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Here are the latest answers — to the best of my ability, anyway. I’m stumped by many of these queries. So readers: Please chime in with any additional information. Click “Comments” below.
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I read a lot about “affordable housing” in Westport. What is considered “affordable,” and who sets the guidelines?
Guidelines are set by Connecticut General Statute 8-30g. Click here for the exact 2021 income limits, and rental maximums.
Who hires the town attorney, and how much is he or she paid? (David Meth)
According to town attorney Ira Bloom, the First Selectman (or woman) appoints the town attorney. The budget for the position has various components: retainer amounts for the town attorney and assistant town attorney; a component for labor and employment, and the contract services — the largest piece — which covers litigation and longer-term projects.
Neither Bloom nor the assistant town attorney, Eileen Lavigne Flug, are town employees, so they do not receive a “salary” per se from the town.
Is there a committee for the Baron’s South project, or a way to get involved? (Whitney Raith)
Baron’s South falls under the purview of the Parks & Recreation Department. Contact director Jen Fava (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know you’re interested.
Also from Whitney Raith: Why are there so many dead-end private streets? Does this lessen the town’s road upkeep?
Now that’s something that I — as a native Westporter — never thought about.
My guess is it’s a function of how the town grew. As farmland was sold to developers, they built homes off the main roads. If the houses were behind each other, they needed a way to get to the main road. Because there was still undeveloped land behind, the new roads did not connect to others, so they became dead-ends (more delicately, cul-de-sacs [or “culs-de-sac”?]).
I’m sure the nature of people moving to town — seeking privacy, which “private” roads provide — had something to do with it too.
I don’t think it was a way for the town to avoid upkeep. But if my theory is wrong — or you’ve got other ideas — click “Comments” below.
Was there a mini-golf course where Lansdowne is now located? I was also told that it previously was the dump. (Antonia Zegras)
Fore! The 33-acre Lansdowne condos — located on Post Road East, just west of Stop & Shop — were once the site of mini-golf, and a driving range. For a while, a Bedford Junior High phys. ed. teacher had a trampoline business — “Ed Hall’s Jumpin’ Gyminy,” or something like that — out in front too.
Plus a skating rink, which eventually morphed into the short-lived Nines Club discotheque, courtesy of orchestra leader Lester Lanin. (You can’t make this stuff up.)
That rink/disco lives on, as the Westport Tennis Club.
As for a dump: I recall stuff being dumped in the back of the driving range after the mini-golf complex closed, but I can’t swear to it. Readers: If you remember: Click “Comments” below.
I drive up and down Long Lots Road several times a day. Almost always, I see a flock of hawks circling, always between Turkey Hill Road and Hyde Lane. Can any readers explain why? (Lawrence Weisman)
Hawk-lovers: What’s up (ho ho)? Click “Comments” below.
I know that Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the St. Luke Church stables on Long Lots Road. Were there actual stables there at some point? (Arthur Hayes)
I don’t know the answer. I’m sure some of our alert readers do. But I’m guessing there were. It doesn’t seem like a name that came from thin air.
Is there anything new concerning the incomplete structure on Hillspoint Road diagonally across from Joey’s by the Shore, where a series of restaurants used to be located? (Paul Rohan)
Nope! Negotiations continue, following a cease-and-desist order for violations on the residence that was slated to replace (most recently) Positano’s.
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