The Newtown PTAs and PTSA on Wednesday evening hosted an informational forum for Board of Education candidates running for election November 3.
Republicans Andrew Clure and David Freedman and Democrat Rebekah Harriman-Stites took turns answering questions prepared by the PTAs and PTSA along with those submitted by community members during the one-hour event held in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall. Candidate and Democrat John Vouros could not attend the forum, but a statement by Mr Vouros was read near the end of the event.
On Thursday, October 15, a demolition crew from BesTech ripped into the first Fairfield Hills “white house” to be razed in the coming days. The next phase of demolition on the town owned campus involves taking down all the deteriorating former staff homes that dot the western corner of the property adjacent to Mile Hill Road South, as well as an adjacent collapsing green house. Town leaders are also currently determining which of the large former state hospital buildings will be demolished next, a decision expected before the end of this year.
The Legislative Council dug into a package of ordinances, and received a brief report on the status of town spending on major planned road and drainage projects during the first meeting of the month on October 7.
On the request of a council member, Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee that she requested Public Works Director Fred Hurley inform the full council on the status of Town road projects.
The primary appeals during Tuesday’s public forum about a community center included space to house arts, senior activities, a pool, an ice rink, and a general gathering place. But with those interests came questions: could a center be all of those things, and how far will the $10 million gift for center construction from The GE Foundation be able to stretch?
State Police report that at about 8:39 am on October 6, James Damico, 31, of West Haven was operation a 2014 Nissan Altima on the Exit 11 on ramp to westbound Interstate 84 in Newtown, when he reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle then left the roadway and struck a rock wall, sustaining damage that made the vehicle inoperable. The operator was subsequently issued a citation for failure to stay in an established lane.
The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:
Thursday, October 8: 10:27 am, commercial fire alarm, 173 South Main Street, Botsford and Hook & Ladder responded; 2:24 pm, public service, 45 Main Street, Hook & Ladder covered; 7:28 pm, investigation, I-84 East Exit 10 onramp, Hawleyville responded.
The Police Commission’s plans to hire a person to fill vacancy for a police patrol officer position have been delayed, with that hiring now expected to occur in January.
The person would fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Steven Santucci, 38, a sergeant who left town service after being arrested on multiple federal drug charges last April. Mr Santucci has pleaded not guilty to the eight charges, which are pending in US District Court in Hartford.
Trinity Episcopal Church hosted a conversation on racial equality and racial justice on October 11. The speaker was Bishop John L. Selders Jr, the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford, and a leader of the Moral Monday CT movement.
It was the second such conversation hosted by the church in recent months.
To promote open communications with members of the public, the Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for later this month at which the only topic on the agenda will be “open public dialogue.”
That session is slated for 7 pm on Monday, October 26, in the lower level conference room at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street (Route 25).
In an ongoing, phased traffic safety review of town roads, the Police Commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, has endorsed speed limits for 18 local residential roads and is seeking state Department of Transportation (DOT) approval for those speed limits on both sides of the affected streets.
Police Commission members on October 6 approved submitting the data to DOT for its field review of the proposed speed limits.