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From the Town Manager's Office-Introducing Assistant Public Works Director Daniel Edwards


Dave Tuttle left big shoes to fill, and our answer is Daniel Edwards!

Daniel is a seasoned professional in solid waste collection and compliance.  He is well versed in federal, state and city ordinances, developing budgets, and has extensive experience in investigating residential concerns.  Daniel is a team player, and believes in motivational supervision, ensuring that not only do operations run smoothly, but that all players remain on the same page.
A UCONN graduate, Daniel comes to us from the City of Waterbury Department of Public Works where he operated as a foreman and supervisor.   Edwards has also served our country and is a US Army/National Guard Veteran. 

He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult children.  Please join us in welcoming Daniel Edwards to our team!



Department of Public Works Website
Town Manager's Office Website



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Enfield Police Department


The Enfield Police department believes that providing the highest quality of police services by promoting positive values within the community, providing a safer environment for the public, and encouraging civic responsibility is a group effort.  When looking at the bigger picture, the health of our community depends on developing a partnership with the communities to provide the highest quality of police services by promoting positive values within the community, providing a safer environment for the public, and encouraging civic responsibility.

Regional Narcotics Unit


The Enfield Police Department will soon be joined by other police departments to fight the battle on illegal narcotics, specifically the heroin trade.  Members of the Enfield Police Department, Suffield Police Department, Windsor Locks Police Department, and East Windsor Police Department have entered into an agreement to join forces to establish a regional narcotics unit. 

Over the last couple of years, each department has worked independently while investigating narcotic activity within their own town.  The Enfield Police Department alone conducted over fifty in-depth narcotic investigations.  These investigations led to approximately thirty-five drug dealers being arrested and prosecuted. 

During these investigations, it was apparent that these drug dealers crossed town lines consistently. The heroin problem is growing statewide and it is time to join forces with our neighboring police departments to stifle it.  

Our regional collaboration will increase the chances of success against the alarming increase of heroin abuse and fatalities.  The Enfield Police Department is taking this phenomenon very seriously, and along with the other regional departments is prioritizing the health, safety and future of our residents.

Enfield Police Department Website




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Calendar


February 2 - Groundhog Day

February 8 - Chinese New Year

February 10 - Ash Wednesday

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 15 - President's Day - TOWN HALL CLOSED

February 24 - Flag Day




Upcoming Town Meetings


Town Council Special Meeting
February 1, 5:30 PM  Enfield Room

Town Council - Regular Meeting
February 1, 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
February 2, 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Planning & Zoning Commission
February 4, 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Enfield Conservation Commission
February 9, 7:00 PM Enfield Room

Town Council Special Meeting
February 15, 5:30 PM  Enfield Room

Town Council Regular Meeting
February 15, 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
February 16, 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Planning & Zoning Commission
February 18, 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Zoning Board of Appeal
February 29, 7:00 PM Council Chambers




Current Job Openings


Paramedic

Application Requirements
 
1. Town of Enfield Paramedic Application.

2. Certified copy of current driving record from the DMV

3. Copies of all certificates you hold (both front and back).

4. Completed Medical Approval form for the Physical Ability Assessment. 

5. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of testing.

If you fail to appear for any part of the examination process, or if you do not pass any part of the examination, your name will be removed from any further consideration.
 
Two (2) years work experience preferred (or four (4) years volunteer experience) as a Paramedic (for employment consideration)

High school graduation or possession of GED AND
Current license as a State of Connecticut Paramedic AND
Currently authorized to practice as a paramedic through a Connecticut sponsor hospital AND
Current certification in American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (AHA and ACLS) AND
Current certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) AND
Possession and maintenance of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and an acceptable driving record.

All licenses and certifications must be valid at time of application, hiring and throughout employment. Maintenance of these valid licenses is a condition of employment.

At the time of appointment and during employment, Paramedics must meet the medical and physical standards established by the EMS Director. Incumbent Paramedics must continue to meet or exceed all requirements for maintenance of State of Connecticut Paramedic license during employment with the Town cont...


For all job opportunities with the Town of Enfield, click here.

Human Resources 
Website


RFP's


For all bids and requests for proposal, click here.

Finance Department




Enfield Adopts Online Building Permit Applications


The New Year brought a new way of applying for building permits in the Town of Enfield.  Online permit applications are now the way to go at the Enfield Division of Building Inspection.  The computer link is available on the town web page, so applications may be made from home or office.  There are also computer kiosks on the Division of Building Inspection customer counter.  The Division stopped accepting paper permit applications at the beginning of January.

“By using the online permitting system, customers can speed up permit issuance,” said Chief Building Official Jim Taylor.  “Building, plumbing, electrical, and other permit applications are all available on the program,” he said.

The ViewPermit system calculates and collects permit fees using credit cards or PayPal accounts.  “Checks may be mailed in lieu of using a credit card, but it will slow the processing of the application,” Taylor said.  There is also a section in the program that allows applicants to attach supporting documents like plans, specifications, cut sheets, or insurance certificates.

There are 18 Connecticut cities and towns on the Capitol Region Council of Governments ViewPermit system with two more coming soon.  “When your permitting account is established with any one town in the program, your user name and password will work with all the towns in the program,” said Taylor.  “This is a great benefit to contractors and others working in multiple communities.”


Building Inspection Division Website



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Information Technology News


IT and the Enfield Public Schools offers a Home Access Center where parents can keep in constant contact with the progress their children are making in class. 

Home Access Center is available for grades three to twelve. It provides parents and guardians with the online ability to view student information to support and guide your child through the educational process.
From home or work, at any time of the day or night, parents can access this Web portal to track academic achievement through their child's schedules, attendance records, class-work, interim reports, and report cards.  In addition, you can e-mail teachers directly through the links found on many of the pages.  Contact your school today for more information!

 

Online Town Maps



Town Maps are made available through our online Geographical Information System (GIS).  You can find street maps, parcel maps, flood plan maps, zoning maps and more. Click here for more information.
 

Guest Wireless


Be sure to use our guest wireless services whenever you're in a town building!!  IT has made them highly available, easy to use and secure!  

Information Technology Department Website




DPW **REMINDER 


**REMINDER

Trash will be delayed one day during the week of February 15 due to the President's Day Holiday.


Resource and Refuse Management Website



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New Vital Records System Notice from the Town Clerk's Office

 
The State of Connecticut has launched a new vital record system (ConnVRS).  All 2016 Connecticut births will be entered into ConnVRS and those birth records will be available to qualified applicants with proper identification at any Connecticut town clerk office.  As pre-2016 birth records are migrated into this new system older birth records will be available as well.
 
Previously birth records were only available in the Connecticut town of birth and the Connecticut town of the mother’s residence.  This update will be helpful to all Connecticut residents.
 
For more information, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at townclerk@enfield.org
or (860) 253-6438




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Central Library Upcoming Events:



WWE's Bob Backlund


All-American Boy with former WWE Champion Bob Backlund on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 pm at the Enfield Public Library.
 
Robert Lee "Bob" Backlund is the former two-time World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion, with an in-ring career that has spanned nearly 40 years. He has wrestled nearly every big name in the sport, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and Andre the Giant. Backlund continues to make occasional appearances for the WWE, teaching amateur wrestling to children and traveling the country as a much-loved motivational speaker. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013.  He will be bringing copies of his book Backlund: From All-American Boy to Professional Wrestling's World Champion to sell and to sign.  


Artwork Exhibit



Attention Local Artists!  The Enfield Public Library invites you to exhibit your original artwork in our Community Room. 
What we provide: One-two months use of our space and a press release based on your curriculum vitae.
What you provide: Your artwork and a price sheet with your contact information if you choose. 
To schedule an exhibit, please call (860)763-7005 or e-mail 
kwerth@enfield.org  

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An Evening with Abigail Adams presented by Carol Bielefeld


An Evening with Abigail Adams presented by Carol Bielefeld on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
 
The time is 1801. John Adams has just lost the election for a second term in office. He and Abigail have returned home to their farm in Quincy, Massachusetts. Friends and neighbors have come to pay their respects and to hear a little about her early life and her experiences as the wife of the second President of the United States.  Join Carol Bielefeld as she presents a lively portrait of one of the most fascinating and remarkable women in our nation’s history. 
 
Abigail Adams was “Miss Adorable” to her husband, John, the second president of the United States.  He was away much of their married life as Abigail managed the farm, raised their four children, supervised their education, ran a business, bought land, and invested the family’s money.
 
In the midst of this, she wrote more than 1600 letters that describe her life and times in a newsy often tender and emotional way.  Her famous “Remember the Ladies” directive to her husband highlights her early push for equal rights under the law. 



Public Library Website



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Neigborhood Services Homeowner's Tax Relief Program



“Beginning on February 1st, Neighborhood Services will begin taking applications for the Homeowner’s Tax Relief Program. State law provides a property tax credit program for Connecticut homeowners who are 65 and over or totally disabled, and whose annual incomes do not exceed certain limits. The amount of the credit that may be granted is up to $1,250 for married couples and $1,000 for single persons. Credit amounts are based on a graduated income scale. Applications are taken at Neighborhood Services between February 1st and May 15th.  Please call Neighborhood Services for more information at 860-253-6396.”

Neighborhood Services Division Website



Welcome the Enfield Youth Services' New Counselors!


Karen Ravenelle-Bloom, M.ed., CPS Youth Counselor


Karen comes to Enfield from Windham Youth Services.  She brings a strong background in positive youth development programming. She is trained in Strengthening Families, Girls Circle, and All Stars. Some of her many passions include theatre, art, yoga, self-esteem, communication, and team-building activities.  Youth Services is delighted to have her developing new programs for youth and parents.    
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Joanna Fornwalt, MSW, LCSW                          Tramaine Frank, MSW


Joanna comes to us from clinical outpatient services and Tramaine comes from psychiatric crisis services.  Youth Services is pleased to provide services to youth and families residing in Enfield.  Services include case management, clinical diagnostic assessment, and screenings for substance abuse, depression, suicide, and trauma, individual and family counseling, case consultation, and home visits.  Youth Services has many joint programs with the Enfield Public Schools and Enfield Police Departments including the Early Intervention Team, Cooperative Educational Program, Crisis Response Team, Suicide Prevention and Substance Abuse Prevention and Juvenile Review Board.    

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Colleen Sullivan, MSW, Prevention Coordinator

Colleen Sullivan will assist with the newly developed Opioid Task Force to address the rise of heroin and prescription drug abuse and deaths as well as coordinate with the Enfield Together Coalition which is committed to reduce youth substance use and develop strategies and objectives to ensure collaboration, coordination, and community-based networking occurs to implement activities to reduce and prevent youth substance use.


Youth Services Division Website 


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Recreation
 

Tons-O-Fun Summer Camp information will be online on the Recreation Homepage, www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation in mid-February.  Camp is a great opportunity to meet new friends, develop respect, build self-esteem, and participate in activities in a safe, friendly & fun atmosphere.  Your kids will always have something to do!  Activities include: field trips, special events, free swim time, sports and group games, theme weeks, arts & crafts, free play and more!  Don’t miss out on all the fun!  Camp is for children entering grades 1 - 10 in September 2016.  Proof of completing Kindergarten is required upon registration.  Participants will register for one of two age groups, entering grades 1-4 or grades 5-10.  Camp activities and field trips will be different for each group allowing for more age appropriate likes and interests.
 
Spring 2016
program information will be online on the Recreation Homepage, www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation beginning on Friday, March 4, 2016.  Registration for Enfield Residents begins on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM.  Non-resident may begin registering on Friday, March 18th at 9:00 AM. A variety of programs for toddlers, youth and adults will be offered.


 

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Enfield Child Development Center's Cox Charities Community Heroes


Each year, three employee volunteers from each of our markets are chosen as Cox Charities Community Heroes.  Hats off to this year’s honorees:  Peter Lamberton from HR; Marc Warnock from Public Access in Connecticut; and Darryl Eppinger from Field Services in Cleveland. 
 
Peter was recognized as our Rhode Island Community Hero for his work with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter.  Whether counting money at a walk site, driving a truck to stock water at BikeMS rest stops, walking 50 kilometers in two days, or participating in a board meeting, Peter has been an integral part of this organization for more than 20 years.
   
Marc,  a community access coordinator in Connecticut, was chosen for his volunteer commitment with the Town of Enfield Child Development Center.  For more than five years, Marc has given his time to film, edit, and make copies of the day care’s annual talent show as well as producing videos for teachers to use for other educational projects in their classrooms.  Thanks to Marc, the day care has the opportunity to raise additional funds from talent show video sales. Those proceeds make educational opportunities available to children using the social service agency in Enfield.   
 
Darryl, a Cleveland-based Universal Home technician, was selected for his involvement with the Artistic By Design Center. As a volunteer, Darryl has been instrumental in introducing the arts to children, specifically by creating a photography workshop and exhibit where teens can learn about photography and lighting. Darryl's involvement shows children how hard work and dedication makes for a trusted individual.
 
Congratulations, and good luck with your volunteer efforts. All three organizations will receive a $3,000 grant in support of our employees’ invaluable commitment to the community.


Enfield Child Daycare Center Website


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Department of Development Services


Peter Bryanton, Acting Assistant Town Manager, Development Services guest speaks at Asnuntuck Community College’s Regional Economic Summit.

 
 
Peter Bryanton, Acting Assistant Town Manager, Development Services for the Town of Enfield was pleased to be asked to speak at Asnuntuck Community College’s Regional Economic Summit on Thursday, January 14, 2016.  Peter explored the Town of Enfield’s economic growth strategy within the Asnuntuck Community College partnership.
 
The Economic Development Strategy is to retain, grow and attract businesses all while maintaining the character of the community.  We continue to foster an environment for growth and opportunity by providing ways to unite our growing businesses. 
The economic development strategy has 5 pillars:

  • Riverfront Recapture
  • Village Center Re-invigoration in Thompsonville
  • Neighborhood Enhancement around Enfield (Hazardville, Scitico, etc.)
  • Traditional Business Retention, Expansion & Recruitment
  • Industry Growth…by Leading the Way

Economic development is more than jobs; it is about being innovative and creating opportunities.  The competitive advantages we have include:
  • Highway Access
  • Being located in the heart of the knowledge corridor – today’s ACC Regional Economic Summit is a perfect example of that.   Specifically, the recent study by ‘Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) just released that ACC generates over $207.5 million dollars in increased economic activity in the local area and provides a strong return on investment for taxpayers and the community as a whole’
  • Next, is a strong commercial tax base and mix: Our business community is a strong mix of Industrial, retail, professional services, farms, R&D, manufacturing, office, and distribution.  This means we’re not relying on any one industry for success
  • Our natural resources like the Connecticut river
  • High quality of life
  • We have tax abatements for business expansion and job creation
The Town of Enfield is committed to continuing to provide new ways to strengthen and enhance its partnerships.  Enfield continues to show investors and developers the real potential the Town of Enfield and this region of CT has; there is room to grow and open a business right here-i.e.:
  • Cirtec Medical Devices is relocating to Enfield
  • Advance Auto’s expansion
  • Construction is finalized and the grand opening is underway for the new Goodwill building
  • Denny's completed construction
  • Starbucks opened a new location alongside of the new Vitamin store right on Elm Street
  • New businesses have opened like Asian Grill and OMI, an oriental grocery market
  • Mayfield completed one of the 10-unit apartment building with 4 more currently under construction
 
Our 3 pillars about our Transit-Oriented Development Plan and Economic Re-invigoration efforts:
  • physical infrastructure
  • social engagement
  • economic investment
 
A targeted economic reinvestment and re-invigoration effort in Thompsonville is underway to re-energize the residents, provide a hub for the future Transit Center, offer private investment dollars and find new mixed-uses for downtown buildings.  For example, this includes parking, street signage, sidewalks, biking, open spaces, community events like the Community & Farmers Market and Garden Bed Community, neighborhood retail and services to spruce up and create a sense of place for this downtown gem and to create economic vitality and vibrancy.
 
The Town of Enfield's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan and Economic Development Strategy seeks to create a “sense of place” in Downtown Thompsonville.  It is about making it a destination and transit hub and enhances the existing village and downtown characters.  The Town of Enfield's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan and Economic Development Strategy has ten essential components to achieve its vision. These components include short-term actions and larger projects, and involve all stakeholders.
 
The first component is about getting our regional Economy Back on Track with Dual Rails
  • Transit Center – Expanding dual rail travel will not only protect jobs in the region but will build on the strength of the Hartford-Springfield interstate region which is an integrated economic area that straddles the MA-CT border.
  • Magic Carpet – connector to transit center, buses
 
The second component is about Fueling the Small Business Engine
  • Thompsonville area into a safe, fun, walk-able, attractive village.
  • People to live there, visit there and commute to and from there
  • A viable investment for small business development
  • Mixed-use development for business and residential
 
Enfield's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is being created to invigorate and transform the Thompsonville area into a safe, fun, walk-able, attractive village within Enfield.  People want to live in authentic, compact places where one can walk to shops and services and connect to transportation. Thompsonville arguably has the most opportunity in increasing value for Enfield.
 
The third component is Bringing the Downtown Feeling Back to Life
  • Future hub and Transit Center-a signature landmark
  • Converting former brownfield into a destination
  • Opening up the riverfront for public access
 
The future hub and Transit Center helps preserve a signature landmark that had been lost, but now we are celebrating its rebirth, purchase and future dual rail transit center.   
 
The fourth component is Investing in the Future is About Helping Local Businesses
  • Thompsonville a viable investment
  • Approximately 1,400 lots with an opportunity of 30% increase in value based on its TOD status
  • Expanding mix-use development in the village
 
Downtown development is about the best use of all of our buildings in Thompsonville.  
 
The fifth component is Mixed-Use Design
  • Perfect location
  • Existing Infrastructure
  • Parking lots
  • Livable and walk-able community
 
Thompsonville's mixed-use buildings are in a perfect location within Enfield to fuel the small business engine.
 
The sixth component is Collaborative Reinvestment
  • Residents to live, work and play in the same neighborhood
  • Increase in value by residents, working with existing institutions like fire, social services and Lamagna Center…churches, neighborhood groups and shop owners
 
Mixed-use development also achieves the ability for residents to live, work and play in the same neighborhood.  Value is increased by residents and tourists shopping, working, playing and commuting.  Opportunities should exist for those who work here to live in high-quality housing options.
 
The seventh component is Access and Wayfinding
  • attractive, readable and informative signage, parking at an angle in front of shops or in municipal lots that are clearly marked and affordable - offering safe, lit parking
  • Attractive street furniture, lighting, guardrails and even trash cans all invite people to sit and visit…thanks to Asnuntuck’s partnership
 
The greenery, trees, shrubs, flowers and granite markers that come from the steps of the old Higgins School to preserve history will be made into granite signs by Asnuntuck welding and manufacturing students.

The eight component is Creating a Sense of Place
  • Connecting with the outdoors i.e., eagles along the riverfront
  • Hiker and bike trail
  • Community and Farmers Market
  • Community Garden
  • Freshwater Pond
 
Enfield's most natural asset is the Connecticut River and Boat Launch.  Walking, biking, driving and riding in a safe and attractive Downtown setting with restaurants, Magic Carpet, connected shops and second floor housing within easy walking distance…all celebrate our heritage and family-owned and operated businesses.  This all creates a “Sense of Place” which is what this project is and has been all about.  This makes for a desirable place for residents, businesses and investors.
 
The ninth component is Job Opportunities for Smart Growth and Investment
  • Zoning Changes
  • Incentives
  • Investments
 
The Thompsonville reinvestment and re-invigoration will provide new jobs and opportunities for smart growth and investment.
 
The last component is about Protecting and Expanding the Workforce.
  • Attracting with incentives
  • Workforce development
  • Technology/entrepreneurialism

 
Enfield is the home of world-renowned brands such as LEGO® Systems, Inc., Mass Mutual, and Retail Brand Alliance to name a few.  Protecting jobs and growing workforce, offering additional transportation options, mixed-use historic space and quality of life with a sense of place not only honors our history, but it expands our workforce, transport, economy and offers a place for all of us to enjoy and gather.   
 
The Town is currently working on new legislation with the State to incorporate a Municipal Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Tax Increment Financing which is a flexible finance tool we can use to obtain and leverage new property tax generation through specific project or projects within Enfield. 
 
It takes all of us to make Economic Development successful on the local level.  We want our children to grow up here, go to college here, and stay here.  We already have many young people leaving Connecticut.  We need to continue to leverage technology like fiber optics to expand, which is a current Town initiative that I’m involved in.  We also need to continue to think entrepreneurial so we continue to lead the way for our residents and businesses.  We provide technology, innovation, a sense of place, and a high quality of life for people and businesses so they may grow and expand right here in the town.  Peter Bryanton's role has been to help support all these initiatives, connect industry leaders, grow local business and provide a landscape for economic success in the town.  Asnuntuck has been an important part of this journey. 
 
Development Services Website



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Enfield Senior Center Happenings


Senior Center Employment Expo

 
The Enfield Senior Center will host a 50+ Employment  Expo on Saturday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. If you are looking for full or part time work, bring your resume and talk with people who are looking for mature employees. Call the Enfield Senior Center or visit our website for more information.
 

Valentine's Day Tribute to the Platters


Tickets are on sale in the Senior Center office for the Tribute to the Platters Valentine Event on Friday, February 12 at 6 p.m. Tony Funches and band perform all of the Platters hits. Dessert is served at the break. $7 per person.
 
Visit the Senior Center website to look at the February newsletter for all of the services, screenings, and upcoming activities.


Senior Center Website



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