Parking structures nixed in village center

A New Milford Zoning Commission proposal to allow parking facilities, both covered and uncovered, in the Village Center was withdrawn Tuesday, Sept. 1, to be rewritten.

Commission members felt many objections and questions had been made by residents of the town who turned out in force to protest the change to the Village Center District regulations.

While the proposal was withdrawn, Zoning Enforcement Officer Laura Regan said that, if parking were to be proposed on a lot that does not now have any current use, such as the lot on the corner of Main and Bridge streets, the owner of that property could go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance to allow parking.

­-- Susan Tuz

Man charged with Roxbury stabbing

A Boston man is free on $250,000 bond on charges connected with the Aug. 30 stabbing of a Roxbury acquaintance. Jonathan Young, 23, of Boston was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree larceny.

The victim, Michael Leva, 48, of Goldmine Road in Roxbury was treated and released Sunday from Waterbury Hospital. He had suffered multiple stab and slash wounds to his chest, state police said.

The stabbing occurred at Mr. Leva's home, police said. Mr. Young told police he and Mr. Leva were in an ongoing relationship for two years and had been having trouble lately.

Mr. Leva reportedly now has a protective order against Mr. Young, who is due Sept. 15 in Litchfield Superior Court.

-- Susan Tuz

Riverview Road closed for repairs

Riverview Road in Gaylordsville has been closed to traffic between South Kent Road and Stationhouse Road.

A section of the road recently collapsed, creating an approximate 20-foot drop down to marsh below. There had been one lane open on the roadway but the town is hoping to warn drivers of the danger in traveling through that section.

Repairs are scheduled to be made to the road starting in late September, said Public Works director Mike Zarba.

At its Aug. 10 meeting, the New Milford Town Council approved transferring $209,000 from a Highway Department bridge replacement account to make the needed repairs.

-- Susan Tuz

Work set on Washington town beach

Drainage improvements, repaving of the parking lot, fencing and landscaping of the town beach is scheduled soon at the Washington town beach at Lake Waramaug.

The demolition and reconstruction of the beach house was awarded to Ruscoe & Sedito Construction for $256,367 in July. Further work is set to begin after the beach closes on Labor Day and is anticipated to be completed by January.

The beach house contract includes ground-floor, handicap accessible restrooms. The parking lot work will include installation of a bio-filtration system to clean runoff going into the lake, as well as lake access for kayaks and canoes that is not through the boat launch.

-- Susan Tuz