A once-promising idea to utilize a state company to thoroughly assess areas where town facilities may be wasting energy and then repair or renovate to enhance efficiency is being deactivated. Public Works Director Fred Hurley told the Public Building and Site Commission at its last meeting October 28, that the town should accept the assessments performed to date by the vendor Ameresco. At the same time, he is advising that the town pay Ameresco’s “walk-away” fee and continue with implementing many of the suggested energy improvements in-house. “At this point, staying with the Ameresco program provides no further advantage to the town,” said PBSC Chairman Robert Mitchell. “By doing this work ourselves, or with individual contractors, we have much better control over expenses, especially soft costs.”
Robert Anthony’s Hair Salon, 49 Church Hill Road, is offering free haircuts to any veteran who visits the salon on Tuesday, November 11. The salon is offering the service in honor of Veterans Day. “My husband, Robert Anthony Sr, is a Navy veteran,” said Diane Skuba. Mr Anthony is disabled, she said. “We spent a lot of time at the West Haven VA Hospital, unfortunately, and we want to pass on what we can.”
If approved by the Legislative Council, new allocations and adjustments to the town’s recommended five-year Capital Improvement Plan will underwrite the demolition of three of the four largest building on the Fairfield Hills by 2018.
An accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks on eastbound Interstate 84 early on the morning of Friday, November 7, resulted in the death of a Pennsylvania trucker and his pet dog. The collision caused non-hazardous cargo spillage from both trucks, a six-hour closure of a section of I-84 for accident reconstruction by state police, and extensive travel delays on local secondary roads as morning-rush motorists took detours off I-84 to get around the accident scene. Trucker Warren Leroy Jefferson, 49, of Bath, Penn., who was driving a 2015 Freightliner, died in the crash, according to state police.
In their longstanding effort to find a missing Sandy Hook man, town police are probing a tip they received which indicates that the man may be working at a restaurant in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area. Newtown Police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson said October 31, “We are following up a tip that was received in reference to the possible whereabouts of Robert Hoagland. This was not a sighting, but a tip of a possible location and possible source of income.” In an effort to find Mr Hoagland, the Horry County, S.C., Police Department has posted information on his “missing person” status on its Facebook page.
Police report they received nine calls from residents concerning cases of minor vandalism which they had discovered at their properties on and after Halloween. The incidents reported to police were typical of the vandalism that occurs during the period, including cases such as intentionally damaged curbside mailboxes, according to police.
The CH Booth Library Board is requesting the current Charter Revision Commission consider several changes that will give trustees greater flexibility to adjust their by-laws. Board President Robert Geckle outlined the specifics during an October 29 charter commission meeting. One of the other changes being requested, is to increase the number of trustees appointed by the Board of Selectmen from as many as six to eight of its current 18 members.
Proposals for a psychiatric hospital, ice arena, and children’s museum have all come before the Fairfield Hills Authority in the past, but just one appears to be moving forward with plans to make a home at the former state hospital campus. Commencing negotiations for a lease is a medical facility. Land Use Director George Benson said recently that representatives from HealthVest are “coming back with cost estimates,” and recently were in town meeting with grants coordinator Christal Preszler. HealthVest is a behavioral health care firm that invests in psychiatric centers. President and CEO Richard A. Kresch, MD, has visited the Fairfield Hills campus several times and is interested in building a roughly 100-bed facility in the area of Norwalk Hall.
Police are investigating a recent crime in which an elderly man was lured out of his Appleblossom Lane home and into his backyard, during which time a burglar or burglars secretly entered his house and swiftly stole an estimated $4,500 worth of valuables from within, escaping without the man realizing that crimes had occurred. Police Detective Jason Frank said there have been a series of about a dozen such “distraction burglaries” reported in the state during the past six months.