by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 21, 2017 9:45 am
The Public Building Commission and the Board of Education met jointly recently to review the initial construction document budget for the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School prior to submittal to the state.
Before the meeting, the Building Commission met in executive session to discuss the hiring of a “clerk of the works” for the Community House-Senior Center project and subsequently voted to recommend that the town enter into a contract with Arcadis, out of Middletown.
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by Diana Stricker | Nov 20, 2017 8:41 am
Public hearings for the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing proposal are nearing completion, and the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission could reach a decision in December or early January.
About 120 people attended the third session of hearings Thursday at the community room at Branford Fire Headquarters. The next session will be Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the same location.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 27, 2017 1:43 pm
UPDATE—After months of crossing its collective fingers and moving forward step by step with its plan for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation amid the state budget deficit and stalled budget, word was received yesterday that the anticipated $30 million via a state grant is a go.
State Rep Sean Scanlon (D-98), made the announcement, praising the budget as bipartisan. The bond is separate from the budget, but could not be awarded until the budget was determined.
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by Diana Stricker | Oct 23, 2017 7:08 am
The developers of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project learned Thursday that public hearings won’t conclude until after the Nov. 1 funding deadline, but they don’t plan to give up.
Attorney Timothy Hollister (pictured), a partner at the Shipman & Goodwin law firm in Hartford, who represents the developers, asked that a special session be scheduled to continue the hearings this month, in hopes of making the $17 million in private funding deadline.
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by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2017 8:30 am
The Housing Authority is hoping to “seize the moment” and have a public hearing for the new Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project before the November 1 deadline to apply for federal funding.
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed last night to set the hearing Oct. 19 — but the issue is whether the the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will have time to comment before then. Since the 5.7 acre housing site is in the coastal boundary area, the DEEP has to be notified 35 days ahead in case they want to comment. The applications were referred to DEEP Sept 27.
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by marcia chambers | Oct 3, 2017 7:36 am
The Board of Finance (BOF) heaped praise on the town’s finance director at its meeting last month for helping Branford again achieve a coveted Triple A Rating, an honor that first began when Unk DaRos was first selectman in 2009.
The rating is the best a town can receive from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the rating agency. At the time Branford was first awarded a Triple A rating, DaRos said, “We’ve been doing this a long time and the credit goes to Jim Finch, his department, and the Board of Finance.”
The current first selectman Jamie Cosgrove would agree.
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by marcia chambers | Sep 25, 2017 6:33 am | Comments (3)
The state Democratic leadership is incensed that Branford’s longtime state Rep. Lonnie Reed and four other House Dems voted to send a Republican version of a new state budget out of the House and to the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Three breakaway Senate Democrats also enabled the Republican version of the budget.
“Despite an abundance of bullying and threats, I refused to leave the Capitol at 5 a.m. without a budget,” Reed told the Eagle. And the Republican budget, she said, was the only option available. Plus it was much better for Branford than the failed Democratic amendment, she said. As it turned out the Democrats never got their amendments called in the Senate because they did not have the votes.
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by marcia chambers | Sep 13, 2017 7:38 am
In his August state budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave Branford zero ECS funding for its public schools. This month the governor changed that, giving the town in his latest budget proposal $1.639 million. That’s up over zero but down by $572,506 or 25.9 percent over the 2017 distribution of $2.211.8 million to the town’s school system.
Still, other towns fared worse. Guilford and Madison were still getting zero ECS funding from the state in the governor’s September redo. Click here to read an interactive CT Mirror story on the impact of Malloy’s latest budget proposal on the state’s towns and cities.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 6, 2017 7:00 am | Comments (2)
“Fed Up” with the epidemic of opioid use in town and in the state a small group of concerned citizens gathered on the green last week for the first annual International Overdose Awareness Day.
The rally coincided with legislation signed on Thursday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy designed to strengthen the state’s efforts in combating the opioid crisis.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 22, 2017 8:00 am
Back to school preparations, the state budget, technology costs, and the renaming of school facilities were on the docket for the Board of Education (pictured) last Wednesday.
Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez reported that Aug. 23 is the first school day for teachers, while students will return on Monday, Aug. 28, the second year that students are starting school on a Monday. “It’s good to have a full week without interruption,” he said.
Hernandez said that bus routes are in place and drivers are doing dry runs. Bus routes and schedules can be accessed here.
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