Officials: Pushback from Neighbors on Stop Signs Planned for Elm and Weed Streets

A plan to install stop signs for Weed Street motorists approaching the intersection at Elm is meeting with resistance from some neighborhood residents, officials said last week. Designed to make it safe for pedestrians using soon-to-be-striped crosswalks that will connect to a new sidewalk running up the west side of Weed Street to Irwin Park, the stop signs could back up traffic, neighbors fear, according to Tiger Mann, director of the Department of Public Works. “The traffic would back up all the way back to Irwin, and then gum up that intersection, especially since there is another stop sign at Frogtown Road intersection,” Mann told members of the Town Council at their March 22 meeting, held at Town Hall. “So to try and stop twice in a small span of time would affect traffic flow.”

The comments came during a discussion of the DPW’s funding request for sidewalk installations and improvements for next fiscal year. The Board of Finance approved $300,000 in spending for sidewalks in fiscal year 2018, town documents show (see page 50 here).

Town Approves Contract To Address Pavement Needs on Three Roads

Officials on Tuesday approved a $761,413 contract with a Norwalk-based paving company to address road repair and maintenance needs on three town roads— Spring Water Lane, Adams Lane and Hillcrest Road. It’s the most recent cluster of streets fixed under the municipality’s “Pavement Management and Improvement Program” since 2004, as New Canaan works toward bringing all town roads into a cycle of re-paving and maintenance—some of which haven’t been touched in more than 30 years, officials said. Under the program, roads are re-paved and then after 10 years get a “microthin overlay” and may undergo Cape Seal and crack-sealing maintenance, according to Tiger Mann, director of the Department of Public Works. Prior to its launch in 2004, the town hadn’t done any substantial road work since 1984, Mann told the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting. “And now we have done 67 percent of the town roads, so some of those roads that latter 33 percent could be longer than 20 years,” he said at the meeting, held in Town Hall.

Town Leaf Collection To Start Oct. 31: Rake To Curb, Do Not Put in Plastic Bags

Beginning Monday, Oct. 31 vacuum trucks will pick up the leaves raked to curbside by homeowners in those areas of town zoned for building lots of one acre or less. In those areas, please rake all of your leaves into the curb. DO NOT put leaves in plastic bags or mix them with brush or debris. The leaves are recycled into garden compost so they must be free of foreign matter.

PHOTOS: New Canaan Beautification League Thanks Volunteers, DPW Workers at Annual Breakfast

Members of a nonprofit organization dedicated to beautifying New Canaan gathered Monday morning at Mead Park to thank their volunteers and town employees during an annual breakfast. About 25 representatives from the New Canaan Beautification League met at the colonnade with Department of Public Works employees to celebrate their longstanding collaboration to maintain plantings around town. The league’s co-president, Faith Kerchoff, said the organization’s services include creating 207 hanging baskets for the downtown, plantings at 33 traffic triangles in New Canaan and seasonal holiday wreaths, as well as overseeing a public garden off of Chichester Road. The league last week won town approval to demolish a single-family residence at the Lee Memorial Garden and replace it with a potting shed. “We have about 150 members with a core of 30 or 40 that are really ‘in the dirt,’ ” Kerchoff said on a bright, cool morning from the grassy area inside the colonnade, where a table had been laid with coffee cake, muffins and coffee.