July 1, 2022

Governor Rell Announces STEAP Funds for Chester and Deep River

Governor M. Jodi Rell announced today that several Middlesex County towns, including Chester and Deep River, are being awarded grants for projects to fix local roads, repair sewer lines and improve area historic sites. 

The grants, from the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), provide financial assistance for projects that encourage economic development and preserve the character of the state’s less-populated towns.   These grants include:

Chester –  $250,000 to extend a water main to the Haddam town line.  “Clean, safe drinking water is imperative, and extending the water main will allow the town to proceed with this essential upgrade,” Governor Rell said.

Cromwell – $200,000 to acquire the former “oil tank farm” and remove existing oil pipes.  Funds will also be used to study the feasibility of a bicycle/pedestrian trail.  “By enabling the town to buy this former industrial facility, we create a win-win scenario for Cromwell,” Governor Rell said.  “We will help to beautify the area and make it more attractive for residents and visitors.  Doing so will in turn help to improve the local economy and the environment.”

Deep River – $150,000 to replace sidewalks and install decorative bricks on Main Street in front of Adams Market.  “The new look on Main Street will bring about a lasting positive effect for Deep River,” Governor Rell said.  “Property values and downtown business activity should be bolstered by the added charm.  The goal is to create foot traffic in the hubs of all of our towns, and this represents a wise investment.”

Durham – $150,000 to reconstruct road culverts on Pickett Lane.  “With two schools situated on this street, we want to be sure that we make it as safe as it can possibly be,” Governor Rell said.  “Reconstructing the culverts will address a pressing need and make sure this heavily traveled route will continue to be serviceable and accessible for years to come.”

East Haddam – $200,000 to renovate a vacant middle school in order to consolidate municipal offices.  “This conversion will serve two purposes,” Governor Rell said.  “Putting a vacant property to good use while consolidating offices will result in savings over time.  That’s good planning that spells good news for local taxpayers over the long run.”

East Hampton – $200,000 to extend the Air Line Trail into Village Center.  The trail begins in East Hampton and stretches for 50 miles through the hills of Connecticut, ending in Thompson. Dating back to the 1800s, the trail originally served as a railroad track for “fast-speed” trains, offering a straight diagonal route through Connecticut – as if the line had been drawn in the air.  “This trail is one of the most scenic in Connecticut, and it makes all the sense in the world to extend it into the center of town,” Governor Rell said.  “Doing so will allow for more cyclists and pedestrians to access area businesses and result in an uptick in activity.”

Haddam – $250,000 to extend a water main from Chester to Haddam.  “Area residents have waited long enough for these improvements,” Governor Rell said.  “Provide clean water to contaminated areas will improve property values and address a lingering unmet need in town.  This project is our priority.”

Killingworth – $150,000 to renovate and develop Parmelee Farm as a historic, cultural and environmental education center. The 132-acre Parmelee Farm was purchased by the Town of Killingworth in 2000. The property is centrally located near the center of town, adjacent to Cockaponsett State Forest and the new Haddam-Killingworth Middle School. The property was unused until 2007 when use as a community garden was approved.  Structures on the property include an 18th century farmhouse, a stone barn, post and beam barn, pole barn and small storage shed.  “The farm connects the community to the natural environment and cultural heritage of Killingworth through education, agriculture, preservation, passive recreation and the arts,” Governor Rell said.  “The property has generated so much enthusiasm in Killingworth, because it has so much potential.  It makes sense to do what we can to help realize that potential.”

Marlborough – $150,000 to build sidewalks and make streetscape improvements in the Village Center area.  “We share Marlborough residents’ goal of creating a pedestrian-friendly Village Center,” Governor Rell said.  “We want to help the develop a charming and accessible New England center area that allows residents and visitors to stroll leisurely through the town as they shop, run errands, and visit local businesses.  The Village Center has the potential to become the historic, commercial, and cultural hub.”

Middlefield – $52,456 to install three solar powered omni directional sirens.  “In an emergency, we need to be certain that area residents are made aware of what is going on,” Governor Rell said.  “By investing in its emergency warning system, Middlefield is investing in the safety and security its town residents.”

Portland – $200,000 for the Brownstone Avenue Extension Project, which will include construction of an open-air pavilion, outdoor amphitheater and restroom facility. “Connecting the village district, the historic quarries and the riverfront areas has been was an instrumental step in Portland’s economic development, and now it is time to take the next step,” Governor Rell said.  “The pavilion and amphitheater will make Portland a true destination and help to turn what was once a dream into reality.”