Town Approves $10,000 Scoreboard Replacement in Waveny

Town officials last week approved the $10,000 purchase of a replacement scoreboard for a baseball field in Waveny. Named for Joe Coppo, one of three New Canaan men killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Coppo Field is located near the water towers and Lapham Community Center. 

The new scoreboard, which will include LED technology, is the “next-to-last scoreboard replacement we have at this time,” according to John Howe, parks superintendent with the New Canaan Department of Public Works. 

The last one is for the varsity baseball field at Mead Park, he told members of the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting, held July 21 via videoconference. 

“And then the only other place where we really need to put a scoreboard in some time—but that’s a separate item, it would not be a replacement—would be up at the Water Tower, the new turf field number two,” he said. “It would be great to have a scoreboard up there.”

First Selectmen Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted 3-0 to approve the $10,124 purchase from East Haddam-based Northeast Scoreboards. Regarding a new scoreboard for the turf field, Moynihan said, “It would be nice to have a donation for that.”

Howe said Recreation Director Steve Benko had received money from a local charity and would earmark some for the purchase.

Selectmen Approve New Policy at Dump: Up to 300 Pounds of ‘Bulky Waste’ Free, Limit One Visit Per Day

Conceding that a change to the way residents are charged when bringing construction debris and brush to the dump didn’t work out, officials last week revised the policy again. Following the Board of Selectmen’s decision, New Canaanites now can bring up to 300 pounds of such waste to the Transfer Station for free though they can only come once per day under those terms—a new stipulation. “The [Transfer] Station managers are well-informed and they know who is coming in and who isn’t,” Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting, held July 21 via videoconference. 

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted in favor of the change. 

The new fee structure replaces a problematic and short-lived policy at the dump—part of a wide reassessment of municipal fees that Moynihan had called for—that had residents paying a fee for all the “bulky waste” they brought to the Lakeview Avenue facility. 

“We kind of bought [into] this idea in budget season and it probably wasn’t the greatest idea,” Moynihan said. Mann said the difficulty with the abandoned policy, which had taken effect July 1, was “that we are getting a substantial amount of traffic into the station for lower charges, meaning 50-cent charges.”

“There is a 10-pound limit on the scale so the first 10 pounds is read by the scale so it’s at 10-ton increments, so 10 pounds and at our rate, 5 cents per pound ,turns out to be a 50-cent fee for the first 10 pounds,” Mann said. 

“We feel that that is a little excessive,” Mann added. “It’s driving too much traffic into the station and causing some backups so we felt that we should go and revise the poundage to the first 100 pounds for free but then limit the number of times a resident could come into the station to one time a day.”

The new fee structure effectively keeps the longtime policy but limits “free-up-to-300-pound” visits to one per day.

‘A Man of Great Integrity’: Town Administrative Officer Tom Stadler To Retire

Tom Stadler, for 12 years administrative officer to the first selectman, is to retire this summer, officials announced Tuesday. A CPA who spent much of his career with Deloitte & Touche and is widely known in the community for his involvement with New Canaan Baseball, Stadler has been a mainstay in the office of New Canaan’s highest elected official for three administrations. 

Addressing the Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting, as well as several municipal department heads, Stadler said, “I love all of you. I am going to miss you dearly.”

“I’m going to miss everyone dearly, but a time comes,” he said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “The time really does come. When that old red Jeep wears out and quits running, I’ve got to retire.