Kukulka gets another term on Housing Authority

Experienced in public housing concerns from his professional life, John Kukulka has been reappointed to a second five-year term on the Ridgefield Housing Authority. Kukulka, a former chairman of the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee, appeared before the Board of Selectmen’s March 6 meeting. He was unanimously reappointed after a discussion of the Housing Authority and its properties, which include the … read more

Give schools taxing power? Officials have concerns

What if school districts were independent fiscal authorities, with budgeting and taxing powers separate from municipal finance boards, mayors and selectmen? A bill before the legislature proposes just that, and is drawing concern from local officials. “Oh yeah. It showed up over the weekend,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of ‘HB-7319, An Act Concerning The Fiscal Independence Of School Districts.’  … read more

Selectmen reject Marconi raise proposal

Comments by First Selectman Rudy Marconi functioned as a tie-breaking vote against giving Ridgefield’s first selectman — Marconi — a $10,000 raise. Although Marconi left the room more than once so the discussions could go on without him, his colleagues kept returning to the issue — one of the few budget adjustments that the Board of Selectmen could not find … read more

Frey vows to fight effort to push teacher pension costs onto towns

Teacher pension costs should not be transferred from the state to towns and cities, according to state Rep. John Frey, who says he and like-minded legislators are prepared to fight the administration of Gov. Ned Lamont on the proposal — and a host of other financial issues, from car taxes to licensing cats. “There is a tremendous amount of opposition … read more

Downtown rebound: Three businesses plan openings, three more to come

Countering mounting concerns about empty storefronts, three business got zoning approvals last week with plans to open this spring — two on Main Street and one on Danbury Road. The three new businesses — two restaurants and a women’s fashion shop — got approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Feb. 26 meeting. The new businesses approvals were: … read more

Editorial: For kids in trouble

Drinking, drugs, driving like lunatics, stealing road signs, trespassing and vandalizing — kids, even basically good kids, will often do some amazingly dumb things in their teenage years. Sometimes, these are not just unfortunate ideas pursued with the enthusiasm of youth, but things that are truly dangerous and, often, clearly illegal — things that get them in trouble with the … read more

Selectmen pass budget, recommend $460,000 school cut

Recommending a cut of close of half a million on a roughly $98-million school budget, the Board of Selectmen finished up their work on 2019-20 budget Wednesday, March 6.  The selectmen unanimously approved a $38,318,807 budget for town departments — the 0% increase they’d been working on. They also approved a $4,525,570 capital budget for major projects and purchases for … read more

Golf Performance Center buys Stonehenge

With plans for a golf academy that would combine athletic and academic learning for high school age students living in what was once one of southwestern Connecticut’s more prestigious inns, the Golf Performance Center on Route 7 has acquired the former Stonehenge property in Ridgefield. “Stonehenge allows us to create boarding for students and create an academic program for them … read more

Marconi testifies against school regionalization

Giving voice to widespread opposition to school regionalization efforts being talked of in Hartford, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi addressed the legislature’s education committee — acting in his new role as president of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST). “COST opposes forced consolidation/regionalization,” Marconi said at the beginning of his testimony. “…A one-size-fits-all approach to consolidation/regionalizing schools: “(1) does … read more

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