Aldermen OK pursuit of state development grants

Published on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 22:26
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The Common Council Wednesday gave Mayor Erin Stewart the go-ahead to pursue $2 million in state Responsible Growth and Transit Oriented Development grants.

The $2 million from the state Department of Economic and Community Development would 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 housing and businesses. According to the city’s Complete Streets Master Plan, the city also plans to create a single-lane roundabout at the Elm Street/Chestnut Street/Truman Overpass intersection, but this project has not begun.

Stewart said the city will find out if it’s received the money in the next few months.

The council also authorized the mayor to execute an agreement with SeeClickFix, a software company that has created a phone application featuring a notification system through which residents can notify the city of complaints or problems they are experiencing.

If a new pothole on Chestnut Street 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.

Aldermen supported hiring SeeClickFix, saying that the app is a good way to continue the city’s use of new technology to connect with residents.

“It’s a great way to communicate things back and forth between residents and the city,” said Public Works Director Mark Moriarty.

The contract will be effective July 1, and city officials hope the program and phone application will be all set up by the end of August.

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 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 22:26. Updated: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 22:28.