Wet Weather Delays Installation of New ‘Mead Park Playground’ To Spring

The extremely wet fall weather has set back the baseball fields project at Mead Park, officials said last week, and one knock-on effect of that is a delay in the installation of a new playground area that now is not expected to open until the spring. Though the New Canaan Baseball project at Mead is “pretty much on schedule,” Recreation Director Steve Benko said, “the weather set them back” and there have been “some days they could not work, it was just too wet.”

It’s “critical” for New Canaan Baseball to get its paving done before a “Poured In Place” rubberized surface for new playground equipment at Mead is installed, and the contractor on the job has said the earliest he could start would be mid-November, Benko told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission at their regular meeting. “He said he’s is a little leery of that because once you get into December, the Poured In Place material is temperature sensitive,” Benko said during the meeting, held at Lapham Community Center. 

If the rubberized material is installed before the hardscape, there’s a risk that seams open up in it, Benko said. Referring to a contractor hired by Fort Wayne, Ala.-based GameTime, Benko added: “So the contractor felt it would be in our best interests to get the best possible job of surfacing if we could push off the installation the playground to the beginning of April. Then, he said, you’re not chasing the cold and you will do a good job with the surfacing.

Did You Hear … ?

After receiving complaints, New Canaan’s health director is calling on members of the town’s legislative body to consider an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of pool water onto neighbors’ properties at summer’s end. “It is just common decency not to do that,” Jen Eielson told members of the Town Council’s Bylaws and Ordinances Committee at its Oct. 1 meeting. ***

Authorities on Wednesday placed six trucks and their drivers out of service due to violations and failed inspections during a five-hour enforcement effort in New Canaan. Local and state police collaborated on a motor vehicle inspection checkpoint at Route 123 and Hoyt Farm Road.

‘I Have Been a Teacher at Saxe Middle School for 24 Years’: Parking Ticket Appeals

Here are excerpts from parking ticket appeals letters filed recently with the New Canaan Parking Bureau:

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“I put the car for one second in handicapped zone to just drop my friend. I don’t think is right to give a ticket for one sec when the person is inn and car on the parking was full. I drove twice around. I now I’m not suppost to park but I just put the car there to drop my friend.”

—$150 for handicapped zone in Post Office lot, at 12:53 p.m. on Aug. 31 (New Canaan resident)

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“I had an appointment at 10:00 at Benefit.

‘We Are Excited’: Long-Neglected Ponus Ridge Chapel To Be Restored

After years of disuse that dragged on due to bitter legal disputes, a neglected and deteriorating former chapel and community center on Ponus Ridge now is poised to be restored in a way that historic preservationists in New Canaan long have supported. The historic Ponus Ridge Chapel stands to be transferred from a dormant association to a neighboring property owner, clearing the way for its protection and eventual conversion into a privately owned structure that will be opened periodically to the wider community. “We are really happy about it,” said Brendan Hayes, next-door neighbor and soon-to-be owner of the Chapel property along with his wife, Ainsley, told NewCanaanite.com. “Restoring historic properties is one of the things we feel strongly about, so we are excited to be able to start this project—it is long overdue.” Once a community hub that functioned as gathering place for important community events—church services, Sunday School, group dinners, fairs, christenings, weddings, a funeral, dancing and art classes, holiday parties and meetings of the Ladies’ Aid Society, Farm Bureau and Fish and Game League—the Chapel hasn’t been used in some 50 years, according to town records. 

Since 1959, the ca.