News From the First Selectman: Jan. 5

News From the First Selectman: Jan. 5

From First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker–

New Heath Van

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

I am very pleased to announce a new service for all Bethel residents.  Beginning Wednesday, January 4th, a mobile health care van began visiting Bethel  The van will park by the back entrances to the Senior and Teen Centers beginning at 9:30am until noon. 

The van is fully equipped to handle all routine medical needs.  Advance appointments are not necessary, but follow-up appointments may be scheduled as needed.  The program will accept all patients as well as most health care insurance plans, without regard to employment status.  Those without insurance will be charged on a sliding scale according to income.

The health van is provided by the Greater Danbury Community Health Center and is funded by a grant from the Federal Government.

For more information, contact Mary Pina at CIFC Community Health Center of Greater Danbury.  She can be reached at 203-743-0100, ext. 342, or via email at PinaM@CT-Institute.Org.

Weed Road Bridge

Concerning the Weed/Walnut Hill Rd. bridge: “It is supposed to open tomorrow afternoon, right after the contractor installs Jersey barriers along the sides to serve as temporary guard rails. Those were supposed to be installed over a week ago, and I do not know what caused the delay. It will not be 100% done until spring, when we can resume the road grading, repaving and permanent guard rail installations. I am following up with the contractor this afternoon, and if I find out the barriers will not be set up tomorrow I will let you know.”

STEAP Grant Money

From Governor Dannel P. Malloy–

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the last round of Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) awards on Tuesday, January 3. Towns across the state were awarded funds to make infrastructure upgrades, strengthen business corridors and local economies, and improve public spaces. Bethel received  $500,000 to reconstruct and repave major roads impacted by the Stony Hill sewer extension. This award goes toward a larger project that will cost an estimated $1.48 million to complete.

 “I am pleased Bethel has received this state grant approval for $500,000 for the Stony Hill Road resurfacing project. I have worked with town officials for several months to get state assistance for the project. The town put in sewer lines to benefit some property owners and a road resurfacing is needed to complete the project. This grant benefits all the residents who travel this road in Bethel,” said State Representative David Scribner.
First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker said: “This is a new grant that we applied for a few months ago.  These funds will used to the repave roads in Stony Hill that had only temporary patching done following the installation of sewer lines.  This will also reduce the overall cost of the four-year Road Recovery Project, as that plan included many of those roads in Stony Hill.”

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