The state next week will begin the nighttime road patching of Route 106 from Farm Road to East Avenue, officials say. The work will start at about 8 or 9 p.m. and continue overnight to about 5 a.m., according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 3, it was postponed due to expected poor weather and will start Aug. 9 and continue for two weeks, officials said.
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.
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.
Kit Devereaux, a resident of New Canaan for 28 years who has served since 2017 on the Board of Selectmen, is moving to Maryland next month. The Democrat is moving to Annapolis to be near her daughter, grandson and brother as well as her husband Robert Geitz’s best friend, she said. Asked how she felt about leaving her longtime home, Devereaux said she was “filled with nostalgia and sadness.”
“New Canaan has been such an important place to me,” she told NewCanaanite.com. “It’s the place I’ve lived longest in my lifetime. I have so many friends here and I’ve been so involved in the community that the concept of leaving it is very sad.”
Devereaux said she’s moving mid-August.
Under Chapter Three of the Town Charter, Devereaux is to notify her fellow selectman and the Town Council chair of her resignation by certified mail, and those three shall meet within 15 days to vote in a replacement to fill her term.
Weeks after instituting a new policy, town officials are preparing to change course, again, on how they charge those bringing brush and construction debris to the dump. In the past, it had been free for those with a Transfer Station sticker to dump the first 300 pounds of material. Yet as part of a wide reassessment of municipal fees called for by First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, the town changed its policy so that residents starting this month have been charged $100 per ton for brush and $125 per ton for construction debris at the time they bring it to the Lakeview Avenue facility. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 in favor of the new fees in April, though Selectman Kit Devereaux asked at the time whether it would be possible to give residents up to 300 pounds free per day. Moynihan pushed back on the suggestion, saying, “We heard these proposed when we heard from [Public Works Director] Tiger [Mann] in January and other boards have looked at these, so I really would hate to make changes today, other than not approving the fee.” Residents “are simply going to be charged for their actual usage,” he added during the Board’s April 7 meeting.