$190,000 Funds for Bethlehem Through STEAP Program

March 28, 2008

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that Bethlehem received $190,000 through three STEAP grants at today’s meeting of the State Bond Commission. The grants will fund the construction of sidewalks, the repaving of parking areas and the construction of a new playscape at the Bethlehem Town Beach.

The funds are being made available through the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP). STEAP provides financial assistance for projects that encourage economic development and preserve the character of the state’s less populated towns.

Work will include the construction of a concrete sidewalk from the intersection of Rts. 61/132 across the town green and then southerly on Veteran’s Memorial Drive and Main Street South to Bethlehem Town Hall. An additional grant will rehabilitate and repave the parking area that serves the town’s athletic fields, public works garage and firehouse. STEAP funds will also pay for a new playscape at the town beach.

“I’m pleased that Bethlehem will benefit from this program. STEAP is a great state/local partnership that gives Connecticut’s smaller towns an opportunity to get funding help for projects they might otherwise be unable to undertake on their own,” Governor Rell said. “We must continue to invest in communities of all sizes to create jobs and to keep our towns healthy and attractive.”

The Governor thanked State Senator Rob Kane and Rep. Craig Miner for their support of the project.

“I am grateful that I was able to help secure funding for these projects,” Senator Kane said. “These are safety and recreational projects that will improve our small-town character. The playscape at the town beach will also enhance the recreational facilities in that area of town.”

“These improvements are important to our town and will benefit all of the residents of Bethlehem,” Rep. Craig Miner said. “By investing in these local resources, we really improve the quality of life for everyone and I am pleased I was able to help secure these grant funds.”

More than $19.7 million in STEAP funds for 72 towns were approved by the Bond Commission today. The funds will enable 83 projects across the state to move forward.