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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5/22/18 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Cancelled

The Board of Selectmen’s Meeting scheduled for 5/22/18 is cancelled due to the Special Town Meeting which is being held on 5/22/18 at 7pm.

Warning of Special Town Meeting 5/22/18, Referendum 5/29/18

For pdf. printable version, click here.

Board of Selectmen 2018/19 Government Budget Proposal

Board of Selectmen 2018/19 Government Budget Proposal

Voluntown, CT
May 15, 2018

Dear Voluntown Residents,

We are happy to inform the tax payers that we are able to reduce the mill rate for the 2018/19 fiscal year by .53 mills. The Governor has signed the bi-partisan bill today, which restores some of the revenue to the town that was previously lost to the town in the holdbacks.

This year the budget layout looks different. We have been working with the town auditor to make sure that the town is following government accounting practices as proposed by GASB, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.  These practices will show more transparency in the budget and a streamline of funds. This will be an ongoing process.

For the 2018/19 revenue, we are seeing an increase in revenue in some areas like PILOT funding, however we lose the Municipal Cost Sharing Grant, and see less in the Mashantucket Pequot Fund. Though we do receive more than the 2017/18 fiscal year in the ECS (Education Cost Sharing) Grant, we are still down approximately $225,000 from what we received in previous years.

The biggest change that can be seen in the proposed budget is in Public Works. This is mostly due to procedural accounting processes.  After all of the storms in the past few years, we have realized that Snow Removal and Tree Removal are both underfunded.

While we are still in tough economic times, we are able to meet the needs of the town with this proposed budget, while actually decreasing the mill rate.  Our goal for next year is to put together a Capitol Projects Plan for the town.

The Annual Town Meeting to vote on the Government and Board of Education budgets will be held on June 6, 2018 at 7:00PM in the Voluntown Elementary School Gym.

2018-2019 Town of Voluntown Revenue Budget

2018-2019 Proposed Town Government Budget

Tracey Hanson
First Selectman

Public Hearing: Proposed Town Government Budget

A public hearing on the proposed town government budget will be held Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 PM, in the town hall meeting room. A Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen will follow.

This Public Hearing is a question and answer session on the town Government proposed budget only. The Board of Education already had the public hearing for the BOE budget. There will be no voting at the Public Hearing. Voting on the Government budget and the Board of Education budget will be at the Annual Town Meeting on June 6, at 7:00 at Voluntown Elementry School. 

The agenda for the Special Board of Selectmen’s meeting is posted on the website here. Please note that at a Special Meeting the only things that can be discussed are the items listed on the agenda. Nothing can be added. This meeting was scheduled for specific business purposes only, which are the items on the agenda.

 

Voluntown Economic Development Commission May Meeting Changes

The Regular meeting of the Voluntown Economic Development Commission scheduled for this Thursday, May 17 is cancelled. A Special Meeting will be held on Monday, May 21 in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 6:30 PM.

NOTICE FOR BUILDING OFFICE

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A PRIOR COMMITMENT, THE BUILDING OFFICIAL’S HOURS ON TUESDAY, MAY 15TH WILL BE 4:30 P.M. TO 6:30 P.M. ALSO, THE BUILDING OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY, MAY 22nd.

DOT Sign Installation Project

The DOT will be installing signs on town roads starting the end of May/ beginning of June. This project is a result of the DOT reaching out to towns asking if they wanted to participate in a safety improvement project consisting of Horizontal Curve Treatments. This safety project is funded with a federal grant.  Locations of the curve safety sign installations are: Bailey Pond Rd, Brown Rd, Campbell Mill Rd, Congdon Rd, Forge Hill Rd, Hodge Pond Rd, James Rd, Kinney Rd, Sand Hill Rd, Shetucket Turnpike, Wheeler Rd, Wylie School Rd. Some roads will also see yellow lines painted in the middle of the road at curves only, and/or white lines on the side, also at curves only.  Line painting is planned to be done at night.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Voluntown Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday May 9, 2018 7:30PM at the Town Hall, 115 Main Street, Voluntown, CT to consider the following: Application 041118 Al Daigneault, 15 Preston City Road, Voluntown, CT: Adding a 4th apartment to an already existing 3 unit multifamily dwelling, multifamily parking, septic repairs, upgrades for apartments per health code and new driveway access.

A copy of the above application and site plan are on file and available for review in the Town Clerks Office located at 115 Main Street, Voluntown, CT

All interested parties may appear and be heard and written correspondence received.

Dated at Voluntown, CT this 11th day of April, 2018.

Scott Davidson, Chairman

REMINDER

THIS IS A REMINDER THAT STARTING ON THURSDAY, MAY 3RD, THE VOLUNTOWN/STERLING TRANSFER STATION’S HOURS WILL BE 11:00 A.M. TO 6:45 P.M. THESE HOURS ARE ONLY FOR THURSDAY, ALL OTHER DAYS REMAIN THE SAME 7:00 A.M. TO 2:45 P.M.