to paving Laurel Road and Old Colony Road. He explained that the city paved some roads in the Kingswood/Meadow Wood Subdivision using a STEAP grant in 2020, “and we hoped to complete the project, but we couldn’t afford to complete the whole thing.”

He said the new STEAP grant will allow the city to complete the project within the next year. Carlson said the plan is to finish the paving project this fiscal year, and if possible, he’d like the contractors to get the job done before it gets too cold.

As for the elementary school parking lot, he said it would be used as a playground during the day and also as an overflow parking lot for events.

North Stonington will match state funding with $98,901 from its own budget.

Preston is receiving $498,452.13 from the state for improvements to the city’s transfer station and is investing $55,000 of city money for the project, which public works director James Corley says has already been partly spent on design and engineering work.

Corley said the grant will help fund the first of a two-phase project to make the transfer station more resident-friendly.

An oversized and obsolete underground ladder that broke down in 2020 will be removed and a retaining wall with structural issues will be repaired. The city is also redesigning the traffic pattern at the transfer station to make it more efficient for residents and businesses dropping off materials.

An as-yet-unfunded second phase would make further changes to the layout of the transfer station, moving containers and creating more storage space for materials, Corley said.

Salem has secured $372,000 in government funding approved for the rehabilitation and restoration of the bridge on Darling Road, which will be matched by $97,600 from the city.

Elsewhere in Connecticut, Lamont has approved funding for sidewalks, water and sewer extensions, police and municipal building renovations, outdoor recreation facilities, and more. A full list of grants awarded is available at bit.ly/STEAP2022.

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