Norwalk River Valley Trail receives $300,000 award for Redding Mile, funds needed to connect with Ridgefield Ramble

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) has been awarded $300,000 to construct the Redding Mile. Construction of this section of the five-town trail will be the first section in Redding. The grant, awarded from the Recreational Trails Grant program and administered by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), marks the third grant awarded to the NRVT. … read more

Fracking ban sparks debate, consensus eludes selectmen

Fracking — the hydraulic fracturing process used to help get hard-to-reach oil and gas out of the ground — and proposals aimed against fracking, and reuse of its wastes and byproducts, seem to have Ridgefield’s Board of Selectmen stymied. At their first meeting in September, the selectmen again delayed action on a proposed ban on use, storage, disposal or transportation … read more

Sewer project’s cost climbs to $48 million

A $48 million cost is projected now for the town’s sewer plant renovation, up about $6 million from earlier estimates, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. “It went from $42 to $48 million,” he told the Board of Selectmen last week. The money will do more than replace facilities and improve treatment at the town’s District I sewage treatment plant, … read more

Dog Waste Committee takes action in downtown Ridgefield

The days of unsightly and malodorous piles of dog droppings forming an obstacle course on Main Street’s sidewalks are coming to an end. At least that’s what members of a town committee against dog poop are hoping to achieve with a newly installed cleanup station at the north entrance of Ballard Park. It’s the first tool to be used in … read more

Sewer plant project: Costly, but useful

A sewer plant renovation expected to cost tens of millions of dollars will be outlined next week for townspeople — who will eventually have to vote on it, probably in fall of 2018. The project includes upgrading the village area’s District I sewage treatment plant on South Street, and also closing the District II plant that serves the area around … read more

Fuel depot work found no leaks, Marconi says

Gasoline and diesel fuel levels in underground storage tanks at Ridgefield’s fuel depot were checked periodically by the town — showing no signs of leaks — First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. And officials were aware that the tanks reached their 30-year life expectancy, he said, and had plans a replace them before the state “red-tagged” the tanks in late March, … read more

DEEP launches recycling awareness campaign

State officials and recycling advocates recently launched a campaign to increase recycling of plastic bags and wraps, noting that a survey finds most people in Connecticut are not yet aware of where and what to recycle. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Rob Klee announced the campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Klee said plastic bags and wraps … read more

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