Town Hires Engineering Firm To Design New Sidewalk from Mead Park Exit to Marshall Ridge Road

Town officials last week approved a $16,000 contract for survey and design services from a Bridgeport-based engineering firm for a new sidewalk to run up the hill from the exit of Mead Park toward Weed Street. About 70 families in the area signed a petition requesting the sidewalk, which will run along the south side of Richmond Hill Road up to Marshall Ridge Road, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. The town in a 2003 update to its guiding document for land use—the Plan of Conservation and Development or ‘POCD’—said it would “try to connect everyone to our greenways and to our parks,” Mann told the Board of Selectmen during its regular meeting, held Jan. 8 at Town Hall. 

“And this fits within not only the expansion of sidewalks from 2003 but also the though from the 2014 POCD to try to bring more people into the downtown area and the train station,” Mann said. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectman Kit Devereaux voted 2-0 in favor of the contract, with Cabezas- DeAngelis Engineers & Surveyors.

Town Appoints 16 To Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday appointed 16 people to a newly formed Committee that will study New Canaan and make recommendations on promoting  its economic development and tourism. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectman Kit Devereaux voted 2-0 during the Board’s regular meeting to appoint a slate of candidates with expertise in local business (list below) to the Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Committee. Selectman Nick Williams was absent. “We know a lot of these individuals,” Moynihan said during the selectmen’s meeting, held at Town Hall. “Some of them are individuals who are residents and volunteer, others are are individuals who work in town but do not reside in town.

Town: Failing West Road Bridge Will Need To Be Replaced

Though the town recently approved funds for temporary repairs, a failing bridge on upper West Road will need to be replaced, officials say. Located just north of the intersection at Turtle Back Road, the bridge saw its southerly headwall fail during a storm in June, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. A Newington-based consulting firm assisted with the repairs and since then, Mann said, the town additionally asked WMC Consulting Engineers “to do an analysis of the bridge and then put together a proposal.”

“We went out to the [Connecticut Department of Transportation] and were accepted for a 50 percent grant for the replacement of the bridge,” he said during a Dec. 17 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held at Town Hall. New Canaan would pay about $921,000 toward the total $1.8 million cost to replace the bridge, he said.