Month: August 2018

Redding Police Department Activity Log

Vandalism on 8-16-18 at 10:29 PM.
A Stepney Road resident reported that someone had damaged her mailbox and drove off. The area was checked by officers and the vehicle was gone prior to their arrival. There was no description of the vehicle.

Vandalism on 8-18-18 at 12:45 PM.
A Sport Hill Road resident reported that her mailbox was damaged sometime overnight. There was no vehicle description at the time of report.

Disturbance on 8-17-18 at 7:45 PM.
A Goodridge Road resident reported either hearing gun shots or fireworks near the home. The area was checked and officers did not find anything.

Youth Gathering on 8-14-18 at 6:13 PM.
Dispatch received a complaint that there were youths in a vehicle in the driveway of a vacant house.The vehicle was gone before the officers arrival. The officers then checked the house and it was secure.

Volunteers Needed to Build New RES Playground

Redding Elementary School and the RES PTA need enthusiastic parents, alumni, and community members to build a new intermediate-level playground from September 27 to September 30, 2018 on school grounds.  The community build project will replace a 30-year old playground with an innovative active lifestyle space for students of all abilities.  Project success will be driven by volunteer participation in a community strong event.

In the early 2000s, school administration and the RESPTA, identified the long-term need to replace the current intermediate-level playground, which was built in the 1980s.  The funds supporting this goal have accrued over the past 15+ years from private donations, local grants, PTA grants, and PTA student choice votes specifically earmarked for the school playgrounds.  Students voted in 2017 to build a “Slack Line” at the school which is an element incorporated into the new playspace.  The RESPTA membership approved the final donation to support the build in the spring of 2018. The project will be discussed at the September Redding Board of Education meeting.  Like a previous community playground project (the primary-level playground) that took place in 1999, no Board of Education budget money or taxpayer dollars have been allocated for this project.

School administration procured 5 proposals from playground retailers in the spring of 2018.  From these proposals, a committee made up of RES PTA and school representatives selected a design that provides the most exciting play elements within funding limits.  Ultiplay, Parks & Playgrounds, a New England based consulting and construction firm, designed the selected playspace.  The playground will be assembled by members of the community under the supervision of Ultiplay specialists.  No prior building experience is required to participate – jobs will include organizing pieces, securing foundations, lifting, and assembling.

  • Volunteers, 15 years and older, are sought to assemble the playground on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th.  Sunday, September 30th will be a rain date.
  • Participation in four hour shifts is requested –  8AM-12PM | 1PM – 5PM – with food and beverages catered throughout the day.  Babysitting will also be available for each shift.
  • Community groups, companies, and teams of 5 persons or more will be acknowledged with permanent signage on the playground and in community-wide communications.
  • Interested parties can sign up directly on www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040D4BAFAC2BA02-resplayground or contact RESPlayground@gmail.com

Additional questions can be emailed to the RESPTA Playground Committee at RESPlayground@gmail.com or you may call Christopher Basta, RES Assistant Principal , at 203.938.2519.

Former Selectmen suggest end to G & B impasse

This letter was sent to the Redding Board of Selectmen by two former Selectmen

Dear Selectmen:

We cordially address the Board as former Selectmen who remain vitally interested in the people and the Town of Redding. In recognition of our understanding of an impasse in negotiations between the Town and tax litigation co-plaintiff bondholders of the Georgetown Special Taxing District (“GSTD”) concerning the status of the former Gilbert & Bennett factory site in Georgetown, and in further recognition of the importance of the subject property to the economy and fiscal health of the Town, we hereby respectfully propose the following:

  • That negotiations with GSTD bondholder representatives, which have failed to produce a settlement satisfactory to the Town or its taxpayers, be terminated immediately;
  • That in light of the Town’s superior lien position concerning past due taxes on the subject property in tax foreclosure, the property be seized to be held by the Town for Town purposes;
  • That the Town dedicate appropriate tracts of the subject property seized for the development of a solar energy park with tax and depreciation rights for related equipment to be awarded to a suitable lessee and with energy generated by such facility to be provided for billing credit to the Town and its Georgetown Fire District co-plaintiffs;
  • That any seized property not suitable for solar generation be utilized for Town resident enjoyment including, but not limited to, water recreation, hiking trails and for environmental education purposes;
  • That hitherto unused sewer capacity of the treatment plant operated by the Water Pollution Control Commission in Georgetown, designed and built to support the failed development of the former factory site, be sold to the Town of Ridgefield to support its redevelopment plans for the commercial and residential portions of its Branchville area in order to reduce the fiscal drain upon Redding’s taxpayers currently subsidizing WPCC operations, and serve to reduce the extraordinarily high sewer rates paid by businesses and homes in Georgetown.

Our proposals anticipate no activity or development that may trigger financial obligations to the GSTD holders of bonds in default. They derive solely from our sincere interest in the welfare of the Town and its taxpayers. We deplore the intractability of out of state bondholders who have rendered an important Town asset unusable for much too long and seek only to end the ongoing financial drain upon taxpayers and ratepayers and to enhance precious Town resources. We believe it is time to eliminate the factory eyesore and to turn it into an asset that will benefit Redding’s residents.

Please feel free to contact either of the undersigned should you have any questions or wish to meet with us.

Respectfully submitted,

Donald Takacs
Leon Karvelis