Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease.
At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.
The town has high incidence of tick-borne disease among its residents.
A scenic 50-mile ride through late September weather awaits motorcycle riders and supporters at the 2014 Firehouse Ride. The route, which meanders through surrounding towns, starting and ending at 71 South Main Street in Newtown, is an annual fundraiser for Newtown Hook and Ladder Co #1, which is raising funds for a new firehouse.
Parks and Recreation crews have removed the old tennis courts at Treadwell Park and are now preparing a base for the new tennis and pickle ball courts. Contractors that received the bid will begin work this season.
Recreation Director Amy Mangold said her department had recommended Classic Turf Co, LLC to earn the bid for installation work. The company proposed $246,700 for the courts’ reconstruction and design.
Legislative Council members have unanimously approved providing a property tax break to a firm which plans to construct a gas station/convenience store on Church Hill Road at its intersection with Edmond Road.
The site at 67 Church Hill Road formerly held a vacant Shell gas station/convenience store, which was long considered an eyesore and was recently demolished in preparation for the new construction.
Newtown police said this week that the presence of electronic and conventional billboards in the Bridgeport area, which seek information on the whereabouts of missing Newtown man Robert Hoagland, have prompted one tip from the public.
But an investigation into that lead proved fruitless because a person who was thought to be the missing Mr Hoagland was ruled out, based on surveillance video evidence, according to police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson.
Mr Hoagland has been missing for more than a year.
Following discussion at a September 17 session, Legislative Council members, in an 8-2 vote, approved spending $29,000 in public funds to demolish a house and related structures at 31 Great Hill Road, which were heavily damaged in a 2011 fire of suspicious origin.
In the action, council members approved spending up to $29,000 by transferring the money from a contingency account to a contractual services account.
The Board of Selectmen September 15 agreed to pursue the possibility of eventually creating a regional emergency dispatch center in Newtown, or possibly consolidating into a regional facility in Danbury. As a result of that consensus, the board has effectively rejected pursuing regional dispatch partnerships with nonprofit, civilian operated centers in Prospect and Torrington.