MIDDLETOWN — Newtown officials offered constructive comments along with members of the local legislative delegation at a public hearing in Middletown Tuesday, February 24, urging lawmakers in Hartford to grant municipalities relief from having to hire workers under a nearly quarter-century-old threshold that mandates prevailing wage consideration on most large municipal or state subsidized construction projects.
The late Judith Beaudreau, a very active registrar of voters from Vernon and longtime mentor of Newtown’s Democratic Registrar LeReine Frampton, often referred to those local elected officials as the “gatekeepers to democracy.” But those Democratic and Republican gatekeepers may be losing their posts if a new election reform measure from Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is successful.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., in partnership with the district’s PTA presidents, is set to hold a community forum, “An All-School Parent Conversation Focused On Teaching, Learning, and the Proposed 2015-16 Spending Plan,” on Tuesday, March 10. The one-hour event, starting at 7:30 pm, will take place in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road.
The meeting is co-sponsored by the PTA Leadership Council, which includes all Newtown Schools.
There are so many medical and health care-related projects planned for, or already operating, along Mt Pleasant Road just east of the Bethel town line that Newtown’s Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter has nicknamed the stretch “Medical Mile.”
State police said they received a report regarding a motorist who was driving erratically on eastbound Interstate 84 in the vicinity of the Exit 9 interchange at about 11:23 pm on February 19, so they went to the area to investigate.
State police said they located the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze auto in question, which was moving erratically, after which they stopped it.
Earlier this winter several Fairfield Authority members and town Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler took a trip to Preston, where a former state facility similar to Fairfield Hills is now in that town’s hands. Unlike Newtown, however, which intends to redevelop its campus as a community and municipal asset, the town of Preston plans for the eventual sale of its property.
People navigating the twists and turns of the land use review process often found answers to their questions when they found Ann Mazur, who, as the town Land Use Agency’s administrative assistant, kept track of the many developmental details required for submission before construction approvals are granted.
Ms Mazur of Sandy Hook, who has worked at the agency since 2001, has been a town staff member in various capacities for almost 25 years.
Following lengthy review, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members on February 5 unanimously rejected a proposed change to the zoning regulations, which would have allowed privately-owned solid waste facilities for the storage and recycling of scrap tires at properties with M-1 (Industrial) zoning.
Such a rule change had been sought by MAAK Environmental Corporation, which had wanted to employ new rules to start a tire recycling operation at an industrial site at 40 High Bridge Road.