Public has chance to comment at three hearings on Monday

GOV-cupolaThe Weston Board of Selectmen is holding three separate public hearings Monday night, June 10, beginning at 7.

Gun ordinance

The first hearing is on changes made to the town’s firearms ordinance.

Several hearings were already held on preliminary changes to the town’s gun regulations that the Board of Selectmen began making several months ago after the tragic shootings in Newtown in December 2012.

Since then, however, the board decided to remove a provision allowing target practice on residential property. Under the newly revised ordinance, target practice will be allowed only in designated areas such as the Weston Gun Club and the Weston Field Club.

The board believes the change is “significant enough” to warrant another hearing before it votes on the final draft of the gun ordinance.

A copy of the proposed changes is available online at

Ordinance changes

A hearing at 7:15 is on a single ordinance created to accept a number of ordinance changes the board made when revising the Town Code. Changes were made to the following:

  • Posting of meetings: An ordinance on the books stated that public meetings must be noticed by posting signs, including on a tree in Georgetown.
  • Tag sale permits: Permits will now be given by the Police Department rather than by the first selectman.
  • Numbering: In redoing the Town Code, some sections were moved for clarity and need to be renumbered.

A copy of the proposed changes is available online at

48 Norfield purchase

The third public hearing will be held at 7:20 to gather public input on the possible purchase of 48 Norfield Road by the town.

The town has been offered the property and buildings on the northeast corner of Norfield and Weston roads for $750,000 by owner Fairfield County Bank, but several things will likely need to be done to the house in order to make it usable for municipal purposes. Some preliminary cost estimates for renovations will be available at the public hearing.

Some of the potential costs include replacing a 20-year-old furnace, replacing the roof, repointing the chimneys, and installing insulation, and there may be some OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements, too, depending on what the building is ultimately used for.

If the public seems to want to pursue the purchase of 48 Norfield Road, a Town Meeting would ultimately need to vote to approve the purchase.

The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to meet immediately following the public hearings, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10.

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