Blues, greens, tans, and grays made up the primary colors of the proposed interior and exterior materials for use in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School that were presented to the Board of Education at its meeting September 16. Geralyn Hoerauf from Diversified Project Management reminded the school board that the last time the board was updated on the project was at the end of June, when the school board approved Phase 3 of the project, which includes site work.
“Since that time the project team has successfully marshaled the project through the local review process,” Ms Hoerauf said. Adding later, “and then we were able to take that packet of information back to the state to the office of school facilities and received their approval to proceed to bid on Phase 3.” Aaron Krueger, project manager for Consigli Construction, reported that bids for the third phase of the project came in earlier that day.
Legislative Council members have unanimously approved providing a property tax break to a firm which plans to construct a gas station/convenience store on Church Hill Road at its intersection with Edmond Road. The site at 67 Church Hill Road formerly held a vacant Shell gas station/convenience store, which was long considered an eyesore and was recently demolished in preparation for the new construction. On September 17, council members approved the tax break for Consumers Petroleum of Connecticut, Inc (CPCI), which will call its new facility Wheels.
Since August 25, three billboards have been posted in the Bridgeport area seeking leads on the whereabouts of Sandy Hook resident Robert Hoagland, who has been missing for more than a year. The billboards are scheduled to be displayed until September 21. At the request of the Hoagland family to more broadly publicize Mr Hoagland’s July 2013 disappearance from his Sandy Hook home, police recently agreed to advertise his “missing person” status on three billboards in the Bridgeport area in the heavily traveled Interstate-95 corridor. The billboards list Mr Hoagland as a missing person, display photos of him, and provide the Newtown Police Department telephone number as a contact point for any information on his whereabouts.
Following discussion at a September 17 session, Legislative Council members, in an 8-2 vote, approved spending $29,000 in public funds to demolish a house and related structures at 31 Great Hill Road, which were heavily damaged in
After hearing several presentations and visiting site locations, the Board of Education unanimously approved a grant-funded school-based health clinic for Newtown Middle School. After two earlier presentations, and mentioning a few measures they would like to see happen before the clinic is implemented, the board gave Superintendent of Schols Dr Joseph Erardi the go-ahead vote during its September 16 meeting.
The Board of Selectmen September 15 agreed to pursue the possibility of eventually creating a regional emergency dispatch center in Newtown, or possibly consolidating into a regional facility in Danbury. As a result of that consensus, the board has effectively rejected pursuing regional dispatch partnerships with nonprofit, civilian operated centers in Prospect and Torrington. In related news, selectmen authorized Police Chief Michael Kehoe to move forward closing out the town’s remaining contract with a Minnesota company currently providing emergency dispatch and record-keeping technology. Officials then gave the police chief authorization to begin negotiating with a North Haven company to replace dispatch and record-keeping hardware and software services.
A one-vehicle accident early on the morning of Saturday, September 13, caused a more than three-hour power outage, which affected about 400 Connecticut Light & Power Company electric customers in the Botsford area. Police said an 18-year female from Middlebury was driving a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner SUV southward on Toddy Hill Road, just south of its intersection with Settlers Lane, at about 2 am when she was rounding a curve but lost control of the SUV and drove off the right road shoulder onto some turf. The SUV struck some rocks and drove across a driveway at 118 Toddy Hill Road, after which it struck an embankment and went airborne, striking a utility pole. The utility pole was located on the west side of Toddy Hill Road, across that street from the driveway entrance to Masonicare Health Center. The pole broke into three segments, resulting in utility lines falling onto the ground and being draped across the roadway. The heavily damaged SUV came to rest on its roof on the roadway about 200 feet from its point of impact with the pole.
The town fire marshal is warning that a popular brand of residential smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is having a major recall of the safety devices, recalling 1.3 million units which the firm has sold in the United States and Canada. According to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead, on September 11 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that more than 1 million alarms intended to alert people to smoke and carbon monoxide in their homes are being recalled because of a defect which could cause the devices to fail. The Kidde brand smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms are hard-wired devices and can fail after a power outage, according to CPSC. About 1.2 million were sold in the US and about 112,000 units were sold in Canada.