Fire chief search starts soon

Finding a new fire chief is a process. Should the selectmen promote from within or seek applications from “outside” for a position with a salary range from $93,000 to $135,000? Must the chief live nearby? “There have been a few comments made about ‘Why do we have to go outside?’ But that’s up to the board,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi … read more

Odd couple: Main Street, state project

Blending beautiful, beloved Main Street with a state Department of Transportation project aimed to improve traffic flow by adding turning lanes and realigning an intersection won’t be easy. And while a committee works with the state planners to find a solution, others who care about Main Street are worried, and complaining they’re not being given enough opportunity to participate in … read more

Selectmen: Sprint must pay tower fee

Sprint will not be granted an extension of its 20-year lease, which ends Feb. 20, until the company agrees to pay a $28,255 fee to strengthen the tower’s physical structure. A study proved that the tower — which covers most of Ridgefield’s downtown — is currently being used at 99.7% of its capacity. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said additional steel … read more

Ridgefield Golf Course brings in the green

Golf’s boom years, attracting droves of hard hitters and high rollers, wannabes and weekend whackers, may be past. But the Ridgefield Golf Course — owned by town taxpayers, where anyone with $45 can play — continues to bring money in. For the most recently completed fiscal year, 2015-16 — which ended on June 30, 2016 — the Ridgefield Golf Course … read more

Marconi warns residents of deceptive water line insurance letter

A resident has brought forth a letter from HomeServe USA Repair Management Corporation regarding the purchase of insurance for their water line, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. The resident was told in the letter that they were responsible for their “exterior water line” and that it will “deteriorate over time due to corrosion and ground shifting.” “The letter is manipulative … read more

Ridgefield celebrates spirit of Dr. King

“You can’t celebrate Dr. King without getting the spirit,” said Kimberly Wilson before beginning her rendition of America the Beautiful on stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse. She was commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the town’s annual celebration Monday with an audience of about 300 people. This year the program included performances from the Ridgefield and Serendipity chorales, Keys … read more

Heroin deaths to Mountainside: Marconi tells league ‘state of town’

Heroin pushed its sad way into a crowd of more typical topics — budgets, growth and taxes, the Mountainside project — as First Selectman Rudy Marconi delivered a wide-ranging State of the Town talk to the League of Women Voters. Veering away from municipal facts and finances near the end of his hourlong presentation at the league’s celebration of suffragist … read more

Town mum on fire chief violation

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

Fire Chief Kevin Tappe has retired, ending a nearly five-decade career in firefighting, and the town’s investigation into an unspecified “violation of town policy” that had him on administrative leave the last three weeks. The fire department is now being led by assistant chief — redesignated acting chief — Jerry Myers, and town officials are fending off requests for further … read more

State looks to save all Main Street trees

At his State of the Town address Tuesday, First Selectman Rudy Marconi gave an update on the state’s plans for improvements to Main Street, which are still in the development stages with different plans being studied and refined for an eventual public hearing. Among the highlights he offered were: The likely reduction of the number of parking space in front … read more

Handicapped access concerns the town

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

Handicapped access problems — wheelchair ramps, elevators, bathrooms, door widths — haven’t been ignored by Ridgefield, but they haven’t been dealt with systematically and comprehensively. And the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, has been on the books since July 1990. It’s 2017 — time, town officials admit, to get going. “I think everyone understands the logic behind this,” said … read more

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