The Easton Board of Selectmen continued its review of several ongoing topics during its regular meeting on June 18. 

The agenda included discussions about several possible ordinance changes. The selectmen continue their review of the current parks and recreation ordinance and whether changes should be made to the department regarding field maintenance. 

Initial review of the town’s nuisance ordinance is also underway. The current ordinance defines what qualifies as a nuisance and sets a means of enforcement and penalties. You can read the nuisance ordinance online.  The selectmen discussed whether the ordinance could be updated or whether better enforcement of the current ordinance would address many of the concerns in town. First Selectman David Bindleglass will initiate a legal review of the ordinance. Bindleglass also received information from neighboring towns about their land use ordinances as part of ongoing consideration of a proposed land use ordinance for Easton. 

Negotiations continue between the town and the Westport Weston Health District.  Both sides are working toward an agreement for the health district to provide services to Easton for one year. Staffing levels and times for the office in Easton are two of the main points of discussion. Bindleglass said he hopes to have an agreement around July 1 or shortly after.

The selectmen reviewed a draft of a letter of intent to sell for a portion of the South Park Avenue property. Appraisals and environmental reviews of the property are nearing completion. All are steps in a state grant application process by Aspetuck Land Trust. The land trust is looking to purchase approximately 19 acres of the nearly 30-acre parcel.

Preparations are underway to open part of Town Hall so people will be able to pay their taxes in person. Details will be announced once they are finalized. Town Hall has been closed to the public due to COVID-19. Other updates related to the coronavirus include: the registrars are preparing for the August primary and will receive money from the state for additional safety precautions, town fields are now open for use with the town baseball league starting its season, playgrounds remain closed for safety concerns, the Easton Library will continue with its curbside pickup program but is not ready to reopen the building to patrons at this time, and dog licensing continues online throughout the month.

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By Kristi Sogofsky

Kristi currently serves on the Board of Selectmen. She also volunteers her time with several youth and community groups. Kristi worked in local broadcast journalism for 20 years as an anchor and reporter.