Cheshire News http://www.cheshirect.org 2015-09-01T16:42:01 umbraco v4 All the latest news from the city of cheshire en Mosquitos test positive for West Nile virus http://www.cheshirect.org/news/mosquitos-test-positive-for-west-nile-virus/ 2015-09-01T16:42:01 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/mosquitos-test-positive-for-west-nile-virus/ PRESS RELEASE FROM CHESPROCOTT HEALTH DISTRICT

 

Reports of Mosquitos with West Nile Virus Found

 

Chesprocott Health District announces that mosquitos trapped on August 25, 2015 in Cheshire have resulted in testing positive for carrying the West Nile Virus. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station tests weekly over 90 trapping stations located all throughout Connecticut and one of those trapping stations is located here, in Cheshire, which is one of the three towns the health district covers. The mosquitos that typically carry this virus start to become active this time of year and continue through September.  Here are some tips to reduce your risk of being bitten by these mosquitos.

 

Recommended ways to reduce being bitten by mosquitos

 

  • Minimize time spent outside between dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods or when the mosquitos are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of      tightly woven materials that keep mosquitos away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

 

Last year six human cases were reported in Connecticut. The CDC reports that while most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.  About 1 in 5 people who do become infected will develop a fever accompanied with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people who become infected will recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1% of those who become infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis which is the inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues.

 

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PRESS RELEASE FROM CHESPROCOTT HEALTH DISTRICT

 

Reports of Mosquitos with West Nile Virus Found

 

Chesprocott Health District announces that mosquitos trapped on August 25, 2015 in Cheshire have resulted in testing positive for carrying the West Nile Virus. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station tests weekly over 90 trapping stations located all throughout Connecticut and one of those trapping stations is located here, in Cheshire, which is one of the three towns the health district covers. The mosquitos that typically carry this virus start to become active this time of year and continue through September.  Here are some tips to reduce your risk of being bitten by these mosquitos.

 

Recommended ways to reduce being bitten by mosquitos

 

  • Minimize time spent outside between dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods or when the mosquitos are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of      tightly woven materials that keep mosquitos away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

 

Last year six human cases were reported in Connecticut. The CDC reports that while most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.  About 1 in 5 people who do become infected will develop a fever accompanied with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people who become infected will recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1% of those who become infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis which is the inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues.

 

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Plan of Development 8-28-15 http://www.cheshirect.org/news/plan-of-development-8-28-15/ 2015-08-28T16:01:00 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/plan-of-development-8-28-15/ The Planning and Zoning Commission hereby presents a draft update to the Cheshire Plan of Conservation and Development that is undergoing review prior to its adoption.  These plans are required to be prepared in accordance with the provisions of Section 8-23 of the Connecticut General Statutes. 

 

A Plan of Conservation and Development is general in nature and makes recommendations to provide guidance to the Planning and Zoning Commission and landowners on land use within the community.  This guidance will be useful in the review and/or amendment of the Cheshire Zoning Regulations and the Cheshire Subdivision Regulations.

 

This draft also contains recommendations on community infrastructure including improvements to parks and recreational facilities, the protection of community character through the acquisition of open space, the continuation of the linear trail, and various other strategies to promote community well-being.

 

The Commission has put nearly two years of work into this effort and has received input from the Cheshire Historic District Commission as well as the Economic Development Commission.  The Commission also developed a Community Survey that had a very representative response from the public.  All of this work was useful in developing a Plan that the Commission believes will be useful in protecting the character and quality of life within Cheshire while also protecting our local economic base.  The Commission is seeking comments on this Plan and invites the public to review and send along whatever comments they feel are appropriate.

 

The Commission will be holding a public hearing on this Plan on September 21, 2015 in the Council Chambers at Town Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This will not be the final hearing on it, as there will be at least one more hearing prior to its adoption.  That hearing has not been scheduled, but will likely happen early this fall.

 

Click here for draft Plan of Conservation & Development

 

Written comments can also be sent to the Planning Department at the following address or emailed to the Commission through the office of the Town Planner at wvoelker@cheshirect.org

 

Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission

Town Hall

84 South Main Street

Cheshire, CT  06410

 

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The Planning and Zoning Commission hereby presents a draft update to the Cheshire Plan of Conservation and Development that is undergoing review prior to its adoption.  These plans are required to be prepared in accordance with the provisions of Section 8-23 of the Connecticut General Statutes. 

 

A Plan of Conservation and Development is general in nature and makes recommendations to provide guidance to the Planning and Zoning Commission and landowners on land use within the community.  This guidance will be useful in the review and/or amendment of the Cheshire Zoning Regulations and the Cheshire Subdivision Regulations.

 

This draft also contains recommendations on community infrastructure including improvements to parks and recreational facilities, the protection of community character through the acquisition of open space, the continuation of the linear trail, and various other strategies to promote community well-being.

 

The Commission has put nearly two years of work into this effort and has received input from the Cheshire Historic District Commission as well as the Economic Development Commission.  The Commission also developed a Community Survey that had a very representative response from the public.  All of this work was useful in developing a Plan that the Commission believes will be useful in protecting the character and quality of life within Cheshire while also protecting our local economic base.  The Commission is seeking comments on this Plan and invites the public to review and send along whatever comments they feel are appropriate.

 

The Commission will be holding a public hearing on this Plan on September 21, 2015 in the Council Chambers at Town Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This will not be the final hearing on it, as there will be at least one more hearing prior to its adoption.  That hearing has not been scheduled, but will likely happen early this fall.

 

Click here for draft Plan of Conservation & Development

 

Written comments can also be sent to the Planning Department at the following address or emailed to the Commission through the office of the Town Planner at wvoelker@cheshirect.org

 

Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission

Town Hall

84 South Main Street

Cheshire, CT  06410

 

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Electronics Recycling Event 10/3/15 http://www.cheshirect.org/news/electronics-recycling-event-10315/ 2015-08-26T14:40:36 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/electronics-recycling-event-10315/ The Town of Cheshire is hosting a FREE electronics event for residents on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Darcey School, 1686 Waterbury Road.

 

Acceptable items include computers, laptops, printers, fax machines, monitors, TVs, cellphones, tablets, video game and VCE/DVD machines, remotes, keyboards, small appliances, light bulbs and batteries.

 

Unacceptable items include smoke detectors, propane tanks, paint and hazardous household waste.

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The Town of Cheshire is hosting a FREE electronics event for residents on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Darcey School, 1686 Waterbury Road.

 

Acceptable items include computers, laptops, printers, fax machines, monitors, TVs, cellphones, tablets, video game and VCE/DVD machines, remotes, keyboards, small appliances, light bulbs and batteries.

 

Unacceptable items include smoke detectors, propane tanks, paint and hazardous household waste.

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Money Magazine Ranks Cheshire as a best place to live http://www.cheshirect.org/news/money-magazine-ranks-cheshire-as-a-best-place-to-live/ 2015-08-24T16:55:29 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/money-magazine-ranks-cheshire-as-a-best-place-to-live/ Money Magazine has ranked Cheshire as the 45th best place to live in the U.S., stating that "Residents of this verdant New England community take pride in their hometown’s history as an 18th-century farming village that by the turn of the 20th century had evolved into a manufacturing hub. Today Cheshire is known for excellent schools, healthy residents, and low unemployment—3.8%, well below the national average—as well as relatively easy commutes to nearby jobs in Danbury, New Haven, and Hartford."

 

Thanks to our residents for making Cheshire a great place to live!

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Money Magazine has ranked Cheshire as the 45th best place to live in the U.S., stating that "Residents of this verdant New England community take pride in their hometown’s history as an 18th-century farming village that by the turn of the 20th century had evolved into a manufacturing hub. Today Cheshire is known for excellent schools, healthy residents, and low unemployment—3.8%, well below the national average—as well as relatively easy commutes to nearby jobs in Danbury, New Haven, and Hartford."

 

Thanks to our residents for making Cheshire a great place to live!

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Credit Rating Award http://www.cheshirect.org/news/credit-rating-award/ 2015-02-11T16:05:33 Arnett Talbot http://www.cheshirect.org/news/credit-rating-award/ The Town of Cheshire has achieved an “AAA” credit rating, the highest rating awarded, from both Standard and Poor’s and Fitch rating agencies.

 

The ratings were awarded after Town staff made in depth presentations to each agency last week in preparation for an upcoming bond sale.

 

The agencies cited Cheshire’s “strong financial position, “very strong budgetary flexibility,” “strong management,” “strong financial performance,” and “very strong institutional framework” within their rationales for this top ratings.

 

“It’s gratifying to have our financial strength and stability recognized, “ said Town Manager Michael A. Milone, “but more importantly, these ratings will help generate significant interest savings on our upcoming sale of $15 million General Obligation bonds and future bond sales and refundings.”

 

The upcoming bond sale will finance 40 capital projects including technology equipment, fire apparatus, pool facility, road reconstruction, drainage improvements, various school improvements, and building upgrades.

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The Town of Cheshire has achieved an “AAA” credit rating, the highest rating awarded, from both Standard and Poor’s and Fitch rating agencies.

 

The ratings were awarded after Town staff made in depth presentations to each agency last week in preparation for an upcoming bond sale.

 

The agencies cited Cheshire’s “strong financial position, “very strong budgetary flexibility,” “strong management,” “strong financial performance,” and “very strong institutional framework” within their rationales for this top ratings.

 

“It’s gratifying to have our financial strength and stability recognized, “ said Town Manager Michael A. Milone, “but more importantly, these ratings will help generate significant interest savings on our upcoming sale of $15 million General Obligation bonds and future bond sales and refundings.”

 

The upcoming bond sale will finance 40 capital projects including technology equipment, fire apparatus, pool facility, road reconstruction, drainage improvements, various school improvements, and building upgrades.

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