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In the aftermath of the decision taken by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z) at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, the town’s zoning enforcement officer submitted her resignation to First Selectman Charles Perotti.

Richelle Hodza had served the town for less than a year as zoning enforcement officer and land use administrator. 

Leading to her decision, she explained in her resignation letter, was the P&Z decision to deny a certificate of approval to the B. Metcalf company. She indicated that the vote was counter to her professional...

North Canaan

Parking reconfigured at the school

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NORTH CANAAN — Another step in an effort to encourage safe and legal parking at North Canaan Elementary School is about to occur.
A relatively new parking lot directly across Pease Street from the school is getting a major improvement. The empty lot was purchased by the town about five years ago. The idea was to provide more parking for the school, particularly for nighttime activities.
Previously, the only legal parking was in the adjacent Town Hall parking lot. But it was typically used as overflow parking after the main entrance circle and fire lanes on the street were filled.

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New idea for meeting tax obligations: Point and Pay

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NORTH CANAAN — Times are tough and January tax bills may be ignored or forgotten.
In Tax Collector Jennifer Jacquier’s experience, unpaid taxes here are less likely a case of unwillingness or not having the money than they are of lost or forgotten bills. She has launched a program called Point and Pay, which allows property and vehicle owners a quick, convenient way to pay taxes by credit or debit card or electronic check, online anytime, or in her Town Hall office.

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Efforts continue to make Commons plan work

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NORTH CANAAN — A request for a dramatic lowering of a construction bond at Blackberry River Commons is making progress before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
The application to drop the $300,000 bond to $25,000 or $30,000 on construction of up to 21 homes at the age 55-plus condominiums has been before P&Z numerous times. Owner William Weingart was at the Feb. 13 meeting to discuss the issues. He last appeared in April 2011.

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CFC aloha

Canaan Fire Company (CFC) held a fundraising dance Saturday, Feb. 18, and among those attending were, upper left, Crystal and Christopher Ohmen (he is assistant chief of Lakeville Hose Company). Continuing clockwise are Timmy Redlund (Canaan Fire Police), Ginny Redlund, Rich Crane (Canaan Fire Company veteran), Valerie Crane and Ron Carpenter (president of CFC); then Rowland and Robin Denny of Norfolk (he is deputy fire marshall for North Canaan); and last, Maribeth Weaver (secretary of CFC), Jody Zeller (Norfolk Fire Department) and Shanna Foley (captain, CFC).

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Clock ticking (fast) on depot plans

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NORTH CANAAN — Plans for the final phase of the Canaan Union Station rebuilding are just about complete. More importantly, the project, which addresses interior and exterior finishing work, is poised for approval by the state. It remains on track to be completed before the year is out.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) gets its say because it is holding $1.3 million in federal funding earmarked for the project since 2005.

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Guest reader

Children at North Canaan Elementary School and adults from the community shared a joy of reading on Read Aloud Day, Feb. 8, sponsored by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the Alcoa Foundation. Darrel Long from Salisbury Bank and Trust was among the readers. Books for the program were donated to the school.

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BOS twice turned down by state

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NORTH CANAAN — Two requests made to state agencies by the Board of Selectmen on behalf of a local business and a local nonprofit were denied.
Discussed at the Feb. 6 selectmen’s meeting was the denial of an application for a $200,000 STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance) grant toward the Canaan Union Station renovation.
“We qualified but we didn’t get it,” First Selectman Douglas Humes said. “There were 184 applicants and $49 million requested from a fund capped at $20 million. Only 61 projects were funded.”

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Efforts to remedy parking problem at NCES pick up speed

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NORTH CANAAN — Things are getting better with illegal (and inconsiderate) parking around North Canaan Elementary School, thanks to physical restrictions and reminders that caution is required in a school zone.
The Board of Selectmen is now stepping in to create and enforce clearer directives.
Some of the changes already made include the relocation of the entrance to the neighboring Town Hall parking lot, so drivers can no longer cut across the pedestrian crosswalk. New signage makes it clear the street is one-way for an hour twice a day, during student arrival and dismissal times.

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551 pairs of blue jeans will soon find new legs

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NORTH CANAAN — What does it look like when you put together 551 pairs of jeans? To those who collected them at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) and Housatonic Valley Regional High School, it looks like a successful clothing drive for people in local shelters.
The NCES PTO led a collection for the past month, taking in 448 pairs, in all sizes, at the school and at Collins Diner. Another 103 was collected in a week when a box was set up at the high school.

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CFC fundraising dance is Feb. 18

NORTH CANAAN —The Canaan Fire Company has launched its annual appeal, seeking to raise $120,000 to cover its yearly operating and capital expenses.
Proceeds from the CFC annual dance this Feb. 18 are hoped to move that firetruck much higher on the sign in front of the firehouse.
The dance is 8 p.m. to midnight at North Canaan Elementary School. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
Donations may be sent to PO Box 642, Canaan, CT 06018 or at www.canaanfirecompany.org.

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