As local officials and volunteers are about to begin a “memorial sidewalk” project that will eventually link Sandy Hook School to Main Street at the flagpole, Newtown’s planning agency announced it will be receiving an unanticipated grant that will underwrite additional sidewalks between Glover Avenue and Mile Hill South.
The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has approved a rate increase for users of the two municipal sewer systems, hiking by 7 percent both the quarterly gallonage rate and also the general administrative fee.
The WSA held a two-minute public hearing on the rate increases before its regular August 14 meeting. There was no public comment.
At their regular meeting, WSA members approved the increases.
The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing for next week on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision in Dodgingtown.
The hearing on The Preserve at Newtown is slated for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 27, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.
Two development firms are proposing the construction of the subdivision at a 167-acre tract. The project is proposed by developers KASL, LLC, and IBF, LLC. The firms are represented by local developer/builder George L. Trudell.
Following Board of Selectmen action August 18 to send the town’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to the Board of Finance, Chairman John Kortze has asked First Selectman Pat Llodra, School Superintendent Dr Joseph Erardi, as well as members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education to attend the August 28 finance board meeting.
Police said that at about 2:30 pm on August 9 a two-vehicle collision happened on South Main Street at its intersection with Elm Drive.
In that incident, motorist Rachel Cole, 18, of 6 Benjamin Drive, who was driving a 2002 Saab 9-3 sedan, struck the rear end of a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Manuel Diogo, 62, of Danbury, after the Toyota had come to an abrupt stop.
The Board of Selectmen moved quickly to reorganize Newtown’s Land Use, Planning, and Economic Development functions following the recent departure of Director of Economic and Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker, who has taken a new job with similar responsibilities in Norwalk.
Town police have received approval for an almost $17,000 grant, and plan to use the money for traffic speed enforcement now through the end of September, and also to acquire some new radar-based speed detection equipment.
Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele said August 15 police received word on August 13 that the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) High-Risk Rural Roads Speed Enforcement Program has endorsed Newtown receiving the funds.