Amity Building Projects

I was pleased that at such a busy time of year, over 50 residents attended the informational meeting about the Amity building projects at the Bethany and Woodbridge campuses held on Dec. 22 (see "Amity Students Set to Move Jan. 18" in the Dec. 30, 2004 issue of this newspaper).

As a result of questions/concerns raised by residents, Bethany's building officials held a follow-up meeting on Dec. 29 with Project Manager Mauro Rubbo of Gilbane Construction Company and several sub-contractors. Town Attorney Kevin McSherry attended that meeting as my representative. Having reviewed the minutes of that meeting, I met with Bethany Building Official Bob Walsh on Saturday, Jan 8 to check on the progress of the project and have contacted Amity representatives to advise them about issues that have not been addressed by the sub-contractors in a timely fashion. I will continue to review this project with town officials. We want this project to move along as scheduled and will cause no unnecessary delays. However, no Certificates of Occupancy will be issued by the Town of Bethany Building Department, until all public safety issues meet the building code.

Bethany Resident Trooper

Longtime Bethany Resident Trooper Darryl Christensen was promoted to the Computer Fraud Unit in October. I am pleased to announce that Trooper David Merriam, a former Bethany resident, has been assigned to fill the vacancy. Granted my request to participate as a member of the panel that interviewed the final three candidates for the position on Dec. 29, I was impressed with Trooper Merriam's knowledge and understanding of our community. Special thanks to Troop I Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Regina Rush-Kittle for expediting the review process and filling the vacancy within a week of that final interview.