Town of Fairfield News
9/28/2016 - Fairfield Receives $300,000 State Grant
First Selectman Mike Tetreau is pleased to announce that Fairfield is one of 16 communities in Connecticut to receive a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant in the amount of $300,000 for drainage and pedestrian improvements in and around Sherman Green in downtown Fairfield to mitigate flooding risks, improve pedestrian safety and upgrade the appearance of this public green space.
The project, which has the support of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, will benefit the downtown area which is home to more than 500 businesses which contribute significantly to the economic vitality of the Town.
First Selectman Tetreau said, “The Town is very appreciative that we are one of a handful of municipalities in the state to receive this grant. This crucial funding will not only reduce flooding and improve safety in this well-traveled area, but it will also help keep Fairfield’s local economy thriving. I also wish to thank Fairfield’s State Delegation for helping the Town secure this important funding.”
Given this area has been plagued by frequent flooding because of inadequate storm water detention capacity, the Town will construct an underground storm water detention and infiltration system on Sherman Green. This system will enhance the existing storm water retention capacity, especially during peak rain events, and will help alleviate flooding conditions. The Town also plans to install additional catch basins, manholes and drainage pipe along Sanford Street and on surrounding streets.
Additionally, the Town intends to upgrade the pedestrian sidewalks and common areas on Sherman Green to provide important connections to the adjoining public parking area, businesses and amenities in the downtown area. These proposed improvements are consistent with recommendations in the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The new sidewalks will meet ADA requirements and address safety concerns.
While the Town’s main focus is drainage improvements and additional detention capacity, funding will also be used for landscaping to enhance the aesthetic appeal of Sherman Green.
State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey said, “The combined efforts of the town and state delegation over many years have led to this successful outcome for the town. We are grateful for this infrastructure funding.”
“This is exactly the type of project STEAP grants should be used for,” said State Representative Brenda Kupchick.
Former State Senator John McKinney said, "I am pleased that our efforts have finally paid off."
The photo shows Engineering Manager Bill Hurley and First Selectman Mike Tetreau.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.