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KENT — The Board of Selectmen passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, to bring bonding of $2.9 million for sidewalk renovations to a town-wide vote.

“In the absence of an appropriation of funds, we cannot move this project forward any further,” explained town Treasurer Barbara Herbst. “There’s nothing more we can do.”

“We need to find out if our tax base is willing to buy into this project by giving them an opportunity to vote yes or no on the funding,” she continued. 

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So far so good on Housatonic in Kent

KENT — Route 7 took a beating last week. Flooding caused by heavy rains closed the state highway in several spots, including North Canaan near Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation and, farther south, in Kent.
In Kent, the road was closed at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and was still not open by Monday, Jan. 28. The state Department of Transportation was expected to open it again on Monday afternoon.

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Stars align for new sidewalks in Kent

KENT — Kent’s Streetscape Committee presented a plan for the revitalization of town sidewalks at a well-attended hearing on Thursday, Jan. 17, immediately following the annual town meeting.
The committee has been working over the last several years to develop a plan to replace and improve the current asphalt sidewalks, which are deteriorating. In many places the sidewalks have inadequate or no curbing, the surface is rough and uneven, and some areas are fairly narrow.  

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Quick work at Kent town meeting

KENT — Kent taxpayers convened for the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. A crowd of about 75 people was in attendance; most were there to listen to a presentation by the Streetscape Committee about sidewalks, at a hearing that immediately followed the town meeting.
The town meeting lasted for 15 minutes, with three items on the agenda. 
First, taxpayers voted to accept the annual town report and audited financial statement for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018.

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Power in numbers as Kent women hold a protest

KENT — The cold clear morning was warmed by the enthusiasm of more than a hundred marchers in Kent on Saturday, Jan. 19.
 Organizer Jane Zatlin had invited “ Women, men , children, pets, all welcome.” Indeed, all those were represented. 
Promptly at 10 a.m., Zatlin offered words of welcome,saying “I was hoping to feel victorious for having won 40 seats in the House, but since posting this event, so much has happened.” 

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Grant awarded to Kent Library Association

The Kent Library Association is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc. These funds will support the cost of a consultant to help build its endowment.
The library is located at 32 North Main St. in Kent. Go to www.kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.

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From KentPresents, $125k for area nonprofits

 
KentPresents, the ideas festival held for the past four years in Kent, is awarding grants totaling $125,000 to 42 nonprofit organizations serving Litchfield County. 
The groups receiving awards provide social and emergency services, housing, educational and economic opportunities, and enhance the cultural and artistic lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Kent and nearby communities. In selecting the recipients, special emphasis is placed on basic needs, emergency services and education programs.

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2018: Ongoing hearings, suits for Birch Hill plan

KENT — Efforts to build a drug and alcohol rehab facility in the former Kent nursing care building on Maple Street were stalled when the state chose not to give Birch Hill the approvals it needs to go ahead with its plans.
After Birch Hill’s application was denied at the end of October, the company filed an appeal. A hearing before the state Department of Public Health was held Dec. 7. A decision has not yet been made based on the hearing. 

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Kent Center student concert ushers in the holidays

An eagerly awaited holiday tradition: The Kent Center School Winter Concert included performances by the bands and chorus of students in grades five through eight.
There were two concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 11; the first was held during school hours for the enjoyment of younger students; the evening show was for parents and friends.
The Jazz Band, under the direction of David Poirier, led off the concert with a lively version of “Jazzmanian Devil.” The Intermediate Band followed with equally upbeat tunes.

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Are roaming coyotes the new black bears?

KENT — The coyote population is growing in Connecticut, and area residents are going to need to learn to live in peace with them. That was the message in a talk Dec. 1 by Paul Colburn, a wildlife conservationist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).  
In his talk at Kent Town Hall on Eastern Coyotes he spoke of the importance of learning to cohabitate with the animals, so that we protect ourselves and so we can learn to enjoy them safely. 

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Projects ending and starting up in Kent

KENT — Two ongoing projects in Kent are coming to an end, according to reports at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
 Sean Gilson owns a home on Kenico Road and he spoke at the meeting of his concerns about how long the roadwork there is taking. Renovation work started in late summer 2017 and includes regrading to correct a dip in the road and a steep incline. 
The project was delayed by several months at one point while the town waited on Eversource to move utility poles.

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