Verizon approved for Ledges Road cell tower

Verizon has been approved to put antennas on the cell tower off Ledges Road, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. “I don’t have any information relative to the timeline,” Marconi said. Marconi mentioned the Verizon application to the Connecticut Siting Council at the April 17 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. On April 24, Marconi told the Press the application had been … read more

Ridgefield police close field fire investigation after town receives donations for fix (UPDATE)

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. — The Ridgefield Police Department has closed its investigation into who started the field fire at Governor Park without revealing any names of who was responsible for pouring gasoline and lighting it in attempt to make the field playable for the Ridgefield High School baseball team. “The Ridgefield Police Department has closed its investigation into this incident due to … read more

Parking and pickleball: Kearns and Shofi reappointed to Parks and Recreation

Parking and pickleball dominated conversation when two members of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Phil Kearns and David Shofi, were reappointed by the Board of Selectmen. “I am going to bring up the ‘p-word’ — that’s parking,” said First Selectman Rudy Marconi said as the joint interview began. “We have had terrible parking problems,” he said. Marconi recalled attending an … read more

Annual Town Meeting set for May 6, budget vote to be held following week

A 1.24 percent tax hike crowns a nearly $148-million budget package that would boost school spending by over $3 million — but $230,000 less than the school board requested — while approving the selectmen’s plans for no increase in town departments’ budget next year. Approved on a series of unanimous Board of Finance votes last week, the 2019-20 budget, and … read more

Finance board passes budget, 3.36% increase for schools

A 1.24% tax increase for 2019-20 would result from the nearly $148-million revenue and spending plan approved by the Board of Finance on a string of unanimous votes Tuesday night, April 2. The 2019-20 budget proposal would allocate $98,193,760 for school operations —a 3.36% spending increase —and $38,318,807 for town departments and road repaving, reflecting a 0% increase for the … read more

Selectmen reappoint four to Conservation Commission

After sharing thoughts on a variety of issues, four Conservation Commission members were reappointed by the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, March 20. But there was also interest in someone who wasn’t reappointed. “Ben Oko has decided not to stand for reappointment,” Conservation Commission Chairman James Coyle told the selectmen. “After 18 years, it’s going to be a strange place … read more

Deer hunt debate to receive hearing in June

Ridgefield’s deer hunt debate appears headed for a public hearing sometime in June. After a presentation on the Conservation Commission’s study of forest understory and a discussion of the hunt, the selectmen in late March agreed on a public hearing to reconsider the deer hunt conducted on town land annually since 2006. The selectmen and Conservation Commission agreed delaying the … read more

Selectmen broadens senior tax deferment plan

Changes designed to improve the town’s tax deferment program for the elderly — opening it up to a somewhat larger population of moderate income seniors, and making it more user-friendly — will go to a town meeting in June. The tax deferment program currently allows indefinite postponement of town property tax payments by Ridgefield taxpayers over 65 with incomes of … read more

Ridgefield Golf Course will open Friday morning, recovering from 2018’s wet summer and fall

Like a long green fairway, the golf season stretches out before Ridgefield’s hackers and whackers — starting Friday. “It’s a limited opening: walkers only,” said Ridgefield Golf Course professional Frank Sergiovannni. “We call it a soft opening. “Tomorrow at 10 a.m. will be the first shots of the year,” Sergiovannni said Thursday, March 28. “We’re going to open at 10 … read more

The deer, the forest, and the hunt: Conservationists disagree on study results

A dozen years of deer hunting in Ridgefield open spaces: How has that shaped the influence deer — lovely but hungry, browsing and munching on leafy greens — have had on Ridgefield’s forests?  With a reconsideration of the deer hunting question informally penciled in on the town’s agenda, the Conservation Commission undertook a study of changes in the forest understory. … read more

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