Town: Rebuilt or Relocated Animal Shelter At Least One Year Away

A project to rebuild or relocate New Canaan’s Animal Control shelter is at least one year away, town officials said this week. The town is studying different possibilities for a future shelter, including use of a building at Kiwanis Park, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told members of the Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Buildings and Infrastructure during their regular meeting Monday. “The other thought that was if we were to remove the existing incinerator where it [the animal shelter] is currently housed, to then bring in a facility there,” Mann said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “Or, since it is a police function, possibly bringing it over to the Police Department. So we are looking at all options at present.

Town: Natural Gas Should Come This Summer to Town Hall, Fire Station, Waveny Pool

The town has converted three of its buildings to natural gas and has plans this winter for three more before moving on to prominent structures such as Town Hall, the Fire Department and Waveny Pool, officials say. In addition to four of five New Canaan schools, the town has converted a garage at Saxe Middle School, the Police Department and Schoolhouse Apartments, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. Next up are the DPW highway garage, scale house and the control building at the wastewater treatment facility, Mann told members of the Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Buildings and Infrastructure during their regular meeting Monday. Later this summer, the utility company is expected to run gas lines along Main Street so that Town Hall, the former Outback Teen Center building and fire station can be converted, “then we are in the works, discussing with Eversource about bringing a line into Waveny which will bring online the pool itself, the paddle hut and then Lapham Community Center,” Mann said at the meeting, held via videoconference. “The rest of the facilities at Waveny—the distance to, say, Waveny House or the Powerhouse or the Carriage Barn—is about half a mile of piping.

Town Plans New Children’s Playground at Waveny

Public works officials say they plan to request funding in upcoming budget talks for a new children’s playground at Waveny. It would be located near an existing exercise equipment area that also is due for an upgrade, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told members of the Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Buildings and Infrastructure during their regular meeting Monday. “The existing exercise equipment next to the large parking lot at Waveny needs to be replaced and we are looking at putting in a children’s playground, as well, at the exact same time, adjacent to that,” Mann said during the meeting, held via videoconference. According to a draft DPW budget document that Mann shared, the combined cost of replacing the exercise equipment and installing a new playground at Waveny is $429,000. It is one of several parks- and fields-related bonding requests that Public Works plans to make for capital projects funded in fiscal year 2022.

New Modular Building Planned for Transfer Station

The Board of Selectmen at its most recent meeting approved a $1,200 contract for a Woodbury-based architect to plan for the foundation of a new pre-built modular building at the dump. It’s unclear what purpose will be served by the future structure planned for the Transfer Station. The director of the New Canaan Department of Public Works has talked recently of the need for a dedicated building to store road salt. 

The selectmen voted 3-0 in favor of the contract with Gary Nurnberger, Architect LLC at its Dec. 15 meeting, held via videoconference. The funds were approved as part of a standing Board agenda item on contracts valued at less than $10,000.

Selectmen Approve $29,000 Contract for Granite Curbing in Expanded Parking Area at Waveny

Town officials this week approved a $29,000 contract with a Mount Airy, N.C.-based company for granite curbing that will be installed in an expanded parking area overlooking new athletic fields at New Canaan High School. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 in favor of the $29,409.86 contract with North Carolina Granite Company during its regular meeting Tuesday. Conceived more than two years ago, the parking will expand into the area formerly occupied by the smaller water tower at Waveny that recently came down. 

It should be completed in the spring, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the selectmen during the meeting, held via videoconference. “Plans call for granite curbing to outline the parking area and then the traffic islands, or the islands that are inside interior to it,” Mann said. “We find that if we utilize blacktop curbing it tends to have plow damage and requires maintenance over time.