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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Assessor Office Hours- Week of 7/15

Our new Assessor, Chandler Rose, will be holding office hours on Monday, July 15, at 5:45PM and Friday, July 19, at 1:00PM. He can always be reached via email at crose@voluntown.gov to answer any questions.

Please note: All other town hall offices are closed on Friday. 

OFFICE CLOSED

THE BUILDING/ZONING OFFICIAL WILL NOT BE IN HIS OFFICE ON THURSDAY, JULY 18TH. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL THE OFFICE AT 860-376-3867, MONDAY THRU THURSDAY 9:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.

Board of Education Meeting Cancellation

The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 11, has been cancelled. A Special Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 7PM in the Superintendent’s building behind Voluntown Elementary School. For more information on the Board of Education and their meetings, please visit their website page: http://www.district.voluntownct.org/?DivisionID=11464

Assessor Office Hours

Our new Assessor, Chandler Rose, will be holding office hours on Wednesday, July 10, starting at 5:30PM. He can always be reached via email at crose@voluntown.gov to answer any questions.

 

CT Beach Pond Boat Launch Parking Changes

DEEP has restricted the parking lot at the CT Beach Pond boat launch to parking for boating* and fishing ONLY. There is no longer parking for trail access. The parking lot will be staffed this year on weekends, and holidays and will be spot checked daily. Please note that individual cars will not be randomly ticketed or towed, unless the owners are observed or it is verified that they are not legitimately fishing or boating. There will also be an increase in ENCON patrols.

*BOATING INCLUDES KAYAKS AND CANOES. IF YOU ARE KAYAKING WITHOUT A TRAILER, PUT A SIGN IN THE WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE THAT SAYS ‘PADDLER’. THIS BOAT LAUNCH IS COMPLETELY FUNDED BY A FEDERAL GRANT FOR BOATING AND FISHING, THAT IS WHY THIS LOT IS RESTRICTED TO BOATING AND FISHING ONLY PARKING.

Please contact Mike Payton of the DEEP Boating Division at 860-447-4347, or mike.payton@ct.gov

Democratic and Republican Caucuses to Be Held on July 16

Democratic & Republican Caucuses 
07/16/2019 @ 7:00PM 
Democrat @ the Town Hall 
Republican @ the Town Library 

The time is here.  If you are interested in being endorsed by either the Republican or Democratic party for any of the positions up for election this year please e-mail the Chairman with your name, phone number, e-mail, and the position you’re interested in.  You may request to be endorsed even if you are not a member of the party.  If you are unable to e-mail you may drop a letter off at the Town Hall and it will be forwarded to the Chairman.
Democratic Chair:  Richard Mercier – rlmercier@snet.net 
Republican Chair:  Wendy Gauthier – breezy48@comcast.net 

 

WHAT IS A CAUCUS? WHY IS A CAUCUS IMPORTANT

Originally posted on Voluntown Town Hall website on March 11, 2019

The technical definition of a CAUCUS is a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy.

Few people really understand how important the CAUCUS is and that most election decisions are made at these meetings with very few people making all the decisions that will affect the town for the next 2-6 years depending on the position.

Here’s the reason. Municipal elections are largely uncontested. There are often a few positions on the ballot that have a challenger, but a large majority of the people selected at the CAUCUS will be elected without any opposition.

To vote at a CAUCUS you must belong to the political party that the CAUCUS is being held by. In the town of Voluntown currently only the two major parties, Democrat and Republican, hold CAUCUSES. During the week of July 16-23 both parties will CAUCUS to endorse candidates for this year’s municipal election.

Visit Get Involved in Town Government for more information.

Black Bear Information from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

From the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) :

If a bear is seen in your town or neighborhood, leave it alone. In most situations, if left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas. Keep dogs under control. Stay away from the bear and advise others to do the same. Do not approach the bear so as to take a photo or video. Often a bear will climb a tree to avoid people. A crowd of bystanders will only stress the bear and also add the risk that the bear will be chased into traffic or the crowd of people.

More info about black bears on the DEEP website.

Continued Public Hearing at the Planning and Zoning Meeting on June 12

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a (continued) public hearing on Wednesday, June 12,  at 7:00 p.m. at the Voluntown Town Hall, 115 Main St. Voluntown, CT. Zoning Text Amendment 031319 proposed by Leanne Church and James Anderson to add §§ 2.35 and 5.2.12 to make “Beer and Brew Pubs” a use permitted by special exception in the Village District Zone and to delete drive in eating establishments and any eating establishment which serves alcohol from the minimum distance requirements of § 9.5.2.
Copies of the above application are on file and available for review in the Town Clerk’s Office, in the Town Hall, located at 115 Main St., Voluntown, CT.
All interested parties may appear and be heard and written correspondence received.

Scott Davidson, Chairman

View the June 12 Planning and Zoning Commission Agenda here.

Dog License Renewal Notice

DOG LICENSE RENEWAL NOTICE

New license must be procured on or before June 30 or penalty imposed pursuant to Sec. 22-338 General Statutes, State of CT. Fee Schedule:

Neutered/Spayed $8.
Male/Female $19.

Late Penalty: $1. per month

Obtain licenses at Town Clerk’s Office Mon, Wed, Thurs 9am-4pm. Tuesday until 7:00.

If mailing in renewal:
1. If during the past yr. your dog has been spayed/neutered or a rabies vaccination was given by the vet, mail papers with the check and we will return them with the new tag.
2. Return this card, check payable to “Town of Voluntown” and SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED RETURN ENVELOPE.

Advise us if:
1. You are no longer a resident here.
2. Dog is no longer in your possession. Reason:________________.
3. If you have a new dog (supply new data).

Any questions, call Town Clerk’s Office at 860-376-4089