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Plans to provide public access to the Housatonic River at The Bend in West Cornwall will be offered for approval at a special town meeting scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

As part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Board of Selectmen signed the call for a meeting that would authorize them to enter into a five-year license agreement with Eversource Energy, to enable the public to use the 3-acre parcel owned by Eversource at The Bend.

Before the license can go into effect, the Cornwall Inland Wetlands Commission and the regional...

Cornwall

Cornwall town meeting vote

CORNWALL — All taxpayers in the town of Cornwall are encouraged to attend the annual town meeting at the Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.
During the meeting, residents will hear details of the 2018-19 budgets proposed by the town’s boards of selectmen and education and have an opportunity to comment. Following the presentations, residents will vote on the budgets.

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Questions and concerns about septic plans are aired

CORNWALL — In an effort to understand water and septic issues facing some residents of the village, the West Cornwall Water/Septic study group held a public hearing on Tuesday, May 8. Three representatives of state agencies were there. A variety of concerns were heard from the capacity turn-out at the Hughes Library.

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Bridge will close 30 days for repairs

CORNWALL — The Covered Bridge in West Cornwall will close to traffic at the end of this summer so repairs can be made. Businesses in the village discussed ways to minimize the impact at the Tuesday, May 1, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
“The bridge will be closed for the shortest possible time,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway promised, reviewing the tight timetable.

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Budget sails through hearing

CORNWALL — The public hearing on the proposed Cornwall 2018-19 budget on Friday, April 20, attracted about 25 town residents, a few of whom asked for clarification, but none of whom expressed any particular concerns.
The selectmen’s side of the proposed budget totals $1,995,026, an increase of $92,532 over the current year’s budget, or 4.86 percent. 

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A new crop of recycled art at the dump

CORNWALL — As sometimes happens, it was a blustery weekend for the 18th annual Art @ the Dump show at the Cornwall transfer station, on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22.
This year, 46 artists participated.
Tags on the artwork flipped wildly around in the wind as customers inspected them to try and figure out who had made them and how much they cost. The average price for works, in case you’re wondering, is about $30. 

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Train derails near river

CORNWALL — A Housatonic Railroad train derailed between West Cornwall and Falls Village near River Road on Tuesday, April 10.
Housatonic Railroad Operations Manager Eric Boardman, working from their North Canaan office, said Monday, April 16, that the cause of the accident is unknown. The train was a mix of empty cars and some that were carrying demolition debris.

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New docks planned for Hammond Beach

CORNWALL — The old Hammond Beach docks in Cornwall have been removed, according to a report heard at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 3. 
It’s all part of a project to build new docks — and have them in use by June.
The new docks will float and will be made with modern decking materials that eliminate splinters, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported. He is preparing the specifications for the job.

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The Constitution and the world today

CORNWALL — Declaring that “the Constitution is for everyone,” American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) President Susan Herman delivered the endowed Norman Dorsen lecture on Sunday, April 8, at the Village Meetinghouse in Cornwall. The talk was a program of the Cornwall Historical Society.
Introducing the speaker was Norman Dorsen’s daughter, Jennifer, who told the audience of more than 100 that her parents used to say that they worked in New York City, but they lived in Cornwall.  

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Farmers markets something to crow about

CORNWALL — At the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen, insufficient publicity for the towns two farmers markets was discussed. 
The Explore Cornwall website (www.explorecornwallct.com) drew criticism from residents who found that both of the town’s farmers markets were not represented.

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Making plans for summer bridge work

CORNWALL — In preparation for this summer’s repair project, state Department of Transportation engineers visited the historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall on Monday, April 2, to look for scour or erosion at the water line.
An advance report of the visit was presented at the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.
According to Roger Kane, consultant to the town on bridges, the selectmen needed to be notified of the planned inspection. 

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