Notice: Suspension of the Annual Town Meeting per Executive Order No. 7HH

Posted on 5/2/2020

View the PDF version of this notice here.

 

 

Tax Deferment Program

The PDF version of the letter below can be viewed here.

Primary Election and Caucuses

Things have been changing rapidly in this year’s election cycle. The most important change is that the Presidential Primary will now be included with the State and Municipal Primary on August 11, 2020. This allows people to now change parties until May 11, 2020.

There are two important Caucuses coming up. The Republican Caucus is 5/16/2020 at 9:30 AM and the Democratic Caucus is 5/19/2020 7:00 PM. These caucuses will decide the municipal candidates for Justice of the Peace and Registrar of voters. If you are a registered Republican or Democrat and are interested in either of these positions, please notify you parties chairman of your interest. More information on how these meetings will be held will come from the party chairman.
Republican Town Committee Chairman – Christopher Wilson ragnarok959@gmail.com
Democratic Town Chairman – Richard Mercier rlmercier@snet.net or rlmerciervtown@yahoo.com

Pamela Theroux
Town Clerk

Tricentennial Committee Meeting, April 29, @6:00PM

Wednesday, April 29: Tricentennial Committee is meeting at 6:00PM.
The Tricentennial Committee is meeting via Zoom. This meeting is open for anyone to join and will not be posted livestream. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a tricentennial event or helping out in anyway, please join the Zoom meeting. Log in information is below.
Topic: Tri-Centennial Meeting
Time: Apr 29, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82498782523
Dial by your location:  +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 824 9878 2523

Board of Selectmen’s Meeting, April 28, @ 6:00PM

Tuesday, April 28: 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. 

Meeting Documents

Draft Budget 

Planning and Zoning Commission Vacancy

Planning and Zoning Commission Vacancy

The Planning and Zoning Commission has a vacancy for a full member to fill the remaining term of 11/19/2019 – 11/18/2025. Commission members must be registered voters in Voluntown. Please send a letter of interest to the Planning and Zoning Commission via the Town Clerk’s Office. Letters can  emailed to townclerk@voluntown.gov Position is open until filled.

Voluntown/Sterling Bulky Waste

Transfer Station Bulky Waste Update

The Voluntown/ Sterling Transfer Station will begin accepting bulky waste on April 22, 2020 with the following guidelines and restrictions:
  • Residents must stop at the office prior to entering to unload their vehicle.
  •  Residents will be shown where to unload their vehicles, but bulky materials will not be handled by anyone but the owner. Please bring someone along to assist with unloading if necessary.
  • Please pack your vehicles so bulky waste can be the last items unloaded.
  • Residents are asked to maintain six-foot distancing and avoid socializing.
  • Items that will not be accepted are: COUCHES AND STUFFED CHAIRS/RECLINERS.
Please be patient, as there may be delays in order to keep everyone safe.
These guidelines may be amended in the future if necessary.
THANK YOU!

Covid-19: Information

A Message from the Selectmen’s Office

Posted 4/21/20: A page has been added to the town website titled ‘Assistance for During Covid 19 Pandemic for Residents and Bushiness‘ it can be found under ‘Services & Community’ on the homepage menu. This page will be updated as information is received, so check it frequently. The Assistance for Businesses links to a page on the Voluntown Economic Development Website. 

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact the Selectmen’s Office at 860-376-5580. Leave a message and Tracey or Julie will get back to you.

Please visit the Covid-19 Response website page for more on town and state responses.

Posted 3/31, updated 4/7

Town Board and Commission Meetings are Back on the Calendar

Starting this week, for the month of April and going forward until further notice, all town board, commission, committee meetings will be held via Zoom and streamed live on the town’s YouTube channel. For information on how this will work, please review the Zoom Meetings/ YouTube Livestream Information for Board and Commission Meetings, which can be found on the town website on the Covid 19 Response page.

Posted 3/27:

At the suggestion of UNCAS Health Department we have closed the playscapes at Constitution Field and at the school to public use. We are not able to properly sanitize these areas and at the risk of spread of COVID-19, they will be closed until further notice. There have also been signs put up at the basketball court and at the entrances to town recreation fields. These signs state that due to the spread of COVID-19 and due to the Governor’s Executive Order 7N limiting gatherings to no more than 5 people, the fields and courts are not to be used for activities where social distancing can not be practiced. Thank you and stay safe!

Posted 3/26:

Please Note: Today Governor Lamont signed Executive Order 7N which limits social and recreational gatherings to no more than 5 people. Please take note that this includes basketball games on the town court. I received several notifications that there were groups gathered playing contact sports on both town and state property today. People need to use their common sense and follow the recommendations of social distancing. Parents, I know how hard it is telling a teen or young adult what to do, but now is the time to stand firm. The police will be asked to add the basketball court to their patrol, and DEEP is already watching the state field. They will break up any gatherings that are more than 5 (or are not of the same household) where people are not maintaining social distancing. Many towns have completely closed their recreational fields and parks, and that is the last thing I want to do, so please, no contact sports!!

P.S. Try disc golf….it’s a sport you can play and still maintain social distancing!

Get the Facts About COVID-19

Stay informed and know the facts so you can squish the rumors.

Messages from Town Clerk’s Office

Fishing and Hunting Licenses

Fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased online. Visit the DEEP website for more information.

Access to Records

Do to the Town Clerk’s office being closed to the public, the town clerk has temporarily opened all land records without a subscription.  This will enable you to see and print all land records and survey maps recorded after 1975.  Please follow the directions under the Town Clerk land records section on the Town Clerk’s website page.  The login and password will both be Voluntown.  If you need further help please call 860-376-4089 or email townclerk@voluntown.gov and we will email or fax other records to you.

If you are in need of assistance concerning birth, marriage, or death certificates, please send an email or leave a voice message. Contact information is on the Town Clerk’s website page. 

Message from the Assessor’s Office

Property Cards & Maps Available Online

The Tax Assessor would like to remind everyone that Assessor property cards and maps can be found online. For information on how to access them, visit the Assessors website page. Feel free to reach out via email if you have questions. Contact information can also be found on the website.

Message from the Tax Collector

Tax Lien Notices

Tax Lien notices will be going out by Friday, April 25,  for May 1, 2020 real estate.

Tax Payments Accepted via Mail and Online Only

To limit person to person contact, starting on Tuesday, March 24, and until further notice tax we are requesting that payments to the Tax Collector be made via mail or online. We will not be accepting cash at this time. Check or money order can be mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office, PO Box 96, Voluntown CT, 06384.

Your balance can be checked online, and the online system excepts credit card payments (small fee) and echecks ($2 fee).

If you need to contact the tax collector, you can send her an email or leave her a voice mail and she will get in touch with you. Contact information is available on the Tax Collector website page. 

Message from the Building Inspector

Please visit the Building Inspector/Zoning Officer page for more info.

Messages from the Voluntown/Sterling Transfer Station

Please visit the Voluntown/Sterling Transfer Station page for more info. 

BULKY WAST UPDATE- Posted April 21, 2020

The Voluntown/ Sterling Transfer Station will begin accepting bulky waste on April 22, 2020 with the following guidelines and restrictions:
  • Residents must stop at the office prior to entering to unload their vehicle.
  • Residents will be shown where to unload their vehicles, but bulky materials will not be handled by anyone but the owner. 
  • Please bring someone along to assist with unloading if necessary.
  • Please pack your vehicles so bulky waste can be the last items unloaded.
  • Residents are asked to maintain six-foot distancing and avoid socializing.
  • Items that will not be accepted are: COUCHES AND STUFFED CHAIRS/RECLINERS.
Please be patient, as there may be delays in order to keep everyone safe.
 
These guidelines may be amended in the future if necessary.
 
THANK YOU!

A Message from the Voluntown Public Library

Please visit the Voluntown Public Library website or Facebook page for more information. 

The Voluntown Public Library will be closing Tuesday, March 17th until further notice due to avoid the spread of the Corona Virus. All programs are canceled until further notice as well.

If you have items out, overdues will be forgiven so returns are not necessary while we are closed.

You can still call the library and leave a message at 860(376-0485), email vpl@voluntown.gov, or message our FB page to request renewals as I can access the system from home. Thank you!

Messages from Voluntown School Administration

Good Evening Voluntown Families,

Starting Monday, March 16th, Voluntown Public Schools will offer all students under 18 a “grab and go” breakfast and lunch from 10:00 am to 2:00pm at the Griswold Middle School cafeteria area. Students will stop by the outside of the GMS cafeteria, where they will be greeted by Food Services personnel to retrieve both breakfast and lunch. We are happy to offer this service to students while school is closed for the next two weeks. Should you have any questions about this service, please call our Food Service Director at 860-376-7685.

Please continue to check our Facebook page and website www.voluntownct.org for additional information, including resources for families. As a reminder we are closed through Friday, March 27th or until further notice.

I am available by email asuffoletto@voluntownct.org (PM through our Facebook) should you need any assistance during this closure.

Stay well,

Amy Suffoletto
Principal, Voluntown Elementary School

Messages from the Voluntown Volunteer Fire Department

For more information from the Voluntown Voluntown Fire Department, visit their website and Facebook page. 

Create a medical history & medications list for each member of household

We want to be able to provide you with the best care possible, but we need your help.

Do us a favor and stop what you’re doing right now. We need you to write up a medical history and medication list for every member of your family and make sure it’s easily accessed. (On your fridge and/or in your ICE file on your phone).

With today’s situation, many hospitals and EMS are not allowing ANYONE to accompany a patient to the hospital. If you or a loved one has to go the hospital for ANY reason you don’t want EMS, doctors or nurses missing key information.

Most of us have plenty of time on our hands currently. No excuses! Do it today. DO IT NOW.

Stay healthy and share this with family and friends.

What to do if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms

If you are in Eastern Connecticut, are experiencing symptoms, and feel you need testing for COVID-19:

1. DO NOT GO TO TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OR CALL 911 UNLESS YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN EMERGENCY. It’s important we do not tie up emergency resources for non emergent issues.

2. Call your doctor or the Hartford HealthCare Hotline at 860-972-8100. They will give you instructions on how and where to be tested.

3. Please do not go to any medical facility unannounced for the safety of all patients and medical professionals.

For more frequently asked COVID-19 questions visit:
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/COVID-19-FAQs.pdf?la=en&fbclid=IwAR2cahTJFVUW-jKTvWPZJgApXtbNrgF1EcNbJNoKOw77m7AHhx0UOXAntXc

Changes in ambulance transport

Due the hospital restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Voluntown Fire Dept will be taking precautions in conjunction with medical facilities. Until further notice, in the event that you or a family member require ambulance services, only the patient will be transported to the hospital by ambulance. Family members and/or friends will need to find other means of transportation.

This does not include minors. One parent will be permitted to accompany a minor patient to the hospital if needed. Temperature assessments of anyone going by ambulance will occur prior to entrance of the ambulance and then again at the hospital. Please note most of the hospitals in our area are restricting access/ visiting patients unless they are life threateningly ill. Entrance to the hospital is not guaranteed. Please understand we have the best interest of your loved ones, yourself and our dedicated staff in mind by implementing this policy at this time. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

News from Governor Lamont

Information on the State level is constantly changing. Please visit Governor Lamont’s webpage for current updates. For answers to questions you might have about COVID-19 and the State’s response, please read through the Governor’s document, Frequently Asked Questions on the State of Connecticut’s Actions Related to Covid-19. It is updated frequently, so check it often for changes.

Other News

Board of Assessment Appeals Meeting, April 27

TOWN OF VOLUNTOWN
BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS
Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given that said Board shall conduct a meeting via conference call.

Board of Assessment Appeal applications are available on the Town’s website located at www.voluntown.gov. Pursuant to Public Act 95-283 of the State of Connecticut, an application to file an appeal an assessment must be filed on or before February 20, 2020.

Said Board will convene on the following date and time:

Monday, April  27, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

Agenda: This meeting will be held for the sole purpose of hearing and deliberating on 2019 Grand List real estate, personal property and motor vehicle appeals, by appointment only.

Gil Grimm,
Board of Assessment Appeals

Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Tuesday, 4/21/2020, @6PM

The Special Board of Selectmen Meeting will be held virtually on Zoom, Tuesday, 4/21 at 6:00PM. 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 thanson@voluntown.gov  with ‘Public Comment’ in the email subject line, up to one hour before the meeting, and will be read during Public Comments on the Agenda. The agenda can be viewed here.

Meeting Documents:

OPM Form & Proposed Resolution

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7S, Section 6 & Executive Order 7W, Section 1