Orange Among The 12 Small Towns To Receive STEAP Grants Today

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Oct 062015


Fred Wolfe Park was booming on Tuesday night.

Dannel P. Malloy today announced that, in the third installment of several rounds of grants this year, twelve towns throughout Connecticut have been approved to receive funding under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), which assists with infrastructure improvement projects.

“By partnering with our smaller communities, our state can assist towns with infrastructure projects that will help them grow, remain competitive, attract businesses, and bring added value to residents for years to come,” Governor Malloy said.  “These STEAP grants allow us to get funding directly to municipalities to complete projects that make Connecticut a better place to work and live.”

So far this year, Governor Malloy announced two rounds of STEAP grants – the first in March and the second in April.  Over the course of the administration, Governor Malloy has allocated $80 million in STEAP funding for towns across the state.

The grants announced today are:

Orange – $300,000 to reconstruct the main point of access to Fred Wolfe Park. The Park serves as a central public location for various sporting events and already houses several lacrosse and soccer fields. Improvements to the new entrance are a part of a larger, comprehensive revitalization plan for the 67-acre park. By investing in new roadway construction and aesthetic improvements, the community can anticipate more opportunities for beneficial recreational events and community-wide engagement.

Chaplin – $200,000 to contribute to the ongoing effort to rehabilitate the Darling Pond Dam.

Clinton – $500,000 to upgrade facilities at the thirty-two year old Ethel Peters Recreation Complex.

East Lyme – $500,000 for the extension of water and sewer mains and construction of public restrooms along the pedestrian way that connects Cini and McCook Point Parks and the Hole-in-the-Wall Beach with downtown Niantic’s Main Street.

Fairfield – $500,000 for updates to the historic Burr Mansion in Fairfield Center. 

Hartland – $450,000 for the complete replacement of the Peck Orchard Road Bridge.

Monroe – $500,000 to build a headquarters for the volunteer emergency medical service of Monroe.

Montville – $475,000 for improvements to the Montville Transfer Station.

North Branford – $290,000 for the renovation of five existing tennis courts and two basketball courts at the North Branford Intermediate School and High School campus.

North Haven – $500,000 to demolish and replace the existing Vanacore Field House.

Prospect – $125,000 to repair existing sidewalks and install new sidewalks along Center Street and Columbia Avenue.

Somers – $165,000 for the repair and repaving of the Somers Police Station Parking lot located on Main Street.

Watertown – $200,000 to replace the roof and preform a door enlargement at the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department Company No. 2 facility.

Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the grants were awarded for very specific aspects of different projects, statewide. In Orange, the money cannot be used for any part of Fred Wolfe Park except for the main access reconstruction.

There will be additional STEAP announcements made in the near future.

Legislators Have Roundtable At Orange Town Hall

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Jan 082015

Orange roundtableFour lawmakers representing Orange met with First Selectman Jim Zeoli in his office Thursday morning to get acquainted and to discuss the important issues that affect the town now and in the future.

Themis Klarides, who was sworn in yesterday as House Republican Leader, along with State Sen. Gayle Slossberg and two freshmen State Representatives, Pam Staneski and Charles Ferraro all came with open minds as they sat down with Zeoli and Town Attorney Vincent Marino.

“This was the first time the two new Reps have had a meeting with me, so they were very attentive and took a lot of notes and asked some good questions,” Zeoli said.

The session focused primarily on town business, including the center turn lane on the Boston Post Road; obtaining state funding for important projects; and getting everyone on board so that Orange has a better chance to receive the $300,000 STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) Grant money that it applied for last fall to help with the Fred Wolfe Park Improvement/expansion project.

Zeoli, who is the chairman of the state Farmland Advisory Board also included farming issues in the discussion.

All in all the morning meeting appeared to be a bipartisan success.