Plymouth receives grant for nearly $500K for accessibility improvements at town hall

Published on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:14
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

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PLYMOUTH – The Town of Plymouth has received a more than $490,000 STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) grant for accessibility improvements at town hall.

Mayor Joe Kilduff said the $491,287 in state grant money was received Monday after being sought by Vinnie Klimas, grant administrator.

“Vinnie is very passionate about ADA Compliance,” said Kilduff. “He has talked to me for many years about how there is not great accessibility in the town hall bathrooms especially.”

Kilduff said the town had originally planned to use ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding for the town hall accessibility improvements.

“We got an estimate, and it would have taken up a good portion of the remaining ARPA money, so there was some hesitation,” said Kilduff. “Vinnie then came across the STEAP grant and suggested we apply.”

Kilduff said getting the grant will be a “win-win” for the town. It will also allow the ARPA money to be used for other purposes.

“We will have to sign a contract with DECD (Department of Economic and Community Development) and go out to bid,” said Kilduff. “We are still early in the process but we should know more about a timetable in the coming weeks.”

In addition to making the bathrooms at town hall more handicapped accessible, Kilduff said that the grant money will be used to create a ramp for the raised platform where the town council sits in the Community Room. This area currently only has stair access.

On Sept. 19, Gov. Ned Lamont approved $31.3 million in state grants to 77 small towns for infrastructure improvements. Plymouth Town Hall was included among these grants.

“Our small towns are part of what makes Connecticut such a great place to live and work,” Lamont said. “By partnering with them on these grants, the state can help get these infrastructure projects completed so these towns can continue to thrive, remain competitive, attract businesses, and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:14. Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:16.