Easton Town Meeting set for bond payment, senior tax relief

A special Easton town meeting will take place Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Samuel Staples Elementary School auditorium. Two issues are expected to be on the agenda: a bond payment due on the town-owned South Park property, and revising the senior tax relief ordinance. The next bond payment on South Park wasn’t expected to be due until fiscal year 2019-20, but will actually take place in June, putting it in the current fiscal year. “No additional money is being spent but the timing is sooner than expected,” First Selectman Adam Dunsby said. The town used bonding to … Read more

Saga ends: Easton finally accepts new road

The long-standing saga surrounding Adirondack Trail being accepted as an official town road is finally over. At its Jan. 18 meeting, the Easton Board of Selectmen voted to make the new section of the residential street in the southeastern part of a town a municipal road. “Thank you,” developer Harold Rosnick said after the vote. Rosnick is beginning to sell housing lots in the new section of the development, which runs from Tuckahoe Road in Easton to Buttonwood Drive in Trumbull. The Board of Selectmen put off a vote on the matter in December because of concerns about whether proper … Read more

Easton may conduct survey to get resident input on master plan

The Easton Planning and Zoning Commission may organize a citizen survey to gauge public opinion on issues being addressed in the town’s new master plan. The P&Z is finalizing a draft of the new plan and will hold a public hearing to get feedback on it in the coming months, but could also use some type of survey to get the opinion of a wider group of residents. Member Ross Ogden brought up the survey idea, which has been discussed before by members, during the Jan. 17 P&Z meeting. The master plan — known as the Plan of Conservation and … Read more

Easton accepts Christmas trees for recycling

The decorated Christmas tree at Town Hall brightened the holidays but will be recycled soon along with residents' discarded trees. — Nancy Doniger photo

The Easton Public Works Department will accept discarded Christmas trees for recycling. Residents are asked to remove lights, decorations, plastic bags and all foreign materials from the trees. Under state law, the trees are considered yard waste and must be recycled like brush, grass clippings and leaves.   Residents should deposit trees in the marked area by the sand pile at the public works yard at 15 Westport Road, near Route. 59.

Easton seniors urged to sign up for tax relief

From left, First Selectman Adam Dunsby and Selectmen Carolyn Colangelo and Robert Lessler at the board's Dec. 21 meeting. — Brad Durrell photo

The Board of Selectmen listened to a presentation on proposed changes to the town’s elderly tax relief program at its Dec. 21 meeting. Paul Lindoerfer, Tax Relief for the Elderly Committee chairman, said the program’s “performance” is reviewed every three years. He said a limited number of changes are being recommended to the program for people age 65 and older. “It seems to be working fine,” Lindoerfer said. The program includes both a tax credit that reduces a senior’s property tax obligations, and a less-used partial tax deferral that eventually is paid back to the town when a home is … Read more

Residents say Aquarion land should be assessed higher

Resident A. Reynolds Gordon urges the Board of Selectmen to look into whether Aquarion must file annual forestland applications to pay reduced property taxes. — Brad Durrell photo

Two residents urged the Board of Selectmen at its Dec. 21 meeting to look into whether Aquarion Water Co. land in town should be assessed at a higher rate. They said because Aquarion doesn’t file paperwork annually with the town assessor for the property to be classified as forestland, the company may not be eligible to receive the state-sanctioned lower assessment for undeveloped forestland. Resident A. Reynolds Gordon, an attorney, said the pertinent law doesn’t indicate that making one initial forestland application “takes you through, year after year after year.” Resident Scott Charmoy, also an attorney, said there’s “at least … Read more

Yarnsmiths get in the loop at the Easton Library

Yarnsmiths offers a unique opportunity for people of all generations to come together for a timeless and engaging pastime.

The Easton Yarnsmiths is a group for knitting enthusiasts of all ages. Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 5 p.m., the group will meet twice a month to work on personal and group projects as well as to share techniques, ask questions, and get to know one another. All knitters of any age and level of experience are welcome. Easton Yarnsmiths was born out of Knitting for a Cause, a service project that brought together women of all ages to create blankets for children in need. The blankets were then sent to Project Linus, an organization that gives blankets to … Read more

Adirondack Trail acceptance complete pending legal notice

From left, First Selectman Adam Dunsby and Selectmen Carolyn Colangelo and Robert Lessler at the board's Dec. 21 meeting. — Brad Durrell photo

The Board of Selectmen delayed taking action on making Adirondack Trail an official town road at its Dec. 21 meeting because the town had failed to publish a required legal notice in advance. “I apologize. That’s our mistake,” First Selectman Adam Dunsby told developer Harold Rosnick, who constructed the road and has been working for a few years to have it accepted as a town road. The lapse came to light when Selectman Carolyn Colangelo asked if the notice, indicating the matter was to be considered at the meeting, had been published in a newspaper. Dunsby, looking at paperwork on … Read more

COMMENTARY: Upcoming in Easton in 2018

Here are some things I think we will see in Easton in 2018. The mill rate will be reduced. Last year’s budget process was chaotic because of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposal to shift a portion of teachers’ pensions from the state to the towns. The proposed charge to Easton was $1.3 million (our budget is a bit over $40 million). The state budget process dragged on through October, and, not knowing what would become law, Easton’s Board of Finance decided to set the mill rate, assuming the governor’s proposal would mostly be implemented. Ultimately, the legislature did not implement the … Read more

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