$156,250 STEAP Grant for the Town of Ashford

March 28, 2008

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the town of Ashford will receive over $150,000 for the construction of various much-needed capital improvement projects throughout the town.

The State Bond Commission, chaired by Governor Rell, approved a $156,250 STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) grant for Ashford. The state investment is for various capital improvement projects town-wide, including the construction of a crosswalk, improvements at the town transfer station, the replacement of decaying guardrails and the installation of a HVAC system at the dog pound.

“This state grant will, though modest in size, will go a long way in helping Ashford make a number of public improvements. These funds will help reduce the financial burden for residents while maintaining a sense of pride for those who call Ashford home,” said Governor Rell.

“Just like any of the 169 municipalities – large or small – towns like Ashford have needs too when it comes to improving the well-being of the community. This STEAP grant will have a direct impact on Ashford and its residents and help us invest in much-needed improvements that Ashford may not have otherwise been able to afford at this time,” said State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford).

Governor Rell also thanked State Representative Bryan Hurlburt (D-Tolland) for his advocacy in securing this STEAP grant.

The funds for these projects in Ashford were made available through the STEAP program which provides about $20 million annually in financial assistance for projects that encourage economic development and preserve the character of Connecticut’s less populated towns.