Rep. Butler Hails $7.5 Million For Waterbury Schools, Playing Fields, Park, Museum

July 25, 2018

Rep. Larry B. Butler joined his Waterbury legislative colleagues, Rep. Geraldo Reyes Jr. and Rep. Jeff Berger, in applauding the State Bond Commission’s vote Wednesday to approve $7.5 million in funding for schools, playing fields, a park and Mattatuck Museum in the city.

“State funding for Waterbury’s schools and other important projects is critically important for the city to succeed, and I want to thank the governor, the members of our legislative delegation and others who worked to secure these grants,” Butler said.

The Bond Commission approved:

  • $748,552 for repairs, improvements, technology and equipment at Bucks Hill, Driggs, Gilmartin, Hopeville, Kennedy High, North End Middle, Sprague, Wallace Middle, Washington, West Side Middle, Wilby High and Woodrow Wilson schools
  • $736,000 for building renovations and improvements necessary under the American Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • $3 million for the creation of a park and playing fields at the site of the former Nova Dye & Print at 313 Mill St.
  • $3 million to assist with additions and renovations to the Mattatuck Museum

"The Bond Commission’s approval of funding for Waterbury is great news and represents a critical investment in our community for projects that moves our city forward,” Reyes said. “Funding to improve and maintain our schools, creation of a park and playing fields, and renovations to our Mattatuck Museum is welcomed and enhances the quality of life for all our residents who live and work in Waterbury.”

“As a Downtown Waterbury landmark, it is essential to insure that the Mattatuck Museum withstands the test of time. With the funds awarded by the State Bond Commission, the museum can do just that,” Berger said. “Expanded exhibits and modernization of the museum along with some essential repairs will make sure that the Mattatuck Museum is a lasting landmark in Waterbury. We thank the State Bond Commission for recognizing the value of these funds.”