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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Office Closure

The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday, 10/1/2018 due to a death in the family.

Voluntown Tricentennial Planning Committee Meeting- Monday 9/24

The Voluntown Tricentennial  Planning Committee is meeting on Monday, September 24 at 6PM. The Tricentennial Committee meets on the 4th Monday of every month. The Committee welcomes volunteers to help with the planning of fundraisers and events.

An Update from the Tricentennial Planning Committee

Tricentennial Planning Committee members are looking forward to meeting with organizations in the next 6 months or so to pitch our ideas and get their thoughts on some activities they would like to sponsor.  We will also be contacting local businesses for sponsorship’s and funding of those activities.  One thing I am excited for is the Earth Day celebration we have planned for 2021 and the 300 volunteers we hope to get to accomplish this. We are also working on a Facebook page that the town could help promote by next month. We are looking forward to getting back to work after a 2 month break.

Wendy Gauthier
Co-Chair

Upcoming Community Events

If you have an event that would be of interest to Voluntown residents, please email event submission to thanson@voluntown.gov.

Weekly Events

The Voluntown Public Library

1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 6:15 p.m.- Knitters, Crocheters, needlecrafters of all types – bring your project and join other crafters at this informal gathering for conversation and sharing. Don’t know how to knit or crochet but want to learn? The library has yarn, needles and patient instructors. Open to everyone, so stop by and join in the fun.

4th Tuesday @ 7:15 p.m. – Writers – Are you an aspiring author, or just enjoy writing? Whether it’s memoir, fantasy, poetry or any other genre, come share your writing in a non-judgmental, supportive and friendly gathering.

2nd Thursday @ 6:30 – Library Board of Trustees. Do you have questions, concerns, or comments regarding about your library? Do you have a program you would like to share with other Voluntown residents? Come to any meeting and let us know!

4th Wednesday of June, July, September @ 7:15 p.m. – Friends of the Voluntown Public Library -The Friends of the Voluntown Library is always looking for new members! This very small group of dedicated volunteers publish the award winning community newsletter and raise funds to support the library. Please consider joining this vital group  to show your support for your library.

Voluntown Farmers Market

The 2018 Voluntown Farmers Market is almost to a close! Only 2 more market days.

September 30 Voluntown Volunteers Day, Music guest Gene Johnson
October 7 Kick off Fire Prevention Week with the Voluntown Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Music guest Tom Thornton

October Events

 

On Wednesday, October 31st, the Voluntown Recreation Commission will have A TRUNK OR TREAT for kids up to 8th grade in the VES parking lot from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

What is a trunk or treat? Basically, it is a bunch of parked cars/trucks/vehicles lined up and decorated for Halloween with people giving out candy to trick or treaters. Any business, church, organization, or individual is invited to participate by decorating their vehicle/ trunks where children can walk by and receive treats. We anticipate 350-400 children so please come equipped with enough treats to pass out. You may also pass out promotional information about your organization in addition to treats. If you would like to participate in this year’s Trunk-or-Treat, please complete the registration form below.

DEADLINE for vehicle trunker registration is Tuesday, October 30th.

  • A completed registration form is REQUIRED to participate in this event.
  • Participants MUST ARRIVE for set-up between 5:00pm-5:45pm. After 5:45pm no one will be allowed to drive into the Early Childhood Parking Lot for safety.
  • Participants are to bring unopened bags of candy or other “give-away” items to distribute.
  • There will be NO electrical support for your vehicle decorations.
  • Trick or treating will start at 6:00pm and end at 7:00pm. Trunkers must stay until 7:00pm for the safety of the kids.

Download the vehicle registration form here.
Any questions, email mbryan@Voluntownct.org

December Events

 

9/18 Referendum Results

The result of the Sept. 18 referendum are as follows

  1. To consider the following resolution to:

SHALL THE TOWN OF VOLUNTOWN APPROPRIATE $200,000 FROM THE UNDESIGNATED FUND FOR THE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF THE VOLUNTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FUEL OIL TANK?

Votes 121

Yes 89

No 32

Item 1 passes

Voluntown Economic Development Commission News

EDC Commissioners and Volunteers Needed

The Voluntown Economic Development Commission is currently seeking Commissioners, Alternates, and Volunteers. The EDC meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 in the Town Hall Meeting Room.  The next meeting is Thursday, October 18th.

If you are a Voluntown Resident and would like to be a Commissioner or Alternate, please forward a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen.

Volunteers are needed to help with the planning, and running of the Voluntown Farmers’ Market. If we do not get any new Commissioners or Volunteers, we are at risk of losing the market for next season!

The EDC is working on other projects to promote Voluntown as an outdoor recreation tourist destination.

The EDC has also been working on how to present the town to businesses that are suitable to this area.

Help is needed with all of these ongoing projects. If you can not make meeting, but still can Volunteer, please send us an email at EDC@Voluntown.gov.

Visit the Voluntown EDC Website, and “Like” the Voluntown Economic Development Commission on Facebook. 

TRANSFER STATION HOURS

PLEASE NOTE THAT SEPTEMBER 27TH IS THE LAST THURSDAY THE TRANSFER STATION IS OPEN FROM 11:00 A.M. TO 6:45 P.M.

Information on the Voluntown/Sterling Transfer Station hours, fees, and services can always be found on the Transfer Station webpage.

Tax Collector’s Hours on Tues. Evening

Due to training, the Tax Office will be open 7:15pm – 8pm from now until Oct. 30th on Tuesday evenings. Thank you.

ASSESSOR’S NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS

DECLARING PERSONAL PROPERTY: All persons liable to pay taxes are hereby notified to declare all tangible personal property owned by them on October 1, 2018.  Non-residents are required to declare property located in any town for any three months preceding October 1, 2018.  Failure to declare by November 1, 2018 as required by law will result in a 25% PENALTY assessment.

Local Assessors will mail declaration forms to all property owners previously on record. Failure to receive a form does not negate the requirement to declare.  Forms will be available in the Assessor’s Office.

NOTE:  Real property or Connecticut registered motor vehicles do not need to be declared.  Taxable personal property includes:  unregistered motor vehicles, motor vehicles located in Connecticut but registered in another state, horses and ponies, mobile manufactured homes not assessed as real estate, manufacturing machinery and equipment, business furniture and fixtures, farm machinery, farming tools, mechanics tools, electronic data processing equipment, telecommunication equipment, cables, conduits, pipes, poles, business expensed supplies and other property such as billboards, video games, vending machines, leasehold improvements, etc.

VETERANS who served for more than ninety days during a time of war or have been disabled must have recorded their honorable discharge with the Town Clerk by October 1, 2018 in order to receive a minimum of $1,000 assessment exemption.  Disabled Veterans need to file proof of their VA rating with the Assessor to receive an increased exemption.

ADDITIONAL VETERANS EXEMPTION: Increased exemptions are available for those who meet necessary income requirements and the above Veterans’ criteria.  An application along with proof of income must be filed with the Assessor biennially.  Filings for this year must be made by October 1, 2018.

ARMED SERVICE MEMBERS may obtain an exemption on one (1) passenger motor vehicle if proof is submitted.  See local Assessor.

TOTALLY DISABLED: any person under the age of 65 that has been awarded total disability must apply by January 31, 2018 in order to receive a $1,000 assessment exemption.  Applicants must furnish proof of award.

FARM MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT:  Eligible farmers must file the notarized exemption application on or before November 1, 2018.

MANUFACTURING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT installed in a manufacturing facility and used in the manufacturing process may be allowed exemption.  Eligible manufacturers must complete and file the MME Exemption Application by November 1, 2018.

NEW COMMERCIAL TRUCKS with a gross vehicle rating in excess of 26,000 lbs. should check with the Assessor’s office for tax exemption eligibility.  Application must be completed and filed with the assessor by November 1, 2018.

LAND CLASSIFICATION:  Persons seeking to classify land under Farm, Forest or Open Space, for the first time, must file between September 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018 with the Assessor.  Persons seeking to classify as Forest must also have a complete certified forester’s report done by October 1st.  Only changes to the original filing (ownership, use or acreage) need to be reported annually.

Assessor, Town of Voluntown

Rev. 9.4.18

 

New Email Notification System

We have been aware of glitches to our website email notifications and are starting a new email notification program. If you would like to receive email notifications from the Voluntown Town Hall about upcoming town meetings, events, and information, please sign up to be on our new emailing list (even if you had already signed up for the old one- Sorry!) through the following link: http://www.voluntown.gov/subscribe-to-emails/

The current website alert system will be discontinued on October 1st.