SOUTHINGTON - The Town Council on Monday authorized Town Manager Garry Brumback to pursue a $400,000 Small Cities grant from the state.
Council approval is the final step in the bid application process, Brumback said.
“This is $400,000 in community development grant money that we are requesting to assist with the repair and rehabilitation of low-income properties belonging to residents less fortunate than us,” he said. “Hopefully, the next news you hear about this will be the success stories; 42 local properties have signed up to participate.”
“It is nice to be able to help so many people,” said council Chairman Mike Riccio. “I’d like to get a list of the repairs that are done, with the names and addresses redacted, so we can see the good work that this will do.”
Brumback later announced that the Board of Finance will present its proposed town budget to the council at its April 24 meeting. Residents can comment on it at a public hearing to be held during that meeting.
“There has been a bipartisan effort to come up with a good budget,” said Riccio.
During Monday’s public comments, resident Arthur Cyr said that he is one of only a few people who attends Board of Finance meetings and remarked that the budget process has become “a lot more efficient” in the last five years.
“I hope you give a unanimous vote of approval to this budget just like they gave,” he said.
Brumback also announced that the town has received a net $264,000 in revenues this year, which he said is “tracking well” and “in keeping with expectations.”
Finally, the council approved the second-to-last remaining bid item for the new senior center. Spectrum Floors, of Cheshire, will install the flooring in the new building that will replace the Calendar House. The winning bid was $246,888.
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