Voluntown Plan of Conservation & Development 2020-2030

A message from the Voluntown Planning and Zoning Commission:

It is time to start working on the Voluntown Plan of Conservation and Development for 2020.   Click on the link below to see the topics and schedule.   2nd Wednesday of the month (bi-monthly)  from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Voluntown Town Hall.    1st scheduled time is June 13th and the next will be July 11th.   After July, the schedule will be bi-monthly.  September 12, November 14 and then beginning in January for 2019.

Voluntown POCD 2020-2030 Timeline

Finn Beach Parking Passes Available June 4

Finn Beach officially opens on June 15. Parking passes will be available in the Town Clerk’s Office stating on June 4. Passes will be needed to park in the lot starting on this day. There will be security at the lot, just like last year. Parking passes are the same price as last year. There will be no parking allowed on the side of the road.

Finn Beach is a public beach and open to anyone, regardless of whether or not they live in Voluntown.

To offset the cost of lot security the fees for parking passes are as follows:

Voluntown Residents: $20 for the season (includes 2 guest day passes)
Non-Residents: $40 for the season
Day passes: $10 per day.

PASSES MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE DURING REGULAR TOWN HALL HOURS. PASSES WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE BEACH. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE TOWN HALL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY FOR THE WEEKEND. FOR RESIDENT PASSES, PLEASE HAVE A PROOF OF RESIDENCE READY TO SHOW. 

For more information on Finn Beach and for the beach rules, visit: http://www.voluntown.gov/finn-beach/

 

Reminder: Time to License Dogs, Tags Available on June 4

This is a reminder that per CT State Statutes Section 22-338 and 22-339b,  all dogs over the age of 12 weeks must be vaccinated. Once vaccinated, dogs over the age of six months must be licensed with the town clerk’s office each year. Owners have the month of June to purchase licenses, which go into effect by July 1. There is a $1 late fee for all dogs licensed after June 30.

A dog owner can be fined $136 if a dog is not vaccinated, and $75 if a dog is not licensed.

Dog Licenses; Required for all dogs six months of age or over. Rabies certificate is required. License fees: $8.00 spayed/neutered dogs – $19.00 male or female dogs. For renewal, just need an updated rabies certificate. Proof of spay/neuter only needed for new license.

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

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.

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

 

 

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.