What Projects are on Your Town's CCM 'Wish List?

In anticipation of the infusion of federal infrastructure funds, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities quired its member municipalities and developed a a $2.6 Billion infrastructure wish list for 1,300 projects in 94 towns.  It is an interesting list.  Do the projects listed in your town or city match your priorities for infrastructure spending or are they just a chance to get some extra funding for nice to have projects?

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6 responses to “What Projects are on Your Town's CCM 'Wish List?

  1. I didn’t see “Kitchen Sink” as one of the categories, but certainly it was thrown in….

  2. So this $2.6 billion I would imagine already has all the various permits required?

    It looks like some municipalities just published their entire wish lists, without any real regards if those things are really needed, at least at that price. Why should they? Now that the federal government is paying, why worry about need or cost? Obviously, most of these projects were deemed unimportant enough to do when the towns were flush with cash a few years ago. Otherwise the town would have done them.

    And some of these projects look like things that’ll get done anyway. Like replacing a roof on a middle school. Previously, local property taxes would have paid that, but now that there’s federal money, pretty dumb if a town doesn’t try to take advantage of this money.

    This whole infrastructure stimulus is going to be distortive. It’s going to go to districts with better influence peddling (or perhaps swing districts where votes need to get bought). I just think there’s going to be a ton of wasted money, regardless of the criteria that the government uses to pick and choose these projects. Bad projects, useless projects, projects that cost too much. That’s sort of the point of having local governments: so they can make the decisions closer to the people.

  3. In Southington we just voted down ( because of cost) this last election, a new Town Hall which we were told was critical, and was ready to go if approved. I see we are asking here for $3 million for linear trail expansion……….. You just can’t make this stuff up.

  4. [quote post=”2429″]Now that the federal government is paying, why worry about need or cost?[/quote]Exactly. That’s why the US Dollar printing press is so wonderful. It’s all free money. I wish we had thought of this years ago. Come to think of it… I have a photocopier… I can print my own! Oh wait… that’s illegal I think. But it’s legal for The Fed to do it? Huh? And when Bloomberg asked questions of The Fed, The Fed refused to answer… so Bberg had to FOI them?? Is there something funny going on here? No… I’m sure everything is wonderful. These aren’t the droids I’m looking for. I need to move along.[quote post=”2429″] Obviously, most of these projects were deemed unimportant enough to do when the towns were flush with cash a few years ago.[/quote]Cheshire’s list is not included, but we asked for basically everything that is in the current year (and next year’s) capital budgets, if I understand correctly.

  5. not included in CCMs list.

  6. It looks like some municipalities just published their entire wish lists, without any real regards if those things are really needed, at least at that price. Why should they? Now that the federal government is paying, why worry about need or cost? Obviously, most of these projects were deemed unimportant enough to do when the towns were flush with cash a few years ago. Otherwise the town would have done them.

    You’re absolutely correct. The list was assembled inconsistently and somewhat haphazardly. Some towns, like Canterbury, submitted a very comprehensive itemization for a mere $415,000 worth of projects. Other towns, like Brookfield, requested new software under the “infrastructure” category. (?) Still other towns, like Enfield, requested huge sums of money but didn’t itemize it in the list (total of $42.9 million sought, but only $14.4 million itemized).

    I would have expected a group like CCM — whose sole purpose appears to be begging for money for the State’s municipalities, from either the State or federal governments — to at least proofread this list before putting it into print.

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