🌱Chester Town Meeting on January 5th + New Laws + New Jobs!

Good morning friends! I’m back with your new edition of the Essex-Chester-Deep River Daily. Read on to find out everything you need to know about what’s happening in the city these days, including updates on…

  • Town meeting in Chester on January 5th.
  • New law in CT.
  • Looking for a new job!

But first, today’s weather:

Intermittent rain and drizzle. High: 52 Low: 51.

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Here are today’s top stories in Essex-Chester-Deep River:

  1. According to a legal notice on the Town of Chester website, “The voters of the Town of Chester, CT and all other citizens qualified to vote in Town of Chester town hall meetings are notified and advised that A community meeting will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 7pm at the Chester Meeting House, consider and act upon the following: 1) Authorize the First Councilmember to sign the STEAP GRANT in the amount of $500,000 for the North Main Street Redevelopment Project from the intersection of Route 148 to the Great Brook Bridge. 2) Appropriate the sum of $150,000 from the unallocated balance of the general fund, to Non-Recurring Capital item #10-05-62-1000-150 by the Finance Board 3) Authorize the following transfer of Capital: From 20-00 -01-0000-007 Board of Aldermen allocated $150,000 to 20-00-31-0000-446 Infrastructure- Repair of Roads/Sidewalks/Bridges $150,000 4) Authorize the spending of $150,000 of the Capital Fund line-Repairs of Roads/Sidewalks /Puentes Item #20-00-31-0000-446 for the North Main Street Redevelopment Project according to the Board of Finance 5) Consent and approve an appropriation in the amount of $19,283.50 to be appropriated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the new city generator as recommended by the Board of Finance. 6) Consent and approve an appropriation in the amount of $11,570 to be appropriated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for WPCA work on the #20 culvert behind the old City Hall, as provided recommended by the Board of Finance 7) Consent and approve an appropriation in the amount of $43,750 to be appropriated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to reline the sewer line to the pump station at 4 Water Street as requested by the WPCA as recommended by the Board of Finance. 8) Consent and approve an allocation in the amount of $240,000 as requested by the WPCA to be allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to extend the sewer line on North Main Street to the bridge over Great Brook as recommended by the Board of Finance.” (City of Chester)
  2. Several new laws went into effect on January 1 in Connecticut, one of those laws is cleanup of marijuana records, clean slate law. According to a Patch article written by Rich Kirby, “About 44,000 low-level marijuana possession cases will be expunged in whole or in part on January 1. Convictions for possession of less than four ounces of marijuana that occurred between January 1, 2000 and September 30, 2015 will be automatically expunged, according to Gov. Ned Lamont’s office.People who fall into this scenario don’t have to do anything to have their record expunged.They can legally tell employers, landlords and others that they the conviction never occurred.Also, the state had to delay the automatic clean erase law for certain other crimes due to IT issues.People eligible for expungement of criminal convictions if they have no other criminal convictions for seven or 10 years , depending on the offense Eligible offenses include most misdemeanors and some lesser felonies Offenders must complete their sentences and meet certain the other eligibility standards. (Patch)
  3. Businesses in the Essex-Chester-Deep River area are looking for new employees, and we’ve rounded up some of the best local job postings added over the past week. Whether you’re looking for full-time, part-time, or temporary work, many employers in and around Essex-Chester-Deep River are hiring. Patch and ZipRecruiter have you covered, with our weekly listing of new opportunities close to home. Click on any job title for more information or to apply. (Essex-Chester-Deep River Patch)

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Today in Essex-Chester-Deep River:

From my notebook:

  • Tri-Town Office of Youth Services: “Did you miss the first session in the fall? Well, it’s back! Click the link below to sign up today! bit.ly/3Z5EBs6” (Tri-Town Office of Youth Services via Facebook)
  • Essex Library: “Essex residents who need help paying their heating bills can start applying for home heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LHEAP – http://ow.ly/P6bW50MeZon) To apply, contact City of Essex Social Services…” (Essex Library via Facebook)
  • Essex Library: “Groundhog Day will be here before we know it, and so will the parade! The Essex Library will be marching in the parade this year, and we’d love to have the children and their carers join us! January 29th at 1:30 pm! Register at 860-767-1560.” (Essex Library via Facebook)

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You are officially informed for today. I’ll see you around!

Karen Garrity

About Me: I am a Connecticut native, currently residing in the Tri-Town community of Chester, Deep River and Essex. I have been a community reporter for the better part of the last 20 years. I love my small town community and am honored to be a part of Patch.com. You can reach me at; karena.garrity@patch.com.

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