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Traffic Study Sought By Police Commission For Firehouse Project

Although the Borough Zoning Commission last week unanimously approved Newtown Hook & Ladder’s proposal to build a firehouse at 12 Church Hill Road without a traffic study having been performed, the Police Commission this week, in its role as the local traffic authority, told the volunteer fire company that it wants a traffic study done before it would review and make a recommendation on the traffic aspects of the firehouse project.

WSA Rejects Sewering Application As Incomplete For Proposed Church Hill Road Project

The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has rejected, without prejudice, a developer’s application for preliminary approval to extend municipal sanitary sewer lines to serve a currently undeveloped 35-acre property near Exit 10 of Interstate 84, where the developer wants to construct a high-density, multifamily housing complex which has an “affordable housing” component. WSA members decided that the applicant had not provided sufficient technical information on which the they could base a preliminary decision on the sewering request.

Selectmen Receive Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee Update

Geralyn Hoerauf, consultant to Newtown’s Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee, reviewed the panel’s plans for the coming weeks and months during her monthly reporting to the Board of Selectmen December 15. The committee, consisting of ten residents, has met once since Ms Hoerauf’s last report to selectmen in mid-November. The group is still in the process of defining its scope and mission, but members are orienting themselves to a two-phase plan of attack to accomplish their charge of reporting back to selectmen on possible future uses of municipal-owned facilities, eventually including local schools.

Officials Say Firearms, Blight Ordinances Are Working

The Legislative Council heard from police and land use officials during its last meeting December 3, as the one-year mark passed on implementing local blight and firearms ordinances. Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios and George Benson, director of planning, each spent a few minutes reporting to the council on how the ordinances are working, and responding to whether either or both ordinances need further refining by council members.

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