Anti-fracking proposal will get vote in January

An anti-fracking ordinance local environmentalists have been pushing for 11 months will go to a public hearing and town meeting early in the new year. Petitioners troubled by “fracking” — the hydraulic fracturing process used in oil and gas extraction — had collected signatures to force a town meeting on a proposed law banning fracking and also the use, storage … read more

Pink Elephant Food Truck approved but not allowed a spot

The Pink Elephant Food Truck was approved by the selectmen to work parties and events in town, but the board declined to give the vendor permission to set up regularly and sell its tacos and Asian rice bowls at a roadside location on Route 7. “You’ll do private parties, but you can’t do a permanent location,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi … read more

Solar arrays spark neighbors’ outrage

Do green energy’s mechanical underworks — solar arrays, windmills — threaten the leafy look and rural illusions of Ridgefield’s residential neighborhoods? The selectmen are looking into it. A large solar array behind a new house being built off Canterbury Lane brought the issue to the selectmen’s attention — thanks to about 10 neighbors who visited the board’s Nov. 28 meeting … read more

Wednesday town meeting: Scouts could sell cookies despite ‘door-to-door’ ban

Restrictions on door-to-door selling that are headed to a town meeting next week target door-knocking by professional salespeople, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, not charitable solicitations or friendly neighborhood offers. “We’re in no way looking to stop kids going door to door and shoveling a walk, or Girl Scouts selling cookies,” Marconi said. Door-to-door sales restrictions are part of proposed … read more

Tara Ford joins the Ridgefield Youth Commission

After a summer in Peru trying “to improve the educational quality and living conditions of students,” Tara Ford, a high honor roll student at Ridgefield High School, has joined the Ridgefield Youth Commission. “I am at an age where I want to give meaningful contributions back to the town that has given me such a solid start in life,” she … read more

Affordable Housing Committee: Time for a reboot?

Reinvigorating the Affordable Housing Committee is on the town’s to-do list, and the selectmen have decided to reconsider the mission the group will be given, before they begin interviewing potential members. “My take-away tonight,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, “we’ll put off interviews until after the holidays, to allow us to really get into the charge of the committee.” “We … read more

Later start times? Petitioners want a vote

Petitioners may seek a town meeting to reconsider the school board’s year-old decision to pursue later start times for Ridgefield High School. But the question of whether a town meeting has that power is being investigated by town attorneys. First Selectman Rudy Marconi described the situation to the Board of Selectmen’s Nov. 13 meeting. People want to petition for “a … read more

Anti-fracking law: Petitioners seek town meeting

Petitioners are collecting signatures to call a town meeting to consider adoption of an anti-fracking ordinance — one that would not only prohibit oil and gas fracking in town, but restrict the use of by-products from the process. “The ‘fracking waste’ petition has been met with huge support from people and businesses around town,” petition organizer Michael Gargiulo told The … read more

Letter: Elected not appointed — vote ‘no’ on referendum lines five and six

To the Editor: The Board of Selectmen always whine about voter turnout. In a 2014 charter referendum, they asked Ridgefield to vote to make the town treasurer and tax collector appointed, not elected, positions. 5,000 Ridgefield voters (60%) voted against both of these referendums. The reason for the vote was Ridgefielders want to hold individual officeholders accountable for results and … read more

Charter changes, sewer renovation: Voters will judge 12 ballot questions

A smorgasbord of ballot questions will be on voters’ Election Day menu Nov. 6: A $48 million sewer plant renovation, two amendments to the state constitution, and nine Ridgefield charter revision proposals — including the hotly debated separation of the Inland Wetlands Board from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Both state constitutional questions are on the front of the ballot … read more

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