Commission for the Disabled on Schlumberger leases: Town has access responsibilities

Parking in a handicapped spot without a proper permit displayed can lead to a hefty fine. —Press photo

Don Ciota, chairman of the Commission for the Disabled, sent a letter to First Selectman Rudy Marconi Wednesday, Feb. 22, outlining the town’s responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act when leasing town property. The town is preparing to lease two buildings part of the former Schlumberger property to ACT of Connecticut and BassamFellows. In the letter, Ciota said that … read more

Ridgefield property transfers: Feb. 7-14

Seven houses and one condominium worth a total of $10,564,003 changed hands in deeds filed with Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi between Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. The town received $20,843 in conveyance taxes from the transfers, which included: 46 White Birch Road: Jeanne Meier of Bethesda, Md., to Norberto Imas, Feb. 7, $420,000. 306 Wilton Road East: Gregory Douglas of … read more

Letter: Ridgefield voters can turn a negative into a positive with 'yes' vote

To the Editor: With a resounding vote “yes” and “yes,” Ridgefield residents on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level conference room at Town Hall have the opportunity to turn two town buildings (an auditorium and the Philip Johnson building) on the former Schlumberger property from a current negative value into two town buildings with positive value monetarily, … read more

Special meeting Saturday: Selectmen to host senator, state reps

The Board of Selectmen will host Senator Toni Boucher and State Representatives Michael Ferguson (R-138) and John Frey (R-111) Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in the lower level conference room in Town Hall. The only item on the agenda is “General Local Budget Discussion; Impact of Governor’s Proposed Budget.” First Selectman Rudy Marconi spoke at a recent selectmen’s meeting about … read more

Top taxpayers? Boehringer still heads list

Boehringer Ingelheim, the German-owned pharmaceutical company with a research complex in Ridgebury, is again the town’s biggest taxpayer — easily exceeding the combined assessed value of the next nine highest taxpayers. Here are Ridgefield’s top 10 taxpayers, and their assessed values, as listed on the 2016 grand list: 1) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Ridgebury research complex) $197,933,074. 2) Eversource (utility … read more

Grand list: Tax base grows almost 1%

A nearly 1% increase in the town’s $4.7-billion tax base will give budget-makers an additional $1,253,000 to spend before taxes have to be increased next year. Ridgefield’s grand list of taxable properties went up $46,946,818, or 0.99037%, and now totals $4,787,232,154, according to Assessor Al Garzi. “We always want our grand list to increase as much as possible, because it … read more

Voters will judge two Schlumberger leases Wednesday

Long-term, $1-a-year leases that would have tenants finance an estimated $1 million in renovations to two former Schlumberger buildings will come before voters for approval next week. A Town Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 in town hall will consider the two leases, which were negotiated and are being proposed by the Board of Selectmen. The Philip Johnson Building — … read more

Letter: Former committee chairman says vote ‘Yes’ on Schlumberger leases

This building at Schlumberger is slated to be torn down. —Jake Kara Photo

To the Editor: As former chairman of the Schlumberger Citizens Committee, I strongly urge a “Yes” vote on Feb. 22 to the proposed leases for the Schlumberger Philip Johnson Building to BassamFellows, a modern design firm, and the nearby auditorium to ACT of CT, a theater group comprised of local residents. These buildings require investment in excess of $1 million … read more

First-floor retail rule: Commission wants to hear town’s reaction Tuesday

A “first-floor retail” rule — the idea that the town should limit property owners’ ability to rent ground-floor commercial space for offices or other uses that aren’t attractive to shoppers — is again being considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission. An informal public hearing — Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti described it as an “open mic night” — on the … read more

Parents continue push for later start times

One of the Tiger murals in the Ridgefield High School gymnasium. — Martin V. Hersam photo

Words mean little without action to back them up. That’s the stance a group of Ridgefield parents took at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, growing tired of hearing board members say they support later start times at Ridgefield High School only to hide behind budgetary constraints as an excuse for inactivity. “It’s time for the board to show the … read more

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