‘They Know They Made a Mistake’: Town Goes with City Carting for New Disposal Contract

After the town turned away from its longtime recyclables hauler due to difficulty with the Stamford-based company, municipal officials last week approved a new contract with the same company for disposal of brush and construction debris. At $137,400 per year, City Carting came back with the lowest bid for the work because they “want back in,” according to New Canaan Department of Public Works Assistant Superintendent of Solid Waste Don Smith. “They know they made a mistake,” Smith told members of the Board of Selectmen at their June 23 meeting, held via videoconference. 

“It’s the management that is the problem but actually the people that I deal with it’s not their fault it’s the ones above them that have caused major issues so they are trying to get back into the good side of things” Smith said. He added, “The lower guys are trying to make up for what the people up top have done, basically, just by ignoring us.”

He referred to an issue that surfaced last year, where town officials said New Canaan was paying $85 per ton on recyclables while Wilton was paying $65 per ton for similar services. Smith said in January that he’d been unable to reach City Carting to get an explanation for the discrepancy, and in April the town turned to a Danbury-based hauler.

Selectmen Devereaux and Williams Thank Mike Handler for Years of Effective Community Service

Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams on Tuesday thanked New Canaan’s recently ousted emergency management director for his years of effective volunteer work on behalf of the community. Citing a petition that has garnered more than 1,800 signatures calling for Mike Handler’s reinstatement, Devereaux during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen said he’s owed “a huge ‘thank you’ for the years of service that he volunteered to our community.”

“Mike’s was a voice we heard over the years during times of emergency and he diligently and clearly and eloquently kept us informed and calm,” Devereaux said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “In my opinion, New Canaan should be celebrating the years of volunteer work that Mike gifted our town and for his dedication to our wellbeing. And whatever the misunderstanding that caused this event, it should not keep the town from acknowledging MH’s long and effective volunteer service to the community. I don’t think he has been thanked.”

The comments came during a general discussion of matters before the town.

Town Re-Starts Enforcement of Two-Hour Parking Limit Downtown

With more local businesses reopening and greater numbers of shoppers and diners visiting the downtown, municipal officials this week re-started enforcement of two-hour time limits for on-street parking. For two weeks, parking enforcement officers have been issuing “courtesy tickets” to motorists who leave their vehicles for hours on end in free spaces on Elm and Main Streets, among other streets downtown—not fining violators, but urging them to use what have been designated free municipal lots such as Morse Court, Park Street and Playhouse. Yet the meters in those lots also will be enforced again after August, following a 2-0 vote by the Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting Tuesday. “I think it’s a good experiment to continue July and August with the free parking but I think to continue beyond Sept. 1, we hopefully will be much more back to normal by Labor Day,” Moynihan said during the meeting, held via videoconference.