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State proposes cuts in parking space near town’s crosswalks

NORTH CANAAN — Reacting to an email from state officials proposing to reduce the number of parking spaces on either side of crosswalks, the Board of Selectmen decided to request a meeting to review those plans that would affect the town center along Routes 7 and 44.

The plan to reduce parking was discussed at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, July 12. Under the plan’s provisions, 20 linear feet along the curb would be designated as “No Parking” on either side of a crosswalk. One area of particular concern to the selectmen is along the curb in front of Roma’s Pizza.

First Selectman Charles Perotti and Selectman Christian Allyn plan to meet with state officials to learn more about the plan and discuss the details.

Toxic plant sighted

Selectman Allyn reported that he has discovered a toxic, poisonous plant called “Tree of Heaven” growing along Lower Road. The plant is hazardous to the soil and to people, he said, indicating that he will remove it in coming days.

Allyn said that the plant looks like sumac with leaves suggestive of a fern and when disturbed, it smells like rancid peanut butter.

Allyn also reported that two more members are needed for the group that will consider the future of the river access area at the former Masonic Lodge property. Residents interested in volunteering to help with the project should contact him through the town website. 

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