Madison Gets $400,000 For Downtown Improvements

Improvements come as part of Phase 3 of the Madison Downtown Center Project; Money comes from Small Town Economic Assistance Program; Guilford gets $500,000 for Jacob's Beach.


Madison will received $400,000 to help improve its downtown, local and state officials have announced.

"The downtown is Madison's real jewel, and we are in the midst of making it even nicer," said Madison First Selectman Fillmore McPherson. "We really appreciate the state's help in moving forward."

McPherson said several people were instrumental when it came to applying for the grant, including Town Engineer Mike Ott and Pam McKinnon, chairman of the town's downtown committee.

Along with Madiosn, Guilford, Orange, Wallingford and Woodbridge were  awarded Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants for capital improvement projects.

“STEAP Grants help towns improve quality of life, spur economic development and stimulate the local economy,” Governor Malloy said in a prepared statement.  “Especially during times when municipal budgets are stretched thin, these grants help make needed projects become a reality.”

Earlier this week, Governor Malloy also announced STEAP grants for other South Central region towns, including Clinton, Branford and Deep River.

Madison: $400,000 for Boston Post Road improvements

The Town of Madison will receive a $400,000 grant to make improvements to the Boston Post Road, which includes moving overhead utilities underground.  The grant will also allow for streetscape renovations, such as median, crosswalk, sidewalk, curbing, drainage, landscape, street lights and foliage.  These improvements come as part of phase 3 of the Madison Downtown Center Project.

State Sen. Ed Meyer said the grant should help make the town even more attrative for the town's businesses and residents. 

“Through my experiences on the Planning and Development Committee, I have seen how small changes to a town’s landscape can greatly improve its accessibility to commuters and tourists,” State Rep. Kokoruda said in a prepared statement.  “It is vital to invest in our towns, especially when we will see an immediate benefit to our economy and job market both on the local and state level.  I am so grateful that in these tight economic times, the State of Connecticut has continued to support this important project in downtown Madison.”

Guilford: $500,000 for Jacobs Beach enhancements

The Town of Guilford will receive a $500,000 grant to construct improvements at Jacobs Beach, including making the drop-off areas safer for children attending summer camps and for seniors who need assistance entering and exiting the beach.  There is also a plan to construct a small boardwalk, create two kiosks, renovate the bathhouse and make improvements to shaded areas

“This is a significant grant and I’m very happy for the residents of Guilford,” State Representative Pat Widlitz said in a prepared statement.  “Jacobs Beach is one of the town’s most utilized recreational resources and this grant will enhance the enjoyment of the beach for people of all ages.  My thanks goes to the Governor for his support of this great project for the people of Guilford.”

Orange: $500,000 to complete Edison Road Extension

The Town of Orange will receive a $500,000 grant to aid in the extension of Edison Road to Marsh Hill Road.  The project will open the road to a major thoroughfare opposite United Illuminating’s new corporate headquarters, will open up over 60 acres for productive economic use, and will enhance the town’s ability to attract additional private investments and create new employment opportunities.  In addition, the extension will provide traffic relief to local roadways.



Wallingford: $214,200 for North Main Street Extension improvements

The Town of Wallingford will receive a $214,200 grant for the milling and resurfacing of North Main Street Extension, a major commercial and industrial area.  The road serves as a feeder to the Barnes Industrial Park North complex, the Central Park complex and the Wallingford Plaza center, which hosts multiplex theaters and restaurants.  The businesses along this corridor provide goods and services to the entire region.

Woodbridge: $500,000 for Police Department renovation

The Town of Woodbridge will receive a $500,000 grant to renovate the existing Police Department facility, so that improvements can be made to the lobby, the communications and dispatch center, information technology services and processing areas.  The funding will enhance public safety, improve police operations, and expand needed services in the community.

The State Bond Commission, under Governor Malloy’s leadership, allocated $20 million for STEAP grants on September 23, 2011.  The awards, which will be awarded to small towns from throughout the state, were granted in part due to project readiness and their impact on overall regional economic development.

dave December 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM
does everyone realize when the term "bonding" is used, it is just another term for borrowing money? all these STEAP grants is just that, more borrowing and more debt. the media doesnt tell you the truth, malloy, touting a surplus, using the accounting methods he so criticized, instead of the GAAP accounting he promised, shows a 1.6 billion deficit. someone should tell mr malloy that no one has ever taxed and spent themselves into prosperity. goverment trying to control the economy by spending money to create jobs where and what jobs they want created, is like a dog eating its tail. malloy has basically paid companies to stay here with forgivable loans instead of creating a climate for busisnesses to grow and expand. we are in deep trouble.
Daria Novak December 27, 2011 at 04:04 AM
Those in power in CT think they are "giving" us taxpayers money when in reality all they are doing is "giving it back" after taking a % to pay state employees to administer the programs. We need strong fiscally conservative leadership in Hartford and Washington to stop it. I'm happy some of my taxes are going to fix downtown, but I wonder at what cost? We need citizens to stand up, speak out, and offer new solutions to the issues we face in our nation. What I don't understand is why residents of CT continue voting in big spending politicians again and again. Dave is 100% correct when he says we can't spend ourselves into prosperity. In 2012 I hope we look beyond the handouts our state and federal politicians are directing our way and ask ourselves if there isn't a better method. I believe there is and we will see voters coming out to voice their opinion in 2012. "Enough is enough." Imagine how much we would have in Madison if we didn't have a state income tax! When I was growing it was unheard of in CT. We did just fine until the Democratic super majority in Hartford decided it "wanted," not "needed," an ornate legislative palace to work in, to create bigger government handout programs, etc. The time has come for us to question those in power in Hartford and Washington. I, like others in Madison, will not be tricked by visiting politicians and ribbon-cutting ceremonies talking about what they are "giving" us. I will be talking about what they are "doing" to us.
Janet December 27, 2011 at 01:10 PM
I completely agree with both Dave and Daria. Governor Malloy's retroactive income tax on CT citizens is an ABOMINATION. His comment that "most citizens in CT won't even notice it" is disgusting and an insult to those of us who do in fact notice it. It's a backhanded way of penalizing those who do well in this state to pay bills that mounted as a result of an irresponsible government. I agree that I'm happy downtown is getting this money, but we must push Malloy and our state legislators to find solutions that don't include raising our taxes. And, by the way, with Madison's budget proposals coming soon from the town and the BOE, I hope our own town officials push for a zero budget increase across the board. Madison must also figure a way to get more efficient and stop this consistent increase to our property taxes.
Mad Local December 27, 2011 at 01:34 PM
$400,000 that was taken from us in higher gas taxes, among many others that are strapping the middle-class to pay for improvements to the center of Madison and other affluent towns....the politicians should be ashamed. Maybe they should tell the factory worker who pays an extra 3 bucks a pack for cigarettes in CT that he is paying for "quaint little Madison" ...that would make him quit smoking quicker so that the money that is being pulled from his pockets doesnt got to fund feel-good projects. What are they planning? landscaping & brick medians, (lets hope its not like the CVS parking lot!!)...maybe we should install parking meters for all of the out-of-towners that are expected to "shop Madison" when most locals have never been in most of these "shoppes" This project is not a needed infrastructure project, its waste of money, I will even wager that Madison will not even hire a local contractor to build the project...not a surprise since they are actively trying to shut down local constructions companies anyhow. ...The Selectmen should return the money, as should the other towns, and have our Governor repeal the income tax so that we can actually get the economy stimulated by letting the citizens keep the money they earned.
dave December 29, 2011 at 12:09 AM
I am glad to hear the concensus of the irresponsible people we have put in place in our state goverment. If you remember 20 years ago, we had no state income tax, no casinos and the lottery was in its infancy, not as it is now. Whay happened to all that new revenue? it is time to hold those in office accountable for the damge they have done, especially malloy. and please dont try to e-mail any of them, they do not respond, including malloy, wyman and my state reps. it is time all politicians work for us, not us for them, which obviously it was they think.
Janet December 29, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Malloy caved in to the unions and passed this retroactive income tax. I am shocked that more people aren't screaming about that. We need to get him out of there as soon as possible.
Jeanneen Griffin December 29, 2011 at 03:04 PM
I agree with most of the comments. While it is nice that Madison will receive a tiny portion of the millions that Gov. Malloy's tax increase is sucking out of the private economy I don't believe it's worth it to increase our taxes just so politicians can play "Lord of the Manor" with our money! We are taxed enough already and this has got to stop. I hope more people in this state wake up to the fact that Connecticut's stagnant economy is a direct result of the laws and regulations constantly spewing forth from a state legislature controlled by the Democratic party. Let's start voting for people who will keep their hands in their own pockets!
Janet December 29, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Yes, let none of us forget next election that it is "GOVERNOR MALLOY'S TAX INCREASE". And Dave you are correct, Governor Malloy does not respond to emails. While his Facebook page allows people to comment on his office posts, people are not allowed to post their own comments on the wall. The latest story on the page is about these grants... PLEASE go on there and make your comments so more can see them... I just did that.
dave December 29, 2011 at 09:11 PM
thanks Janet, I dont do facebook!! but you can ask a question on his wall for me if you wish. ask him, since he is bragging about his 100 million dollar surplus, why would he need to borrow 20 million for these STEAP grants? hmmm? let me know if anyone responds!! thanks
Janet December 30, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Hahaha.. he doesn't even write the posts... his "office" does... he never responds to any of the comments and I doubt if he even cares to read them. There are more criticisms on there than praise... let's hope all those people go to the polls after term one.
dave December 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM
you can only hope!!! but after that whole debacle in bridgeport last time i doubt that there will be fair elections in this state for a long time.


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