THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

NPU BACKTRACKING

After hearing backlash from residents and business owners, Norwich Public Utilities officials say they will revisit proposed budget and rate increases. General Manager John Bilda said the new rates won’t be a zero increase over the current ones, but will be lower than the rates proposed in March. Officials said 72 percent of NPU’s customers would have seen between a $6.24 and $15 monthly increase to their bill. Officials are also considering changes to commercial rates.

CHIEF HANGING UP HIS BOOTS

Nick DeLia

Groton City Fire Chief Nick DeLia will retire on July 1st after 21 years. He became fire chief in Groton City in 1997. DeLia earned an associate degree at what is now Three Rivers Community College and planned to become a physician assistant. In 1984, he was named Connecticut Firefighters Association Firefighter of the Year.

DEVELOPER DEADLINE APPROACHING

Devel­op­ers have un­til Fri­day to sign up with the state for a tour of the build­ings they will sub­mitting pro­pos­als to, to convert the for­mer Sea­side Re­gional Cen­ter in Waterford into a destination ho­tel. The plan is for a 50-year lease of the build­ings for a ho­tel with up to 100 rooms, and the rest of the park and beach would be open to the pub­lic. The re­sponses from de­vel­op­ers are due to the state July 27.

FIRST SCHOOL TOUR SCHEDULED

Abby Dolliver

A newly formed committee called the Facilities Review Committee plans to tour Norwich schools during the day before the school year ends. In the fall, they will rotate evening meetings among the different school buildings to allow community members to attend in their neighborhoods. Committee member Paula Rosenberg Bell said it will be important to involve city officials to work on plans for vacated buildings to make sure they are marketed for redevelopment. School Superintendent Abby Dolliver said advocates of creating a community center in Norwich also need to be included in the discussion, because a vacated school building could be converted into a community center.

BRIDGE DELAYS PROBABLE

Image result for gold star bridgeThe nighttime closures of Exit 84 off Interstate 95 south in New London have concluded, but more work on the ramp was tentatively slated to start Wednesday. The work, related to the construction on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, will be to install a membrane system then to pave the bridge deck. The Exit 84 ramp will remain open, though some delays may occur. The Dept. of a Transportation hopes to have a fourth lane open by Memorial Day.

FLEMING’S BILLBOARDS APPROVED

Flem­ing’s Feed on Route 1 has been approved to re­place its three ex­ist­ing bill­boards with two smaller ones. The de­ci­sion comes af­ter the Ston­ing­ton Planning ­and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion twice re­jected a vari­ance Flem­ing’s sought to re­place the tra­di­tional bill­boards with a dig­i­tal one. The ex­ist­ing three bill­boards of 300 square feet, par­tially sits in the state right of way and blocks the view of traf­fic leav­ing the site. The com­mis­sion at­tached two stip­u­la­tions to its ap­proval: the new signs have to com­ply with flood re­quire­ments and can have no il­lu­mi­na­tion.

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