Funding Resolving Enfield Sewage Dispute Included in Governor’s Budget

February 10, 2005

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) is pleased that Governor M. Jodi Rell has included a $2.875 million grant for the town of Enfield in her proposed budget bill, which she introduced yesterday before a joint convention of the Connecticut General Assembly. Senator Kissel worked closely with Governor Rell as well as members of her administration to ensure that the funding was part of today’s proposal.

The funding helps settle a dispute between the town and the state’s Department of Corrections, whose facilities had been producing excessive sewage flow. Enfield will now be compensated for some costs it incurred upgrading the town’s wastewater treatment plant to handle to additional sewage.

“I am extremely pleased that the Governor recognized the need the town of Enfield had for this significant reimbursement. I am happy to see that nearly $3 million in state funding was included in yesterday’s proposal,” said Senator Kissel, who is serving his seventh term representing the 7 th district. “Without this reimbursement, the denitrification project would have been a huge blow to the town’s financial well-being. But fortunately, the town and the state were able to settle on a figure that was agreeable to all parties.”

The language for the project is included in Senate Bill 1045, which is the Public Act portion of the Bonding Bill.

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader and serves the communities of Enfield, Granby, East Granby, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Somers, and Suffield.