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.
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
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.