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New Canaan Woman Calls for More Robust, Objective Criteria in Evaluating Appointees for Town Boards, Commissions

Saying New Canaan must apply more rigorous and objective criteria in vetting residents who offer to volunteer on key boards and commissions, a town woman on Tuesday offered to help create more useful standards for evaluation. Andrea Sandor told members of the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting that decisions made by groups such as the Planning & Zoning Commission “affect millions and millions of dollars of assets.”

“They affect the whole look of the town,” Sandor said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “P&Z is probably the most important to take a look at in terms of criteria because they have such an impact on neighbors, on residents, on the look and feel of the town. They are one of the key [agencies] but yet the townspeople have little control over P&Z.”

Her comments came as the the board—First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams—voted unanimously to reappoint three regular and three alternate members of P&Z to three- and two-year terms, respectively: Jean Grzelecki, Kent Turner and Dick Ward, as well as John Kriz, Krista Neilson and Claire Tiscornia. Sandor criticized the current process as overly lax. Continue Reading →

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Town Pursues Parking Deck at Lumberyard; One-Third of New Spaces To Be Designated for Businesses

Town officials say they’re moving forward with plans to increase commuter parking at both the Talmadge Hill and Lumberyard lots. Members of the Parking Commission at the group’s most recent meeting said that First Selectman Kevin Moynihan is eyeing a private property in the area of the Talmadge station for acquisition by the town, and the first selectman himself has said that municipal officials have walked the Lumberyard property with an architect who is expected to produce a conceptual rendering, hopefully some time in the first quarter. Plans at the Lumberyard call for a single parking deck that will use the grade between Elm Street and the lot itself, Moynihan told members of the press at a Dec. 28 press briefing in his office. The parking deck itself would rise no higher than the street-level of Elm, he said. Continue Reading →

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Public Works To Clear Snow from Roads, Downtown Before Dawn Wednesday

Town workers before dawn Wednesday are to remove the nearly one foot of snow dumped on New Canaan during last Thursday’s storm—an effort that’s expected to cost about $27,000, officials said. Starting at midnight and working until about 6 a.m., public works crews will divide into three groups and focus on three separate areas working their way toward Main and Elm Streets downtown, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told members of the Board of Selectmen during their regular meeting Tuesday. “We have had multiple, I would not say ‘complaints’ but ‘suggestions’—that we remove the snow and have some cut-outs cut into the snow banks so people parking can get into the businesses,” Mann said at the meeting, held at Town Hall. “We did have one student, a resident who needed to some community service so he spent about six hours shoveling snow for us on Saturday opening some crosswalks and cut-outs but walking around and looking at it this morning we need to remove the snow and get it out of here.”

The comments came during an update on snow removal and budget that First Selectman Kevin Moynihan requested of Mann. The little bit of snow that New Canaan got Monday night cost about $7,220 as public works crews treated the roads, Mann said, while the larger storm from last week cost $48,000 in highway department man hours and materials alone, not counting parks department costs. Continue Reading →

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Town To Purchase Five New Parking Machines for Train Stations

Town officials on Tuesday voted in favor of entering two contracts with a Moorestown, N.J.-based company, worth nearly $50,000 combined, for new parking machines. The Parkeon machines—two for the Talmadge Hill Train Station lot ($19,790 total) and three for the Elm Street lot downtown ($29,440)—collect monies that then go into standalone parking funds. Specifically, Parking Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg told members of the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting, funds collected at Elm Street go into a “Railroad Fund” that’s used maintain the 2.7-acre state-owned property around the tracks. Talmadge Hill is owned by the town, and revenues collected there go into a parking fund, she said in response to a question posed by Selectman Kit Devereaux. The machines themselves need replacement because they’ve “reached their lifespan,” Miltenberg said during the meeting, held at Town Hall. Continue Reading →

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Town Enters $150,000 Contract for New Playground Equipment for Mead Park

Town officials on Tuesday agreed to enter into a contract with a Fort Payne, Ala.-based company for new playground equipment at Mead Park. The $150,889 contract with GameTime is part of $190,000 budgeted for the current fiscal year to upgrade the outdated equipment there now, with the balance of going to removing existing footings and wood chips at the kids’ main playground at Mead and to grade the site for the new gear. Though the installation itself is not planned until next summer, placing the order with GameTime now will lock up a price and avoid an additional $7,500 in fees, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko. Benko told members of the Board of Selectmen during their regular meeting that a new “Pour In Place” or “PIP” smooth rubber surface that will surround the playground equipment—as well as some additional play structures—are to be funded by the nonprofit Friends of Mead Park Playground. The Friends group, founded by two New Canaan moms, “came up with the plans,” Benko said during the meeting, held at Town Hall. Continue Reading →

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