Town Council to seek grants for four projects

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jul. 18, 2013

The town of Glastonbury will re-up its seeking of grant funding for two projects – the stand-alone sidewalks along Main Street/Route 17, from Mallard Drive to Stockade Road, and the paving rehabilitation on Hebron Avenue, between Main Street and Sycamore Street.

At the Town Council meeting on July 9, Town Manager Richard Johnson said the town had submitted those projects, which did not “make the cut” in the CRCOG/Federal Surface Transportation-Urban Grant Program (STP-Urban) application process's Phase 1, but those projects will automatically roll-over to Phase 2 of the process.

Glastonbury will now add two additional projects – a multi-use trail extending from Western Avenue to House Street, as well as an analysis and cost estimates to restore the former dock at Riverfront Park. The latter project is qualified as “non-traditional,” and towns are allowed to submit a total of three traditional and one non-traditional project.

Councilman Kurt Cavanaugh asked about the percentage of expected cost to the town for the trail. Johnson said the grant would fund up to 80-percent of the $700,000 cost, leaving the town responsible for the remaining $140,000.

While the council unanimously approved pursuing the grants, some were hesitant to support the projects until the federal monies were in hand. “I'm going to support the motion,” said Councilman Kurt Cavanaugh, “but it's not an indication that I would support this project in its entirety, once we get the dollar amounts [and we know] how much the town will be responsible for.”

“I'll reserve further comment, pending the final numbers as they come forward,” Councilman Larry Byar said.

Johnson added that each of the four projects stand alone, and any one or more of them could be approved.

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