BUDGET PROCESS FY'20 LINKS BELOW:
THE LEGISLATURE AS WE FOLLOW IT, SESSION DAYS, COMMITTEES & BILLS - CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY ("C.G.A.") 2019
C.G.A. - go direct to the Connecticut Legislature website.
PLANNING IN WESTON:
NEWEST PAGE IN GREEN FOR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
About Town P&Z reporting resumes...CROSS TABS of survey to come? AFTER THAT...EXISTING LAND USE MAP? ALL THE HOUSES SHOWN - what land is left to develop? Redevelop?
LINK to Town of Weston YouTube channel. What is our area of interest as well as expertise? What is our "NEWS BEAT"? ABOUT TOWN (WESTON) COLUMN HERE
Summer 2016 into AUTUMN, ending in snow...as Winter began. The first day of winter is also the darkest day. SPRING has given way to
Summer 2017...longest "LONG" C.G.A. Session... AUTUMN 2017; Winter17-18 grabs hold and won't let go!!! And it is SPRING 2018...
SUMMER2018; and Autumn2018 is gone...WINTER is here!
2018 ELECTION NEWS HERE. WARNING: Opinions here as well...CT SEC'Y OF THE STATE ELECTION CALENDAR HERE: http://portal.ct.gov/-/media/sots/ElectionServices/Calendars/2018_Election/2018-Calendar-searchable-pdf.pdf?la=en
ABOUT WESTON website manager author of About Town column
Professional background in city planning, original research on downtown pedestrian malls published. Long experience in public policy matters, with degrees to match.
A 3-town online newspaper: https://patch.com/connecticut/weston-ct
TOWN OF WESTON FACEBOOK PAGE:
CALENDAR of Weston-only schedule of activities. Line to online newspaper http://www.weston-today.com/
TV news: http://connecticut.news12.com;
OUR FAVORITE SOURCE - CT-N link;
AND...CT NEWS JUNKIE: http://ctnewsjunkie.com/;
The New London DAY;
The Advocate Online;
The Waterbury Republican-American;
Yale Daily News;
New Haven REGISTER;
Alaska Dispatch News: http://www.adn.com/;
WHAT'S UP IN COURT? https://www.courthousenews.com/
Note this is a national organization - https://www.publicintegrity.org/about
NEW: And what about the middle of the country (print & online)? http://www.startribune.com/
* = Observations from news accounts from elsewhere since 1998 are continually being evaluated off-line and where appropriate when specific items relate to the new more local mission of About Weston; when timely, included by reference in current discussions.
ON A LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEVEL
This way to all the information you will need to follow government. When does a "public notice" have to be published?
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER ("169 towns" is first) - these pages are updated with all news as it happens.
A, B, C , D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O (online news), P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. ("Z" for "zoning")
169 Towns in CT
CT ELECTION INFORMATION ON MOST RECENT ONE HERE.
- Yes, the Judicial Branch did this! With links: http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/ordinances.htm
- Towns in CT land cover - new link: https://clear.uconn.edu/
- Weston data 2015: http://www.pschousing.org/housingprofiles2015/PSC_2015HsgProfile_Weston.pdf; same source report: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/new_report_finds_demand_for_affordable_housing_increasing/
- How many of the 169 have reached 10% affordable housing? 31 in 2010. Update - HOT BUTTON FOR WESTON.
Did you miss the About Town column last week? Do you need hot tips on what is going on in town?
Because we're interested in this subject. And urban design, which may be discussed during construction projects here.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
REPORTS - impact for years and years. Light on more recent related environmental matters. CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS in Implementer.2018.
Aspetuck Land Trust
All fields are not natural; The Nature Conservancy ("Devil's Den" at right) really defines Weston.
FROM 2018 BUDGET IMPLEMENTER: CT CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS RELIEF IS NOW HANDLED BY A PUBLIC-PRIVATE-QUASI ENTITY - CLICK HERE FOR OUR REPORTS
WESTON BUDGET PROCESS:
Our first concern. But are we immune from negative "externalities" as they say in economics?
- Weston Budget Process for FY'19 over...NEW PAGE for FY20.
- Where does reval 2019 fit in?
- But that doesn't mean we stop spending via "special appropriations" until we hit the 2% cap max. (by Charter) for special or additional appropriations (of current budget).
- State of Connecticut not out of the woods yet. - 2018 "Short Session" .
Link to information from the...PENSION SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION
CT PENSION SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION - meeting twice a month, way "out of the box" thinking!
We note that at least one participant was not re-elected and the State of CT Treasurer is retiring (both not shown above).
When the State of CT runs out of money, then what?
When cities and towns run out of money, then what? We note that administration officials are leaving for other jobs...according to CT MIRROR.
Municipal Accountability Review Board (no longer headed by Ben Barnes)
PAGE DEALING WITH RETIREMENT SECURITY or insecurity?
IN ORDER TO GET IN THE MOOD: https://ctmirror.org/2017/01/30/a-legacy-of-debt-connecticut-standing-on-its-own-fiscal-cliff/
F.S.E.G. (ALMOST) HISTORY?
Like Cinderella's coach - gone. Still promoting report however. "'The more you make, the more you pay'" said one legislator.
WHAT STARTS WITH "C?"
- Capital Budget
- CGA (General Assembly - THE LEGISLATURE)
- CT EXECUTIVE BRANCH
- CT JUDICIAL BRANCH
Capital Budgeting in Weston 2019.
And a look out to what's up in Hartford...
LINK TO: SHEFF RESUMES AND C.C.J.E.F. STORIES.
Link to planning for Census 2020
"The Horses Mouth" for data or better yet, the quick number for 2010 here.
How much did Weston grow according to the U.S. Census between 2000 and 2010? ANS. 142 people. Census change 2000-2010 = 10,037 to 10,179
Visit some explanatory links, research and special maps below:
- NEW U.S. Census 2020 page;
- U.S. Census of Population in Weston
- U.S. Census of Housing in Weston
- U.S. CENSUS OF POPULATION
- U.S. CENSUS OF HOUSING
- HOW DOES THE CENSUS BUREAU DEVELOP POPULATION ESTIMATES?
- Projections? Not worth the paper they're written on - yes or no? .
- Regional tax sharing and regionalizing services - not a new idea, fwiw.
PLEASE NOTE: We are suspended our attendance at WESTCOG. Why? Because the action most of interest in now at the Capitol.
Gone but not forgotten: The MORE you look the MORE you see...the MORE DEM dead hand (or not) of MORE government encroachment...try here...for MORE: http://www.housedems.ct.gov/node/2746
Regional cooperation should be voluntary and we assume if there are any changes they will come from the Legislature. We now "attend" via CT-N, meetings of ACIR and CT Councils of Governments.
C.G.A. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH : AND HOW IT RELATES TO OTHER BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT - EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL
C.G.A. news we find; find list of bills during Sessions from Committees we follow.
CT Spending Cap Commission...CT TAX PANEL and others; Excellent Caucus information session.
STATE OF CONNECTICUT WEBSITE
THIS GOVERNOR COMMUNICATES ONLINE
EXECUTIVE BRANCH LINK
THE CT JUDICIAL BRANCH
NEWS: Our "Education" sub-page has the "blow-by-blow" on what the Courts are up to.
- "The judicial branch has eliminated the four-person Supreme Court police force..." reports the CT MIRROR....not so fast!
- New CT Chief Justice Richard Robinson, after Judiciary does not endorse first nominee, who was rejected by Senate; C.C.J.E.F. story latest - end of it?.
- Judicial Branch...as it relates to others branches and everyday people...
- SHEFF decision: And here comes Sheff for another round beginning Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017...and we ask, will the Legislature be watching?
Environmental Justice to the fore in 2019 Session?
Drought and now storm water regulations - are they connected? CHECK OUT HISTORY HERE
Particularly important to a town with no public water lines or sewer service and environmentally necessary to stay that way. But what's this?
NEW TO US THE CONNECTICUT SPECIAL EDUCATION COST MODEL TASK FORCE: MEETING MINUTES AND TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS
MOST RECENT MEETING - A VIRTUAL ONE.
CT school finance project director attending these meetings. We note that the RFP got no responses. "Focus groups" are being held with parents.
Bd of Ed meeting news here. MBR. NEW for 2018-2019, Weston High School sports viewing; Facilities?
LATEST (INCLUDES 2016-2017 DATA) - CT MIRROR STUDY COMPARING SCHOOLS, STATEWIDE AND DRG
HOLY DEFUNDING BATMAN!!!
Education and its CT funding landscape, NEWER news; how much do Charter Schools grow in a bleak financial situation? New Federal law suit; And Educational Technology
How many kids issue to re-emerge? Now?: And the relation among local, regional and state levels of government supplying this service. C.E.A. seeks injunction to halt governor's pass-thru of retirement costs; veto threat;
Lighted fields issue...
High School auditorium projects.
Previous entities created by earlier Legislatures to deal with BUDGET CRISIS
FINANCE BOARD ACTIVITY IN THE WESTON BUDGET PROCESS HERE
Follow Weston Budget Process here. Link to the now finished CT Spending Cap Commission; work of CT Tax Panel, which we followed .
AND OTHER WATCH DOG AGENCIES
This way to all the information you will need to follow local government and protect your freedoms, at right...
Freedom of Information Commission and its sister agencies - S.E.E.C. and Ethics found here, too. Firearms Permit Examiners Board 2017;
"HOW TO" handy tips - "tweaks" in procedures suggested Link: http://www.ct.gov/foi/cwp/view.asp?a=3171&Q=531378#ObtainRecords
"GOVERNMENT" at all three levels - Federal, State and Local.
"The Gazebo" -
Weston's gathering place. St. Joseph's College forum on Impeachment.
Global Facilities Committee - now including notes on all meetings we ever attended
NEW FOCUS FOR C.G.A. 2019.
Health Care 2015
We are always concerned about the structural relationships - can health care be the bridge?
Historic Preservation and Re-Use; Historic Districts and Adaptive Re-Use
Highlights from previous research (internet attack, nuclear security); BOTNET ATTACK OF THE MACHINES
What has happened since Town purchase with Nature Conservancy - organized for best historical use. Relates to historic preservation. And re-use.
THE MILLENIALS: What is in their future? Read study here.
SUSTAINABILITY STUDY; WESTON ALWAYS INTO GROUNDWATER - MINI - STUDY ARSENIC, 2017. REVIVED AND NOW WE'RE AHEAD OF THE GAME: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?
National significance in eastern & southwestern CT; and other related issues...such as preserving open space lands including your natural "lawn"... relation to water cycle...via safe household hazardous waste disposal.
Planning & Zoning matters under "Z"
Weston meetings related to Police news and drones. Planning use for drones? Gun registration story here, too. 2017 Citizen of the Year celebration.
Power Outage Blog
To report an outage to Eversource, or to check out P.U.R.A. rate case...or who is in the process of buying Aquarion, click here: https://www.eversource.com/clp/outage/outagemap.aspx
Re-Evaluation of property now...
How does this relate to CT Tax Panel - who discussed the CT "over-reliance" on the Property Tax.
AN ARTISTIC E- RE-VISIT;
SEATTLE LIKE WESTON CT?
Full consolidation of Seattle pages online now; Whidbey planning board news, comparison of population from previous About Weston website...how is Weston like Whidbey Island?
S P E C I A L T O W N M E E T I N G S . R E F E R E N D A A F T E R , B U D G E T P R O C E S S B Y F Y Y E A R
APRIL 4, 2018 DOG PARK MACHINE VOTE GETS 1686 VOTERS TO THE POLLS
- And dogs outscore school budget 2018 25% to 9%.
- Barely more budget Referendum voters in 2017 than could be allowed (sitting) in the high school auditorium in 2017...2015 School Budget goes down - 2nd referendum 688 y, 313 n, total of 1001 votes.
- The reason, in part, for an ATBM/Referendum required via Charter Revision was Weston High School Auditorium capacity (originally 600, now in the 500's);
- This laudable change then included a QUORUM of 130 (not a unanimous vote of second Charter Revision Commission);
- An example of a way to muzzle the voice of the people. When will the stay home from ATBM folks get the message NOT to take their freedoms for granted?
Board of Selectmen meeting notes: Town of Weston website the second official "posting" location. Site Selection process in Weston...
Special Town Meetings since 2002...our reports.
Millennials (they are "GenY") come after GenX
Strategic Planning Committee
Strategic Planning Committee to formally announce "thewestonway.com"
Sustainability Study by About Weston, and above right, the link to awesome 2019 version of Sustainability Committee, to add alternates.
NEW massaging of data - which includes hundreds of unfinished responses...how many exactly?
DATA, CITIZEN SURVEY REVIEW HERE; PLAN FOR A CHARETTE
HOW IS WESTON, CONNECTICUT LIKE A MALL?
Our answer: Local Plan cannot be "inconsistent" with CT Plan of C&D...see link below!
Which comes first for P&Z Commission - its Plan of C & D now - how does it relate to CT Plan? New LEGEND? An example of interrelationship here (bike-ped): TownPlan2008-2018.html
CLICK HERE FOR "2020": Get on board our "2020"/NEW town planning page...
Compare our approach this time to the way we did our version of the Plan in 2010!
GO TO OUR OBSERVATIONS OF PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS
Almost always the "Z" when you are talking regulations and their changes. The decennial "plan" process is the "P." See our planning process here.
Elsewhere - since Weston is not an island, an example. Zoning issue: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Faulty-Stamford-foundation-remains-unresolved-6730458.phpLINK TO TOWN OF EASTON DRAFT TOWN PLAN UPDATE: http://www.eastonct.gov/sites/eastonct/files/u446/easton_plan_of_conservation_and_development_2018-2028_revised_draft.pdf
- Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) now monthly online meetings! CCOGS link here. WestCOG link here.
- BRUNO (l.) confused. Why not have a floating zone for dogs? Meanwhile, 8-24 negative opinion means Special Town Meeting required for dog park on Town land to continue as Town requested. WOOF!!!
- Temporary structures for elderly - CT model regulation coming...Proposed SB922 (did it pass?) on the way to the floor. Dec.5, 2016 meeting did not seem to explain how this is going to work...in Weston Ans. not.
- NEW CT STORM WATER REGULATIONS TO APPLY AS OF APRIL 1, 2017
- Cluster zoning in the pipeline at P&Z? YUP. Starred in first new Town Plan "conversation" April 22nd! Compare the open space linkage above with STORM WATER REGULATIONS INFO...already shown as a link above
- Anything new on the horizon? From an aerial perspective? We noticed a bill to authorize regional planning organizations or COGs as they are called now, top charge for their services (in addition to dues).
- Town Plan Toolkit: What are some things we could add to it? Any ideas?
- Focus on the central part of town also at first Town Plan "conversation" in addition to cluster - don't you think we need to draw a map of where we are talking about? We need a planning-size map.
- Are the Town of Weston zoning and subdivision regulations up to date?
- Seeking out pathways to healthy living! And here is a story about "special natural characteristics" - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35148909
WE WATCHED ON A FRIDAY BEFORE THE THREE-DAY WEEKEND FOR ACTION ON GOVERNOR'S TRANSPORTATION FINANCE PANEL - OUR REPORT HERE.
All modes! To include bicycle-pedestrian to Federal Railroad planning NE Corridor. Some CT hot development issues - transportation - Monroe "roundabout!" and take the train New Haven-Springfield.
How about Rhode Island's use for autonomous vehicles? https://www.theday.com/statenortheast-news/20181204/rhode-island-awards-contract-to-run-self-driving-shuttles
21st Century Unions
Public sector unions fighting for their place everywhere but not in CT, in my opinion. C.R.S.A. to force retirement saving? Or not?
Wild Things review
"WATCH DOG" AGENCIES HERE
Next up is 2019 Iditarod. For SP Kennel, Red Team only...last year's adventure here: http://www.aboutweston.com/iditarod2018.html
The World (graphic at left from NASA photo - eclipse, imagined).
WWHD - offices on Bayberry Lane, Westport.
"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE GAIL LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd DISTRICT:
The Honorable Gail
Lavielle represents the 143rd District in Connecticut's House of
Representatives, which includes most of Wilton and parts of Norwalk and
Westport. She will be sworn in for her fifth term in the House in
Representative Lavielle was recently appointed as Ranking Member of the Connecticut General Assembly’s joint Appropriations Committee, a role she will assume when the 2019 session opens on January 9. She will also continue to serve on the Education and Transportation Committees.
"About Town" is honored to present this interview with Representative Lavielle.
Recorded December 24, 2018.
Joe Lametta recently retired as Director of Public Works for the Town of Weston, Connecticut, concluding a distinguished 40 year career of service to the Town.
In this very special interview he provides fascinating
insights into the varied functions of a municipal public works department; on
how Weston has remained "ahead of the curve" when it comes to
environmental matters; and his thoughts on what may lie ahead concerning infrastructure
and other matters of import to the Town.
Recorded September 21, 2018
TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE TONY HWANG, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR, 28th DISTRICT:
Town" is delighted to present this interview with the
Honorable Tony Hwang, Connecticut State Senator for the 28th District. Senator Hwang
provides us with exceptional insights into the very major issues
the State is currently faced with, and the keys to how they should be resolved. Don't
miss this exceptionally informative interview, about matters that will
affect all of us.
Recorded August 23, 2018.
Town" is honored to present this interview with the Honorable Toni
Boucher, Connecticut State Senator for the 26th District.
The district Senator Boucher represents in the Connecticut State Senate includes the towns of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. In this informative interview she provides an update on the 2018 Session of the State Legislature, which has addressed issues affecting all Connecticut residents. The State's economy, its budget, taxes, jobs, cost of living, the possibility of highway tolls, as well as her unanimously passed Bill on Holocaust Education, are among the many issues she informs us about. Now signed into law by the Governor: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00452&which_year=2018
Recorded May 6, 2018
TOWN" INTERVIEWS THE HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER SPAULDING, Ph.D., FIRST SELECTMAN, TOWN OF WESTON, CONNECTICUT:
"About Town" is honored to present this interview with the recently elected First Selectman of the Town of Weston, Connecticut, the Honorable Christopher Spaulding, Ph.D.
Among many topics covered in the interview that will be of interest to Westonites and to others interested in small town municipal government, Dr. Spaulding provides us with valuable insight into his approaches to the delicate balancing acts leadership of local govenment requires.
TOWN" INTERVIEWS JIM LISHER, CHAIRMAN, TELE-HEALTH SENIORS WELLNESS PROGRAM OF NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT:
"About Town" is delighted to present this interview with Jim Lisher, chairman of the Tele-Health Seniors Wellness Program of New Canaan, Connecticut. This highly successful program commenced in 2013, and provides senior citizens with the opportunity, at no cost to them, to have periodic video visits with a nurse, and periodic remote monitoring of vital signs and other health-related information. The goal being to facilitate successful aging in place, while simultaneously improving quality of care and reducing health care costs. After watching this important interview you just may find yourself wanting to inspire the officials of your own town or city to establish a similar program!
INTERVIEWS LYN KIMBERLY, AMERICAN WANDERER, LLC, AND CAMP BERGER OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE GRANGE:
And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com
For Windows Users (best viewed via Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download):
For Windows or Apple/Mac users (depending on the software you are using, playback may not begin until the entire file has downloaded, which may take several minutes or more depending on the speed of your internet connection):
INTERVIEWED KAREN TATARKA, DIRECTOR OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: NEWS ON RE-OPENING AFTER RENOVATION
"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS ALLEN SWERDLOWE, AIA, CHAIRMAN OF THE BUILDING COMMITTEE, TOWN OF WESTON:
INTERVIEWS COLLEEN PALMER, Ph.D., SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE
WESTON (CONNECTICUT) PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT...
Amy Kalafa serves on the Town Committee overseeing the future of one of the most beautiful properties in the beautiful Town of Weston, Connecticut. Her exceptionally diverse and distinguished background also includes authoring of the book "Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children's Health"; creation of the documentary film "Two Angry Moms: Fighting for the Health of America's Children"; and establishment of the related website www.angrymoms.org. She has produced award winning films and television programs, and has written magazine articles related to health education for more than 25 years, and has been featured on Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Fox News Live, and in USA Today and The New York Times. Don't miss this very special interview! WATCH NOW!
Dr. Floyd Lapp, F.A.I.C.P., is the Executive Director of the South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA). This program provides an informative look at current regional planning issues and activities, with special focus on Hurricane Sandy, and how good planning must address the effects of climate change. WATCH NOW!
PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!
The Honorable Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the State, visits "About Town" to discuss what has gone on since she and the administration of Governor Malloy took the helm after the unfortunate voting travesty in Bridgeport on Election Day 2010. Learn about how Secretary Merrill has responded with ideas that can make our democracy here in Connecticut work better! WATCH NOW!!!
Vision and design in the built environment.
Distinguished architect Allen Swerdlowe, AIA (www.d7architects.com) serves as Chairman of the Building Committee and the School Building Committee of the Town of Weston, CT. In this very special interview he presents valuable insights into Weston-specific issues, as well as into the important role that good architectural and urban design can play in both the educational process and in making cities and towns better places to live. WATCH NOW!
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- In case you are wondering why this website does not delve into more topics...we can't cover everything all by ourselves!
- As advised years ago, most decisions end up in the lap of the Board of Selectmen. So we haven't missed one of these EVER - since June, 1991 (sometimes watching on Channel 79 or on WGTV in bad weather). And as long ago as December 1998 we began observing government ONLINE!
- We now, in 2018, attend all meetings of Boards of Selectmen and Finance as well as P&Z.
- What we think is the top issue of the week in Weston, CT.in our About Town column (in WESTON-TODAY)
- Or in the State of Connecticut or wherever we think something will impact Weston, Connecticut...
- We even do political cartoons just for fun on this website only.