Two of three members of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday said they supported charging a regular daily rate for six disabled parking spaces at the New Canaan Train Station that in the past have been free.March 26, 2019 | https://newcanaanite.com/divided-board-of-selectmen-supports-charging-for-disabled-parking-spaces-at-train-station-931020
A divided Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted to approve a pair of contracts to demolish a long-neglected town-owned building on the northern edge of Mead Park, signaling the end of a long-running and hotly disputed debate concerning its future.
Selectman Nick Williams, who emerged in recent months as the Board’s “swing vote” on what preservationists have dubbed the “Mead Park Brick Barn,” said he had mixed feelings about voting to raze it.
Noting that a local nonprofit organization, the New Canaan Preservation Alliance, has “worked tirelessly in its efforts to save the Barn” and that “every citizen of New Canaan, regardless of whether you are in favor of or opposed to its continuation, should applaud their efforts,” Williams said that “the time has finally come to proceed with demolition.”
“During a meeting last fall, I said then and I quote, ‘I am personally generally agnostic about the disposition of the Brick Barn, but regardless, one of two things needs to happen—it either needs to be fixed and rehabilitated soon, very soon, or it needs to come down,’ ” Williams said during the Board’s meeting, held at Town Hall.
“While the Alliance has indeed tried to move heaven and earth to save the Barn, alas, the requisite funding plan, in my mind, essentially, cash on the barrel and in the bank for the complete restoration, with no ‘strings attached,’ and together with a business plan acceptable to relevant town bodies has not come to full fruition,” Williams continued.
He noted that municipal bodies including the Town Council and Parks & Recreation Commission have voted repeatedly to see the Brick Barn demolished.
“That tells me that even if we as a Board today were to provide additional time for the Alliance, their continued efforts would ultimately be in vain,” Williams said.March 12, 2019 | https://newcanaanite.com/its-time-to-move-on-board-of-selectmen-votes-2-1-to-demolish-mead-park-brick-barn-846791
The town’s Board of Selectmen approved two requests from the Parks Department at its regular meeting last week for the purchase and application of grass treatment products for school athletic fields.August 16, 2018 | https://newcanaanite.com/board-of-selectmen-approves-purchase-of-grass-treatment-for-school-athletic-fields-72964
The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a request from the Recreation Department at its regular meeting Tuesday morning to enter into a contract with outdoor recreation equipment supplier M.E. O’Brien & Sons for the renovation of the toddler playground area at Mead Park.August 8, 2018 | https://newcanaanite.com/board-of-selectman-approves-94500-contract-for-new-mead-park-playground-equipment-72727
While New Canaan’s highest elected official has suggested dissolving a committee tasked with overseeing youth sports in town and transferring the responsibility to a standing commission, fellow members of the Board of Selectmen are pushing back on that move.April 24, 2018 | https://newcanaanite.com/board-of-selectmen-divided-on-disbanding-youth-sports-committee-67795