First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.
Current openings exist on:
*The Conservation Commission: One vacancy for a Republican or unaffiliated voter and one open position available to any registered voter.
After deciding to refer two pieces of disclosed board communications to the local Board of Ethics for review and filing an appeal with the Freedom of Information Commission, the Board of Education voted at its November 17 meeting to delay its conversations on the topic until further information is gathered.
Board members have discussed at multiple meetings an e-mail and a screenshot of a text message recently shared on social media.
The current Legislative Council accepted a sweeping Charter revision during a final meeting November 18, but pushed a decision on the five-year capital spending plan off to a newly elected panel that will be sworn into office December 1.
After working closely with Deputy Director of Planning & Land Use Rob Sibley and making a courtesy visit to share details with the Newtown Conservation Commission November 9, the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission told The Newtown Bee this week that a three- to four-acre-site tucked into a corner of the High Meadow at Fairfield Hills provides the optimal location for a 12/14 memorial.
Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members this week approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for Grace Family Church, Inc, which proposes the construction of a church on Covered Bridge Road to replace its existing church about one mile away at 174 Mt Pleasant Road (US Route 6).
The IWC unanimously approved the permit on November 18, with members Kristen Hammar, Craig Ferris, Suzanne Guidera, and John Davin voting in favor.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 17, that the Sandy Hook School Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the school district.
The Sandy Hook School Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA. Its mission is to “support programs, resources, and enrichment that can make a positive difference in our school community,” according to its website, sandyhookschoolfoundation.org.
The annual Fill The Fire Truck Food Drive is just around the corner. Newtown firefighters will be spending time outside two of the town’s markets this weekend, accepting donations for FAITH Food Pantry just in time for Thanksgiving.
Members of Hawleyville, Newtown Hook & Ladder, and Sandy Hook fire companies will be at Big Y, at 6 Queen Street, on Saturday, November 21, from 9 am until 2 pm. Then on Sunday, members of Botsford and Dodgingtown will be outside Stop & Shop at 228 South Main Street, during the same timeframe.
The intricate trusswork of the 308-foot-long Silver Bridge has been repainted, with the span again having a silvery color. Until recently, the bridge had been painted brown. The new paint job is part of an ongoing $4.47 million state renovation of the 1936 bridge, which spans the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, connecting Glen Road in Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury. The bridge, which has carried alternating one-way traffic for the past several months, will soon carry two-way traffic again.