Selectmen Approve $12,000 Contract To Address ADA Violation

Addressing one of dozens of Americans with Disabilities Act violations cited by federal authorities, town officials last week approved an approximately $12,000 contract with a Norwalk-based company to replace a railing at the paddle lodge in Waveny. The Board of Selectmen during a regular meeting Jan. 26 voted 3-0 to approve the $11,900 contract with Vinny’s Custom Metal Fabricators LLC. U.S. Department of Justice officials during an investigation into ADA violations found that “this railing, unfortunately, was shorter than the ramp itself and didn’t have the necessary return at the end, as well as it didn’t have an interior railing,” Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the selectmen during the meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. He referred to a railing and ramp at the front or east-facing side of the structure. 

“We have an interior railing along the porch but not an interior railing on the ramp itself,” Mann continued.

Moynihan: Playhouse To Reopen in 2023; Town Approves $385,000 for Demo, Abatement

The Board of Selectmen last week approved an approximately $385,000 contract with a Ridgefield-based firm for demolition and abatement work at The Playhouse. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kathleen Corbet and Nick Williams voted 3-0 in favor of the contract with Alden Bailey. The work will involve “selective construction, demolition and abatement services,” according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. It includes the removal of a chimney and some flooring, abatement from two areas of the Elm Street building and creation of a new elevator shaft, Mann said during the selectmen’s regular meeting, held Jan. 26 at Town Hall and via videoconference. 

The work will take about six to eight weeks “while we finalize the design drawings that will go to Building and P&Z [Planning & Zoning],” Mann said.

Town Approves $92,050 Contract for Minor Roof Work in Waveny

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $92,050 contract with a Ridgefield-based company to do work on a pair of small roofs in a walled garden at Waveny. The Board of Selectmen during its regular meeting voted 3-0 in favor of the contract with Alden Bailey. That company will remove existing tiles on the roofs, use what’s salvageable and supply new tiles where needed, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “This project has been sitting out there for quite some time, 10 years-plus I would have to say, as far as redoing this area,” Mann said during the meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “It’s heavily used for weddings and just general purposing, and there’s a concern about the fact that the tiles are starting to fall and there’s a safety issue.”

The garden is located near the top of the sledding hill, east of the main house at Waveny.