Give schools taxing power? Officials have concerns

What if school districts were independent fiscal authorities, with budgeting and taxing powers separate from municipal finance boards, mayors and selectmen? A bill before the legislature proposes just that, and is drawing concern from local officials. “Oh yeah. It showed up over the weekend,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of ‘HB-7319, An Act Concerning The Fiscal Independence Of School Districts.’  … read more

Chamber of Commerce to hold job fairs in spring, fall

Ridgefield’s Chamber of Commerce wants to attract more workers to town — and plans to hold job fairs in the spring and fall to do just that. The first job fair will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, April 28, at the Parks and Recreation Center from noon to 4. Another will be held in the fall, ahead of … read more

Selectmen reject Marconi raise proposal

Comments by First Selectman Rudy Marconi functioned as a tie-breaking vote against giving Ridgefield’s first selectman — Marconi — a $10,000 raise. Although Marconi left the room more than once so the discussions could go on without him, his colleagues kept returning to the issue — one of the few budget adjustments that the Board of Selectmen could not find … read more

Environmental regulations: Petitioners protest ‘overreach’

Environmentally conscientious homeowners who want to protect themselves from regulations that they believe will restrict them from creating renewable energy sources have created a petition that’s collected a few hundred signatures.  The petition’s goal is to “prevent the issuance of any law and regulation restricting the installation of solar panels and arrays in the town of Ridgefield.” It has been … read more

Marconi testifies against school regionalization

Giving voice to widespread opposition to school regionalization efforts being talked of in Hartford, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi addressed the legislature’s education committee — acting in his new role as president of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST). “COST opposes forced consolidation/regionalization,” Marconi said at the beginning of his testimony. “…A one-size-fits-all approach to consolidation/regionalizing schools: “(1) does … read more

Nearing 0% increase for town departments, selectmen review budget

Within $10,000 of their targeted 0% increase in the budget for town departments — excluding the schools — the Board of Selectmen reviewed some of the “puts and takes” that had gotten it to the verge of a budget that would remain flat from 2018-19 to 2029-20.  The town departments’ budget was at $36,493,175 when the selectmen met Friday afternoon, … read more

Auditors say town finances look good

The independent auditors are comfortable with Ridgefield’s finances and bookkeeping for the last fiscal year. And First Selectman Rudy Marconi likes what the auditors’ 2017-18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report — or CAFR — has to say about the town. “It looks good, healthy, strong,” Marconi said. “We’re a healthy community, financially. The ratings bureaus love it.” Marconi offered those thoughts … read more

More traffic signs on Blue Ridge Road, fewer on Ned’s Mountain Road

Traffic signs are coming to Blue Ridge Road — just as the town has plans to take others down on Ned’s Mountain Road. The town Police Commission decided Thursday, Feb. 14, to replace two 25 miles-per-hour speed limit signs at both ends of Blue Ridge Road, and install 20 miles-per-hour advisory signs to the road’s dangerous corner signs. “Blue Ridge … read more

Marconi, police chief eye Juvenile Review Board

A juvenile review board — an appointed board of counselors and attorneys tasked with interceding in the cases of underage offenders — has the support of the chief of police and first selectman. The idea has been floated by the town for the past two years, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. Former Police Chief John Roche had proposed the … read more

Main Street project pushed back a year

A renovated — and hopefully rejuvenated — Main Street is still seen as part of Ridgefield’s future. But it doesn’t look like it will be happening as soon as state and town officials had thought. “Everything’s pushed back a year,” said Charles Robbins, a Planning and Zoning Commission member tapped by First Selectman Rudy Marconi to serve as a liaison … read more

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