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Town Approves Contract for New Sidewalks on Parts of Park Street

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously approved a $103,900 contract with a New Canaan-based company to install new sidewalks on two sections of Park Street. Peter Lanni Inc. will put a new concrete sidewalk with granite curbing on the west side of Park from Maple Street to Richmond Hill Road as well as a new brick sidewalk with the same curbing on the east side of the Park from Cherry to Maple Street. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted in favor of the contract, presented to the board by New Canaan High School senior Josiah Jones, an intern with the Department of Publics Works, and DPW Director Tiger Mann. The total amount of the contract includes a $14,000 in contingency funds, Jones said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. The selectmen asked Jones what were the range of bids (another bid came in at $102,895 compared to $89,900 from Lanni), whether funds for the project are within the current fiscal year’s budget (yes), whether just two companies responded (correct, though several had taken the bid package) and whether the project requires all new granite curbing even though some of that already is in place (it needs new curbing on the east side and to be reset on the west side because it’s tilted there). 

Moynihan asked why the sidewalk would be concrete on one side and brick on another. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Vote 3-0 in Favor of Mosquito Larvicide Contract

The Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting Tuesday unanimously approved a $13,200 contract with a Branford-based ecological management firm to put mosquito larvicide in New Canaan’s storm drains. Representatives from All Habitat Services LLC will come to town to dump a product called Vectolex into some 2,540 catch basins in town, Parks Superintendent John Howe told the board. “They come on scooters, take a scoop of Vectolex, and dump it into each catch basin as they drive around town,” Howe said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. These scooters are installed with GPS so that they can be easily tracked, according to Howe. In addition to mosquito traps installed by the state to monitor pest counts, All Habitat Services will track the mosquitos in town to see if they’re carrying viruses. Continue Reading →

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‘They Are Very Fancy Donkeys’: Nature Center Plans New Barn for Donated Animals

Town officials on Tuesday unanimously approved two items related to a proposed new barn at New Canaan Nature Center whose occupants will include four donkeys. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 on a pair of proposals, for the construction of the barn itself in Bliss Park as well as the merger of two parcels there into a single lot—a technical land use concern since the new structure will straddle them. Bill Flynn, the Nature Center’s executive director, said the Oenoke Ridge Road organization has been offered four donkeys by a local woman, “but we do not have the facilities currently to house them.”

Asked by the selectmen whether the animals currently live in a similar structure, Flynn said yes. “They are very fancy donkeys,” he said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “They have a barn. Continue Reading →

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First Selectman: New Canaan To Ask State for Cooperation in Expanding Talmadge Hill Lot

Talmadge Hill Railroad Crossing

New Canaan is “actively investigating” whether it could expand commuter parking by extending two lots at Talmadge Hill into state-owned property alongside the Merritt Parkway, the town’s highest elected official said Tuesday. According to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, the town soon will send a letter to the Connecticut Department of Transportation “to ask for their cooperation to let us pave” the areas, which would yield some 50 additional spaces. Combined with efforts to gain another 150 to 200 spaces for commuters through the Boxcar app and a possible northward expansion at Locust Avenue Lot, the project at Talmadge Hill is expected put a dent in waiting lists for parking permits—nearly 600 between the Lumberyard and Talmadge Hill, as of last month. By bringing that number down, Moynihan said, the town could be looking at a smaller structure needed to bolster parking at Lumberyard itself. “We really have to have a hard number as to how many spaces we need to build,” Moynihan said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held at Town Hall. Continue Reading →

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