Sen. Roraback & Rep. Carson Announce Expected STEAP Funding For Kent Transfer Station

September 22, 2004

Senator Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, and Representative Mary Ann Carson, R-New Fairfield, today announced that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve a $450,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant to construct a new transfer station in Kent.

The State Bond Commission is expected to approve the grant when it meets Thursday, September 23 rd .

“All of us owe a debt of gratitude to Governor Rell for her support of this important Kent initiative. I am delighted to have been a partner with the Town of Kent in addressing this local concern,” said Senator Roraback.

“The current transfer station doesn’t adequately meet the town’s needs,” said Representative Carson . “I was delighted to support this project. Not only will this grant benefit the Kent community by providing a clean, separate space for drop off, but it will also have additional environmental safeguards.”

The two legislators said that the new transfer station will replace the small drop-off center behind the Town Hall that has been in use since plans to build a regional transfer station stalled several years ago. The new transfer station will be located on land adjacent to the public works garage. The new facility will be fully enclosed with fencing to prevent vandalism or abuse. Key areas will have covers for environmental sensitivity, and be equipped with municipal solid waste compactors to allow for easy transport and expansion at a more reasonable operational cost.