Columbus Blvd. work, fireworks on Common Council agenda

Published on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:28
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - The Common Council will meet tonight to consider applying for almost $2 million in state aid to make repairs on Columbus Boulevard.

In December, at the city’s CTfastrak station downtown, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced $15 million in grants through the state’s Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant program. During his announcement, he called projects funded by those grants catalysts for growth in the state.

The first round of grants, which totaled about $5.4 million, will fund 11 projects statewide.

Almost $2 million is allotted to New Britain for the seventh phase of the city’s Complete Streets Master Plan, which includes pedestrian infrastructure improvements to portions of Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street. The project will focus on sidewalks and lighting in the area.

Mayor Erin Stewart originally applied for the grants in June, and now the Common Council has the opportunity to approve the grant application documents and assistance agreement.

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. The city also recently received funding for Columbus Commons, a project converting the site of the old police station into a multi-use complex featuring housing and businesses. That project broke ground in October.

The council will also discuss the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Officials put the event out to bid and two companies responded, both at $25,000. Pyrotecnico Fireworks Inc., which has provided fireworks for the Independence Day events for the last five years, has been recommended to retain its contract, as its proposal included more than 200 more firework shells than the bid submitted by Zambelli Fireworks.

In other action Wednesday, the Common Council will revisit two reports that were tabled at the council’s Feb. 28 meeting. They are:

n  A report from the Finance Department on vacant and funded positions in the city as of the June 5, 2017, budget book.

n  A report from the Finance Department on authorized, but unissued, debt in the city. The spreadsheet, which goes back to bonds issued in 1997, says the city has had $381,773,198 authorized in that period, $118,990,589 of which has been authorized but unissued.

The Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:28. Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:30.