The city's common council approved $585,000 in bonding Monday evening to pay for capital purchases, according to a story in the Middletown Press.
Eleven items will be bought, including, the Hartford Courant reports, equipment and receivers for central communications; a security system for Russell Library, two pickup trucks and power rakes for parks and recreaiton, a video interview and recording systems and computers for the police department — and two dump trucks and a pickup for public works.
The council also voted to accept nearly $67,000 in additional School Readiness grant funding from the state, the Press reports.
School Readiness, according to the state of Connecticut, is a "state-funded initiative administered by the Department of Education that develops a network of school readiness programs to:
- Significantly increase the number of spaces in accredited and/or approved programs for young children to provide access to high quality school readiness programs;
- Significantly increase the number of full-day, full-year spaces to meet family needs; and
- Shared cost for school readiness and child-care programs among the state and its various agencies, the communities and families."
Middletown, identified by the state as a "priority community," has received $1,925,782 in the 2012 fiscal year.