Photos from the 2013 East Windsor Community Day on Saturday, May 11th.
The Town of Ellington will be starting road work today, Monday, May 13th with the leveling and capping of the following roadways;
Jacobs Hill Road
Old Sandy Beach
Minor Hill Road
Newell Hill Road
East Porter Road
Windermere Ave from the Vernon Town Line to the bridge
The road work project will begin on Jacobs Hill Road and the project will continue to the west.
Road surface treatment has been projected to be completed around July 22nd. This process will include the application of a film of oil followed by the placement of 3/8 stone.
A new fabric barrier will also be place under the 3/8 stone on Webster Road, East Porter and Edgewood on or around June 3rd.
Because of the possibility of loose stone, it has been recommended that motor vehicles, motorcyclists and cyclists should proceed with care when traveling these roadways.
The Public Works Department will sweep the roadways to clear any loose stone a week after the application. This will allow the traffic to push the stone down into the pavement to seal the pavement.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Ellington Public Works Department at 860-870-3140.
As always, you can contact me about this issue, or any issue regarding state government by e-mailing me at my office at Christopher.email@example.com, or calling 860-292-0041.
The Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would help veterans qualify for certain occupational licenses for training received during military service.
State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-Ellington) co-sponsored H.B. 5387, which establishes a task force aimed at transitioning servicemen and women into career paths related to their military service. The task force would review training and experience associated with military occupational specialties, and make recommendations as a substitute for certain state licensing requirements.
“This bill will give the boost our returning veterans and state workforce needs,” said Rep. Davis. “If implemented, the task force created from this bill would help our veterans utilize all the knowledge they acquired during their military tenure by assisting them with finding suitable, high-paying employment here in Connecticut. The training that our military men and women receive both at home and overseas is one-of-a-kind, and having our veterans be recognized for their skill and ability, to me, is common sense.”
After successfully moving through the committee process, and overwhelming support in the House, the bill now awaits a vote in the State Senate.
In collaboration with American Legion Post #62 and Post #40, State Representative Christopher Davis invites you to retire you worn and unserviceable American Flags from may 20th to June 10th. Drop-off locations will be located throughout the 57th district.
The Gross Receipts Tax is a hidden tax on gasoline that you pay above and beyond the state (25¢) and federal (18.4¢) per-gallon taxes. I support the House Republican effort to stop the scheduled tax hike which will increase along with the wholesale price on gasoline. If the legislature fails to take action, this wholesale tax will increase from 7 percent per gallon to 8.1 percent per gallon. This vacation season increase amounts to roughly $60 million over the next year.
Instead of increasing taxes on motorists, get the money here:
- Eliminate $116 million annual Earned Income Tax Credit program
- The State Employees Health Enhancement Plan, $102 million
- Use $90 million in state employee-inspired savings promised by the Governor
- Hard state government hiring freeze, $100 million
- Technology initiatives, $40 million
On Friday, May 3rd, State Representative Christopher Davis joined Ellington Police Officers and residents to honor retired Ellington Police Office Maureen Lowe for her 27 years of service to the Town of Ellington.
Maureen Lowe of Ellington was first appointed by the town as a secretary for the police department in 1986 and was later appointed as a Part-Time Town Police Officer 3 years later. Lowe served proudly for 24 years as the first female police officer of Ellington.
On Saturday, April 27th, hundreds gathered at the Broad Brook Elementary School to participate in the ‘Walk for Abby’ event, a three mile walk around Broad Brook to raise money for finding a cure for Mitochondrial Disease for East Windsor resident Abby Sauerhoefer.
After the 3 mile walk, which went around Main Street, Depot Street, Perry Lane and Reservoir Avenue, participants gathered outside Broad Brook Elementary for some music, face painting, raffle drawing and refreshments.
State Representative Christopher Davis (R-East Windsor) was one of the many participants who came to walk in support of Abby and the fight against Mitochondrial Disease.
“Around 2 million people in our nation struggle everyday with mitochondrial disease, yet there is still much more to learn about the disease and how we can prevent it,” said Rep. Davis. “This was certainly a successful day for Abby, the Sauerhoefer family and all of those who deal with mitochondrial disease in their lives, and I am honored to have participated in this great community event.”
This year’s walk helped raise over $9,000 for the cause and additional donations are still coming in – bringing the grand total this year to over $46,000. An additional $4,480 in raffle ticket sales were also donated to the Broad Brook Elementary School special education department for adaptive playground equipment.
For more information, please contact Carol Sauerhoefer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During a trip to the State Capitol in Hartford, art students from Ellington met with their State Representative in the House of Representatives’ Chamber Room. While there, State Rep. Davis (East Windsor & Ellington) spoke to the students about the history of the room and elaborated on the 2013 legislative session currently underway.
The students from Ellington are currently participating in an program which allows students of all ages and schools through out the state to showcase their art at the State Capitol.
In an effort to keep you as informed as possible about available resources, I would like to bring your attention to a new energy website launched by the state.
The site – www.ctenergyinfo.com – provides consumers with resources to help:
• Reduce energy consumption and cost
• Improve the environment
• Promote economic development and energy security
For more information on consumer energy issues, call Connecticut’s statewide toll free energy information line, 877-WISE USE (947-3873), which connects you to an energy professional weekdays during normal business hours.
State Representative Christopher Davis (R-East Windsor) today spoke out against the proposed budget put forth by the Democrat Majority in the General Assembly claiming that the increases in spending and borrowing are driving our state deeper into an economic crisis.
“From what I’ve seen so far, there is no indication that our state is open for business. In fact, this proposal seems to guide us in the exact opposite direction,” said Rep. Davis. “Once again, we find ourselves borrowing money to pay for our operating expenses, and what has been proposed does nothing to address the $2.5 billion deficit that is projected to accumulate over the next two years, yet our spending is set to increase by 9.5% over the next two years. This is not the right direction, and it leads to me to wonder how much more damage needs to be done to our economy before the Governor and the majority leadership realizes that we’re heading down a dangerous path.”
The plan borrows $1 billion to pay day-to-day expenses and places a permanent tax of $550 million on hospitals placing many healthcare centers throughout the state at risk of closure.
The Democrat tax and spending plan:
· Exceeds the Constitutional Spending Cap by $1.3 billion;
· Reduces the scheduled economic recovery note payments from $208 million next year to $12 million. The balance is added to the state debt and pushed out until after the 2014 elections;
· Increases funding by almost 10 percent over two years;
· Adds a $550 million tax on hospitals by taking away that amount in previous funding;
· Swaps the current $80 million electric generator tax with $80 million in borrowing;
· Uses Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as an excuse to borrow $750 million to use for operating expenses.
According to the Department of Labor, 3,680 workers left the state system last year but an additional 5,387 were hired, and just last month government grew by 500 workers in Connecticut.
“Even though the Governor gave a promise to shrink the size of government, we are seeing the creation of new state agencies with more people being added on the state’s payroll,” said Davis. “At a time when our unemployment remains hovering around 8%, and our businesses struggle to keep their employees, state government continues to grow at the expense of tax payers – this is fundamentally wrong.”