OLR Bill Analysis

SB 503

Emergency Certification

AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES AND AUTHORIZING STATE GRANT COMMITMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS.

SUMMARY:

This bill cancels approximately $894.9 million in general obligation (GO) bond authorizations for state and local capital projects and state grants and loans. It defers, from FY 17 to FY 18, $55 million in bonds under the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) 2020 program and $26 million under UConn 2000. It also cancels a $25 million authorization for FY 17 under the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund program, and defers it to FY 23.

The bill authorizes $358.6 million in new GO bonds for FY 17 for state projects and grant programs, including improvements to the State Office Building ($181 million) and York Correctional Institution ($60 million). It also cancels $1.73 million in special tax obligation (STO) bonds and authorizes approximately $70 million in new STO bonds for FY 17.

The bill establishes (1) the Neighborhood Security Fellowship Program, which is a pilot program that identifies and recruits certain at-risk individuals to participate as fellows and (2) requirements for Neighborhood Security projects, which are certain public construction contracts that are awarded only to bidders who employ such fellows.

The bill authorizes the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) commissioner to enter into grant commitments on behalf of the state for 17 new school construction projects. The bill also permits 10 projects that were included on the DAS project eligibility list in December, but are not authorized under this bill, to remain eligible for next year's list with the option to keep this year's reimbursement rate, if next year's is lower.

The bill exempts specified school construction projects from various statutory and regulatory requirements. These exemptions are referred to as “notwithstanding” provisions.

It also allows districts that have received a school construction grant within the last 25 years to delay implementing the new high school graduation requirements by one year and makes other changes related to school construction.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted below.

1-17 — NEW BOND AUTHORIZATIONS FOR FY 17

New GO Bond Authorizations

The bill authorizes up to $302.7 million in new GO bonds for FY 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 bill 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 FY 17

AGENCY

FOR

FY 17

STATE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

2(a)

Office of Policy and Management (OPM)

Transit-oriented development and predevelopment activities

$8,000,000

Improvements to the Trout Brook Canal area in West Hartford

1,200,000

2(b)

Department of Administrative Services (DAS)

State Office Building and associated parking facilities in Hartford: alterations, renovations, and improvements, including development, demolition, and air conditioning installation

181,000,000

2(c)

Department of Correction (DOC)

York Correctional Institution, Niantic: design and construction for replacement of the central heating and cooling plant and underground distribution system

60,000,000

16

Department of Public Health (DPH)

Biomedical Research Trust Fund (see 250)

5,000,000

GRANTS

9(a)

OPM

Grants to Waterbury to acquire, construct, reconstruct, renovate, or improve property for a Waterbury urban development project

7,000,000

Grants to West Hartford for a wireless fidelity and broadband network initiative for West Hartford Center

500,000

9(b)

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Grants to Glastonbury to acquire open space for conservation or municipal purposes

10,000,000

9(c)

Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

Program to offer payments to holders of tax credit eligibility certificates under the urban and industrial sites reinvestment program to replace allowable credits under the certificates

10,000,000

9(d)

Department of Housing (DOH)

Grants to private nonprofit organizations for supportive housing for individuals with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, or both ( 227 cancels an identical bond authorization for the Department of Developmental Services)

20,000,000

New STO Bond Authorization

The bill authorizes up to $375,000 in new STO bonds for FY 17 for the Department of Transportation to design roadway improvements for Lakeside Boulevard in Waterbury.

18-259 & 324-325 — CHANGES TO EXISTING BOND AUTHORIZATIONS

Increased FY 17 Authorizations

The bill increases FY 17 GO and STO bond authorizations enacted in 2015 (PA 15-1, June Special Session), as shown in Table 2.

TABLE 2: INCREASED BOND AUTHORIZATIONS FOR FY 17

AGENCY

FOR

CURRENT AUTH.

INCREASE

TOTAL AUTH.

GO BONDS

209

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds

$550,000

$5,000,000

$5,550,000

214

Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR)

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

10,000,000

5,906,676

15,906,676

220

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

15,000,000

25,000,000

238

OPM

Urban Act

50,000,000

25,000,000

75,000,000

STO BONDS

232

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations: State bridge improvement, rehabilitation, and replacement projects

33,000,000

10,000,000

43,000,000

233

DOT

Bureau of Public Transportation: bus and rail facilities and equipment, including rights-of-way, other property acquisition, and related projects

208,100,000

60,000,000

268,100,100

Increased Authorization for Technical High School System

The bill increases, by $5 million, an existing $3.5 million authorization for the technical high school system. It earmarks the bonds for SDE to provide grants to technical high schools to provide evening training programs in skilled trades, including manufacturing, masonry, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry, that prepare participants to earn a credential or degree recognized by employers or trade associations.

Bond Cancellations and Language Changes

The bill cancels or reduces all or part of bond authorizations for the projects and grants shown in Table 3. It also changes the purposes of several existing authorizations as indicated below.

TABLE 3: BOND CANCELLATIONS AND LANGUAGE CHANGES

AGENCY

FOR

CURRENT AUTHORIZATION

AMOUNT CANCELLED

DEEP

19

Municipal grants for incinerator and landfill improvements, including bulky waste landfills

$6,900,000

$540,000

DECD

20

East Hartford: road and infrastructure and improvements associated with Rentschler Field project

6,500,000

6,500,000

SDE

22

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

9,405,709

5,000,000

BOR

23

Middlesex Community College: property acquisition

190,000

190,000

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

25

Grants for construction, alterations, repairs, and improvements to residential facilities, group homes, shelters, and permanent family residences

1,500,000

69,396

DEEP

27

Flood control improvements and flood, erosion damage, and municipal dam repairs

3,500,000

675,000

DCF

28

Connecticut Children's Place: dining hall and kitchen expansion

750,000

587,000

DEEP

30

Windham: feasibility study of a whitewater park in Willimantic

450,000

450,000

DEEP

31

Ledyard: water main extension

1,000,000

1,000,000

DEEP

32

Middletown: Crystal Lake watershed management

50,000

50,000

DEEP

33

Cromwell: improvements to parks and fields at Watrous Park, Cromwell middle and high schools, and Pierson Park

350,000

100,000

DCF

34

Grants for construction, alterations, repairs, and improvements to residential facilities, group homes, shelters, and permanent family residences; eliminates earmarks for residential facilities in Middlesex or Windham counties and the Klingberg Family Center in New Britain

4,500,000

1,442,738

DECD

35

Grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for cultural and entertainment-related economic development projects

4,000,000

1,250,000

DECD

36

Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc.: construction of a new facility in East Haddam

5,000,000

5,000,000

DECD

37

West Haven: Front Avenue industrial development and Allingtown Business District improvements

1,000,000

500,000

DECD

38

Stratford: Barnum Avenue streetscape project

350,000

350,000

Department of Social Services (DSS)

39

Martin House: facility expansion

500,000

500,000

DSS

40

4-H Center at Auer Farm, Bloomfield: building improvements, including classrooms and facilities for animals and handicapped accessibility

1,000,000

428,350

DSS

41

Greater Danbury AIDS Project: building purchases

1,000,000

525,000

DECD

42

Killingworth: Killingworth Old Town Hall restoration and renovations

250,000

250,000

DOT

43

Middlefield: bridges, roads, and infrastructure

250,000

250,000

DVA

45

Alterations and improvements to buildings and grounds according to current codes

900,000

18,565

DEEP

46

Flood control improvements and flood, erosion damage, and municipal dam repairs; eliminates earmark for Meriden flood control project

3,000,000

900,000

DEEP

48

Lyme: improvements to Lyme-Old Lyme recreational fields

150,000

150,000

DEEP

49

Branford: Branford High School football field improvements

150,000

150,000

DEEP

50

Bristol: Rockwell Park rehabilitation and renovation

500,000

500,000

DCF

51

Construction, alterations, repairs, and improvements to residential facilities, group homes, shelters, and permanent family residences

1,500,000

109,105

DCF

52

Grants to private nonprofit children's mental health clinics for fire, safety, and environmental improvements

500,000

59,813

DECD

53

Grants to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for cultural and entertainment-related economic development projects

4,000,000

625,000

DECD

54

Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc.: construction of a new facility in East Haddam

5,000,000

5,000,000

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP)

56

Upgrades to the statewide telecommunications system, including site-development and related equipment

2,250,000

848,127

DESPP

57

Department shooting range improvements

1,750,000

1,425,000

BOR

58

Southern Connecticut State University: alterations, renovations, and improvements to facilities, including energy conservation and code compliance improvements

3,208,000

778,000

BOR

58

Southern Connecticut State University: development of a new academic laboratory building and parking garage, including renovations to the former student center and demolition of Seabury Hall

5,684,000

250,000

Judicial Department

59

Development of a courthouse facility in Torrington, including land acquisition and parking

25,275,000

46,300

Judicial Department

60

Development of a new courthouse facility in Bridgeport, including land acquisition and parking

5,000,000

5,000,000

Judicial Department

61

Renovations and improvements to Lafayette Street parking garage in Hartford

4,000,000

1,220,880

OPM

63

Responsible Growth Incentive Fund

5,000,000

5,000,000

DESPP

64

Litchfield: firehouse construction in Northfield

878,050

878,050

Department of Agriculture (DoAg)

65

State matching grants to farmers for environmental compliance, including waste management facilities; compost; soil and erosion control; and pesticide reduction, storage, and disposal

1,000,000

1,000,000

DEEP

66

Grants to towns to acquire open space for conservation or recreation purposes

1,750,000

500,000

DEEP

67

Grants for improvements at the facilities and property located at latitude 41.5720414 and longitude -73.0401073 (i.e., Fulton Park in Waterbury)

487,805

487,805

DEEP

68

Environmental Learning Center, Inc.: infrastructure projects at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol

200,000

200,000

DEEP

69

Manchester: develop and construct the Manchester to Bolton segment of the East Coast Greenway

500,000

500,000

DEEP

70

Norwalk: flood control system improvements

3,005,000

2,505,000

DEEP

71

Fairfield: Rooster River flood control project

14,500,000

12,470,000

DEEP

72

Portland: water main replacement

1,000,000

1,000,000

DECD

73

Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown: new building construction

1,000,000

1,000,000

DECD

74

Westport: new construction at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

1,000,000

500,000

DECD

75

Gallery 53, Meriden: structural improvements

50,000

50,000

DECD

76

Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc.: Barnum Museum renovations

1,000,000

1,000,000

DECD

77

Willimantic: restore historic properties along Main Street

650,000

650,000

DECD

78

New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks: swing space storage building and education building construction

2,000,000

515,000

DECD

79

Middlesex County Revitalization Commission: revitalization projects

878,050

878,050

DECD

80

Stafford: downtown redevelopment

439,025

439,025

DECD

81

New Britain: property acquisition, design development, and construction of a downtown redevelopment plan

1,000,000

500,000

DECD

82

Bethel: downtown redevelopment and municipal parking improvements

500,000

500,000

DECD

83

Wethersfield: economic development and infrastructure improvements related to the Silas Deane Highway

1,000,000

1,000,000

DPH

84

Grants for hospital-based emergency service facilities

5,878,050

5,878,050

DSS

85

Saugatuck Senior Cooperative, Westport: roof replacement

250,000

250,000

DSS

86

New London: asbestos remediation and siding replacement on a building for Alliance for Living, Inc.

100,000

100,000

DSS

87

Easton: senior center renovations

219,510

219,510

DSS

88

Hospice Southeastern Connecticut: new building in Norwich

600,000

600,000

DSS

89

Rivera Hughes Memorial Foundation: property acquisition in Waterbury

1,000,000

1,000,000

State Library (CSL)

90

Grants to public libraries in distressed municipalities for construction, renovation, expansion, energy conservation, and handicapped accessibility

5,000,000

15,771

Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CI)

91

Recapitalize CII programs; eliminates $1.5 million earmark for BioBus capital expenses

8,500,000

5,000,000

DVA

93

Alterations and improvements to buildings and grounds, including security improvements

1,000,000

100,000

DEEP

94

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

7,500,000

750,000

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

95

Fire, safety, and environmental improvements to regional facilities for client and staff needs

6,000,000

200,835

DCF

96

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds

2,415,000

130,570

DCF

97

Reimbursement for environmental remediation at the former Long Lane School in Middletown

14,000,000

754,850

Judicial Department

98

Security improvements at various state-owned and maintained facilities

1,000,000

500,000

Judicial Department

99

Alterations, renovations, and restoration of the courthouse at 121 Elm Street, New Haven

13,000,000

7,000,000

Judicial Department

100

Develop and acquire land for a courthouse annex and parking near the Milford judicial district and geographical area courthouse

1,000,000

1,000,000

DESPP

102

Allingtown Fire District, West Haven: acquire land and construct a new fire and police substation

2,000,000

2,000,000

DoAg

103

State matching grants to farmers for environmental compliance, including waste management facilities; compost; soil and erosion control; and pesticide reduction, storage, and disposal

2,000,000

2,000,000

DEEP

104

Grants to municipalities for the Lakes Restoration Program

200,000

200,000

DEEP

105

Grants to municipalities to provide potable water

2,500,000

2,258,707

DECD

106

East Haven: Phase III downtown development

1,000,000

1,000,000

DECD

107

Manchester: Broad Street streetscape project

2,000,000

1,000,000

DSS

108

Martin House, Norwich: construct efficiency apartment units

750,000

750,000

Office of Early Childhood (OEC)

109

Grants for minor capital improvements and wiring for technology for school readiness programs

1,500,000

1,500,000

CSL

110

Grants to public libraries not located in distressed municipalities for construction, renovation, expansion, energy conservation, and handicapped accessibility

3,500,000

322,868

CSL

111

Grants to public libraries located in distressed municipalities for construction, renovation, expansion, energy conservation, and handicapped accessibility

5,000,000

3,000,000

DOT

112

Pavement noise reduction pilot program (STO bonds)

1,500,000

1,500,000

BOR

114

Manchester Community College: Lowe building code improvements

2,229,911

672,152

DEEP

116

Grants to (1) contain, remove, or mitigate identified hazardous waste disposal sites and to municipalities for new water mains to replace supply from contaminated wells; (2) identify, investigate, contain, remove, or mitigate industrial sites in urban areas; (3) municipalities to acquire land for public parks; recreational and water quality improvements; and water mains and water pollution control projects, including sewers; (4) municipalities for providing potable water; and (5) state agencies, regional planning agencies, and municipalities for water pollution control projects

16,000,000

11,350,820

DCF

117

Grants to private, nonprofit organizations for construction or renovation for recreation or education purposes

20,000,000

8,000,000

BOR

119

Manchester Community College: campus improvements

3,413,468

214,207

BOR

120

Three Rivers Community College: renovations to existing buildings and additional facilities for a consolidated campus in accordance with the master plan; changed to design and construction of a new tutoring and academic success center, library modifications, and Student Service renovations

11,606,676

5,906,676

OPM

122

Bridgeport economic development projects

7,200,000

5,000,000

OPM

124

Bridgeport infrastructure projects and programs

27,700,000

15,000,000

DECD

125

Identifying, marketing, and remediating five state-owned brownfields

20,000,000

3,000,000

DEEP

126

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

5,000,000

5,000,000

CI

127

Recapitalize CII programs; earmarks $750,000 for the Commission on Economic Competitiveness to implement the “Connecticut 500 Project”

125,000,000

20,000,000

DVA

128

Boiler repairs and improvements in Rocky Hill

250,000

38,400

DAS

130

(1) Infrastructure repairs and improvements, including 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 at state-occupied buildings

12,500,000

226,410

Military Department

131

Construct a readiness center for the Connecticut Army National Guard Civil Support Team in Windsor Locks

1,250,000

750,000

Military Department

132

Construct a combined support maintenance shop for Connecticut National Guard equipment in Windsor Locks

4,000,000

200

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

133

Fire, safety, and environmental improvements to regional facilities for client and staff needs

5,000,000

411,500

SDE

134

Regional vocational-technical 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 at all regional vocational-technical schools

28,000,000

160,958

DCF

135

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds

1,751,000

81,000

DEEP

137

Grant for containment, removal, or mitigation of identified hazardous waste disposal sites

10,000,000

10,000,000

DDS

138

Grants to private, nonprofit organizations for alterations and improvements to nonresidential facilities

2,000,000

2,000,000

DAS

140

(1) Infrastructure repairs and improvements, including 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 at state-occupied buildings

192,500,000

105,849

SDE

141

Regional vocational-technical 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 at all regional vocational-technical schools

28,000,000

567,131

BOR

142

Tunxis Community College: implementation of master plan phase III

4,993,817

4,993,817

Judicial Department

143

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

4,000,000

1,000,000

DEEP

145

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

5,000,000

2,500,000

DDS

146

Grants to private, nonprofit organizations for alterations and improvements to nonresidential facilities

2,000,000

2,000,000

DSS

147

Grants for neighborhood facilities, elderly centers, multipurpose human resource centers, and related facilities

10,000,000

4,526,254

Office of Legislative Management

149

Capital equipment, information technology upgrades, and infrastructure repair and improvement projects

9,000,000

925,000

DOT

151

Bureau of Public Transportation: construction of a catwalk over the railroad tracks separating the Columbus Circle area and McAuliffe Park in East Hartford (STO bonds)

230,000

230,000

DESPP

153

Design and construct (1) an emergency services facility, including canine training and vehicle impound areas, and (2) a fleet maintenance and administration facility, including property acquisition and related costs

5,256,985

5,256,985

DEEP

155

Study and assess feasible alternatives to plan, design, acquire, and construct structural and nonstructural improvements to mitigate flooding conditions that caused property damage due to weather events in 2011, including an analysis of the cost benefit and environmental impact of the alternatives

2,000,000

1,700,000

DEEP

156

Program to establish energy microgrids to support critical municipal infrastructure

25,000,000

4,900,000

DOH

157

Grant to Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program

40,000,000

2,000,000

DPH

158

Grants to community health centers and primary care organizations: purchase equipment and renovate, improve, and expand facilities, including acquiring land or buildings ( 259 subjects these entities to standard grant repayment requirements)

30,000,000

4,000,000

SDE

159

Grants for expanding the availability of high-quality school models: alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment, acquisition, and capital start-up costs

25,000,000

111,054

OEC

160

Grants to sponsors of school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers for facility improvements and minor capital repairs to the portion of facilities that have such programs and centers

10,000,000

69,618

DESPP

162

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

1,500,000

1,500,000

DEEP

163

Dam repairs, including state-owned dams

6,000,000

62,252

DEEP

164

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

5,000,000

5,000,000

BOR

165

Tunxis Community College: feasibility study for acquisition of property for creation of a premanufacturing work space and relocation of continuing education operations

250,000

250,000

OPM

167

Grants to municipalities for infrastructure projects and programs, including planning, property acquisition, site preparation, construction, and off-site improvements

50,000,000

2,300,000

DEEP

168

Municipal grants for incinerator and landfill improvements, including bulky waste landfills

1,400,000

250,000

DOH

169

Grants to nursing homes for alterations, renovations, and improvements to convert to other uses in support of right-sizing

10,000,000

10,000,000

DPH

170

Stem Cell Research Fund

10,000,000

4,000,000

SDE

171

Grants to local or regional boards of education for capital costs related to enrollment expansion in the Sheff statewide interdistrict public school attendance program (i.e., Open Choice): building renovations, classroom expansions, and equipment, including computers, laboratory equipment, and classroom furniture

750,000

48,572

CSL

172

Grants to public libraries that are not located in distressed municipalities for construction, renovations, expansions, energy conservation and handicapped accessibility

5,000,000

5,000,000

DAS

174

(1) Infrastructure repairs and improvements, including 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 at state-occupied buildings

25,000,000

10,000,000

DESPP

175

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

8,000,000

2,000,000

BOR

176

Middlesex: new academic building planning, design, and construction

39,200,000

4,000,000

Judicial Department

177

Alterations, renovations, and improvements to buildings and grounds at state-owned and maintained facilities; earmarks $4.5 million for repairs, improvements, and acquisitions for a juvenile court in Waterford (effective upon passage)

7,500,000

0

Judicial Department

178

Development of a juvenile court building in Meriden or Middletown

13,000,000

4,000,000

DEEP

180

Municipal grants for incinerator and landfill improvements, including bulky waste landfills

1,000,000

400,000

DEEP

181

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

5,000,000

5,000,000

DEEP

182

Grants to municipalities for potable water

1,000,000

1,000,000

DEEP

183

Program to establish energy microgrids to support critical municipal infrastructure

5,000,000

5,000,000

CI

184

Regenerative Medicine Research Fund

10,000,000

10,000,000

OEC

185

Grants to sponsors of school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers: facility improvements and minor capital repairs to the portion of facilities that house such programs and centers

15,000,000

10,000,000

DAS

187

Probate Court offices: electronic filing system development and implementation, rather than building acquisition and renovation

3,000,000

0

DAS

188

Infrastructure improvements, including engineering and construction of an offsite storm water improvement related to the construction of a new courthouse in Torrington

800,000

800,000

State Comptroller (OSC)

190

Grant to the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network for transmission, broadcast, production, and information technology equipment

3,300,000

2,000,000

DCF

191

Grants or reimbursement to municipalities of up to $1,000 for the initial installation of a secure locked box for pharmaceuticals

100,000

100,000

DEEP

192

Grants or loans to municipalities to acquire land or public parks or make recreational and water quality improvements

20,000,000

2,000,000

DECD

193

Grant to the Northeast Connecticut Economic Development Alliance

2,000,000

2,000,000

DOH

194

Shoreline Resiliency Fund

25,000,000

17,000,000

OSC

197

CORE financial system enhancements and upgrades

20,000,000

2,000,000

DAS

198

Removal or encapsulation of asbestos and hazardous materials in state-owned buildings

10,000,000

5,000,000

DAS

199

Probate Court offices: electronic filing system development and implementation, rather than building acquisition and renovation

4,100,000

3,100,000

BOR

200

Tunxis Community College: Implementation of master plan phase III

3,000,000

3,000,000

OPM

202

Grants for purchasing body-worn recording equipment and digital data storage devices or services for law enforcement officers; reduces, from $13 million to $10 million, the amount earmarked for municipalities for local law enforcement officers

15,000,000

3,000,000

DEEP

203

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

5,000,000

DEEP

204

Grants to municipalities, in consultation with OPM, to encourage low impact design of green municipal infrastructure to reduce nonpoint source pollution

20,000,000

10,000,000

DECD

205

Brownfield Remediation and Revitalization program

20,000,000

4,000,000

Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA)

206

CRDA's statutory purposes and uses; earmarks $500,000 for the Neighborhood Security Fellows program and $2 million Neighborhood Security projects (see 260)

50,000,000

0

OPM

208

Information and technology capital investment program

76,000,000

25,000,000

DEEP

210

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

25,000,000

2,000,000

DDS

212

(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

DMHAS

212

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 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

SDE

213

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

12,000,000

12,000,000

BOR

215

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

12,000,000

5,000,000

BOR

214

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

40,000,000

10,000,000

DOC

216

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

15,000,000

2,000,000

Judicial Department

217

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

7,500,000

7,500,000

DOH

218

Housing development and rehabilitation, including improvements to various kinds of state-assisted affordable housing and housing-related financial assistance programs

135,000,000

15,000,000

DAS

221

Grants to alliance districts for general school building improvements

50,000,000

20,000,000

DEEP

222

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

8,000,000

4,000,000

DECD

223

Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund

20,000,000

10,000,000

DECD

224

Small Business Express program

50,000,000

20,000,000

DOH

225

Main Street Investment Fund

5,000,000

2,000,000

CRDA

226

Tennis Foundation of Connecticut: capital improvements

1,500,000

500,000

DDS

227

Grants-in-aid to private nonprofit organizations for supportive housing (see 9(b))

20,000,000

20,000,000

SDE

228

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

10,000,000

10,000,000

CSL

229

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

7,000,000

2,000,000

Connecticut Port Authority

230

Grants for port, harbor, and marina improvements, including dredging and navigational improvements

17,500,000

4,000,000

DOH

234

Homelessness prevention and response fund

15,000,000

4,000,000

OPM

235

Regional dog pound program

20,000,000

10,000,000

DOT

236

Pothole repair assistance program

5,000,000

5,000,000

State Treasurer

237

GAAP deficit funding bonds

750,000,000

151,500,000

OPM

239

Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) (FY 17)

20,000,000

20,000,000

OPM

240

Intertown Capital Equipment Purchase Incentive program

10,000,000

5,000,000

OPM

241

Capital Equipment Purchase Fund (FY 16)

30,000,000

10,000,000

OPM

241

Capital Equipment Purchase Fund (FY 17)

30,000,000

30,000,000

OEC

242

Smart Start Competitive Grant Program

15,000,000

5,000,000

DOT

247

Commercial rail freight line competitive grant program

17,500,000

7,500,000

DEEP

248

Energy services projects in state buildings

20,000,000

4,101,200

CT Green Bank

249

Energy Conservation Loan Fund and Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund

5,000,000

2,500,000

DoAg

251

Farmland preservation program

170,000,000

5,000,000

DEEP

252

Clean Water Fund grants

1,652,625,976

22,500,000

DPH

253

Public Water System Improvement Program

50,000,000

30,000,000

DEEP

254

Connecticut bikeway, pedestrian walkway, and greenway grant program

12,000,000

5,000,000

DESPP

255

Buy-out program for storm-damaged properties

3,000,000

200,000

Department of Labor

256

Unemployed Armed Forces Member Subsidized Training and Employment program

10,000,000

2,000,000

DECD

258

Manufacturing Assistance Act (FY 17)

100,000,000

10,000,000

CT Green Bank

324

Renewable energy and efficient energy finance program

8,000,000

8,000,000

DEEP

325

Buy-out program for storm-damaged properties

1,000,000

1,000,000

Changes to CSCU 2020 and UConn 2000 ( 243-246)

CSCU 2020 Projects. The bill reallocates $149,143,000 in existing bond authorizations under Phase III of the CSCU 2020 program. It adds one new project; expands an existing project; and increases and decreases existing authorizations, as shown in Table 4.

TABLE 4: CSCU 2020 PHASE III PROJECT AUTHORIZATIONS

Project

Current Authorization

Bill's Authorization

Change

Eastern

Sports Center Addition and Renovation (design)

$11,048,000

$0

($11,048,000)

Goddard Hall Renovation (design/construction) (expanded to include Communications Building)

0

11,048,000

11,048,000

Southern

Fine Arts Instructional Center

70,929,000

0

(70,929,000)

Health and Human Services Building

60,412,000

76,507,344

16,095,344

New School of Business Building (design/construction) (new)

0

52,476,933

52,476,933

Code Compliance/ Infrastructure Improvements

0

2,356,723

2,356,723

Western

Code Compliance/ Infrastructure Improvements

0

5,054,000

5,054,000

Berkshire Hall Renovations (design)

4,797,000

0

(4,797,000)

University Police Department Building (construction)

0

1,700,000

1,700,000

Midtown Campus Mini-Chiller Plant

1,957,000

0

(1,957,000)

UConn 2000 Projects. The bill renames an existing UConn 2000 project for “Deferred Maintenance/Code/ADA Renovation Lump Sum” as “Deferred Maintenance/Code Compliance/ADA Compliance/Infrastructure Improvements & Renovation Lump Sum.”

Bond Caps. The bill adjusts the annual bond caps under the CSCU 2020 and UConn 2000 infrastructure programs by canceling bonds for FY 17 and transferring them to FY 18, as shown in Table 5.

TABLE 5: ANNUAL BOND LIMITS FOR CSCU 2020 AND UCONN 2000

BOND PROGRAM

FY

CURRENT LIMIT

CHANGE

PROPOSED LIMIT

CSCU 2020

17

$95,000,000

($55,000,000)

$40,000,000

18

95,000,000

55,000,000

150,000,000

UConn 2000

17

266,400,000

(26,000,000)

240,400,000

18

269,500,000

26,000,000

295,500,000

Biomedical Research Trust Fund ( 250)

The bill allows the Biomedical Research Trust Fund to contain any moneys required or permitted by law to be deposited in the fund. Under existing law, the fund may accept transfers from the Tobacco Settlement Fund and apply for and accept public or private gifts, grants, and donations.

Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund ( 257)

The bill cancels a $25 million bond authorization for the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund for FY 17 and adds a new $25 million authorization for FY 23, thus extending the program by one year.

260 – NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM AND PROJECTS

The bill establishes the Neighborhood Security Fellowship Program, which is a pilot program designed to foster neighborhood safety in urban environments and serve as a blueprint to reduce neighborhood gun violence state-wide. The program will, among other things, (1) identify and recruit certain at-risk individuals to participate as fellows, (2) coordinate trainings, and (3) assist in work placement.

The bill also establishes requirements for Neighborhood Security Projects, which are certain public construction projects that are awarded only to a bidder that agrees to hire a nonprofit subcontractor that employs fellows.

Section 206 of the bill earmarks, from the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) bond authorization, $500,000 for the Neighborhood Security Fellows Program and $2 million for the Neighborhood Security projects.

Selecting Municipality and Administering Nonprofit

The bill requires the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary to select a municipality with between 124,000 and 125,000 people to participate in the pilot program (i.e., Hartford).

The chief elected official of this municipality must select a nonprofit entity to administer the program, which must be funded by local, state, federal, and private money. The money must be used for administration and program costs including (1) salaries, benefits, and other compensation for anyone the nonprofit hires to administer the program and (2) stipends to pay the fellows.

Identification and Recruitment of Program Participants

Under the bill, the Neighborhood Security Fellowship Program must identify and recruit into the program individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 who are most likely to be perpetrators or victims of gun violence. This must be accomplished with the assistance of any state agencies and departments (e.g., Judicial Branch's Court Support Services Division) and organizations capable of providing such assistance and the relevant (1) the local or state police department, (2) the local board of education, and (3) the state's attorney. The identification and recruitment can only be done after the execution of all appropriate or necessary waivers, authorizations, and releases.

Program Activities and Initiatives

The bill requires the Fellowship Program to coordinate activities, services, and trainings in which the fellows will participate, including (1) anger management; (2) life skills training; (3) dispute and conflict resolution; (4) remedial education; (5) leadership development; (6) character building; (7) mentoring programs; and (8) pre-employment skills workshops, including career counseling, work-readiness, team building, customer service, and entrepreneurial training.

The program may engage in the coordination and placement of fellows in worksite assignments including (1) local, state, and federal government agencies and departments; (2) state-funded public construction projects within the selected municipality; (3) private businesses, particularly those receiving assistance from the Small Business Express program or the Subsidized Training and Employment program; and (4) nonprofit community-based organizations receiving state grants. The program may also engage in the coordination of training placements, including in adult education courses, vocational training programs, higher education courses, and apprenticeship programs.

Neighborhood Security Projects

Under the bill, the chief elected official of the selected municipality must, in conjunction with the CRDA, select public construction projects located in the federally designated Promise Zones as Neighborhood Security projects. A state or municipal contract for a Neighborhood Security project must be awarded only to a bidder that agrees to hire a nonprofit subcontractor that employs fellows who will be assigned to work at the project worksite. The chief elected official must (1) determine, in conjunction with CRDA, any minimum number of fellows the nonprofit subcontractor must employ to be eligible to be hired for the project and (2) encourage the hiring of any such nonprofit subcontractor for any other municipal- or state-funded public construction project.

Before awarding a contract for a Neighborhood Security project, the bill specifies the state or the municipality must include in its notice of solicitation for competitive bids or request for proposals or qualifications that the bidder must comply with (1) relevant state nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws for contracts, (2) existing law's set-aside program for small contractors and minority business enterprises, and (3) the bill's requirement of hiring a nonprofit subcontractor that employs fellows to work on the project (see above). The state or municipality may inquire whether a bidder is a business enterprise that participates in the Neighborhood Security Fellowship Program and may award preference points to such a bidder.

Report

If the selected municipality received state funding for the program in the previous year, the bill requires the OPM secretary and the municipality to jointly submit a report by January 1 to the Judiciary and Appropriations committees, with the first report due in 2018.

The report must include:

1. the number of program participants the previous calendar year;

2. any change in the level of gun-related violent incidents in the municipality;

3. an evaluation of the program's activities, initiatives, and programs;

4. the program's cost, separated by state and private dollars; and

5. any recommendations to expand the program to other municipalities.

261 — SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION NEW AUTHORIZATIONS AND CHANGES FOR PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED PROJECTS

The bill authorizes 17 state school construction grants totaling $270.8 million related to total project costs of $479.7 million. It also reauthorizes and changes grant commitments, due to cost and scope changes, for seven previously authorized local projects with a total increased grant commitment of $16.2 million.

Under the state school construction grant program, the state reimburses towns and local districts for a percentage of eligible school construction costs (with less wealthy towns receiving a higher reimbursement percentage).

Table 6 shows the new school construction projects the bill authorizes.

TABLE 6: NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AUTHORIZED

District

School

Project

Estimated

Project Costs

Estimated

Grant

State Reimbursement %

Newington

Newington High School

Extension and alteration

$2,119,500

$1,203,664

56.8%

Norwalk

Norwalk Early Childhood Center

Alterations, code violations

2,720,234

893,869

32.9

Stratford

Stratford High School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

125,966,646

76,033,468

60.4

ACES

Whitney School

Regional special education, facility purchase, extension and alterations

82,124,595

65,699,676

80.0

Goodwin College

Goodwin College CT River Academy

Magnet school, extension, site purchase

10,500,000

8,400,000

80.0

Colchester

William J. Johnson Middle School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

47,029,213

28,890,046

61.4

Colchester

William J. Johnson Middle School

Central administration, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

1,627,500

499,887

30.7

Danbury

Danbury High School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

50,250,000

31,763,025

63.2

Manchester

Waddell School

Extension and alteration

33,654,000

22,595,296

67.1

Stonington

Deans Mill School

Extension and alteration

35,918,548

11,289,200

31.4

Stonington

West Vine Street School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

31,587,675

9,928,006

31.4

Wilton

Miller/Driscoll Elementary School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

50,022,000

11,074,871

22.1

Regional District 6

Wamogo Regional High School (Vo-Ag)

Vocational agricultural equipment

47,471

37,977

80.0

Canton

Canton Jr. Sr. High School

Energy conservation

595,000

231,634

38.9

Glastonbury

Gideon Welles School

Alteration, energy conservation, and code violation

1,578,500

529,902

33.6

New Hartford

Ann Antolini School

Energy conservation and code violation

3,832,000

1,669,602

43.6

Sharon

Sharon Center School

Energy conservation, code violation

170,205

44,372

26.1

Total

17 projects

 

479,743,087

270,784,495

 

Table 7 lists changes in previously authorized school projects. In cases where the requested amount is the same, the new authorization is sought because of some change in the project scope, but the change did not result in a higher cost.

TABLE 7: PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WITH SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IN SCOPE OR COST

District

School

Project

Previous Grant Authorization

Requested Grant Authorization

Change

Bridgeport

Aquaculture Center

Regional vocational agriculture, extension and alteration

$29,925,000

$29,925,000

$0

Greenwich

Greenwich High School

Extension and alteration

6,023,000

9,210,200

3,187,200

New Britain

Diloreto Magnet School

Extension and alteration

7,929,000

7,929,000

0

Stamford

Rogers Magnet Interdistrict Extension

Magnet, purchase facility, extension, and alteration

61,849,908

61,849,908

0

West Haven

Central Administration

Central administration, alteration

1,318,800

1,806,157

487,357

CREC

CREC Museum Academy

Magnet, new construction, site purchase

31,597,950

52,561,565

20,963,615

Goodwin College

Early Childhood Magnet School

Magnet, new construction, site purchase

15,948,049

7,548,049

(8,400,000)

Total

Seven projects

 

$154,591,707

170,829,879

16,238,172

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

262 – DELAYED ELIGIBILITY LIST PROJECTS

The bill allows proposed school construction projects that were included on the DAS project eligibility list in December, but are not authorized by the General Assembly during the May special session, to remain eligible for next year's list and to have the option to keep the reimbursement rate they would have had this year. There were 10 projects included on the DAS eligibility list submitted to the General Assembly in December that are not included in the bill.

The bill requires the DAS commissioner to add each of the 10 projects to next year's list, which must be submitted to the General Assembly by December 15, 2016, provided the project is otherwise eligible.

Also, each of these delayed projects is eligible for the greater of the reimbursement rate calculated for the project on this year's eligibility list or the reimbursement rate calculated for the project on next year's list. Reimbursement rates are determined each year and may increase or decrease depending on a town's property wealth per capita in relation to all other towns in the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

263 - 320 – SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT EXEMPTIONS AND MODIFICATIONS

The bill exempts specified school construction projects from various statutory and regulatory requirements to allow them to, among other things, (1) qualify for state reimbursement grants, (2) qualify for additional grants through a higher level of reimbursement, (3) increase maximum project costs of previously approved projects, or (4) change the scope of previously approved projects.

These exemptions are referred to as “notwithstanding” provisions. See Table 8.

TABLE 8: SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT EXEMPTIONS AND MODIFICATIONS

Municipality/ Grantee

School & Project

Exemption, Waiver, or Other Change

263

Bridgeport

Multi-Magnet High School, new construction and site purchase

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

264

Bridgeport

Cross School, alteration and energy conservation

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

265

Bridgeport

Roosevelt School, new construction

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

266

Bridgeport

Longfellow School, new construction

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

Makes eligible for state reimbursement the otherwise ineligible costs necessary to ensure the school's opening for the 2016-2017 school year, provided the costs do not exceed $1.5 million and the project meets the other standards requirements

267

Bridgeport

Black Rock School, extension, alteration, and site purchase

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

268

Bridgeport

Central High School, extension, alteration and roof replacement

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

269

Bridgeport

JFK campus administration building, roof replacement

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

270

Bridgeport

Six to Six Magnet, School, roof replacement

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

271

Bridgeport

Dunbar School, alteration and energy conservation

Waives the square-feet-per-pupil space standard

272

Brookfield

Brookfield High School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Waives repayment of funds from the town back to the state

273

Colchester

William J. Johnston Middle School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Changes project designation from extension, alteration, and roof replacement to renovation, triggering a higher state reimbursement level

274

Danbury

Danbury High School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Permits the project to use an 80% reimbursement rate, provided the school includes a freshman academy that offers a unique and exceptional program

275

East Hartford

East Hartford-Glastonbury Magnet School, new construction

Waives repayment of funds from the town back to the state

276

East Hartford

East Hartford Middle School, alteration and energy conservation

Changes the project scope and cost to $8,256,000

277

Glastonbury

East Hartford-Glastonbury Elementary Magnet School, new construction and site purchase

Waives repayment of grant up to $1.5 million for site acquisition awarded to the town before the effective date of the bill based on a change order reported to DAS and the department will not be responsible for any further grant payments related to this project

278

Glastonbury

East Hartford-Glastonbury Elementary Magnet School, new construction and site purchase (this has a different project number than the one described in the section above)

Waives repayment of grant for site acquisition awarded to the town before the effective date of the bill based on a change order reported to DAS and the department will not be responsible for any further grant payments related to this project

279

Hamden

Project anticipated, but type yet to be specified

Extends the deadline from June 30, 2016 to September 30, 2016 for an application to be submitted to DAS in order for a project to be considered for the 2017 legislative session construction project eligibility list, provided all other standard requirements are met

280

Hartford

Quirk Middle School, renovation and alteration

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

281

Hartford

Barbour School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

282

Hartford

Bellizzi Middle School, extension, alteration and roof replacement

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

283

Hartford

M.D. Fox Elementary School, renovation, alteration

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

284

Hartford

West Middle School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

285

Hartford

Hartford Magnet Middle School, extension and alteration

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

286

Hartford

Weaver High School, renovation, extension, and alteration

Permits cost reimbursement rate of 95%, provided a previously planned or approved magnet school is co-located with Weaver High School

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017, and reviewed and approved by DAS

287

Meriden

Francis T. Maloney High School, renovation and extension

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

288

Meriden

Orville H. Platt High School, renovation and extension

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

289

Middletown

Woodrow Wilson Middle School, energy conservation and code violations

Waives the requirement that construction bid not be let out until DAS has approved the plans and specifications

290

Middletown

Middletown High School, new construction

Authorizes:

change in cost to $100,271,905

increase in reimbursement rate to 65.07%

exemptions from square-feet-per pupil space standard

291

Milford

Various projects

Permits the town to use its 2016 reimbursement rate for school projects in which the application was submitted on or after July 1, 2015 and before the effective date of this bill.

292

New Haven

Augusta Lewis Troup Middle School, renovation and extension

Waives repayment of funds back to the state from the town

293

New London

Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, alteration

Waives the square-feet-per-pupil space standard

294

New London

Relocatable classrooms project

Waives repayment of funds back to the state from the town

295

North Branford

North Branford High School, roof replacement

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

296

Norwalk

Side by Side Charter School, project yet to be specified

Makes project eligible for reimbursement provided an application is submitted by September 30, 2016

Cost not to exceed $2.5 million

Makes reimbursement rate 100% of eligible costs

Requires governing authority of charter school to refund to the state the unamortized balance of the state grant in the event the building is no longer used as Side by Side Charter School during its first 20 years of use

297

Norwich

Kelly Middle School, renovation

Increases maximum project size to 137,444 square feet from 133,034

Increases cost of project to $43,194,516

298

Stonington

Deans Mill School, extension and alteration

Changes project designation from extension and alteration to renovation, triggering a higher state reimbursement level

299

Stonington

West Vine Street School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Changes project designation from extension and alteration to renovation, triggering a higher state reimbursement level

300

Trumbull

Frenchtown Elementary School, new construction and site purchase

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

301

Trumbull

Trumbull High School, renovation and extension

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

302

Trumbull

Middlebrook School, energy conservation

Waives deadline for submitting change orders that would otherwise be late and not reimbursable, provided orders are submitted by January 1, 2017 and reviewed and approved by DAS

303

Waterbury

Various schools – renovation, code violations

Increases the costs for the code violation project by $762,729

304

West Hartford

Bugbee Elementary School, project yet to be specified

Extends the deadline from June 30, 2017 to September 30, 2017 for an application to be submitted to DAS in order for a project to be considered for the 2018 legislative session construction project eligibility list, provided all other standard requirements are met

For projects submitted under the above mentioned conditions, the town can use the reimbursement rate that is available for the town upon the effective date of the bill (the 2016 rate)

Waives the square-feet-per-pupil space standard for the project submitted under the condition above

305

West Hartford

Sedgwick Middle School, project yet to be specified

Extends the deadline from June 30, 2017 to September 30, 2017 for an application to be submitted to DAS in order for a project to be considered for the 2018 legislative session construction project eligibility list, provided all other standard requirements are met

For projects submitted under the above mentioned conditions, the town can use the reimbursement rate that is available for the town upon the effective date of the bill (the 2016 rate)

Waives the square-feet-per-pupil space standard for the project submitted under the condition above

306

West Hartford

William H. Hall High School, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics laboratory classrooms (as yet not specified in an application)

Extends the deadline from June 30, 2016 to September 30, 2016 for an application to be submitted to DAS in order for a project to be considered for the 2017 legislative session construction project eligibility list, provided all other standard requirements are met

Waives reimbursement rate standards and instead authorizes a school building grant of $8,120,000 for the laboratory classrooms

Waives the square-feet-per-pupil space standard for the project submitted under the condition above

307

West Haven

All projects on 2016 school construction eligibility list

Authorizes all projects on the 2016 school construction eligibility list to be reimbursed at 77.14%

308

West Haven

West Haven High School, renovation

Authorizes change of project description and scope

309

Wilton

Miller/Driscoll Elementary School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Waives the square-feet-per-pupil space standard

311

Durham

Francis E. Korn Elementary School, extension and alteration

Waives repayment of funds back to the state from the town if Durham redirects the school to other uses during the 20-year amortization period

312

Region 16

Region 16 pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade Elementary School, new construction

Changes project description from new construction to new construction and site acquisition

313

Region 16

Laurel Ledge School,

extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Authorizes change in cost to $10,583,313 due to the duration of the project and several changes in school district administrative personnel

314

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)

Aerospace Elementary Magnet School, new construction and site purchase

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, extension, alteration, magnet construction, and roof replacement

Permits cost reimbursement rate of 95%

315

CREC

Aerospace Elementary Magnet School, new construction and site purchase

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, extension, alteration, magnet construction, and roof replacement

Makes following costs eligible for state reimbursement:

short-term construction financing

prorated salary and benefits of staff providing project management services and reasonable direct staff costs, only for the time preceding receipt of the certificate of occupancy, subject to an audit

316

CREC

Aerospace Elementary Magnet School, new construction and site purchase

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, extension, alteration, magnet construction, and roof replacement

Authorizes education commissioner to pay both the local and state share of the eligible project costs to CREC

Requires DAS to establish a local share repayment schedule for CREC after each project is completed and audited, and the annualized repayment amounts will be withheld from the annual magnet school grants CREC is eligible for

317

Goodwin College

Connecticut River Academy, magnet school new construction and site purchase

Authorizes Goodwin College to use any unexpended site acquisition funds for any other authorized project costs

318

Goodwin College

Early Childhood Magnet, magnet school new construction and site purchase

Authorizes Goodwin College to use any unexpended site acquisition funds for any other authorized project costs

319

Goodwin College

Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, magnet school new construction and site purchase

Authorizes Goodwin College to use a 95% reimbursement rate for the project

320

Goodwin College

Connecticut River Academy, magnet school new construction and site purchase

Authorizes Goodwin College to use a 95% reimbursement rate for the project

321

Goodwin College

Pathways Academy of Design & Technology, magnet school new construction and site purchase

Authorizes Goodwin College to use any unexpended site acquisition funds for any other authorized project costs

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

310—AUTHORITY TO DELAY IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The bill allows any town that has received a school construction grant from the state during the last 25 years to delay the implementation of the new high school graduation requirements until the 2018-19 school year.

Under current law, the new graduation requirements apply to the graduating class of 2021, which means they apply to freshman in the 2017-18 school year. The scheduled changes require students to, among other things, (1) earn 25 credits, rather than 20; (2) pass state exams for five specific courses; and (3) complete a senior project.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

322 – INDEPENDENT COLLEGES AND PRIVATE USE OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDINGS

The bill requires that any independent college that operates an interdistrict magnet school that was built using public school construction grants and makes private use of any portion of the school must submit an annual report to the education commissioner. The report must show that the college provides an equal to or greater than in-kind or supplemental benefit of its facilities to the magnet school students that outweighs the private use of the school building. The bill does not indicate when the report is due each year.

Under the bill, if the commissioner finds that the private use of the school building exceeds the in-kind or supplemental benefit to the magnet school students, the commissioner may require the college to refund to the state the unamortized balance of the state grant. School construction grants are amortized over a 20-year period.

323 – INCREASED SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION REIMBURSEMENT RATE FOR REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PROJECTS

The bill permits any regional school board that is created or expanded on or after July 1, 2016 to receive the highest reimbursement rate from among the towns participating in the regional district and an additional 10%, provided the project application (1) is submitted within 10 years of the district's expansion or establishment and (2) relates to the district's expansion or establishment.