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Absentee ballots available in Newtown for upcoming referendum

Absentee ballots are now available in the Newtown Town Clerk's office for an upcoming Referendum.  The Town Clerk’s office will have Special Absentee Voting Hours Saturday, April 20th from 9am to noon.  The referendum is scheduled for April 23rd in the Newtown Middle School Gym. 

Residents will be asked several questions about appropriations, including $1 million for road paving. 

Another question seeks approval of $290,000 for the design and constriction of Fairfield Hills Pickleball Courts.  It will be offset by a $25,000 donation for the 4 courts.   The project anticipates four new pickleball courts with lighting infrastructure for the future addition of lighting, and surrounding landscaping. Courts will be fully fenced and offer residents the opportunity to participate in this activity.  Site work will be completed by Parks and Recreation. Parking, which will be 20 lined spaces, currently exists behind Cochran House.  Support features such as a pavilion and bathrooms already exist or will be a component of the Community Center project. 

$783,000 is being sought to replace a boiler and retrofit lighting at Hawley School.  Newtown officials want to put in a higher efficiency gas fired hot water system into the 1921 section of Hawley School.  It includes a conversion from oil to natural gas. Demolition, abatement and tank removal is also planned. All existing lighting to be replaced from fluorescent to LED bulbs.

$2.7 million would go to the same projects at Newtown High School.  The current boilers at the High School are over 49 years old. 

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