Town tweeks parking realities while waiting for more blacktop

Parking, parking, more parking — will there ever be enough? With the town’s all-day parking lot off Governor Street often full or close to it lately, First Selectman Rudy Marconi says there are plans in the works to add what could amount to another 135 or so parking spaces to the village commercial district. “As a band-aid, for a while,” … read more

Voters approve 2018-19 town and school budget

Ridgefield voters approved all budget questions — mandating a 1.8% tax increase — in a referendum that drew a low turnout due to a severe evening storm Tuesday, May 15. “Everything’s a go,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, looking at posted vote totals that showed easy victories for school budget, town budget, road budget, and capital-spending questions that ranged from … read more

Board of Finance public hearing: Budget cutters outnumber spenders

What would you do with a bag of money?

Spending skeptics outnumbered school supporters seven-to-two in public comments at Monday’s public hearing on the proposed $145.9-million 2018-19 town and school budget. “My taxes are insane — $18,000, $17,000 a year,” said Rich Fasanelli of Gay Road. “What the town is forcing me to do is move. I think that’s wrong. It’s a house I built, a house I love. … read more

New parking lot plans include 63 spots

Parking for 63 cars could fit on the acre of wooded town land behind the Casey Energy depot off Bailey Avenue, with access through the current town parking lot off Governor Street, First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the selectmen last week. The cost would be about $570,000. “I think that’s probably low for 63 parking spaces,” Marconi said. “$9,047 per … read more