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Ridgefield First Selectman delivers State of The Town address

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi has delivered his State of The Town address.  He start off by thanking health workers and volunteers, recognizing those who lost their lives to COVID, and noting that Ridgefield had a zero percent positivity rate as of last week. 

He told the crowd on Thursday that the town has largely made it through the pandemic, but there is work to be done, noting that it can be accomplished with federal pandemic relief money.  

The Boards of Selectmen, Finance and Education met last night to discuss how to allocate the anticipated $7.3 million coming to Ridgefield from the American Rescue Plan.  Marconi predicted a population increase of 300 to 400, some with school-aged children, because of new home sales during the pandemic. 

Up next for Ridgefield would be the Branchville downtown project.  Marconi hopes by next spring to have shovels in the ground on upgraded sidewalks, decorative street lamps and crosswalks.  He also unveiled a possible new public safety administration building.  The town's Police and Fire Departments would move to Old Quarry Road, if the idea comes to fruition.