State Bond Package Includes $2.8 Million to Reimburse Enfield

June 28, 2005

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) was pleased that the State Senate approved a bonding package tonight that included $2.8 million for the town of Enfield. The language was included in section 14 of State Senate Bill 2001 and passed the Senate just after nine o’clock this evening. Senator Kissel had worked closely over the last several months with a variety of state officials to ensure that the funding was part of the bill. The funding will compensate the town for costs incurred upgrading its wastewater treatment plant to handle excessive sewage flow produced by the state’s Department of Corrections.

“The state and town came to an agreement on a reimbursement amount several months ago and the state today has kept its commitment. This would have been a significant amount of money for the town to absorb in its local budget, so it’s great news that the state is fulfilling its obligation,” said Senator Kissel.

Senator Kissel worked with State Senator Donald DeFronzo (D-New Britain), who serves as the Chairman on the Finance Committee’s General Bonding Subcommittee as well as Office of Policy and Management Secretary Robert Genuario to ensure Enfield would be properly compensated.

“I would like to thank Governor Rell and Secretary Genuario, from whom I was able to secure a commitment before the beginning of the legislative session that the funding would be included,” added Senator Kissel. “I would also like to thank Senator DeFronzo for his assistance in seeing that this funding for Enfield was part of the Finance Committee’s Bond Package that passed in April.”

Governor Rell also had proposed the funding in her bond packagea back in February. The bill now moves onto the state House of Representatives for a vote.

Senator Kissel is the Ranking Member on the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. He represents the citizens of Granby, East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.