Zoners talk traffic, paving and bike lanes at third listening session

Traffic, paving, bike lanes, a new police and fire station, and parking — always more parking — dominated a discussion on town infrastructure before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, May 7. The meeting was the third in a series of listening sessions hosted by the commission to hear input from town officials ahead of its 10-year rewrite of the … read more

Parking and pickleball: Kearns and Shofi reappointed to Parks and Recreation

Parking and pickleball dominated conversation when two members of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Phil Kearns and David Shofi, were reappointed by the Board of Selectmen. “I am going to bring up the ‘p-word’ — that’s parking,” said First Selectman Rudy Marconi said as the joint interview began. “We have had terrible parking problems,” he said. Marconi recalled attending an … read more

Lake Windwing meadow: Conservation Commission, Parks and Recreation team up for cleanup

Meadows provide important habitat for all kinds of animals, birds, and insects. In particular they have an important role in feeding pollinators (bees and butterflies), which are vital for growing crops. Lots of small animals thrive in the meadow/forest interface and provide food for the larger predators. Unfortunately, meadows are disappearing from the Connecticut landscape. 100 years ago, much of … read more

Anyone for tennis? Parks and Recreation Commission proposes $4.7-million budget

From pickleball prices and parking plans to staffing shuffles, ramped-up recycling and some 700 acres of grass to be mowed, a wide-ranging discussion framed the Parks and Recreation Commission’s presentation to the selectmen on a $4,736,000 budget proposal that represents a less than 1% increase — up $18,600, or 0.39% — for 2019-20. This request is part of a more … read more

Pickleballing seniors don’t like price hike

The pickleball rebellion of 2018 is, like so many wars and battles, all about the money. “They tripled the price!” said John Spinosa, between pickleball games at Yanity Gym. “We think it’s unfair,” said Dale Creighton. “Pickleball people have really supported Parks and Rec… The seniors — and that’s who plays, most of us are seniors — we supported the … read more

Police chief report to town hall? No, Charter Revision Commission decides

A tightening of the police chief’s reporting obligations to the first selectman was rejected by the Charter Revision Commission after a parade of police officials opposed the idea. “A lot of this stuff has to be kept confidential,” Police Commission Chairman Charlie Knoche said, “whether it’s domestic stuff or juveniles.” The charter commission voted unanimously Monday, March 12, against requiring … read more

Selectmen talk surveillance in Ballard Park

The Board of Selectmen think surveillance cameras should be installed in Ballard Park in light of the racist and anti-semitic graffiti found on the stage and a stone wall June 13. This is not the first time racist markings have been found in the park, but police don’t know if it’s the same offender yet. The investigation is still open. … read more

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