FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seymour to Receive STEAP Funding for Community Center HVAC System Improvements

October 10, 2023


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Seymour to Receive STEAP Funding for Community Center HVAC System Improvements

Seymour, CT – Connecticut Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), Senator Eric Berthel (R-Watertown), and State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105) applaud Governor Lamont for releasing state grants through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) for towns across Connecticut. The funding will be used to complete a variety of infrastructure improvements, such as road safety reconstruction projects, sewer and drainage upgrades, sidewalk and pedestrian safety enhancements, recreational facility upgrades, and other capital improvement projects. The Town of Seymour will receive $500,000 in state funding for the HVAC upgrades at the community center. This will be matched by $242,604 in town funds.

Sen. Kelly said, “These necessary HVAC improvements will benefit everyone who visits the community center. They will also relieve local taxpayers of shouldering the cost burdens of this investment. The community center is a hub of activity, and through teamwork, we are making the community center safer, more accessible, and a place that area residents and visitors alike can be proud of.”

“Taxpayers in our region work hard for their money and want their tax dollars to be used wisely. These grants are examples of our tax dollars rightfully being returned to help with necessary projects and repairs that might have otherwise resulted in tax increases. These projects also reflect the priorities of our residents by way of project requests from our local leaders and officials. Thank you to the Governor for his approval to release these funds,” said Sen. Berthel.

“The Seymour Community Center is a vital hub in our town, and I am pleased the heating and cooling system will be upgraded to make it an even more welcoming place for residents and guests.” Rep. Klarides-Ditria said. “Smart investments to the infrastructure of our cities and towns bring long-term benefits to thousands of residents that will far outweigh the upfront costs, and I would like to thank the governor and OPM for approving this money to support our community and its continued growth.”

The grant is provided through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), a state program managed by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) that delivers grants to small towns for economic development, community conservation, and quality-of-life capital projects.

*Sen. Kelly represents the 21st District of Stratford, Shelton, Seymour, and Monroe.