Rotted Main Street lampposts come down

Rotted by salt used as a winter ice-melter, four period lampposts on Main Street have been taken down, and seven or eight others — maybe more — will likely have to be replaced. “We’re going to be replacing probably a minimum of a dozen,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Where’s the funding come from? Marconi doesn’t know — yet. “They’re … read more

Main Street improvement: State planners to float ideas Tuesday

Toned-down in deference to town aesthetic concerns, a concept for improving Main Street will be aired by state planners before village merchants and landlords — as well as town officials and the general public — next week. The gathering is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 in town hall. It is not a public hearing in the official sense, but rather … read more

Voters approve Schlumberger leases

The Board of Selectmen — tasked with selling the Schlumberger property the town bought back in December 2011 — breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday night when voters approved a pair of $1-a-year leases that the selectmen have worked on over the last several months. Under the proposed leases, which more than 130 residents unanimously voted to approve, the Philip Johnson Building will be … read more

Dog poop: Old issue returns to public eye

Nitrogen-based canine landmines — OK, dog poops — seem to be lying in wait on Ridgefield sidewalks, set to ambush inattentive pedestrians, with increasing regularity. And Ridgefield has had a “pooper scooper”-type ordinance, requiring dog owners to clean up, on its books since 1999. “I’ve had people complaining the cleanup law is not being enforced as nicely as it used … read more

Commission for the Disabled on Schlumberger leases: Town has access responsibilities

Parking in a handicapped spot without a proper permit displayed can lead to a hefty fine. —Press photo

Don Ciota, chairman of the Commission for the Disabled, sent a letter to First Selectman Rudy Marconi Wednesday, Feb. 22, outlining the town’s responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act when leasing town property. The town is preparing to lease two buildings part of the former Schlumberger property to ACT of Connecticut and BassamFellows. In the letter, Ciota said that … read more

Special meeting Saturday: Selectmen to host senator, state reps

The Board of Selectmen will host Senator Toni Boucher and State Representatives Michael Ferguson (R-138) and John Frey (R-111) Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in the lower level conference room in Town Hall. The only item on the agenda is “General Local Budget Discussion; Impact of Governor’s Proposed Budget.” First Selectman Rudy Marconi spoke at a recent selectmen’s meeting about … read more

Grand list: Tax base grows almost 1%

A nearly 1% increase in the town’s $4.7-billion tax base will give budget-makers an additional $1,253,000 to spend before taxes have to be increased next year. Ridgefield’s grand list of taxable properties went up $46,946,818, or 0.99037%, and now totals $4,787,232,154, according to Assessor Al Garzi. “We always want our grand list to increase as much as possible, because it … read more

First-floor retail rule: Commission wants to hear town’s reaction Tuesday

A “first-floor retail” rule — the idea that the town should limit property owners’ ability to rent ground-floor commercial space for offices or other uses that aren’t attractive to shoppers — is again being considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission. An informal public hearing — Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti described it as an “open mic night” — on the … read more

Chamber announces state of the town, business awards ceremony March 10

First Selectman Rudy Marconi delivering the 2015 State of the Town address. —Steve Coulter photo

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual inaugural breakfast and state of the town address Friday, March 10 (snow date March 24) from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Silver Spring Country Club.  The breakfast will feature the inauguration of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for 2017 and state of the town address by First Selectman Rudy Marconi, … read more

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