Newtown’s delegation of state lawmakers – Senator Tony Hwang, Rep Mitch Bolinsky, Rep J P Sredzinski and Rep Dan Carter – each expressed frustration, even exasperation after learning about an agreement on a biennium budget. That agreement reportedly emerged from a late night meeting that broke early Sunday morning, May 31.
Following a third public hearing on a proposal to construct 74 condominium units on the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) on May 27 unanimously approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village.
The recently established Community Center Commission elected co-chairs and revised its vision statement Tuesday, May 26, at the group’s second meeting. In late April the Board of Selectmen chose members for the commission, who would fact-find, survey the community, and, after research and planning, render a recommendation on how to use a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation.
In two different locations Thursday, May 28, the Board of Finance and the Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) were scheduled to lay the groundwork for the earliest stages of a planned high school auditorium renovation, which may commence as early as July 1, the date funding becomes available for the project.
Newtown’s latest Charter Revision Commission is heading into June with the end of a yearlong tunnel in sight. Following a May 27 meeting, ccommission Chairman Jeff Capeci said the group was more than two-thirds finished with what will amount to a complete review and refinement of the community’s constitutional document.
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 Pension Committee with a vacant position open to a Republican or an unaffiliated voter. The last day to express interest is June 1.
With the Board of Education set to review data on the possibility of closing a school during its meeting on Tuesday, June 2, parents voiced concerns on the topic during a Community Forum on Thursday, May 28.
UPDATE (4:10 pm): The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fairfield and New Haven counties has been cancelled by the National Weather Service.
“The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits ... and no longer poses an immediate threat to life or property,” the weather service announced at 4:05 pm Thursday. “Therefore the warning has been cancelled.
“However heavy rain is still possible with this thunderstorm,” the statement continued.