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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Post Storm Update, Wednesday 3/14


All reported power outages in Voluntown have been restored!!!


Storm clean up continued this morning and all day as  power lines were repaired, and trees & large branches were cleared from roads.  As of right now there are still 3 residents reported without power in Voluntown. Eversource crews will remain in town until everyone’s power is restored.  Make sure your outage is called in!

Thank you to all residents for your patience and co-operation while public works cleared roads throughout the storm and while Eversource crews worked restoring our power.

There is still clean up to be done and public works will continue to be out to remove branches. If you notice a branch or tree that could be dangerous, please call the selectmen’s office at 860- 376-5880 or send an email to me at thanson@voluntown.gov

Tracey Hanson
First Selectman



Storm Updates Tuesday, 3/13

Storm Update 11:30PM

Eversource will have crews in town working all night to restore power and clear trees off lines. Temperatures will drop to the 20s, and black ice is likely tonight and in AM.  Voluntown firehouse is open as a warming shelter.

Storm Update 6:30PM

Eversource crews are on route to the outage off of Beach Pond Rd. that affected Bennett Circle, Ten Rod Rd, Tanglewood, Valley Drive. Work is continuing on Shetucket Turnpike.

The Voluntown Firehouse will be open tonight as a warming shelter.


Storm Update 12:15PM:

Storm update from the CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection:




At Noon radar showed moderate to heavy snow falling across most of the state. Bands of heavy snow are moving thru central and eastern CT. Road conditions are wet in the valleys and snow covered in the higher elevations. Total snowfall thus far ranges from 2” – 4” across the valley locations and along the immediate coast up to 6” – 12” in the hills of Western and Eastern CT. Temperatures currently range from 30 – 35 F across the state. NE winds are sustained at 10 – 15 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH inland and 38 MPH along the coast at times. Eversource and UI are currently reporting a total of 3,920 outages across the state.

This Afternoon: The snow intensity is forecast to lighten up as the two bands start to narrow however these bands may persist for several hours this afternoon. Snowfall rates of 1” – 2” per hour within the heavier bands is possible. The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to range from very minor in far western CT, minor in the valleys of central CT and moderate in the hills of central and eastern CT. Roads in eastern CT are likely to have a few inches of remaining snow on the shoulders, ramps and secondary roads. Roads in the Hartford / New Haven areas will likely have been plowed and have a light snow cover and slush combination. Roads in western CT are forecast to have been plowed and have a light coating of slush on the shoulders and ramps.

Total snowfall from this storm is forecast to range from 6” – 14” in Western CT, 3” – 6” in the Connecticut river valley and along the coast, up to 8” – 14” in Eastern CT. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this storm.

Storm Update 10:15AM:
****VERY IMPORTANT***If you happen to notice power lines are down and blocking a road or driveway, please call 911. Do not go out looking for downed lines and do not go near them. Electricity can travel through the ground and through branches. Stay safe please!

Storm Update 9:45AM:
Eversource is sending crews to Wylie School to assess outages reported there. Shetucket Turnpike remains closed until further notice.

Storm Update 3/13 8:00AM:
Shetucket Turnpike is closed at 109 Shetucket Turnpike. Wilres are down and in the road. DO NOT MOVE THE CONES AND DRIVE THROUGH. THE SNOW IS COVERING WIRES AND IT IS VERY DANGEROUS. Eversource crews are on their way. Roads are bad and trees are heavy. It is strongly suggested that everyone stay home today.

Tuesday Storm Closings and Information

The Voluntown Town Hall will be closed day and evening hours on Tuesday, March 13. The Board of Selectmen’s Meeting is cancelled.

Voluntown Elementary School will also be closed on Tuesday.

The Voluntown Public Library is Closed on Tuesday.

It’s time to yet again hunker down. We are estimated to get about 10-16 inches of snow and the storm is not expected to end until 5-9 PM.  It is recommended not to be on the roads unless you absolutely have to be.

Call 911 for emergencies.

Remember to report your power outages. You can sign up for outage alerts and text reporting here.

A friendly reminder to all that downed power lines are dangerous. You do not have to actually touch a downed line to get electrocuted. Electricity can travel through the ground, and through trees and branches. When public works, the fire department, and DOT put up cones, road closed signs, or caution tape, it because the road is dangerous. For the safety of all drivers and passengers do not move barricades!! Please find an alternate route. In most instances there are detours. A couple more minutes in driving time because of a detour is better than less hours of your life or a loved ones life from electrocution.

March 6 Referendum Results


Yes 127

No 26


Total votes 153

News from NECCOG Animal Services

The Town of Voluntown works with NECCOG Animal Services on issues with domestic animals in town. For more information on NECCOG Animal Services, visit the ‘Animal Services’ tab, under ‘Departments’ on the Town of Voluntown website. The information posted below can be found there.

Visit the NECCOG Animal Services website for information on how to report complaints on domestic animals, animal bites, rabies, animal cruelty, licensing enforcement, surrendering of animals.

Please remember to report animal bites, and threatening animals. Action can not be taken if reports are not made.

NECCOG Animal Services are available after hours and weekends on an emergency basis only. The following are classified as an emergency:
1) Domestic Animals hit by Vehicles and Still Alive
2) People bitten by domestic animals and wildlife
3) Domestic Animals bitten by Wildlife on other domestic animals
4) If you have captured a stray dog
5) Stray Domestic Animals showing signs of illness.

News from NECCOG

Feral Cat Policy

Received 2/7/18

NECCOG does not impound cats unless they are sick, injured or under quarantine observation. NECCOG no longer has the TNR program, put if you are having an issue with feral cats, please contact the first selectman. If the issue is a problem, the first selectman will contact NECCOG and they can work together to resolve the issue. Do not feed stray cats.

Animal Service Fact Sheet

Please note: There is currently no leash law in the state of CT.  Per Statute, dogs have to be under control. However, it is the dog owners responsibility to make sure a dog is in control at all times. The dog’s owner is liable for damages if his/her dog bites or hurts another person or animal, or damages property.

Received 2/15/18


Recreation Commission Vacancies

The Voluntown Recreation Commission has 2 open positions and is welcoming anyone that may be interested in becoming a member to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7PM .

Recreation Commission meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7PM in the Voluntown Town Hall Meeting Rooms. The purpose of the Voluntown Recreation Commission is to seek the development of recreational programs and enhancement of recreational facilities associated with sponsored programs on various town owned lands, for the residents of Voluntown without bias to race, income, age, sex, or ability.

Residents are appointed to the Voluntown Recreation Commission by the Board of Selectmen. Interested individuals may submit a request letter to the Board of Selectmen for consideration.

Tax Bills Have Been Mailed/ File Assessment Appeals by Feb. 20th

Real Property, Personal Property, and Motor Vehicle tax bills have all been mailed out as of January 31st. March 2nd is the last day to pay without penalty. 

Owners taking issue with their assessments or exemption determinations at this point must make application to the Board of Assessment Appeals for a hearing date if they would like the board to consider a change to their assessment.  Applications are available in the Assessor’s office or downloaded here: BAA Application Form 2017.  The deadline to file an appeal is February 20th and the Board of Appeals will meet in March.

Eversource Tree Trimming

Starting in January, Asplunde will be tree trimming for Eversource on the following roads in town:

  • Ekonk Hill Rd
  • Cambell Mill Rd
  • Wylie School Rd
  • Stone Hill Rd
  • Brown Rd
  • Williams Rd
  • Congdon Rd
  • Hell Hollow Rd
  • Gardener Rd


Reflective House Markers Available for Purchase

Voluntown resident Jenna Schwery is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. In her own words:

My name is Jenna Schwery and I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award. As a Girl Scout, we are encouraged to work to better our community. It is my goal with my project to do that. My project is about teaching the community that it is very important to have a visible house marker that identifies their property during an emergency event; and to also provide a low cost option, of $15 per sign, for the residents to purchase a reflective sign to post at their homes.
When emergency responders are called to a given location, there may be a delay in response if crews are unable to clearly see the address from the street. Although it is fairly easy to see a column of smoke coming from a house fire, it is difficult to see someone suffering from diabetic shock or a fall from a ladder. Despite recent technology advances, there is a big difference for emergency responders in being directed to a house and actually locating the address. Medical professionals believe that, if emergency personnel can get a patient from the scene of an accident or medical event to a hospital within a 60-minute time frame — the golden hour — chances of survival are significantly higher. This golden hour starts ticking the moment a medical event begins.
It’s important for homeowners to visibly mark their homes with signs that can be seen during the day and at night. Some homes are off the road and the houses are not very visible; therefore proper markings at the roadside is needed. Some homeowners share driveways. In that case, where the driveway splits visible signage should be placed there as well as the sign pointing in the direction of the residence.

Forms to purchase signs are available at Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s office, and at the Voluntown Firehouse. Make checks out to ‘Jenna Schwery- Gold Award’.