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  • Charter Hearing Will Consider Town Meeting’s Demise

    Charter Revision Commission Chairman Jeff Capeci will consider it a success if a planned public hearing on the current revision — which includes a proposal to eliminate town meetings — will draw more public response than those poorly attended gatherings where millions of dollars is typically authorized by a handful of residents.

    While not officially slated yet, Mr Capeci said he expects that hearing will occur ahead of a regular Legislative Council meeting on July 15.

  • Charter Commission Nearing The End Of Yearlong Revision

    One of the final issues up for deliberation among local charter revision commissioners before wrapping up their yearlong overhaul of Newtown’s constitutional document involves the complicated task of determining voter intent as directed by budget questions, and whether a failed referendum, either in full or in part, should trigger Legislative Council actions currently not permitted by charter.

  • Charter Panel Drafts New Property Disposition, Acquisition Language

    Newtown’s latest Charter Revision Commission is heading into June with the end of a yearlong tunnel in sight. Following a May 27 meeting, ccommission Chairman Jeff Capeci said the group was more than two-thirds finished with what will amount to a complete review and refinement of the community’s constitutional document.

  • Playing By The Winners’ Rules

    To the Editor:

  • A Charter Revision Dissenting Opinion

    To the Editor:

    I wanted to take a moment to provide the dissenting opinion on the Charter Revision Commission’s recent vote that enables one party rule on the Board of Education. While there are four of us who voted to increase minority representation on the BoE, this reflects my opinions only and I do not speak for the other commissioners.

  • When The Anomaly Becomes The Rule

    To the Editor:

  • Panel Continues With Groundwork To Improve Town Charter

    During its second meeting in as many weeks, the Newtown Charter Revision Commission met October 7 at the Senior Center to continue laying out plans to enhance the effectiveness, integrity, and user-friendliness of the community’s constitutional document.

  • Charter Panel Asked To Consider Including Commission On Aging

    Commission on Aging Chairman Curt Symes appeared briefly before the Charter Revision Commission August 25, requesting the panel consider including the commission as a new entry in Newtown’s governing document.

    Mr Symes said he and his follow commissioners would like to at least see the presence of his panel and a brief description of its role in a new charter revision, which is in the very early stages of development, and likely will not appear before voters for possible endorsement until November 2015.

  • Brief Public Hearing Airs Two Suggested Charter Revisions

    The first of at least two public hearings being conducted by Newtown’s newly seated Charter Revision Commission (CRC) only took about 12 minutes, but it provided two residents an opportunity to air ideas on changes they would like to see to the community’s constitutional document.

    Commissioners Kevin Burns, Eric Paradis, Dan Wiedemann, Deborra Zukowski, Tom Long, James Ritchie, Chairman Jeff Capeci, and Vice Chair Robert Hall were in attendance for the July 28 hearing, which subsequently adjourned into a brief planning meeting.

  • School Board Votes On Charter Revision Recommendations

    Before voting to schedule Newtown High School’s graduation ceremony for June 17 and Newtown Middle School’s moving up ceremony for June 16 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center, the Board of Education discussed recommendations at its April 1 meeting that will be passed on to the Legislative Council for a Charter Revision Commission.