An elderly man was rescued from a Bear Mountain Preserve trail in Danbury Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters used an off-road rescue vehicle called a Gator to reach the man who became exhausted while hiking.
Meanwhile the rangers cottage at Bear Mountain is once again being leased by a member of the Police Department. The City Council agreed to the three year, $21,000 lease to Police Lt Shaun McColgan.
McColgan, who has lived there for six years, has helped maintain the Reservation in many ways from catching a poacher to encouraging everyone to follow rules and regulations.
Terms of the lease include that he report any violation of the rules to the appropriate enforcement authorities, call emergency personnel as needed to respond to situations and maintain the ranger cottage and surrounding grounds.
As part of the lease agreement, McColgan will provide the Parks and Rec Department with monthly activity reports and attend Parks and Rec Commission meetings on those reports. He must open the gates and maintain parking during special events arranged by the Parks and Rec Department or Commission among other responsibilities.
The lease states that McColgan has to keep the parking lot gates open during all hours that the facility is open to the public, distribute trail maps, keep pamphlets in sign boxes and check the parking lot twice a day. Other responsibilities include checking the property daily by walking the trails or boundaries.