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CORNWALL — Nearly 50 residents turned out for a public hearing on the amended 2020 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, expressing general satisfaction with the final plan.

Many months of meetings on the part of four Planning and Zoning (P&Z) subcommittees resulted in a comprehensive planning tool that drew praise from residents. After recording a few final tweaks to the document, the P&Z voted unanimously to submit the completed plan to the state as required by General Statute.

The POCD will remain in effect until 2030. It will be...

Cornwall

Town meeting approves town report and capital plan

CORNWALL — In fewer than 30 minutes, a town meeting that attracted about 20 residents approved the newly issued Cornwall town report for 2018-19, and also approved the capital expenditure plan for 2021 to 2025.
The meeting was held at Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 25. All votes were unanimous. Lisa Simont was elected moderator. 

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Cornwall puts out a call: More volunteers needed in all areas at fire department

CORNWALL — Attracted by the chance to see improvements to the West Cornwall firehouse, a steady stream of visitors stopped in at an open house on Sunday, Oct. 20.
In addition to the impressive emergency vehicles all shined up and on display, visitors could see up close the department’s water rescue boat ready for use in water mishaps, not only on the Housatonic River but on other waterways as well. During Hurricane Sandy, the boat was dispatched to Greenwich, Conn.  There are now seven newly trained swift-water technicians on the boat crew.

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Housing and internet are key concerns for Cornwall town plan

CORNWALL — Keeping on schedule with revisions to the town’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), a workshop meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) attracted 50 residents on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Town Hall.
The P&Z has set the date for a public hearing on the document for Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Town residents can offer opinions and ask questions on the draft plan at that point. 

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About those white boxes …

CORNWALL — Part of the mystery of the white boxes installed on utility poles around the town was solved at the Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that Altice (parent company of Optimum) installed the boxes as an early step in offering mobile phone service to the town. The information was reported in an email from Andy MacDavid, who had attended a recent Cable TV Advisory Council meeting in Litchfield as Cornwall’s representative. At that meeting an Altice representative gave a report.

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The hard life and times of Henry Opukahaia, in Cornwall and Hawaii

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Historical Society celebrated one of the most famous lives from its town history at Cornwall’s United Church of Christ, Congregational on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Henry Opukahaia, a native of Hawaii, spent part of his short life in Cornwall, at the Foreign Mission School, a rural experiment in teaching Western ways to people who had grown up in very different cultures. 

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Invasive knotweed plagues Cornwall railroad

CORNWALL — With the town report nearly ready, the Cornwall selectmen have set Friday, Oct. 25, as the date for the annual town meeting. It will be held at Cornwall Consolidated School and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to accepting the report, which has updates on the past year from nonprofit, government and education organizations that serve Cornwall residents, there will also be a review of the financial reports from the auditors, and a vote on the proposed five-year capital expenditure plan.

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Trail maintenance the order of the day in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Enough volunteers signed up and showed up for the third annual Clean-up and Green-up Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, that they could be divided into four teams to tackle four trails in need of a little sprucing up and some invasive plant removal.

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Puzzle of the stolen signs

CORNWALL — Directional signs promoting the farmers market in West Cornwall have been repeatedly removed from their posted places. 
The dislocations were brought to the attention of the Cornwall selectmen by resident and farm market organizer Richard Griggs at the board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3.  
The signs — advertising the market on Saturdays — have been removed from roadsides along Route 4, Griggs said.
It’s happened several times now, so Griggs sought help from the selectmen.

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He’s never caught so many fish before, ever

CORNWALL — The state’s hatchery trucks delivered some 9,000 brown and rainbow trout to the Housatonic Trout Management Area early last week.
On Friday, Sept. 13, I ventured into the river on the River Road side in Cornwall around noon, thinking I’d while away a couple of hours catching silly stocked trout.
It would make a nice change of pace from floating around a lake bothering bass.
Some six hours later, I staggered out with a sore shoulder after catching at least 70 trout, plus the odd small-mouth bass and whitefish.

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Spraying along railroad still a concern

CORNWALL — The Housatonic Railroad has continued to spray herbicide along the railway tracks in Cornwall, despite concerns expressed by the town, the state and by private citizens.
The topic came under discussion by the Cornwall Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3.  
The selectmen agreed to take the matter back to the railroad and state officials for resolution.
Spraying was reported to the selectmen by a resident, who witnessed it near the tracks in West Cornwall on Friday, Aug. 23.

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