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  1. Light Crowd for Acting Manager Proposed 3.1 P...Read the original story

    Apr 14, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    A rainy night greatly thinned the public hearing crowd for last Thursday's budget presentation, with only one resident taking to the podium to comment after Acting Town Manager John Mehr laid out the drivers behind his 3.1 percent increase proposal. The budget-Town and Board combined-totals just over $75 million, with the town side coming in at $28.2 million and the Board $40.8 million.

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  2. In Hartford, a Discussion on Seat BeltsRead the original story

    Mar 23, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    A bill to require seatbelts on public school buses is in the legislature again, with proponents of the measure-making its second round through the General Assembly-point to headline grabbing collisions of both past and present in making the argument for what they feel is a needed safety precaution. But a contingent of opponents-which includes both the CT Association of Public School Superintendents and the CT Association of Boards of Education -say that the legislation, if passed, would create extra costs without the intended safety benefits.

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  3. Town Manager Presents Budget ProposalRead the original story

    Mar 16, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    The average Newington homeowner would pay over $5,400 in taxes under a Town Manager-proposed budget, which was presented last night during a public hearing at Town Hall. The number is offset slightly by a reduction in motor vehicle taxes due to the state's imposed 32 Mill cap.

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  4. MDC Resolution PassedRead the original story

    Mar 2, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    Newington became the third Metropolitan District Commission town to approve a resolution regarding additional ad valorem sewer charges, joining Wethersfield in opposition. The Council-minus Jim Marocchini, who was absent-voted 8-0 at its February 28 meeting to adopt the resolution after Town Attorney Ben Ancona advised that the Commission lacked the legal authority to impose the additional fees for the reserve fund it voted to establish a few months ago.

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  5. Council Passes MDC ResolutionRead the original story

    Feb 23, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    Republican Councilors Mike Hurley, Jodi Latina, and Donna Hemmann voted in opposition to proposed amendments put forth by Democrats, but joined the majority party to pass the overall resolution once the added language-encouraging ongoing discussions regarding potential alternatives to the controversial reserve-was added. The resolution-introduced by Republicans at the last Council meeting-also speaks out in opposition to altering the MDC charter to allow for additional borrowing, while expressing concern regarding the possibility of the MDC's use of the reserve fund to become a "recurring event" and disputing the Commission's "authority under its Charter, or otherwise, to create a reserve fund to be funded by the member towns."

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  6. Hearing Set for MDC ResolutionRead the original story

    Feb 16, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    A Town Council Republican-authored draft resolution against an Metropolitan District Commission levying of additional sewer charges to members towns in the event of a Hartford nonpayment for the remaining two quarters of the 2017 fiscal year will go to public hearing during Tuesday's Town Council meeting. The resolution-introduced by Councilors Mike Rell, Jodi Latina, Mike Hurley, and Donna Hemmann toward the end of the February 6 meeting-also speaks out in opposition to altering the MDC charter to allow for additional borrowing.

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  7. Council Weights Options on MDC ResolutionRead the original story

    Feb 16, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    The Town Council wants to draft a resolution opposing additional sewer charges under the Metropolitan District Commission's ad valorem tax structure-in the event that the financially ailing City of Hartford does not pay its last two quarterly payments for the fiscal year-but they'll get an opinion from the Town Attorney first. The questions at hand are whether the town has the legal right to refuse to pay the additional sewer taxes, and if the MDC can even impose the reserve fund charges to begin with.

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  8. Bronin Stresses Hartford Impact in Talk with ...Read the original story

    Feb 1, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin was met with a mix of sympathy, skepticism, and-most of all-questions from Newington residents that packed the Town Hall auditorium Monday night to hear him discuss both the roots of the capitol's current fiscal crisis, as well as city and state-level solutions. Bronin has been visiting fellow Metropolitan District Commission member towns, including neighboring Wethersfield and nearby Rocky Hill in order to engage residents in a dialogue regarding the city's struggles-which he believes could have lasting economic ramifications for the region, and particularly nearby suburbs where members of the Hartford workforce live.

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  9. Council Voices Airport Tree Clearing Concerns...Read the original story

    Jan 20, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    A bipartisan Town Council resolution is calling for regulatory entities to hold off on permitting for an early stage tree removal plan presented last week by consultants representing the Connecticut Airport Authority, which has been prompted by an Federal Aviation Administration safety report to clear penetration into runway approach air space around Wethersfield and Hartford. The scope of the work would encompass 40 acres of land stretching from Hartford to parts of Wethersfield.

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  10. Local Successes and State Challenges Headline...Read the original story

    Jan 20, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    A look to statewide challenges level highlighted the Mayor's Annual State of the Town Address this morning, as local and state officials recounted Wethersfield's successes while bracing for anticipated deficit-driven hits to municipal aid. "Probably the most difficult year we've ever experienced and we've said that the past three or four years," said Senator John Fonfara.

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  11. Bronin Talks Hartford Future Before Wethersfi...Read the original story

    Jan 12, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin made his Wethersfield stop last night, speaking before a sizable crowd at Town Hall and detailing the roots of Hartford's financial woes, as well as state-driven solutions that he feels can get the Capitol city, as well as the Connecticut economy as a whole, back to a state of steady growth. Bronin's proposals-that the legislature push for full funding under the state's Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, possibly look to redirect sales tax revenue, and that towns pursue smaller, shorter term inter municipal cost sharing initiatives-were met by some with skepticism, while others embraced his rallying cry for a Hartford-driven structure for economic growth.

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  12. Bronin to Speak in Newington Jan 30Read the original story

    Jan 5, 2017 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will visit Newington on January 30 to discuss the financial challenges associated with the city's $50 million deficit, as well as solutions that-in past talks-have included everything from lobbying for PILOT revenue to inter-municipal cost sharing initiatives. The discussion will be held at Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bronin spoke to residents of Rocky Hill in early December, and will have addressed the Town of Wethersfield by the time he meets with officials and members of the public in Newington.

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  13. Bronin to Talk Hartford Finances in Wethersfi...Read the original story

    Dec 22, 2016 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will visit Wethersfield on January 9 for a public meeting-titled "Our Capitol City's Future"-to be held at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Bronin, who has been making the rounds through area municipalities in order to explain the source of Hartford's financial woes-the city is $50 million in the red this year, and expects to be again the year after-as well as to propose solutions that include fuller funding under the state's Payment in Lieu of Taxes formula for tax exempt properties, and inter-municipal cost sharing.

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  14. New Years Bus to Ride Despite State CutsRead the original story

    Dec 8, 2016 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    J's Double Decker. That sounds like a fantastic burger-maybe one day Jordan Dikegoros will add that to the menu of his popular Hartford-based J Restaurant and Bar.

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  15. On MDC Reserve, Mayor Looks Away From TaxesRead the original story

    Dec 13, 2016 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    While it may be awhile before Wethersfield knows specifics regarding the real impact of the Metropolitan District Commission's reserve plan for its 7 member towns to cover any costs left hanging by the financially-ailing Hartford, taxpayers will not shoulder extra costs in the event that the municipality is ordered to pay more for sewer services, said Mayor Paul Montinieri on Friday.

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  16. PILOT Funding Headlines Bronin Appeal to Subu...Read the original story

    Dec 13, 2016 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin is calling for "fair funding" under the state's Payment in Lieu of Taxes reimbursement formula for tax exempt properties, and he's asking residents in the surrounding suburbs to help him to get that by appealing to members of their state delegations. The stakes? The financial health of the capitol city, and ultimately, the region and state, Bronin told the packed Rocky Hill Town Council chambers while 9th District Senator Paul Doyle and State Representative Tony Guerrera listened from the back.

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  17. MDC Passes Cost Shift Plan, But Still Seeks A...Read the original story

    Nov 23, 2016 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    The extra sewer costs on 7 Metropolitan District Commission member towns would be half of the amounts projected last month if Hartford cannot make two of its quarterly payments, but an MDC proposal to shift the difference on to its other municipalities-voted on and passed yesterday afternoon-has raised concern from Newington residents and local officials alike.

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  18. Byron Holds House SeatRead the original story

    Nov 9, 2016 | The Chronicle (Cromwell/Middletown)

    First-term 27th Assembly District incumbent Gary Byron retained his Connecticut House of Representatives seat last night, edging challenger and Board of Education member Josh Shulman by a 6506 to 5716 margin. The final figures-first posted to the Newington Patch site-saw Byron capture 6,023 votes from Republicans, and 483 from independence party voters.

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