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March 15 Update from First Selectman Dave Bindelglass



March 15 2024

Good afternoon,

The Special Town Meeting for the town of Easton will be held on March 25 at 7 p.m. at Samuel Staples Elementary School at 515 Morehouse Road with a public hearing portion immediately following. The agenda and documentation for the town meeting can be found on the town’s website home page.

Absentee ballots for the April 2 Presidential Preference Primary will be available starting on Tuesday, March 12. More information can be found here at  https://www.eastonct.gov/home/news/absentee-ballots-for-the-presidential-preference-primary-will-be-available-starting-on.

Save the date for the Annual Boy Scout Gourmet Breakfast, March 23 at Easton Community Center from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by emailing Troop66Breakfast@gmail.com.

Please join the Connecticut Clean Communities on Sunday, March 24 from 12:00 to 2 p.m. at Easton EMS, 448 Sport Hill Road to commemorate World Water Day by safeguarding our local watershed and cleaning up harmful waste along our reservoirs. We will supply all the necessary tools and materials! Register on our website: www.ctclean.org. This is something we can do to protect our water right now.

The Board of Finance discussed funding for the NEST project at Joel Barlow High School. The town previously approved a bond floated by the Region 9 Board of Education for $4.5 million for a second turf field and a new locker/meeting room at the high school stadium. The turf field has been completed and has been in use since the beginning of the school year, benefitting both the high school and local youth groups. Because of some challenges with waste water management the building part of the project appears to be underfunded by $300,000. Redding’s proposed solution was to contribute funds from their ARPA money to fund the difference but only if Easton matches them. Our ARPA money is already committed to the EMS renovation and the Boards of Finance and Selectmen question whether this is an appropriate use of those funds anyway. We propose that private donations which have been received in addition to others that have been committed, should be combined with funding from the Region 9 capital budget to complete the project. I expressed my belief that our town is committed to funding and seeing the completion of the project and that the appropriate way to fund it is for both towns to pay their fair share in the same way that all other region expenses are paid, through the normal budgetary process.

The Center for Family Justice invites you to its 12th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, on April 27. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the downtown Fairfield Train Station and the walk will commence at 9:00am. Please visit www.bit.ly/cfjwam24 to register, $25 for adults, $10 for students and children 10 and under are free.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dave

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