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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


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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