Voters reject school budget cut proposal

A $2 million cut to the school budget was proposed, but voted down. Citizens asked questions: How long will taxpayers be paying off borrowing for capital expenditures? How many plows does the town have, anyway? The major budget issues — town spending, school spending, capital questions — were sent to next Tuesday’s referendum. And voice votes approved almost $900,000 worth … read more

Ridgefield homeowner fueled lawn mower inside his garage, sparked fire

A fire at Lakeside Drive Extension in Ridgefield last week was caused when the homeowner fueled a lawn mower inside his garage and attempted to start it, Fire Chief Jerry Myers said. “He reported that it burst into flames,” Myers said Tuesday, May 7. “The very fast moving fire caused significant damage to the garage, the bedroom directly above the … read more

Sewer plant renovation heads to May 14 public hearing

Renovation of the town’s District I wastewater treatment plant to meet tougher environmental standards — the linchpin of the $48 million sewer project approved by voters last November — is scheduled for a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board next Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall annex. The treatment plant … read more

Tim Hastings joins Prevention Council

Addiction treatment programs can help people get clean of drugs or alcohol. The hard part is keeping them that way. “You’ve got the 28-day program, and people fall out,” Tim Hastings told the selectmen. “…It’s the follow-up that’s really the shortfall.” Hastings, a real estate agent, was unanimously appointed by the Board of Selectmen to a second stint on the … read more

Fire sends homeowner to hospital

RIDGEFIELD — A resident was sent to the hospital for burns after a garage caught fire on Lakeside Drive Extension on Friday. Firefighters responded to the fire at 12 Lakeside Drive Ext. around 1:30 p.m. he homeowner was working inside the garage of the single-family home when it suddenly caught fire, Fire Chief Jerry Myers said. Danbury’s Miry Brook Volunteer … read more

Long and winding roads: Is a speed limit of 25 too high?

Drivers on Ridgefield town roads — from straight flat Farmingville to winding, hilly Ned’s Mountain — are supposed to keep to a town-wide speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Voters will likely be asked to give the Police Commission the authority to change that — possibly on any town road, but maybe just on the town’s 16 scenic roads. … read more

Sorbet anyone? Cart gets permit, joins Ridgefield food vendors

Hot dogs, burgers and fries, cold tasty sorbet — the season of outdoor eating got an official start when the selectmen approved permits for three food vendors last month. Bridge Street Premium Ice Company, selling sorbet from a tricycle-cart, is new to Ridgefield, although owner-operator Michael Cunningham and his wife Maureen have lived in town eight years. The other two … read more

Annual Town Meeting: Voters to decide capital projects, purchases Monday

Trucks, tanks, trees, plows and painting jobs — nearly $900,000 worth of projects and purchases proposed as capital expenditures in 2019-20 town budget will be put before voters at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 6, starting at 7:30 in the Ridgefield Playhouse. The annual meeting will also be asked to affirm the selectmen’s previous vote to schedule the … read more

Letter: Taking ownership vs. hiding the truth

To the Editor: It’s disappointing to read that the town has decided to sweep the baseball field fire under the rug just because some money came in. I think the people responsible should have come forward and taken ownership rather than hiding behind their big bank accounts. Shame on the town for allowing this coverup to take place. Students could … read more

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