Thursday, March 05, 2015
NWS Update: Roads ‘Treacherous for Travel’
UPDATE The National Weather Service said the bulk of the accumulating snow has ended across the Westport region.
“Any leftover snow will result in little to no accumulation,” it said in a statement.
“Many roads remain snow covered and icy, especially secondary roads.
“With temperatures falling into the single digits and lower teens overnight, untreated surfaces will continue to be treacherous for travel. Use extra caution if you must travel tonight.”
Westport Inn Sold, 8-30g Housing Threat Gone
UPDATE The Westport Inn changed hands Wednesday, selling for $14.5 million to a Stamford-based real estate investment group that plans to maintain it as an inn.
Westport Inn owner Sheldon Stein, seen in this 2010 photo, sold the property for $14.5 million. He bought it in 2007 for $13.1 million and put in $2.5 million in improvements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
The sale to Building and Land Technology (BLT) was announced tonight by the real estate investor, developer, and operator. Last June, it purchased the Nyala Farm Corporate Center in Westport for $130 million. (See WestportNow June 30, 2014)
The sale puts an end to the threat of the site being developed into a five-story, 200-unit rental housing complex using the state’s controversial affordable housing statute 8-30g.
An earlier report quoting town officials said the sale price was $12.3 million.
Metro-North Explains Morning Commute Problems
UPDATE Metro-North today said power problems in the vicinity of 79th Street in the Park Avenue Tunnel caused morning delays on its lines to Grand Central Terminal.
Hours after its announcement, the railroad reported delays of 20 minutes in the evening commute due to “weather-related power issues in the vicinity of Pelham and Mount Vernon East.”
“Shortly before 8 a.m., a third rail insulator failure knocked one of four tracks in the area out of service, creating train congestion and delays,” an announcement said explaining the morning problems.
“This condition was caused by the effects of roadway deicing salt contaminating the electrified third rail insulators. This failure requires us to shut off power, which enables crews to safely repair the condition.
Walking With Riley
Westport Manitou Road resident Lauren Booth walks along Compo Road South today with mini Golden Doodle Riley, 7 months. Booth said she walks two to three miles a day with Riley but was cutting it down to 30 minutes today. “Riley needs the walk,” she said. “He’s frisky, sociable and has lots of energy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Library Closing at 5 P.M.
The Westport Library is closing at 5 p..m today due to the weather.
Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting Canceled
Tonight’s meeting of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Gathering to Give on Fairfield County Giving Day
The Westport Arts Center today hosted a brunch for supporters and staff and set up computers to allow them to participate in Fairfield County Giving Day, a one-day initiative to “give where you live.” Nonprofits from throughout Fairfield County are participating in the event hosted by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and sponsored by Bank of America. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Weather-Related Delays on New Haven
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service today experienced delays up to 45 minutes due to weather-related power problems in the vicinity of Pelham and the Park Avenue Tunnel. (By 10:50 a.m. it said residual delays were 15 minutes.) Commuters said many trains were stacked up waiting to enter Manhatan, and many of the trains lacked power and heat in frigid temperatures. View is of the 7:24 a.m. arriving at Westport six minutes late and two cars short. It was one of the trains caught up in the problems and was delayed an hour into Grand Central Terminal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com
BOF Hears Formal Budget Presentations
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Board of Finance Wednesday night gave town and school officials high grades for responsible, reasonably lean budget proposals for 2015-16, following formal budget presentations by First Selectman Jim Marpe and Michael Gordon, school board chairman.
First Selectman Jim Marpe: pledges to keep any tax increase to minimum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The two proposed budgets total $202,805,295, a 2.1 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s budget.
John Pincavage, finance board chairman, noted that the board will conduct formal follow-up hearings on March 17, 18 and 19 before its final vote, after which both budgets will go to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for its consideration.
“Thank you for the countless hours you put into this,” said finance board member Michael Rea. “You both put in fine budgets.”
Westport Senior Center Closed
The Westport Center for Senior Activities has canceled all programs today, including the congregate luncheon program .
Call (203)341-5099 if you have any concerns or questions.
Westport Schools Closed
Westport public schools are closed today for students and teachers.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport