As the May 15 application deadline approaches, officials have announced that about a quarter of Newtown’s approximately 3,500 seniors have already qualified for an average 41 percent credit through one of the state’s most generous localized senior tax relief programs.
Following more than a year of negotiations, the town and the Newtown Police Union, Local 3153, Council 15, of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have reached a three-year labor contact, specifying the terms of employment for 43 of the 45 sworn officers at the police department.
Since last July 1, police have been working without a contract because the previous agreement expired last June 30.
Charter Revision Commission Chairman Jeff Capeci said after about 45 minutes of discussion April 30, commissioners narrowly voted down a proposal to clarify a 4-3 split designating specific political minority representation on the town’s Board of Education. Commissioners, with only Eric Paradis dissenting, then voted to recommend striking one sentence from the proposed charter revision they agreed clarified “bare minority” representation locally would mirror what is outlined in state statutes.
A 104-page court affidavit, which serves as the basis for the arrests of eight men who have been charged with federal drug offenses, provides information on the drug trafficking investigation known as Operation Juice Box. Among those men are former Newtown Police Sergeant Steven Santucci and Newtown dispatcher Jason Chickos.
Following a presentation to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, May 4, First Selectman Pat Llodra said town Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler’s reporting showed that the local part-time Planning Department staffer has a good grasp on how the town hopes to advance both its applications for and use of nonlocal funding sources for development projects.
From left is Marabeth Pereira, Valerie Pagano-Hepburn, Linda Baron, Nathalie DeBrantes, Tracey Jaeger, Gail Maletz, Joanne Didonato, Gino Faiella, Jason Edwards, Nadia Papalia, Gail Maletz, and Steven Richardso, who were named the 2014-15 Profiles in Professionalism Award honorres during the May 5 Board of Education meeting.
It appears, at least for this year, state labor unions will not agree to help some of the agencies their own members depend on for support when they are in times of crisis.
The idea of adjusting certain prevailing wage conditions, which some say adds as much as a 30 percent increase to state and government-funded building and capital projects, is apparently stalled in statehouse discussions even though some lawmakers say alternatives on the table could reward state laborers with even more jobs and higher earnings in the long run.
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said May 6 he is investigating the cause of an accidental fire that destroyed a cape-style house at 4 Aunt Park Lane in Hattertown early on the morning of Monday, May 4. The fire did not start due to the presence of compressed propane within two large tanks near the house, but after the fire started, the gas intensified the blaze, fueling the flames, he said.