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Economic assistance program creating small town Connecticut jobs

Posted on March 1, 2014

The state’s 2014 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants are creating small town Connecticut jobs.

More than $2.4 million, will be awarded to Avon, Chester, Farmington, Milford, New Milford and Sprague.

Administered by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), STEAP provides funding for local capital improvement projects that support economic development, encourage community conservation and improve the quality of life for residents.

The Town of Avon applied for funding that would cover the last two phases of a four phase project that consists of installing handicap accessible sidewalks and decorative lighting in Avon Village Center. Both Phases Three and Four would go out to bid in early 2014 and construction would take place in the summer and fall of 2014.

This is Phase One of a Four Phase project to revitalize Chester Center Village. The master plan was completed in June 2013 and approved in July 2013 at a town meeting. The timeline for this project coincides with a ConnDOT bridge replacement project in the center of town set to begin in January 2016. Phase One construction would go out to bid May 2014 with construction beginning late June 2014 and ending in October 2014.

This project consists of installing a synthetic turf athletic field at FHS, including updating the existing subsurface drainage system to store and cleanse runoff from the field and diverting the runoff away from the path of the Farmington River. Other benefits include lower maintenance cost, increased playability, fewer injuries, potential for hosting CIAC events and tournaments

“I know Farmington residents have been strongly behind this project, which would benefit more than a thousand athletes in town, so I’m pleased to see the state partnering with Farmington,” said State Senator Beth Bye (D-5). “It’s a great investment for the community.”

“A safe, useable field is vital to the health and physical education of Farmington High School students,” said State Senator Terry Gerratana (D-6). “The STEAP grant awarded to Farmington will allow for the installation of a new field with proper safeguards to prevent runoff. This will ensure a high-quality environment where local sporting events can be enjoyed by all Farmington residents. I look forward to visiting the field once it has been completed and cheering on Farmington’s student athletes.”

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