BET approves Tessy’s Memorial Music Hall and Firehouse, but may have killed the New Lebanon school project – or pretended to, anyway

fire house

BET members celebrate fire engines and fiscal responsibility

$2 million for Peter’s firehouse land purchase, but funding for the New Lebanon project made contingent on confirmation that the state will help pay for it.

Money for a new building was approved, but…  the $37.2 million allocation will come with a condition placed upon it that is contingent on state funding being made available.

Because the new school is being built, in part, to accommodate magnet students in under a state mandate to racially balance the school the project is eligible for as much as 80 percent reimbursement. However, BET concerns have grown throughout the discussion process about whether or not the money will be there given the state’s continued fiscal struggles.

What will probably happen is that the state will make a strong, meaningless promise to pay, the BET will use that as cover to proceed, and we’ll all be shocked and dismayed when, a couple of years from now, we present Hartford with the bill for reimbursement and they tell us where to place it.

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10 responses to “BET approves Tessy’s Memorial Music Hall and Firehouse, but may have killed the New Lebanon school project – or pretended to, anyway

  1. hmmm

    They’ll fund it. The BET folks are masters at the shell game.

    Oh and explain to me what contingent confirmation means.

    Is that someone from Hartford saying “send in the paperwork and let’s start there”

  2. Anonymous

    Any word on improvements to Cardinal Stadium slum?

  3. uminn65

    it would be cheaper, by millions of dollars, to have no back-country fire stations and give back country residents a free pass on the part of the town budget that goes to fund firemen [and firewomen].

  4. HS Mom

    I heard a rumor that the BET will move to close either the Glenville or Byram fire station after the NW one is built. Any improvements to the Byram one are on hold until then. Might as well shelf new leb since the entire section of town will burn to the ground waiting for fire trucks to arrive in a few years.

  5. Publius

    The picture accompanying the caption of this post reminds me of what our elected officials are doing to the we the taxpayer

  6. FF

    Well, at least they cut Tod Laudonia’s salary in half