Finance board flummoxed: Tea-leaf reading state budget moves

Fiddle, bicker, discuss — the state’s very public political process makes problems for the town. “Hartford is 19 square miles, surrounded by the real world,” said Dick Moccia of Ridgefield’s Board of Finance. Fiscal planning by the town is complicated by the state’s ways: it’s urge to offload costs onto municipalities; the schedule that has legislative sessions ending after town … read more

Kukulka gets another term on Housing Authority

Experienced in public housing concerns from his professional life, John Kukulka has been reappointed to a second five-year term on the Ridgefield Housing Authority. Kukulka, a former chairman of the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee, appeared before the Board of Selectmen’s March 6 meeting. He was unanimously reappointed after a discussion of the Housing Authority and its properties, which include the … read more

Cornerstone Home: Garden at farm to serve disabled

Turn the earth, plant and hoe. Water! Sunshine! Watch things grow. With a vision of intellectually disabled people learning to tend a garden and share in the everyday miracle of growing food, the selectmen approved a license agreement allowing Cornerstone Home & Gardens Inc. to teach gardening on a small patch of town land at the former McKeon Farm on … read more

Selectmen appoint four to Affordable Housing Committee

An affordable housing administrator, a real estate agent, an attorney, and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer have all been appointed to Ridgefield’s Affordable Housing Committee. “When you’re helping people live and survive and be part of a community, it’s a good thing,” said Jacqueline Bean, one of the four appointees to what is expected to eventually be a five- or … read more

Fracking ban heads to hearing Saturday morning, vote Wednesday night

The town’s nearly year-long debate over a ban against “fracking” — hydraulic fracturing — and the reuse of wastes from the fracking process, which is used in oil and gas extraction, will likely come to a conclusion in the next week. A proposed anti-fracking ordinance petitioned for by more than 600 environmentally concerned citizens will go to a public hearing … read more

Door-to-door sales: Would ban violate First Amendment?

Proselytizing eternal salvation, petitioning to save doomed species, selling cookies and light bulbs, hawking brushes and vacuum cleaners, signing people up for magazine or cable TV subscriptions, stumping for votes… Many missions may bring strangers to someone’s front door, knocking, knocking… Now constitutional questions raised by a cable television company have slowed the selectmen’s push to ban door-to-door selling in … read more

Wetlands split was big issue in selectmen’s July 18 charter talk

Editor’s note: This story ran in Thursday’s print edition of The Press. It does not reflect what happened at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting (July 25). That story can be read here. Splitting wetlands oversight off from the Planning and Zoning Commission doesn’t appear to have support from a majority on the Board of Selectmen. The board also has concerns about … read more

Selectmen deny zoning commission, wetlands board split

Evening shadows engulfed the northern and western shores of Lake Mamanasco late Tuesday as afternoon sunlight still caught the eastern shore with Richardson Park’s cliffs. The Mamanasco Lake Improvement Fund’s plan for cleaning the north end of muck, visible in the foreground, was approved by the Inland Wetlands Board on Tuesday night. Story inside. —Macklin Reid photo

The Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board are staying together. That was the decision the Board of Selectmen made at its July 25 meeting, narrowly opposing the proposed Charter Revision Commission change to separate the two boards with a 3-2 vote. Selectman Steve Zemo, who suggested that the two agencies should continue to be joined, said that the … read more

Schlumberger solution? Arts groups pitch sculpture garden

Sculptures amid green grass, with walking paths and maybe some gardens. That’s the idea Allison Stockel, executive director of the Ridgefield Playhouse, is offering as a solution for what might be done with a few prime acres of the former Schlumberger property — one that she and other leaders of performing arts organizations could get behind with some enthusiasm. “The … read more

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