TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

TOWNSPEOPLE APPROVE STATE HOSPITAL AGREEMENT

 Preston voters Tuesday night, by a wide margin, approve a 200 to 600-million dollar development agreement with the Mohegan tribe for the former state hospital grounds.  The final vote:  813 yes, 137 no.  The tribe is take over ownership of the 388-acre site once the environmental clean-up on it is completed by the town and state, which is expected to take about a year.  The town’s Redevelopment Agency approved  the purchase and sale agreement with the tribe after the referendum tally was announced. 

 

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

RESIDENT TROOPER PROGRAM STAYS PUT

 

A committee studying alternatives to the Preston resident state trooper program for almost a year has recommended that the town maintain the two resident troopers.  Co-chairman of the study group David Paige outlined six options  to officials during a special meeting.  He concluded that reducing the number of troopers or eliminating the program would be a regression.  Preston heard pitches from Norwich and Ledyard to have their forces police the town.