This article was published on: 01/31/16 12:15 AM by Curt


State Representative Paul Brycki (D-45) welcomed the approval of state bond funding of $2 million to United Community and Family Services (UCFS). This $2 million comes on top of the nearly $2 million UCFS also received in January 2015. These additional funds will allow UCFS to complete construction of the expanded health center in Jewett City.

Rep. Brycki said, “I am glad the Governor has come through with the funding for this important project for Griswold and our region.  It will be built in a good location that will help create new jobs and spur economic development in our town.”

“The new facility will also help provide healthcare services for many of our local residents in a very convenient location,” Rep. Brycki added.

In the last fiscal year of 2015, UCFS’ Griswold site reported that they provided 12,186 medical and behavioral health visits. With the numbers rapidly increasing, UCFS realized the current site would not be able to sustain the rapid growth it was experiencing. The new health center will enable UCFS to increase capacity and expand services, as well as jobs by hiring additional staff.

Rep. Brycki also welcomed $176,000 in state bonding that will provide important upgrades and improvements to Voluntown’s Constitution Field. These upgrades, set to begin in June 2016, will include replacing the stairs and fencing, along with adding new lighting and ADA permitted ramps.

“I am very thankful to see the approval of this bond request from the governor, as it will not only benefit the children of Voluntown who participate in youth sports, but the community as a whole,” said Rep. Brycki.

     Constitution Field serves as Voluntown Elementary School’s primary location for the Soccer and Track athletic programs along with the school’s required physical education classes.

Currently, the stairs at Constitution Field have been blocked off with chain link fencing, and have been deemed unusable. The field also presently lacks ADA approved ramps to accommodate those with disabilities. During town events many community members must park at the school parking lot and walk along an unsafe path to gain access to Constitution Field. This project will remove these unsafe stairs and fencing and replace them with new concrete ones accompanied by an ADA compliant ramp, lighting, and new paths and fencing.

The project is anticipated to be completed August 2016.

PHOTO: from left to right.

Griswold First Selectman Kevin Skulczyck, State Rep. Kevin Ryan, Pam Kinder (UCFS Vice President of Marketing), Governor Malloy, Jennifer Granger (President CEO UCFS), Rep. Brycki, Nancy Cowser (UCFS Senior Vice President)

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