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Shelton, CT

Who do you support for U.S. House in Connecticut (Distric...

You've got to be kidding. Dan is a fiscal conservative, but a moderate on social issues. On his last day in the Connecticut Senate many of his Democrat colleagues spoke of him as a reasonable and thoughtful person who they would miss working with.  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #12)

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Shelton state legislator announces run for Himes' seat

I'd asked Dan about this when his opponent in the last election made it an issue. The problem with the bill he voted against was it would require Catholic hospitals to give people the "morning after" birth control pill. This conflicts with Catholic religious beliefs. That pill is available at any pharmacy (including the ones at most grocery stores) without a prescription. That bill could have been fixed, but the powers that be in our legislature were apparently not interested.  (Aug 11, 2009 | post #30)

Shelton, CT

Shelton ed board race: One out, another in, maybe

If Jim Orazietti runs I'll be happy to vote for him with or without the endorsement of his party. Conversations I've had with him after meetings for the budget or for bid openings lead me to feel he's serious about wanting to help ensure kids get a great education in nice facilities at a reasonable cost.  (Jul 29, 2009 | post #10)

Connecticut Post

Monroe Republican to run for first selectman

I remember Steve from when he was an officer for the Monroe and CT Jaycees. He was an effective leader in part because he had great people skills.  (Jul 7, 2009 | post #7)

Connecticut Post

Computer purchase called 'fantastic deal'

I applaud the Board of Education, and the Board of Aldermen for taking advantage of this opportunity. The school students ended up with computers worth almost $112,000 at a cost to taxpayers of under $40,000.  (Mar 27, 2009 | post #3)

Connecticut Post

No agreement by tax board, no problem

As I write this, the on line version of the article is cut off, and makes it appear I disagree with the premise the economy is terrible. Everyone on the board of Apportionment and Taxation agrees the economy is terrible. Members of the board of A&T agreed on many things - why we were unable to agree on a budget is beyond me. A review of the spreadsheet prepared as we review the budget indicates every motion to reduce spending that was seconded (meaning at least two people liked it) was passed or withdrawn by the maker. We went through the entire budget. Additional cuts could have been proposed. When it was apparent we were deadlocked, I asked if there were any changes that could be made to make the budget acceptable, and the answer was no.  (Mar 27, 2009 | post #1)

Shelton, CT

School officials tops in Shelton pay

In the current fiscal year, the average teacher salary is $71,116. The BOE budget request for the upcoming fiscal year has an average teacher salary of $72,790. These figures come from dividing the total for teacher payroll by the number of teaching positions. The percentage of increase would be higher if we didn't have some more experienced teachers retiring and replaced with younger teachers. For next year, the range is between $46,528 and $93,163. The most common rate of pay is for a teacher with a Masters degree and 14 years of experience. They will get $82,542 The next most common rate of pay is for someone with a 6yr degree and 14 years of experience. They will get $87,846. I was talking to a teacher who gets $100 per year for classroom supplies. That doesn't seem like a lot, but it's something.  (Mar 2, 2009 | post #4)

Shelton, CT

Police investigate asphalt detail

What you're asking for is budget information on the "outside agencies" (6500 line series) from the city budget. There are no "for profit" organizations on the list. You can pick up a copy from the city clerk. You'll probably recognize many of the organizations, but you'll need the backup material to know what the others do to deserve support from the city. Most of the money goes to youth programs and human service agencies. There is simply too much information for me to enter here - particularly since if I make a typo I can't edit my post to fix it.  (Feb 27, 2009 | post #60)

Shelton, CT

Police investigate asphalt detail

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I did ask Alderman Anglace if the millings were delivered directly to the American Legion hall from the construction site, and he said yes. I don't think the Mayor expected this to become a political issue, and considering how frugal he is I just can't see him spending extra to move stuff at night if moving it in the day was an option. Frankly, if the state was providing the trucks to move the millings from the highway, I think he'd probably have tried to get them dropped off right at the American Legion so it wouldn't cost the city anything.  (Feb 25, 2009 | post #57)

Shelton, CT

Police investigate asphalt detail

Thank you. I serve on the board of Apportionment and Taxation, and I try to get accurate information. The problem with moving the material during the day is the cost would have doubled because they'd still need to pick it up at night. Then they'd need to reload the trucks and move it again when they delivered it.  (Feb 25, 2009 | post #54)

Connecticut Post

Police investigate asphalt detail

I've driven past construction areas numerous times so I'm familiar with how the milling process works. Another newspaper article reported the value of the millings at between $1 and $2 per cubic yard. An on line article I read indicates a full size dump truck holds about 15 cubic yards. This implies a value per load of $15 to $30. It's got to cost a dollar or two a mile to drive one of those trucks. I asked Alderman Anglace if the millings were driven from the construction site directly to the American Legion parking lot, because the articles weren't clear about this, and it makes a world of difference. I can't think of a good reason to transport them between a city storage lot and the parking lot in the middle of the night, but dropping them off directly after getting them in the middle of the night because that's when they're available for free makes sense. The American Legion is a non profit organization. You can get a tax deduction by making a donation to them. Besides the social aspects of the club, they provide services to Veterans. Calling their parking lot private property is accurate, but ignores their non profit status. We do traditionally provide financial support to roughly two dozen non profit organizations each year.  (Feb 24, 2009 | post #52)

Shelton, CT

Police investigate asphalt detail

This happened at night because that's when the state does major construction on highways. The millings are the old surface of the road that's ground down before repaving. The machine that grinds them off the road shoots them right into the back of a dump truck. When the truck is filled, they shut down the machine while a new dump truck backs into place and they start again. The millings have value, but if the work site is 20-30 miles from a state garage where they have room to store the millings before they're sold the cost of running enough dump trucks to keep the job going could easily exceed the value of the millings. So if a local town or city wants the millings, they just need to provide dump trucks to catch the millings and haul them away. The state saves money by allowing the local communities to take them. The city didn't need all the millings they were offered, so they donated some to the American Legion. I understand they were dropped off at the American Legion hall minutes after being ground off the road. The American Legion is a 501c3 non profit organization. Shelton, like most communities provides support in one way or another for many non profit organizations.  (Feb 24, 2009 | post #47)

Connecticut Post

Legislature considering tax increases

Connecticut already has the latest "tax freedom day" in the united states. Last year, the average Connecticut resident spent everything they earned before May 8th on taxes. That's two weeks later than the national average. Increasing our taxes will make us less competitive. I'm in no danger of having to pay a "Millionaires tax", but if they pass one, it will hurt me, and everyone else in our state because the people it would be aimed at don't need to live or work in Connecticut. They can move to another state with a lower tax rate. These are people who pay much more in taxes than the cost of the services they get. They'll need to raise taxes on people who make less to make up the loss. Cutting expenses isn't easy. But it's time to cut everything that's a want so we can maintain the things we truly need.  (Feb 18, 2009 | post #17)

Connecticut Post

Shelton High School evacuated

The fact the alarm system calls a central station shouldn't be a concern, but certainly the Board of Education should look into why it took several minutes for the alarm monitoring company to call it into the Fire Department. Insurance companies give a larger discount to people who have alarm systems wired into a central monitoring station than to people who have alarms that directly call the Fire or Police departments. They wouldn't do this if they felt a direct wire to the Fire Department was better.  (Feb 10, 2009 | post #42)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Shelton High remains closed after fire

The law prohibits smoking in a school building while school is in session or while school activities are taking place unless it's for a scientific or health demonstration. The Freshmen basketball team was playing a game when the fire broke out, so whoever it was broke the law. I understand the smoker probably works for the company that was replacing the lights.  (Jan 5, 2009 | post #14)

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