State Bond Commission approves money to upgrade Rose City Senior Center

Norwich - Mayor Deberey Hinchey made her second trip to Hartford in as many days Thursday and called this one "very successful."

Hinchey and City Manager Alan Bergren attended a Bond Commission meeting to hear the commission vote unanimously to approve $690,000 for a new roof, improved air conditioning and other upgrades to the Rose City Senior Center along with $462,841 to upgrade wireless technology in three city elementary schools.

Hinchey and several city officials met with officials from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration Wednesday to discuss several Norwich projects.

The senior center funding was requested by state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, whose district includes Norwich, after she visited the center last summer and discussed its needs with Director Michael Wolak.

Osten stressed that the Rose City Senior Center, which opened in 1994, serves about 65,000 seniors and provides many necessary services to low-income seniors.

The school funding will upgrade wireless Internet capabilities in the Samuel Huntington and Thomas Mahan elementary schools and the Teachers' Memorial Middle School. Those three schools do not qualify for federal grants that help pay for telecommunications upgrades to low-income schools.

c.bessette@theday.com

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