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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Water Assistance Program

Thanksgiving Holiday Closings

Please Note:

Town Hall offices will be closed on November 24 and November 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Voluntown/Sterling Transfer Station will be closed on November 25 and November 26. It will be open on November 27.

Events of Note


COVID-19 vaccination and booster events have been scheduled in our area. More information: http://www.voluntown.gov/covid-19/


Beach Pond Public Meeting

BEACH POND PUBLIC MEETING

When: December 1, 6:00PM

Where: Voluntown Fire Department

First Selectman Tracey Hanson and Senator Heather Somers are hosting a meeting to discuss enforcement on Beach Pond and the formation of a pond authority. All attempts will be made to livestream the meeting on the Town of Voluntown YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ

INVITED GUESTS INCLUDE

  • Deputy Commissioner Mason Trumble, CT DEEP
  • Captain Vincent Mazzotta, CT State Environmental Police (EnCon)
  • Pete Francis, Director Boating Division, CT DEEP
  • A representative from RI DEM
  • Tom Giard Jr, Pachaug Pond Weed Control Association, Inc.
  • Representative Brian Lanoue

 

Election Results

Employment Opportunity- P/T Firefighter/EMT

Employment Opportunity– P/T Firefighter/EMT, Town of Voluntown

 

The Town of Voluntown CT. has openings for Part-time Firefighter/EMT’s. Hours are Monday- Friday 0630-1630 hours. Minimum requirements are State of Connecticut, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Operational level, CDL-B or Q-Endorsement, Emergency Medical Technician with ambulance transport experience preferred. Applications are available at Voluntown Town Hall, 115 Main Street, Voluntown CT 06384, by contacting Julie Zelinsky at 860-376-5880 or jzelinsky@voluntown.gov. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Fire Chief at 860-376-0475 and leave a message. P/T Firefighter/ EMTs are employees of the Town of Voluntown.

Mosquitoes Test Positive for EEE in Voluntown

State Officials Report Positive Mosquitoes For Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Voluntown

Press release from the CT Department of Health and the Public Health Accreditation Board, 10/1/21

HARTFORD, Conn.—The Connecticut Department of Public Health is advising residents in southeastern Connecticut to protect themselves and their children from mosquitoes to reduce the chance of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.

Mosquitoes trapped in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown on Sept. 23 have tested positive for EEE. These results represent the first EEE positive mosquitoes identified in the state by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station this year. The mosquitoes were Culiseta melanura, a predominately bird-biting species, and Ochlerotatus canadensis, a mammal-biting species. Connecticut residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

“We encourage residents of southeastern Connecticut to take simple measures such as wearing mosquito repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active,” said DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “While the detection of EEE virus is of concern, it is important to remember that we do not expect to see a lot of mosquito activity in the month of October.”

EEE is a serious but rare illness caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can only acquire the virus by feeding on infected wild birds. In most years, the virus is found only in species of mosquitoes which feed on birds, but occasionally the virus can be passed on to other mosquito species known to bite people and horses. The virus cannot be passed from person to person or from horses to humans. The risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases such as EEE virus usually increases through the late summer and early fall. Mosquitoes are active until the first heavy frost.

Infection with EEE virus can cause serious illness affecting the brain. Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, and decreased consciousness. The disease is fatal in 25-50 percent of cases and many of those who recover experience lasting health problems. Individuals with symptoms suggestive of EEE infection should contact their physician immediately. No human vaccine against EEE virus infection or specific antiviral treatment for clinical EEE virus infections is available.

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 babies when outdoors.

· Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

Connecticut Mosquito Management Program

The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Energy and 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 108 mosquito-trapping stations in 87 municipalities throughout the state. Mosquito traps are set Monday through Thursday nights at each site every 10 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 http://www.ct.gov/caes/mosquitotesting.

For information on EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases, what can be done to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, the latest mosquito test results and human infections, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program web site at https://portal.ct.gov/mosquito.

Beachdale Pond & Beach Pond Drawdown Information

SECOND AMENDMENT RESOLUTION

At the August 24 Board of Selectmen’s meeting the BOS unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Second Amendment.

A RESOLUTION OF THE VOLUNTOWN BOARD OF SELECTMEN SUPPORTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT 

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of our nation; and

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution adopted in 1791 states, “a well­ regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court found in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), that, “where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them;” and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), affirmed that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not connected in any way to service in a militia; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939), stated that firearms that are part of ordinary military equipment with use that could contribute to the common defense are protected by the Second Amendment; and

WHEREAS, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution states, ”no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws;” and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court in McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), affirmed that a person’s Second Amendment right to ”keep and bear arms” is further secured by the “due process” and the “privileges and immunities” clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

This decision also protects rights closely related to the Second Amendment, namely the right to manufacture, transfer, purchase, and sell firearms, accessories, and ammunition; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states, ‘the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People;” and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court found in Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997), that the Federal government cannot compel law enforcement officers of the States to enforce federal laws as it would increase the power of the Federal government far beyond that which the Constitution intended; and

WHEREAS, Article I, Section 2, of the Connecticut Constitution states that, “All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such manner as they may think expedient,” and

WHEREAS, Article I, Section 15, of the Connecticut Constitution states that, ‘Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state,” and

WHEREAS, due to dual sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution, the Federal government has no authority to enforce state laws and States cannot be compelled to enforce Federal laws; and

WHEREAS, the last protectors of the U.S. Constitution are Law Enforcement Officers and ”we the people of the United States of America” and our ability to fulfill that role successfully rests on our Second Amendment rights; and

WHEREAS, those who are elected to public office swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, and for state and local officials, their respective state Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the state and federal constitutions were designed as a restraint upon the government and not the people as intended by our founders who recognized that unrestrained government leads to tyranny.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Selectmen of Voluntown Connecticut, as      follows:

Section 1. The above recitals are true and correct and incorporated in this Resolution.

Section 2. The Voluntown Board of Selectmen supports the Second Amendment in order to preserve for the People of, on, and in Voluntown, their rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and Constitution of the State of Connecticut.

Section 3. We the People of Voluntown, Connecticut, through this resolution hereby declare our rights, our freedom and our liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and further affirmed by the Constitution of the State of Connecticut to always be secured by “We the People” as the Voluntown Board of Selectmen.

Voluntown Board of Selectmen

Tracey Hanson

First Selectman