FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Town of Fairfield has received $5 million in state grants for the restoration and resiliency of existing infrastructure that was damaged by Storm Sandy, First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced on Monday. The State has distributed $30 million among some communities that were devastated by the storm.
Governor Dannel Malloy and Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein said in a press release that Fairfield is one of 11 Connecticut municipalities that has received funding to restore living standards after the disastrous impact of the storm. Plans involve rehabilitating or reconstructing roadways and increasing resiliency to minimize damage from future storms.
“I am very grateful to Governor Malloy, Commissioner Klein and the State for helping our community, which is still recovering from Storm Sandy, with these much needed grants. These funds will be vital in helping our Town be more prepared for future storms and reduce the impact of potential storm damage. I also wish to thank our Department of Public Works which will be implementing these projects to help make our community safer and more resilient to storms,” Tetreau said.
The Governor’s press release states that Fairfield received funding for three major projects. Funding for a Water Pollution Micro-grid costing $2.5 million will provide heat and electricity to the facility during normal operation and in the case of a grid outage. The town was not required to match a dollar amount.
Funding for the Waste Water Treatment Plant resiliency project costs just over $2.3 million. It will provide proper protection from the risk of sanitary system overflows. The town is covering 25 percent.
Funding for the Penfield Beach resiliency improvements cost $225,000 and will retrofit a vital section of shoreline infrastructure. The timber bulkhead in the Penfield Beach area will be improved, providing the Fairfield Beach Road neighborhood with the coastal resiliency to withstand damaging effects of severe coastal storm events. The town is matching $75,000.
“The Town of Fairfield is grateful for these grants and looks forward to implementing these improvements as soon as possible. This funding will enable Fairfield to construct the infrastructure that is necessary to enable our community to become more resilient to future storms. The grants for the waste water treatment plant will be very beneficial, especially considering the critical functions and the location of that facility, Public Works Director Joseph Michelangelo said.