Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6412

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SMALL TOWN ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

Vote Date:

3/7/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/2/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Planning and Development Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill will make small town economic assistance grants available to groups of municipalities, and this will then encourage regional cooperation.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities: “This proposal would encourage regional cooperation and increase government efficiencies. By sharing revenue through regional cooperation, CCM believes it would “revitalize rural and suburban areas, while allowing them to maintain their local character.”

Ron Angelo, Acting Commissioner of Department of Economic and Community Development: The savings realized through this new approach would be significant for several reasons. First, soft costs, such as architectural drawings and engineering plans would be reduced because only one contractor would need to be hired.” Ron Angelo also spoke about how this bill would save costs by having a single application process.

Martin Mador, Legislative Chair for the Sierra Club of Connecticut: “This would promote regional projects and cooperation, so we endorse this bill.”

Susan Merrow, chair of the Board of Trustees of 1000 Friends of Connecticut: “It offers an excellent way to encourage inter-town cooperation rather than competition. STEAP grants promote growth at the level of small and rural towns. This bill would help ensure that this growth is smart.”

Brian H Sear, Canterbury First Selectman: Brian Sear supports all regionalism efforts, but believes that COGS should be used.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Craig Cubellotti

Date: 3/15/11