BILDA’S NOTES RELEASED
NorÂwich PubÂlic UtilÂiÂties GenÂeral ManÂager John Bilda’s handÂwritÂten notes taken in conÂnecÂtion with a sexÂual haÂrassÂment comÂplaint against Commissioner James Sullivan have been released. NPU ofÂfiÂcials had fought reÂlease of the notes folÂlowÂing a FreeÂdom of InÂforÂmaÂtion Act reÂquest filed by “The Day,” but the state FOI ComÂmisÂsion ruled two weeks ago that the notes were not proÂtected by atÂtorÂney-client privÂiÂlege. The notes conÂsist mainly of parÂtial senÂtences, with names of the parÂties inÂvolved in cerÂtain acÂtions not idenÂtiÂfied. Some of the notes apÂpear to reÂfer to acÂtions taken by Bilda the night of the inÂciÂdent. NPU ofÂfiÂcials deÂclined to comÂment ThursÂday to identify which parÂties are reÂferred to in the notes, citing a nondisÂcloÂsure agreeÂment signed by all parÂties as part of the setÂtleÂment.
GOV CANDIDATE VISITS WATERFORD
Steve Obsitnik is one of five GOP gubernatorial candidates in an Aug. 14 primary and is one of three so-called political outsiders. Obsitnik made a campaign stop at Jordan Brook Plaza in Waterford Thursday morning. ObÂsitÂnik says the state could save about $1 bilÂlion by putting new state emÂployÂees on 401(k) plans and inÂcreasÂing their health care conÂtriÂbuÂtions. He says a midÂdle-class tax cut, busiÂness tax reÂducÂtions and the elimÂiÂnaÂtion of taxes on SoÂcial SeÂcuÂrity and penÂsions would help make the state more afÂfordÂable. The visit drew about two dozen vets and residents eager to hear him out. Obsitnik is a former U.S. Navy submarine officer from Westport and has served as an adjunct professor of business and entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield since 2010.
A StonÂingÂton poÂlice deÂtecÂtive and a forÂmer first selectÂman both say the town never should have paid $250 an hour to the town labor attorney to conÂduct an investigation on harassment complaints. Town policy reads it should use its own manÂageÂment staff not inÂvolved in the disÂpute to conÂduct such probes. DeÂtecÂtive Greg Howard and forÂmer First SelectÂman DonÂald Maranell told the Board of SelectÂmen WedÂnesÂday night that the inÂvesÂtigaÂtive reÂports that the town paid alÂmost $20,000 for concerning three emÂployÂees have facÂtual erÂrors in them and should be corÂrected. Current First Selectman Rob SimÂmons has said that he was forced to hire the town labor attorney beÂcause the employee filing the complaint did not folÂlow proper proÂceÂdure by emailÂing him about the comÂplaint. Simmons pointed out the town’s haÂrassÂment polÂicy states an emÂployee who feels he or she has been haÂrassed should conÂtact the diÂrecÂtor of adÂminÂisÂtraÂtive serÂvices or the first selectÂman, which Simmons says didn’t happen.
HOUSE DESTROYED IN FIRE
The investigation is underway into what started an early morning house fire in Lebanon. Crews arrived at the scene on Deepwood Drive to find smoke and flames coming from the residence. The house was destroyed. The flames were so intense a house next door also had some of its vinyl siding damaged. No one was injured.
RAJAB GETS SCHOOL BOARD SEAT
The Stonington Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night to appoint Democrat Farouk Rajab to fill the seat of Frank Todisco. Rajab ran unsuccessfully for a four-year term on the Board of Finance in 2017. He immigrated to the United States in 1998. Rajab is the current treasurer and past president of the Stonington Community Center and past president of the Connecticut Lodging Association.