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Is There Progress In Road Repairs?

Published: August 06, 2018 at 12:00 am

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To the Editor:

Seems there has been a lot of "talk" about fixing our roads in Newtown. When we all voted to increase the budget to repair our roads, I don't think voters knew that the amount they approved was only going to address a very small part of the problem. Based on what I've read in The Bee, it looks like the funding will only address approximately ten percent of the repaving that is required. Maybe we should have asked voters what percentage of the roads they would like to see repaved, coupled with their approval to spend the corresponding amount.

Anyway, we are in the month of August. That leaves five months to at least complete the work that has already been financially approved before winter hits us and blacktop is no longer available or snow prevents work being done. I'd be curious to know how much and how many miles of the repaving plan has been completed in July and August as well as how much has been spent thus far. Is this reported on monthly? Can The Bee publish this for the good citizens of Newtown to see what progress is being made? When it comes to road repairs in Newtown, I found you have to inspect what you expect.

It might be a good idea to also age the actual service requests on the Newtown Service system too. I've seen the same red flags reporting road issues on Taunton Lane for weeks. It's a nice system to identify problems, but if they are not fixed on a timely basis, what good is it?

Joe Skrzypczak
3 Glenmor Drive, NewtownAugust 6, 2018

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2