The Board of Education voted to adopt its 2015-16 budget on Thursday, February 5, with minimal changes the superintendent made to his original proposal. The school board’s adopted 2015-16 budget represents a $72,253,488 spending plan, a 1.27 percent increase over the 2014-15 budget. Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, first presented his proposed budget to the school board on January 6 as $72,399,186, a 1.48 percent increase over the current $71,345,304 budget. At a school board meeting on Tuesday, Dr Erardi and district Business Director Ron Bienkowski said newly gathered data had lowered the proposed budget hike to 1.27 percent. The total adjustments brought the proposed spending plan down by $145,698, according to a sheet shared on Thursday.
After years of discussion and months of technical planning, the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is poised to give its consulting engineering firm approval to draw the final plans for extending the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system. The municipal facilities project is intended to foster economic development in the section of town near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.
Based on engineering data submitted to the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) on a high-density multifamily housing complex proposed for a 35-acre site at 79 Church Hill Road, the developer is seeking to construct 350 dwellings there. Fred Hurley, town director of public works, said the WSA would formally receive that application for wastewater treatment capacity from 79 Church Hill Road, LLC, at its meeting slated for 7 pm on Thursday, February 5, at the sewage treatment plant office building at 24 Commerce Road.
Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris are asking Anthem Inc for more information about a reported data breach that may have compromised personal information of its customers across the state. The Indiana-based health insurer has released information on the data breach indicating that hackers had breached its computer system. The personal information of tens of millions of current and former enrollees and employees across the country is possibly at risk.
Newtown Police Explorers, Cadet Post #823, is seeking young people interested in joining the organization in which they learn about law enforcement, according to a statement from the group. The organization,which was formed in 2011, is looking for males and females ages 13-21 to volunteer their time to learn skills in the field of law enforcement.
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico told commission members this week he expects that the panel will not receive a formal traffic report on the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company’s plans to build a new firehouse at 12 Church Hill Road, although the commission has urged that such a report be submitted for its review. The chairman said February 3 he considers the failure to submit such a report a mistake which has serious implications, noting that the commission in the past has received for review traffic studies for various other development projects. Without the benefit of a traffic study, the Police Commission is at a loss to formally review the traffic implications of the firehouse project, Mr Mangiafico said.
Police Commission members are reviewing traffic data that indicates that during a six-year period, representing calendar years 2009 through 2014 inclusive, there were 94 reported traffic accidents in the area of the five-legged flagpole intersection, where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet. Of those 94 incidents, 17 accidents produced injuries, and 18 accidents involved vehicles colliding with the 100-foot-tall flagpole itself, which is not shielded by barriers. Two of the vehicular accidents involved pedestrians. Among those six calendar years, the number of accidents in a given year ranged from a low of 11 accidents during 2014 to a high of 24 accidents during 2013.