Tom Saadi & John Esposito III - Councilmen 4th Ward, Danbury
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April 2017

Danbury City water service has been restored (April 26th)
The Citywide Boil Water Advisory lifted however there are "pipe flushing" procedures to follow to avoid potentially compromised water. For details please visit: www.danbury-ct.gov/danbury-issuing-boil-water-advisory

Danbury Water Main Repaired Boil Alert extended (April 25).
While full water service has been restored throughout Danbury residents who use city water are encouraged to use bottled water or boil their water for drinking and cooking until further notice due to system flushing and the possibility of residual contamination. It is safe to wash and shower with city water. Bottled water is available for residents at the Danbury Fire Department at 19 New St. For immediate updates listen to City Alert calls and visit:

www.danbury-ct.gov/danbury-issuing-boil-water-advisory

Danbury Water main Break and Boil Alert (April 24).

The City of Danbury is experiencing a water main break for all water customers east of Main Street, East of North Street up to Route 84 and South to South Street. The City has issued a boil water advisory to these customers due to loss of system pressure. The City is working to repair a major 16 inch water line and will provide updates in the City website and telephonic notification when those affected no longer need to boil water. Bottle water is available at the Danbury Fire Dept. HQ at 19 New Street and the Danbury War Memorial is open for showers. to register your status with the City and view a map of the affected areas please visit: www.danbury-ct.gov/danbury-issuing-boil-water-advisory

Road improvements and Storm Debris.

Once the weather improves work will begin on the intersection of Shelter Rock Road and Crows Nest Lane to realign and improve crosswalks and sidelines to enhance safety.  at the Intersections of Old Shelter Rock Road and Old Newtown Road. If you know of leaning or hanging trees or limbs on public property  posing a danger to the public please report this to 311.

With the recent storms there are many downed trees and limbs on private and public property.  While the City is not picking up debris on private property Danbury residents may drop off such items for free at Ferris Mulch on Plumtrees Road in Danbury. 

January 2017

Suspects in Danbury Crime Spree Arrested.
 
In December and January we received complaints about criminal activity occurring in local neighborhoods.  In response to these concerns we contacted Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and met with him, the Deputy Police Chief, and a Patrol Sergeant to express our concerns about the reports of criminal activity in the Ward.
 
The Chief and his team were responsive and agreed to maintain communications with us  regarding any patter or consistent type of crime occurring in 4th ward neighborhoods.   We are pleased to inform you that the Danbury Police Department recently apprehended three suspects connected with string of robberies, break-ins, car thefts and other crimes in the 4th Ward and elsewhere in Danbury. 
 
We are very happy to report these arrests to you and applaud the Danbury Police Department for their excellent work and protecting our community.
 
While these criminals have been arrested residents must remain vigilant and take simple acts to protect themselves and their property including locking unoccupied vehicles and  not leaving valuables or important documents in vehicles, also lock doors and windows of  homes when you are away or at night, install motion sensor lighting and watch for and report suspicious activities.   In order to help residents protect themselves we plan to host a neighborhood meeting where Danbury Police Officers will educate residents on how to secure property and vehicles to help prevent criminal activity.
 
The City of Danbury will begin picking up live Christmas trees on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Residents must place theirlive trees curbside for pick-up.  Please note that everything must be removed from the tree in order for it to be picked up. We will not accept trees still containing decorations, tinsel, lights, tree stands or other items.  This program is for LIVE trees only. No artificial trees will be picked up.

The City’s Highway Department will pick-up trees through January 31st, weather permitting.  Residents are encouraged to place their live trees curbside as close to January 2nd as possible to assure your tree is picked up while the trucks are in your neighborhood.  There is no set schedule for this free program.  Live Christmas trees can also be dropped-off free of charge for Danbury residents, as “wood waste” at Ferris Mulch Products, located on Plumtrees Road.  Call 203-790-1155 for times and more information, or you can visit their website at www.ferrismulchproducts.com.

December 2017

Mail Theft in 4th Ward Neighborhood:

We have confirmed with the Danbury Post Office reports of a recent surge in mail/package theft in the area. Please be diligent and collect your mail daily from your mailbox and do not leave packages out any longer then necessary. If you are expecting a package it is always a good idea to track it so you can verify if it is was delivered.

If you are traveling over the holidays you should have someone collect your mail and newspapers and avoid posting that you are away from home on social media until you have returned.

We wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday and New Year and as always please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


September 2017

Water Treatment Facility Odor Complaints   - Reporting Procedure:

Anyone with odor concerns, should call Veolia at the following phone numbers to report odor complaints when they are observed.
  • 203-748-9116 - Veolia Office during normal business hours (8:30 AM to 5 PM)
  • 203-791-9894 - Veolia after hours phone line

It is important that anyone with an odor complaint call Veolia with the following information:
  • Time & date of complaint
  • Location where the odor was observed
  • Type of odor observed

If there is an odor concern, it is best to call when it is observed so Veolia can investigate and determine if in fact the observed odor is associated with WWTP operations.

September 2017

Proposed Plumtrees Road Waste Transfer Station Background & Update:

Background:   MSW LLC (Joseph Putnam, Managing Member) first proposed a Waste Transfer Station on Plumtrees Road in 2007. The application, a Special exception use in the Zone, was denied by the City Planning Commission after months of meetings and hearings during which many residents spoke out against the proposal.  MSW then sued the City to overturn the denial, but the City won that appeal and then MSW filed a new application with the State for a facility nearly 3 times the size of the 2007 application with more heavy truck traffic to process up to 800 tons of waste per-day. The application received preliminary approval however a petition by more than 200 residents forced a hearing and administrative review process. After months of hearings and testimony the state approved the permit while acknowledging that local land use reviews and approvals are still required.
 
Danbury Files Appeal in Court:     In January 2017, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton had the City file an appeal of the state decision as he understands this is not about one neighborhood but about the right of Danbury to uphold reasonable land use laws balancing the interests of neighborhoods and responsible businesses and the right to stop irresponsible projects from being forced on our City.   
 
Petition Presented to City Council: To ensure that Danbury City Council members understood the importance of stopping this proposal, in March 2017 we presented Council members with a petition signed by nearly 1200 Danbury residents.  The petition urged the Council to continue to support Mayor Boughton and the decisions of the Danbury Zoning and Planning Commission's in opposition to the proposed Plumtrees Road Waste Transfer Station.
 
The City's appeal is pending in Court, the parties have filed a large volume of records and the final legal briefs are due to the Court in November 2017 with ruling in the months thereafter.   Even if the City should not prevail in the appeal this fight would be far from over as local land use reviews are still required.  As such, if any application is filed locally, we are prepared to hold neighborhood meetings and work with area residents to continue this fight in the courts, in front of our local land use commissions and in the court public opinion.  Together we can win and uphold the right of Danbury to maintain reasonable land use laws that benefit all Danbury residents.

August 2017

Danbury Water Quality Report:

For those who did not receive or may have overlooked this report you may find the full report at: www.danbury-ct.gov/government/departments/public-works/public-utilities/.  Danbury conducts continuous daily tests of water quality and of the regulated and non-regulated contaminants tested for Danbury Drinking water met all state and federal water quality regulations with the exception of slightly elevated sodium (43 ppm) which although lower then the sodium in soda and even low-fat milk, people on low sodium diets should inform their physician.   

2017 Danbury Police Department Citizen's Police Academy:

The Danbury Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 26th Session of the Citizen’s Police Academy. This is an eleven week program available to the residents of Danbury, business owners in Danbury and persons who work in the City. The mission of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to foster an enhanced understanding and cooperation between the department and the community that we serve.

The course provides the opportunity to learn about the operations of our police department and police procedures. The program is not intended to make citizens police officers but rather to heighten the awareness of both the public and police in an effort to develop a working partnership between the two. It provides interactive instruction in many basic police department tasks as well as provide an opportunity for individuals to role play and have hands-on experience with the tools of the police trade.

The Citizen’s Police Academy requires a commitment of one night per week for eleven weeks. The sessions will begin on Tuesday evening September 12, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and continue every Tuesday evening thereafter until November 28, 2017 (no class on October 31st). The Academy will cover topics such as Laws of Arrest, Penal Code, Patrol Procedures, Crime Scene Investigation and Defensive Tactics. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Each applicant is subject to a criminal background investigation. Interested applicants may pick up an application at the Danbury Police Department, 375 Main Street or if unable to pick up an application contact Lt. Vincent Daniello at 203-797-4577 or Sgt. James Antonelli at 203-796-1635 with questions.  The academy is limited to 25 participants on a first come/ first served basis. There is no participation fee.

Our thanks to the Men and Women of the Danbury Police Department for offering this excellent program and for protecting and serving us Day and Night.

July 2017
Shelter Rock School - Parking Lot Upgrades.

Increased attendance and activities at Shelter Rocvk School have resulted in parking problems impacting safety on local streets with cars and buses lining up and blocking intersections.  In response, Councilman Saadi and Esposito met with school officials and Board of Education Administrators who came together with Danbury Public Works Department to address this problem by expanding the school parking lot.  Construction will be completed prior to the school year and we hope that this will improve local traffic flow, minimize school related congestion on Shelter Rock Road and Crows Nest Lane and better serve the staff, students and families of Shelter Rock School.

June 2017


CITY OF DANBURY - FIRST PUBLIC MEETING on the TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT STUDY.

June 20, 2017 from 5:30-8:00PM at The Palace Theater Danbury 165 Main Street - Danbury. The City of Danbury is currently undertaking a transit-oriented development (TOD) study to advance the revitalization of Downtown Danbury. We are asking for your help and input in creating recommendations that will continue to grow and strengthen Downtown Danbury into a more welcoming, vibrant place to live, work, play, and learn. For more information contact the Department of Planning & Zoning at 203-797-4525.

May 2017

4th Ward subject to fire Hydrant flushing.

Annual flushing of the hydrants is necessary to provide better quality water and fire protection. Customers may experience fluctuations in pressure and/or discoloration of their water during flushing. If you experience discolored water, run your cold water tap until it clears. During periods of discoloration, postpone washing clothes and limit your use of hot water until the cold water clears.

4th Ward roads impacted in WEEK 8: 5/22 – 5/25.

South St, Harrison St, Coal Pit Hill Rd, Putnam Dr, High St, Francis Rd, Colby Ln, Liberty Ave, Lancey St, Fairfield Ridge Rd, Morton St, High St Ext, Wixted Ave, Mannions Ln, Shelter Rock Ln, Great Pasture Rd, Southwoods Condos, South Gate Condos, Timber Oak Condos, Crows Nest Condos, Southport Condos, Birchwood Condos, Chestnut St, Chestnut St Ext, Pahquioque Ave, Nichols St, E Liberty St, Comstock St, McDermott St, Sheridan St, Cottage St, Prospect St, Stone St, Clark St, Town Hill Ave, Park Pl, Center St, Stillman Ave, State St, Home Pl, Michael St, Sheridan St, Triangle St, Casper St, Taylor St, Wildman St, Austin St, Byron St, White St, Purcell Dr, Triangle Terr, Briarwood Dr, Cross St, Beaverbrook Rd

March 2017


Proposed City Budget 2017-18:
In response to questions about the City Budget and meetings schedule please see below:

1. For the City Budget Meeting Schedule with Committee assignments and a breakdown of each Committee's budget line items CLICK HERE. (All meetings are open to the public however Committee meetings are not open for public comments - instead all public comment is hear at the Public Hearing)

2. For the Budget Public Hearing Items for April 17th including City Budget, Capital Improvements Bonding, Neighborhood Assistance Act and two ordinances amendments CLICK HERE. (hearing open to public and open for public comment)

You may link to City Budget by visiting: http://www.ci.danbury.ct.us/finance and click on 2017-2018 Proposed Budget.

Proposed Transfer Station Update:
On Tuesday March 7th we presented the members of the City Council a copy of the petition in Opposition to the Plumtrees Road Waste Transfer Station containing nearly 1100 signatures.  The petition urges them to continue to support Mayor Boughton and the decisions of the Danbury Zoning and Planning Commissions in opposition to the proposed Transfer Station.
 
We explained  that the petition underscores the serious concerns many residents have with the proposal not only in the Fourth Ward but across Danbury as nearly two hundred signatures are from non-Fourth Ward residents.  Many Council members were receptive and the Mayor assured us that the City will continue fight the proposed Transfer Station in courts and at the local land use level when that time comes.
 
We will continue our work with area residents and City officials to fight this project in the courts, before our City's land use commissions and in the court public opinion because it is the right things to do. 
 
Our thanks to all who signed the petition and who continue to keep up the good fight together for our neighborhood and our City!
 
February 2017

2017 Danbury Police Department Citizen's Police Academy:
The Danbury Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 25th Session of the Citizen’s Police Academy. This is an eleven week program available to the residents of Danbury, business owners in Danbury and persons who work in the City. The mission of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to foster an enhanced understanding and cooperation between the department and the community that we serve.

The course provides the opportunity to learn about the operations of our police department and police procedures. The program is not intended to make citizens police officers but rather to heighten the awareness of both the public and police in an effort to develop a working partnership between the two. It provides interactive instruction in many basic police department tasks as well as provide an opportunity for individuals to role play and have hands-on experience with the tools of the police trade.

The Citizen’s Police Academy requires a commitment of one night per week for eleven weeks. The sessions begin on Tuesday evening March 14, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and continue every Tuesday evening thereafter until May 23, 2017. In addition to a tour of our state-of-the-art facility, we will cover topics such as Laws of Arrest, Penal Code, Patrol Procedures, Crime Scene Investigation, Defensive Tactics, as well as an informative session on the weapons that are currently in use by the department.

Each applicant is subject to a criminal background investigation. Interested applicants may pick up an application at the Danbury Police Department, 375 Main Street or if unable to pick up an application contact Lt. Vincent Daniello at 203-797-4577 or Sgt. James Antonelli at 203-796-1635 with questions. Deadline to submit applications is March 3rd. The academy is limited to 25 participants on a first come/ first served basis. There is no participation fee.
Our thanks to the Men and Women of the Danbury Police Department for offering this excellent program and for protecting and serving us Day and Night.

Saadi & Esposito Oppose CT Border Tolls:

We understand that our State's transportation infrastructure is in need of repair however, attempting to pass the installation of tolls as necessary to fund these repairs is simply disingenuous. The fact is that placing tolls on our borders and along our coastal roads will punish local residents with additional transportation costs while negatively impacting local commerce. In Danbury, which is the State's largest generator of sales tax revenue for the State, this negative commercial impact will not only hurt retailers bottom line but will also hurt State tax coffers.

It will be the average commuter, worker, shopper and business owner that will be negatively impacted by tolls which are in effect a tax on roads that will not achieve the claimed result as the loss of federal transportation funds will not be offset by toll revenue. Instead the General Assembly should protect funds dedicated for transportation upgrades in the future while looking to regional solutions involving our highways and mass transit rather than massive projects which assist a relatively small number of commuters at a large cost to tax payers. We know our State Law makers have many difficult decisions ahead this session and we truly hope they will find a way to avoid imposing tolls on our boarders, or for that matter anywhere in CT. However, if tolls are to be installed then central CT should share in the impact not just the border towns. . .. We will be contacting Legislators locally and statewide to oppose CT Boarder Tolls.

Waste Transfer Station Update:

MSW first proposed a Waste Transfer Station on Plumtrees Road in 2007. The application, a Special exception use in the Zone, was denied by the City Planning Commission after months of meetings and hearings during which many residents spoke out against the proposal. MSW sued the City to overturn the denial, but the City won that appeal and then MSW filed a new application with the State for a facility nearly 3 times the size of the 2007 application with more heavy truck traffic to process up to 800 tons of waste per-day. The application received preliminary approval however a petition by more than 200 residents forced a hearing and administrative review process. After months of hearings and testimony the state approved the permit while acknowledging that local land use reviews and approvals are still required. Despite the state decision this fight is far from over, Mayor Mark Boughton had the City file an appeal of the state approval as he understands this is not about one neighborhood but about the right of Danbury to uphold reasonable land use laws balancing the interests of neighborhoods and responsible businesses and the right to stop irresponsible projects from being forced on our City.

Although the law and the facts are on our side Danbury can lose this fight if a small, but vocal and influential group of Transfer Station supporters convince officials to back down from fighting for what is right. If you are concerned about this project help educate other Danbury residents and elected Officials through your personal contacts, phone calls, emails and social media. Let's show that well financed special interests are not more important than the average Danbury resident, homeowner and tax payer - together we can win and uphold the right of Danbury to maintain reasonable land use laws for the benefit of all Danbury residents.

January 2017

Christmas Tree Curbside pick-up:

Residents must place their live trees curbside for pick-up. EVERYTHING MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE TREE. NO decorations, tinsel, lights, tree stands or other items. NO artificial trees. The City’s Highway Department will pick-up trees through January 31st, weather permitting.  Residents are encouraged to place their live trees curbside as close to January 2nd as possible to assure your tree is picked up while the trucks are in your neighborhood.  There is no set schedule for this free program. Live Christmas trees can also be dropped off free of charge for Danbury residents, as “wood waste” at Ferris Mulch Products, located on Plumtrees Road.  Call 203-790-1155 for times and more information, or you can visit their website at www.ferrismulchproducts.com. If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact CityLine 311 at 203-744-4311.

December 2016

Proposed Transfer Station Update:

Background: MSW LLC (Managing member, Joseph Putnam) first proposed a Waste Transfer Station on Plumtrees Road in early 2007.  The application, which was a Special Exception use in the zone, was denied by the Danbury Planning Commission in 2008.  MSW LLC then sued the City to overturn the lawful Planning Commission decision which was upheld by the Courts.  MSW LLC then filed an application for a State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) permit.   While MSW LLC's application received a preliminary approval in 2012 more than 200 area residents signed a petition requiring DEEP to conduct a formal hearing.  The as part of the hearing process the DEEP held a public hearing at Danbury City Hall during which local officials and residents spoke against the proposal.  The DEEP heard formal testimony in Hartford from the applicant, the City of Danbury presented witnesses, including Councilman Saadi, and evidence in opposition to the application.  Unfortunately, the DEEP approved a State Permit for the proposed Transfer Station.
 
Current Proposal: The application as approved by the DEEP is for a facility nearly three times the size of the 2007 application (34,000 Sq. ft) and will process up to 800 tons per-day generating approximately 466 truck trips per-day.   Although DEEP approved a State permit  the proposal remains subject to review by Danbury land-use Commissions which will schedule public hearings and potential the Courts.
 
Potential Local Landuse Issues:
The questions before the City land-use commissions are not whether such a facility is needed or is economically viable in Danbury but instead whether Danbury: (1) must change its Zoning Regulations to allow such a facility in an Industrial Zone (this issue may involve litigation in Superior Court); and (2) if the City is required to allow such a use in its Industrial zones then the specific application will be subject to review and a public hearing process before the Planning Commission.
 
Main Concerns of Residents:
Increased large truck traffic (466 new trips per day) and traffic safety on Plumtrees Road, Shelter Rock Road and Newtown Road as well as side/feeder roads. Trucks lining up along Plumtrees Road waiting to enter the facility in the morning. Odors from waste in the facility, from idling trucks lining up waiting to unload waste and from trucks driving through local neighborhoods. Solid and liquid waste dropped/dripping from trucks on local roads.  Noise from truck back-up beepers, dropping of large metal waste containers onto sorting floor, heavy equipment, etc . . . facility will be open for trucks 12 hours a day and for sorting waste 24 hours a day. Increased vermin and insects.
 
We will continue the fight against Joe Putnam and his high paid lawyers and consultants who, along with unelected institutional government bureaucrats, are trying to force this onerous and irresponsible proposal on the citizens of Danbury.  We are planning a neighborhood meeting in January and will soon send you notice of the place, date and time.

October 2016

Drought conditions - City issues Water Conservation Request:

The City of Danbury is requesting all water customers to initiate water conservation measures and specifically reduce all non-essential water use. Danbury reservoir levels are currently at 66% of full capacity, which is approximately 11% below normal for this time of year.

Due to current weather conditions and the extended “dry spell” it is important for all customers and water users to assist in this conservation effort. Here are some ways that you can help conserve water:
  • Refrain from use of outdoor water devices, including irrigation systems, sprinklers, soaker hoses and hand held hoses.
  • Use brooms and blowers instead of water to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks.
  • Repair leaks in plumbing and fixtures (repair leaky toilets and faucets)
  • Run only full loads in the clothes washing machine and in the dishwasher.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do not leave water running while washing hands, shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Install low-flow toilets as well as faucet and shower-head flow restrictors.
We thank you for your assistance and ask that you maintain these conservation efforts until City reservoirs return to normal levels.  Any questions regarding water conservation should be directed to the Public Utilities Department at 203-797-4539.

September 2016

Newtown Road/Route 6 Improvements update:
With regard to the DOT project, on March 30, 2015, the DOT held an informational meeting at Danbury City Hall to present the proposed plans for improvements to Route 6/Newtown Road, and the intersections of Old Shelter Rock Road, Woodside Avenue and Old Newtown Road.  Area residents, some business owners, City officials and elected officials including myself and State Representative Bob Godfrey were in attendance.

The state DOT plans presented in 2015 included the addition of dedicated turning lanes, new signals, sidewalks and raised medians to address traffic flow as well as vehicle and pedestrian safety issues.  The intersection of Old Shelter Rock Road and Route 6 will be widened, turn lanes added along with a traffic signal.  The intersection of Route 6 and Old Newtown Road will be reconfigured to a traditional "T" intersection with additional lanes and sightline improvements.  A raised median will run from this intersection to the intersection of Plumtrees Road with 2 traffic lanes on each side.  A raised median will run from Dunkin Donuts to Burtucci's on Route 6 which will be widened and some business entrances reconfigured. The final design has been completed and construction is scheduled to begin in early 2017. 


July 2016

Shelter Rock School to Receive Portable Classrooms:
At its July meeting the Danbury City Council voted unanimously to approve reallocation of $498,000 in bond funds to  pay for modular pod classrooms to address overcrowding issues at Shelter Rock School.  "We are pleased that the work of the Shelter Rock school parents, the principal and Board of Education paid off." Said Councilmen Saadi and Esposito who had been working with parents and school staff for months to ensure that overcrowding at Shelter Rock School was addressed before the start of the next school year.  The modular classrooms will save local taxpayers money as they are eligible for state reimbursement and can be moved to other locations should the need no longer exist at Shelter Rock School.


April 2016
Clean City Danbury Day from 8 AM to 12 PM
BULK GARBAGE DUMPING LIMITED TO DANBURY RESIDENTS & RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS ONLY
NO COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ALLOWED, NO CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS, NO BOX TRUCKS (no vehicles with any business name on them, no vehicles with a commercial plate, and no vehicles that can clearly be used for hauling)

DUMPSTER LOCATIONS
City Hall (155 Deer Hill Avenue)
Rogers Park (by tennis courts)
WCSU West Side Campus (43 Lake Avenue Ext)
Public Works Building (53 Newtown Rd.)
P.A.L. Building (35 Hayestown Rd.)

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED
NO ELECTRONICS (these are now accepted for free year-round at Winters Bros. Recycle Center at 307 White St.)
NO Hazardous Wastes (Hazardous Waste Day is in September)
NO Grass clippings or yard debris
NO Construction debris

*NOTE: scrap Metal, Tires and White Appliances containing Freon, must be kept separate from other garbage. DO NOT DUMP THESE IN DUMPSTERS.

March 2016

DEEP Decision Pending on Proposed Plumtrees Road Transfer Station:
MSW LLC first proposed a Waste Transfer Station on Plumtrees Road in 2007.  The application, which was a Special exception use in the zone, was denied by the City Planning Commission in 2008.  MSW LLC then sued the City to overturn the Planning Commission denial and after several years the City successfully upheld the Planning Commission decision.  MSW LLC then filed an application for a State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).  After a year long Public Hearing and Administrative Proceedings process the final decision as to approval of a State permit to operate is pending before the DEEP Commissioner.

Should DEEP issue a final approval the proposal remains subject to review by Danbury land-use Commissions which will schedule public hearings to be held at City Hall.
October 2015

4th Ward Neighborhood Meeting - Proposed Plumtrees Road Transfer Station:
Wednesday - October 7th at 6:15PM at Shelter Rock School.
Background: MSW LLC first proposed a Waste Transfer Station on Plumtrees Road in 2007.  The application, which was a Special exception use in the zone, was denied by the City Planning Commission in 2008.  MSW LLC then sued the City to overturn the Planning Commission denial and after several years the City successfully upheld the Planning Commission decision.  MSW LLC then filed an application for a State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
 
Current Application & DEEP Preliminary Decision: The application filed with DEEP is for a facility nearly three times the size of the 2007 application (34,000 Sq. ft) and will process up to 800 tons per-day generating approximately 466 truck trips per-day.  While MSW LLC's application received a preliminary approval in 2012 more than 200 area residents signed a petition requiring DEEP to conduct a Public Hearing process.  The as part of the hearing process DEEP held a hearing at Danbury City Hall during which local officials and residents spoke against the proposal.  DEEP heard formal testimony in Hartford from the applicant and the City of Danbury which presented multiple witnesses, including Councilman Tom Saadi, and documentary evidence in opposition to the application.  DEEP staff issued a draft approval in August and the City of Danbury obtained an extension of time to file objections with the Commissioner of DEEP in October.   Should DEEP issue a final approval the proposal remains subject to review by Danbury land-use Commissions which will schedule public hearings to be held at City Hall.

July 2015

Traffic Advisory- Lane & Road Closures - Shelter Rock Road, Plumtrees and Eagle Road
 
Milling and paving work will take place on Shelter Rock Road, Plumtrees Road, and Eagle Road, beginning on Monday, July 20 with milling on Eagle Road and continue through July 31, 2015 weather permitting.  The majority of work will occur overnight with periodic full road closures to through traffic.  Shelter Rock Road will be milled and paved from Shelter Rock Lane to Plumtrees Road.  Drivers should plan for detours and road closures throughout this time period and should use alternate routes whenever possible.

April 2015

Proposed Improvements along Route 6/Newtown Road:

On March 30th the State Department of Transportation (DOT) held an informational meeting at Danbury City hall to present the proposed plans for improvements to Route 6/Newtown Road, and the intersections of Old Shelter Rock Road, Woodside Avenue and Old Newtown Road.  Area residents, business owners, City officials and elected officials including Councilman Tom Saadi and State Representative Bob Godfrey were in attendance.

The plans include the addition of dedicated turning lanes, new signals, side walks and raised medians to address traffic flow as well as vehicle and pedestrian safety issues.  The intersection of Old Shelter Rock Road and Route 6 will be widened, turn lanes added along with a traffic signal.  The intersection of Route 6 and Old Newtown Road will be reconfigured to a traditional "T" intersection with additional lanes and sightline improvements.  A raised median will run from this intersection to the intersection of Plumtrees Road with 2 traffic lanes on each side.  Another raised median will run from Dunkin Donuts to Burtucci's, the area of Route 6 will be widened with some business entrances being reconfigured.  There were suggestions and questions from the public and elected officials who also expressed strong support for the project.  

Final design will be completed in 2016 (after review and consideration of public input) and construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.  If you would like a copy of the DOT's informational booklet with detailed explanations and maps of the project please email Councilman Saadi at: [email protected] or call 203-797-1797 and provide your name and mailing address.

February 2015

Councilman Saadi's Letter to General Assembly Opposing Tolls:

Dear Honorable Members of the Transportation Committee:
 
I understand that our State's transportation infrastructure is in need of repair however, attempting to pass the installation of tolls as necessary to fund these repairs is simply disingenuous.
 
The fact is that placing tolls on our boarders and along our coastal roads will punish local residents with additional transportation costs while negatively impacting local commerce.  In Danbury, which is the State's largest generator of sales tax revenue for the State, this negative commercial impact will not only hurt retailers bottom line but will also hurt State tax coffers.
 
It will be the average commuter, worker, shopper and business owner that will be negatively impacted by tolls which are in effect a tax on roads that will not achieve the claimed result as the loss of federal transportation funds will not be offset by toll revenue.   Instead the General Assembly should protect funds dedicated for transportation upgrades in the future while looking to regional solutions involving our highways and mass transit rather then massive projects which assist a relatively small number of commuters at a large cost to tax payers.
 
I know you have many difficult decisions ahead this session and I truly hope that you will find a way to avoid imposing tolls on our boarders, or for that matter anywhere in CT.   I thank you for your time and attention to this important matter
 
Truly,
Thomas J. Saadi
January 2015

Expanded Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans:
An amendment to Danbury's Veterans Tax relief ordinances takes effect providing 100% disabled veterans (as determined by the Veterans Administration) with three times the base tax exemption.  The previous law provided two times the base exemption.  Veterans are reminded that the City of Danbury provides a variety of tax relief benefits to our military veterans - for more information contact the Office of the Danbury Tax Assessor at 203-797-4556 or visit the Office at Danbury City Hall.

December 2014

CITY OF DANBURY TO BEGIN LIVE CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP
 
The City of Danbury will begin picking up live Christmas trees on Monday, January 5, 2015. Residents must place their live trees curbside for pick-up. NO decorations, tinsel, lights, tree stands or other items.  NO artificial trees. The City's Highway Department will pick-up trees through January 30th, weather permitting.  Residents are encouraged to place their live trees curbside as close to January 5 as possible to assure your tree is picked up while the trucks are in your neighborhood.  There is no set schedule for this free program.
 
Live Christmas trees can also be dropped-off free of charge for Danbury residents, as "wood waste" at Ferris Mulch Products, located on Plumtrees Road.  Call 203-790-1155 for times and more information, or you can visit their website at www.ferrismulchproducts.com. If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact CityLine 311 at 203-744-4311.

Shelter Rock School Receives Award from Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN)
The students at Shelter Rock School have shown marked improvement on test scores. They have come together to raise money for charity. They have participated in programs that promote character-building skills. But most importantly, the students at Shelter Rock show a love for their school, for learning and for each other through respect and accountability.  Principal Julia Horne wouldn’t have it any other way.   On December 10th at an assembly before the entire school, administrators, parents, Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Rep. Bob Godfrey, Deputy Superintendent Dr. William Glass and Councilmen Tom Saadi and Joe Scazzofava, the school was awarded as a “2014 ConnCAN Success Story” school. Shelter Rock was recognized, among other things, for its academic progress, contributions to the community and 100 percent parent participation in attendance at parent-teacher conferences – a feat that Horne has accomplished for 20 years.

 ConnCAN is a statewide education advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to great schools regardless of race, family income or zip code. Since 2007, it has published School Report Cards based on academic performance. It highlights schools that are providing their students a high-quality education and ensuring that all students have a chance to succeed. To be a ConnCAN success story, a school must meet certain requirements, such as enrolling more minority students and more low-income students than the state average; at least one group must have performed above the overall state average; and maintain a grade of “C” or higher overall and also for African American, Hispanic and low-income students.  Acknowledging the school’s success, Horne explained that 70-75 percent of students at the schools are English Language Learners (ELLs) and that the school has implemented strategies to close the gap. The strategies align with the “four Rs”: rigor, relevance, relationships and results. (Story excepted from BOE Press Release)

November 2014

Danbury to Celebrate First Annual Hat City Danbury Day - Dec 2nd:
Earlier this year the Danbury City Council approved a Resolution Co-sponsored by Councilmen Tom Saadi and Andrew Wetmore with the Support of Mayor Mark Boughton establishing an annual Hat City Danbury Day.  As a result, the first Tuesday of December will be celebrated annually as Hat City Danbury Day.  The City of Danbury will commemorate the first Hat City Danbury Day with a special ceremony on December 2 at 7pm at City Hall - all are invited to attend.  The event will include an unveiling of a proposed Hat City monument.  The Mayor and Danbury Museum are collaborating on initiatives to bring awareness to the new tradition and the community is asked to participate on December 2nd by wearing a hat, taking pictures, and sending them to [email protected] museum.org.  "Our mission is to have this be a day that will honor our rich past, while teaching future generations about our story.  I am honored to have helped make this day a reality, and to be able to help with the Hat City monument; a permanent tribute to the Danbury hatting industry,” said Councilman Thomas Saadi.  


August 2014


Proposed Plumtrees Road Transfer Station update: The City of Danbury won the appeal filed by the transfer station applicant (MSW Associates) in an attempt to overturn the 2008 Planning Commission denial of the initial proposal.  However, this victory does not directly impact the new Transfer Station application pending before the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).  The formal hearings will continue in Hartford through September followed by additional legal filings and a possible final hearing (oral argument) before the DEEP prior to issuance of a final decision.  This process could take several months before a DEEP decision is issued.  Even if DEEP approves the application the proposal is still subject to review by the City's Zoning and Planning Commissions.


June 2014

Plumtrees Road Waste Transfer Station Proposal  -Update:
The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) began formal evidentiary hearings in early June regarding MSW LLC's Application for a permit to construct and operate a Waste/Garbage Transfer Station on Plumtrees Road.  Less than 24 hours before the hearings began MSW filed extensive new exhibits with changes to the proposed road configuration and operational aspects of the existing application.  MSW claims these changes are in response to concerns raised by residents, the City of Danbury and the Housing Authority.  While MSW claims these changes improve traffic conditions along Plumtrees Road the number of trucks, tons of waste and garbage and hours of operation remain the same as do our concerns regarding traffic, noise, odor, and other concerns.   Despite the City's request it is not likely that DEEP hold another Public Comment session however DEEP has recessed the Public Hearing until July 21st to allow the parties to review MSW's 11th hour filing.   We will continue to fight against this proposal at the State level and locally should DEEP approve the permit.

Councilman Saadi Promoted to Major in US Army Reserves
Councilman Tom Saadi was recently selected for promotion to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Saadi, received his Officer’s Commission as a First Lieutenant in Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2005. He currently serves as a Captain with the 4 Legal Operations Detachment based at Fort Totten, NY and is assigned to a specialized legal assistance team in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at West Point.  Prior to assignment at West Point Saadi served in several leadership positions with the 4 Legal Operations Detachment and conducted  training sessions and presented lectures to military personnel regarding Middle Eastern cultures and religions. Saadi, who is of Lebanese and Italian descent, lived in the Middle East for several years and traveled extensively throughout the region prior to joining the Army Reserves. 

“I am honored to have been selected for promotion to Major and look forward to continuing to serve my country with so many men and women of character who stand ready each day to put their lives on the line in defense of our freedom” said Saadi who will be officially “Pinned” with the rank of Major by the Commander of the 4 Legal Operations Detachment at a promotion ceremony on July 11th.

May 2014

Plumtrees Road Waste Transfer Station Proposal  - Status and Schedule of Events
Councilmen Saadi & Nero join with local Officials and hundreds of residents to oppose renewed efforts by MSW Associates LLC to construct a garbage/waste transfer station on Plumtrees Road in the 4th Ward.  The original proposal was rejected by local planning officials in 2007 however the latest proposal, which is much larger then the 2007 project, has received tentative approval by the State Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEEP).  MSW Assoc. LLC (Managing member, Joseph Putnam) which is currently suing the City of Danbury over the denial of the original proposal will still need local approvals to construct the expanded transfer station near hundreds of condominiums and single family homes.  Councilmen Saadi and Nero and local residents have collected and filed nearly 200 signatures (many more then required) to force the DEEP to hold a public hearing on the proposal before issuing a draft approval.  Click Here for more information and to view the full notice on DEEP website.  Below are some have highlighted a few important events below.  Link to Newstimes Article Click Here.

MAY 12th - 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers at  Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury.  Members of the public may submit written comments to the DEEP until June 3, 2014.

" While we support responsible commercial development this proposal is not appropriate for the surrounding neighborhood given the significant improvements in the area over the last decade.  We will vigorously oppose this project at the State and local level."  Said Councilmen Saadi and Nero in a public statement.

April 2014

Shelter Rock Road Closure at Rail Road Crossing:
Beginning April 25, 2014 Shelter Rock Road will be closed at the railroad crossing near Kaptein's Deli for approximately 6 days for upgrades and repairs.  Please plan your travels accordingly to avoid this closure.

Fire Hydrant Flushing may cause Residential Water Discoloration:
The City of Danbury will be flushing municipal fire hydrants over the next several weeks as part of annual system maintenance.  As a result some city water customers may experience reduced water pressure and/or discolored water.  While the discoloration does not pose a health risk if you experience discolored water it is recommended to postpone washing clothes, limit other uses and to run the water until all discoloration clears.  If discoloration or reduced pressure persists please contact: 203-797-4539 and for after hours water emergencies only call: 203-797-4615.

Families to Receive Letters regarding School Redistricting - No Students to leave 4th Ward:
About 300 households will receive letters the week of April 14th explaining that their children will attend a different Danbury public school next fall.  The school district changed the building assignments to manage overcrowding in some schools and take advantage of three new additions that added 18 classrooms.  The Superintendent and Board of Education’s goal was to minimize the number of families disrupted, hold down transportation costs and maintain the racial balance of schools as required by state law by moving children in neighborhoods together rather than one or two on a street.  In the 4th Ward no students are being moved out of South Street or Shelter Rock Schools however 31 students will move from Mill Ridge Primary to Shelter Rock School School and 12 will move from King Street Intermediate to Shelter Rock School. (Excerpted from the Newstimes, for full article click here).  "We are pleased with the minimal impact of the redistricting especially in the neighborhoods of the 4th Ward and thank the Superintendant and Board of Education for their diligence on this issue." Said 4th Ward Councilman Saadi and Nero.

March 2014

Plumtrees Road Waste Transfer Station Proposal  - Status and Schedule of Events
Councilmen Saadi & Nero join with local Officials and hundreds of residents to oppose renewed efforts by MSW Associates LLC to construct a garbage/waste transfer station on Plumtrees Road in the 4th Ward.  The original proposal was rejected by local planning officials in 2007 however the latest proposal, which is much larger then the 2007 project, has received tentative approval by the State Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEEP).  MSW Assoc. LLC (Managing member, Joseph Putnam) which is currently suing the City of Danbury over the denial of the original proposal will still need local approvals to construct the expanded transfer station near hundreds of condominiums and single family homes.  Councilmen Saadi and Nero and local residents have collected and filed nearly 200 signatures (many more then required) to force the DEEP to hold a public hearing on the proposal before issuing a draft approval.
 
State Rep. David Arconti and Councilman Saadi attended the DEEP Status Conference on January 27, 2014 during which a schedule was agreed upon for gathering evidence, holding both formal and public hearings and the final DEEP legal review.    Click Here for more information and to view the full notice on DEEP website.  Below are some have highlighted a few important events below.  Link to Newstimes Article Click Here.

March 25th: MSW Informational meeting at the Amber Room in Danbury beginning at 6PM. This meeting is being held by the applicant and is NOT a public hearing although the applicants attorneys and consultants will be available to respond to questions from the public.

April 3rd - Fourth Ward Neighborhood Meeting: 6:30PM at Shelter Rock School auditorium, 4th Ward Residents are invited to attend.  Please arrive early at meeting will start promptly at 6:30PM.

April 29th - Site Visit at the location of the proposed activity, 14 Plumtrees Rd., Danbury, at 10:30 AM. Parties, and interested members of the public, will meet in the parking lot at the subject party.

May 12th Public Hearing: 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers at  Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury.  Members of the public may submit written comments to the DEEP until June 3, 2014.

" While we support responsible commercial development this proposal is not appropriate for the surrounding neighborhood given the significant improvements in the area over the last decade.  We will vigorously oppose this project at the State and local level."  Said Councilmen Saadi and Nero in a recently issue public statement.

December 2013

Kennedy Place Tax Increase Deferral: The City of Danbury is currently reviewing the application of Greystar, a national luxury development firm, for a seven year tax deferral on new construction. Greystar proposes to build 375 market rate units with rental rates of between $1,800 - 2,600.  The development will cost approximately $70 million to construct.  While the proposal was on the Dec 3rd City Council agenda due to the need for more information the proposal was tabled until the City Council January meeting.  This project could benefit Danbury however prior to making a final decision we want to ensure that Greystar intends to include local labor and vendors for both the construction and post construction maintenance of the development.  If done correctly this development could help our local economy in the short and long term while providing economic development support for our Downtown. (UPDATE: On January 7th the City Council voted to approve the 7 year tax assessment increase deferral.)

August 2013

Property Tax Relief Proposal: The recently adopted City Budget resulted in some residents realizing stable or reduced taxes while other homeowners were hit with heavy tax increases of 20% to 33%.  This increase is unfair to home owners who continue to struggle in the current economy.  A City Council committee has been appointed to create an ordinance to provide tax equalization and fairness to local residents.  We will work with with the Committee and across party lines to provide this needed tax relief in a responsible manner that is fair for all homowners. 

Council Committee Seeks Changes to Proposed City Contract with Winters Brothers
The City Council held a Public Hearing and Committee meeting in July on the Proposed Municipal Agreement with Winters Brothers Waste Systems and municipal Waste Authority Ordinance.  After hearing from the Mayor and members of the public the Council discussed the proposed agreement for nearly two hours focusing on several aspects of the proposed contract including the 80 year term, the absence of any inflationary adjustments to the $1 per ton the city is to receive and the city waiving its right to eminent domain.  Councilman Saadi and Nero criticized the 80 term stating that many others concerns would be addressed with a shorter contract term.  Councilman Saadi proposed an amendment, which passed unanimously, directing city attorneys to renegotiate the contract with a term of 20 years or less renewable upon mutual agreement between the City and the owners of the Transfer Station. Click here to view Council Sub Committee report and proposed ordinance.

Assistance for Volunteer Fire Departments: Danbury is privileged to have both paid and volunteer firefighters which provide first class fire protection and many other safety services.  However, our volunteer Departments are struggling with increased costs and limited public funding.  In order to help address these growing costs a City Council committee has been appointed with Councilman Saadi as member to develop innovative ways to save money without impacting taxpayers.  Some possible solutions include pooling insurance plans, bulk purchase of supplies and fuel. 

School Renovations Will Be Complete On Time:We began working more than three years ago to address overcrowding in our local schools including Shelter Rock School. We worked with the PTO, Board of Education, Council members and the administration to secure passage of a school bond to fund expansion, renovations and upgrades (including security) at our schools.  While work will continue at Shelter Rock School through the Fall and early 2014 the school is ready to receive students on the first day of class on Aug. 27.  The ongoing construction of additional classrooms will not interfere with daily operation of the school.  

Plumtrees Road Waste Transfer Station & Beaverbrook Rd Sewage Facility Update: The City continues to vigorously fight the Court appeal and administrative actions taken by MSW LLC seeking to reverse the Planning Commission’s blocking of the construction of a waste transfer station on Plumtrees Road.  Regarding the proposed sewage processing facility on Beaverbrook Rd, after working with area residents to stop the facility we worked to pass an ordinance restricting such sewage facilities to specific location. The Zoning Commission also passed new regulations providing neighborhoods with two levels of protection in the future.  

May 2013

Danbury City Council Votes on Naming Army Reserve Center
The Danbury City Council recently and unanimously approved a Resolution Co-authored by Councilman Tom Saadi, supporting the naming of the Armed Forces Reserve Center under construction in Danbury as the “Veterans Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center”.   This name, which also has the support of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and the Danbury Council of Veterans, recognizes the contribution of all Veterans of every branch of the military throughout our Nation’s history.  The proposed name honors the service of all veterans, living and deceased from current and past conflicts.  The U.S. Military will make the final decision as to the name of the reserve center however we hope the military will consider the broad community support for the name "Veterans Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center."

City Council Approves Reapportionment Plan:
State Law and local Charter requires the City of Danbury to Reapportion (balance the population) of Danbury's  voting Wards based on the most recent U.S. Population Census.  At its February meeting the City Council approved the Reapportionment plan recommened by the Reapportionment Ad Hoc Committee.  The plan which now goes to a public hearing, generally leaves the current ward structure in place with changes occuring at the margins of the Wards.  The changes are neccessary to balance the Ward populations in response to Census noting that  reapportionment is based on population and not the number of registered voters in a ward.  The two largest wards by population are the 4th and 7th wards with the smallest being the 1st, 3rd and 6th Wards. 
 
The main changes are the following: (1) Pocono Road neighbborhood off of exit 8 will be moved into the 3rd Ward; (2) Section of the 7th ward (Middle River Rd.,Richter Dr & Heritage Dr. areas) will be moved into the 1st ward; and (3) The section of the 7th Ward south of Mill Plain road (the Reserve and Benson Dr. Areas) will be moved into the 6th Ward.  There are a few additional changes in the downtown area affecting small cencus blocks.
The Council approval process is as follows: (1) The full Council will review the plan at next Regular Council meeting and will likely refer the matter to a public hearing; (2) The Public Hearing should be held in February;(3)  Council will likely cast the final vote at its March meeting; and (4) The plan that passes will be in the form of an ordinace which then has to be published then will take effect 30 days thereafter.
 
January 2013

Danbury School Security Meeting - Jan 3rd, 7PM at Broadview:
In response to the horrific shootings in Newtown, Mayor Mark Boughton, Police Chief Al Baker and School Superintendant Sal Pascarella will host an All City School safety meeting at which they will present the City's plan to upgrade Danbury School safety.  The meeting is on January 3rd at 7PM at Broadview School. Please continue to keep the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims and their families in your prayers as we all try to comprehend this most incomprehensible event.
 
Hurriciane Relief Fund:
The City of Danbury and several area towns have partnered with Union Savings Bank to establish a relief fund to assist Greater Danbury victims of Hurricane Sandy. The fund is managed through an account established at Union Savings Bank named Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund – Greater Danbury. The City has made an initial donation of $5,000 and Union Savings Bank has donated $2,500 as seed money for the fund and Newtown has agreed to donate $1,000.  The hope is individuals, organizations and businesses will also donate to the fund.  Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to any Union Savings Bank branch in Danbury, Newtown, New Milford, Brookfield, Ridgefield, New Fairfield or Bethel and make a contribution of any amount.  Donations will be accepted from Tuesday, November 13, 2012 through Wednesday, December 12, 2012.  If you have questions contact CityLine 311 at 203-744-4311 or Senior VP Marketing Manager at Union Savings Bank, Michele Martin at 203-830-6045.
 
November 2012

School Bond Package Approved by Voters:
On Nov. 5th Danbury Voters approved several bond/borrowing proposals including $44 million dollars for  expansions and renovations at several Danbury Schools including long needed additional class rooms and upgrades at Shelter Rock School.  The City expects to begin construction next year and complete all projects by 2015.  Councilmen Saadi and Nero have been meeting for many months with local parents, teachers and school administrators working cooperatively to bring the School Bond Proposal to a public vote.
 
Chestnut Street - Law Enforcement Meeting:
On Sept 10, 2012, Councilman Saadi attended a meeting hosted by the Police Chief which included representatives from the WCSU Administration,Campus State Police, Shawn Stillman of the Unit, PJ Prunty from the Mayor's Office, the Apartment Manager and several Danbury Police/Patrol Officers.  At this meeting a coordinated plan was put in place to crack down on the illegal conduct occurring both at the apartments and in the neighborhood.  The Police have arrested residents and issued citations and will continue to do so but will also share information with and coordinating efforts with the University, Campus police and the building manager.
We hope that this more coordinated approach will help stem and then reverse the tide of problem behavior in the nighborhood.   Another helpful change is that the new bulding owners are cooperating with the City and WCSU in this effort.
 
June 2012

Application Withdrawn for 114 Triangle Street Auto Wreaking Yard Request for Variance:
Agents for Lajoie Auto Scrap & Recycling have withdrawn a petition for a variance with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  A previous petition as well as the most recent petition before the ZBA raised concerns of increased truck traffic, noise, vibrations and permitting a use otherwise currently prohibited in Danbury.   While the most recent petition has been withdrawn we expect agents for Lajoie to refile a request for the variance.  Please watch for updates reagrding this matter as it is important for area residents to attend any meetings on this issue.
 
Chestnut Street - UNIT meeting, Patrols and Neighborhood Watch :
In response to residents' concerns Councilmen Saadi and Nero have patrolled Chestnut Street on multiple occassions and met with local residents.  They saw the trash, speeding cars and disturbing behavior by residents and guests of the Aptment development at the end of Chestnut Street.  Councilmen Saadi & Nero are committed to working with Mayor Boughton, UNIT Director Shaun Stillman, Police Chief Al Baker and Dean Paul Bernstein of WCSU to bring matters under controll. The Mayor is in contact with the Apartment bulding owners and hope to have new signs, resurfacing of the road and at least one speed hump installed this summer. Councilmen Saadi and Nero are available to work with any residents interested in starting a neighborhood watch program. If you are intersted please contact Councilmen Saadi or Nero.
 
Newtown Road/Route 6 Improvements Public Hearing Held May 15th:
The City of Danbury and the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation held a public information meeting at City Hall on May 15, 2012 regarding the Traffic Safety Improvement of Newtown Road between Old Newtown Road and Plumtrees Road as well as between Eagle Road and Industrial Plaza Road intersections. The project is to be designed and constructed by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. Preliminary estimated cost for the project is $ 9.5 million dollars. Eighty percent of cost shall be borne by the Federal Highway Administration and the remaining twenty (20) percent shall be borne by the State of Connecticut. Construction of the project is anticipated to take place during the Fiscal year 2015/2016. For those who could not attend the public hearing please contact Councilmen Saadi or Nero for information. Residents may also send comments or concerns in writing to Bruce R. Tuomala, Director of Economic Development, City of Danbury, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810.
 
Indoor Sports Complex on Shelter Rock Lane:
This project to construct an inflatted indoor multi-use sports fields is proceeding after an official groundbreaking ceremony last month.  The current project has been reduced in size from the original proposal and other technical adjustments were made to address concerns of City Officials and local residents.
 
Triangle Street Auto Wreaking Yard-114 Triangle Street:
The City has issued two cease and desist orders against this property. The first for violation of Secs. 4.B.2.a., 3.G.5. & 8.A.2.c.(4) of the Zoning Regulations. Prohibited Change of use: Large commercial vehicles and equipment are being stored and operated on a residential property in a residential zone and construction of a large earthen berm within 5 ft. of a property line. The second for violation of Secs. 4.B.2.a., 9.C.2.a. & 8.A.2.c.(4) of the Zoning Regulations. Large commercial vehicles and equipment are being stored and operated outside permitted junk yard area in violation of ZBA location approval effective 7/20/1977. Such state results in an illegal expansion of a pre-existing non-conforming use. Also construction of a large earthen berm within 5 ft. of a property line. We will keep you updated as to this matter and should you have any questions or concerns regarding the site please contact us.

January 2012

Saadi & Nero Meet with CL&P Officials:
Recently Councilmen Saadi & Nero met with CL&P officials. At this meeting they outlined immediate and long term concerns including: (1) the need for CL&P to pre-stage crews and equipment prior to future storms, (2) putting local electrical contractors on retainer to rapid deployment after storms, (3) creating rapid response teams that are sent to smaller neighborhoods and those with elderly and disabled residents to address relatively minor repair issues while the main workforce addresses the larger neighborhoods that require more diffucult repair work; and (4) updating communication equipment and processes to ensure that information provided to local officials and the public is accurate and up to date - not 12 or 24 hours old.
 
The CL&P officials were understanding and while not agreeing with all of the comments and critisizm of their opperations did state that many changes were being made to avoid a repeat of the post Irene and Albert strom power restoration delays.


Petition for Variance to Expand Auto Scrap Yard at 114 Triangle Street Withdrawn: The petition recently filed by Lajoie Auto Scrap & Recycling sought a variance to expand the size and scrap metal operation  at the location - both of which are currently prohibited.  The petition raised serious concerns of increased large truck traffic, noise, vibration and increased hours of operation that could negatively impact local residents.  As a result many residents along with Councilmen Saadi & Nero attended two public hearings waiting to express their concerns.  However, after a detailed presentation by city staff and before the public could speak,  the  applicant withdrew the petition.  Should Lajoie refile a petition for a variance we will notify local residents and work to protect our neighborhood. 

CL&P's Slow Response & Insufficient Offers:Nearly two months ago we wrote to CL&P officials by email, phone and US Mail to express our outrage at the delays in power restoration particularly since we have had years of rate increases and rising CL&P profits while CL&P has cut customer service staff and reduced the number of repair crews who are now in great need.  CL&P has not yet responded to our demand for information further underscoring what seems to be an air of impunity and a culture of contempt within the leadership of CL&P for local Officials and municipal departments.  While CL&P and its Corporate parent company, Northeast Utilities have made some concessions to consumers they are too little too late.  In order to prevent such occurrences in the future we will be working with State and municipal Officials to pass news laws requiring greater response and responsibility by CL&P and all public utilities in the future.   If would like a copy of our correspondence with CL&P please contact us and we encourage you to send your own letters to: Connecticut Light & Power, at P.O. Box 270, Hartford, CT 06141-0270

Summer 2011

Tilcon Asphalt Plant Noise: Saadi & Nero to meet with Tilcon Officials.  Responding to residents’ complaints we have written to Tilcon and the Department Energy & Environmental Protection requesting that they address the recent increase in excessive noise at the site.  While located in an industrial zone we believe that reasonable noise levels limits should be in place from 9 PM – 6 AM.  Tilcon Officials have responded in writing expressing their understanding of residents' concerns and both Councilmen Saadi & Nero will be meeting with Tilcon Officials in the New Year to further discuss constituents' concerns.

Beaverbrook Road Sewage Processing Facility:Working with area residents we fought the proposed sewage processing facility and while the special exception application has been withdrawn we remained concerned that such facilities could be proposed in the future.  At the request of Councilman Saadi and others a City Council Leadership Committee was appointed which drafted an ordinance restricting sewage processing to the current City facility.  The proposed ordinance will soon be scheduled for a public hearing and up for a final vote in November.  In addition to the protections in the proposed ordinance the Zoning Commission revised the City Zoning regulations to prohibit such facilities.  Together these initiative provide neighborhoods with two levels of protection against such facilities. 

Pocono Lane By-Pass Road Naming: In 2008, after years of refusals by the State address traffic and safety concerns at the intersection of Pocono Lane and Newtown Road Councilman Saadi and the Mayor working with area residents constructed a much needed by-pass road.  This road improved safety and the quality of life of area residents and yet this important road remains unnamed.  Recently a group of residents petitioned to name the road "Neil's Way" after the late Neil Van Valkenburgh who first suggested his daughter Linda Van Valkenburgh begin a petition drive to convince officials to address this issue.  Mr. Van Valkenburgh died last year and to honor his memory and concern for this neighborhood we submitted the petition to the City Council to begin the process for naming the road “Neil’s Way.”
 
Shelter Rock Rd. Warehouse –Building & Blasting: The Planning Commission approved a special application for a Warehouse & Office Building at 90 Shelter Rock Rd.  During the Public hearings we and area residents raised concerns of increased truck traffic, blasting and poor traffic sight-lines and as a result we secured construction of a by-pass lane, special blasting notice requirements and improved traffic sight-lines.  Please contact us if issues arise during construction.
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