The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00pm in the Polson Middle School auditorium to solicit feedback on the proposals with the goal of ranking the eligible pool of developers and eliminating one or more of the lowest ranking proposals.
Join the conversation and be part of the decision-making process!
This is another stage in the process of determining the future development of the Academy School site. During the Regular Board of Selectmen meeting, the Board will formally vote to eliminate one or more of the proposals and enter into a “due diligence” period with the remaining developers. This period is expected to last anywhere from several weeks to a few months.
This is another opportunity to make your voice heard!
Please join us for our regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hammonasset Room at Madison Town Campus. An agenda will be posted as we get closer to the meeting date.
We invite Madison Democrats to join the Town Committee at the local March for our Lives event in Guilford, CT being held this Saturday, March 24th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Guilford Green. Join with us as part of a national movement to demand an end to gun violence by speaking out in favor of stronger and more sensible gun legislation. The event will feature a one-mile walk and a host of speakers including local students, advocacy groups, State Representatives Sean Scanlon and Lonnie Reed, and Senator Richard Blumenthal. So get out your comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and make a sign to carry as we stand in solidarity against gun violence in our country.
If you would like to march with the Madison Democrats, please contact Pam Greene for instructions about where to meet. (We will also post this information here on our website if you want to check back in later this week.)
The Madison Board of Selectman will hold a public hearing on an ordinance prohibiting waste associated with natural gas and oil extraction through a process known as “fracking” in the town of Madison. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Campus Room A. Link here to read a draft of the proposed ordinance.
The Madison Democratic Town Committee passed the following resolution regarding the ban of fracking waste at its regular meeting on March 12: “It is resolved that the Madison Democratic Town Committee supports the adoption of a town ordinance prohibiting the storage, handling, treatment, disposal and use of all waste derived from natural gas and oil extraction processes in order to protect public health and safety and the quality of natural resources and property within the Town of Madison, and we urge the Madison Board of Selectmen to pass an ordinance that is substantively the same as the ordinance passed by at least 35 other Connecticut towns thus far.”
There is some concern on the part of supporters of the fracking waste ban that a change made to the original ordinance “Prohibitions” would allow materials containing fracking wastes in our town if they received “Beneficial Use Determination or other approval for use by the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP).” We encourage people to come out to support the ordinance while making it clear that language allowing any fracking waste should be eliminated from the final ordinance.
Please contact Susan Glantz for more information.
The Madison Democratic Town Committee is holding a Special Meeting on March 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Campus Hammonassett Room to elect our delegates to the various state conventions in April and May:
- April 18: Democratic State Central Representatives
- May 18-19: State Convention
- May 14: U.S. House of Representatives – 2nd Congressional District
- May 16: CT State Representative – 101st District
- May 21: CT State Senate – 12th Senate District
- May 23: Probate Judge
- May 22-29: Madison Registrar of Voters
It’s important for voting members of the MDTC to attend.
If you would like to serve as a delegate, please contact MDTC Chair Peggy Lyons.
The Madison Democratic Town Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 9 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Hammonasset Room located at Madison Town Campus. An agenda will be available closer to the date. All are welcome to attend!
The Madison Board of Selectmen has called for a second Public Hearing to take place on Wednesday, April 11, 7 pm at the Polson School Auditorium. At that time, the public will be asked to provide further comment on their views for the future purpose of the Academy Street School and parcel. It is important for the public to attend this hearing and share their thoughts and ideas with the Selectman for further consideration.
Update: A Public Hearing regarding the future of the Academy Street School and parcel was held on February 22. (Watch a video of the February 22 public hearing on YouTube at this link.) More than 100 citizens attended the event. Four developers presented their proposals for rehabilitating the school building for mixed use (housing and some public activity space) and simultaneously developing housing projects on the five acre parcel. While some attendees spoke in support of the housing proposals, most of the public comments indicated that they wanted other options to be considered which maintain the open space, and identify future public uses of the school building.
- Link here for a history of the Academy School property.
- Link here for the main information page on the Madison Town website where you will find links to the four developer proposals.
The 2018 12th Democratic State Central Committee District Convention will convene on April 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Memorial Town Hall located at 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443. The Temporary Chair, Martha Carlson, will preside for the following purposes:
1. To elect a State Central Committeewoman from the 12th Senatorial District.
2. To elect a State Central Committeeman from the 12th Senatorial District.
3. To elect one representative to each of the following Convention Committees:
- Rules and Resolutions
- Permanent Organization
4. To select an Honorary Vice President and an Honorary Secretary for the State
Convention to be held on May 18-19, 2018 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT.
Delegates from Madison:
- Mark Aron
- Jim Ball
- Susan Glantz
- Pamela Greene
- Paul Kessinger
- Seth Klaskin
- Peggy Lyons
- Scott Murphy
- Emily Rosenthal
- Katie Stein
- Joan Walker
The Madison Board of Finance will hold its second budget hearing on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Polson Middle School Auditorium. This is the last opportunity to speak up publicly before the referendum in May.
One hot-button issue is a $300,000 cut to the Scranton Memorial Library’s budget. This is a 24% reduction to the Scranton Library operating budget, a cut that the Library claims it cannot sustain without firing almost half of their current staff and severely curtailing services and hours. The library is the only town funded organization to receive a drastic cut this year. If you care about our public library, please come and speak out in their support. Ask the Board of Finance to restore at least $200,000 to the Library budget to preserve staff, hours, and services.