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In 23 Days New Police HQ Could Morph From Concept To Ballot Measure

Published: August 03, 2018 at 12:00 am

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Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal
Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal
After a brief discussion during this week's Legislative Council meeting, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal released a 23-day timeline of activities he is hoping will position a spending authorization to pay for a proposed new police headquarters on the Election Day ballot.

But getting the measure to the ballot for taxpayers' consideration this November is the immediate challenge during these remaining days of August.

The first selectman told the council that in order for the authorization request to go on the ballot, it has to be submitted to the Secretary of the State's office for review and approval on or before September 6.

In order to accomplish that, he said at their August 6 meeting, the Board of Selectmen will vote on the Mandatory 8-24 Referral to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Assuming the 8-24 referral is approved, the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the Mandatory 8-24 Referral at a meeting scheduled for August 16 at 7:30 pm.

Then, on August 20 at 7:30 pm, the Board of Selectmen will hold a joint meeting with the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council. At that meeting, Mr Rosenthal told the council the design firm Kaestle Boos will present the police department project to the joint boards.

Following the presentation, it is expected that the Board of Selectmen will act on the appropriation.

On August 23, at 7:30 pm, during a regular meeting, the Board of Finance is expected to discuss the project, and consider the appropriation. If the finance board votes to approve the appropriation, on August 29 at 7:30 pm, the Legislative Council will have a special meeting to discuss the project and consider the appropriation.

Council Chairman Paul Lundquist said that the regular meeting of August 15 will be canceled, and his panel will convene to consider and likely act on the appropriation request as well as any other business on the agenda at the August 29 special meeting.

If the measure moves through the review and approval process by all the panels involved, the ballot language to request taxpayers approve the spending will be submitted to the SOTS.

All the above meetings are being held in the Council Chamber of the Newtown Municipal Center and are open to the public. Anyone who cannot attend can view the proceedings on the town's streaming video service.

If approved, taxpayers will have the final say on whether the town will purchase two parcels, along with a commercial and residential building near the South Main Street and lower Pecks Lane intersection to be developed into a new police headquarters.

 

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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