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Newtown, Connecticut

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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hours of the Highway Department?
We can be reached by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at arlene.miles@newtown-ct.gov between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:30 PM.

Who do I contact if I have a problem with my road?
You can contact the highway department by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at eileen.ratcliffe@newtown-ct.gov with road problems.  These problems for example can be drainage problems, missing or damaged street signs, dead animals in the roadway, overgrown brush or grass, potholes, down trees and wash outs.

Who do I contact if my recycling is not picked up?
You can contact the highway department by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at eileen.ratcliffe@newtown-ct.gov if your recycling is missed.  Please give us your name, address and phone number so we can call you back or have your recycling provider contact you directly.  

Who do I contact if I am new to town and want to inquire about beginning to recycle?
If you move to a new house, you will need to come to the highway garage to pick up a green recycling bin.  We are located at 4 Turkey Hill Road.  If you are heading down Route 25 towards Monroe take a left on to Pecks Lane.  The road is not a true left, but runs parallel with Route 25.  Once on Pecks Lane you will take the first left, which is Turkey Hill Road.  The highway garage is the first building on the right.  When you come to pick up your bin we can give the information on what can be recycled and what day your pick up will be.  

If you move to an existing house it is possible that the previous owner left you a bin.  If this is the case you can just contact the highway garage by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at arlene.miles@newtown-ct.gov and we can mail you the information about what can be recycled and what day your pick up is.     

Who do I contact if I am putting in a new driveway?
If you are building a new house and are putting in a driveway you will need to contact the Town Engineer or the Assistant Town Engineer by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at ron.bolmer@newtown-ct.gov to take out a driveway permit.  These permits can last for 1 ½ years and may be extended by the First Selectman if necessary.  The engineer will inspect your driveway for approval when it is complete.

Who do I contact if I need a C/O signed?
If you are building a new house and are putting in a driveway you will need to contact the Town Engineer or the Assistant Town Engineer by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at ron.bolmer@newtown-ct.gov to sign off on the certificate of occupancy.

Who do I contact if I need to do a road excavation?
If you doing a road excavation you will need to contact the Town Engineer or the Assistant Town Engineer by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at ron.bolmer@newtown-ct.gov to take out an application for road excavation.

Who do I contact if I have a problem with my sewer or sewer bill?
If you have a question about the sewer system, the septic repair program, hooking up to the sewer or your sewer bill you can contact Fredrick Hurley, Public Works Director by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at eileen.ratcliffe@newtown-ct.gov.

Who do I contact if I want a street sign replaced?
If a street sign is missing or has been damaged you can contact the highway department by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at arlene.miles@newtown-ct.gov and we can replace it.

Who do I contact if I want a new street sign added to my road?  
If you would like another speed sign added to your road, or any other sign such as dangerous curve, children ahead, etc. you need to contact the Newtown Police Department.  They will approve the sign and then notify the highway department to put the sign up.

Who do I contact if a tree on the town’s property needs to be removed?
You can contact the highway department by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at eileen.ratcliffe@newtown-ct.gov and they will relay the message to Michael McCarthy, the Town Tree Warden or to Rob McCulloch, the Borough Tree Warden.  Please include your phone number, address, and the location of the tree on your property.

Who do I contact if there is a dead animal in the roadway?
The highway department will come remove dead animals in the roadway.  You can contact them by phone (203) 270-4300, fax (203) 426-9968, or by email at joe.tani@newtown-ct.gov.

Who do I contact if there is a traffic light out?
You need to contact Connecticut Light and Power.  The highway department does not handle traffic lights.

Where can I dump my garbage?
Garbage can be disposed of at our transfer station.  The transfer station is located on Ethan Allen Road off Route 25 (near Georgia Pacific) and they are open from 7 am – 3 pm Tuesday thru Saturday.  You need to provide proof of residency to obtain a permit.  This can be mail delivered to your home, closing papers, or a valid driver’s license.  The cost is $80 for the year.  

The transfer station also provides recycling or disposal of plastics (#1 and #2), beverage glasses and cans, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, motor oil, batteries, old appliances, yard waste, and demolition materials.  

Please call the transfer station at (203) 270-4307 to find out about preparation and costs.  

Where can I dispose of Household Hazardous Waste materials?
Periodically HRRA will hold Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days for towns in the area.  At these events you can dispose of Oil based paints, Paint thinners, Kerosene, Gasoline, Pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, and many other products.  Contact HRRA at (203) 775-6256, or go to their website at www.hrra.org.