Town Approves $20,000 Contract for Richmond Hill Road Sidewalk Project

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted in favor of a $20,000 contract with a Meriden-based company to help with a project that will take advantage of the state’s plan for a summer-long shutdown of the Metro-North Railroad’s New Canaan branch line. The town for years has planned to install a new sidewalk on Richmond Hill Road between the exit from Mead Park to Marshall Ridge Road. The project is receiving funding through a state Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program or “LOTCIP” grant, and as of last fall, the last major piece was securing permissions from multiple agencies on how the new pedestrian route would cross the railroad tracks on Richmond Hill. The new contract with Meriden-based Cardinal Engineering Associates is designed to “bring the Richmond Hill Road sidewalk project through its final phases of the grant requirements,” according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “We have a window of opportunity this June, July and August when the rail bed will be shut down, to be able to do the work across the rail bed and then finish the sidewalk,” Mann told the selectmen during their regular meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference.

Cell Tower Developer: We Can Present Two Possible West School Locations to the State

A cell tower developer said last week that, with the town’s support, he could present state officials with two locations for erecting monopoles behind West School if his own preferred location is, in fact, “off the table” as New Canaan’s legislative body has asserted. Homeland Towers Regional Manager Ray Vergati told members of the Board of Selectmen during their March 21 meeting that he still would prefer to go with what’s known as “Option A” for the new tower serving the west side of town (about 900 feet behind West School and 600 feet from its playing fields). Two alternative tower locations deeper into the woods behind the school, toward Llewelyn Drive and Carriage Lane—dubbed “Option B” and “Option C”—would need to be even taller towers to make up for a loss in elevation, and the latter may well trigger concerns about environmental impact because of designated wetlands. “Look, do I want to be in [Option] B and C? No,” Vergati said during the meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference.