NO BILLBOARD FOR FLEMINGS
The StonÂingÂton ZonÂing Board of ApÂpeals reÂjected a variÂance for a digÂiÂtal billÂboard in front of FlemÂing’s Feed on Route 1 for the second time in nine months. By a 4-1 vote last night, the board said FlemÂing’s should inÂstead submit an application to change the regÂuÂlaÂtions to alÂlow digÂiÂtal billÂboards inÂstead of seekÂing a variÂance to the regÂuÂlaÂtions that proÂhibit them. The variÂance was sought beÂcause town zonÂing regÂuÂlaÂtions proÂhibit disÂplayÂing any elecÂtronic, meÂchanÂiÂcal or ilÂluÂmiÂnated signs.
BUDGET HEARING TOMORROW NIGHT
The Norwich Board of Education says it supports its $83 million proposed budget. It’s a nine percent increase from this year’s spending plan and includes purchasing ten additional buses. School Business Administrator Athena Nagel and Superintendent Abby Dolliver said the new buses are not luxury items but are necessary for the extensive transportation of students to 106 different locations and an expected increase in special education students. The City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall on the combined city, school and capital improvements budget of $126.8 million.
IMMIGRANT RESOLUTION DEBATED
A reÂcently proÂposed New London city resÂoÂluÂtion that some conÂtinue to call the “sancÂtuÂary city” resÂoÂluÂtion has genÂerÂated conÂtroÂversy. A fiery deÂbate happened TuesÂday over whether the city is setÂting itÂself up for fedÂeral scruÂtiny by reÂsolvÂing to proÂtect imÂmiÂgrants in this counÂtry ilÂleÂgally. PoÂlice Chief Peter ReÂichard said poÂlice do not deÂtain peoÂple simÂply beÂcause of their imÂmiÂgraÂtion status. He said the foÂcus of his deÂpartÂment is on crimÂiÂnals. City CounÂcilor Don VenÂditto said the resÂoÂluÂtion would be perÂceived as creÂatÂing a sancÂtuÂary city and posÂsiÂbly jeopÂarÂdize fedÂeral fundÂing to the city. The resÂoÂluÂtion was first preÂsented to the city adÂminÂisÂtraÂtion by a loÂcal acÂtivist group called PeoÂple Power.
DUMPING AMBULANCE COMPANY MAY BE TOUGH
The Ledyard Town Council is expected to vote to request proposals for the town’s ambulance services, after Mayor Fred Allyn III formally ended the town’s contract with the Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad, known as LVES. But the town may have to make its case to the state in a months long process to prove LVES is falling short as an emergency medical services provider. LVES is exclusively designated as the town’s main responder to emergency calls. If the town requests a change and LVES voluntarily relinquishes its rights as the town’s primary service provider, the town would enter a new contract with another ambulance service. However, if LVES instead contests Ledyard’s request for a new provider, the issue then would go to a hearing before the state, a process that would take several months. LVES would also be able to appeal the decision, possibly stretching the process further.
MAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING
A New London man has been charged in a convenience store shooting. Twenty-three-year old Taj Johnson is accused of criminal attempt to commit murder, first degree assault, and criminal possession of a fire arm in the March 12th incident at the Ravi Mart on Broad Street, where a young male was shot. Johnson remains held on an additional one-million dollars cash bond.