Demolition, political affiliation, future planning, and finances drove conversation Monday at Fairfield Hills Authority’s October meeting.
Opening the evening with good news, Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler said the eight single family houses once home to former state hospital doctors have been razed. A small greenhouse that stood between Plymouth Hall and Cochran House on Keating Farm Road is also down.
C.H. Booth Library’s driveway for handicapped drivers and guests will be inaccessible on Monday and Tuesday, November 2-3. Library Director Brenda McKinley is announcing this temporary closure due to driveway repaving.
Additionally, access to the driveway on Friday, October 30, may be limited due to preparation work, Ms McKinley announced October 26.
The full parking lot behind the library, at 25 Main Street, will be open for regular use. Limited on-street parking is also available in front of the library.
The local open burning season is scheduled to begin on Sunday, November 1.
Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, will start being issued on Monday, October 26, at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Office hours for the fire marshal are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The permits cost $5.
Permits are issued for the burning of brush only, whose trunk size is a maximum three inches in diameter.
While Newtown and the region dodged a recent threat as Hurricane Joaquin banked away instead of toward the East Coast a few weeks ago, local emergency management officials are remaining vigilant about possible future storms and other concerns that could threaten public health.
With that in mind, Deputy Emergency Management and Health District Director Donna Culbert took the opportunity to remind residents that other serious storms may still plague the region as they did a few years ago around Halloween, touting the need to be prepared.
Two town land use agencies last week continued their ongoing detailed review of a major mixed-use complex proposed for Hawleyville, which would include 180 rental apartments in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church.
Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members reviewed the zoning aspects of the construction proposals at two public hearings on October 15. Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members reviewed the water-related environmental protection aspects of the projects at two public hearings on October 14.
An application for a proposal to convert a South Main Street (State Route 25) site from its current R-1 (Residential) zoning designation to a South Main Village Design District (SMVDD) zoning designation, with the goal of constructing a 19,097-square-foot store and adjacent outdoor sales area there, has been withdrawn.
But a revised zoning application for the project has been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
The initial version of the project drew stiff opposition from some nearby property owners.
Various road work on Queen Street, which started in July, is nearing completion with the construction of five “speed tables” intended to hold down motorists’ travel speeds on the busy north-south road with a 25-mph speed limit that links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road.
On Wednesday morning, a town road crew painted the northernmost speed table, which lies just south of Queen Street’s intersection with Grand Place. The southernmost speed table lies just south of Queen Street’s intersection with Borough Lane.
Convicted murderer and former Newtown resident John Heath has died.
In October 2013, a Danbury Superior Court jury convicted Mr Heath, who was 72 at the time of his death, of murdering his 32-year-old wife Elizabeth in April 1984 at their 89 Poverty Hollow Road home and then hiding her wrapped corpse in a dry well beneath a barn floor there, where it lay undiscovered until April 2010. Newtown police arrested Mr Heath in April 2012.
FISH of Newtown, Inc, is requesting that those in need of a ride call 800-794-0034, no later than 4 pm the day before the ride is needed.
FISH offers free transportation to Newtown residents, regardless of age, who are unable to drive and have no other means of getting to hospital, doctor, and other medical appointments. Volunteers are available Mondays through Thursday.
For more information, contact Colleen Honan at 203-426-0714.