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Accidental Fire Heavily Damages Castle Hill Road House

Volunteer firefighters from all five local fire companies responded at about 6 pm on Thursday, April 23, to a raised-ranch house at 101 Castle Hill Road, where a fire had broken out, heavily damaging the structure. There were no injuries in the accidental blaze, according to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead, who is investigating the fire. Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Ray Corbo was the fire incident commander. Chief Corbo said that about 40 volunteer firefighters responded. Firefighters used approximately 2,500 gallons of water carried on fire vehicles to put out the blaze, he said. Fire companies from Newtown Hook & Ladder, Hawleyville Sandy Hook, and Botsford were sent to the scene at 5:53 pm. At 6:03 pm, Dodgingtown firefighters were dispatched. Firefighters remained at the scene for about 3½ hours.

Road Repair Bonding Prompts Selectmen To Form Policy & Planning Panel

On April 20, selectmen agreed to form a “Committee for Policy & Planning for Town Roads” that will include residents, town officials, and key staffers — under the leadership of Public Works Director Fred Hurley, and Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob. The panel will ultimately advise and answer to selectmen. The ad-hoc committee will soon begin addressing concerns of residents townwide who are fed up with deteriorating local roadways, by advising on how best to spend both increased operating dollars in the Highway Department budget for roads, as well as $3 million that will be bonded in the coming years to supplement and fast-track work on the worst road surfaces in town. The ad-hoc committee will soon begin addressing concerns of residents townwide who are fed up with deteriorating local roadways, by advising on how best to spend both increased operating dollars in the Highway Department budget for roads, as well as $3 million that will be bonded in the coming years to supplement and fast-track work on the worst road surfaces in town.

Taxpayers Called To Vote On 2015-16 Budgets; Absentee Session Saturday

Newtown taxpayers who may be otherwise engaged Tuesday, April 28, or who anticipate difficulties getting to the Newtown Middle School to cast their budget ballots, may do so in a special Saturday voting session in the town clerk’s office April 25 from 9 am to noon. Otherwise, per local charter directive, polls at the middle school gym will be open Tuesday from 6 am and 8 pm for taxpayers to render their split or bifurcated votes on an overall 2015-16 budget request of $111,730,513, which represents a 0.6 percent increase over the current year. If approved as presented to voters at referendum, the new spending plan would represent a net reduction in taxation of 0.71 percent, with a new tax rate of 33.07 mills, down from the current rate of 33.31.

Report: Town Police Have Highest Traffic Stop Rate In State

According to a recent statistical report on statewide traffic enforcement, during a 12-month period, Newtown police had the highest rate of motor vehicle stops of any municipal police department in the state. The study found that Newtown police made 452 motor vehicle stops for every 1,000 town residents who are age 16 and over.

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