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.

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.

Town To Pay $20,000 To Replace Vandalized Parking Machines at Talmadge Hill Train Station

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $19,508 contract with an Auburn, Mass.-based company to replace the two pay-to-park machines destroyed by vandals earlier this month at the Talmadge Hill Train Station lot. The “Parkeon Strada BNA PAL” machines from Wescor Parking Controls Inc. will take about eight to 10 weeks to arrive once approved by town funding bodies, Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg told members of the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting. One of the machine had its “whole insides taken out” during the vandalism, discovered Sept. 7, Miltenberg said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “They attempted to break into the other machine, but when they found, I think, that there was not much money in the first, they abandoned the idea of breaking totally into the second machine,” she said.