Following discussion at a March 19 session, Planning and Zoning Commission members unanimously endorsed the town’s plans to expand the municipal sanitary sewer system in Hawleyville, a project which is intended to stimulate economic development, especially in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84. P&Z members decided that the sewer expansion project is consistent with the purpose and intent of the 2014 Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The town plan is a long-range planning document that lists a broad range of municipal goals and objectives.
The Newtown Republican Town Committee is calling all party members who may currently, or at some point in the future, consider serving their community in an elected or appointed capacity. And for the first time, the GOP is actively recruiting unaffiliated voters who may have expertise or knowledge they can contribute by filling Republican vacancies on appointed boards. Newly elected RTC Chairman Jeff Capeci and Vice Chair Dan Wiedemann told The Bee that local Republicans are holding an open house and Meet & Greet event Sunday, March 29, from 2 to 4 pm, at the home of Legislative Council Vice Chair Neil Chaudhary
At the Newtown Prevention Council meeting on Thursday, March 19, members reviewed a workshop conducted in January and worked on ways to continue its efforts to foster a resilient community. Prevention Council Vice Chair Donna Culbert said the January event involved 75 people gathering to work on the effort, “and there was a lot of really thoughtful discussion and a lot of concrete suggestions and ideas that were shared.”
The Board of Finance was expected to approve $205,000 in internal Highway Department transfers at its March 26 regular meeting. That meeting was scheduled to occur shortly after this week’s edition of The Newtown Bee went to print. But Town Finance Director Robert Tait said beforehand that such transfers are routine, particularly when the funds come from other lines within the same department. A transfer request memo between Mr Tait and Public Works Director Fred Hurley includes existing account shortfalls and anticipated needs, and identifies sufficient internal funds to cover the needs in the highway and the transfer station’s current budget.
Psychiatric hospital developers have submitted a formal letter of intent for a land lease to establish a roughly 100-bed facility at Fairfield Hills, which the campus authority members moved to accept Monday. Speaking with the Fairfield Hills Authority this week was CBRE First Vice President Randy Eigen, who introduced himself as the real estate broker representing Richard Kresch, MD. Dr Kresch is the CEO of US HealthVest, a behavioral health care venture.
The Planning and Zoning Commission held its annual election of officers last week, naming Republican Robert Mulholland of Sandy Hook to a second one-year term as the agency’s chairman. Mr Mulholland had served as the panel’s vice chairman before first becoming its chairman more than a year ago. Also named to a second one-year term as vice chairman was Republican Michael Porco, Sr. Additionally, the membership named Democrat Don Mitchell to a second one-year term as the agency’s secretary.
The former home of Nancy Lanza and her son Adam was demolished on March 23. By about 9:45 am on Monday, the house had disappeared and a large excavator was loading the demolition debris into dumpsters positioned on an earthen terrace at the Yogananda Street site. The house was the initial ...
Although Legislative Council committees are not permitted to deliberate actions on the proposed 2015-16 budget request until after a planned 7 pm public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, two of those three committees are planning to meet beforehand to begin collecting data. The council's Education Committee is slated to meet Monday, March 23, at 7:30 pm, in Newtown Municipal Center's small conference room adjacent to the selectmen's office. At 7 pm Tuesday, March 24, the council's municipal operations committee is scheduled to meet in the same municipal center board room. On Thursday evening at 7 pm, the council's Administrative and Finance Committee meets in Meeting Room 3 adjacent to the Registrars office at the municipal center.
Snow continued to fall across town Saturday morning, the first full day of spring. Mother Nature is not moving easily into the new season, which officially arrived with the Spring Equinox at 6:45 Friday evening. Residents who had been seeing signs of spring — melting snow giving way to dirt and grass waiting to come back to life, even the joyful appearance of a few brave spring buds — had to step back once again while another small storm worked its way across the region. Snow arrived Friday, as had been predicted by the National Weather Service, nearly on the dot at 1 pm. The forecast had called, however, for the snow to finish by daybreak. Instead, it made another appearance Saturday morning before coming to an end around 10:30. Between the two snow events, approximately 4-5 inches of fresh precipitation greeted residents as they woke up and began their weekend.
The Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG) has released an updated budget fact sheet to share information about the proposed 2015-16 school budget. The fact sheet was prepared by NEAG in collaboration with the school district’s Central Office, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and with Newtown’s PTAs and its PTSA. As the fact sheet summarizes, the 2015-16 proposed school budget totals $71,587,946, which represents a $242,642 or .34 percent increase over the current fiscal year. The school budget was approved unanimously by the Board of Finance to the $71,587,946 after a reduction to budget of $665,542, during its meeting on Thursday, March 12.