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

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

Ridgefield Voters United: New group aims to protect neighborhoods from commercial development

With the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board separating in eight months, Ridgefield will have a new group of elected officials deciding on applications that impact development in town. And when that split happens, Ridgefield Voters United (RVU) will be ready to offer candidates to voters. The new citizens group, which formed in February, aims to protect residential … 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

Ridgefield property transfers: Feb. 14 to Feb. 21

Four houses and one condominium worth a total of $1,965,500 changed hands in deeds filed with Town Clerk Wendy Lionetti from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21, with $4,912 collected in conveyance taxes. Transfers include: 208 High Ridge Avenue: Kenosia Development LLC to Christian and Dana Dacunha, Feb. 15, $500,000. 7 Rita Road: Estate of Peter Holman to Candice Germain, Feb. … read more

Landscaper on Highview Drive wins approval

A landscaper has won the town’s approval to store some equipment at his Highview Drive property as part of a home occupation. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted on Feb. 26 to pass a resolution of approval allowing Patrick Biehl of Quality Landscape LLC to store two trailers and a sand and salt spreader at his property at 44 Highview … read more

Frey pitches cultural districts to Economic and Community Development Commission

Ridgefield state Rep. John Frey (R-111) has introduced a bill that would allow the state to create cultural districts — walkable areas in cities and towns known for the arts and historical attractions. “The idea is to have a walking cultural district,” said Frey at the Economic and Community Development Commission’s meeting Monday night. “We’re historically rich, and we’re arts … read more

Superintendent floats shared special education services

Amid rising rates of student outplacement, and rising costs for sending students out of district, Ridgefield Public Schools is looking at ways to share the cost with surrounding districts. “I met with other superintendents Friday, and that was one of the things we talked about in light of this regionalization issue, what can we do to share services?” said Superintendent … read more

Work at Little Pub building to be discussed on March 12

The Branchville building that currently houses The Little Pub is due for renovations, which are scheduled to be discussed at the March 12 meeting of the Architectural Advisory Committee — potentially followed by a review by the Planning and Zoning Commission later that night. Joseph Chelednick, the owner of the property at the intersection of Route 7 and Branchville Road, … read more

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