- Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:26 am
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico told commission members this week he expects that the panel will not receive a formal traffic report on the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company’s plans to build a new firehouse at 12 Church Hill Road, although the commission has urged that such a report be submitted for its review.
- Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:18 am
Police Commission members are reviewing traffic data that indicates that during a six-year period, representing calendar years 2009 through 2014 inclusive, there were 94 reported traffic accidents in the area of the five-legged flagpole intersection, where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.
Of those 94 incidents, 17 accidents produced injuries, and 18 accidents involved vehicles colliding with the 100-foot-tall flagpole itself, which is not shielded by barriers. Two of the vehicular accidents involved pedestrians.
- Saturday, January 10, 2015
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.
- Saturday, January 10, 2015
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.
- Thursday, January 8, 2015
Town officials this week again tackled the thorny issue of traffic problems at the flagpole intersection, the five-legged intersection in the town center that holds the 100-foot-tall landmark flagpole where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.
The flagpole, which is not shielded by barriers, stands squarely in the intersection. The massive pole holds several round yellow-and-black traffic signs, informing motorists to “Go Right” around the pole while negotiating the intersection, which has a high accident rate.
- Friday, December 19, 2014
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
- Saturday, December 6, 2014
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico speaks to a gathering of colleagues, friends, family and community members during a swearin-in ceremony for two of three recently promoted Newtown Police Department members. Chief Michael Kehoe was also on hand for the brief ceremony December 5 at Town Hall South honoring newly promoted Lt David Kullgren, far left, and Sgt Matthew Wood, far right.
- Friday, May 30, 2014
House Republican Mitch Bolinsky, representing most of Newtown from his 106th District seat, said during a forum Tuesday that the state has to be more taxpayer friendly and more business friendly.
Resident Paul Mangiafico later reminded Mr Bolinsky of his comment during the evening’s State of the State that raised topics including the budget, legislation, and other issues involving the state’s taxpayers.
- Friday, May 16, 2014
Police Commission members this week discussed the many issues stemming from a proposal to move local emergency radio dispatching for 911 police, fire, and ambulance calls from Newtown to a private, nonprofit, nonunionized dispatching center in Prospect, generally expressing skepticism that such a change would be beneficial.
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
Although town officials have long been exploring the prospect of regionalizing municipal emergency radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to improve cost efficiency, Police Commission members this week voiced strong concerns about it, stressing that such an arrangement could do more harm than good in terms of town police operations.