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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Changes on Interior Inspections for Property Revaluation: Keep Eye Out for Mailer

Dear Voluntown Property Owner(s):

The Town of Voluntown is in the process of revaluing all Real Estate in the Town. This revaluation will be effective for the Grand List date of October 1, 2020 (and thus, for taxes payable in July 2021). The Town of Voluntown has contracted with eQuality Valuation Services, LLC, a Certified Revaluation Company, to assist the Assessor in completing the 2020 Revaluation.

Due to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7S, interior property inspections that have not yet been done yet for property revaluation, will be done by questionnaire.

A mailer will be going out to residents containing this questionnaire, and our Assessor is encouraging owners to fill out the form and it mail back to us to ensure that the information that we have on the town record cards are accurate prior to the new assessments getting finalized for the revaluation.

A copy of what this mailer will look like can be seen here. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Assessor’s office at 860-376-3927.

Congdon Road Bid Tabulation

Bid Results Summary

Congdon Road Drainage Improvements

Town of Voluntown, CT

DATE: 6/1/2020

Bidder Base Bid                         Total Bid

1 Geer Construction Co., Inc.                   $8,360                                          $11,610

2 Wiese Construction, Inc.                       $16,485                                         $18,110

3 DiCioccio Bros., Inc.                               $15,500                                         $21,000

4 Suchocki & Son, Inc.                               $18,500                                         $21,000

5 SumCo Eco‐Contracting, LLC.              $44,000                                        $46,875

6 B&W Paving & Landscaping, LLC.      $50,000                                        $54,875

Meetings Week of June 1

All meetings are open to the public. Meetings can be viewed on the Town of Voluntown, CT-Government YouTube Channel. 

Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00PM- Special Meeting Voluntown/Sterling Transfer Station Commission
The public will be able to view the meeting live only on YouTube. To submit a public comment, please send an email to voluntownwebsite@gmail.com at least one hour before the scheduled meeting time. Emails received will be read during the Citizens Comments. This public meeting is being held via Zoom and will be livestreamed on the town YouTube channel which is: Town of Voluntown, CTGovernment,https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ
View the agenda here. 
Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00PM- Recreation Commission

The Recreation Commission will be holding a virtual meeting via Zoom at 7pm, Wednesday, June 3..  This is a public meeting and it can be viewed livestream on the town YouTube page through the following link; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ . Public comments can be submitted via email to the commission at recreation@voluntown.gov up to one hour before the meeting start time, and will be read during Citizens Comments on the Agenda. Please put Citizens Comments in the email subject line.

Finn Beach- Closed Until Further Notice

Finn Beach has been closed by the state of CT DEEP following their decision to close all inland state beaches. The reason why the state has closed all inland state beaches is not because of the water being unsafe, but because the inland beaches are smaller and it is harder to comply with social distancing. Finn Beach is state property and the town leases it every year from June 15-September 15.  I have been in communications with the state to see if they will modify the lease for us this year so that we can open the beach only to residents (the lease requires access to residents and non residents). I feel that with the beach open to residents only we would be able to maintain the social distancing required. We already have security lined up same as every year, and the security company said they can make sure that social distancing guidelines are followed.  There is also the possibility that the state will not let us open at all even at the start date of the lease.

Public Hearing May 26 @ 7:00PM: Board of Selectmen and Board of Education Budgets

PUBLIC HEARING MAY 26, 2020 AT 7:00PM

The Public Hearing on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education Budgets for Fiscal Year 20/21 will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. via Zoom and livestreamed on the town YouTube channel which is: Town of Voluntown, CT-Government, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ.  To submit a public comment, please send an email to voluntownwebsite@gmail.com at least one hour before the scheduled meeting time.

The public will be allowed to attend the meeting via zoom in listen only mode.  If you wish to make a comment see instructions below. Public questions and comments will only be done during the Public Comment section on the agenda.

Zoom instructions Dialing in by Phone only:

1. Please call: 1-929-436-2866

2. When prompted for participant or meeting ID enter: 835 4260 8299 then press #.

3. You will then enter the meeting muted. During Public Comment if you wish to speak press *9 to Raise your hand.  The host will then let you know when you its your turn to speak.

Joining in Computer:

Please go to the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83542608299

1. When prompted for participant or meeting ID enter: 83542608299 then press #.

2. Only if your computer has a microphone for two way communication, then during Public comment if you wish to speak press Raise Hand in the webinar control. If you do not have a microphone you will need to call in on a phone in order to speak. The host will let you know when it’s your turn to speak. Public camera will remained turned off at all times.

To review the budgets and relevant information, please go here.

AGENDA

I. Welcome from the First Selectman 

II. Introductions  

III. Board of Selectmen- Budget Presentation 

IV.  Board of Education- Budget Presentation 

V. Public Comments and Questions 

VI. Adjournment 

 

Update From the First Selectman, May 20, 2020

View this in PDF form here. 

Notice to Bid

TOWN OF VOLUNTOWN, CT 

NOTICE TO BID 

PROPOSED DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AND ASSOCIATED SITE WORK

CONGDON ROAD

Sealed bids for the PROPOSED DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AND ASSOCIATED SITE WORK PROJECT on Congdon Road, are invited and will be received by the Town of Voluntown, until 11:00 AM, Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Town Clerks Office, Voluntown Town Hall, 115 Main Street, Voluntown, Connecticut, 06384 at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read aloud via livestream on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ.

Proposals must be submitted on the forms provided and in a sealed envelope plainly marked with the appropriate title.

Specifics concerning the requirements for bid submissions are described in Section 002113 – Information to Bidders.

The Information to Bidders, Form of Bid, Specifications, and other contract documents may be obtained electronically by contacting David McKay at Boundaries LLC by phone (860-376-2006) or email (dmckay@boundariesllc.net).

Bids, to receive consideration, must be in the hands of the Town of Voluntown, no later than the day and hour mentioned above.

The Town of Voluntown reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids; to waive any informalities, or; to accept any bid deemed in the best interests of the Town of Voluntown. This project is funded by the Town.

All bids will be considered valid and held open for acceptance until June 30, 2020. In the event that the contract cannot be awarded within this time period, the time may be extended by mutual agreement between the Town of Voluntown and the designated, qualified low Bidder.

The Town of Voluntown is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

TOWN OF VOLUNTOWN

Legals & Bids

Virtual Board and Commission Meetings Week of 5/11/2020

The Housing Authority meeting scheduled for Monday, 5/11, is cancelled.

The Planning and Zoning meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 5/13, is cancelled.

The Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Thursday, 5/14, is cancelled.

Tuesday, May 12: Board of Selectmen Meeting is at 6:00PM. 
The Board of Selectmen will be holding a virtual meeting on Zoom.  This is a public meeting and it can be viewed livestream on the town YouTube page through the following link; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ . Public comments can be submitted via email to the board at voluntownwebsite@gmail.com up to one hour before the meeting start time, and will be read during Public Comments on the Agenda. Please put Public Comments in the email subject line. View the agenda here.

Wednesday, May 13: Voluntown YSB-LPC is meeting at 5:00PM
The YSBLPC Board “online” meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via Google Meet. To access this meeting in listen mode only, use the following link:   https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/8e5c2010-850e-4e11-a4cb-c15314870262   Public must submit any comments via email at least one hour before the scheduled meeting time to aburrows@voluntownct.org    View the agenda here. 

Thursday, May 14: Board of Education is meeting at 7:00PM
The Board of Education will be holding a virtual meeting is being held via Google Meet.
The public can participate in listen mode only. To access this meeting use the following link:
https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/c8bc3e55-57e9-4df5-94e0-ebf263f143dc
Public must submit any comments via email at least one hour before the scheduled meeting time to the BOE Clerk
(djackman@voluntownct.org). Comments will be read during the Citizen’s Comment section. A recording of this
meeting will be available on the school website within 7 days. View the agenda here.  For more information about the Board of Education, visit the Board of Education page on the school district website.

Recreation Commission is Meeting on 5/6 @7PM

Wednesday, May 6: Recreation Commission Meeting is at 7:00PM
The Recreation Commission will be holding a virtual meeting on Zoom.  This is a public meeting and it can be viewed livestream on the town YouTube page through the following link; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ . Public comments can be submitted via email to the board at recreation@voluntown.gov up to one hour before the meeting start time, and will be read during Public Comments on the Agenda. Please put Public Comments in the email subject line.