Saturday, February 24, 2024


Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., today issued a special weather advisory saying snow is expected to develop this evening as a storm system moves through the Westport and tri-state area.

Light snow will begin to fall across northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and spread east across coastal Connecticut and Long Island through 10 p.m., the advisory said.

With temperatures at or below freezing across the region, snow will stick to roadways and likely result in hazardous driving conditions, the advisory said.

Warmer air is expected to work its way across the region from south to north tonight, allowing the snow to mix with and change to rain. Total snow accumulation before changeover will be 1 to 2 inches with up to 3 inches possible north of New York City and away from the Connecticut coast.

Westport Grand List Up 1.95 Percent

Westport’s Grand List, the listing of all taxable properties located within the town on Oct.  1, 2007, increased approximately $210 million or about 1.95 percent, Tax Assessor Paul Friia said today.

The $10.6 billion list, which was signed today, is used to determine the tax rate for the 2008-09 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The list is subject to changes from the Board of Assessment Appeals and other adjustments, Fria said in a letter to First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

Friia said the majority of the increase is in real estate and pertains to new construction, additions, and renovations of residential homes.

Blumenthal Praises Decision on Westport CL&P Billing Dispute

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today praised a final Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) decision that removes a provision that would have required the Town of Westport to fully pay a disputed $450,000 electric bill.

Instead, the decision enables Westport to fight the disputed costs, imposed after Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) erroneously neglected to bill the town earlier, according to a news release from Blumenthal’s office.

“I am delighted that the DPUC, at my request, removed from its final decision a requirement that Westport pay a bloated $450,000 CL&P bill that resulted from the company’s failure to properly bill the Westport schools for months,” he said.

In his statement, Blumenthal welcomed the DPUC decision that requires strong continued scrutiny of CL&P’s meter testing and billing practices as well as an independent monitor to verify the company’s testing accuracy.

Joseloff Vows Threatening Behavior Won’t Be Tolerated

A Westport Town Hall incident in which a resident yelled obscenities during a public meeting and acted “in a threatening manner” brought a vow today from First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff that such behavior won’t be tolerated.

In a memo to department heads and chairs of boards and commissions, Joseloff said the incident occurred Tuesday night during a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting and resulted in police being called.

The first selectman gave no details of the incident and the person involved was not identified.

Joseloff said he has conferred with police officials and security measures for Town Hall meetings are under review.

All Gone: 3 Bradley Lane Image
UPDATE The house at 3 Bradley Lane off Sunrise Road in Westport’s Saugatuck area was demolished Wednesday. The 1955-built Cape Cod had 605 square feet and was situated on a 1.55-acre property. The demolition is part of the consolidation and redevelopment of properties located at 19 Indian Hill Road, 4 Bradley Lane (see Westportnow Teardown of the Day Oct. 19, 2007), and 85 Saugatuck Ave. to create a multi-family development, including affordable housing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for