State Sen. Len Fasano (R-34) and State Rep. Dave Yaccarino (R-87) support the Small Town Economic Assistance Program for a grant of $470,267 awarded to the town of North Haven. The STEAP grant will be used to redesign and renovate the town’s public works garage.
STEAP grants, announced today by Gov. Malloy were awarded to 27 towns throughout Connecticut for the purposes of funding a variety of economic development, community conservation and quality-of-life projects.
“This grant is much needed and will serve to help the hardworking employees of our town’s public works garage. By increasing the space available to employees within this facility we are enhancing working conditions as well a stimulating jobs,” said Yaccarino.
The town of North Haven will use the awarded grant for capital improvements which will include: the addition of an overnight sleeping facility and various other modifications including new flooring, a new ceiling and new staff lockers. The facility currently houses 35 employees and has limited space available for restrooms, locker rooms and kitchen and office spaces.
Fasano said, “This grant money is desperately needed. Public Works employees have been operating in cramped spaces during some of the biggest snow storms to hit our state in recent years. When you hear guys are sleeping on lunch room tables you pause and ask how can we fix this. I’m grateful to First Selectman Mike Freda for taking the lead on this project. It is a fine example of local and state government working together to create a good working environment for the men and women who keep the town running efficiently.”
Yaccarino said, “I would like to thank all those that assisted in the approval of this grant. Any investment that leads to the development of jobs – is well worth it.”