After failing to reach an acceptable settlement with the owner of a private residential road adjacent to Sandy Hook Elementary School, the town has sought and received court authorization to take an underground right of way to stretch new gas utility pipes to the school site by eminent domain. According to Columbia University Law School, “Traditionally the power of eminent domain has been exercised for the construction of large public projects, but its use is beginning to be broadened to projects involving not ‘public use’ but ‘public benefit.’” This latest action, which was revealed during action by the Board of Selectmen on May 18, is the second time the use of eminent domain has been proposed related to the new school project.
Jeremy Richman introduced himself to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, May 19, before he explained an interest in a collaboration between The Avielle Foundation and the school district.
Dr Richman then explained that as the parents of Avielle Richman, one of the victims at Sandy Hook School on 12/14, he and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, began the foundation to stop violent events and to answer why such events occur.
“Playing to our strengths as scientists, we established The Avielle Foundation,” Dr Richman said, “geared to prevent violence through research, research of the brain, and community education and engagement. Specifically, we wanted to bridge the biochemical sciences and the behavioral sciences to understand violence, aggression, and compassion.”
Selectmen peppered a principal developer of a planned new, state of the art mental health recovery hospital being eyed for Fairfield Hills, with questions about security, and the potential for patients’ comings and goings to interfere with recreational activities on the town-owned campus. On May 18, Richard Kresch, MD, CEO of the growing hospital syndicate, appeared before the Board of Selectmen to pitch an idea for opening Connecticut’s first US HealthVest behavioral health care venture in the area of Norwalk Hall.
It was not lost on local officials that in a 20-year window, Newtown’s pension investments have met a benchmark goal set by local policies. It was the last five years that have prompted a call for hiring a pension consultant. After meeting with Finance Director Robert Tait and Pension Committee Chairman Thomas Murtha on May 18, the Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed to hire a consultant that Mr Tait said would focus on several key tasks, including analyzing the pension fund; its mix of investments; the town’s pension policy; and the current benchmark of performance tied to that policy. The finance director told The Newtown Bee following the meeting that one of the most important things a consultant would determine is whether that current investment performance benchmark is appropriate.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several openings on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider se.rving.
The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, May 25, at 11 am, at VFW Post 308, Freedom Defenders Way. The program will be under the leadership of Quartermaster Jim Lewis.
The award of approximately $380,000 reached in settlement between former Newtown Police Officer Thomas Bean and the Town following a State Board of Mediation & Arbitration ruling will be reduced substantially by Social Security disability payments and other possible future earnings, creating a total liability to local taxpayers of no more than $31,156.
UPDATED (Thursday, May 21, 2015; 5:25 pm) || The State Board of Mediation & Arbitration has awarded long-term disability pay extending to 2025 to a former Newtown police officer, who left his job after the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Officer Thomas Bean was unable to continue work as a policeman after having suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder due to the intensity of the shooting incident.
The State Board of Mediation and Arbitration has awarded long-term disability pay to a former Newtown police officer, who left his job after the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The officer stated that he was unable to continue work as a police officer after having suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder due to the intensity of the incident. Thomas Bean reportedly will be eligible to receive approximately $380,000 in disability payments from the town.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several openings on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.