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The Town of Enfield Webletter
Volume 1, Issue 3, June 2015


From the Town Manager's Office


We went from winter straight into summer here in Enfield this year and that keeps all of our employees busy and our departments working hard for you: our residents and businesses.  You may have seen work being done at Freshwater Pond or tried out the new exercise equipment on the Senior Center walking trail. There is a lot happening in Enfield and we encourage you to learn more and be a part of our success!

We welcome you to participate in one of the Town’s Recreation programs like swimming, fishing and bus trips; outdoor activities with our Public Works (like paint collection day coming on June 6); and plan to attend our outdoor Community & Farmers Market in the heart of downtown Thompsonville every Wednesday between mid-July to mid-October. Interested in gardening? You can do that too! Plan to join our Community Garden Bed project and garden with friends and neighbors with the expert advice of our UCONN Master Gardener, Trish. All the info for these programs and activities is at www.thinkenfield.com.

As always, we welcome your input, suggestions and feedback. You can attend a Town Council meeting or participate in a Board/Commission that interests you. Almost every day of the week, a meeting takes place around town and all of these meetings are open to the public. 

Enjoy the warm weather and see you around town!

Cheers,
Courtney Hendricson, Assistant Town Manager, Development Services


http://www.enfield-ct.gov/226/Development-Services 


Library

Spend Summer with our Library!


The Pearl Street Library 100th Anniversary reached its conclusion Friday, May 15, 2015 as Library Director Henry Dutcher, Sean Stevens owner of Leete – Stevens Family Funeral Homes, Mayor Scott Kaupin, Anniversary Committee representatives Rob Sweeney, Chairperson and Yvonne Wollenberg buried the Time Capsule from 2014 at the Pearl Street Library. 

Those in attendance marveled at all the representative items that were included in the capsule.  In addition to Time Capsule Memory Cards that patrons had filled out with fond memories of their days using the Pearl Street Library, other memorabilia included a Farmer’s Almanac from 2014, a photo album of Anniversary events held throughout the year, a copy of the library budget and staffing, representative Best Sellers, a library card, coins, grocery and drug store fliers to show prices in 2014, Time Magazine – the year in review, newspaper articles, and much, much more. Our hope is that in another hundred years the Time Capsule from 2014 will be discovered and information from this past year will be shared with future generations. 

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Book Sale June 5 –7

Each year The Friends of the Enfield Library Annual Book Sale at Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, Enfield, CT gets bigger and better.  The three day event offers the public the opportunity to purchase nearly new BOOKS, DVDs and Music CDs that have been donated to the Friends Group throughout the year.    There are over 25,000 items available.  Buyers can get top bestsellers for a price much lower than the cost of a cup of coffee.  The fun starts on Friday Evening, June 5th from 5-8:30 PM.  This is the preview sale, and for a $5.00 entrance fee (free for members), folks get the first look at what is available.  It is so easy to become a member, with several yearly renewable membership types that offer opportunities like dinners, author meet ups, and museum passes.  Checks are payable to Friends of the Enfield Library, 104 Middle Road, Enfield, CT 06082. 

On Saturday June 6th the sale is open to the public from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, and Sunday, June 7th is the famous Bag Sale from 10 AM-2PM!  On Sunday, for the low price of $10 for a large bag, or $5 for a small bag buyers can fill that bag with all the items they can carry home with them.  Join us for an enjoyable weekend discovering the joy of reading.


Every Hero has a Story

Summer Reading is almost here!  The library will be kicking off summer reading on Thursday June 25th at both branches.  At the Central Library at 10:00 or 11:30 enjoy Super Heroes, a Sciencetellers show combining storytelling and science into a fun interactive program for children ages 4 and up.  Be sure to grab your free tickets beginning June 15th

Also at Pearl Street Library from 10:00am-1:00pm face painters from Zoodles will be painting faces for children who sign up for summer reading.  Zoodles at Pearl Street is a drop-in event.  While you are at the library pick up a calendar to find out when all of the fun, free activities are happening at the library this summer.


http://www.enfield-ct.gov/450/Library
 

Calendar Highlights


June 14 Flag Day
June 17 Ramadan
June 21 Father's Day


Upcoming Town Meetings


Town Council Special Meeting
June 1, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Public Hearing Neighborhood Assistance Act
June 1, 6:45 PM-7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers


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


Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
June 2, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers


High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
June 4, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library


Planning & Zoning Commission
June 4, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers


Enfield Conservation Commission
June 9, 7:00 P-10:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room


Enfield Economic Development Commission
June 10, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room


Enfield Economic Development Commission
June 10, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room


High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
June 11, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library


Town Council-Regular Meeting
June 15, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
June 16, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers


High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
June 18, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library


Planning & Zoning Commission
June 18, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers


Ethics Commission Regular Meeting
June 22, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room


Clean Energy Committee
June 23, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Enfield Town Hall


Enfield Historic District Commission
June 24, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers


High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
June 25, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library


Zoning Board of Appeal
June 29, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers


Current Job Openings


Paramedic
Application Requirements:
 
1. Town of Enfield Paramedic Application.
2. Certified copy of your current driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
3. Copies of all certificates you hold (both front and back).
4. Completed Medical Approval form for the Physical Ability Assessment (page 5)
5. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of testing.

Read More...


For other Job Opportunities with the Town of Enfield, click here.

Open RFP's


Learn about current bid and contract opportunities available to consultants, service providers, contractors, vendors, or suppliers.

Click here to view.

EMS


EMS WEEK 2015 May 17th – 23rd

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."


ENFIELD EMS RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

This year, Enfield EMS has been recognized as winning a Silver Award in the 2015 Mission Lifeline Program put on by the American Heart Association.  The Silver Award is the highest achievement a prehospital care provider agency can attain in its first year of seeking cardiac care recognition. 

The focus of Mission Lifeline is the evidenced-based treatment of patients experiencing a heart attack; where paramedic recognition of this event (acute myocardial infarction) leads to rapid and appropriate access to cardiac catheterization laboratories.  This direct access is able to shave precious minutes off time, get the individual to definitive care, and ultimately have a very positive outcome.


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NEW CPR DEVICE DEPLOYED FOR FIELD USE BY ENFIELD EMS

Just before the start of 2015 Enfield EMS deployed two mechanical CPR devices into field use.  These devices known as the Lucas-2 Device, provide consistent and high quality reproducible cardiac compressions for a patient who has lost their heartbeat.  While the initial response for anyone needing cardiac compressions is to provide them manually, the mechanical device is excellent when it is required to move a patient, or used in tight confines.  It also allows compressions to take place in a moving ambulance without requiring an un-seatbelted care provider to do them.


SAFETY FIRST – CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW EVOC INSTRUCTORS

Recently EMT Shawn Maloney, Paramedic Rob Lowe, and Lt. Paramedic Brian Brady completed a two-day Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) for Instructors.  This course focused on all aspects of emergency driving situations.  Improving and maintain safe vehicle operation is a full-time job.  The course will allow these three new instructors to share their knowledge and insight with all Enfield EMS crews with the emphasis on safety for crews, patients, and the public.


http://www.enfield-ct.gov/344/Emergency-Medical-Services


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Information Technology-
Lowering Costs and Increasing Productivity


In an effort to reduce telecommunication expenses, the Town of Enfield has changed their phone carriers.  This change in service is only for existing copper lines, ie, fax lines, alarm lines, etc.  The transition was so smooth in all 36 locations that we will soon be moving our voice lines as well!  IT is always searching and researching ways to save funds and enhance services. 
 
IT is in the process of inviting all staff to view a series of short, educational, two minute videos on Office 365. These videos include tips and tricks to enhance learning and understanding the power of the cloud.  We will be exploring the new Skype for Business and how this software can make meetings more productive, using collaborative, sharing techniques.  We will soon be using OneDrive for Business so we can access our documents, software, etc, anytime, anywhere!!  Keep looking for more updates on how IT is moving forward!! 
 
To keep up with all the exciting happenings in IT, we have opened these avenues for you: 
 
Twitter:  follow @enfieldtpc
IT NewsFlash Pages:
http://www.enfield-ct.gov/885/Technology-News
 
Be sure to sign up for alerts from all departments at http://www.enfield-ct.gov/list.aspx



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Annual Youth Fishing Derby 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Annual Youth Fishing Derby 
Saturday, June 6, 2015
 Grab your gear and join us for a morning of fishing!  Held at Freshwater Pond, the derby is open to Enfield youth ages 15 and under.  Fishing will begin promptly at the 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.  NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.
**Please note that severe weather will postpone the derby to Sunday, June 7th.  If in doubt, contact the Recreation Department at 860.253.6420 for details. 

Event Sponsors include:
 
Caronna’s Market
Dicks Sporting Goods
Enfield Pizza
Enfield Tap
Molina’s Café
Pearl Street Barber Shoppe 
Sacred Body Tattoo Gallery
T-Ville Foodmart
Yankee Outdoors

 
First Day of Summer Vacation Bash!
Thursday, June 25th 1-5 pm

School is out for the summer and it’s time to have some FUN!  The Enfield Recreation is Where the FUN is at!  In celebration of the first full day of summer vacation we will be hosting a POOL PARTY at the ALAC pool!  Join us for…

  • Open Swim                         
  • Cannon Ball Contest
  • Water Relays & Games
  • 30 foot Inflatable Slip and Slide
  • Music with DJ Tim
  • Door prize raffle
  • 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.  It is strongly recommended that you arrive at the pool between 12-1 pm so you can be swim tested before the event starts. 
 
Bus Trips to Major League Baseball Games

Spots are still available for day trips to Major League Baseball games.  For complete information or to register visit the Recreation homepage.  Pre-registration is required.

  • New York Yankees Game, Friday July 17th - $59.00 per person.
  • Boston Red Sox Game, Saturday July 25th - $73.00 per person.
  • Boston Red Sox Game, Saturday, August 22nd - $73.00 per person.

http://www.enfield-ct.gov/374/Recreation



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Assessor/Revenue Collection Information
 

Results from the April 30, 2015 Tax Sale is available on the Assessment/Revenue Collection website page.
Another 50 Tax Warrants will be issued in June for delinquent accounts.

Tax bills will be sent out at the end of June. They are due and payable on or before August 3, 2015 to avoid interest of 1 1/2 % per month from due date of July 1, 2015.  All bills will be sent to escrow accounts that we have received the request for from your bank.  Motor vehicle bills which were registered on October 1, 2014 and all businesses will also be mailed. 

The webpage for payments is on the Town homepage under “Online Payments”. As always you mail your payment to our lockbox, return envelope is included with your bill.  The Town’s bank, TDBank provides us with the payment processing lockbox and it is located in Lewiston Maine.

If you do not receive a bill, please contact our office at 860-253-6340.  Failure to receive a bill does not eliminate a tax or any interest if not paid before the due date.

Letters will be sent again to those accounts which will be in the next tax sale, currently targeted date to be in April 2016.



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Recycle More with DPW


The average U.S. citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and household linens a year. Effective immediately, the Town of Enfield is providing free textile services via an agreement with Baystate Textiles, Inc. A wide range of clothing and textiles can now be dropped off at the Transfer Station on Ecology Drive or The Department of Public Works at 40 Moody Road. The transfer station drop off location is open during regular transfer station hours Tuesday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The drop box at Moody Road can be accessed any time. No garbage can be placed in the clothing/textile boxes.

Acceptable textiles need to be dry and odor free and include:

Footwear: shoes, boots, sneakers, slippers and sandals;

Clothing: tops, pants, undergarments, sweaters, jeans, socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, tee shirts, dresses, skirts, pajamas, blazers and coats;

Accessories: hats, gloves, scarfs, pocketbooks, duffle bags, totes, belts, ties and bathrobes;

Linens: sheets, pillows, comforters, blankets, dish towels, throw rugs, draperies, table linens and place mats,

Stuffed animals: 95% of all textiles can be recycled or reused.

The textile recycling program is provided at no cost to the Town of Enfield.  Baystate provides the containers and processes the material. Baystate will pay Town of Enfield $100 per ton for textiles collected avoiding disposal costs of over $60 per ton, a net gain to the Town of $160 per ton potentially saving Enfield taxpayers almost $15,000.

Additional details about the textile collection program can be found on the Department of Public Works website at
www.enfield-ct.gov/dpw.

Residents with questions can also call 860.763.7527, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.




adult day limo

The Adult Day Center took the ladies to The Olive Garden to celebrate Mother’s Day, and they were transported by limousine donated by Leete Stevens.

http://www.enfield-ct.gov/134/Adult-Day-Center 



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Tips to Remember
from the Building Department


Mulch is a combustible material that can be easily ignited by improperly discarded smoking materials. Hundreds of small and large fires are started this way every year. The risk is that what starts as a small outdoor mulch fire can quickly spread to buildings. In recent years several mulch fires in Enfield have damaged buildings and a large mulch-pile fire took days to extinguish.  A mulch fire can be well underway before someone notices or is alerted by smoke alarms or sprinkler systems activating.


For the full article, and on how prevent accidental fires this summer, read on...







http://www.enfield-ct.gov/179/Building-Inspection

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It's Time to Register the Pups!


June 1st is the day to start licensing your dogs because...

1. It's the law. It's mandatory that dog owners have their pets licensed. If you get caught without a license, which can and does happen, you will be hit with a hefty fine. Dogs must have a renewed license each year, which must be displayed on them at all times.

2. If your dog goes missing, having him licensed drastically improves your chances of getting him back. 
A license tag helps animal control and shelters quickly identify your dog and get him back to you safely. If your dog is found wandering the streets, a rescue organization can easily look up your dog via its license identifying number. Dogs that are licensed tend to be kept at the shelter longer than unlicensed dogs, which are the first to be euthanized if their owners do not quickly claim them.

3. The cost of the license is far less than the penalty for being caught without one. 
If a city official finds your dog without a license, you can end up paying a fee of at least $75! In addition, some cities consider owning an unlicensed dog to be a class IV misdemeanor.

4. Licensing lets people know that your dog is up to date on its rabies vaccinations. 
A dog cannot be licensed unless it is properly vaccinated. Animal Control or a Good Samaritan will be much more likely to want to handle and care for your missing pup if they know that it is healthy and sans rabies.

Click here to print the dog license form



SenPic

Senior Center Summer Happenings

We are fortunate in Enfield to have a great Police Department. The Enfield Police Union and Police Benevolent Association will again sponsor the Enfield Police Senior Picnic on Friday, June 5 at noon at the Enfield Senior Center. It is always a wonderful afternoon of good food, good music and good friends. The Senior Center provides the entertainment. This year it will be The Voice star, Noah Lis. Free tickets are available at the Senior Center.

 

Learn a variety of simple mindfulness practices in the 4–week session of Mindfulness Meditation beginning Wednesday, June 3 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The fee for residents is $12 and nonresidents $16.

 

The Enfield Senior Center will host a Volunteer Recognition for over 300 Senior Center volunteers on Friday, June 26. We could not do all of the things we do without our wonderful volunteers.
 
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Development Services


Thank you to all who joined us at 100 High Street in Thompsonville on May 6 for Enfield’s Thompsonville Community Garden Beds Kick-off MeetingCommunity Garden members enjoyed great company and took part in discussions concerning the upcoming planting and growing season.  Don’t worry, it’s not too late to secure your very own garden bed!

Click here for the garden bed rental agreement.

Enfield’s 2nd Community and Farmers Market will be held each Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm 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.


Don’t forget about our Business Information Technology Incubator (BITI), the “go to” place for meeting and working space, providing opportunities and resources as well as information technology advice and solutions for new and expanding Town of Enfield business owners to succeed in today's connected world. 

Click here for the schedule of upcoming classes or use the BITI Request Form. 

 
Vacay

Health Tip-Take an Active Vacation!


Give yourself a break – you deserve it. Whether you’re planning a weekend excursion, a family road trip, a vacation across the country or overseas, there are lots of fun ways to make it a healthy trip. Enjoy fresh air and exercise with these creative trip ideas:

Healthy hotels – Book your stay at a hotel that offers activities such as tennis lessons, fishing excursions or a shuttle to nearby parks.

Action-packed cruise ships – A cruise can keep you on your toes if you plan ahead. Find out if there are gyms, pools, fitness classes and jogging tracks on deck. Some
offer rock-climbing, ice-skating, dance classes and
personal training.

State and national parks – Experience awesome sights with acres of natural lands to explore on foot. Park schedules are often packed with events, programs and opportunities for adventure. Go to nps.gov to plan your trip.

Ecotourism – An eco-trip takes you into nature and emphasizes learning about and preserving natural habitats. This type of trip usually involves paddling, pedaling or hiking in natural areas with a guide.

Farm stay – A farm vacation (also called agritourism) offers an escape from the city and the chance to experience life on a working farm. It’s fun for the whole family.

Sporting destinations – Plan your vacation around your favorite sport or try a new activity. You’ll find vacation destinations that offer golfing, fishing, mountain biking, skiing and more.

Spa retreat – A spa getaway can recharge your mind and body. Make the most of it by adding yoga or meditation to your day and choosing healthy meals and snacks.

Before you go:

  1. Check weather information for the area you’re visiting.
  2. Pack comfortable clothing, shoes and sun protection.
  3. Don’t forget your prescriptions and health insurance information.
  4. For information about vaccines for international travel, visit: cdc.gov/travel

Q&A - I'm Looking to Build a Fence:


Q. How high can I build my fence?

A. 6 Feet-any taller and you need a permit.

Q. Who sees the "good side"- outside of the fence?  Me or my neighbor?

A. The outside of the fence always faces the neighbor.

Q. Should my fence be put on my property line?

A. While this is legal, you are urged to put it a foot or two back from the line, as you are responsible for the maintenance of both sides of the fence-the neighbor does not have to allow you on their property to perform that maintenance.




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