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

 

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!

 

Voter Eligibility

It has come to our attention that there is a great deal of confusion regarding the eligibility to vote at Town Meetings and Referendums. To clear up this confusion please see the state statute below:

 Sec. 7-6. Eligibility to vote. At any town meeting other than a regular or special town election or at any meeting of any fire, sewer or school district or any other municipal subdivision of any town incorporated by any special act, any person who is an elector of such town may vote and any citizen of the United States of the age of eighteen years or more who, jointly or severally, is liable to the town, district or subdivision for taxes assessed against him on an assessment of not less than one thousand dollars on the last-completed grand list of such town, district or subdivision, or who would be so liable if not entitled to an exemption under subdivision (17), (19), (22), (23), (25) or (26) of section 12-81, may vote, unless restricted by the provisions of any special act relating to such town, district or subdivision.

To summarize you may vote if you are a Voluntown resident that is registered to vote or whether or not you reside in Voluntown if you are at least 18 years and old have property on the last (2016) Grand List assessed at one thousand dollars or more. Please call the Town Clerk’s office with any questions regarding this.

An Important Notice Regarding Town Tax Bills

The  State of Connecticut had not passed their budget at the end of the legislative session; therefore, the amount of funding from the State to the Town had not been finalized. A Town Meeting was held on June 20 at which time both the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen budgets were presented with both being voted down. A decision was made to keep the mill rate at 28.06 (same as last year) and to bill only for real estate and personal property at this time.

Once the State budget is adopted, another Town Meeting will be held to review the budgets and set a final mill rate for the 2016 Grand List Year. Any change in the mill rate will be reflected in the 2nd installment for the real estate and personal property and another bill will be issued for January 1, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME NO MOTOR VEHICLE BILLS WILL BE ISSUED. Again, once a final mill rate is approved, motor vehicle tax bills will be issued.

Free Electronics Recycling for Voluntown & Sterling Residents

First Selectman Robert A. Sirpenski would like to remind residents that they 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

 

 

Voluntown Volunteer Fire Department is Seeking Volunteers

A message from the Voluntown Volunteer Fire Department:

Volunteerism is on the fall.  We are a town that was built on volunteerism! Our town residents can get involved.  It is a commitment that is worthwhile in helping your fellow neighbors.

The Voluntown Volunteer Fire Department is made up of 40 members that are trained as either Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians or Fire Police.  Our responsibilities range from controlling traffic during emergencies related to fire such as car fires and structure fires.  We provide patient care for the sick, traumatic injuries, domestic violence, and falls.   We conduct rescues in water, forest emergencies such as search and rescue, recreational vehicle accidents and hunting accidents.  We also respond to hazmat emergencies.

We work in unison with advanced life support (Paramedics and LifeStar).  We transport our patients to regional hospitals.  Our department works closely with the Connecticut State Police (CSP), DEEP, and Eversource.

We provide all the training and gear necessary to provide volunteer support to our department!

If you are unable to commit to our department you can still volunteer to help at our fundraising events or support us by purchasing tickets to our fundraising dinners.

For more information, contact the Voluntown Volunteer Fire Department at 860-376-0475, or visit the firehouse Monday evenings 7-9.

News from the Selectmen’s Office: Crumbling Foundations

Crumbling Foundations

The issue of crumbling foundations is spreading across the state. Currently there are no reported cases in Voluntown. If you are a Voluntown home owner and believe that you have a crumbling foundation, please contact the Selectmen’s office at 860-376-5880.