Council expected to green-light request for $2M in grants

Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:27
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The Common Council is expected to give the go-ahead for Mayor Erin Stewart to pursue $2 million in Responsible Growth and Transit Oriented Development grants in its meeting tonight.

The $2 million in grant money would go to help fund numerous Transit Oriented Development projects near Columbus Boulevard, Chestnut Street, Elm Street and the Harry S. Truman Overpass.

The city is already working on a few projects in the area. Renovations turning the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Bank Street into a roundabout began in May. Additionally, the city recently received funding for Columbus Commons, a project converting the site of the old police station into a multi-use compound featuring both housing and businesses.

According to the city’s Complete Streets Master Plan, the city plans to create a single-lane roundabout at the Elm Street/Chestnut Street/Harry S. Truman Overpass intersection, but this project has not begun yet.

In other news, the Common Council will potentially authorize the mayor to execute an agreement with SeeClickFix for the company’s services. SeeClickFix is a phone application that features a notification system whereby residents can notify the city of complaints or various problems they are experiencing.

If there is a new pothole on Chestnut Street that is disrupting traffic, for example, residents could take a picture of it and directly notify officials through the app.

SeeClickFix charges $22,979 annually for its services. This money pays for content management, and communication and management tools needed for the service.

The council is also expected take steps to begin this year’s Major City Speed Enforcement Program. The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Safety has made federal highway safety funds available to municipalities to pay for overtime and increased enforcement efforts to reduce speeding.

The mayor is expected to execute grant documents with the state asking for $49,700 in federal grant funding.

The speed enforcement program will run from July 1 to Sept. 5.

Tonight’s Common Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at sfrazer@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:27. Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:29.