The Republican-American Report – Monday August 2, 2021

BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American

CANAAN — Torrington Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban has dismissed an appeal by Ben Metcalf, owner of Metcalf Paving, seeking to invalidate the Planning and Zoning Commission’s regulations pertaining to asphalt plants in town.
The dispute has been a long one. Town Attorney D. Randall DiBella has represented the town in the case. The matter also has been an ongoing topic at zoning meetings, with many residents expressing concern about the presence of an asphalt plant in town and its possible negative impact on health and property values. A grass-roots organization also formed to fight any extension of the plant. In his conclusion, Shaban states, “The court concludes that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction as the appeal before it is moot by virtue of the approved site plan the plaintiffs previously received and the plaintiffs have not established they were aggrieved by the defendant’s approval of the zoning regulation amendment.”

Sharon Playhouse receives federal bailout money

As of July 26, 131 Connecticut theaters, cinemas, event promoters, talent agents and others in the entertainment industry tapped nearly $100 million from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. More than 15,000 applications came into the program. By July 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration had handed out $7.6 billion, including nearly $100 million in Connecticut. Localy The Sharon Playhouse (Tri-State Center For The Arts) received $361,519.

Kent curbs music festival after complaints


KENT—In what has to be one the strangest motions ever to pass the Kent Planning and Zoning Commission, a three-day music festival’s hours of operation were curtailed for the final night and morning of the event after neighbors’ complaints early Saturday finally got the music to stop at 3 a.m.
Land use administrator Donna Hayes sent a letter Saturday notifying David Schreiber, owner of Club Getaway at 59 South Kent Road, the music festival was not in compliance with the PZC’s approval of the special event, and must end the music at midnight Saturday and not start before 9 a.m. today.
The Transported Festival, which began Friday and was scheduled to continue through this afternoon, had multiple outdoor stages set up along the shore of Leonard Pond, but left it unclear on its website and promotional material how many bands were expected to play. The website only stated the music would go “late” on both Friday and Saturday nights, with no exact ending time specified. Festival promoters said they originally had expected to sell 800 tickets but as of Tuesday evening had sold 400.


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