Selectmen Approve $100,000 Contract for Windows at Irwin Barn; Some Broken by Vandalism

Town officials last week approved a $100,000 contract to restore broken windows at the 1908-built Irwin Barn, including some that resulted from vandalism. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its regular meeting for the contract with Ridgefield-based Alden Bailey Restoration, one of two companies that put in a bid for the job. “They need a lot of health and care to get back up to par,” Buildings Superintendent Bill Oestmann told the selectmen at their Oct. 9 meeting, held in Town Hall. “There’s a couple that will have to be replaced.”

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted 3-0 for $101,200 contract, which includes $9,200 in contingency.

First Selectman Calls for New Committee of Architects To Recommend Future Projects at Waveny House

New Canaan’s highest elected official said Tuesday that he would like to appoint a new committee of architects to set a strategy for capital improvements at Waveny House. A project to introduce air-conditioning at Waveny, for example, and overhaul its HVAC system, would cost $2.5 million, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. “Do we want to do that?” Moynihan said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held at Town Hall. “We would look to this committee to recommend what would be the strategy. So we would not be planning to do an $8 million or $10 million or $12 million renovation of Waveny House.

Town To Install Additional Guiderails at Six Locations

Town officials last month approved a $107,000 contract with a Plainville-based company to install guiderails along the sides of the road at six locations in New Canaan. The Board of Selectmen at its Sept. 18 meeting voted 3-0 to approve the $107,170 contract with Eagle Fence and Guardrail, which includes $14,000 in contingency, plus $5,000 in for police protection for the work. The installations will be on Ponus Ridge, Frogtown Road, Clapboard Hill Road and Glen Drive, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “Two of these locations were actually given to us by a recent inspection done by the state,” Mann told the selectmen at their meeting, held in Town Hall.

New Canaan Employs Director of Health

The Board of Selectmen last month voted unanimously to employ an established and well-regarded municipal worker as New Canaan’s director of health. 

Jennifer Eielson, whose past positions in the New Canaan Health Department include chief sanitarian and director of environmental health, moved into the new position following the selectmen’s 3-0 vote at its Sept. meeting. According to Cheryl Pickering-Jones, the town’s human resources director, municipal officials in April had met with the state and found that New Canaan is eligible to have a full-time health department because Eielson has a master’s degree. “We are meeting all of the credentials fo the state and they recommended that we take that step,” Pickering-Jones said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “It makes us more eligible for grants and it also keeps us away from possibly being put into a district.”

Though no funds for the promotion had been approved in the current fiscal year’s operating budget, there’s money in the chief building official’s budget to cover it, she said.