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.
State Representative DebraLee Hovey (R-112) has announced that she is retiring from public service and will not run for reelection in 2014.
Rep Hovey, who currently serves one of Newtown’s southerly voting districts and all of Monroe, and who has risen to the position of Assistant Republican Leader in the House Republican caucus, made her decision after 12 years in the legislature.
She will complete her term six-term run on December 31, 2014.
At about 1:16 am on February 10, motorist Karen Vanderlyn, 45, of Watertown was driving a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan eastward on Interstate 84, about one-half mile west of Exit 9, when the vehicle slid on the highway, which was slippery due to a previous snowstorm, state police said.
Vanderlyn lost control of the vehicle, which went into a spin and then struck some guardrailing along the right road shoulder, state police said. There were no injuries.
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.
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.