Grand List: Town tax base grows — about half of one percent

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Ridgefield’s tax base is creeping closer to $5 billion. Growth of close to $29 million — or 0.6% — pushed the total assessed value of taxable property in town to $4,840,327,000 for the 2019-20 fiscal year.  The $28,872,000 increase in assessed value is projected to produce $802,000 in tax revenue to help cover costs of the roughly $148 million town … read more

Highway department navigates job cuts

A road crew from the town highway department was out on East Ridge filling potholes with cold patch on Monday. From left are Robert Sommerer, Jim Fortin and Evo Falcinelli. —Macklin Reid photo

Two job cuts saving $141,000 would lead to a nearly 7% decline in highway department spending in the $2.8 million proposed 2019-20 budget for the coming fiscal year. But the Board of Selectmen agreed to consider adding a position to the department’s crew of driver-laborers.  “Let’s talk about it, see what we can do, get creative,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi … read more

Marketing Ridgefield with Danbury? The idea has proponents

Fairfield County can become a tourist destination, and Ridgefield has a role to play in turning that dream into a reality.  That was the takeaway from a recent Economic and Community Development Commission discussion where developing a marketing strategy with other neighboring towns — and possibly cities — seemed to have its proponents.  “Everyone says Connecticut is in the dumps … read more

Web wizard Devine reappointed to town’s economic committee

John Devine, who led efforts to market Ridgefield community events in neighboring towns through targeted Facebook advertising, has been reappointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission. He also helps manage the economic commission’s website “You’ve done a remarkable job,” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark told him. “The website alone is worth all the effort.” The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Jan. … read more

Jazz, Funk, and Blues Weekend: Second festival planned for September

Sax, horns, drums — Ridgefield is “in the mood” for the second annual Jazz, Funk, and Blues Weekend, which will be held over four days in September. The exact dates are still being worked out, according to Geoffrey Morris of the Economic and Community Development Commission. John Devine, the commission’s vice chairman, said the inaugural four-day festival last September had … read more

Playing computer games: Schools try to fix waning math scores

With the public school district’s math scores hitting a three-year low, computer games that track the players’ weaknesses in math are being proposed in the 2019-20 school curriculum budget. Math and science, specifically the state’s Next Generation Science test, are the main drivers behind the district’s request for $640,123 in curriculum spending. The curriculum budget is included in the $98.3 … read more

Performing arts spaces: School upgrades could attract outside groups

Investing in school performing art spaces could attract more performers in town — and retain local groups that have begun to seek venues outside of Ridgefield. That was the idea proposed to the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) at its Feb. 4 meeting. “The space is so limited, they’re looking outside of Ridgefield,” said Jennifer DiLaura, of the Ridgefield … read more

Dave Goldenberg, longtime advocate, joins affordable housing committee

Outspoken housing advocate Dave Goldenberg has been appointed to the town’s reactivated Affordable Housing Committee. “You can’t look at housing in isolation,” Goldenberg said in a Feb. 6 interview with the Board of Selectmen. “You have to look at it in the context of the town.” Goldenberg served on a study group that preceded the formation of the the Affordable … read more

Solar array dispute: Zoning Board of Appeals reverses permit approval

The controversial solar array off Canterbury Lane had its approval reversed by the Zoning Board of Appeals, but with a path left open for a new valid permit to be sought. The appeals board determined the array had been improperly permitted — it shouldn’t have been approved under regulation governing “outbuildings,” but under one covering “other structures.” Discussion before the … read more

What’s closed? What’s open? Ridgefield prepares for Tuesday snowstorm

Tuesday’s forecasted snowstorm has closed down Ridgefield’s nine public schools. Here’s a list of businesses also closed today: The Ridgefield Library Ridgefield Running Company Ridgefield Academy The Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club Ridgefield Town Hall (closing at noon) Prime Burger Prime Taco Ridgefield Prime Tundi Ridgefield Supply (closing at 1 p.m.) Ridgefield Sports Medicine Bone Jour 850 Degrees Wood Fired … read more

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