Weston first selectman proposes 2.65% town budget increase

First Selectman Chris Spaulding is proposing a $13,103,891 operating budget for the town of Weston, a 2.64% increase over the current year. The proposed budget is $337,026 more than the current fiscal year budget. The mill, or tax, rate is expected to increase .84 points, a 2.91% increase. The mill rate in the proposed budget is 29.75, up from 28.91 this fiscal year. The increase in the mill rate is due to both the school budget and the town budget. According to the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, a mill is equal to $1 of tax for each $1,000 … Read more

Weston, Easton, Redding see drop in state-issued school district grades

Weston, Easton and Redding public school districts each saw dropping grades on the state’s annual assessment of school performance, according to data released Friday, Feb. 9. The data comes from an annual report put out by Connecticut’s Department of Education. Each district earned worse grades in the 2016-17 school year than the 2015-16 school year. The Weston school district scored 82.1, down from last year, when it scored 85.4. Easton’s districtwide score is 75.8, down from 83.5 last year. Redding scored 76.6, down from 81.5 a year ago. According to the Connecticut Department of Education, the state uses a zero-to-100 … Read more

Easton Democrat to run for state representative

The battle for Connecticut’s 135th Congressional District has a new participant. Easton Democrat Anne Hughes plans to challenge incumbent Adam Dunsby to represent the 135th Congressional District, which consists of Easton, Weston and part of Redding. Hughes, 52, grew up in Fairfield, where civic engagement was an important part of her life from the early years. “I’m from a very engaged family,” said Hughes. “We started a recycling initiative in my neighborhood when I very young. We would go around the neighborhood and pick up people’s newspapers and bottles, load them into our van and bring them to the recycling … Read more

Weston hosts Freedom of Information program

Weston First Selectman Chris Spaulding hosted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training program on Thursday, Feb. 8. The program was for elected and appointed town officials and employees who were interested in learning more about FOIA. While the meeting wasn’t mandatory, Spaulding strongly encouraged town officials to attend. “We filled the Town Hall Conference Room and it was a pretty packed house,” said Spaulding. “We had people from almost every board and we sent a copy of the video to everyone who missed the meeting.” Spaulding said total transparency is one of his primary goals for the town. “Ensuring that … Read more

Easton Historical Society to pay town for space use

The Easton Historical Society will now contribute towards its use of the library.

After years of not paying for utility usage, the Easton Historical Society made a deal with the Easton Board of Selectmen to pay $400 annually for its share of utilities in the Easton Library, plus $1 annually for rent. When the library was being built, the historical society was given a small amount of space in the building to store documents and hold meetings. There was a contract agreement between the town and the historical society from April 1996 to give the historical society a 30-year lease on the space. In that agreement the historical society agreed to pay 3.8% … Read more

Weston speaks up about special ed budget, tolls, environment

State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) with the panel at Weston's Speak Up on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Weston League of Women Voters (LWV) held its 27th annual Speak Up event on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Weston Public Library. The event takes place each year in early February and invites area residents to voice concerns  and ask questions of a number town and state officials. Speak Up was moderated by LWV member Laura Smits. Westonites with questions and comments stood at the back of the packed community room in the library. They had the chance to address their questions to specific members of the panel, which included Weston’s selectmen, school officials and more. Timothy Zack of … Read more

Weston school board says no theater cuts

Weston’s Board of Education is proposing a total expenditure of $171,607 for the theater arts program, a 4.7% increase from fiscal year 2017. Despite this increase, Weston’s theater community is concerned about changes coming in the proposed budget. Last year, the district spent $84,826 on the program, with an additional $79,007 from the student activities accounts. This amounted to a total of $163,833. This year, theater program coordination will be funded by a stipend included in the program’s budget expenditures. Since the stipend isn’t included in the theater coordinator’s salary, the work done by the coordinator will now have to … Read more

Weston officials mull Compo Beach increases

Spending some time at Compo Beach in Westport got a lot pricier for Westonites, and town officials are looking for ways to change that.   Emblems for beach access are now $375 annually for Weston residents, a jump from $250 last year. Weston seniors now have to pay $200, up from $135 last year. Prices also increase, marginally, for Westport residents. They will now pay $50 annually as compared to the $40 they paid last year. Westport seniors will pay $25 annually, up from $20. Additionally, weekday daily passes jump from $30 last year to $40 this year. Weekend daily … Read more

Weston selectmen vote to send fracking waste ban to counsel

Weston’s Board of Selectmen voted 2-to-1 to send an ordinance prohibiting waste associated with natural gas and oil extraction, a process known as fracking, to town counsel.  First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Selectman Brian Gordon voted to move forward with send  the ordinance to counsel while Selectman Stephan Grozinger voted against it. Town counsel will then review the ordinance and eventually there will be a town vote on whether to prohibit waste associated with fracking. While there is no actual fracking in the state of Connecticut, the ordinance bans storing waste associated with fracking in Weston. Additionally, fracking waste is … Read more

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