The town will use its capital nonrecurring fund to purchase five heavy vehicles for the Parks and Recreation and Highway Departments, and will structure an internal leaseback arrangement that will save taxpayers in excess of $35,000 that would have gone to cover interest payments, according to Finance Director Robert Tait.
The Board of Education voted to increase the superintendent of schools’ contracted salary by three percent and to extend his contract by one year at its special meeting on Wednesday, June 24.
The decision came among a series of votes on agenda items before the board heard from the public regarding the possibility of closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment for the 2016-17 year. The board later voted not to close a school for the 2016-17 school year and to continue its discussion about the best use of district facilities.
One of the largest Town Meeting turnouts in recent memory drew dozens of residents to the Municipal Center July 6 for a brief but critical vote on spending for a Newtown High School auditorium renovation and bonding for local road improvements. Residents are holding up tickets, both proving they are qualified to vote, and registering their support of the motions that endorsed both spending proposals.
In mid-April LRM Construction crews began digging out a ten-foot-wide path at Fairfield Hills where a new paved walkway would go. Within weeks, residents eager to stroll the lengthened trail system, which is now complete and adds nearly a mile to existing trails, were already using the unfinished surface.
Sometime between the end of the 2015 legislative session and the special session that wrapped up earlier this week, Newtown’s freshman Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) decided to give the governor’s proposed “Second Chance Society” legislation a second look.
A local builder/developer’s proposal to construct 74 condominium apartments on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center is scheduled for discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 9, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.
Applicant Michael Burton of Sandy Hook, doing business as River Walk Properties, LLC, is seeking a special permit for the project under the terms of the Incentive Housing-10 (IH-10) zoning regulations, which the P&Z created in January.
As the new fiscal year begins, property and motor vehicle taxes come due, homeowners balance landscaping projects and yard work with recreational activities like grilling and enjoying their residential swimming pools.
At the same time, town officials have provided some timely tips, advice, and warnings to help residents stay safe, and to possibly ease the process for taxpayers as they write checks for property and motor vehicle taxes that are due by August 3.