Opposition strong to parking structures

A proposal before New Milford Zoning to add parking facilities as a permitted primary use in the Village Center District brought out a large group of dissenters Tuesday, July 28. Concerns were raised that allowing both uncovered and covered parking facilities in downtown would damage the New England village character of the village center.

There was considerable opposition to the proposal, including one suggestion to reword the proposal specifically to allow parking facilities on lots "previously or presently the site of a service station."

That would allow for the creation of a parking lot on the corner of Main and Bridge streets, which supporters felt, would protect the rest of the Village Center.

-- Susan Tuz

Employee drowns at Camp Getaway

A 20-year-old man died Friday, July 26 after swimming in Leonard Pond at Club Getaway in South Kent. He was an employee of the private club. Both state police and Kent Volunteer Fire and Ambulance responded to the scene.

The man was transported to New Milford Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Sean Delaney, public relations official for the club.

The name of the victim was not being released until his family was notified. He reportedly was not an American citizen and the consulate of his home country was being notified.

-- Susan Tuz

POCD is proceeding on schedule

Work is proceeding on the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) update in New Milford.

The POCD committee will not meet in August but it will have two short meetings in September with members of the Planning Commission and Zoning Commission, respectively, to clarify concepts to be included in the plan.

After the September meetings, Planimetrics, the firm developing the plan, will prepare a draft POCD for the committee's review.

--Susan Tuz

New school board elects officers

The Region 12 Board of Education elected new officers July 20: James Hirschfield of Washington is the chairman.

Andy Engel of Roxbury serves as the vice chairman; Mardie Ford of Bridgewater is secretary; and Valerie Andersen of Washington is treasurer.

--Susan Tuz

New principal sought for Shepaug

A search for a new principal for Shepaug Valley High School is underway. As of last week, nine applicatants were interested in filling retiring principal Gene Horrigan's place.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bruce Storm plans to establish a search team to review candidates and make recommendations. Ads will run in local newspapers and on education Web sites.

Mr. Horrigan, who will leave his post Aug. 26, will be replaced on an interim basis by current assistant principal Janet Strausberg until a permanent replacement starts in January 2010.

--Susan Tuz