Walking paths could knit town together

After crossing the footbridge in foreground, the path around the Recreation Center property off Danbury Road would be extended by sidewalk improvements down Route 35 and a proposed extension along Farmingville Road would take it part of the way to a connection with the Rail Trail that goes from Halpin Lane to Branchville. —Macklin Reid photo

A proposed walkway between the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club and The Elms condominiums could provide another recreation option for walkers and joggers in town. First Selectman Rudy Marconi briefly mentioned the idea to the Planning and Zoning Commission at a recent meeting. Marconi said a resident had approached him about “an idea to create an in-town walkway from the … read more

Planners want new lot before changing parking rules

  With more parking spaces on the way — construction of a new 60-car lot is expected to start this summer, and a smaller lot is in the planning stages — the Planning and Zoning Commission isn’t eager to tighten village parking rules. “I’m not hearing any support to amend the regulations at this point,” P&Z Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti told … read more

Town plan: Ridgefielders will have a chance to weigh in Tuesday

Hotels, walking trails, plans to revitalize Branchville — all those topics and more will be up for discussion during a public hearing to discuss Ridgefield’s Plan of Conservation and Development on Tuesday, June 18. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the town hall annex, 66 Prospect St. It is the fourth in a series of … read more

Town to buy trash lifter, citing safety concerns

Hoisting up trash cans has caused a rash of recurring shoulder injuries and prompted the town to make a $29,000 investment in an automated lifter. “I was approached by members of the town’s safety committee regarding a recent trend of Workmen’s Compensation shoulder injuries in the Parks Department,” Dennis DiPinto, director of Parks and Recreation, wrote to the Board of … read more

Ridgefield police shutdown Route 116 following utility pole crash

Route 116 in Ridgefield is closed down after a car struck an utility pole around 9:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The accident happened near Barrack Hill Road. One person is reported injured. Police said it is unclear when the road will be reopened, because utility companies still need to assess the site of the crash.

Costs, capacity concerns discussed at sewer hearing

Who’ll shoulder the bulk of the $48 million projected cost of the sewer plant renovation? How can the burden be fairly shared between houses, condos, commercial properties hooked up to the sewer system — properties that directly benefit — and homes off the sewer lines, whose only use of the plant comes once every few years when their septic systems … read more

Town to seek money from homeowners after Richardson Drive floods in April, June

Two mudslides near the intersection of Richardson Drive and Ashbee Lane — one in mid-April and another in late June — caused $10,000 in cleanup costs, and a Richardson Drive couple might be responsible for covering the bill. According to files at the town’s planning office, Zoning Enforcement Officer Richard Baldelli and Wetlands Agent Beth Peyser visited the home of … read more

Helicopters to inspect power lines

Eversource is conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment in Connecticut using a helicopter with special heat-sensing imaging equipment. The overhead inspections allow the energy company to cover vast distances while capturing images not visible to the naked eye. These images identify potential problems with electric lines and related equipment so the company can make any necessary repairs or upgrades … read more

Fire chief advises residents on preparing for emergencies

A full bathtub, a LED flashlight, a tank of gas — those were just some of the things town agencies advise residents to have on hand in case of a storm or other emergency. But for senior citizens living in this suburban town that sometimes feels more rural than urban, disaster preparation means stocking up on things like oxygen tanks, … read more

Scotland fiber optic cable damage could cost $100,000 to repair

Repairing four lines of fiber optic cable between Scotland and Barlow Mountain elementary schools could cost the district anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000, Acting Superintendent Robert Miller told the school board June 11. Miller, who also serves as the district technology director, said that technicians have narrowed down the location of the break. They believe the damage may have been … read more

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