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FALLS VILLAGE — The positions of town clerk and tax collector in Falls Village will be appointed by the Board of Selectmen rather than elected, starting in 2019 for the tax collector and in 2022 for the town clerk. Both positions will be four-year terms.

This was decided at a town meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6, attended by about 35 electors.

The vote on the town clerk item was 21-9. There were also nine “no” votes on the tax collector item.

The Board of Selectmen will decide on the terms of employment for both positions.

The town meeting also...

Falls Village

Siting Council asks tower applicants tough questions

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By Patrick L. Sullivan
FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council held a lengthy public hearing at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Feb. 17 about a cell tower proposed on Cobble Hill road.
The hearing was in two parts: an afternoon session from 3 to 5 p.m., and an evening session from 7 to around 9:30 p.m.
A planned site walk at 12:30 p.m. was canceled because of the deep snow covering the dirt road that makes its way up Cobble Hill from 8 Barnes Road, which is where the tower would be built if approved.

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Snow too much for depot roof

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FALLS VILLAGE — The roof over the platform in the rear of the former railroad depot in the center of town (now home to the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society) collapsed Monday, Feb. 9.
Town historian Judy Jacobs said the tenant in the second floor apartment heard a loud noise and initially thought it was just snow sliding off the roof.
“Then he thought, ‘That’s a lot of snow,’ and looked outside.”
And saw one heck of a mess.

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End of an era as Hunt switches to computer catalog

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FALLS VILLAGE — A guessing game: There is something missing at the D.M. Hunt Library.
It’s large and heavy, and mostly made of wood.
And its twin is still there — for now. Give up? It’s the card catalog.
Library Director Erica Joncyk said about 9,000 titles of the library’s original collection of 27,000 titles have been entered into the new automated system. The effort is concentrated on new fiction, nonfiction, classics and children’s books.
It’s all done manually.
“We’re so behind,” sighed Joncyk. “But we’re having a good time.”

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Firehouse is a tight squeeze

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department has asked help from the town in financing the construction of a new firehouse on Route 7.
At a recent series of informational meetings, members of the all-volunteer fire department said their fundraising efforts have fallen far short of the amount needed — some $2.5 million.

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Region One hires assistant principal

Ian Strever begins Feb. 28 at HVRHS
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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School has a new assistant principal.
At a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education Thursday, Feb. 17, Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain recommended the hiring of Ian A. Strever, currently an English teacher and department chairman in the Danbury public school system.
Chamberlain said the search committee narrowed the initial field of applicants to seven, and then to two finalists.

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Town may tap general fund to pay Region One expenses

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance discussed strategies for covering the cost of an unusually high enrollment at Housatonic Valley Regional High School during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 14.
Finance board member George Elling asked that the topic be added to the agenda. He provided a preliminary proposal to raise the $341,000 needed, including drawing down the town’s unexpended fund balance from just under 20 percent of the budget to 15 percent.

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Siting Council will hear town views on cell tower

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen voted to formally oppose the placement of a cell phone tower on Cobble Hill during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 14.
Selectman Chuck Lewis made the motion, citing three zoning regulations the tower would violate.
He pointed out that in the town’s guidelines for telecommunications towers, Cobble Hill in particular and Canaan Mountain in general are mentioned as inappropriate sites.

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Board taking action on Pingpank report

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain has offered five recommendations in response to last month’s report on the circumstances surrounding the resignation last summer of the two top administrators at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Chamberlain read her recommendations to the Region One Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at the high school.

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Cell tower public meeting Feb. 17

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council, which determines where telecommunications towers are placed, meets with the public at the Lee H. Kellogg school Thursday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.
It will be a long day, starting with a hike to the site from 8 Barnes Road at 12:30 p.m. (Be advised that the trek is about 3000 feet in length — not to mention the climb and the snow.)

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Kent, Cornwall are Region One basketball champs

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One boys and girls basketball seasons ended with back-to-back championship games on Monday, Feb. 7, at the gymnasium of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The six Region One schools competed in playoff games the previous week. For the girls, Kent Center School and Salisbury Central School met in the championships. The boys playoffs came down to North Canaan Elementary School and Cornwall Consolidated School.

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