With deliberations and the authorization by voters of the 2014-15 budget behind them, local officials are focusing intensely on the best way they see for keeping residential taxation in check — growing the Newtown Grand List. That means increasing commercial activity, supporting economic development, and aggressively working to retain or expand businesses already established locally.
The period for retired and certified Connecticut police officers to apply to become one of nine Newtown school security officers (SSOs) is closing at month’s end. Police Chief Michael Kehoe told The Newtown Bee this week that he has already received numerous applications for consideration.
Newtown Police Explorers, who are members of Cadet Post #823, received medals on May 4 for their performance in the Connecticut Police Stations Day sponsored by the Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Education Association (NERLEEA), according to a statement from Newtown police.
The competitive event was held at the Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s (POST) training academy in Meriden.
At the regular monthly meeting of the board of trustees of the C.H. Booth Library May 12, trustees emeritus Mary Thomas and Kathy Geckle came to ask the board’s approval of a spring 2015 fundraiser they are proposing.
With an expanded sanitary sewer system planned for Hawleyville, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are considering revising the zoning regulations to allow three additional land uses in the M-2A (Industrial) zone there.
The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is compiling a list of Hawleyville property owners interested in connecting their properties to the planned expansion of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system.
WSA members held an informational session on May 8 to explain the sewer system expansion project, as well as seek commitments for sewer connections from property owners who own land along the planned sewer route. About 25 people attended the meeting.
Police Commission members this week discussed the many issues stemming from a proposal to move local emergency radio dispatching for 911 police, fire, and ambulance calls from Newtown to a private, nonprofit, nonunionized dispatching center in Prospect, generally expressing skepticism that such a change would be beneficial.
On the night of May 3, police received a complaint about an incident that had allegedly occurred, after which they investigated and went to the Riverside section of Sandy Hook where they arrested Alexander Spears, 21, of 138 Underhill Road, Unit 4, on charges of threatening and second-degree harassment.
After processing, police released Spears on a written promise to appear in court on May 20.
The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:
Thursday, May 8: 5:03 pm, odor of gas indoors, 3 Pole Bridge Road, Sandy Hook responded; 5:13 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 129 South Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded; 8:48 pm, medical assist, Glen Road, Sandy Hook responded.