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Newtown Board of Selectmen reject buying property next to Hawley School

The Newtown Board of Selectmen has rejected the idea of buying a one-acre property next to Hawley School.  Given other capital priorities, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal says there is no pressing need for the purchase, even to improve security and traffic flow.  The vacant residential lot on Church Hill Road is on the market for $450,000.  There is significant overgrowth between the properties and Rosenthal called for the vegetation on the town's side to be to cut back to create better sight lines.  There currently is no fence, and he suggested in a letter to the Superintendent that one could be installed.  The acquisition remains on the Board of Education’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan.

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