Over 160 turn out, pass fracking ban

Lined up out the door waiting on the sidewalk in the cold to get in, filling town hall’s meeting room to capacity — standing room only — and overflowing into the smaller meeting room and the hallway, more than 160 people turned out to vote in Ridgefield’s fracking waste ban Wednesday night, Jan. 9. “We’re ecstatic. We’re actually humbled this … read more

Ballot questions spark battle between parties and interested groups

Political voices are chiming in on a dozen ballot questions facing Ridgefield — the $48-million sewer plant expansion, nine town charter changes, and two state constitutional amendments. The Republican Town Committee is opposed to five of them — the sewer plant renovation, three charter questions, and one state constitutional amendment — and has been giving out “vote no” lawn signs. … read more

Voters approve food trucks at brewery

Beer drinkers rejoice. Wednesday night’s town meeting voted to approve an amendment to the town’s vendor ordinance that would allow food trucks at Nod Hill Brewery on Route 7. More than 100 supporters filled the town hall conference room for the public hearing, which generated a 30-minute discussion from the Board of Selectmen before votes were cast. Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark … 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

Finance board proposes 1.8% tax increase

How does a 1.8% tax increase sound? That’s what town voters will be asked to approve in May, after the finance board unanimously approved a $144-million budget proposal for 2018-19 Monday night. “We wanted to keep taxes under 2%,” said Board of Finance chairman Dave Ulmer. On a series of unanimous votes, the finance board found its way to the … 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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