Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) introduced the design and engineering teams that will oversee the pending remediation and demolition of the existing Sandy Hook School, as well as coordinating the new school building project as it rolls out in the coming months. The panel also heard brief reports from project managers Aaron Krueger of Consigli Construction and Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners.
During a brief special meeting September 25, the Legislative Council authorized the First Selectman's Office to produce explanatory materials for voters ahead of the scheduled, October 5 referendum.
The rare Saturday vote will ask residents to endorse or reject the state's gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the former Sandy Hook School building, and to construct a new school for the community. Polls will be open at the Middle School from 6 am to 8 pm that day, and absentee ballots for that referendum are available now.
Creating a library director search committee with a clear process, building trust between the board, the community, and the staff, moving the library forward effectively, and increasing the sense of a team working together were the key topics of the special meeting of the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, Tuesday, September 24.
“We all have to do it together, and with transparency,” said board Vice President John Trentacosta.
A view from Still Hill Road of a small section of the site proposed for Sherman Woods, which would be a 42-lot residential subdivision on 158 acres in Sandy Hook. Submitted as a cluster-style development, the project would preserve 107 acres of the site as public open space land.
Police report that after he learned that they held a warrant for his arrest, a male under age 18 went to the police station on the evening of September 24 and was charged with five counts of first-degree sexual assault.
The serious charge is a Class B felony which is punishable by at least one year of imprisonment when incarceration is imposed in a conviction.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced September 24 that the state is pledging its support to the Town of Newtown to facilitate the building of a replacement of Sandy Hook Elementary School and is prepared to approve the first round of funding toward its construction at Friday’s meeting of the State Bond Commission.
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation has hired a part-time executive director, and has begun the process of identifying members of the community who might serve on a distribution committee to examine needs in the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14. The foundation has been charged with overseeing the donations received for and disbursed from The Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
DANBURY — Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, September 28, for residents of Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Redding, and Ridgefield.
Residents of these towns can drop off items that are not accepted at landfills and transfer stations between 9 am and 2 pm at Danbury Public Works, 53A Newtown Road (Route 6).
Focus groups, along with comments from Booth Library board members, staff, members of the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library, and the public have provided a look at what residents and regular library visitors want to see left alone, as well as what they hope or expect to see changed in the future for the Main Street institution.