COUNCIL REVERSES COURSE
Six roundabouts and a median divider along the heavily-traveled Route 82 business corridor in Norwich doesn’t seem as appealing now to most of the city council. Aldermen last night, behind the 5-2 GOP majority, decide Norwich is no longer supporting a 42-million dollar state proposal to make so-called “crash alley” a safer highway to drive. The plan would place the roundabouts and divider between the Staples shopping center and Asylum Street. Numerous Route 82 business owners told the city council the construction and new highway pattern would drive away customers for good. The city council last year voiced support for the Route 82 plan. The resolution adopted last night urges state officials to investigate alternative safety solutions. Some suggestions include dedicated left turn lanes, traffic cameras, and city police patrolling in unmarked cars.
A Waterford police officer was punched in the face last evening and another engaged in a struggle, after confronting the driver of a disabled vehicle who’s license was expired. Police say the suspect, who was later identified as Irving Jerome Hudson, fled on foot after the assault. A lengthy search by multiple agencies and police K-9s led to an apartment in New London. Hudson was arrested, as was a woman, Kassi Elston, who police say was hiding him in her Michael Road residence. According to Lt. Tim Silva of the Waterford Police Department, Hudson was transported to the hospital with a foot injury sustained during the chase.
PAR 4 TO CLOSE
Negotiations between the Town of Groton and owners of Par 4, the restaurant located at Shennecossett golf course, have stalled and the town may not renew their lease. Loyal customers are rallying against the closing on July 1st and have signed petitions, which will be submitted to the town council tonight. The golf course is municipally owned.
The Norwich City Council’s internal investigation into two former utilities commission members was quietly concluded last night. A four page report was submitted stating that with the resignation of the chairwoman and vice chairman, the investigation into their actions concerning a controversial 2016 Kentucky Derby trip is no longer necessary.
The New London Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a judgment that could allow for construction of affordable housing at the site of the former Edgerton School. The stipulated judgment limits the development to 72 units and would require it to meet R-3 zoning regulations. The property is currently part of commercial zoning, which does not allow for housing units. A judge must still sign off on the agreement.
TOWN MEETING TOMORROW
A special East Lyme Town Meeting will be held tomorrow night at 7, as residents get the chance to vote on improvements to town roads, basketball courts and rowing docks. Voters will also get a chance to decide on a $50,000 state grant to study shoreline resiliency, flood maps and infrastructure.