Cities and towns have been waiting on state funding, given annually to towns in the form of grants to pay for things like road repaving, fall tree clearing and winter snow removal. Release of the funds has been held up since July by Gov. Ned Lamont’s debt diet and negotiations over how much he and the legislature will agree to borrow for major transportation infrastructure projects. The bond commission will meet Dec. 18, said Lamont spokesman Rob Blanchard. “I know how important it is that you get the bonded revenues that you’ve come to expect and count upon, and I just want you to know that I wasn’t being a jerk by being slow about this,” Lamont said.