Along with its charge of streamlining Newtown’s charter and making it more user-friendly for residents and taxpayers, the current Charter Revision Commission is deliberating a matter outside its charge that some members believe strays from editing and housekeeping and into decidedly political waters.
The Boards of Education and Finance both recently began discussions about seating an ad-hoc committee that would pick up on work initiated in 2012, examining how the town and school district could consolidate certain services to achieve greater taxpayer savings and efficiencies.
Finance Board Chairman John Kortze told The Newtown Bee following an April 23 meeting that his panel approved a resolution to establish such a committee in cooperation with the Legislative Council, which would also involve the Board of Selectmen.
Newtown’s Municipal Buildings Strategic Plan Advisory Committee met April 27 at the C.H. Booth Library so each panel member could hear from a consultant who will be reviewing and developing recommendations on three public facilities under priority focus by the group.
The volunteers were introduced to Ken Best, representing Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA), a South Windsor firm that employs architects, planners, interior designers, and construction administrators that serve both municipal and commercial clients throughout the Northeast.
Police said they received a report that a gray 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV was being driven erratically by a motorist in a parking lot at Newtown High School at 12 Berkshire Road at about 2:18 pm on April 22, so they went there to investigate.
Police said they investigated and then charged motorist Paula King, 52, of 23 Surrey Trail with driving under the influence.
The Stratford Board of Education appointed Newtown’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda for its new assistant superintendent during a meeting on Monday, April 27.
Dr Gejda responded to the news on Wednesday, April 29, saying the decision, “was a very difficult one for me. Newtown is obviously a very special community… very supportive of its school district… and I’ve been extremely privileged to work with skilled individuals…”
School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, walked into the Newtown Middle School gymnasium just after 8 pm Tuesday, moments after the final few residents cast their budget votes, exuding quiet confidence and expressing no doubt that the 2015-16 budget proposals would pass – big time.
Apparently more superstitious, Board of Education Chairman Keith Alexander opted to wait for the final tallies, which affirmed the hopes of both officials.
Four hours into today's budget balloting at Newtown Middle School, Republican Registrar JoAnne Albanesi had logged only 522 votes. Any registered voter or Newtown resident with at least $1,000 in taxable property on the current Grand List is eligible to vote on today's split budget proposal.
Polls remain pen until 8 pm, and Ms Albanesi said that if an unregistered property owner is motivated to head to the polls, they should make contact with the moderator to arrange to cast a ballot.
Today's split, or bifurcated, referendum asks the following budget questions:
MONROE — The antiquated Route 34 bridge positioned atop Stevenson Dam, which links Monroe to Oxford, will be closed to traffic for a 90-hour period to allow for maintenance work on the hydroelectric dam at the Housatonic River, which has been in service for nearly a century.
In a statement, FirstLight Hydro Generating Company said the bridge’s closure will require that detours be used while maintenance work is underway.