State Bond Commission meeting postponed to Thursday

Friday's snowstorm meant that Preston and Norwich will have to wait until next Thursday for the state Bond Commission to vote on major funding proposals.

The Bond Commission meeting was postponed Friday to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 in Hartford.

Preston is awaiting the commission's vote on a $5 million state Urban Act grant – with no local match required – to continue the cleanup of the former Norwich Hospital property in Preston. The Preston Redevelopment Agency plans to use the funding to demolish the largest most prominent building on the main campus, the Kettle Building that faces Route 12.

In Norwich, the Rose City Senior Center is slated to receive a $690,000 grant for a new roof, upgraded air conditioning, other building repairs and improvements to outdoor lighting and the parking lot.

The Bond Commission agenda also includes $462,841 for technology improvements to Norwich Public Schools to upgrade wireless Internet connections to the Samuel Huntington and Thomas Mahan elementary schools and the Teachers' Memorial Middle School. The upgrades are necessary to allow students to take new online standardized tests in March.


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