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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Planning and Zoning Commission Vacancies

The Planning and Zoning Commission has 2 vacancies. 

Full Voting Member Vacancy-Interested individual must be a registered Democrat or Independent Voter.

Alternate Vacancy-Interested individual must be a registered Republican or Independent Voter.

Planning and Zoning Commission meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Voluntown Town Hall at 7:30PM

Please submit in writing a letter of interest to Voluntown Town Clerk, Pamela Theroux.

 

A Message from the Tax Collector’s Office: Important Tax Information

The Special Town Meeting to review and accept the budget and determine the mill rate, is scheduled for December 20, 2017.   If the budget passes and a new mill rate is determined at this meeting, the real estate, personal property, and motor vehicle bills will be issued with a due date of February 1, 2018.

If you itemize your federal income taxes and are concerned about the payment of your real estate taxes during 2017, please note that you can pay the same amount as the 1st installment (July) by December 31; then when the new taxes bills are issued, you will receive a supplemental bill to make up the difference if there is a new mill rate approved on December 20th. This is more important this year as the concern now is that the “proposed federal tax bill” that is being discussed and voted on in Congress, could eliminate that option in 2018.

Maria Morell
Tax Collector

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

 

Notice of Special Town Budget Meeting

TOWN OF VOLUNTOWN

Notice of Special Town Budget Meeting

The electors and citizens qualified to vote in the annual budget meeting of the Town of Voluntown are hereby warned that the budget meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Voluntown Elementary School, Route 138 in Voluntown, Connecticut, at 7:00 pm for the following purposes, to wit:

  1. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Board of Selectmen’s Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 in the amount of $1,617,884 (one million, six hundred seventeen thousand, eight hundred eighty four dollars).
  2. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Board of Education Budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018 in the amount of $6,785,654 (six million, seven hundred eighty five thousand, six hundred fifty four dollars).
  3. To set a tax rate and collection period for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
  4. To appoint the audit firm of Sandra E. Wellwood, LLC Certified Public Accountants to be the auditor of Town records for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

 

Tracey L. Hanson                         Ronald J. Millovitsch               Mark G. Oulton

First Selectman                             Selectman                               Selectman

Upcoming Community Events: December

Upcoming Community Events

Annual Children’s Christmas Party

The Voluntown Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their Annual Children’s Christmas Party on
Dec 17, 2017 from 1-3pm at the Voluntown Firehouse.

If you have or know of a community event that can be added to this list, send an email to thanson@voluntown.gov for consideration. Thank you!

 

A Message from Voluntown Superintendent of Schools Adam S. Burrows

Results: Special Town Meeting October 26, 2017

At the October 26, 2017 Special Town Meeting, moderated by Tracey Hanson, the following resolutions were acted upon:

a. RESOLVED: That the First Selectman is authorized to execute a “Declaration of Restrictive Covenant” as part of an agreed settlement in a land use appeal Grenier v. Town of Voluntown Planning and Zoning Commission.          APPROVED   Yes: 50  No: 14

b. RESOLVED: That the First Selectman is authorized to execute a “Boundary Line Agreement and Exchange of Quit Claim Deeds” as part of an agreed settlement in a land use appeal Grenier v. Town of Voluntown Planning and Zoning Commission.       APPROVED   Yes: 47  No: 17

 

 

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’. 

Beach Pond Water Draw Down

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has approved the Town of Voluntown’s request to draw down Beach Pond two feet during the 2017/2018 winter season.

The two feet drawdown will commence on or about October 30, 2017.  The drawdown will restore to normal water surface elevation by April 2, 2018. However, there is always a risk that refilling may not be achieved by the target date due to unusually dry weather conditions. the next anticipated drawdown at Beach Pond, based on the previously established drawdown policy would occur during the 2020/2021 winter season.

The cost of this drawdown service to the town is estimated to be about $2100.