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  • Firehouse Traffic Report Issue Unresolved

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week he is seeking to learn when the commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, will receive for review a formal traffic report from the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company on the fire company’s firehouse project planned for 12 Church Hill Road.

    Mr Mangiafico told Police Commission members on January 6 that he sent an e-mail message to Rob Manna, who represents Hook & Ladder, in seeking to learn when the commission will receive the requested traffic report.

  • Police Panel Considers Ways To Cut False Burglar Alarms

    Police Commission members are considering strengthening the town’s ordinance on burglar alarms, a move which they expect would greatly decrease the number of false alarms to which police respond.

    By reducing the number of false-alarm responses, police would have more time to respond to actual problems, according to Police Commission members.

    Any changes in the existing burglar alarm ordinance would be subject to action by the Legislative Council.

  • Hawleyville Medical Office Building Proposal Under Town Review

    Following review of a report on the traffic implications of a 30,000-square-foot medical office building proposed for 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville, the Police Commission, serving as the traffic authority, has endorsed the traffic-related aspects of the project.

    Newtown Medical Office Two, LLC, of Westport is proposing the two-story structure for a site on the north side of Mt Pleasant Road.

  • Traffic Study Sought By Police Commission For Firehouse Project

    Although the Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) last week unanimously approved Newtown Hook & Ladder’s proposal to build a firehouse at 12 Church Hill Road without a traffic study having been performed, the Police Commission this week, in its role as the local traffic authority, told the volunteer fire company that it wants a traffic study done before it would review and make a recommendation on th

  • Selectmen Make Questionable Appointments

    To the Editor:

    The Board of Selectman appears to continue having problems making appointments to boards and commission.  When the Economic Development Commission was created by the Legislative Council, they specified that there would be term limits of two consecutive three-year appointments. Clearly the Legislative Council felt that more than six years on the commission was not in the best interest of the town.

  • Consultant To Study Key Rock Road Speeding Issue

    The Police Commission plans to have an engineering firm review traffic flow on Key Rock Road to determine the best measures to control speeding on the northern section of that mile-long north-south connector road.

    Key Rock Road links Sugar Street (State Route 302) to the intersection of Hattertown Road and Poverty Hollow Road.

  • Key Rock Road Speed Issue Under Review

    Police officials plan to research whether adding more “speed tables” to the northern section of Key Rock Road would solve a motorist speeding problem there.

    That speeding occurs when westbound drivers on Sugar Street (Route 302), which is a thoroughfare with a 40-mph speed limit, turn left and travel onto southbound Key Rock Road and are moving at speeds faster than Key Rock Road’s posted 20-mph speed limit.

  • Resident Raises Main Street Traffic Control Issues

    Town police are being urged to redouble their traffic enforcement efforts, especially along Main Street, to curb vehicular problems occurring along that thoroughfare.

    Resident Karen Banks of West Street, which links Main Street to Sugar Street, told Police Commission members on September 2 she supports a Main Street resident’s recent comments about the need for heightened traffic enforcement on Main Street.

  • Police Department Planning For Hiring, Promotions

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has updated Police Commission members about police department staffing matters, including plans to hire two new officers, plus plans for promotions involving the naming of one lieutenant and two sergeants.

    Chief Kehoe told commission members on September 2 that the department remains two people short of its full roster of 45 sworn officers.

  • Regionalized Emergency Dispatch: Seeing Green

    After months of research and analysis, a former and current Legislative Council member, who stressed they were not working for the council, recommended to the Board of Selectmen last month that the town go forward and determine “the best path” for joining a regional emergency dispatch system. In making their recommendation, Jeff Capeci and Neil Chaudhary emphasized that the town could potentially save 30 percent of the $1.03 million it now spends by consolidating Newtown’s dispatch services with the operations of a regional service in Torrington.