A vacant, deteriorated building on Church Hill Road that town officials have long considered to be an eyesore was demolished this week following the town’s pursuit of its removal through the provisions of the recently enacted municipal anti-blight ordinance.Workers using heavy equipment demolished the decayed 2,840-square-foot wood-frame structure at 57 Church Hill Road, which formerly was the location of Apex Glass. The glass firm is now located on Riverside Road.The Church Hill Road structure, which was built in 1940, initially was the site of American Wire. American Wire’s current abutting location at 57-A Church Hill Road (a/k/a 1 Wire Road) lies just northwest of the demolition site.Both 57 and 57-A Church Hill Road sites are owned by Wilnin Capital, LLC, whose general partner is Ray Chodos of Greenwich.George Benson, town director of planning and land use, said that the building’s demolition represents the town’s anti-blight ordinance in action.
At one point late in the Board of Selectmen’s 2014-15 budget deliberations, Selectman James Gaston, Sr, observed, “You have to be disciplined when times are good and you have to be disciplined when times are bad.”His comment came as he and fellow Selectman Will Rodgers along with First Selectman Pat Llodra prepared to move a municipal budget request to the Board of Finance representing a 0.3 percent overall increase above the current year.
After reviewing its budget goals for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Education approved a spending plan during its meeting on Thursday, February 6, with no increase over the previous year. The board also tabled a second motion that would have submitted a security budget, separate from the school board’s 2014-15 budget, on to the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and Legislative Council for review. Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented his budget on January 23. The superintendent’s proposed operating budget for 2014-15 totaled $71,580,034, which reflected a $534,730, or a 0.75 percent, increase over the 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget. Once passed by the Board of Education, the 2014-15 school budget will go before the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council before being presented to voters through referendum...
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational meeting for Tuesday, February 11, on its plans to replace an antiquated bridge and to alleviate a traffic bottleneck on the section of Sugar Street (Route 302) just west of its signalized intersection with Main Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The inclement weather date for the session is Wednesday, February 26.
Public Indecency Newtown police said that they took Michael M. Dinho, Jr, 51, of Danbury into custody about 11:30 am on February 1, after he was detained by Danbury police at the Danbury police station.
A three-car accident on Sugar Street last week resulted in damage to three cars, and injuries to at least one driver. Well intentioned passersby could have made things worse had a vehicle they pushed from its side onto its tires fallen on any of them, or created additional injuries for its occupant. Newtown Police, Hook & Ladder and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the January 30 accident, which happened around 5 pm and left two damaged vehicles at the corner of Sugar Street and Madison Drive, while a third vehicle was on its passenger side in the front yard of 36 Sugar Street.
The Relay For Life of Newtown Planning Committee has announced that RFL-Newtown 2014 will return to Newtown High School this year. In addition, there is a slight change to the date of the Relay, which was being planned for Friday, May 30. “It was brought to the planning committee’s attention that Friday, May 30, 2014, is the date of the [Newtown High School] senior trip,” RFL-Newtown Planning Committee member Michelle Babyak said February 5. “The high school seniors, as are all Newtown students, are an important part of Relay, so in order to make sure they have the opportunity to participate, the Relay has been moved to Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, 2014.”
An opportunity to see a working home solar panel installation will be offered to Newtown residents on Saturday, February 8, at a Solar Open House. The event will take place from 1 to 3 pm at a private residence whose owners recently joined Solarize Newtown, an initiative promoting home solar use. Nearly 20 residences that have gone solar through the town- and state-supported program.
Newtown Finance Director Robert Tait calls them "horror stories." He is referring to endless news reports from states and cities including Connecticut and many of its 169 municipalities, about the horrible condition of public employee pension plans. But he said in a snow bound February 5 interview with The Newtown Bee that neither Newtown pensioners nor taxpayers should be too concerned about the state of Newtown's retiree pension system. And he reminded taxpayers that every year, they benefit to the tune of "millions, possibly as much or more than a million a year," because several years ago, Newtown chose to install a caveat tied to the payouts it provides retired town employees.