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RTM Committee Recommends Police, Fire Budgets

By James Lomuscio

As a prelude to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) municipal budget vote next week, the RTM Public Protection Committee tonight unanimously voted to recommend the approvals to the full legislative body the Board of Finance approved Police and Fire Departments’ budgets for 2014-15.

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Police Chief Dale Call and Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas meet with the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Public Protection Committee tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The two departments make up the largest portion of the town budget after the school system.

Police Chief Dale Call noted that his department’s total $9.7 million including EMS represents a lean 1.9 percent increase over the current year, “pretty good since the largest part of our budget, personnel costs, have increased 2.5 percent.”

“Compared to other departments around us, we run a pretty tight ship,” said Call, adding that capital costs have been kept down.

Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Westport and area until 2:15 a.m. Thursday.

At 10:10 p.m., 1 to 3 inches of rain had fallen across the area, the Weather Service said. The weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters measured 2 inches for the day just before midnight.

Moderate to periods of heavy rain is expected through the overnight hours. Rainfall rates up to an inch per hour will be possible during this time.

The combination of the rain with elevated tidal levels at the time of high tide will lead to widespread flooding, the Weather Service said. High tide in Westport is 1:05 a.m. Thursday.

Microphones in Art and Life at Historical Society

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Dianne Wildman of Westport tonight tells invited guests at the Westport Historical Society about the current exhibit, “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport,” which has an extended run through July 5. The occasion was a reception sponsored by Westport-based Anderson Wealth Management. The exhibit features decades of New Yorker covers which were created by artistic residents of Westport and surrounding communities. Wildman is no stranger to microphones. She is a former News-12 Cablevision editorial director and NBC News correspondent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Flood Advisory

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Westport and area until 3 a.m. Thursday.

It said at 11:54 p.m., 1 to 3 inches of rain had fallen across the area with moderate to periods of heavy rain expected through the overnight hours. Rainfall rates up to an inch an hour will be possible during this time.

Minor nuisance flooding is already occurring in flood-prone areas with the potential for further minor flooding to occur, the Weather Service said.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect until 3 a.m. Thursday.