Beacon Falls receives Bright Idea Grant

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Beacon Falls First Selectman Christopher Bielik, right, is presented a plague by Katie Dykes, deputy commissioner of Energy for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as Rebecca Meyer, of CL&P, looks on Dec. 4 at the State Capitol in Hartford. –CONTRIBUTED
Beacon Falls First Selectman Christopher Bielik, right, is presented a plaque by Katie Dykes, deputy commissioner of Energy for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as Rebecca Meyer, of CL&P, looks on Dec. 4 at the State Capitol in Hartford. –CONTRIBUTED

BEACON FALLS — The town received a $5,000 Bright Idea Grant during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Hartford Dec. 4

According to a release, Beacon Falls was among 35 municipalities that were recognized for their participation in the statewide Clean Energy Communities program — an Energize Connecticut initiative that gives incentives to communities to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The cities and towns earned the grants based on the level of community participation in Energy Efficiency Fund programs, according to the release. Grant awards ranged from $5,000 to $15,000, and they can be used toward a community-selected energy-saving project, according to the release.

First Selectman Christopher Bielik said the town currently does not have a specific project in mind for the grant money. However, he said, there are some upcoming projects, such as replacing the boiler in Town Hall, which this grant can help offset the cost.

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  1. So, let me get this straight, Our 1st Selectman, who ran on a commitment of transparency, purchased a new chair for the office and did not have permission to do so, did not tell anyone that he was going to do it, and bought a $700 chair? There is a rumor that when questioned about the purchase he declared that the “the stature and status of the office deserves a chair like this”. I thought we have a “lean” budget that only covers the bare essentials.

    It is outrageous that our 1st Selectman’s first act is to show his over indulgence, extravagance, and ego to buy something for himself.