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 Conservation Commission has three positions available to a Republican or Unaffiliated voter and one open position available to a democrat or unaffiliated voter.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says it is considering modifications to key provisions of proposed new permit requirements for the management and oversight of municipal stormwater systems — while still allowing the agency to achieve important environmental objectives.
The announcement came following testimony and correspondence from numerous public officials from across the state, including Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra.
The final week of the year brought Newtown’s Water and Sewer Authority together for a brief meeting to discuss proposed changes in regulations to both local sewer use regulations and the community’s water pollution control plan.
After some discussion on December 29, the authority approved sending the proposed changes to a public hearing on January 8. The time and location of the hearing was not set at press time.
Authority and Public Works Director Fred Hurley said many of the proposed changes are procedural.
In anticipation of a developer pursuing the construction of a multifamily complex, including an affordable housing component, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is continuing its review of the proposed Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Overlay Zone (MUMI-10), a land use zone and accompanying zoning rules that would be used to better regulate such growth.
Several Scudder Road area residents, who spoke at a December 18 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing on the proposed Preserve at Newtown 23-lot residential subdivision, stressed they fear that their already unreliable domestic well water supplies would be diminished after new homes are built in that area and start drawing up subterranean water through new wells.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Elizabeth Vaughn, daughter of a Newtown Board of Education employee, saw a picture circulating from Karachi, Pakistan, with children lighting candles next to a sign that read, “Connecticut school killing, [we] feel [your] pain as [you] would feel our pain.” So when she learned about the devastating school attack in Peshawar last week, Ms Vaughn quietly organized a candlelight vigil that featured messages in Urdu translated onto posters by a Pakistani acquaintance.