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NORTHWEST CORNER — The state has allocated Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant funds for various infrastructure projects in Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford, and Winsted.
The grants come from a total of $11 million in STEAP funds for 94 towns to help with various local improvement projects.
According to a press release issued by Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) office, this is the first time since 2016 that the state has awarded STEAP funding.
“Our small towns have been hit hard by COVID-19 and need our help to fund these projects,” Lamont stated in the press release. “Simply put, some of our small towns need to modernize their infrastructure so that we can support efforts to grow the economy but lack the property tax base they need to fully fund these projects on their own. The state can and should do what we can to help with these costs as these small towns drive tourism, honor our deep and celebrated history, and provide us with family-friendly getaways that are part of the New England experience.”
Under state law, STEAP grants can only be used for capital projects, including new construction, renovation, or replacement for an existing facility.
For Winsted, the state has allocated $128,000 in funding for the rehabilitation of the bridge and culvert at West Wakefield Boulevard over Sucker Brook. This will be matched by $290,000 from the town.
For Barkhamsted, $128,205 in state funding has been approved for the remediation of the Farmington River river bank to prevent erosion and damage. This will be matched by $42,176.84 from the town.
For Colebrook, the state allocated $128,205 in funding for the repaving of Shanty Road. This will be matched by $48,729 from the town.
For New Hartford, $89,700 in state funding has been approved for the construction of new restroom facilities at Brodie Park. This will be matched by $50,000 from the town.

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