A local firm that produces packaging materials is seeking two zoning variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals as part of its proposal for a major expansion of its factory in a M-1 (Industrial) zone at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road. Rand-Whitney Container Newtown LLC is seeking a zoning variance that would allow the structural coverage at its lot to increase from the current maximum of 35 percent to 38.2 percent. It is also seeking a variance that would decrease the property’s minimum front-yard building setback distance from 100 feet to 65 feet. The requested variances will be the subject of a ZBA public hearing scheduled for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5, at Newtown Municipal Center.
Aquarion Water Company of Bridgeport is seeking town approval to build a water pumping station 350 South Main Street. The public utility firm’s request for a special permit to build the facility is scheduled for a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing at 7:30 pm Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center. According to the special application from Aquarion, the pumping station would be used to transfer water from the water supply system in Monroe to the water supply system in Newtown, as needed.
In August, police plan to conduct a crosswalk enforcement project in the town center to raise public awareness about the state law that requires motorists to yield to pedestrians standing in marked crosswalks while waiting to cross the street. Police plan to conduct the enforcement in view of recent incidents in which there were vehicle/pedestrian collisions and near-misses.
The Aquifer Protection Agency this week endorsed an aquifer protection planning report for the 74-unit River Walk at Sandy Hook Village condominium complex, which is proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center. At a special meeting on the morning of July 28, the five APA members who were present unanimously decided that the project proposed for an 11.8-acre site at #10 through #22 Washington Avenue would have no significant adverse effects on the underlying Pootatuck Aquifer.
While this year’s local elections represent an opportunity for newcomers to venture into Newtown’s political arena, the fall ballot will also feature a number of familiar names to Newtown voters. A few familiar names will be missing as well. The Democratic Town Committee and Republican Town Committee completed their caucuses simultaneously one floor apart at Edmond Town Hall on July 28, with both parties tendering slates of candidates. Conspicuous are the absences of some long-time members of the Board of Finance, though other incumbents will be back on the ballot this year for both the finance board and the Board of Selectmen.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28-29, due to predicted elevated ground-level ozone pollution for southern sections of Fairfield and New Haven Counties on Tuesday, and all of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties on Wednesday. Humidity is already at 82 percent this morning, and expected to increase during the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.
In response, Newtown’s offices of the First Selectman, Emergency Management and the Health District have issued the following information to prevent residents of all ages from becoming victims of the heat during these days of extremely high temperatures.
Twenty Newtown teenagers and five chaperones traveled to Loveland, Colo., July 1-5, repairing homes and property that were damaged during flooding in the fall of 2013. “The youth really stepped up to many challenges, they showed perseverance, despite obstacles in their work day and frequent soaking rain storms,” said Kelly Paredes, who serves as program manager for Ben’s Lighthouse.
NOTE: This story, originally posted Monday, July 27, 2015, has been updated to include details about the July 27 court appearance. || A Danbury man pleaded not guilty to eight criminal and motor vehicle charges on Monday, July 27, at his arraignment in Danbury Superior Court in connection with a Friday, July 24, incident at the Big Y supermarket at Newtown Shopping Village, 6 Queen Street.
After a long drought for local development, growth in town has blossomed, with more than a half dozen projects underway and more planned for the future. Several of those projects are located along the Church Hill Road corridor, while others are on Mt Pleasant Road, South Main Street, and one on Main Street at the flagpole.
July 28 will mark two years that Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland of Glen Road in Sandy Hook is missing. His wife Lori Hoagland is hopeful that he will be found. Ms Hoagland said this week that her family will be observing the second anniversary of her husband’s disappearance privately this year. Last year, on the first anniversary, family and friends gathered at dusk at Fairfield Hills and lofted skyward 50 paper lanterns powered by the heat of flaming candles. Mr Hoagland was age 50 when he disappeared.