Sorgie joins Arts Council

A marketing and advertising executive who plays the guitar, Christopher Sorgie, has joined the Ridgefield Arts Council. He was appointed by the Board of Selectmen, 4-to-0, after an interview Feb. 21. After an initial visit to the Arts Council, Sorgie wrote to its chairman, Mark Meachem, offering his services. “Based on what I observed as well as having a better … read more

Joining state Green Bank program heads to town meeting Wednesday

A program encouraging renewable energy projects by making low-interest loans available to commercial property owners will come before Ridgefielders for consideration next week. A public hearing and town meeting authorizing Ridgefield to join the Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE program is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 in town hall. The Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program describes itself … read more

'Pressure on brick and mortar:' Selectmen back first-floor retail, if landlords join in

The selectmen voted to kick in $6,000 of taxpayers’ money — if it is matched with $6,000 from village landlords — to support the “first-floor retail” incentive program put together by the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC). “I think it’s more palatable if everybody puts a little skin in the game,” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark said. The economic commission had … read more

Brewery petitions selectmen's decision to deny food trucks

Food trucks at the brewery seems a match made in beer-and-hot-dog heaven, but the town attorneys have risen to speak against the union, rather than forever hold their peace. An opinion from the town attorneys has said the town can’t legally allow the regular parking of food trucks in the lot of the Nod Hill Brewery on Route 7 — … read more

Give the green light: Plans for Branchville projects move along

Bridges, a traffic light, sidewalks and street lamps — extensive improvements in Branchville — are the focus of two projects totaling over $6 million that are advancing through the planning stages and will soon need town commitments totaling about $618,000. “We’re fortunate enough to announce about $6 million in grants that’ll be spent right here in Branchville,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

Town to settle in golf course restaurant suit

The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday, Oct. 10, to settle a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought against the town by Dr. Henry Seemann, who alleged the town was in the wrong when it terminated his contract to operate the Snd Trp restaurant at the Ridgefield Golf Course last year. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said he had been authorized by the board to … read more

Town votes to take ownership of Ridgebury Cemetery

Ridgefield residents voted for the town to assume ownership of Ridgebury Cemetery at a town meeting Wednesday night, Oct. 11. The cemetery has been owned and maintained by the non-profit Ridgebury Cemetery Association since 1907. The association is currently headed by Robert Keeler Reynolds. “Given that he’s moving up in years, he’s concerned he won’t be able to keep up … read more

Selectmen deny Sunset Lane land sale

The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen voted against selling one acre of land off Sunset Lane to Charter Group Partners at its meeting Wednesday, Aug. 23. The proposed sale, which would have allowed Charter Group to develop six more townhouse units on the former Schlumberger property on Sunset Lane, was denied in by a 4-1 vote. “The town did what was … read more

Selectmen will consider fire chief vacancy, land buy Wednesday

A closed-door, executive session interview for the fire chief vacancy is on the agenda when the Board of Selectmen meets as the Fire Commission  Wednesday, May 24. There’s also a selectmen’s meeting in executive session Wednesday, where the board will privately discuss a possible purchase of land in Ridgebury. Both meetings will also include public session discussions, and are at … read more

Town operating budget: Board of Finance cuts $60,000

Some town departments are not getting as much funding as they originally thought in 2017-18. The Board of Selectmen has made $5,000 cuts to the library, highway, fire, police, and finance departments, and has cut $10,000 from parks and recreation and $25,000 from legal expenses — money paid to the town’s attorneys. The selectmen looked for the $60,000 worth of … read more

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