Fred Hurley

  • Hawleyville Sewer Expansion Bidding Expected Soon

    In early December, the town expects to seek competitive bids for the construction of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system expansion project, a town official said this week.

    Fred Hurley, director of public works, said that bidding documents for the project are being refined to explain to bidders the work required for the project.

    At a February 2014 town meeting, voters by an 81-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sewer system as a means to spur local economic development.

  • Key Rock Road To Get More Speed Tables

    Following its review of a traffic engineering report on travel safety on the residential Key Rock Road, the Police Commission has approved creating additional speed tables there to better control motorists’ travel speeds on the 4,500-foot-long north-south connector road.

    Key Rock Road connects Sugar Street (Route 302) to the intersection of Hattertown Road and Poverty Hollow Road. The Police Commission has been reviewing Key Rock Road traffic safety in its role as the traffic authority.

  • Queen Street Banner Ban Prompts Alternate Postings

    For about 20 years, local civic groups and town agencies have had their colorful banners posted by the town above Queen Street, near Newtown Middle School, to promote various nonprofit events that are open to the public.

    But a recent incident involving the presence of high-voltage electrical lines there has resulted in the town stopping that practice and recommending that those groups post their banners elsewhere, according to Fred Hurley, director of public works.

  • Lightning Strike Damages Fairfield Hills Water Supply System

    A lightning strike that occurred sometime during the weekend of May 29–31, damaged electrical lines in the town-owned Fairfield Hills water supply system, resulting in a series of events that caused the failure of two major water pumps in the system.

  • Road Repair Bonding Prompts Selectmen To Form Policy & Planning Panel

    Town Public Works Director Fred Hurley slowed his “company car,” an aging town-owned minivan, down to a crawl as he weaved and bucked across seemingly endless clusters of bumps, heaves, and potholes that appear to take up more road surface than any stretch of unbroken asphalt covering streets in several local lakeside communities.

  • Lakeside Sweeping, Land Acquisitions, Revisions Approved By Selectmen

    Land acquisitions and lot line revisions shared the Board of Selectmen agenda with a request aimed at improving water quality on Lake Zoar, as the officials convened for a regular meeting April 6.

    Public Works Director Fred Hurley appeared before selectmen with a memo from the Lake Zoar Authority requesting priority scheduling of street sweeping and storm basin cleaning in five waterfront communities. Mr Hurley said after consulting with Health Director Donna Culbert, he decided to bring the authority’s request to selectmen.

  • P&Z Endorses Hawleyville Sewer System Extension

    Following discussion at a March 19 session, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed the town’s plans to expand the municipal sanitary sewer system in Hawleyville, a project which is intended to stimulate economic development, especially in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

  • Spate Of Winter Storms Hike Highway Budget By Nearly $300,000

    As officials prepare to move into the final stages of finalizing the 2016 budget proposal, selectmen on March 16 were forced to amend the current year spending plan by nearly $300,000 to accommodate the materials and overtime costs required to keep Newtown’s roads clear and safe this winter.

  • Road Budget Request Rebounds; Grand List Error Noted

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and Public Works Director Fred Hurley sat down with the Board of Finance on February 9 to try to unravel some confusion that has developed regarding premature road “delamination,” which originally resulted in postponed spending for local road projects in the coming year’s budget.

  • A Long Winter Storm Eases Up On Newtown

    A pair of state plow trucks head east along Church Hill Road (State Route 6) late Monday morning. Snow was falling by daybreak February 9, slowed during the mid morning hours, but picked up again by late morning and remained steady all afternoon.