PA 15-1, June 2015 Special Session—SB 1501

Emergency Certification

AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES

SUMMARY: This act authorizes up to $1. 866 billion in each year for FYs 16 and 17 in state general obligation (GO) bonds for state capital projects and grant programs, including school construction, economic development, municipal aid, and housing development and rehabilitation programs. It also cancels or reduces $272. 5 million in GO bond authorizations and $3 million in special tax obligation (STO) bond authorizations from prior fiscal years.

The act authorizes up to (1) $238 million in revenue bonds over the two years for Clean Water Fund loans, (2) $681. 4 million in FY 16 and $693. 3 million in FY 17 in STO bonds for transportation projects, and (3) an additional $2. 803 billion in STO bonds from FY 16 to FY 20 for a five-year Department of Transportation (DOT) capital improvement program.

The act establishes new grant programs for municipalities that (1) jointly construct, maintain, or improve regional dog pounds or (2) undertake certain road repairs. It creates a homelessness prevention and response fund to provide forgivable loans and grants to eligible landlords. It also expands existing bond-funded grant programs for (1) general school building improvements that are not normally reimbursable by state school construction grants and (2) municipalities establishing bikeways, pedestrian walkways, or greenways.

Lastly, the act (1) increases, from $50 million to $100 million, the amount of bonds the Green Bank may issue that are backed by a special capital reserve fund and (2) allows UConn to make certain bond reallocations in the UConn 2000 infrastructure program to fund an electronic medical records system at the UConn Health Center.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015 for FY 16 bond authorizations and July 1, 2016 for FY 17 authorizations. Other sections are effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted below.

§§ 1-38, 55, 57 & 223-226 — BOND AUTHORIZATIONS FOR STATE AGENCY PROJECTS AND GRANTS

The act authorizes new GO bonds for FYs 16 and 17 for the state projects and grant programs listed in Table 1. The bonds are subject to standard issuance procedures and have a maximum term of 20 years.

The act includes a standard provision requiring that, as a condition of bond authorizations for grants to private entities, each granting agency include repayment provisions in its grant contract in case the facility for which the grant is made ceases to be used for the grant purposes within 10 years of the grantee receiving it. The required repayment is reduced by 10% for each full year that the facility is used for the grant purpose.

Table 1: GO Bond Authorizations for State Projects and Grant Programs for FYs 16 and 17

§§

AGENCY

FOR

FY 16

FY 17

STATE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

2(a), 21(a)

Office of Legislative Management

Information technology updates, replacements, and improvements; Capitol complex equipment replacement, including updated technology for the Office of State Capitol Police;  and renovations, repairs, and minor capital improvements to the Capitol and Old State House

$1,798,500

$344,500

2(b), 21(b)

Office of Governmental Accountability

Information technology improvements

100,000

500,000

2(c)

State Comptroller

Enhancements and upgrades to the CORE financial system

20,000,000

0

2(d), 21(c)

Office of Policy and Management (OPM)

Developing and implementing databases in the CORE financial system associated with results-based accountability

3,000,000

3,500,000

Designing and implementing the Criminal Justice Information Sharing System

17,100,000

10,000,000

Transit-oriented development and predevelopment activities

8,000,000

0

Comprehensive statewide water plan development

500,000

500,000

Information and technology capital investment program; earmarks (1) $15 million in both FYs 16 and 17 to develop and maintain a statewide health information exchange, including software and related equipment purchases, and (2) $25 million in FY 16 and $16 million in FY 17 to purchase and implement an integrated electronic medical records system at the UConn Health Center

80,000,000

76,000,000

2(e), 21(d)

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds

700,000

550,000

State matching funds for federal grants for renovations and code improvements to existing facilities

1,445,300

0

2(f), 21(e)

Department of Administrative Services (DAS)

Alterations and improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

1,000,000

1,000,000

Supplier diversity data management system development

400,000

0

Infrastructure repairs and improvements, including (1) fire, safety, and ADA compliance improvements; (2) improvements to state-owned buildings and grounds, including energy conservation and off-site improvements; and (3) preservation of unoccupied buildings and grounds, including office development, acquisition, renovations for additional parking, and security improvements

25,000,000

25,000,000

Removing or encapsulating asbestos and hazardous material in state-owned buildings

10,000,000

10,000,000

Land acquisition, construction, improvements, repairs, and renovations to fire training schools

10,000,000

3,000,000

Building acquisition and renovation for probate court offices

4,100,000

0

2(g), 21(f)

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP)

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to the emergency operations center in Hartford

500,000

2,000,000

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Meriden

2,500,000

0

2(h)

Department of Motor Vehicles

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds

1,420,000

0

2(i), 21(g)

Military Department

Alterations and improvements to buildings and grounds, including utilities, mechanical systems, and energy conservation

450,000

225,000

State matching funds for anticipated federal reimbursable projects

3,271,500

2,883,000

Non-motion-based simulation center construction

750,000

0

2(j), 21(h)

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Dam repairs, including state-owned dams

8,350,000

8,075,000

Various flood control improvements, flood repair, erosion damage repairs, and municipal dam repairs

5,000,000

5,000,000

Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program for recreation, open space, and resource protection and management

10,000,000

10,000,000

Alterations, renovations, and new construction, including ADA improvements, at state parks and recreation facilities

0

25,000,000

21(i)

Agricultural Experiment Station

Construction and equipment for additions and renovations to the Valley Laboratory in Windsor

0

11,500,000

Renovations and improvements to the Jenkins Laboratory greenhouses

0

200,000

2(k), 21(j)

Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA)

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to the Connecticut Convention Center and Rentschler Field

5,500,000

3,500,000

2(l), 21(k)

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

(1) Fire, safety, and environmental improvements to regional facilities and intermediate care facilities for client and staff needs, including improvements in compliance with current codes, and (2) site improvements, handicapped access improvements, utilities, repair or replacement of roofs, air conditioning, and other interior and exterior building renovations and additions at all state-owned facilities

7,500,000

7,500,000

2(m), 21(l)

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

(1) Fire, safety, and environmental improvements to regional facilities and intermediate care facilities for client and staff needs, including improvements in compliance with current codes, and (2) site improvements, handicapped access improvements, utilities, repair or replacement of roofs, air conditioning, and other interior and exterior building renovations and additions at all state-owned facilities

5,000,000

5,000,000

21(m)

State Department of Education (SDE)

For the technical high school system: Alterations and improvements to buildings and grounds, including new and replacement equipment, tools, and supplies necessary to update curricula; vehicles; and technology upgrades

0

12,000,000

2(n), 21(n)

Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR)

All colleges and universities: New and replacement instruction, research, or laboratory equipment

16,000,000

12,000,000

All colleges and universities: Consolidating and upgrading student and financial information technology systems

20,000,000

40,000,000

All colleges and universities: Advanced manufacturing and emerging technology programs

2,500,000

2,625,000

All community colleges: Deferred maintenance, code compliance, and infrastructure improvements

15,500,000

10,000,000

All universities: Deferred maintenance, code compliance, and infrastructure improvements

10,000,000

12,000,000

Norwalk Community College: Implementation of Phase III of the Master Plan

28,800,000

0

Norwalk Community College: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to the B wing building

0

5,190,000

Capital Community College: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to optimize space utilization

5,000,000

0

Tunxis Community College: Implementation of Phase III of the Master Plan

3,000,000

0

Asnuntuck Community College: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to expand library and student services

0

3,800,000

21(o)

Department of Correction

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to existing state-owned buildings for inmate housing, programming, staff training space, and additional inmate capacity; support facilities; and off-site improvements

0

15,000,000

2(o), 21(p)

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds

3,828,000

2,073,000

2(p), 21(q)

Judicial Department

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds at state-owned and -maintained facilities

7,500,000

7,500,000

Technology Strategic Plan Project implementation

7,500,000

7,500,000

Exterior renovations and improvements at the Superior Courthouse in New Haven

9,000,000

0

New furniture, equipment, and telecommunications systems for the Litchfield Judicial District courthouse in Torrington

4,400,000

0

HOUSING PROJECTS

9, 28, 57

Department of Housing (DOH)

Housing development and rehabilitation, including improvements to various kinds of state-assisted affordable housing and housing-related financial assistance programs; requires DOH to use up to $30 million in each FY to revitalize moderate rental housing units in the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's state housing portfolio

135,000,000

135,000,000

Homelessness prevention and response fund (see § 57 below)

15,000,000

15,000,000

GRANTS

13(a), 32(a), 55, 223-224

OPM

Grants to private, nonprofit, tax-exempt health and human service organizations for alterations, renovations, improvements, additions, and new construction, including (1) health, safety, ADA compliance, and energy conservation improvements; (2) information technology systems; (3) technology for independence; (4) vehicle purchases; and (5) property acquisition

10,000,000

10,000,000

Responsible Growth Incentive Fund

5,000,000

5,000,000

Grants for purchasing body-worn recording equipment and digital data storage devices or services for law enforcement officers; earmarks (1) $2 million to DESPP for State Police and (2) $13 million to municipalities for local law enforcement officers

15,000,000

0

Municipal aid grants (see § 55 below)

60,000,000

60,000,000

Regional dog pound grant program (see §§ 223 & 224 below)

0

20,000,000

13(b), 32(b)

DAS

Grants to alliance districts for general school building improvements (see § 59 below)

50,000,000

50,000,000

13(c), 32(c)

Department of Labor

Subsidized Training and Employment program

5,000,000

5,000,000

32(d)

Department of Agriculture (DoAg)

Farm Reinvestment program

0

1,000,000

13(d), 32(e)

DEEP

Long Island Sound stewardship and resiliency program (1) to protect coastal marshes and other natural buffer areas and (2) for grants to increase the resiliency of wastewater treatment facilities

20,000,000

0

Grants to municipalities to encourage low-impact design of green municipal infrastructure to reduce nonpoint source pollution

20,000,000

0

Grants to municipalities for open space acquisition and development for conservation or recreational purposes

8,000,000

8,000,000

Program to establish energy microgrids to support critical municipal infrastructure

0

15,000,000

Grants for identifying, investigating, containing, removing, or mitigating contaminated industrial sites in urban areas

0

5,000,000

13(e), 32(f)

Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund; earmarks $3. 5 million in FY 16 for a grant to the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology for researching and developing high rate laser-engineered additive manufacturing machining

20,000,000

20,000,000

Small Business Express program

50,000,000

50,000,000

Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment program

20,000,000

20,000,000

Implementing a minority business enterprise assistance program to assist such businesses in obtaining surety bonds for capital construction projects, including bid, performance, and payment bonds; program may be run by a contracted nonprofit entity

2,000,000

0

Grants to nonprofit organizations sponsoring cultural and historic sites

0

5,000,000

13(f), 32(g)

DOH

Main Street Investment Fund

5,000,000

5,000,000

13(g), 32(h)

CRDA

CRDA's statutory purposes and uses; caps at $20 million the amount of bonds that may be used to finance projects, including public infrastructure grants, in Hartford outside (1) the capital city economic development district in FY 16 and (2) CRDA's boundaries in FY 17; for FY 16, requires that at least $10 million of the $20 million be made available for projects in the federally designated Promise Zone

50,000,000

50,000,000

Grant to the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut for capital improvements

1,500,000

1,500,000

32(i)

DDS

Grants to private nonprofit organizations for supportive housing

0

20,000,000

13(h), 32(j), 225, 226

DOT

Grants for port, harbor, and marina improvements, including dredging and navigational improvements; requires that at least $5 million be made available to Connecticut ports, harbors, and marinas other than the deep-water ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London

17,500,000

0

Grants to municipalities for the Town-Aid-Road program

60,000,000

60,000,000

Pothole repair assistance program (see §§ 225 & 226 below)

5,000,000

0

13(i), 32(k)

SDE

Grants for Sheff magnet school program start-up costs: purchasing a building or portable classrooms, leasing space, and purchasing equipment, including computers and classroom furniture; if the grant was for purchasing a building that ceases to be used as an interdistrict magnet school, the DAS and SDE commissioners must determine whether title reverts to the state or the district must reimburse the state according to a set formula

20,000,000

5,750,000

Grants to targeted local and regional school districts for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, and equipment in low-performing schools

6,000,000

10,000,000

Grants to the American School for the Deaf for alterations, renovations, and improvements to the buildings and grounds

5,000,000

0

Grants for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment, and capital start-up costs to expand the availability of high-quality school models and assist in implementing Common Core state standards and assessments, in accordance with procedures the SDE commissioner establishes

0

5,000,000

13(j), 32(l)

State Library

Grants to public libraries for construction, renovations, expansion, energy conservation, and handicapped accessibility

5,000,000

7,000,000

Grants to public libraries for high-speed connections to the Connecticut Education Network

3,600,000

0

32(m)

Connecticut Port Authority

Grants for port, harbor, and marina improvements, including dredging and navigational improvements; requires that at least $5 million be made available to Connecticut ports, harbors, and marinas other than the deep water ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London

0

17,500,000

§ 55 — Municipal Aid Grants

The act authorizes up to $60 million in GO bonds each year in FYs 16 and 17 to OPM for grants to municipalities through the Town-Aid-Road (TAR) program. The act specifies the amounts and recipients of the grants.

By law, the TAR program provides grants to municipalities for building, improving, and maintaining roads and bridges, and for other highway, traffic, and parking purposes, but the OPM secretary may approve a town's use of TAR funds for other purposes.

§ 57 — Homelessness Prevention and Response Fund

The act authorizes up to $15 million in GO bonds each year in FYs 16 and 17 to DOH for a homelessness prevention and response fund. Under the act, the fund provides forgivable loans and grants to landlords (1) participating in a rapid rehousing program (e. g. , waiving security deposits or abating rent for a designated period) and (2) abating rent for scattered supportive housing units. The act allows DOH to retain up to 5% of the bond proceeds for administrative purposes.

Participating landlords receive loans and grants to (1) renovate multifamily homes, under the rapid rehousing program, and (2) renovate multifamily homes, fund ongoing maintenance and repair, or capitalize operating and replacement reserves, under the supportive housing rent abatement program. For both programs, renovations include building code compliance work and major improvements.

§§ 223-224 — Regional Dog Pound Program

The act authorizes up to $20 million in GO bonds in FY 17 for grants to cities and towns that jointly operate regional dog pounds. A municipality qualifies for a grant if it does these things together with at least one other municipality under an interlocal agreement, which is a document that two or more municipalities must execute before jointly performing any function that they may perform separately (CGS § 7-148cc).

The OPM secretary must administer the grants, which cover up to 50% of the amount a municipality contributes during the relevant fiscal year toward constructing, maintaining, or improving a building that is suitable for operating a dog pound. Municipalities seeking a grant must apply to the OPM secretary for the grants in the time and manner he prescribes.

§§ 225-226 — Pothole Repair Assistance Program

The act authorizes up to $5 million in GO bonds in FY 16 for a pothole repair assistance program that provides grants to municipalities for certain road repairs. It requires the DOT commissioner to administer the program within available appropriations. The act authorizes the grants in FY 16 to cities and towns for the excess costs they incurred in repairing or reconstructing highways and bridges, including repairing potholes, related to damage caused by winter storms or cold temperatures.

Under the act, a municipality's excess cost is the amount by which its repair costs from November to April in FY 15 exceeded its average repair costs for the same period in FYs 12 through 14.

§§ 39-50 & 232-237 — TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

§§ 39-50 — FYs 16 and 17 STO Bonds

The act authorizes up to $681. 4 million in new STO bonds in FY 16 and up to $693. 3 million in FY 17 for DOT projects, as shown in Table 2.

Table 2: STO Bond Authorizations for DOT Projects

Authorized Program Areas

FY 16

FY 17

Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations

Interstate highway program

$13,000,000

$13,000,000

Urban systems projects

10,138,710

12,112,100

Intrastate highway program

44,000,000

44,000,000

Environmental compliance, soil and groundwater remediation, hazardous material abatement, demolition, salt shed construction and renovation, storage tank replacement, and environmental emergency response at or near state-owned properties or related to DOT operations

17,556,000

18,535,000

State bridge improvement, rehabilitation, and replacement

33,000,000

33,000,000

Capital resurfacing and related reconstruction

75,000,000

75,000,000

Fix-it-First bridge repair program

70,000,000

70,000,000

Fix-it-First road repair program

55,000,000

55,000,000

Local Transportation Capital Program

74,000,000

74,000,000

Highway and bridge renewal equipment

20,381,280

10,381,280

Local bridge program

10,000,000

10,000,000

Bureau of Aviation and Ports

Reconstructing and improving the warehouse and State Pier in New London, including improvements to the site and ferry slips

5,331,000

2,650,000

Developing and improving general aviation airports, including grants to municipal airports, other than Bradley International Airport

2,000,000

2,000,000

Bureau of Public Transportation

Bus and rail facilities and equipment, including rights-of-way, other property acquisition, and related projects

205,300,000

208,100,000

Bureau of Administration

Department facilities

20,719,775

25,510,000

STO bonds, cost of issuance and debt service reserve

26,000,000

40,000,000

§§ 232-237 — Five-Year Capital Improvement Program

The act authorizes up to $2. 803 billion in STO bonds over five years for DOT's capital improvement program. It authorizes the bonds from FY 16 to FY 20, as shown in Table 3, for the projects listed in Table 4.

Table 3: STO Bond Authorization Schedule

Fiscal Year

Bond Amount (millions)

FY 16

$274. 85

FY 17

520. 2

FY 18

551. 7

FY 19

749. 8

FY 20

706. 0

TOTAL

$2,802. 55

Table 4: DOT Projects

For the Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations

Design and engineering for Interstate 84 widening between exits 3 and 8

Design and engineering for Interstate 84 viaduct replacement in Hartford

Operational lanes for Interstate 84 interchanges 40 to 42 in West Hartford

Design and engineering for Interstate 84 and Route 8 interchange improvements in Waterbury

Design and engineering for Interstate 91, Interstate 691, and Route 15 interchange improvements

Design and engineering for Interstate 95 widening between Bridgeport and Stamford

Design and engineering, including rights-of-way for Interstate 95 widening between the Baldwin Bridge and the Gold Star Bridge

Relocate and reconfigure the Interstate 91 interchange 29 in Hartford

Rehabilitate and repair the Interstate 95 Gold Star Bridge

Reconfigure Route 7 and Route 15 interchange in Norwalk

Design and engineering for Route 9 improvements in Middletown

Urban bikeway, pedestrian connectivity, trails, and alternative mobility programs

Rehabilitate Route 15 West Rock Tunnel and interchange 59

Implement Innovative Bridge Delivery and Construction Program

For the Bureau of Public Transportation

Bus rolling stock for service expansions

Statewide rail rolling stock replacement program, including café cars on the New Haven Line

Continued expansion, rolling stock, and development of stations on the Hartford Line

Extend the CTfastrak bus rapid transit corridor east to Manchester

Implement a bus rapid transit corridor for Route 1 between Norwalk and Stamford

New signal system on the Waterbury branch line

Interim repairs to the SAGA moveable and Cos Cob bridges on the New Haven Line

Design, engineer, and construct a new dock yard on the Danbury branch line

Design and construct the Orange, Barnum, and Merritt 7 stations on the New Haven Line and Danbury branch line

Develop a Madison station and parking garage on Shoreline East

Study for an East Lyme (Niantic) station on Shoreline East

Design and construct a parking deck and pedestrian bridge in New Haven on the New Haven Line

Design and construct a pedestrian bridge in Stamford on the New Haven Line

Implement a real-time location and bus information system statewide

Implement a real-time audio and video system on the New Haven Line

Develop a plan to upgrade capacity and speed on the New Haven Line

Study for centralized paratransit service coordination statewide

Improvements on New Canaan branch line to increase frequency and enhance service to and from the main line, including siding, platform, and improvements to the Springdale Station

§§ 51-54, 56-67 & 238 — BOND AUTHORIZATIONS FOR STATUTORY PROGRAMS AND GRANTS

The act increases bond authorization limits for various statutory grants and purposes, and allocates new bonding for these purposes for FYs 16 and 17, as shown in Table 5.

Table 5: Statutory Bond Authorizations for FYs 16 and 17

§

Agency

Purpose/Fund

FY 16

FY 17

51

OPM

Urban Action (economic and community development project grants)

$70,000,000

$50,000,000

52

OPM

Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP)

20,000,000

20,000,000

53

OPM

Capital Equipment Purchase Fund

30,000,000

30,000,000

54

OPM

Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP)

30,000,000

30,000,000

56

DOH

Housing Trust Fund

40,000,000

25,000,000

58

SDE

Charter school capital expenses

0

5,000,000

60

DAS

School construction projects

530,000,000

560,000,000

61

SDE

School construction interest subsidy grants

3,000,000

2,100,000

63

DEEP

Clean Water Fund grants

47,500,000

92,500,000

64

DEEP

Clean Water Fund loans (revenue bonds)

58,000,000

180,000,000

65

DEEP

Bikeway, pedestrian walkway, and greenway grants (see below)

5,000,000

5,000,000

66

DECD

Manufacturing Assistance Act

100,000,000

100,000,000

67

SDE

School security infrastructure grant program

10,000,000

0

§§ 65 & 238 — Connecticut Bikeway, Walkway, and Greenway Grant Program

The act (1) authorizes $5 million in GO bonds per year in FYs 16 and 17 for an existing municipal grant program for establishing bikeways, pedestrian walkways, and greenways and (2) expands the purposes of the program to allow a wider range of potential projects and grant recipients. It repeals substantially similar provisions in PA 15-190. The act expands the (1) program to cover recreational trails and (2) eligible grant recipients to include private nonprofit institutions, agencies, districts, and other organizations.

Under the act, eligible projects may include locally supported trails and trail systems, in addition to currently eligible projects (e. g. , bikeways and multiuse paths established as part of the State Recreational Trails Plan). The act allows grant funds to be used for equipment, trail amenities and facilities, parking lots, toilet buildings, signs, benches, and developing and maintaining trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and nonmotorized uses. As under existing law, grants may also be used for planning, design, land acquisition, construction, construction administration, and publications for bikeways, walkways, greenways, and multiuse trails.

By law, to be eligible for a grant, an applicant must include a 20% match from municipal, federal, other state, nonprofit, or private funds. If the application is for more than one municipality, the match requirement is 10%. The act (1) also allows in-kind services to count toward the 20% match and (2) provides the 10% match if the application is specifically for trails in more than one municipality or applicant. Additionally, the applicant must assume responsibility for maintaining the bikeways or other trails. Under prior law, the municipality was responsible.

The act increases, from up to 2% to up to 5%, the amount of the bond allocation DEEP may use to administer the program. It also requires the Connecticut Greenways Council, instead of an advisory committee of trail users and advocates, to advise DEEP on the allocation of funds. By law, the 11-member council advises the state and municipalities on planning and implementing greenways.

§ 59 — SCHOOL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT GRANTS

Existing law establishes a grant program for general school building improvements that are not normally reimbursable by state school construction grants. The act expands the school districts and range of projects eligible for the grants. It also transfers the program's administration from the SDE commissioner to the DAS commissioner, in consultation with the SDE commissioner.

Eligible Districts

Under existing law, the grants are open to priority districts (i. e. , 15 districts whose students receive low standardized test scores and have high levels of poverty). The act expands it to cover alliance districts (i. e. , the 30 lowest- performing districts in the state, which include the priority districts). It requires DAS to give priority to any district that includes with its grant application a life-cycle stewardship plan describing the district's investments and other past and future efforts to extend the life of its facilities and equipment.

Minimum Grants for the Largest Districts

The act requires that all grant awards to the alliance districts with the five largest populations (based on the 2010 federal census) be at least $2 million.

Eligible Projects

By law, eligible projects are (1) restroom upgrades, including replacing fixtures; (2) door, window, boiler and other heating and ventilating component replacement; (3) replacement of internal communications systems and lockers; (4) drop ceiling replacement and installation; (5) lighting upgrades and replacement; (6) security system installation, including fencing and video surveillance devices; and (7) any other work approved by the education commissioner after justification by the district.

The act expands this list to include (1) replacement of technology systems, floors, and cafeteria equipment; (2) water supplies and drainage related to restroom upgrades; (3) energy efficient lighting system and control upgrades to increase efficiency and reduce consumption and cost; (4) entryway, driveway, parking, play area, and athletic field upgrades; (5) equipment upgrades; (6) roof repairs, including energy efficient fixtures and systems, and environmental enhancements; and (7) security equipment upgrades. The act also requires that any security equipment installations or upgrades be consistent with the School Safety Infrastructure Council's school safety infrastructure standards.

As under existing law, grants may not be used for routine maintenance such as painting, cleaning, minor or equipment repairs, or for work on the board's administrative facilities. Funded projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year following the year of the grant.

Under prior law, districts could not use grant funds to supplant state, federal, or local funding for school building improvements. The act instead provides that they may not use grants funds to supplant local matching requirements for such funding sources.

§ 62 — CONNECTICUT STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (CSCU) 2020 PROGRAM

Among other things, PA 07-7, June Special Session, (1) established the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) 2020 infrastructure program and (2) required the (a) CSUS Board of Trustees (now BOR) to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the OPM secretary and the treasurer regarding the bond issuance for the program and (b) bond commission to approve the MOU. The act deems the memorandum of understanding dated July 8, 2008, and approved by the bond commission on August 8, 2008, to incorporate changes a 2014 public act made to the program.

Among other things, PA 14-98 (§§ 50-57) (1) authorized $103. 5 million in new bonding under the CSUS 2020 program (renamed by the act as the CSCU 2020 program); (2) expanded the program to include the regional community-technical colleges and Charter Oak State College; and (3) extended it by one year to FY 19.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

§§ 68-222, 227 & 229-230 — CHANGES TO PRIOR BOND AUTHORIZATIONS

§§ 68-103, 105-141 & 143-220 — GO Bond Cancellations and Reductions

The act cancels or reduces all or part of prior bond authorizations for the projects and grants shown in Table 6. Authorizations are listed alphabetically by agency.

Table 6: Cancellations and Reductions in Prior GO Bond Authorizations

§§

FOR

PRIOR AUTHORIZATION

AMOUNT CANCELED

Agricultural Experiment Station

134

Jenkins Laboratory alterations, renovations, and additions

1,300,000

40,000

206

Jenkins Building renovations and construction

3,500,000

128,505

BOR

85

Capital Community Technical College: Campus expansion

6,000,000

500,000

136

Central Connecticut State University: East Campus infrastructure improvements, including road, site, and utility improvements

1,800,000

1,800,000

193

Community colleges: Facility alterations, renovations, and improvements, including fire safety, energy conservation, code compliance, and property acquisition

2,000,000

108,705

194

Capital Community College: Property acquisition

4,595,756

4,595,756

204

Community colleges: Facility alterations, renovations, and improvements, including fire, safety, energy conservation, and code compliance

4,000,000

42,660

217

Community colleges: Facility alterations, and improvements, including fire, safety, energy conservation, code compliance and property acquisition

2,000,000

17,009

Connecticut Green Bank

191

Renewable energy and efficient energy finance program

18,000,000

10,000,000

Connecticut Innovations Inc.

79

Financial aid for biotechnology and other high technology laboratories, facilities, and equipment

2,000,000

2,000,000

State Library

118

Grants to public libraries for construction, renovations, expansions, energy conservation, and handicapped accessibility

3,500,000

7,604

119

Madison: Scranton Memorial Library expansion

500,000

500,000

176

Somers: Somers Library expansion

439,025

439,025

DCF

98

Grants to private, nonprofit organizations to construct and renovate community youth centers for neighborhood recreation or education purposes, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCAs, YWCAs, and community centers; also repeals earmarks for Bridgeport Police Athletic League ($1,000,000) and Burroughs Community Center ($750,000)

3,700,000

87,800

137

Development and construction of self-contained, secure treatment facility for girls

5,000,000

4,357,000

178

Development and construction of self-contained, secure treatment facility for girls

6,000,000

6,000,000

196

Construct a secure facility for delinquent girls ages 14-17

4,700,000

4,700,000

DDS

117

Grants to private nonprofit organizations for nonresidential facility alterations and improvements

2,000,000

1,944,600

DECD

87

Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance: Community sports complex in Hartford

1,000,000

1,000,000

96

Samuel Huntington Trust, Inc. : Capital campaign to preserve the Samuel Huntington House

70,000

70,000

97

Quinebaug Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc. : Planning the completion of the Airline Trail

100,000

100,000

99

Craftery Gallery, Inc. : Building purchase and necessary alterations and renovations

50,000

50,000

100

Portland: Property renovation for the Sculptors Museum and Training Center

90,000

90,000

101

Portland: Improvements and repairs to the town green gazebo and historic brownstone swing

50,000

50,000

115

Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund: Grants to be matched with private contributions from nonprofit organizations

500,000

500,000

116

Bristol: American Clock and Watch Museum renovation

1,500,000

1,500,000

120

Ansonia: Downtown development

125,000

125,000

121

Thompson: Downtown revitalization

1,000,000

1,000,000

122

East Hartford Housing Authority: Renovation of existing building into a community center at Veterans Terrace

350,000

350,000

123

Cromwell: Downtown revitalization

150,000

150,000

124

Bloomfield: Façade improvement program

500,000

500,000

153

Greenwich: Renovate existing or construct new exhibition areas, teaching spaces, and the science gallery at Bruce Museum

1,000,000

250,000

154

Norwich Free Academy: Slater Memorial Museum ADA improvements, including an elevator

800,000

800,000

155

Granby: Holcomb Farm building restoration and renovation

50,000

50,000

156

Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts in Danbury: Roof repair, expansion, and ADA improvements

150,000

150,000

157

East Hampton: Restore and renovate Goff House

100,000

100,000

158

New Haven Museum and Historical Society: Restore and reconstruct Pardee Morris House

350,000

350,000

159

Southeastern Connecticut Economic Diversification Revolving Loan Fund

5,000,000

5,000,000

160

Fuel diversification grant program

1,500,000

1,500,000

161

New Britain Stadium: New scoreboard, production equipment, and related software, and repairs and upgrades to suites

500,000

500,000

162

Southington: Southington Drive-In renovations

250,000

250,000

163

Hamden: Whitneyville Center streetscape improvements

390,000

390,000

164

Southington: Road relocation, utility upgrades, new service facilities, and other improvements related to Lake Compounce Water Park expansion

3,300,000

3,300,000

165

Farmington: Complete portion of a trail in Rails to Trails

65,000

15,000

166

Portland: Sidewalk repairs

200,000

200,000

167

Newington: Community center

750,000

750,000

168

Stratford: Streetscape improvements

250,000

250,000

184

Mystic: Improve transportation access at the north gate at the Museum of America and the Sea at Mystic Seaport

750,000

750,000

185

Torrington: Develop and construct the Warner Theatre Stage House

750,000

750,000

186

Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts in Danbury: Roof repair, expansion, and ADA improvements

150,000

150,000

187

Southeastern Connecticut Economic Diversification Revolving Loan Fund

5,000,000

5,000,000

188

Biofuel Production Facility Incentive program

3,500,000

3,500,000

189

New Haven: River Street development project

2,250,000

2,250,000

210

Establish an electronic business portal

1,000,000

1,000,000

212

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority: Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program

60,000,000

20,000,000

213

Purchase of urban and industrial sites reinvestment tax credit eligibility certificates

40,000,000

40,000,000

DEEP

69

Yantic River flood control project in Norwich and Franklin

2,700,000

1,200,000

70

Special contaminated property remediation and insurance fund

5,000,000

1,000,000

91

East Hartford: Capping the East Hartford landfill

900,000

900,000

92

Norwalk River Rowing Association, Inc. : Boathouse construction

250,000

250,000

93

Putnam: Murphy Park improvements

250,000

250,000

94

Thompson: Hydroelectric feasibility study

250,000

250,000

95

Rocky Hill: Elm Ridge Park skate park improvements

100,000

100,000

108

East Hartford: Capping the East Hartford landfill

900,000

900,000

109

Scotland: Recreational facility improvements

250,000

250,000

110

Canterbury: Recreational facility improvements

250,000

250,000

111

Thompson: Recreational facility improvements

250,000

232,600

112

Wallingford: Public school athletic field renovations

525,000

275,000

113

Chaplin: Garrison Park playscape replacement

50,000

50,000

114

Bristol: Rockwell Park rehabilitation and renovation

3,000,000

2,500,000

143

New Britain: Replacing Brooklawn Street Bridge on Willow Brook

300,000

300,000

144

Connecticut Institute of Water Resources: River basins study

500,000

500,000

145

North Branford: Swatchuk property development for active and passive recreation

439,025

439,025

146

Thomaston: Extend water main in Jackson Street area

1,756,100

1,756,100

147

Wolcott: Retire debt associated with water line installation

500,000

100,000

148

Simsbury: Tariffville section infrastructure improvement

200,000

200,000

149

Danbury: Acquire Terre Haute property for open space

2,000,000

2,000,000

150

Trumbull: Open space and Great Oak Park trail development

50,000

20,000

151

South Windsor: Purchase or construct a regional animal shelter

500,000

500,000

152

Preston: Demolish former Poquetanuck School

250,000

87,500

182

Simsbury: Open space acquisition and farmland preservation at Meadow Wood

500,000

450,000

183

Guilford: East River Preserve

2,000,000

2,000,000

199

Energy efficiency fuel oil furnace and boiler replacement, upgrade, and repair program

10,000,000

5,000,000

201

Contain, remove, or mitigate identified hazardous waste disposal sites

10,000,000

5,000,000

216

Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program for recreation, open space, and resource protection and management

10,000,000

5,000,000

219

Energy microgrids to support critical municipal infrastructure

15,000,000

10,000,000

DESPP

106

South Fire District: Middletown fire station renovations

475,000

475,000

107

Stamford: Radio systems to improve police and fire department communications

500,000

500,000

140

Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications Center: Land acquisition and construction

2,950,000

2,950,000

141

North Stonington: Firehouse improvements

250,000

250,000

180

Somers: Two fire substations

439,025

439,025

203

Programmatic study of State Police troops and districts and developing a design prototype for troop facilities

1,000,000

1,000,000

215

Design, construct, and equip a consolidated communications center at Middletown headquarters

4,000,000

3,835,000

DMHAS

72

Design and install sprinkler systems in direct patient care buildings, including related fire safety improvements

3,500,000

1,115,800

76

Alterations, renovations, additions, and improvements, including new construction, according to DMHAS master campus plan

1,000,000

113,407

DoAg

181

Biofuel Crops program for grants to farmers, agricultural nonprofit organizations, and farm cooperatives to cultivate and produce crops used to generate biofuels

1,000,000

1,000,000

DOH

132

Energy Conservation Loan Fund (Prior authorization was $5 million annually. The act terminates the authorizations as of FY 10)

5,000,000 annually

30,000,000 ($5 million per year from FYs 10-15)

220

Nursing home alterations, renovations, and improvements for conversion to other uses in support of right-sizing

10,000,000

10,000,000

DOT

131

Southington: Reconstruct intersection of Marion Avenue and Mount Vernon Road

150,000

150,000

Department of Public Health

169

Community Health Center, Inc. : Renovate and improve Groton facility

500,000

500,000

170

KB Ambulance Corporation: Building additions and alterations in Danielson

465,000

465,000

DSS

102

Plainfield: Plainfield High School Annex Building conversion to municipal community center

180,000

180,000

103

West Hartford: Senior center relocation

500,000

500,000

125

Grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for facility improvements and minor capital repairs to licensed school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers they operate

2,000,000

2,000,000

126

Newington: Mortensen Community Center gymnasium improvements

220,000

220,000

127

Stratford: South End Community Center planning and construction

750,000

750,000

128

United Services of Dayville: Facility alterations and expansion

750,000

750,000

129

East Hartford YMCA: Capital building improvements

300,000

300,000

130

Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality, Inc. : Renovations and improvements

50,000

50,000

171

Brookfield: Expand senior center, including computer equipment

439,025

439,025

172

Action for Bridgeport Community, Inc. : Acquire and renovate property for an early learning center

1,000,000

1,000,000

173

Mi Casa, Hartford: Renovate and acquire equipment for wellness center

300,000

300,000

174

Nonprofit organizations in Waterbury: Facility alterations, renovations, and improvements, including new construction, with up to (1) $2 million for the St. Margaret Willow Plaza Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Association, Inc. and (2) $500,000 for the Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury, Inc.

2,500,000

2,500,000

175

Jewish Community Center of Eastern Fairfield County: Facility upgrades, asbestos removal, and HVAC replacement

1,000,000

1,000,000

Judicial Department

82

Development of criminal/juvenile courthouse in New Haven

15,000,000

10,000,000

138

Study of current and future space needs at Manchester area courthouse

50,000

50,000

205

Security improvements at various state-owned and -maintained facilities

1,000,000

1,000,000

208

Security improvements at various state-owned and -maintained facilities

1,000,000

1,000,000

OPM

209

Intertown Capital Equipment Purchase Incentive program

20,000,000

10,000,000

SDE

74

American School for the Deaf: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds, including new construction

10,000,000

594,291

77

American School for the Deaf: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds, including new construction

5,000,000

800,000

81

American School for the Deaf: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds, including new construction

5,000,000

5,000,000

84

American School for the Deaf: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds, including new construction and fire alarms

1,000,000

1,000,000

89

American School for the Deaf: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds, including new construction and fire alarms

5,000,000

5,000,000

135

American School for the Deaf: Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds, including new construction and portable classrooms

1,300,000

1,300,000

190

Municipalities, regional school districts, and regional education service centers: Wiring school buildings

2,000,000

217,307

198

Grants to SDE-accredited alternative education providers for students aged 14-21 to acquire property, and for facility design, planning, construction, or renovation

2,000,000

2,000,000

§§ 104, 142, 227 & 229-230 — Language Changes for Existing Authorizations

The act changes the purposes of several existing bond authorizations, as indicated in Table 7.

Table 7: Language Changes for Existing Bond Authorizations

§

Amount Authorized

Agency

Prior

Enacted Change

104

$250,000

DOT

Middlefield: Mattabeseck Bridge improvements

Middlefield: Bridges, roads, and infrastructure

142

487,805

DEEP

Lakes Restoration program; earmarks up to $87,805 for Lake Beseck in Middlefield and up to $200,000 for Pattagansett Lake in East Lyme

Facility and property improvements at latitude 41. 5720414 and longitude -73. 0401073 (i. e. , Fulton Park in Waterbury)

227

2,000,000

DECD

Meriden: West Main Street streetscape project

Specifies that the project is from Cook Avenue to Amtrak railroad tracks

229

6,000,000

Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Grants to provide home modifications and assistive technology devices related to aging in place

Specifies that the grants are for programs providing such services and devices, which may be run by a nonprofit organization under contract with DORS

230

30,000,000

DPH

Grants to community health centers and primary care organizations for renovation, improvement, and expansion of facilities, including land or building acquisition and purchasing equipment; earmarks up to $15 million for member centers affiliated with the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut and $15 million for Community Health Center, Inc.

Eliminates earmark for Community Health Center, Inc.

§§ 221-222 — STO Bond Cancellation

The act cancels a $3 million STO bond authorization for DOT's Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations to reconfigure an existing ramp off of the Merritt Parkway in Westport.

§ 228 — GREEN BANK BONDS

The act increases, from $50 million to $100 million, the amount of bonds the Green Bank may issue that are backed by a special capital reserve fund (SCRF).

SCRF-backed bonds are contingent liabilities of the state; if a SCRF is exhausted, the General Fund automatically replenishes it, regardless of the state spending cap.

§ 231 — ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS SYSTEM AT THE UCONN HEALTH CENTER

The act allows UConn, by a vote of its board of trustees, to revise, delete, or add a particular project or projects in its UConn 2000 infrastructure program to finance the implementation of an electronic medical records system at the UConn Health Center. Any such revisions, deletions, or additions must be (1) within statutorily authorized funding amounts and (2) included in UConn's annual reports to the Finance, Commerce, and Higher Education committees.

The act's provisions supersede existing law on UConn 2000 bond reallocations, which generally authorizes it to revise projects by a vote of the trustees, if the revisions are consistent with the projects' intent, but requires legislation to add or delete a project.

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