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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

Tour of church is also tour of town history

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CORNWALL — The Friends of the North Cornwall Meeting House, a group comprising two worshiping congregations and representatives of the community at large, is planning Celebrating our Landmark, a walking tour and reception on June 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome.

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Rough road at first will lead to smooth sailing

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CORNWALL — Roadwork is planned for the southeast part of town, including the village. The inconvenience over the summer will be offset by the improvement of some of the worst roads in town, according to First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.
The 12 miles of road, not counting the Great Hollow/Great Hill projects funded primarily with grants, is expected to cost most of the $226,000 available in town coffers.
The Board of Selectmen voted May 22 to go out to bid, so exact costs are unknown. Their plan is to stay on schedule with completing a quarter of the town each year.

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Memorial Day carnival

Participants stood around the maypole Monday, May 28, in anticipation of the music and the beginning of the annual Cornwall Cake Walk. There was a llama at the carnival held on United Church of Christ (UCC) grounds following the Memorial Day proceedings. This is, after all, Cornwall, and a llama seems to appear at all major town events. The carnival also featured games, a cookout of hot dogs and burgers — and the annual Cake Walk around the maypole, which featured more than 20 cakes donated by Cornwall community members. There was also a plant sale sponsored by the Cornwall Child Center.

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Could ease housing pressures

Small apartments
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CORNWALL — Area towns struggle to meet affordable housing goals, and attract young people. Seniors consider the painful decision to leave the big old family home for a more manageable place, and the next generation in their family is forced to sell.
On the flip side, homeowners and planning agencies have resisted allowing conversions and multifamily dwellings, mostly out of fear that rental property is not always well-maintained and attracts more transient individuals.

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Budgets, fines, paving and more get nods at annual town meeting

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CORNWALL — The 2012-13 municipal and education budget plans were among four agenda items unanimously approved May 18 by 21 people in the Cornwall Consolidated School gathering room.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway called the town and school spending proposals responsible plans that still allow for “some things we want to do.” Spending is proposed to rise by just under $20,000.
Barton Jones, president of the Cornwall Library Board of Trustees, expressed the board’s gratitude for an increase to their operating budget of about 20 percent.

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UCC group follows new trail of tears to Pine Ridge reservation

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CORNWALL — The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located in the Badlands of South Dakota, is about the size of Connecticut and is home to the people of the Oglala Lakota Nation Sioux Tribe.
The land isn’t known as the Badlands for nothing. The land has little to offer. The soil is rocky and infertile.There is an inadequate infrastructure and few or no social services for the people who live there. One hospital serves the entire reservation.

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Weather, vendors, friendly neighbors come together for sparkling market day

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CORNWALL — Now that was more like it. The Cornwall Farm Market found the right weather for its second week of the season.
The May 5 opening was a bit soggy, but last Saturday was picture perfect. The Wish House lawn was a festival of vendors selling the freshest produce, eggs, meats and baked goods. Blown glass blazed with color in the sunshine at the Nunwell Glass table. Friends offered “haven’t seen you all winter” hugs.

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State unveils plans for Gold’s Pines on May 24

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CORNWALL — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and its Division of Forestry are intending to issue a management plan for the Gold’s Pines Natural Area Preserve within the Housatonic State Forest in Cornwall. The proposed management plan sets forth in detail the purpose, character, protected resources, management and other considerations for the protection and use of the preserve.
DEEP will host an informal public hearing and allow the public to present comments on the proposed plan in person on May 24 at 7 p.m. at Cornwall Town Hall.

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Adapting plans for upgrades at The Bend

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CORNWALL — A plan to enhance access to the Housatonic River off of Lower River Road is moving toward completion. However, a controversial platform to provide handicapped access for fishing and other recreational activities has been scrapped.

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Town meeting is May 18 at CCS

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CORNWALL — Four items are on the agenda of a town meeting set for Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) gathering room.
First and foremost is to consider a proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Board of Finance was scheduled to meet the night before, to determine the final number that will be put to a vote.
A proposed 1.65 percent increase in the selectmen’s budget and a 0.20 percent decrease in the CCS budget represent a net increase of $21,917.

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