State Police Training Facility Scoping Meeting: June 5

A scoping meeting for the State Police Training Facility proposed for the Lee Rd, Griswold, site will be held on June 5th at 7PM at Griswold High School. Voluntown residents will be allowed to ask questions and share their concerns. For more info visit: http://portal.ct.gov/DAS/Press-Room/Press-Releases/2018/State-to-Purchase-Land-for-State-Police-Training-Facility and http://www.ct.gov/ceq/cwp/view.asp?a=987&Q=249438&ceqNav=|

Warning of Referendum 5/29/18

For pdf. printable version, click here.

Voluntown Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 28

The Town of Voluntown, CT Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, 5/28, at 2PM starting a Robbins Cemetery. 165/138 will be closed for a time. Please plan according.

Board of Selectmen 2018/19 Government Budget Proposal

Board of Selectmen 2018/19 Government Budget Proposal

Voluntown, CT
May 15, 2018

Dear Voluntown Residents,

We are happy to inform the tax payers that we are able to reduce the mill rate for the 2018/19 fiscal year by .53 mills. The Governor has signed the bi-partisan bill today, which restores some of the revenue to the town that was previously lost to the town in the holdbacks.

This year the budget layout looks different. We have been working with the town auditor to make sure that the town is following government accounting practices as proposed by GASB, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.  These practices will show more transparency in the budget and a streamline of funds. This will be an ongoing process.

For the 2018/19 revenue, we are seeing an increase in revenue in some areas like PILOT funding, however we lose the Municipal Cost Sharing Grant, and see less in the Mashantucket Pequot Fund. Though we do receive more than the 2017/18 fiscal year in the ECS (Education Cost Sharing) Grant, we are still down approximately $225,000 from what we received in previous years.

The biggest change that can be seen in the proposed budget is in Public Works. This is mostly due to procedural accounting processes.  After all of the storms in the past few years, we have realized that Snow Removal and Tree Removal are both underfunded.

While we are still in tough economic times, we are able to meet the needs of the town with this proposed budget, while actually decreasing the mill rate.  Our goal for next year is to put together a Capitol Projects Plan for the town.

The Annual Town Meeting to vote on the Government and Board of Education budgets will be held on June 6, 2018 at 7:00PM in the Voluntown Elementary School Gym.

2018-2019 Town of Voluntown Revenue Budget

2018-2019 Proposed Town Government Budget

Tracey Hanson
First Selectman

DOT Sign Installation Project

The DOT will be installing signs on town roads starting the end of May/ beginning of June. This project is a result of the DOT reaching out to towns asking if they wanted to participate in a safety improvement project consisting of Horizontal Curve Treatments. This safety project is funded with a federal grant.  Locations of the curve safety sign installations are: Bailey Pond Rd, Brown Rd, Campbell Mill Rd, Congdon Rd, Forge Hill Rd, Hodge Pond Rd, James Rd, Kinney Rd, Sand Hill Rd, Shetucket Turnpike, Wheeler Rd, Wylie School Rd. Some roads will also see yellow lines painted in the middle of the road at curves only, and/or white lines on the side, also at curves only.  Line painting is planned to be done at night.

Voluntown Community Events: May

May 3
National Day of Prayer

5:15PM, at the Voluntown Gazebo located on the green behind the Voluntown Public Library
Non Denominational prayer service.

Adult Volley Ball

6:00-7:30PM, in the Voluntown Elementary School Gymnasium THIS IS THE LAST MEETING!
For VOLUNTOWN RESIDENTS, ages 18 and over. No experience required.  Sign up forms available same day.

May 5
VES Spring Garden Clean Up

9:00AM-12:00PM, at Voluntown Elementary School
Bring your garden tools and help clean up the school gardens.

May 8
VES Noche Mexicana: A culminating event showcasing student work

6:00-7:30PM, at Voluntown Elementary School: 6-6:45 Exploration, 6:45 Parade of Frida Kahlos (costume contest), 7:00 Musical and Artistic Performances

May 9
Board Game Night

6:00-8:00PM, for all ages, at the Voluntown Public Library
Bring your own board game, or play one of the many that the library has available. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

May 12
Boy Scout Plant Sale

8:00AM- 12:00PM in front of Voluntown Elementary. Purchase assorted flower and vegetable plants to benefit local Boy Scout projects.

Voluntown Youth Service Bureau Super 5K Run/Walk/Stroller Race

Starts at 9:00AM, Pachaug State Forest
Chip timing by Platt Systems. Visit the Voluntown Youth Service Bureau webpage for more info. Race form can be picked up at Town Hall or downloaded from YSB webpage.

May 28
Memorial Day Parade

Starts at 2:00PM at Robbins Cemetery.

May 29
Connecticut State Police Presents: Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness

6:00-7:30PM at Voluntown Elementary School
Sponsored by the Voluntown Youth Service Bureau and Voluntown Elementary School. Join the CT State Police for a free presentation on social media trends, digital footprints, and resources for keeping you and your family safe online. Open to all committee members, parents/guardians of Voluntown students, and Voluntown students in grades 5-12 (parents must be in attendance with students). RSVP by May 25 to mbryan@voluntownct.org, asuffoletto@voluntownct.org, or atrakas@voluntownct.org

ONGOING
YOGA

Every Wednesday, 6:00-7:00PM at the Voluntown Fire House.
All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. $5.00 per class. First timers, please show up early. Sponsored by the Voluntown Recreation Commission.

 

 

 

 

Information from the Voluntown Substance Abuse Prevention Council: Change the Script

Change the Script is a statewide public awareness campaign to help communities deal with the prescription drug and opioids misuse crisis. It connects town leaders, healthcare professionals, treatment professionals and everyday people with the resources they need to face prescription opioid misuse – and write a new story about what we can accomplish when we all work toward a shared goal. For more information please visit drugfreect.org

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

 

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!