Thanks to $200,000 in grant funds, hazardous materials abatement in the single-family houses at Fairfield Hills has begun, with abatement and demolition of Danbury Hall to follow. An additional $200,000 in Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funds through the town will cover any additional costs incurred when Danbury is demolished.
Legislative Council Ordinance Committee Chair Ryan Knapp has released a draft of the revised senior tax relief proposals going to a planned public hearing May 7 before the regularly scheduled council meeting. Officials could deliberate and act on those changes and endorse the revised ordinance following the hearing.
According to the draft provided to The Bee, one significant change is the proposed addition of a fourth tier of benefit, which is already being funded at $150,000 as a result of the 2014-15 budget passage earlier this week.
For the second consecutive summer, Ben’s Lighthouse will bring about 20 Newtown high schoolers across the country to assist the victims of a massive natural disaster. From July 27 to August 2, this volunteer group of teens and chaperones will participate in projects to clean up and rebuild from the unprecedented flooding that took at least eight lives and destroyed 2,000 homes last September.
As with the spring flowers that emerge in April, construction projects often also start this time of year. Four notable examples of commercial construction projects that are starting, or are about to begin, can be found on Mt Pleasant Road, South Main Street, and Church Hill Road.
George Benson, town director of planning and land use, notes that the coming construction season promises to be a busy one with those projects commencing.
As viewed from South Main Street, the factory building at the corner of 1200 South Main Street and Hollow Swamp Road had fire burning through a section of its roof and showing through part of its eaves when Newtown firefighters arrived on scene this morning.
Even on the occasion of her final report to the Board of Selectmen ahead of her departure as Newtown’s Recovery Program leader, General Electric’s Anne Alzapiedi chose to promote her work and her colleagues along with many other officials, town staffers, and residents who inspired her to return to the community day after day.
A three-vehicle chain-reaction accident occurred in stopped traffic near 75 South Main Street about 7:25 am on April 14. All vehicles were traveling southward.
Police said motorist Timothy Hendrie, 57, of Trumbull, who was driving a 2007 BMW-XIC coupe, struck the rear end of a 2012 Nisan Altima sedan driven by Jill Brooks, 27, of Danbury, pushing the Nissan into the rear end of a 1996 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Nafi Biba, 54, of Danbury.
The Board of Selectmen on April 21 received an update on the progress of Hook & Ladder’s planned new headquarters, authorized a lease for Newtown Parent Connection’s (NPC) new offices at Fairfield Hills, and continued planning for a townwide municipal facilities analysis.
Newtown Hook & Ladder representative Rick Camejo reported to the selectmen that he believed the signing of a contract to purchase property from Trinity Episcopal Church to site the company’s new headquarters was imminent.