Shelton seeks state grant to buy generators for city buildings

The city is applying for a state grant that would pay for 75% of the cost of purchasing new emergency power generators for the Shelton Police Department, Shelton Senior Center and the four volunteer fire company facilities.

The cost of the generators would be $410,000, with the state grant covering $307,500 of that. The city’s share would be $102,500.

The city made a separate, earlier request for a smaller state grant to purchase a generator for the Shelton Community Center that still is pending.

The grant program is administered by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

Provide back-up power in emergencies

The generators would provide power to the buildings in emergencies when there is no electricity available from the United Illuminating Co., such as during major snowstorms and hurricanes.

On Thursday night, the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Mark Lauretti to finalize and submit the grant application on behalf of the city.

“The question is will the federal or state government have enough money to keep their end of the bargain,” aldermanic President John F. Anglace Jr. said.

The fire houses that would get the new back-up generators are Echo Hose, Huntington, Pine Rock Park and White Hills.