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Selectmen Approve Traffic Study for Nursery Road, Overrun by ‘Waze’ Users

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $7,000 contract with a Fairfield-based transportation consultant as New Canaan tries to figure out how to change traffic patterns on a local road that’s used as a cut-through for Merritt Parkway motorists. By exiting the parkway at Exit 38, southbound drivers relying on navigation apps such as Waze snake their way into New Canaan and eventually land on Nursery Road as they head toward Exits 37 and 36, officials say. The road sees a major bump in traffic during the morning rush, from around 20 to 30 cars an hour to 200 to 300, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting. The swell in motor vehicles has created major safety concerns for residents of Nursery Road—as well as other streets that the commuters eventually traverse, such as Gerdes Road—and the town’s local traffic authority last month recommended bringing in a professional firm to “study and see what we can accomplish,” Mann said, “either by restricting routes, trying alternate routes, discussing with the application software individuals and then go forward from there.”

“They’re going to go out and study and take a look at various movements and see what is happening at those various specific times, to review our traffic data, get their own data. They can actually put out video cameras there to actually see what is happening as far as how much volume, where the cars are turning, things of that nature, instead of having someone there actually doing the turning movements we can put cameras out and leave them there for several days to a week and actually have someone come back and analyze that data. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Approve Pop Up Park for Abbreviated Summer Run

Saying the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce’s support is a key condition, the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved an abbreviated summer season for the Pop Up Park at South and Elm. Originally scheduled for a July 21 to Sept. 3 run, the makeshift park will operate Aug. 3 to 23 following a 3-0 vote by First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams to issue a Special Events permit. “I am skeptical,” Moynihan said, noting that in the past the Chamber appeared to drive the event with the assistance of a small volunteer committee, not vice versa. 

Moynihan also noted that the New Canaan’s local traffic authority, the Police Commission, must circle back to the Pop Up Park’s volunteers to give final approval for a road closure. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Move Toward Nixing Planned Summer Season of ‘Pop Up Park’

Officials on Tuesday urged the Pop Up Park’s organizers to realign with the local organization that’s supported the downtown gathering space in past summers—a relationship that appears to have broken down over moving a kiosk three feet. Ostensibly the municipal body that would grant a Special Events Permit for the Pop Up Park, the Board of Selectmen stopped short of saying it would definitely nix it. Yet First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams each signaled that the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce’s involvement—which the organization itself has essentially ruled out for a proposed July 21 to Sept. 3 season—was a make-or-break consideration. “Given where we are, I don’t think there is any way we are going to proceed with the Pop Up Park on the terms that we’d had last year,” Moynihan said during a special meeting of the board, held at Town Hall. Continue Reading →

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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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