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Volume 1, Issue 2 May 2015
The Webletter

From the Town Manager's Office


If you haven’t noticed already, streets are being swept, potholes filled, utility companies are marking their lines, and some streets are being paved.  Now that the snow is gone and the weather is cooperating, residents should start to see a lot of projects being completed outside.  One such project is the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle friendly walkway to complete the loop around the Freshwater Pond that was begun over ten years ago. 

By the end of this month, residents will be able to enjoy the new Freshwater Pond Greenway that loops down North Main Street, around the pond, and pack along the Freshwater Brook to High Street.  When runners, walkers, and bikers connect the loop from High Street to North Main, it is about one mile.  Continuing from last year with the installation of fountains, more benches, planter boxes and additional lighting around the Pond, the completion of the walkway is just one more step towards beautifying the Pond and attracting residents to this natural gem Enfield has to offer. 

If you see me down there, please feel free to stop and let me know how you feel about our improvement efforts or just say, “hello!” I look forward to seeing you down there.
 
Derrik M. Kennedy
Assistant Town Manager


Greetings from the Town Clerk's Office!


For Enfield residents not familiar with the services offered and records maintained in the office of the town clerk, we thought we would take a spot in this issue of the Enfield web letter to introduce you to our office.  It could be stated that this office contains the written history of the town.  Our records date back to the 1600’s when Enfield was first established.  A partial list follows:
 
                      SERVICES                                                             RECORDS
 
Record & Manage Land Records & Maps               Minutes of town boards & commissions
Issue Absentee Ballots                                         Ordinances
Issue Marriage Licenses                                        Burial Records
File & Issue Certified Copies of DD-214’s             Budgets & Audits circa 1901
Issue Certified Copies of Vital Events:                 Election Data
     Birth, Marriage, Death                                    Officials Data
Dog Licensing                                                       Trade Names
Notary Public Services                                          Plans of Development
Sporting Licenses                                                 Vital Indexes
Issue Vendor Licenses after Police Review           Financial Audits of other public agencies
 

If you have any questions about our office, please contact us at townclerk@enfield.org or 860 253 6440.
The office is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.


http://www.enfield-ct.gov/415/Town-Clerk?

Calendar Highlights


May 10 - Mother's Day
May 16 - Armed Forces Day
May 25 - Memorial Day TOWN HALL CLOSED

Upcoming Town Meetings


Town Council Special Meeting
May 4, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Public Hearing Proposed Sewer Service Fees & Rates FY 2015-2016
May 4, 6:30 PM-7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Town Council - Regular Meeting
May 4, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Cultural Arts
May 5, 6:30 PM @Town Hall Council Chambers

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
May 5, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Enfield Together Coalition
May 6, 5:00PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
May 7, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning & Zoning Commission
May 7, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Board of Education-Finance
May 12, 6:00 PM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room

Board of Education
May 12, 6:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Beautification Committee
May 12, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room

Enfield Conservation Commission
May 12, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Enfield Economic Development Commission
May 13, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room

Thompsonville Fire Department
May 13, 5:00 PM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
May 14, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning and Zoning Workshop
May 14, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room

Town Council Special Meeting
May 18, 5:30 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Town Council Meeting
May 18, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Zoning Board of Appeal
May 18, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Clean Energy Committee
May 19, 5:30 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
May 19, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
May 21, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning & Zoning Commission
May 21, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Board of Education-Finance
May 26, 6:00 PM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room

Clean Energy Committee
May 26, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Board of Education
May 26, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Enfield Historic District Commission
May 27, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
May 28, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee Meeting
May 28, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @Town Hall Enfield Room

Quarterly Q & A with the Town Council and Staff
May 28, 7:00 PM @ Enfield Street School Cafeteria



    Current Job Listings


    DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES
    Salary Range:  $75,000-$85,000
    35 hour workweek*

    Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled.

    *May be expected to work in excess of 35 hours, as necessary, to fulfill and maintain the workload of the department.   

    GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Responsible for the most effective delivery of
    human services to citizens with the most efficient use of individual and community resources.                  

    SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Under the general supervision of the Town Manager.

    SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directly oversees the Directors of Divisions under the Social Service Department

    Click Here for more job opportunities with the Town of Enfield



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    Information Technology in a Flash!


    The Town of Enfield's website has a new feature - Notify Me.  This feature allows residents to subscribe to announcements, agendas, minutes, departmental Newsflashes, etc.  You can sign up to be notified via phone and/or email for road closings, job postings, events calendars, etc.  Be sure to click this link to sign up to be notified  http://www.enfield-ct.gov/list.aspx.
     
    Don't forget to subscribe to the IT Newsflashes where you can be updated with all the latest happenings in IT:  
    http://www.enfield-ct.gov/885/Technology-News. You can also follow the exciting happenings in IT on Twitter. @enfieldtpc.

    **All devices, including mobile IOS devices, Mac computers, etc, have the ability to print to our multi-function printers from our new IPP Print Server.  AND a brand new, printer/copier has been deployed to each building as well!  Printing will be a breeze!

    Summer = Recreation!


    Summer program information will be online to view beginning Friday, May 1, 2015.  Enfield residents may begin registering on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

    Summer program offerings will include Special Events, Discount Tickets, Rentals, Bus Trips, Swim Lessons, as well as programs for  preschoolers, youth and adults. 
    Registration for the Tons-O-Fun Day camp is well underway.  Camp is over 60% full and is filliing quickly.  Day camp is a great program for youth entering grades 1-10.  Activities include sports, games, arts, crafts, swimming, special events and a weekly field trip.  New this year we have both before and after extended day hours!

    Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 6th at Freshwater Pond.  Enfield youth ages 15 and under can participate in this free special event.  The derby will begin promptly at 9:00 AM air horn blast and will end at 11:00 AM. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish caught in each age group.  Raindate is Sunday, June 7th.

    Click Here for registration information.



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    Must Have Dates from the Tax/Assessor's Office


    • May – Liens are placed on the Town’s Land Records for those real estate accounts not paid.

    • May – Mill rates are determined by the Town and each of our 5 Fire Districts.
       

    • May 15th – another 100 Alias Tax Warrants will be issued to the State Marshal to serve on outstanding accounts.

    • May 15th – Final date to file for tax relief on real estate.  Tax relief is available for owners who reside in the property for which they are applying;   are 65 years of age or older; or Social Security totally disabled; and annual income for 2014 is under $42,200 for married or under $34,600 for single.  Please contact Neighborhood Services office at 860-253- 6396 for an appointment for this program.

    • June - Results of the May 30th Tax Sale will be published.

    • June – Billing files sent to printer and mailed for the bills due for July 1st.


     Please contact the Assessor’s office for any questions at 860-253-6339
    http://www.enfield-ct.gov/138/Assessment-Revenue-Collection


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    Paint Collection Coming Soon!


    The Refuse and Resource Management Division  is proud to host a PaintCare Paint Collection Event on Saturday, June 6th 2015 at the Public Works Complex at 40 Moody Road.  Paint Manufacturers created PaintCare, a non-profit organization to set up more convenient places for you to recycle leftover paint.  They offer drop-off sites throughout Connecticut where you can take smaller amounts of paint all year long.   

    By dropping off your paint at this event, you are not only helping the environment, but saving tax dollars by removing this material from the Waste Stream.  


    For more details, visit us on the web
    http://www.enfield-ct.gov/386/Refuse-Resource-Management
    or call 860-763-7527.

    Friendly Reminders and Announcements from DPW


    • YARD WASTE PICKUP
      Spring is here and Solid Waste has begun yard waste pickup on Fridays.  Please remember that yard waste MUST be in the yard waste tipper barrels.  Tipper barrels should be placed curbside by 7 am on Fridays.  Bags will not be picked up.  Bags will only be picked up in November during leaf season. 


    • OIL/BATTERIES
      Motor oil and car batteries drop off is normally scheduled the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am – 1 pm.  Upcoming dates:  May 16 and June 20. 
       

    • TEXTILE RECYCLING
      Free textile recycling is now available at the Enfield Transfer Station (77 Town Farm Road) Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2:45 pm and Saturday 8 am – 3:45 pm, as well as the Public Works Department (40 Moody Road) Monday-Friday 8 am – 3:30 pm.  Acceptable textiles need to be dry and odor free and include clothing, footwear, accessories (hats, gloves, scarfs, pocketbooks, duffle bags, totes, belts etc), linens, as well as stuffed animals.
       

    • BULKY PICKUP
      Bulky pickup is available for items including appliances, carpets, furniture, mattresses, metal, scrap wood etc  by appointment only with a fee of $100 .  Refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, electronics (tv’s, computers, monitors, printers, microwaves) are not included in bulky pickup and must be brought to the Transfer Station during normal operating hours (additional fees may apply).  Also not included is waste & demo material generated by a contractor for home improvements.
       

    • CATCH BASINS
      Catch basin cleaning has begun; all basins from Hazard Avenue through the north end of town will be cleaned.
       

    • STREET SWEEPING
      Highway has begun street sweeping the north end of town. We have a limited parking ban  in effect during this time. We have the areas that we are working posted on the Web site and we are also Tweeting this information. 
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    Please visit our website at www.enfield-ct.gov/dpw for additional information or call our information line at (860) 763-7527.


    HOUSE

    Housing Rehabilitation Program


    Is your home in need of repairs or safety renovations? The Town of Enfield has funds available for Housing Rehabilitation under the federal Small Cities Program.  This program provides financial and technical assistance in the form of low interest and deferred payment loans to low and moderate income households for making necessary repairs and improvements.  This includes electrical work, the replacement of heating systems, window replacement, siding, structural repairs and plumbing work.  The program also addresses lead hazard reduction, asbestos abatement, and the removal of underground storage tanks. 

    The income eligibility limits vary by household size.  For example, a household of two would qualify with an annual household income at or below $51,150.
    For an application and to learn more about the program, please contact the Office of Community Development at 860-253-6390 or visit http://www.enfield-ct.gov/ and choose the Community Development Department link under “Your Government”.

    Senior Center Activities


    The weather is beautiful and it is time to get out and enjoy it! Two great outdoor activities started last year and are ready to resume again this season. Pickleball is played at the South Road tennis courts near Mark Twain. The drop-in game will begin Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12. Beginners and more experienced players are invited to meet at the courts weather-permitting. Pickleball is a game that is similar to tennis but the court is smaller and the ball is like a wiffleball. It is the fastest growing sport in the U.S.
     
    Also, the bike group is back! They will meet each time at the Miller Road lot in Southwick MA at 9:15 a.m. All rides are on a smooth, flat bike path. The rides are scheduled for April 20, 22, 28 and May 1, 4, 6, 12, 15, 18, 20, 26 and 29. Call coordinator Melissa Dopp at 860-265-2038 for more information. New riders are always welcome.

    http://www.enfield-ct.gov/432/Senior-Center


    Register Your Doggie!


    As June approaches it is a good time to remind all Enfield dog owners that it will soon be time to license their dog(s).
     
    This year, the Town Clerk's Office is moving to new licensing software that will allow the Town to offer residents the feature of renewing their dog license online.
     
    The feature will be available as a link at the Town Clerk page.  Watch for more information as we move closer to the launch of this new system!

    Click here to download the license form.



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    Visit the Library this Summer!


    Friends of the Enfield Library are gearing up for their Annual Book Sale that takes place on the first weekend in June.  Be ready to join them on June 5th through June 7th for a great sale! 
    Friday night is the preview sale where you can pay a $5.00 entry fee (free to members) from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.
    Saturday the sale extends from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Sunday 10:00 am until 2:00 pm is the bag sale where you can buy a $5.00 or $10.00 bag and fill it with bargain books! 


    Are you planning a vacation?  The Enfield Library has great travel resources.  All you need to access them is your Enfield Library Card number and an internet connection. 
    While you are planning your trip, check out A to Z World Travel!  It features over 200 city guides, providing information on where to stay, eat, and play.  You can create a customized PDF and download it to your smartphone or tablet for access while traveling.

    Travelling abroad?  Online language learning is available.  Mango Languages offers lessons in 64 languages.  You can even download a Mango Library app to your smartphone or tablet.  The app allows you to download and access lessons later without a wireless connection!

    Go to www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org and click on Resources on the menu.  Find your resource on the alphabetical list and enter your card number when prompted.  Call or visit the Reference Desk for more information.  (860)763-7511.



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    Development Services Working For You


    The 2015 Thompsonville Partners Event & Award Ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 15 at the Village Center of Thompsonville, 100 High Street. Community and business leaders gathered to take a glimpse into the fantastic future of Thompsonville and celebrate new and existing business partners. The event reflects the hard work of businesses and individuals in our community working to make Thompsonville and Enfield a better place in which to work and call home. Congratulations to the well-deserving award recipients:

    Legacy Business Award – Diana’s Bakery
    Visionary Award – Frank Troiano
    Residential Restoration Award – Jason MacLelland
    Commercial Restoration Award – Sasha Skerla, Old Country Banquet Hall
    Community Pillar Award – Mindy Semmler, Bigelow Commons.

     
    You’re invited!  Enfield’s Thompsonville Community Garden Beds will begin the planting season with a Garden Bed Kick-off Meeting at 100 High Street in Thompsonville on Wednesday, May 6 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Then, Planting Day at the garden beds is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 from 10:00 to 12:00pm.
    Click here for the garden bed rental agreement.
     
    Enfield’s 2nd Community and Farmers Market will be held each Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00pm in historic Downtown Thompsonville at Freshwater Pond right down the road from Town Hall. Come to our first market day on July 15 and each Wednesday until October 14. We are always looking for farmers, crafters, bakers and other area businesses to join and display for free each week. Click here for the vendor application form.



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    Health Tip from Cigna:
    Food for Thought!


    • If your neighbor is having success on a particular
    diet, it doesn’t mean the same plan will work for
    you. Low calorie diets usually leave out important
    nutrients, leading to an increase in body fat and a
    decrease in lean body mass. Dietary restrictions
    lead to feelings of guilt, making it impossible to
    manage a healthy weight for a lifetime. Artificial
    sweeteners don’t satisfy physical hunger and often
    lead to overeating.

    • If you love chocolate cake, treat yourself to a
    2-ounce serving rather than a 6-ounce. slice or – to
    keep portions in check, put a handful of chocolate
    chips in a snack baggie and enjoy them as a treat.

    • A healthy breakfast helps sustain energy levels and
    sets your metabolism for the day. If you’re pressed
    for time, choose hard-boiled eggs or whole grain
    bread/waffles with natural peanut butter.

    • Consuming healthier choices and portions is much
    easier when dining in your own home. Investing a
    little extra preparation time is usually easier on the
    weekend and can save a lot of time during the week.
    Eat in a well-lit area and minimize distractions such
    as computers and movies.

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    Q&A May-Commonly Asked Budget Questions


    Q.  Are there meetings for the public to participate in?

    A.  The public was invited to participate in a Community Conversation on April 23 and a Public Hearing was held on April 29.  Click here to view entire budget meeting schedule.


    Q. What is the budget process like?

    A.  The Town of Enfield’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. The budget cycle is determined by the requirements outlined in the Town Charter, and no later than 120 days before the end of the fiscal year, the Board of Education and each Town department file a detailed statement of estimated revenue (if relevant) and proposed expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year. Click here to read more about the annual budget process.


    Q.  What does the proposed budget look like?

    A.   Proposed Budget Report


    Q.  When is the budget adopted?

    A.   The last day to adopt the budget this year is May 19, 2015.

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    ECDC 1st grade class with Mayor Scott Kaupin and Pat Patriot
    Photo by Debra McCarthy




     
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