Just two days after making a case based on Newtown’s adherence to new financial management policies and evidence that new commercial development will be supplementing the community’s grand list in the coming years, officials learned February 12 that Standard & Poor’s awarded the community a AAA bond rating.
Town officials also learned February 19 that Newtown’s rating from Moody’s Investors Service will be maintained at its current Aa1 status, the agency’s second highest rating.
The Legislative Council is in the preliminary stages of initiating a new charter review process.
Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reported to her colleagues February 19 that she is issuing a letter to all town boards, commissions, and departments soliciting input regarding issues in Newtown’s constitutional document that may need to be revised, amended, or struck, as well as any issues that need to be considered for addition.
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 Library Board of Trustees, which has a vacant position to available to a democrat or unaffiliated voter. Last day to apply is March 18 with an anticipated appointment date of April 7.
Trucker David Widener, 52, of Mt Pleasant, Penn., was driving a 2008 Freightliner tuck on westbound Interstate 84, near the Exit 9 interchange, when he drove off the left side of the highway and struck some guardrailing, state police report.
Widener was not injured. State police said he failed to drive in the established lane.
Local officials and residents attending a state Department of Transportation (DOT) informational session on planned improvements for the eastern end of Sugar Street (Route 302), including bridge replacement, have told DOT staffers of the need for sidewalks there, as well as better protection for adjacent electric utility lines that power the town center.
Snow and ice have been repeatedly blanketing Newtown since late fall, pushing the Public Works Department’s winter maintenance budgets into the red in recent weeks. But a transfer of $116,106 that is expected to be approved by the Legislative Council February 19 will put those well-tapped budget lines back in the black according to Public Works Director Fred Hurley.