April 9, 2020 Community Update from First Selectman Lori Spielman
The Town of Ellington continues to run day-to-day operations; employees are available to conduct business by telephone or email. Phone numbers and email addresses can be found on each Department page on our website, www.ellington-ct.gov.
The Board of Selectmen meeting scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020, will be held as planned; this will be the first full-scale meeting held via Zoom, and the join information is listed on the meeting agenda and event calendar, posted on the website. Our Finance Department and First Selectman continue work on developing a lean budget that provides essential services but is mindful of the economic impacts of COVID-19. We look forward to providing more information in coming weeks.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7N prohibits gatherings of greater than 5 people. Please be mindful of this in our parks and trails. Our Trails Committee reminds you to please limit your hiking and walking groups to your immediate household, stay home if you are sick, and please follow all CDC hygiene and distancing guidelines. They also ask that you refrain from picking up litter that is not your own (though they appreciate the thought!) Committee members with proper equipment will handle cleanup when they can. Police will be giving a friendly reminder if they see congregations of more than 5 in these public spaces. School athletic facilities are currently closed to the public. If the Governor’s edict cannot be voluntarily respected, then the Town will have to close our parks and recreational areas. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Our Assessor wants to let everyone know that eQuality representatives are continuing their revaluation inspections of properties in Town; however, they are NOT inspecting the interior of any dwellings and will not ask to come in for any reason. They will only measure and list the exterior features of your home and any improvements to the property. Photos and identifying information of these individuals can be found on our website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Assessor at 860-870-3109 or the Resident State Troopers Office at 860-875-1522.
Our Town Clerk’s Office continues to process recordings being mailed in; sport licenses and Vital Records copies can be renewed and requested online. Land Record searches can also be done online.
The Senior Center has been running a multitude of online programs via Zoom and Facebook live. Unfortunately, our Senior Center Transportation Services have ceased operation at this time, for the safety of both our drivers and residents. However, the Hockanum Valley Community Council Dial-A-Ride program may be of assistance; please call 860-870-7940 for more information. CT 2-1-1 is also an excellent resource for various assistance programs.
The Department of Public Works is also continuing to provide essential services to the public; their current hours are Monday-Thursday, 6:30 am to 4:00 pm. The Hoffman Road Brush Drop-Off Area across from Franlee Drive is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; however, it will be closed this Saturday, April 11th due to it being a holiday weekend. The Drop-Off Recycling Center is also open Monday-Thursday from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm and the following Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00 pm: April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, and June 20. Acceptable items include batteries, antifreeze, computer components, small appliances and electronics, and textile items. Residents should not drop off any items outside of these hours, as this will be considered littering and they will be subject to a fine; there are cameras monitoring the drop-off shed. For additional information, please call the DPW at 860-870-3140.
The Building and Planning Departments continue to process permits online; however, inspections will be kept to a minimum and will mostly be done on the exterior of structures. Please visit https://www.ellington-ct.gov/ for more information; Building and Planning staff is available to assist the public via phone and email.
Land Use Commission meetings through April 26 have been canceled; effective April 27, these meetings will be conducted electronically, and details of how meetings may be accessed by the public will be shared as we approach the end of April.
To assist Ellington businesses in advertising alternative practices and special offerings resulting from Executive Orders associated with COVID-19, Temporary Sign Regulations limiting the number of signs per property and the number of days temporary signs may be posted per calendar year are suspended, retroactive to March 16, 2020. Please ensure temporary signs are securely affixed in place and located to enable safe visibility for all modes of transportation.
Currently, our Fire Marshal’s Office is only performing inspections that are required by statute.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Lamont has issued Executive Orders allowing legal notices, agendas, and various application materials to be advertised on the appropriate Town website; therefore, please note that there will not be any legal notices in the newspapers for the foreseeable future.
Our Human Services Department is available to discuss programs including their Food Pantry, Energy Assistance, and Unemployment Assistance; more information regarding their programs can be found at https://www.ellington-ct.gov, on their Facebook page, or call 860-870-3128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, for those with temporary food needs, remember that we have a Free Little Pantry located outside of 31 Arbor Way, open 24 hours a day.
Youth Services continues to offer virtual programming, including story hour, guided crafts and parent services. They’re also planning a Virtual Variety Show! Please check out their website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram pages, and feel free to call 860-870-3130 for more information.
Hall Memorial Library has staff onsite to assist our residents by phone (860-870-3160), or you can email email@example.com. All items that were due after March 15 have been automatically renewed until May 1; no fines will be charged for these materials. The book drop is open for returns; items returned in the drop will be quarantined for seven days before being checked in. There are myriad online resources available, including ebooks, eaudios, movies, music and comics. Please call for information regarding curbside service. Hall Memorial Library is also offering online story hours through their Facebook page, and there is a collection of free items located just outside of the building for residents to take advantage of.
The Tax & Revenue Collector’s Office wants to remind residents that payments can be made online, or you may write a check and mail it in to P.O. Box 158.
As always, we want to extend a special thank you to all of our first responders and State Troopers Office, who perform their roles diligently with dedication to this community during this pandemic. We appreciate your service and commitment to our residents.
I, along with my staff, am available to assist you and will continue to provide services. Please continue to check our website for updates. For alerts from the Town of Ellington, please go to https://www.ellington-ct.gov/List.aspx to sign up for Notify Me; you can add custom notifications for whichever topics you wish to stay informed on. We also provide up-to-date information on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. For more information, feel free to call my office at 860-870-3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.