July 13th Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Cancelled

The July 13th Board of Selectmen’s Meeting has been cancelled. The next regular meeting will be held on July 27th.

Senior Farmer’s Market Vouchers 2021- Pick up date Wednesday, July 21 2-3pm

UPDATE: THERE WILL BE A MARKET VOUCHER SIGN UP SHEET AT THE EDC TABLE AT THE VOLUNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET ON SUNDAY, 7/18, WHERE QUALIFIED VOLUNTOWN SENIORS CAN SIGN UP. VOUCHERS WILL STILL NEED TO BE PICKED UP ON JULY 21ST.

This program through the Department of Agriculture supports local farmers and provides fresh produce to low income seniors. A list of designated farmers markets and farm stands will be given with the vouchers. We do have a certified voucher vendor at the Voluntown Farmer’s Market which is LakeView Farm. There is a voucher limit of one set per person per year. To qualify a resident must be:

60 years or older
Income 185% FPL: Household of 1= $1,986 per month ($23,828 per year), Household of 2= $2,686 per month ($32,227 per year)
Have not received vouchers yet this summer.

Alison Dvorack, MS, RDN, CDN from Senior Resources Agency on Aging will be in Town Hall Meeting Room on Wednesday, July 21, from 2-3 PM to hand out market vouchers to Voluntown residents who are eligible. We are trying to get a count ahead of time to see how many packets she will need to bring with her to make sure that everyone who wants a packet of vouchers gets one. If you qualify, please call Town Hall at 860-376-5880 and ask that your name be put on the list, and then swing by on the 21st between 2 and 3 and pick up your vouchers.

Applications for Planning and Zoning

There is an opening on the Planning and zoning Commission for a full seat.  The term runs until 11/18/2025.   If you are interested in this position please email a letter of interest to the Town Clerk at townclerk@voluntown.gov or you may deliver it in person.  Letters  of interest will be accepted until 07/12/2021.  Please call 860-376-4089 if you have any questions.

Wylie School House Renovations Committee

The Wylie School House Renovations Committee will be having a meeting on July 13th, 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Wylie School House.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting, July 8

The Library Board of Trustees will be discussing revisions to the Internet Use and Safety Policy which includes the addition of technology protection measure/filtering software in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) at the July 8th Library Board of Trustees Meeting.

Town Hall Offices Closed- July 5

All Town Hall offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, for the Fourth of July Holiday. Please plan accordingly.

July 6, Community Conversations- American Rescue Act Funds

To learn more about the American Rescue Plan Funds in the following federal Treasury documents:

Department of Treasury Interim Final Rule

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds FAQs

Compliance and Reporting Guidance, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Community Conversations Invite pdf version

 

Notice of Possible Increase in Assessments on Used Motor Vehicle Values

Board of Selectmen Set FY22 Mill Rate

The Board of Selectmen, at the June 8th BOS meeting, set the Mill Rate at 28.08. This is a DECREASE of 1.13 Mills.

The FY22 Town of Voluntown Revenue Budget can be viewed here.

Plainfield Recreation Summer Camps Open to Voluntown Residents

Plainfield Park and Recreation Department has announced that they have received a grant for their summer camp program that will include the cost of transportation for Voluntown residents to and from the camp location in Plainfield. This is great news for Voluntown residents! There will be two camps, one for grades K-5, and a teen camp for grades 6-8.

Information for each camp can be found by clicking here. 

Register online through Plainfield Parks and Recreation here

Below is the press release.

PRESS RELEASE: Plainfield Parks and Recreation Awarded $98,562 Summer Camp Grant

PLAINFIELD, Connecticut – The Plainfield Parks and Recreation Department
has announced that they have been awarded $98,562 through the State funded
Summer Enrichment Innovation Grant program. Mark Simmons, Director of
Plainfield Parks and Recreation said “We are extremely excited about this
opportunity. This amount of funding does not come around very often and we
intend on taking full advantage of this opportunity.”
During the application process the State of Connecticut emphasized the importance of collaborating with local
partners and regionalizing services to maximize and cut down on duplicate services. “Early on in the process we
reached out to our neighboring towns of Canterbury and Voluntown who traditionally do not have summer
camps due to limited resources. I proposed the idea of providing bussing from these rural towns to our summer
camps in Plainfield and back to these towns at the end of the day. Both First Selectman were 100% open to the
idea and excited about the opportunity.” Simmons said.
Simmons stated “When we started to draft our application our three focus points were to make our camps as
accessible, inclusive, and enriching as possible.” This grant funding will enable Plainfield Parks and Recreation
to provide additional transportation services to the Towns of Canterbury and Voluntown, more camp
scholarships, and will allow for additional staff to be hired, such as Inclusion Aids and Activity Specialists.
Multiple Inclusion Aids will be on staff to work with campers that need additional attention while Activity
Specialists; Art, Music/Drama, Sports, and STEM will lead age-appropriate activities throughout the camp day.
Simmons further explained, the Elementary Camp, grades K-5 will be grouped in cohorts of 20 campers, each
group will spend 45 minutes with each specialist three to four times a week working on fun and enriching
activities.
“It is very exciting to see our plans coming to fruition. Now that we can provide more camp scholarships, we
don’t want to turn anyone away. Anyone that approaches us about registering for summer camp, we will work
with them step by step to get them enrolled. After this very challenging school year we feel that kids deserve a
summer full of fun and we’re going to give them the best camp experience possible.” Simmons said.
Putting the plans and grant application together was a group effort with many supporters involved. Simmons
made a point to thank Plainfield Public Schools, Canterbury First Selectman, Christopher Lippke, Voluntown
First Selectman, Tracey Hanson, and Northeast Opportunities for Wellness (NOW) Executive Director, Tayler
Shea for their continuous support of this initiative.
Additional information and registration for the Plainfield Summer Camps can be found at
www.plainfieldct.myrec.c