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Enfield's Boards and Commissions


The Town of Enfield values citizen participation in the decision making of town policies.  Volunteering for a board or commission will makes residents a part of the decision making process by being able to advise the Town Council on major issues affecting the Town.
 
By working together with members of the Town Council, the Board of Education, and many experts in their field, our featured boards and commissions can put together a snapshot of what the community really wants or needs, influencing policy and procedure.  Town officials need to hear your voice in order to make the decisions that are important to you.  The residents of the Town of Enfield are a tight knit community that wants to evolve and thrive, and getting involved is one of the best ways to be proactive in this process.

Keep your eye out for vacancies in the following boards and commissions by checking here periodically.  There is also a general listing here for a quick review.  



Area 25 Cable TV Advisory Committee
This Committee is charged with the responsibility of fully investigating cable television, advising the Council on a periodic basis as to the Connecticut public utilities regulatory authority's actions regarding Enfield cable service, and accumulating resource information that would be necessary for the community to make appropriate decisions.

Board of Assessment Appeals
The Board of Assessment Appeals is a 3-member board established in accordance with the Enfield Town Charter.

Building Code Board of Appeals
A board of appeals shall be appointed by each municipality.

Clean Energy Committee
The committee is appointed by the Town Council to educate and inspire the community about clean energy and energy efficiency.

Commission on Aging
The Commission on Aging was established to study the needs of and coordinate the programs for the aging.

Conservation Commission
The Conservation Commission is responsible for the development and conservation of natural resources, including water resources.

Culture and Arts Commission
The purpose of this commission is to encourage participation in and promotion, development and acceptance of artistic and cultural activities.

Economic Development Commission
The purpose of the Economic Development Commission shall be for the promotion and development of the economic resources of the Town of Enfield.

Enfield Beautification Committee
The Enfield Beautification Committee is responsible for advising the Town Council and any other board, agency, or commission desiring their assistance in planning for the orderly growth and beautification of the community.

Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee
The Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee was established by the Town Council as the Thompsonville Revitalization Strategy Committee to develop a strategy to create a sense of identity of place for Thompsonville.

Ethics Commission
The Ethics Commission is empowered to investigate allegations of unethical conduct, corrupting influence, illegal activities, or other behavior levied against any municipal official, officer or employee which would reflect adversely against the Town of Enfield.

Fair Rent Commission
The Fair Rent Commission receives and hears complaints and conducts studies in order to control and eliminate excessive rental charges.

Historic District Commission
The Historic District Commission shall not consider interior arrangement or use and shall take no action except for the purpose of preventing the erection, reconstruction, restoration, alteration or razing of buildings in the historic district obviously incongruous with the historic aspects of the district.

Housing Code Appeals Board
The purpose of this board is to hear the appeal of a property owner who has been issued a notice by the Housing Enforcement Officer that the property in question is unfit for habitation and is therefore condemned, or that the property does not comply with the minimum standards of requirements to which all housing must comply.

Human Services Advisory Commission
The purpose of the Human Services Advisory Commission is to review and monitor non-profit human service agencies and programs which are supported financially by the town, or provided directly by the town and advise the council of strategies for improved service.

Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency
The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency is responsible for regulating and permitting any proposed clearing, filling, excavation, paving, grading and discharge of storm water in and within 100 feet of any wetlands and/or watercourses.

John F. Kennedy School Pre-Referendum Committee
This committee is in existence due to the needed improvements to John F. Kennedy Middle School. Such improvements will require a referendum and before it can be placed on the ballot, a number of important actions must be completed.

Joint Facilities Committee
This committee will review Town and Board of Education facility needs in order to prioritize facility improvement projects and develop a schedule and funding plan for implementation.

Library Board of Trustees
This board is empowered to receive legacies and gifts on behalf of the Library Endowment Funds and shall administer said endowment funds and grants that may be made to the libraries by the State of Connecticut.

Loan Review Committee
The committee was established to review and approve all loan applications, review and approve all deferred payment loan applications, review and approve all combination loans and deferred payment loan applications, review and approve all forgiveness loans and recommend from time to time changes in the policies and guidelines of the Residential Rehabilitation Program.

North Central District Health Department
Seven municipalities make up the North Central District Health Department and meet the second Wednesday of every month. The term is three (3) years.

Planning & Zoning Commission
The Planning and Zoning Commission was established in accordance with Chapter V, Section 2 of the Town Charter.

Prison / Town Liaison Committee
The purpose of the committee is to open the lines of communication and the exchange of information between residents of Enfield, Town Officials and Prison Officials regarding the operations of the prisons and the concerns of Enfield.

Zoning Board of Appeals
The responsibility of the board is to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement or decision made by the official charged with the enforcement of chapter 124 or any bylaw, ordinance or regulation adopted under the provisions of this chapter and to hear and decide all matters including special exceptions and special exemptions under section 8-2g upon which it is required to pass by the specific terms of the zoning bylaws, ordinance or regulations in harmony with their general purpose and intent and with the due consideration for conserving the public health, safety, convenience, welfare and property values solely with respect to a particular parcel of land.

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health:  
Be Safe in the Heat


High temperatures can be dangerous for your health, especially for the elderly, young children and people who work outside.
 
To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:


Drink Plenty of Fluids
During hot weather you will need to drink more fluids, even if you're not very active. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. During heavy exercise in the heat, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.

Warning: If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol, or a lot of sugar—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Replace Salt and Minerals
Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. However, if you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports drink or taking salt tablets.

Wear The Right Clothing and Sunscreen
Wear as little clothing as you can when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) along with sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection" on their labels) 30 minutes before going out. Reapply it according to the package directions.

Go Outside When It's Coolest
If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to cool off.

Pace Yourself
If you are not used to working or exercising in the heat, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or at least into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint
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Stay Cool Indoors
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Use your stove and oven less to keep a cooler temperature in your home.

Use a Buddy System
When working in the heat, watch the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day.

Monitor Those at High Risk
Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others.

  • Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.

  • People 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.

  • People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.

  • People who overexert during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.

  • People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.
Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

Adjust to the Environment
Be aware that any sudden change in temperature, such as an early summer heat wave, will be stressful to your body. You will have a greater tolerance for heat if you limit your physical activity until you become accustomed to the heat. If you travel to a hotter climate, allow several days to become acclimated before attempting any vigorous exercise, and work up to it gradually.

Do Not Leave Children in Cars
Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
  • When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
Use Common Sense
Remember to keep cool and use common sense:
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.
  • Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella.
  • Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches.
  • Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Town Manager's Office

Upcoming Town Meetings


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

Town Council - Regular Meeting
August 1, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 4, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Enfield High School Building Committee
August 4, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

COA Meeting - Call 253-6395 for location
August 10, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 11, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Enfield High School Building Committee
August 11, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 18, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Enfield High School Building Committee
August 18, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Ethics Commission
August 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Enfield Room

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 25, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Enfield High School Building Committee
August 25, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

Current Jobs


LIBRARY:  HEAD OF REFERENCE SERVICES

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Responsible for providing outstanding customer service; identifying and interpreting user needs; providing reference, readers' advisory, computer, database and referral services to Library patrons directly, through e-mail and by telephone; and assisting patrons in material selection.  Supervise and schedule part-time Professional Reference Librarians.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general direction of the Assistant Library Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directly supervises the Reference Assistants, Reference Pages and, as assigned, other library staff. Directly supervises part-time Professional Reference Librarians.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Regular & punctual attendance; provides reference, readers' advisory, and referral services to patrons, in person, through e-mail and by telephone; provides tech/reference support to staff; provides research assistance to library patrons; plans and prepares bibliographies; performs routines and procedures related to manual and automated inter-library loans and other referral services; maintains familiarity with the collection, purchases materials, using standard library selection tools; supervises Reference staff and other personnel as assigned in the absence of the Library Director and Assistant Library Director.

Assists in planning and implementing programs and public relations activities; facilitates book discussions; explains library functions, services and resources to the public; operates and maintains library equipment; collects data for statistical analysis and reports; prepares reports for submission to the Library Director; keeps informed of current events and of developments in the library field; maintains current knowledge of library technology; takes advantage of state and regional opportunities for continuing education to keep knowledge of library practices and procedures current; performs related work as required.  Teaches technology and database classes.  Manages reference budget.

To read more about this position, click here.

To learn about all job opportunities for the Town of Enfield, click here.

Human Resources


RFP's


For all Bids and Requests for Proposal, click here.

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DPW August Event

August 20, 2016
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Stanley Jablonski Public Works Complex
40 Moody Road 860-763-7527

Waste Oil and Automotive Battery Recycling free to Enfield Residents. Please ensure your oil is free of contaminants and avoid using bleach or other pool chemical bottles for storing and transporting your waste oil.

Free to Enfield Residents!

Department of Public Works


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Volunteers Needed for Dial-A-Ride and Meals-On-Wheels!


Are you looking for a way to keep busy and serve your neighbors and community? Enfield Social Services is looking to increase the number of Dial-A-Ride and Meals-On-Wheels drivers. If you are willing to lend your time and compassion to help others, we can work around your availability. To learn more about how you can support Dial-A-Ride, please call 860-272-3545. If you are interested in serving Meals-On-Wheels, call 860-763-0400.

Enfield Transit


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Summer Carnival 


Thursday, August 4, 2016
 
Grab your family and friends for an evening of summer amusement!  The summer carnival is a fun filled tradition, looked forward to by Enfield residents.  There will be games, inflatables, face painting, prizes and more!  A great event for children of all ages, the carnival is held at the Fermi High School tennis courts from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Please note: No pets allowed.  Rain site: Fermi High School Gym.

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END OF SUMMER BASH


Thursday, August  11th, 12 - 3 PM
Join the Enfield Police Department, Local 798 Police Union and the Enfield Recreation Department as we celebrate the final days of summer. Don’t miss our last big event of the summer season!  Activities include...
 
· Open Swim                                  
· 30 foot Inflatable Slip and Slide
· Music with DJ Tim
· Dunk Tank
· Crash Simulator
· Youth Center Open House
· Free Cotton Candy & Popcorn (while supplies last)
 
All regular pool rules apply.  Youth 10 years and younger must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age or older. Anyone going in the pool must be swim tested before being allowed to swim.  The pool will open at 12:00 PM.  All regular pool rules apply.

Recreation Division


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Friends of the Police Department


The Police Department has partnered with a new community action group called the Friends of the Enfield Police Department. The group was formed by residents who were looking for a way to support the police officers in Enfield. Members met with Chief Sferrazza recently to discuss how best to accomplish the groups mission. There are currently over 600 “likes” on the groups Facebook page.

Police Department


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News From The Library


The Enfield Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Hoopla Digital on Monday, July 25th.  Enfield Public Library card holders will be able download the free Hoopla Digital App to their Android or IOS device, or use their computer, to access thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, music albums and streaming movies and TV shows.
Hoopla content can be checked out by multiple library patrons at one time, so there are no long hold queues.  Patrons can borrow up to 5 items each month.   
Stop in the library or call the Reference Desk (860-763-7511) for more information.

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Friday August 26 at 7:00 pm The Shaker Legacy with Darryl Thompson at the Enfield Public Library

 
In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women’s rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

Daryl Thompson has an M.A., American History, University of New Hampshire and was tour guide at Canterbury Shaker Village for over 30 years. Thompson studied historic plant varieties that were developed by Shakers in various villages throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. His father, Charles Thompson, co-founded Canterbury Shaker Village Museum with three Shaker sisters. Darryl lived among the Shakers for many years and served as a consultant to Ken Burns in his documentary film The Shakers: Hands to Work. Hearts to God.


Also, join the Enfield Public Library on Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00 pm for Hip-Hop Hamilton and the Rest of America's Founding Fathers.  University of New Haven Professor and author Stephen Spignesi as he presents a fascinating new program about the men who created America.  He will have books available for sale and signing.  All programs are free and everyone is welcome.

Enfield Library



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Safety Tips From Your Building Inspector

The Sound of Safety


What is the most important thing to remember when installing a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm?

Location, Location, Location!

Smoke Alarm Safety:


  • Install at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of each sleeping room area and on each level of a multi-level building.
  • Test each smoke alarm regularly.
  • Keep batteries fresh by replacing them annually.
Smoke alarms can't help you unless they are functional and you can hear them.  Building safety codes require smoke alarms.  Contact your local building safety department for more information.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Safety:

  • Install a CO alarm in the hallway outside of each sleeping room area.
  • Test each CO alarm regularly in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Permanently wired or plug-in CO alarms should have a battery backup.  Keep batteries fresh by replacing them annually
CO alarms can't help you unless they are functional and you can her them.  Building safety codes require CO alarms in all dwelling units that contain a fuel-fired appliance and dwelling units that have an attached garage.  Contact your local building safety department for more information.


Building Inspection


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Information Technology's
Summer Projects


IT has a very large list of summer projects this year!!  We are moving the equipment in the Memorial Pre-K classes to Stowe.  We have ordered brand new equipment for the Enfield High School World Language Lab, CAD labs and Graphic Arts Labs.  This equipment will need to be reimaged and switches and ports need to be configured.  Our summer project list also includes reimaging and upgrading approximately five labs, the Enfield High School Career Center, library and administration.  We will be upgrading our phone system and phone carrier (more on that in future NewsFlashes).  We will be very busy ensuring that our staff and student technology needs will be met!
 
Staff changes are a very large summer project for IT.  We are getting ready for the upcoming changes in Enfield Public Schools staff that normally occurs over the summer.  This year will involve an exceptionally large amount of staff changes due to the Enfield High Renovation Project.  We have approximately 50 terminations, 25 new staff members and 110 location changes, so far.  These moves include teachers and administrators that are moving from Fermi to EHS, as well as other movement throughout the district.  The average time to create, terminate or update staff accounts is approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours per change.  We are working on process improvements to decrease this time-consuming and high priority task. 

Information Technology


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Babysitting Course Available Soon!


August 16, 2016


2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym
19 North Main Street 860-253-6420

$46 resident/%57.50 non-resident
(Pre- Registration is required, Limit 14.)


Advanced Babysitter Safety 102 Course (Ages 13-16)

This course is for teens with a sincere interest in advanced concepts and skills of First Aid including CPR certification. Prerequisite is Babysitter Safety 101 within the past 360 days. Building on the entry level skills and objectives for this scenario based, expanded course includes additional First Aid concepts, Adult/Child and Infant CPR. Requires written and skills testing to be awarded an American Heart Association 2 year certification. Includes CD-book, handouts, and Rescue Shield breathing barrier device. 

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Enfield’s 3rd Community & Farmers Market A Success!


Peter Bryanton, Director of Community Development, is pleased that opening day of Enfield’s 3rd Community & Farmers Market was a success. There were over 40 market vendors on display, covering both sides of the street, which included returning Rick Ouellette of Shaker Farm Market and Vinnie's Little Acre along with lots of new farmers.

Market crafters and artisans change as the season progresses; along with adding additional farmers as crops come in season like peaches and apples. Popular market food vendors continue to be hot pepper Go Sauce and Silvia's Restaurant where Silvia made her famous homemade breads. There were crafters like candle makers, lip balm, and soap makers, jewelry artisans like bracelets and key chains made out of guitar wire, rustic artwork, mason jar crafts, handmade hair decorative items, crochet items, table runners, and artist paintings on canvas and ceramic tiles. Additional crafters and artisans are handmade linen and cotton dresses, blessing jewelry and more. In addition, there were community service organizations providing education such as Enfield’s Public Library, Social Services, Aglow and others like the Enfield High School Cheerleaders who perform each week.

“The goal of the Enfield Community & Farmers Market is to provide a variety of handcrafted and locally grown, harvested, and produced products. We want to connect area residents to enjoy local crafts, foodie specialties and produce to foster community while creating healthier eating habits to enhance the quality of life in Enfield and throughout area communities who visit us. Come each week to find different vendors,” states Bryanton.

The Town of Enfield, Development Services is hosting Enfield’s 3rd Community and Farmers Market each Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. until Wednesday, October 12, 2016, which will also be Enfield’s 3rd Fall-O-Ween Festival event. Each week vendors set up in Downtown Thompsonville next to Freshwater Pond, right down the road from the Town Hall. There is plenty of free and ample parking available in the area.

“Continued thanks goes to Bruce Yelle from Falcetti Music so we may enjoy weekly live band performances. Also, during opening day visitors enjoyed the special appearance of popular local celebrity, ‘Faith the Goat,’ whose presence each week is fun for the kids and adults thanks to Shaker Farm Market, Farmer Rick,” states Bryanton. “We also thank the Enfield Police explorers who helps out each week,” states Bryanton.
Many of the farmers accepted SNAP food vouchers like Shaker Farm Market, Vinnie’s Little Acre and more.

Each week there is fun activities for the kids. There is a weekly chalk art walk and coloring activities on picnic tables for the kids.

“We continue to look to grow our community and farmers market and welcome vendors to come and join us. There is still no fee associated with setting up each week. The community and farmers market provides a wonderful sense of community and camaraderie for market goers and vendors,” states Bryanton. To sign up is easy and free, go to www.thinkenfield.com and click on Enfield’s Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at developmentservices@enfield.org or 860.253.6385.
Below are pictures from Opening Day of Enfield’s 3rd Community & Farmers Market.

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Senior Center Happenings


See a movie for free during the summer. Starting Thursday, July 14 a matinee movie will be shown at 1 p.m. We begin this series with the movie “Brooklyn.” We have also added a Summer Senior Boot Camp for people who may want to add something different to their exercise routine.
 
Many seminars are scheduled this summer to help you learn more about your physical and financial wellness. Topics such as Your Home and Title 19, MAKO Robotic Joint Replacement, Invest in Yourself, and Weatherization and Fuel Assistance are offered. For a complete list of all summer activities, visit Enfield Senior Center at www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors, on Facebook or Twitter or pick up a newsletter at the Senior Center. 

Enfield Senior Center
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