February 26 Town Meeting Slated On Hawleyville Sewer Line

Residents are called to a special town meeting scheduled for 7 pm, February 26 in the Newtown Municipal Center’s main council chambers to approve or deny a special appropriation of $2.8 million for the construction phase of a Hawleyville sewer line extension, and to authorize the town issuing bonds to cover those costs.

In recent weeks, the Boards of Selectmen and Finance and the Legislative Council all endorsed the project, which is expected to serve as a catalyst for significant economic development in the Hawleyville area.

Officials believe when large-scale commercial developments tie into that new sewer extension, it will help offset residential taxation in the coming years.

Built as proposed, the low-pressure system would incorporate more than enough capacity to handle the demands of a 300,000-square-foot commercial office park or similar development. It would also provide a measure of flexibility for owners of parcels who were not assessed, but who might want to tie into the sewer system at a later date.

If the project is approved February 26, it will be part of a bond offering the town is planning in early March. Public Works Director Fred Hurley has told officials that expedited installation of the new sewer piping could spur offers on certain properties being eyed for large-scale commercial development in the area. With that in mind, Mr Hurley said he would like to see “pipes in the ground during the 2014 construction season.”

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