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Addressing Ridgefield: First Selectman Rudy Marconi On What's Happening This Week In Town

Hear about what's going on town straight from Ridgefield's officials.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi discusses the Board of Selectmen meeting this Wednesday, the cell tower issue and the May 21 military event on Bailey Ave.

Mary May 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM
I am pleased to hear that Rudy recognizes that there is a lot of opposition to the cell tower, but he needs to understand that the opposition comes from concerned citizens all around town. While I can appreciate the generosity of the Convervation Commission's efforts to preserve this land, I would encourage the Commission to join forces with a group like ROSA so that we preserve this open space as TRUE open space that is deeded as such and that no cell tower be erected on the property.
Opposition Confirmed May 18, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Couldn't agree with Mary more. There are people who do not live in the neighborhood directly affected by this cell tower who feel that this is a bad land deal for the taxpayers of Ridgefield.
Edward Wilkins May 18, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Additionally, there is a group who don't live in the neighborhood who agree that people in the neighborhood shouldn't be impacted. Future towers could be located in any of our yards in the future if we don't help each other so many of stand united against towers in residential neighborhoods today and in the future.
Mary May 18, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Thanks Edward....I am hopeful you and all the others out there who support the preservation ALL our quaint residential neighborhoods, will come to the town meeting next week to show your support by voting no to the purchase of this land with the intent to build a cell tower.
Lauren Salkin May 19, 2011 at 12:41 AM
It doesn't make sense to spend $1 million dollars for a property that cannot be developed - 14 years ago, Ridgefield denied Pelliccione's request to build homes on the property since it is too steep and filled with granite. The decision was upheld by the CT Supreme Court. The taxes are $10.20 on the entire property. I'd like to know the true value of this property. I suspect it is far below $1 million dollars. In addition to paying $1 million for the property, $350,000 (town), $650,000 (private contributors - who are they?), the town will have to pay $24,000 in debt for each year of back taxes (6 or 7 years) in addition to paying fees for assessing the land before purchase and title insurance (cost unknown). It seems to me that the property owners are the only ones who will benefit from this deal. Why is Ridgefield even considering spending $518,000 ($350,000 plus $168,000 back taxes) on this piece of property when they're slashing $850,000 from the school budget and raising taxes by 1%? It doesn't add up. (Source: Ridgefield Press Wed., Mar 23, 2011).
ChrisMcQuilkin May 19, 2011 at 02:15 AM
FYI: Decided at tonight's BOS meeting, the May 25th Town Meeting vote on the cell tower land purchase has been put off, apparently to some time after the summer months. Cited reasons were a complication with the 28 acre purchase as well as a potential new site near the NYS border.
Maxime Francis May 25, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Thanks Chris for letting everyone know. What I find most troubling is that for weeks, opponents of the cell tower have talked about declining real estate prices. Many local realtors have offered us their support and have told us in private how difficult it will be to sell our houses or recoup any of our home improvement investments if the tower is built. But it takes the seller of the land, who has known about the current location of the tower and where it will be for a year, to call the First Selectman, ironically a day or two before the Board of Selectman meeting, to state that he will, ‘not go’ to the closing unless the tower is moved. To say in a Board of Selectman meeting, ‘ I know him, he won’t go’ as Rudy did and then postpone the date of the town vote indefinitely I think, is a real slap in the face to all of the opponents and supporters of the cell tower and denying them the right—the promise—of a May 25th vote. I also wonder if it is legal to verbally back out of a deal or make demands on a contract that was agreed to by both parties only to then go back and have lawyers renegotiate a new date with new provisions. Is that common? Legal? Ethical?
Tony Di Preta May 25, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Maxime, did you get to watch,[ CNN AC 360] this past Monday eve, they had specialist on microwave cell tower report, concluded that cell phone radiation has some profound effect to your heath,and more-so to children.
Tony Di Preta June 03, 2011 at 03:46 PM
RIDGEBURY-RIDGEFIELD residents,Rudy and his band of Primo-Fasci are up to no good again, VOTE NO on the cell tower, please call at least 25 people to attend the June 22, at V P school. vote no.

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