The Hawleyville sewer project that Newtown residents approved earlier this year is one of 28 small town projects that will get a financial boost from the state.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced a series of grants under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), which will be awarded to 28 towns throughout Connecticut for the purposes of funding a variety of economic development, community conservation and quality-of-life projects.
“These small town grants allow the state to partner with municipalities on projects that will help improve our communities, rebuild our infrastructure, and create jobs,” Malloy said. “These are investments that will make our towns a better place to live and work, will increase the quality of life, and help attract economic development and growth.”
Under the program, Newtown will be awarded a $500,000 grant for the Hawleyville Sewer Extension Project, which involves the installation of the sewer infrastructure in the Hawleyville area of Newtown. Malloy's office says the project will provide the infrastructure necessary for the development of several land parcels in Newtown.
First Selectman Pat Llodra says the area contains three sizable properties that are "poised for development" — one is 100 acres, another is 40 acres, and a third is 33 acres.
The specific areas that would be served by the sewer line are Route 6, west of Whipporwill Hill Road to Splendid Place, and along Route 25 to serve a section of Covered Bridge Road.
At a town meeting in late February, residents authorized a $2.8 million bond to pay for the project.