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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Notice of Possible Increase in Assessments on Used Motor Vehicle Values

Board of Selectmen Set FY22 Mill Rate

The Board of Selectmen, at the June 8th BOS meeting, set the Mill Rate at 28.08. This is a DECREASE of 1.13 Mills.

The FY22 Town of Voluntown Revenue Budget can be viewed here.

Message from the Assessors Office

Attention: The Assessor’s Office will not be staffed from 06/07/2021 through 06/24/2021 due to scheduled training and vacation time. We will be checking email and voicemail and will respond when able. For assistance please call (860) 376-3927 and leave a message or email crose@voluntown.gov & csarvas@ voluntown.gov.

Plainfield Recreation Summer Camps Open to Voluntown Residents

Plainfield Park and Recreation Department has announced that they have received a grant for their summer camp program that will include the cost of transportation for Voluntown residents to and from the camp location in Plainfield. This is great news for Voluntown residents! There will be two camps, one for grades K-5, and a teen camp for grades 6-8.

Information for each camp can be found by clicking here. 

Register online through Plainfield Parks and Recreation here

Below is the press release.

PRESS RELEASE: Plainfield Parks and Recreation Awarded $98,562 Summer Camp Grant

PLAINFIELD, Connecticut – The Plainfield Parks and Recreation Department
has announced that they have been awarded $98,562 through the State funded
Summer Enrichment Innovation Grant program. Mark Simmons, Director of
Plainfield Parks and Recreation said “We are extremely excited about this
opportunity. This amount of funding does not come around very often and we
intend on taking full advantage of this opportunity.”
During the application process the State of Connecticut emphasized the importance of collaborating with local
partners and regionalizing services to maximize and cut down on duplicate services. “Early on in the process we
reached out to our neighboring towns of Canterbury and Voluntown who traditionally do not have summer
camps due to limited resources. I proposed the idea of providing bussing from these rural towns to our summer
camps in Plainfield and back to these towns at the end of the day. Both First Selectman were 100% open to the
idea and excited about the opportunity.” Simmons said.
Simmons stated “When we started to draft our application our three focus points were to make our camps as
accessible, inclusive, and enriching as possible.” This grant funding will enable Plainfield Parks and Recreation
to provide additional transportation services to the Towns of Canterbury and Voluntown, more camp
scholarships, and will allow for additional staff to be hired, such as Inclusion Aids and Activity Specialists.
Multiple Inclusion Aids will be on staff to work with campers that need additional attention while Activity
Specialists; Art, Music/Drama, Sports, and STEM will lead age-appropriate activities throughout the camp day.
Simmons further explained, the Elementary Camp, grades K-5 will be grouped in cohorts of 20 campers, each
group will spend 45 minutes with each specialist three to four times a week working on fun and enriching
activities.
“It is very exciting to see our plans coming to fruition. Now that we can provide more camp scholarships, we
don’t want to turn anyone away. Anyone that approaches us about registering for summer camp, we will work
with them step by step to get them enrolled. After this very challenging school year we feel that kids deserve a
summer full of fun and we’re going to give them the best camp experience possible.” Simmons said.
Putting the plans and grant application together was a group effort with many supporters involved. Simmons
made a point to thank Plainfield Public Schools, Canterbury First Selectman, Christopher Lippke, Voluntown
First Selectman, Tracey Hanson, and Northeast Opportunities for Wellness (NOW) Executive Director, Tayler
Shea for their continuous support of this initiative.
Additional information and registration for the Plainfield Summer Camps can be found at
www.plainfieldct.myrec.c

COVID-19 Updates

Updated 6/1/21

The Department of Public Health has Voluntown at NO Alert Level. 

This is based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported over a two week period.  That number for Voluntown is <5 case(s).

To find a free COVID-19 testing location nearby, visit: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Priority-Populations    or dial 2-1-1

Connecticut residents age 12 and up are eligible to be vaccinated.  Find, schedule, and secure your shot today. https://bit.ly/3ssRrPP

See the chart from the Connecticut Department of Public Health for suggestions for Alert towns. Click here for a printable version. 

For weekly data updated on Covid-19 in CT, visit the CT COVID-19 Data Tracker website:https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/q5as-kyim 


EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT

Posted 5/17/21

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible families and households who are struggling to stay connected during the #COVID19 pandemic. Qualifying households on Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month for service. Eligible households can also receive a discount of up to $100 for the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

For more info, please visit: fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

 


 

 

 

Annual Town Meeting, Tuesday, May 25

TOWN OF VOLUNTOWN
Notice of Annual Town Budget Meeting
May 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Masks required

The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Voluntown, Connecticut hereby warns and gives notice that the Annual Town Meeting of the Town will be held at the Voluntown Elementary School 195 Main St., Voluntown, Connecticut on Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.   This meeting is a hybrid meeting and can also be participated in via zoom. Electors and all others eligible to vote in town meetings in the Town of Voluntown must register with their legal name that appears on the Tax list or their voter registration card through the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkc-uurTgiHNUZv0Re76lTlEjEcVHJkRvR.
All users will be approved before being allowed into the meeting.  Participants on zoom will be voting via poll.
  1. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Board of Selectmen’s Budget for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 in the amount of $2,204,125 (two million, two hundred four thousand, one hundred twenty-five dollars).
  2. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Board of Education Budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 in the amount of $6,785,196 (six million, seven hundred eighty-five thousand, one hundred ninety-six dollars).
  3. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Capital Projects Budget for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 in the amount of $179,000 (one hundred seventy-nine thousand dollars) from the unassigned fund.

First Selectman                             Selectman                               Selectman
Tracey Hanson                               Ronald Millovitsch                  Mark Oulton

 


View the pdf of the above letter here.

 

Links to view proposed budgets

Town Government Budget 2021-22

Capital Projects Budget 2021-2022

Board of Education Budget 2021-22

View the Public Hearings from the links below

Click here to watch the Board of Education 20-21 Budget Proposal Public Hearing

Click here to view the Board of Selectman 20-21 Budget Proposal Public Hearing

 

Farm to Families Food Box Distribution

Voluntown Affordable Housing Plan Info and Survey

The State of Connecticut has made it mandatory for every municipality to have an Affordable Housing Plan in place by Spring 2022. To make this plan work for the Town of Voluntown we need input from residents and from not residents. The purpose of this plan is to evaluate if the housing in Voluntown is sustainable and meets the needs of those who live in town and who would live in town in the future.  Are the current housing options in town affordable for young adults, singles, families, seniors? What can we do as a town to make sure that new housing is added in a way that keeps the Voluntown qualities that we love? These are all things we have to think about and put in our plan.

This process will include surveys, community conversations, and of course, a Voluntown Affordable Housing Plan Committee.  We are currently seeking people to be on this committee, and members can be residents and non-residents of Voluntown. If you are interested in being on the committee please contact the Selectmen’s Office at 860-376-5880 or jzelinsky@voluntown.gov

The first survey is now open. Please answer honestly through the link below. Paper surveys are available Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s office for those who prefer those.

Survey 1: Housing Needs 

 

Last Day to Pay Taxes Before Penalty: April 1st

THE LAST DAY TO PAY 2ND INSTALLMENT OF REAL ESTATE, PERSONAL PROPERTY AND SUPPLEMENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE TAX BILLS WITHOUT PENALTY IS APRIL 1, 2021. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF NOT PAID (POSTMARKED BY 4/1/2021), THE INTEREST GOES BACK TO ORIGINAL DUE DATE OF JANUARY 1, 2021. THANK YOU! GISELLE NERI (#860-376-0453