Town Voids $30 Ticket Issued to River Street Man for Leaving Vehicle in ‘No Parking’ Zone

Despite neighbors’ complaints about traffic and safety problems caused by cars parked on what is already a narrow road, municipal officials last week voided a River Street man’s $30 ticket for leaving his car in a no-parking zone. There have always been no-parking signs at either end of River Street on the west side of the road, according to Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg. However, the signs were far apart and residents mistakenly thought they could park in the middle section of River Street on the west side, she said. When the town installed sidewalks along that side of the street several months ago, public works officials put up temporary no-parking signs that became permanent once the sidewalks were in, she said. The town for many months has received complaints from residents “that it’s been difficult for buses and two cars” to go down River Street with vehicles parked on the side of it, though enforcement has been difficult in the past, Miltenberg said during a regular meeting of the Parking Commission, held July 8 via videoconference.

Parking Commission Upholds $50 Ticket Issued to New Canaan Man for Double-Parking on Elm Street

Municipal officials last week upheld a $50 ticket issued to a New Canaan man who had double-parked outside an Elm Street restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon in May. In pleading his case to the Parking Commission, Gayle Sanders said that he was “returning some lights to Rosie’s restaurant” that had been used at a catered event. “I had parked, double-parked right next to the restaurant,” Sanders said during his appeal hearing, held Thursday via videoconference. “I tucked in, there wasn’t any traffic and I put my blinker lights on, and carried the box in and then returned back to my car. I couldn’t have been more than one minute in the whole process.

Election 2021 Republican Caucus: Town Council Candidate Keith Richey 

New Canaan resident Keith Richey is seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party for a seat on the elected Town Council. We put some questions to Richey about his candidacy. Our exchange follows. New Canaanite: Tell us about yourself—how long have you lived in New Canaan, what have you been involved with here in town and what has led you to seek elected office? Keith Richey: My wife and I have lived in New Canaan since 1991.

Moynihan: Town Should Pressure Metro-North Railroad To Restore New Canaan Train Service

New Canaan’s highest elected official said this week that the town should pressure Metro-North Railroad to return commuter trains to a pre-pandemic schedule before making a decision regarding some parking permit renewals. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said Tuesday that he wants to pressure the train company before setting a renewal date for commuter lot parking permits. The subways in New York City are reopening 24 hours and “people returning to work in Manhattan may be accelerating,” Moynihan said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, so that New Canaan can start charging commuter permit-holders earlier than a recommended Sept. 1 start date. Municipal officials have noted that New Canaan is losing $120,000 per quarter in revenue following its suspension of parking permit fees, Moynihan said at the meeting, held both in person and via videoconference.