$250,000 Worth of Improvements for Bethel! [Bethel’s Hamlet Hub]

August 5, 2013

Article as it appeared in the Bethel Hamlet Hub

$250,000 Worth of Improvements for Bethel!

From our First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker:

I am pleased to announce that Bethel has received a $250,000 STEAP grant (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) from the Malloy administration to help improve visitor safety here at the municipal center, as well as defray the cost of sidewalk improvements in various places around town. Please see attached PDF for details.

I am very grateful to Governor Malloy and to our state elected officials for investing in Bethel to help us make this an even better place to live and raise a family.

From the Office of Gov Malloy:

BETHEL: $250,000 for a sidewalk project that includes the replacement of stairs at several entrances to the CJ Hurgin Municipal Center and sidewalk replacement/construction in three locations: the Municipal Center; the intersection of Main Street, Maple Avenue and Chestnut Street; and the Bethel Police Department. The project will create/sustain approximately 17 jobs.

“Many communities in Connecticut are trying to create a safer and more walkable environment for their residents,” State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton) said. “The STEAP grant awarded to Bethel will help the town increase pedestrian access to its downtown area by funding sidewalk replacement and construction at a busy and often unsafe intersection. The grant will also be used to improve safety at the town’s municipal center. I am pleased that the state will be supporting Bethel on this project.”

“Bethel recognizes the importance of maintaining safe pedestrian access to several town offices and major roadways,” State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-Danbury) said. “I am encouraged that this funding will now provide Bethel residents with improved stairway access to the CJ Hurgin Municipal Center and new sidewalks at the Municipal Center, the Main Street intersection and the Police Department.”

“The condition of Bethel’s downtown structures is vital to town services and economic development,” State Representative Dan Carter (R-Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding) said. “I’m glad our town is the recipient of this well-deserved funding, and I look forward to continued developments that increase quality of life and safety for residents.”

“I’m pleased the Town of Bethel was selected to receive this competitive grant for some much needed improvements,” Rep. David Scribner (R-Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury) said. “These upgrades will not only enhance our infrastructure, but help town personnel and our police force better serve residents.”