Ridgefield, like many towns in Connecticut and in other parts of New England, has a Town Meeting form of government. Its roots go back to Colonial times, when people would meet and make decisions about local issues by voting. They didn’t choose representatives to vote for them. They did it themselves.
There are some other forms of local government now, too. Some larger towns have Representative Town Meetings. Cities have mayors and city councils. But we have an Open Town Meeting. We have hands-on, participatory democracy. We all get to make decisions, and we all have to live with them.