Town Hall Office Hour with Senator Somers and Representative Skulczyck, March 1

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Community Networking Roundtable: March 5, 2018

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News from NECCOG Animal Services

The Town of Voluntown works with NECCOG Animal Services on issues with domestic animals in town. For more information on NECCOG Animal Services, visit the ‘Animal Services’ tab, under ‘Departments’ on the Town of Voluntown website. The information posted below can be found there.

Visit the NECCOG Animal Services website for information on how to report complaints on domestic animals, animal bites, rabies, animal cruelty, licensing enforcement, surrendering of animals.

Please remember to report animal bites, and threatening animals. Action can not be taken if reports are not made.

NECCOG Animal Services are available after hours and weekends on an emergency basis only. The following are classified as an emergency:
1) Domestic Animals hit by Vehicles and Still Alive
2) People bitten by domestic animals and wildlife
3) Domestic Animals bitten by Wildlife on other domestic animals
4) If you have captured a stray dog
5) Stray Domestic Animals showing signs of illness.

News from NECCOG

Feral Cat Policy

Received 2/7/18

NECCOG does not impound cats unless they are sick, injured or under quarantine observation. NECCOG no longer has the TNR program, put if you are having an issue with feral cats, please contact the first selectman. If the issue is a problem, the first selectman will contact NECCOG and they can work together to resolve the issue. Do not feed stray cats.

Animal Service Fact Sheet

Please note: There is currently no leash law in the state of CT.  Per Statute, dogs have to be under control. However, it is the dog owners responsibility to make sure a dog is in control at all times. The dog’s owner is liable for damages if his/her dog bites or hurts another person or animal, or damages property.

Received 2/15/18

 

Recreation Commission Vacancies

The Voluntown Recreation Commission has 2 open positions and is welcoming anyone that may be interested in becoming a member to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7PM .

Recreation Commission meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7PM in the Voluntown Town Hall Meeting Rooms. The purpose of the Voluntown Recreation Commission is to seek the development of recreational programs and enhancement of recreational facilities associated with sponsored programs on various town owned lands, for the residents of Voluntown without bias to race, income, age, sex, or ability.

Residents are appointed to the Voluntown Recreation Commission by the Board of Selectmen. Interested individuals may submit a request letter to the Board of Selectmen for consideration.

Tax Bills Have Been Mailed/ File Assessment Appeals by Feb. 20th

Real Property, Personal Property, and Motor Vehicle tax bills have all been mailed out as of January 31st. March 2nd is the last day to pay without penalty. 

Owners taking issue with their assessments or exemption determinations at this point must make application to the Board of Assessment Appeals for a hearing date if they would like the board to consider a change to their assessment.  Applications are available in the Assessor’s office or downloaded here: BAA Application Form 2017.  The deadline to file an appeal is February 20th and the Board of Appeals will meet in March.

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

 

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.

Eversource Offers Power Outage Reporting Via Text

OUTAGE ALERTS & TEXT REPORTING

The following information is from the Eversource website.

Receive outage and restoration updates for your electric service in the channels you choose – text, email and phone. You can also report an outage by text and receive on-demand text status updates on your restoration.

First, update your alert notification settings and receive alerts on:

  • Your time of restoration;
  • Outage cause;
  • Status updates;
  • Restoration ​completion.

By activating text alert notifications you are also enrolling to report an outage by text and receive status updates.

  • Text “OUT” to 23129 to report an outage.
  • Text “STAT” to 23129 to receive a status update.

Don’t forget to add 23129 to your contacts for easy reporting!

 

Free Electronics Recycling for Voluntown & Sterling Residents

Residents may, free of charge, bring their unwanted electronics to the Voluntown/Sterling Transfer Station located at 514 Brown Rd in Voluntown, CT. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 7:00am-2:45pm. Reminder: May – September,  Thursday hours change to 11:00am-6:45pm.

All electronic equipment is safely packaged by Take 2 and transported to their facility for responsible and secure recycling.

What is and isn’t accepted?

Accepted materials include, but are not limited to: computers, laptops, fax machines, monitors, TVs, cell phones, tablets, video games, game consoles, VCR/DVD machines, remotes, keyboards, computer mice, modems, small appliances, and stereo equipment.

Unaccepted materials include: smoke detectors, ballasts, propane tanks, pain, household hazardous waste, and appliances containing freon- air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers. 

About Take 2 INC

Take 2 Inc is a Waterbury based electronics recycler. Take 2 is approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as a Covered Electronics Recycler in conjunction with the Connecticut’s Electronics Recycling Law, RCSA 22a-638-1.

Residents may also, free of charge, bring their unwanted electronics to Take 2’s facility located at 567 South Leonard Street, Building One, Waterbury, CT. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:00am-3:30pm and Saturdays, from 8:00-noon. Additionally, residents may bring their electronics to any of Take 2 Inc’s electronics recycling events. For a listing of upcoming events go to: www.ewaste-recycle-ct.com. For your convenience at events and at Take 2’s facility, Take 2 employees will unload electronics from your vehicle for you.

For questions and more information

Email: Info@Take2recycle.com      Phone: 1-800-209-9322    Website: Take2Recycle.com