CHAPTER 572
EMERGENCY MUNICIPAL PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYMENT

Table of Contents

Sec. 31-386. Definitions.
Sec. 31-387. State bonds for grants to municipalities.
Sec. 31-388. Employment projects eligible for state assistance. Requirements.
Sec. 31-389. Project grants. Determination of amount.
Sec. 31-390. Project regulations and supervision.
Sec. 31-391. State bonds.
Secs. 31-392 to 31-395.


Sec. 31-386. Definitions. When used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) "Commissioners" means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the Labor Commissioner;
(b) "Unemployment rate" means the rate of unemployment within any labor market area in the state as determined by the Labor Commissioner by computing the percentage of the work force within such labor market area which was unemployed during the month of March, 1975;
(c) "Eligible municipality" means any municipality with an unemployment rate equal to or greater than seven per cent of its work force in March, 1975, as certified by the Labor Commissioner;
(d) "Eligible labor market area" means a labor market area, as determined by the Labor Commissioner, with an unemployment rate equal to or greater than seven per cent of its work force in March, 1975, as certified by said Labor Commissioner; and
(e) "Emergency municipal public works employment project" means any municipal public works project considered by said commissioners for state financial assistance under this chapter.
(P.A. 75-608, S. 1, 7; P.A. 77-614, S. 284, 610; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of labor with commissioner of economic development for purposes of chapter, redefining "commissioner" in Subdiv. (a), effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Sec. 31-387. State bonds for grants to municipalities. (a) The State Bond Commission shall have the power, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate four million two hundred fifty-three thousand three hundred forty-eight dollars.
(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds shall be used for the purpose of making grants to municipalities to finance emergency municipal public works employment projects as hereinafter provided.
(P.A. 75-608, S. 2, 7; S.A. 78-81, S. 86, 90; S.A. 81-71, S. 128, 130; P.A. 82-369, S. 14, 28; P.A. 98-259, S. 15, 17.)
History: S.A. 78-81 reduced aggregate bond limit from fifteen million to four million five hundred thirty-eight thousand dollars; S.A. 81-71 reduced bond authorization to $4,340,000; P.A. 82-369 reduced bond authorization to $4,286,642; P.A. 98-259 amended Subsec. (a) to decrease authorization from $4,286,642 to $4,253,348, effective July 1, 1998.

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Sec. 31-388. Employment projects eligible for state assistance. Requirements. (a) Any emergency municipal public works employment project, to be eligible for state financial assistance under this chapter, subject to approval by the commissioners, shall: (1) Have an estimated cost, as determined by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the Labor Commissioner in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Works, not in excess of five hundred thousand dollars, except that a project with a higher cost may be authorized in the discretion of the commissioners if it particularly fulfills the purpose of this chapter; (2) be such that in the judgment of the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the Labor Commissioner in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Works, construction may begin within seventy-five days of final approval as herein provided; and (3) have received the certification of the Labor Commissioner that such project is located in an eligible labor market area or will draw employees from such an area. Unemployed persons to be hired by a municipality under this chapter shall be referred to such municipality through the Connecticut State Employment Service.
(b) Any emergency municipal public works employment project, eligible for such assistance under this chapter, may include but not be limited to: (1) The reconstruction or repair of town roads; (2) the improvement of parks and other public open spaces through landscaping and the construction of playgrounds, structures, buildings and tracts; (3) the restoration of places and structures of historical interest; (4) the construction and improvement of public buildings and lands for educational, recreational, service, ornamental or other public purposes or uses; (5) the construction or repair of public sewers; (6) the rehabilitation of municipally owned commercial or industrial sites and structures; and (7) projects particularly intended to help develop work skills.
(c) (1) Subject to approval by the Governor of the allotment of the principal amount of authorized bonds, in accordance with subsection (g) of section 3-20, the commissioners may approve the initiation of an eligible emergency municipal public works employment project provided sufficient funds are available within the allocation hereinafter provided. (2) The sum of five hundred thousand dollars shall be allocated to each eligible labor market area in the state. In the distribution of said allocation among the municipalities in each eligible labor market area, the commissioners shall give preference to those municipalities with the highest unemployment rates. (3) In addition, an amount shall be allocated to each eligible labor market area equal to the quotient of the total number of unemployed in such eligible labor market area during the month of March 1975, divided by the total number of unemployed in all eligible labor market areas of the state during said month of March 1975, multiplied by the total unallocated funds remaining after the allocations made pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection.
(d) The commissioners, in selecting projects to be approved under this chapter, shall give priority to projects designed to be models so that knowledge of how to expand and successfully complete emergency municipal public works employment projects to help the state and its citizens, shall be improved. The commissioners shall give priority to particularly impacted areas and shall consider the needs of cities, suburban areas and smaller municipalities.
(e) No later than October 1, 1975, eligible municipalities within eligible labor market areas, shall submit to the commissioners, on a form prescribed by the commissioners, a list of projects to be considered by the commissioners as eligible emergency municipal public works employment projects. Such municipalities, in the selection of projects for application to the commissioners, shall give priority to projects: (1) The construction of which will be labor intensive, (2) that will not require a period in excess of seventy- five days to commence construction, (3) that will not require major nonemployment producing expenditures and (4) that, whenever possible, will add to the economic potential of the state.
(f) No person in the employ of a municipality, at the time such municipality makes application to the commissioners hereunder, shall be employed in any such project without the specific approval of the commissioners.
(g) The commissioners shall submit quarterly to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to state finance, revenue and bonding, labor and industrial relations and economic development, a report in a form prescribed by said committees setting forth the status of all applications received hereunder.
(P.A. 75-608, S. 3, 7; P.A. 77-614, S. 73, 284, 610; P.A. 82-314, S. 42, 63; P.A. 87-496, S. 100, 110; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services and, effective January 1, 1979, replaced commissioner of commerce with commissioner of economic development; P.A. 82-314 changed official names of finance committee, labor and industrial relations committee and state and urban development committee; P.A. 87-496 substituted "public works" for "administrative services" commissioner in Subsec. (a); P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Sec. 31-389. Project grants. Determination of amount. (a) The state, acting by and in the discretion of the commissioners, and with the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may enter into a contract with an eligible municipality for state financial assistance for any eligible emergency municipal public works employment project in the form of a grant to such eligible municipality. Any such grant shall be in an amount not in excess of the cost of the project for which such grant is made, as determined and approved by the Labor Commissioner and the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development and Administrative Services. In accordance with any such contract, the state may make temporary advances to such municipality for the cost of such project.
(b) Before entering into such contract the commissioners shall have approved an application submitted by such municipality on forms provided by the commissioners.
(c) No such project shall be undertaken until the commissioners have approved the plans, specifications and estimated costs.
(P.A. 75-608, S. 4, 7; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 73, 284, 610; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of finance and control with secretary of the office of policy and management, replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services and, effective January 1, 1979, replaced commissioner of commerce with commissioner of economic development; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development (Revisor's note: A reference to "Commissioners of Labor, Economic and Community Development and Administrative Services" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Labor Commissioner and the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development and Administrative Services" for consistency with customary statutory usage).

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Sec. 31-390. Project regulations and supervision. (a) The Labor Commissioner and the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development and Public Works shall have the right of inspection of any such project at any time.
(b) The Labor Commissioner and the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development and Public Works and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management are authorized to make orders, establish guidelines and adopt regulations under the provisions of chapter 54 with respect to the implementation of this chapter.
(c) At the request of the commissioners, any agency or department of the executive branch shall advise and assist the commissioners in the implementation of this chapter.
(P.A. 75-608, S. 5, 7; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 73, 284, 610; P.A. 87-496, S. 101, 110; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of finance and control with secretary of the office of policy and management, replaced public works commissioner with commissioner of administrative services and, effective January 1, 1979, replaced commissioner of commerce with commissioner of economic development; P.A. 87-496 substituted "public works" for "administrative services" commissioner; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development (Revisor's note: References to "Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Labor and Public Works" were replaced editorially by the Revisors with "Labor Commissioner and the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development and Public Works" for consistency with customary statutory usage).

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Sec. 31-391. State bonds. (a) All of the provisions of section 3-20 which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this chapter, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds.
(b) None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or by or on behalf of such state officer, department or agency and stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require.
(c) Said bonds issued pursuant to this chapter shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.
(P.A. 75-608, S. 6, 7; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 610.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of finance and control with secretary of the office of policy and management.

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Secs. 31-392 to 31-395. Reserved for future use.


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