Welcome to Voluntown

town_sealLocated in the northeast corner of New London County, Voluntown is a rural community consisting of 39.8 square miles with two-thirds of the town made up of state forest. Pachaug State Forest offers many outdoor activities; such as hunting, camping, hiking and horseback riding. The town hall and library are located in the Village Center, along with the PreK-8 school, Constitution Field, the walking track, and gazebo. Voluntown was Incorporated in 1721 and has a rich history of textile mills, historic buildings, the Civilian Conservation Corps. (CCC Camp), folklore and was originally known as “Volunteer Town”.

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Town Hall Offices Closed, Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Cancelled Sept. 10th

All Town Hall Offices are closed and the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting is cancelled on Tuesday, September 10th due to the Republican Primary.

The Republican Primary will be held in the Town Hall Meeting Room from 6am-8pm.

Notice of Lottery

NOTICE OF LOTTERY

The Registrars and Town Clerk will hold the lottery to determine the ballot order for multiple-opening offices on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10:00AM.

Board of Assessment Appeals Motor Vehicle September Meeting

The Board of Assessment Appeals for the Town of Voluntown will be conducting hearings for motor vehicles assessed on the October 1, 2018 Grand List on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:00PM in the Town Hall Meeting Room located at 115 Main Street, Voluntown, CT 06384.

Gil Grimm, Chairman
Voluntown Board of Assessment Appeals

BUILDING/ ZONING OFFICE HOURS- CHANGES AND CLOSINGS

THE BUILDING INSPECTOR/ZONING OFFICER WILL HAVE OFFICE HOURS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11TH FROM 4:30 P.M. TO 6:30 P.M. HE WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE ON SEPTEMBER 12TH AND SEPTEMBER 26TH.

THE BUILDING INSPECTOR/ZONING ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WILL NOT BE IN HIS OFFICE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH.

Voluntown High Risk Area for EEE Virus- UPDATES

Press Release

09/05/2019

Risk of Mosquito-Borne Diseases Continues: Eastern Equine Encephalitis Positive Mosquitoes Found in 10 Connecticut Towns

West Nile Virus Detected in 17 Connecticut Towns

New Haven, CT – The State Mosquito Management Program is warning Connecticut residents about the risk of infection by eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) this season.  So far, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has detected EEE-infected mosquitoes in: Chester, Haddam, Hampton, Killingworth, Madison, North Stonington, Plainfield, Shelton, Stonington, and Voluntown.  In addition, WNV-infected mosquitoes have been detected in: Bridgeport, Chester, East Haven, Greenwich, Groton, Hartford, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, North Stonington, Norwalk, South Windsor, Stamford, Voluntown, West Hartford, West Haven, and Wethersfield.

“We continue to see exceptionally high numbers of mosquitoes carrying EEE virus especially in communities in southeastern Connecticut,” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. “In addition, we are detecting WNV in numerous towns throughout the state. Late summer-early fall is the critical time of the year when virus activity reaches its peak in the mosquito population.”

“We are experiencing an extremely active season for EEE throughout much of the northeastern US, with multiple human and horse cases now being reported in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island.  We strongly encourage residents throughout the state to take simple steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at the CAES.  “This includes applying insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when biting mosquitoes are most active.”

2019 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Activity

 

2019 West Nile Virus Activity

There are no reported human cases of EEE or WNV infection so far this year in Connecticut.  Two horse cases of EEE (Colchester and Columbia) and one horse cases of WNV infection (Easton) have been reported in Connecticut this year.

Eastern equine encephalitis is a rare but serious mosquito-borne viral disease in people and horses. On average, there are 6 human cases reported each year in the United States. The mortality rate of hospitalized patients is one-third and approximately one-half of survivors suffer from permanent neurological damage. In Connecticut, outbreaks of EEE have occurred sporadically in horses since 1938 and the first locally-acquired human case and fatality occurred in the fall of 2013.

West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in the United States and reemerges every summer in Connecticut. One hundred fifty-seven human cases of West Nile virus, including 4 deaths, have been diagnosed in Connecticut residents since 2000.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes residents should:

  • Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Agriculture, and the University of Connecticut Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science. These agencies are responsible for monitoring the potential public health threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

The CAES maintains a network of 92 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. Mosquito traps are set Monday – Thursday nights at each site every ten days on a rotating basis. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date.  Positive findings are reported to local health departments and on the CAES website at https://portal.ct.gov/CAES/Mosquito-Testing/Introductory/State-of-Connecticut-Mosquito-Trapping-and-Arbovirus-Testing-Program.

For information on West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis viruses and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Website at https://portal.ct.gov/mosquito

August 26, 2019

To All Voluntown Residents,

It has come to my attention through repeated conversations with representatives from the Connecticut Department of Health, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, that Voluntown is an area of high risk for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus. Mammal biting mosquitoes have tested positive for carrying the EEE virus have been trapped at the Mt. Misery and Frog Hollow Horse Camp section of Voluntown. Though the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is spraying these areas of the Pachaug State Forest this evening (8/26), the state is aware that EEE carrying mosquitoes could still be breeding in other areas of Voluntown, specifically areas of cedar swamps.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages and it is highly recommended that residents avoid mosquito bites.

Special attention should be made by those who would be outdoors from dusk to dawn, especially;

  • High school students who are waiting for the a.m. bus
  • Outdoor recreation participants (hikers, walkers, fishermen, campers)
  • Participants/spectators of sporting events

Mosquito bites can be avoided by;

  • Minimizing time outdoors at dusk and dawn.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping out doors
  • Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors and always use them according to label instructions. The most effective repellents contain DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is also effective for brief periods of exposure.

Any questions can be directed to UNCAS Health District 860-823-1189.

Thank you,

Tracey Hanson,
First Selectman

Assessor Hours, Week of 8/19

The Assessor will be in office tonight, 8/26, at 5:45pm. He can always be reached at crose@voluntown.gov.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

TOWN OF VOLUNTOWN, CT 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL 

FOR TOWN ATTORNEY

The Town of Voluntown, Connecticut seeks proposals for Town Attorney services from interested law firms with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience representing Connecticut municipalities.  Sealed proposals for Town Attorney, are invited and will be received by the Town of Voluntown, until 3:00 P.M., October 1, 2019 at the Selectmen’s Office, Voluntown Town Hall, 115 Main Street, Voluntown, Connecticut, 06384 at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked with the appropriate title.

The Information for Proposals may be obtained at the Voluntown Town Hall, Selectmen’s Office, 115 Main Street, Voluntown, Connecticut, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday: 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In addition, the proposal can be downloaded from the Town of Voluntown’s website www.voluntown.gov.

Proposals, to receive consideration, must be in the hands of the authorized representative, no later than the day and hour mentioned above.

The Town of Voluntown reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals; to waive any informalities, or; to accept any proposal deemed in the best interests of the Town of Voluntown.

All bids will be considered valid for a period of for sixty days (60) days after the date of the bid opening. In the event that the contract cannot be awarded within this time period, the time may be extended by mutual agreement between the Town of Voluntown and the designated, qualified low Bidder.

The Town of Voluntown is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Board of Selectmen

Tracey Hanson                        Ronald Millovitsch                  Mark Oulton

First Selectman                       Selectman                                Selectman

 

Request for Proposal Town Attorney Documents

Republican Primary September 10, 2019

NOTICE OF PRIMARY OF REPUBLICAN PARTY “TO PAMELA THEROUX
NOTICE OF PRIMARY OF REPUBLICAN PARTY “To Pamela Theroux, the Town Clerk of Voluntown: Notice is hereby given that a Primary of the Republican Party will be held in the Town of Voluntown, on September 10, 2019, for nomination to the following Municipal Offices to be filled at the Town Election to be held on November 5, 2019: OFFICE TERM First Selectman 11/19/19-11/16/21 Notice is also hereby given that the following are the party-endorsed candidates of the Republican Party for nomination to said Municipal Offices, together with the street addresses of said candidates: NAME ADDRESS OFFICE TERM Tracey Hanson 14 Pawcatuck Trail First Selectman 11/19/19-11/16/21 Notice is also hereby given that the following enrolled members of the Republican Party have filed petition(s) in conformity with Sec. 9-406 of the General Statutes, as candidates for nomination to said Municipal Offices: NAME ADDRESS OFFICE TERM Skart Paul 867B Ekonk Hill Rd First Selectman 11/19/19-11/16/21 Dated at Voluntown, Connecticut, this 6th day of August 2019. Registrar of Voters of the Republican Party.” The foregoing is a copy of the notice which I received from Deborah Fletcher, Registrar of Voters of the Republican Party, in accordance with Sec. 9-435 of the General Statutes. As provided in said notice, a Primary of the Republican Party for nomination of candidates to the offices therein specified will be held on September 10, 2019; the hours of voting at said Primary will be from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the location of the polls will be as follows: LOCATION OF POLLING PLACE Voluntown Town Hall, 115 Main Street Dated at Voluntown, Connecticut, this 6th day of August 2019. Municipal Clerk Pamela E. Theroux Town of Voluntown
Appeared in: Norwich Bulletin on Thursday, 08/08/2019

Press Release: Positive Mosquitoes for EEE Virus in Voluntown

Posted 8/5/19 4:50pm