Montville - The Town Council on Monday accepted two grants, one which would fund new sidewalks and another for the construction of an emergency generator for the water treatment facility.

The council authorized Mayor Ronald McDaniel to accept a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant for the design and construction of sidewalks on Chesterfield Road. This would allow the town to replace the current asphalt sidewalks that lead from Montville High School down to Tyl Middle School with concrete paths.

There is a "dire need" for a better sidewalks there, said McDaniel, who explained that the path is in disrepair and is hard to maintain. He expects construction to start in the spring.

The town also moved to accept money from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program to pay for the construction of an emergency generator for the main water pollution control facility. Water Pollution Control Authority Administrator Brian Lynch said all the pump stations have generators but the main plant does not. During the last few major storms, the situation was "critical," he said.

Montville appropriated $350,000 for the project. The town's share of the cost, which councilors said is around 10 percent, has already been budgeted for in the WPCA capital plan.


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