Bethel – State Rep. David Scribner is pleased to announce the Town of Bethel has received a Small Town Assistance grant from the state of Connecticut.
The $500,000 grant is for the reconstruction and repaving of roads impacted by the Stony Hill sewer extension.
“I am pleased Bethel has received this state grant. I have worked with town officials for several months to get state assistance for the project. The town put in sewer lines to benefit many property owners and a road resurfacing is needed to complete the project. This grant benefits all the residents who travel these roads in Bethel,” said Rep. David Scribner (R-107, Brookfield and Bethel).
The Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) funds economic development, community conservation and quality of life projects for localities that are ineligible to receive Urban Action bonds. This program is administered by the Office of Policy and Management.
“Due to the challenging economic conditions, these funds are more competitive than ever,” Scribner said. “The Town of Bethel submitted an application that was impressive and convincing. I am pleased that the residents of Bethel will benefit from their investment in the infrastructure.”
STEAP funds are issued by the State Bond Commission and can only be used for capital projects.
Projects eligible for STEAP funds include:
1) economic development projects such as (a) constructing or rehabilitating commercial, industrial, or mixed-use structures and (b) constructing, reconstructing, or repairing roads access ways, and other site improvements;
2) [Urban] transit;
3) Recreation and solid waste disposal projects;
4) social service-related projects, including day care centers, elderly centers, domestic violence and emergency homeless shelters, multi purpose human resource centers, and food distribution facilities;
5) Housing projects;
6) Pilot historic preservation and redevelopment programs that leverage private funds; and
7) Other kinds of [urban] development projects involving economic and community development, transportation, environmental protection, public safety, children and families and social service programs.
Localities may receive up to $500,000 per year if (1) they are not designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community, and (2) the State Plan of Conservation Development does not show them as having a regional center.