The Board of Education will be presenting its budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year at a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance. The BOE presentation time has been changed to begin at 6:00 p.m.
There is a lot of misinformation being spun around Madison, so come learn firsthand to know the facts about the BOE proposed budget for 2019-2020.
The Madison business and economic community is invited to attend an important forum to discuss the Board of Education’s 10 Year Capital Maintenance Plan and optimal approaches to address aging facilities. The forum will be hosted by the Economic Development Commission and the Board of Education.
This forum is building on the public outreach efforts being conducted by the “Tri-Board School Facilities Working Group,” an ad hoc committee comprised of six members, two each from the Boards of Selectmen, Finance, and Education. This working group is charged with the task of working collaboratively across the three primary town Boards to identify options and solutions beyond the current BOE adopted 10 Year Capital Maintenance Plan to address the issue of aging school facilities and mounting maintenance projects facing the Madison School District.
Madison residents are encourage to attend and participate in the discussion.
Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI) will be holding its general monthly meeting on Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. They will be hosting special guest speaker Denise Merrill, our Secretary of the State. Secretary Merrill will be discussing early voting initiatives and other voting initiatives in Connecticut.
The Branford Forum will be hosting Dr. Thomas Graham from the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs who will be giving a talk titled, “Debunking Myths About Russia in U.S. Policy-Making,” Although it’s been almost 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, many of our notions about Russia were formed during the Cold War. What do we understand and what do we miss about Putin’s Russia? To develop an effective Russia policy, the United States must see Russia clearly.
Upcoming Branford Forum Events:
March 31: Eric Fine, “Practical Solutions for Climate Change”
April 28: Andy Sisson, “USAID and U.S. Foreign Relations”
May 19: Jacob Hacker, “U.S. Health Care Policy”
The Board of Selectmen will review and take final action on the Town and Board of Education budgets at this meeting which will include an opportunity for comments from the public. We encourage the public to attend these meetings to learn about the proposed budgets firsthand and be well-informed for the budget referendum in May.
The Madison Democratic Town Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 11 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Hammonasset Room at Madison Town Campus. We welcome all who would like to attend and learn more about the local Democratic party in Madison, CT.
The Academy School Community Center Design Committee will be holding a public hearing and public meeting on Thursday, March 21 at Polson Middle School, 302 Green Hill Road in Madison, CT. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 PM and the Committee meeting will be held immediately following the public hearing. The meeting will include:
- An overview of the process by Committee Chair Bill Stableford.
- A presentation on the results of the recent questionnaire asking folks what they would like to see in a community center by Committee member Dick Passero.
- A presentation of the preliminary DRAFT plans and finances from Mark Sklenka of Collier’s International and Tom Arcari of QA&M Architects.
- A 2-way dialogue where members of the community can offer comments or ask questions of any presenters.
The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) is hosting a Legislative Session Midterm Update with special guest State Senator Christine Cohen who represents the towns of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, and North Branford. A record number of women legislators are making a difference in the State House. Senator Christine Cohen will give us a midterm update about crafting legislation that affects women, families, health care, education, and the quality of life across our great state.
For more information, visit http://www.sldw.org/.
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a free public forum at the Yale Law School titled, “Redistricting and the Perils of Gerrymandering.” It is being held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street in New Haven, CT. Panelists include:
- Heather Gerken, Dean, Yale Law School
- Tom Wolf, Brennan Center for Justice
- Denise Merrill, CT Secretary of the State
- Martin Looney, President Pro Tem, CT State Senate
- Leonard Fasano, Minority Leader, CT State Senate
CT Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Wyman with hosts Joel R. Ide and Dana J. Maccio are holding an afternoon reception to support our friend and Congressman, Joe Courtney. This is an open invitation event on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 PM at 324 Town Street (Rt 82) in East Haddam, CT. The suggested contribution is $50, but all contributions will be gratefully accepted. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Nick Boreen: Nicholas.D.Boreen@gmail.com or (860) 885-4600.