WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

CONDO PROJECT APPROVED

Stonington Town Hall (Westerly Sun)

The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved plans to develop the vacant Mystic Color Lab property into 42 townhouse condominiums. The $20 million project will be known as “Mystic Harbor Landing” located on Harry Austin Drive. Average price of the units will run around $500,000 depending on size of the unit and water views. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

EVALUATION ORDERED

The man accused of fatally shooting his cousin in the driveway of the victim’s North Stonington home on April 12, will undergo evaluation to determine if he’s competent to stand trial for murder. James Armstrong and Ralph Sebastian Sidberry were cousins and members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. Siberry died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

SIGN UPSETS SOCCER PLAYERS

A sign at a Lyme-Old Lyme soc­cer game last month that said “our defense is a wall” bothered some Hispanic soc­cer play­ers on the Morgan High School team, who told their coach and Clinton school officials about it. Clinton school of­fi­cials con­tacted Lyme-Old Lyme school of­fi­cials about the in­ci­dent and how their stu­dents re­acted to it. Both of the towns’ education officials say they’re working together to en­sure all par­ties learn from the sit­u­a­tion. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has said he wants to build a bor­der wall be­tween the U.S. and Mex­ico, and some in the His­panic com­mu­nity find the ref­er­ence to build­ing a wall of­fen­sive.

ARGUMENTS HEARD ABOUT ABOLISHING RTM

The Gro­ton Town Coun­cil heard from town residents Tues­day, di­vided over whether it should sup­port the rec­om­men­da­tions to elim­i­nate the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Town Meet­ing and cre­ate an an­nual bud­get ref­er­en­dum. Those in sup­port of the changes say Gro­ton needs more ef­fi­ciency and ac­count­abil­ity in its fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and res­i­dents need a di­rect say on the bud­get. Those who favor the RTM say it pro­vides a voice for all of Gro­ton’s dis­tricts, and elim­i­nat­ion means it will dis­en­fran­chise vot­ers. Op­po­nents also said a bud­get ref­er­en­dum would lead to bud­get bat­tles and al­low un­in­formed vot­ers to cast bal­lots. The Char­ter Re­vi­sion Com­mis­sion recommended to elim­i­nate the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Town Meet­ing.

RESIDENTS SIDE WITH DEMOLITION

More than 250 North Stonington voters weighed in on two questions in a town wide referendum this week. They voted to let the town demolish the former site of the Red Horse Nursery School, which also was once the home and art school of photographer Fred Stewart Greene. The vote result of the other question will mean ownership of a walking trail next to Chester Main Estates will be transferred to a homeowner’s association. The association will be required to pay for insurance and taxes on the land.

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