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Agency will assist in seeking grant for water taxi funding

Representatives of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments gave the council the go-ahead on Wednesday to assist in seeking a state grant for a water taxi as part of plans for the Thames River Heritage Park.

The council authorized a resolution that will allow it to negotiate and execute contracts to obtain state support under a Regional Performance Incentive Program grant from the state’s Office of Policy and Management.

The grant program is intended to encourage municipalities to jointly participate in projects that will produce measurable “economies of scale” that will benefit the municipalities providing desired or required services and lowering the costs and tax burden related to providing those services,” according to the Office of Policy and Management’s website.

The council’s staff will next work with the town of Groton, the city of Groton and New London to prepare the grant application in time for the Dec. 31 deadline, said James Butler, the council’s executive director.



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