Fracking waste ban draws support from the public

Opposition to oil and gas fracking and use of byproducts from the process in Ridgefield was widely shared among about 25 Ridgefielders at a public hearing Saturday — suggesting, though some doubts and concerns were expressed, considerable support for an ordinance to ban reuse of fracking by-products that is scheduled for a town meeting vote Wednesday, Jan. 9. “Please do … read more

Fracking petition gets enough signatures for town meeting

Petitioners seeking an anti-fracking ordinance in town have collected the necessary amount of signatures for a town meeting. Michael Garguilo, who organized the petition earlier this fall, told The Press on Nov. 9 that he had collected 674 signatures — “well above the needed 2%” for a town meeting. “We could have got even more if we weren’t just dads … read more

Abandoning Skytop Road: Plans headed to town voters

Voters will be asked to legally abandon the undeveloped portion of Skytop Road as a town highway. The selectmen voted on Sept. 5 to send the road abandonment proposal — which was initiated by the Conservation Commission — to an Oct. 10 public hearing and an Oct. 24 town meeting. “This is to eliminate the road completely?” asked Selectman Bob … read more

Food trucks at the brewery? Town meeting is Wednesday

Food trucks at breweries or wineries in town? Voters will decide — soon. A special town meeting called in response to petitions circulated by the owners of the Nod Hill Brewery on Route 7 will consider a broadening of the circumstances that food trucks are allowed to operate for extended periods in a single location. The meeting is Wednesday night, … 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

Voters approve horse ordinance governing all 'hooved animals'

Neighbors annoyed by horses — the manure, the smell, worries they might escape — outnumbered horse and farm owners, and passed the much-debated “horse ordinance” at a town meeting that nearly filled the 160-seat capacity of the library’s program room. The ordinance extends town regulation not only of horses but of all other “hooved animals” — ponies, pigs, goats, cattle, … read more

Horse law to receive town vote at library Wednesday, Dec. 13

A Town Meeting vote on new rules for keeping horses and other “livestock” — including poultry as well as “hooved animals,” such as cattle, bison, swine, goats, sheep, llamas, ponies, donkeys, and mules — is expected to draw so many townspeople next week that it has been moved from town hall to the Ridgefield Library. The Town Meeting is scheduled … read more

Two Branchville grant projects to go before Ridgefield voters on Nov. 29

A rebuilt bridge, an additional traffic light, and a renovated look for Branchville with new sidewalks and street lamps — altogether a nearly $7-million package in two state and federal grant proposals — will be put before voters the week after Thanksgiving. “This is a huge project for the town — $6.8 million combined,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the … read more

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