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Public Works To Clear Snow from Roads, Downtown Before Dawn Wednesday

Town workers before dawn Wednesday are to remove the nearly one foot of snow dumped on New Canaan during last Thursday’s storm—an effort that’s expected to cost about $27,000, officials said. Starting at midnight and working until about 6 a.m., public works crews will divide into three groups and focus on three separate areas working their way toward Main and Elm Streets downtown, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told members of the Board of Selectmen during their regular meeting Tuesday. “We have had multiple, I would not say ‘complaints’ but ‘suggestions’—that we remove the snow and have some cut-outs cut into the snow banks so people parking can get into the businesses,” Mann said at the meeting, held at Town Hall. “We did have one student, a resident who needed to some community service so he spent about six hours shoveling snow for us on Saturday opening some crosswalks and cut-outs but walking around and looking at it this morning we need to remove the snow and get it out of here.”

The comments came during an update on snow removal and budget that First Selectman Kevin Moynihan requested of Mann. The little bit of snow that New Canaan got Monday night cost about $7,220 as public works crews treated the roads, Mann said, while the larger storm from last week cost $48,000 in highway department man hours and materials alone, not counting parks department costs. Continue Reading →

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Public Works Director: Town’s Curbside Pickup of Leaves Is Over, Please Don’t Pile Them There

New Canaan’s curbside pickup of leaves is over and officials are asking residents to stop raking or blowing them to the edges of their properties. Instead, leaves should be bagged and brought to the Transfer Station, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. The final round of curbside leaf pickup typically starts the Monday after Thanksgiving, Mann said. “We did extend it because the leaves weren’t coming off the trees, so we decided to continue it a little bit further, but now we are done and people are still putting their leaves out,” Mann said. “We are asking them to put them in like a Home Depot bag and bring them to the Transfer Station. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Approve Funding for New Ambulance, Boiler Repairs

The Board of Selectmen at its most recent meeting unanimously approved three expenditures including $9,281.10 for emergency repairs to the boiler at Town Hall, $15,099.10 to refurbish 10 snow plows, and $182,326 for the purchase of a new ambulance. Bill Oestmann, superintendent of buildings, told the board during its Dec. 5 meeting that the boiler at Town Hall developed a problem while he was away on vacation a couple of weeks earlier. “I guess it got cold that week and the heat was not responding very well in Town Hall,” Oestmann said during the meeting, held at Town Hall. ”So, the mechanical company came down and found that there were some issues related to the valves. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Approve Contract To Bring New 2-Hour Parking Signs to Downtown New Canaan; Time Limit Change To Take Effect When They’re In Place

Officials on Tuesday approved a contract with a Danbury-based company to create and install 80 signs in and around downtown New Canaan that will make all legal on-street parking two hours. Members of the Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 at their regular meeting to green-light the contract with NY-CONN Corporation. “Directionally this is good—if you were going from two [hours] to one or 90 minutes, then there would be a number of complaints,” Selectman Nick Williams said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. He voted in favor of the $16,779 contract with First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectman Kit Devereaux. The installation of new 2-hour parking signs will realize a recommendation from the Parking Commission two months ago that was followed by a formal vote by the Police Commission. Continue Reading →

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‘An Amazing, Amazing Six Years’: Emotional Farewell for Board of Selectmen at Final Meeting

Wednesday morning’s Board of Selectmen meeting—typically a workmanlike affair, with approvals of tree removal contracts and reviews of how the pavement is faring on local roads—saw multiple department heads offering heartfelt thanks to the three town officials gathered at the dais for the final time. This week’s election signaled the end of the board composed for six years of First Selectman Rob Mallozzi and Selectmen Beth Jones and Nick Williams.

“Yours was my fourth administration and for the past six years, I have found your board to be the most collegial, congenial and decent one yet,” Public Works Director Tiger Mann said after the selectmen approved the purchase of a pickup truck from Karl Chevrolet. “Things won’t be the same. It has been a pleasure.”

During the meeting, held at Town Hall, Human Resources Director Cheryl Pickering-Jones thanked the board for “a great few years” and Parks Superintendent John Howe said, “Thank you for six years of wonderful cooperation.”

Jones and Mallozzi did not seek re-election, he after a narrow loss at the Republican caucus in July. Williams earned 3,827 votes on Tuesday and will join Kevin Moynihan and Kit Devereaux on a newly configured board, as first selectman and selectman, respectively. Continue Reading →

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