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If the leaves don't blow, the vote to override the Mayor's veto is a no.

"Local politics aren't partisan." I'm sure many of us have heard this cliche before. But is it true? In Stamford, at least when it comes to bagged-leaf vs. loose-leaf pickup, the answer is a fairly clear "yes." To recap what transpired: 1) In May of this year, the Board of Representatives made an unallocated cut of about $1.4 million to the Mayor's budget for FY 18-19. 2) The Mayor implemented the Board's cut, and, to save money, shifted from loose-leaf pickup, where the city collects the leaves pilled up on residents' properties, to bagged leaf pick-up, where residents are responsible for bagging their own leaves, and the city picks up the bags. 3) The city sent a brochure to residents i

I went to a meeting of the Stamford Board of Representatives (and lived to tell the tale)

"Policy is made by those who show up." I was reminded of this quote by my UIUC college professor and former president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Ron Warfield, as I watched from the gallery my first-ever meeting of the Stamford Board of Representatives last Monday night, December 3, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time, on the fourth floor of the government center building (in the legislative chamber, not to be confused with the room adjacent the cafeteria, where a zoning board meeting ran at the same time). The main event for the evening was the vote to override the Mayor's veto of the Board's ordinance to allow residents the choice of piling loose leaves at the edge of their property

What ever happened to the Life Time Fitness appeal of the Board of Reps' decision to deny their

The appeal is still pending. After Life Time Fitness (d.b.a. High Ridge Real Estate Owner, LLC) filed their initial complaint on August 17, 2018, the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk transferred the case to Hartford, per the parties' consent. It appears there is a special "Land Use Litigation Docket" in the state, with subject matter expertise to hear the type of action such as the Life Time Fitness dispute. No other pleadings have yet been filed, and the court has scheduled a conference call for January 3, 2019 at 9:30AM. Stay tuned . . . If you like, you can follow all of the action on the state court's website here: http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail/P

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