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Update provided to Newtown officials on Sandy Hook memorial

The Newtown Public Building and Site Commission has received an update on the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial on Riverside Road.  The meadow prep is done and weed control has been applied.  The project has received a state review process for storm water.  A walk through of the site was held for subcontractors on the 30th. 

Bids were due yesterday.  It's estimated that it will take about two weeks to review contracts compared to the budget.  Jeff Anderson of Downes Construction Company cautioned that there are extensive lead times for some construction materials and provided anecdotal evidence of increased costs.  One document he saw showed a 30-percent increase in the cost of PVC piping since January 1st. 

The plans call for having the granite installed around the central water feature in late November or Early December.  The final grading and site work can then beginning in the Spring.  The plantings will follow. 

The town asked for NDAs for all subcontractors, similar to what was done on the Sandy Hook School replacement project.  This was requested so that photos of the memorial don't show up on social media before the families are able to view the site.  Various font options and material for the quote by President Obama were reviewed by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Committee.  A welcome paragraph will not be included, but the location of the speech will be added.  There will be no map next to the quote.  The group came to a consensus for the name inscriptions. 

First Selectman Dan Rosenthal has provided the Commission with a description for them to review about the sacred soil. 

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Brian Kilmeade

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