Gas Main Break At Fairfield Hills Access to Fairfield Hills this morning is limited following a gas line breach. The campus is being evacuated and first responders are on the scene.UPDATE (9:21 am): This story has been updated with information from Newtown Police Department.9:51 am: It has also been updated to include details about a CodeRED alert issued by the Town. * * * * * Access to Fairfield Hills this morning is limited following a gas line breach. The campus is being evacuated and first responders are on the scene after a main line was broken around 8:15 am. A construction company has been working on the water line within the campus all week.Eversource and the gas company have been contacted.Newtown Police have closed both entrances to the public, and confirmed "the campus has been evacuated and is closed at this time."Details to follow, but residents should avoid the area until further notice. By 9:20 am, the PD said the gas line was no longer leaking "but the campus remains closed."The PD also noted there were no reported injuries. Newtown Emergency Communications Center Director Maureen Will issued a CodeRED alerting residents to the closure of the campus.“Police and fire are on scene, and they are working to take care of the issue. Please stay away from the campus until further notice.”
Interestingly, I have cars and two motorcycles registered in Vermont and they required a physical address in Vermont before registration. I also have a car registered in Maine and Florida, Maine was by far the easiest!
Traffic lights are not the issue. This entire issue sadly falls squarely into a disappointing credo, Not In My Back Yard. I am fairly confident that people who complain about traffic caused by traffic routing software occasionally use the same software themselves. They probably remark on a shortcut they found. It's like the people who cry for speed bumps in front of their house when the likely speed in front of everyone else's house. Basically, they want the problem fixed "right in front" of their house, or what they deal with.
I think ANY change to the traffic plan requires thoughtful study. We often implement a new plan to make improvements only to need additional bandaids. A great example is the block-the-box implementation on Walnut Tree and Elm streets. They were only necessary when the traffic count went up on the respective roads because of either new traffic lights or poorly designed turning lanes.
If you make Hall one way it will only be a matter of time until you need to do the same to Blakslee Drive and Sunset Hill.
I attended the council meeting when your husband, recently resigned council member steve hindman, clearly expressed his disdain for hiring the company before he asked questions and was not interested in learning how they could possibly help the town collect tax from people who avoid paying taxes. I clearly remember him saying something to the effect of “I think this whole thing stinks.” Asking a company to provide their financial records to the town council was completely inappropriate. He proved he was either trying to push them away or proved he was incompetent to be a council member in the first place. Did he know that if the company submitted the financial information to the council it automatically becomes public record under the Freedom of Information Act? What company on earth would subject themselves to that and put their financials out there for anyone to see? Whether or not the company was hired, our town is better off without council members like Hindman who put their personal agenda before what's best for the entire town.
Up until July, Vermont would take your money and issue a registration and plate - and you didn't have to live or even go to Vermont. Hence, lots of questionable Vermont tags around town. Sorry, but we need more law compliance and enforcement of current laws, not less. As for what I initially proposed, hire someone in the assessors office to match property tax payments with no vehicle tax payments. Send those folks a 'gentle reminder'.
State law requires out of state vehicles domiciled in CT be registered in 90 days. Even leased vehicles. Proper registration would inform the Assessor. Problem solved. I see lots of out of state tags in my neighborhood for vehicles that came in during the COVID frenzy. Also quite a number of Vermont tags.