Top 10 taxpayers total over $433 million

Valued at more than $433 million, the town’s top 10 taxpayers range from an international corporation to a utility company’s land and equipment to a country club and a private horse farm, along with a mix of shopping centers, offices and apartment buildings. They are part of a more than $4.8 billion grand list of taxable property in Ridgefield, complied … read more

Planning commission will hold listening sessions with other town boards

Climate change and open space, crosswalks and affordable housing — a lot goes into making the town work for the next 10 years, and now town boards and commissions will get a chance to weigh in directly. The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled three “listening sessions” to gather public input for the update to the town Plan of Conservation … read more

From the law to the flame: Attorney leaves legal career to fight fires

Wilton’s newest firefighter is one in 500. Actually, make that “number one” of 500. Gary Mandel of Ridgefield finished first out of 500 applicants to secure a firefighter’s job with the Wilton Fire Department. After graduating from the Connecticut Fire Academy in December, he is now going through five weeks of orientation and on-the-job training at Wilton fire headquarters. “Being … 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

Troop 19 BSA: A new kind of scouts are trooping around

There’s a new Boy Scout troop in town that’s a little different — they’re girls. Ridgefield’s Troop 19 BSA — the 19 honors the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which in 1920, gave women right to vote — began meeting in October. They meet weekly Tuesday nights, and had group campouts in November and December, with monthly outdoor adventures … read more

Empty storefronts: Prospect worries selectmen, ECDC

A gift shop, a liquor store, a real estate office, a hair salon, and an ice cream shop — the holiday lights are twinkling now but Ridgefield is losing some businesses, or will be in the new year. And town officials worry the grim spectacle of empty storefronts may return to Main Street, despite the alleged strength of the national … read more

Board of Ethics chairman: Few complaints for town employees, advisory opinions available

The town Board of Ethics doesn’t get many complaints — two, three, four a year — but its advisory function may be an underutilized resource for town officials and employees unsure of the right thing to do. “I think people on the boards in this town have been pretty good about knowing when to recuse themselves,” Board of Ethics Chairman … read more

Eversource launches enhanced outage map

As part of its ongoing efforts to better meet the needs of customers, Eversource now has a new, state-of-the-art outage map that provides comprehensive information allowing customers to zero-in on details related to an outage at their home or business. With one click on the new outage map, customers can view up-to-the-minute outage information, including the number of customers affected, … read more

Affordable Housing Committee: Time for a reboot?

Reinvigorating the Affordable Housing Committee is on the town’s to-do list, and the selectmen have decided to reconsider the mission the group will be given, before they begin interviewing potential members. “My take-away tonight,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, “we’ll put off interviews until after the holidays, to allow us to really get into the charge of the committee.” “We … read more

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