Keeping a growing community on course toward a promising future requires our elected leaders to engage in both short-game tactics and long-game strategy. The short game draws our attention each year at this time as the Board of Education, Board of Finance, and the Legislative Council try to hold down the tax rate without gutting services in ways that amount to negligence. It is a matter of getting out information and then getting out the vote. The long game, however, may ultimately affect the overall vitality of the community in more profound and lasting ways.
With a short list of topics to run past the Board of Finance Monday evening, First Selectman Pat Llodra started with the wintry weather. Joking that “we want a mild winter, on Friday through Monday,” she had her eye on the town’s recent snow removal costs. Weekend pay is time and a half on Saturdays, and double time on Sundays. She told the Board of Finance that, “We have experienced quite a drain already.”
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:
Thursday, November 14: 3:27 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 182 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook responded.
Friday, November 15: 10:57 am, investigation, near intersection of Mt Pleasant Road and Pocono Road, Hawleyville responded; 10:17 pm, burning odor outdoors, near 2 King Philip Trail, Sandy Hook responded.