Christopher McDermott

Christopher McDermott has 57 articles published.

Christopher McDermott covers regional business and local government for the Connecticut Examiner. He previously worked as a staff reporter for the Journal Inquirer covering education, economic development, and policing in Manchester and several small towns. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in English from the University of Connecticut, where he was news editor at the student-run The Daily Campus.
Posted on in Criminal Justice/Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook Police Commission Votes for 3.8% Budget Increase

OLD SAYBROOK — The Police Commission voted on Monday to approve the chief of police’s recommendation of a $5,238,272 fiscal year 2020-21 operating budget for the Department of Police Services, a 3.8 percent increase over the previous year. For fiscal year 2019-20, the $5,046,205 police budget accounted for about 10.8 percent of Old Saybrook’s overall… Keep Reading

Posted on in In the Region/Planning

Towns to Complete Local and Regional Planning for Natural Disasters

In 2000, Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act to break cycles of destruction and rebuilding caused by natural disasters, the law required local government to plan for possible damage and mitigation long before it actually happens. Hazard mitigation, senior project manager Scott Choquette of Dewberry Engineers told a gathering of Old Lyme commission heads and… Keep Reading

Posted on in In the Region/Planning

Regional Planners Seek $850,000 to Map Muncipal Boundaries in Connecticut

Officials from Connecticut’s Regional Councils of Government are seeking a state grant of $850,000 to create a statewide municipal boundary dataset that they say would help reduce costs for towns, inform emergency services, enable environmental and economic development studies, and open the door to more cost savings for maintaining mapping data. According Sam Gold, chair… Keep Reading

Posted on in East Lyme

In Draft Budget with 4.26 percent Increase, Superintendent Emphasizes Technology, Staffing

EAST LYME — Superintendent Jeffrey Newton proposed a $51.3 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020-21 to the Board of Education on Monday night, which would be a 4.26 percent increase over East Lyme Public Schools’ budget for 2019-20. Newton also proposed that the school board request $926,500 to be included in the town’s capital… Keep Reading

Posted on in In the Region/Tourism

Tourism District Leaders Share Plans to Include Small Towns, Maximize Limited Funds

As the Eastern Regional Tourism District moves toward resolving a breach of contract dispute with the state regarding funding, the district will next need to determine what actually to do with the $400,000 or more that it will receive from the state government for marketing campaigns. “If we’re not effectively putting a positive effect on… Keep Reading

Posted on in Region 4

Regional Complexity, Declining Enrollments, Weigh on Region 4 Budget Talks

Declining student enrollment, shared staff and shortfalls in Regional School District 4’s reserves are expected to be significant topics of discussion as school boards of Chester, Essex, and Deep River craft five interconnected budgets for fiscal year 2020-21.  The district is anticipating a dramatic 5.2 percent drop in student enrollment heading into next year —… Keep Reading

Posted on in Public Safety

Code Variance Brings $268,000 in Savings for East Lyme Public Safety Building Project

EAST LYME — The State Building Inspector granted a code variance for the planned public safety complex, allowing the town to forego about $268,000 of structural reinforcements usually required for police buildings, officials said at a Tuesday night meeting. “It was nice to receive that,” said Selectman Paul Dagle at the Tuesday night meeting of… Keep Reading

Posted on in Affordable Housing

Old Lyme Selectmen Appoint Affordable Housing Committee, Discuss Annual Town Meeting

OLD LYME — The Board of Selectmen appointed a special committee on Monday night tasked with researching and making recommendations on affordable housing in Old Lyme. The selectmen voted to appoint seven town residents as regular members of the Affordable Housing Exploratory Committee: John Coughlin, Michael Fogliano, Thomas Ortoleva, Harold Thompson, Tammy Tinnerello, Karen Winters,… Keep Reading

Posted on in In the Region

Regional Tourism Board Meets to Resolve Breach of Contract, Secure Future Funding

NORWICH — The Eastern Regional Tourism District board voted on Friday to overhaul district procedures, and add new leadership, in an effort to resolve a breach of contract with the Connecticut Office of Tourism that threatens access to $400,00 in state funding for fiscal year 2019-20, and $160,000 in funding leftover from 2018-19. “Three years ago… Keep Reading

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