Occum (CT) Volunteer Fire Department Awarded $100k Grant; City Officials Leery

The Occum (CT) Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $100,000 state grant to cover building upgrade projects, reports theday.com. However, city officials want to study the project further before accepting the money.

City council plans to vet the project and then vote on a recommendation at its October 18 meeting, the report says.

The grant, from the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, would cover renovations including handicapped-accessible bathrooms only on the first floor, refurbishing the second-story meeting room floor, new entrance doors, and a new exterior sign to highlight upcoming events and public safety alerts, officials say.

The grant does not require a matching share from the city or the fire department, and the work was not included in this year’s city capital improvements budget, the report says.

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