Town waives taxes for lot at Jesse Lee used by the shuttle

Jesse Lee Church

In recognition of its help reducing car-commuting through support of the Ridgefield-Katonah Shuttle bus service, Jesse Lee Methodist Church had $2,043 in taxes abated by the town. While much church property is tax exempt, Jesse Lee rents out a 50-car parking lot used by commuters taking the shuttle bus to the Katonah train station, and as an income-producing rental property … read more

Employee of the year: Gaudian serves people in need

“I’m really lucky, I have a job I love,” said Karen Gaudian. “Every day is different. It’s rewarding to be able to help people that are struggling.” Gaudian, the town’s municipal agent for the elderly, was chosen Ridgefield’s 2018 employee of the year. She shares the responsibilities of running the town Social Services Department with its director, Tony Phillips, helping … read more

Teachers, town settle on salary increases under 3%

With salary increases costing the town 2.73%, 2.98% and 2.99% over the next three fiscal years, a new contract will govern the employment of Ridgefield’s roughly 460 teachers. The three-year cost to the town of the salary increases is projected at $129.6 million, based on the assumption the school system maintains the same teaching workforce. “…The board is pleased with … read more

Over 160 turn out, pass fracking ban

Lined up out the door waiting on the sidewalk in the cold to get in, filling town hall’s meeting room to capacity — standing room only — and overflowing into the smaller meeting room and the hallway, more than 160 people turned out to vote in Ridgefield’s fracking waste ban Wednesday night, Jan. 9. “We’re ecstatic. We’re actually humbled this … read more

Solar arrays trigger heated debate

Solar arrays off Canterbury Lane prompted two hours of heated discussion before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, Jan. 7. There was no vote, and the public hearing was extended for another session on Jan. 28. Seventeen people spoke, not counting experts. Most were neighbors supporting the complaint of Sanjay Tripathi, who’d petitioned the Zoning Board of Appeals to … read more

Ridgebury’s arrow signs may be fewer some day

The numerous arrow signs that appeared in Ridgebury late last year — 17 on the sweeping S-curve of Old Stagecoach Road, and another 26 along winding Ned’s Mountain Road — may be reduced in number. Eventually, town officials hope. “The good news is that we will eventually be able to take signs down,” Police Commission Chairman George Kain said after … read more

Fracking waste ban draws support from the public

Opposition to oil and gas fracking and use of byproducts from the process in Ridgefield was widely shared among about 25 Ridgefielders at a public hearing Saturday — suggesting, though some doubts and concerns were expressed, considerable support for an ordinance to ban reuse of fracking by-products that is scheduled for a town meeting vote Wednesday, Jan. 9. “Please do … read more

Compassion, construction, and re-election: Marconi looks ahead to 2019

A new parking lot for the commercial district, renovations at the Venus Building to accommodate Playhouse expansion plans, progress on the state’s Main Street renovations, handicapped access improvements, extending sidewalks — the town has plans and projects aplenty to pursue. But First Selectman Rudy Marconi has another goal for 2019, one requiring no bricks or bulldozers: He wants a more … read more

Fracking ban heads to hearing Saturday morning, vote Wednesday night

The town’s nearly year-long debate over a ban against “fracking” — hydraulic fracturing — and the reuse of wastes from the fracking process, which is used in oil and gas extraction, will likely come to a conclusion in the next week. A proposed anti-fracking ordinance petitioned for by more than 600 environmentally concerned citizens will go to a public hearing … read more

Senior tax breaks: Selectmen may hike cut-off for deferments

Torn between an urge to help seniors struggling with tax bills and the cost that senior tax breaks put on other property owners, the selectmen are moving toward a consensus that the fairest way to help seniors would be to expand a program that allows people over 65 — with limited incomes — to remain in their homes but defer … read more

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