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From the Town Manager's Office 


At this upcoming Town Council meeting on August 3rd, the body will hold four public hearings, three of which will be items that may appear on the November referendum for public approval.  Those three items are improvements to the water pollution control facility, improvements to school and town buildings, and energy efficiency upgrades to school and town facilities.

These are big projects that mean a lot to the Town and its residents.  In total, they save the Town millions of dollars in future replacement, maintenance, and construction costs.  They improve our schools, their environment for learning, and the safety of our children.  They improve our municipal buildings and infrastructure, making them a better environment for our residents to conduct their business and a safer atmosphere for employees.  They make the town more energy efficient, reducing its carbon footprint by thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

If you have any questions or concerns that you would like answered about any of the above projects, your chance is the August 3 Town Council Regular meeting, where each project will have a separate public hearing. 

Public hearings start at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The schedule is as follows: 6:30 p.m. is for energy performance contracting, 6:40 p.m. is school and town facility improvements, and 6:50 p.m. is water pollution control facility improvements.

Click here for the entire write-up of the article by Assistant Town Manager, Derrik Kennedy.


Enfield Town Manager




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Human Resources Director
Steven Bielenda

Enfield’s Department of Human Resources – A Vital Internal Organ


Unless applying for a job, many residents will not have direct contact with the Town of Enfield’s Human Resources Department.  However, all residents are indirectly impacted by the success of this department.


Metaphorically speaking, H.R. is a vital organ similar to a liver or heart.  For many of us, we don’t see, hear, or even think about these vital organs . . . until something goes wrong.  The same concept applies to the Department of Human Resources.  If H.R. is working efficiently, the average resident does not even know that H.R. exists.  However, if H.R. is not successfully performing, then every resident will know. 

Think about it, if H.R. does not hire enough highway services staff, who will plow the roads?  If H.R. does not hire enough police officers or paramedics, who will residents call when they have an emergency?  If H.R. did not hire building inspectors, who would ensure that your general contractor is building your house safe and up to code?  If H.R. did not hire water pollution control employees, what would the Town do with all that raw sewage?  If H.R. does not hire tax collectors, how will the Town of Enfield pay employees to perform all these services that residents have come to expect?
  
The Human Resources Department has a mission statement that states. In part, that it “provides quality customer service in the areas of benefits and personnel administration, labor relations, training, safety and employee assistance programs, to Town employees, departments and the public.”

As indicated by the mission statement, hiring employees is just a small part.  These employees need benefits, training, nurturing, and assurance that their work environment is a productive yet safe environment.  Hiring qualified employees and maintaining a workforce comes with a cost though. Did you know that in fiscal year 2014-2015, Seventy-three percent (73%) of the Town of Enfield’s budget went to personnel costs?  

Town of Enfield total budget 2014-2015:  $55,717,392


Personnel Costs budgeted:                                               

  • Wages                                    
    • Full Time-$ 23,600,254
    • Part-time-$  1,852,854   
                                  $ 27,009,564
  • Overtime-$  1,556,456
  • Medical Insurance-$  6,001,915
  • SS, Medicare, Life Ins.W.C.-$  3,196,891
  • TOE Pension-$  1,679,450
  • Police Pension-$  1,400,000

                                $ 13,834,712
                                $ 40,844,276



As you can see, H.R. is a vital organ that residents depend on, whether they are aware of this department or not, to ensure their quality of life here in Enfield is safe and fulfilling.  

If you would like to pursue a career in the Town of Enfield, please go to our Town website here.

Alternatively, feel free to contact Jennifer Baker at (860) 253-6345.

The Department of Human Resources is open 
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
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Department of Human Resources




Upcoming Town Meetings

Town Council Special Meeting
August 3, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room
 
Public Hearing Amend Ordinance Peddlers & Solicitors
August 3, 6:15 PM-6:30 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Public Hearing Energy Performance Contracting Capital Replacement Project
August 3, 6:30 PM-6:40 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Public Hearing Reconstruction Repair & Improvements to Various Town Owned Facilities Including Security Enhancements to School Buildings
August 3, 6:40 PM-6:50 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Public Hearing Reconstruction Repair & Improvements to the Water Pollution Control Faclity & Sewerage Collection Infrastructure
August 3, 6:50 PM-7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Town Council - Regular Meeting
August 3, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Inlands and Wetlands Watercourse Agency Meeting
August 4, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 6, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Town Hall Enfield High School Library

Planning and Zoning
August 6, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Enfield Conservation Commission
August 11, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room
 
Enfield Economic Development Commission
August 12, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM @ Town Hall Thompsonville Room
 
High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 13, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Clean Energy Committee Meeting
August 18, 5:30 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room

Inlands and Wetlands Committee Meeting
August 18, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 20, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting
August 20, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers
 
Ethics Commission Regular Meeting
August 24, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @ Town Hall Enfield Room
 
High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
August 27, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library
 
Quarterly Q & A with the Town Council and Staff
August 31, All Day @ Nathan Hale School




Current Jobs


LICENSED ELECTRICIAN

Responsible for the layout fabrication, assembling, installation and maintenance of wiring systems and electrical fixtures.  Works under the general supervision of the Superintendent and Assistant Supervisor of the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Division. Directs Building Maintainers and/or Laborers assigned to assist with Electrical work.

To read more on this position, click here.

For all current job opportunities,  click here.

Department of Human  Resources


RFP's


For a listing of all current bid postings and Requests For Proposals, click here.



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Important News about the Department of Motor Vehicles


From The Hartford Courant, July 13, 2015:

The Department of Motor Vehicles will shut down for a week next month or in September — with the sole exception of driver licensing services — to switch to a new computer system under a $25 million project that's been in the works for the better part of a decade, a department spokesman confirmed Monday.


Planners say that the new system will make more services available online to customers, such as reprinting registration certificates on a home computer and ordering replacement plates — and, in a later phase of the project, people would be able to notify DMV from home of a change of address.
The DMV shutdown will happen in mid-to-late August or, possibly, early September, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Courant, and DMV spokesman William K. Seymour confirmed that the conversion is in the final planning stage.

There will be further improvements in subsequent phases of the project that will "bring DMV into the 21st century," including changing addresses online instead of by mail, Seymour said.

To read the entire article, click here.

Notice from the DMV

Department of Assessment and Revenue Collection




Summertime at ECDC


The Child Development Center is finding lots of ways to keep cool during the dog days of summer.  The children have enjoyed many water experiences at Quassy Amusement Park, the Splash Pad at Forest Park and weekly sprinkler play times at both our sites.  The children also kept cool during an ice cream social and a sno-cone fund raiser organized by our newly promoted sixth graders.

The teachers have prepared many fun learning experiences for their classes while utilizing the many resources the town has to offer.  Some of these experiences have included trips to the library, ball fields and a visit to the Community Garden!
Please like The Town of Enfield Child Development Center page on Facebook to read more about all of the exciting opportunities offered to the children at our center. 

Enfield Child Development Center



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From the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection-Don't Trash Grass


Did you know that there is a way to mow grass and fertilize your lawn at the same time, cutting down on harmful chemicals and saving you tons of time?  Click here to learn how to save money-Don't Trash the Grass!

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Last Day to Pay Your Current Tax Bill Without Interest is August 3rd, 2015! 


Tax bills were in the mail before the end of June.  All bills are due in July.  Any account not paid on or before August 3rd will accrue interest at 1 ½ % from the due date of July 1st.
 
Failure to receive a bill does not eliminate the tax or interest!!  If you believe you should have received a bill please contact the tax collection office at 860-253-6340.  All bills are also available on the website, through Citizen Self Service.

All accounts with prior taxes (“Back Tax Due”) must be paid first with interest before payments to current accounts.  This “back tax due” amount is not included on the bill, you must contact our office.
Taxpayers are encouraged to submit payments through the Town’s banks’ lockbox processing. A payment envelope is included with your bills.  We also have a dropbox outside the tax office door for convenience.
Additional methods of payments may be to stop into our office or online payments, there are additional fees associated with online payments from Official Payments, not the Town.

Sewer use bills have now been in existence since January 2014, you will now notice that there will be interest due on any account not paid by the “due date”.  Again, the interest rate is 1 ½ % per month. Payments should be sent to the processing lockbox, again return envelopes are provided. Payments may also be made at the tax collector’s office.  Any questions regarding your bill should be directed to Computel at 860-265-1197.

Tax Collector and Assessor office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
If you receive a bill for property that you no longer own, such as a motor vehicle, documentation must be provided to the assessor’s office.  Listings of such documents are on the Assessor’s webpage.  Such documents would be a copy of the CT license plate receipt as well as a document on the disposal, sale, new state registration, etc. of the vehicle.


Department of Assessment and Revenue Collection




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Library Superheroes!


Superhero Librarian Hunt
Until August 11 
 
 You never know where you will find the Enfield Public Library’s Superhero Librarians! Find them in at least 20 locations throughout Enfield and be entered into a drawing for great prizes.  Pick up your entry form at the library beginning July 20th.  Return your entry to the library no later than August 11th.  Winners will be announced at the Summer Finale on August 12th. Good Luck!
 
Please call the library at 860-763-7518 for more details or click here.



Another award for Friends of the Enfield Library


I’m very pleased to announce that the Friends of the Enfield Library have been awarded the 2015 Focus Award from the Friends of Connecticut Libraries. The recognition is for all of the support provided to the library during our 2014 Pearl Street Library Centennial Celebration. When you see a Friend please offer your congratulations. And, if you are not a Friend please consider joining. As you can see from this award they offer a great deal of support to the library.

Thank you,

Henry Dutcher
Library Director

Your Library Card is Your V.I.P. Pass to so Many Types of Free Resources! 


If you are not a regular library user, you may not realize that things have changed.  Gone are the days where the library was just a place to get books or read the newspaper.  Sure, we still have books, magazines, and newspapers, but we also offer music CDs, DVDs, and even downloadable books for your eReader.
 
We subscribe to a number of online resources for a variety of interests, so you don’t have to!  Interested in your family history?  We offer Ancestry.com access.  Are you studying for an exam and looking into taking practice tests online?  We have the Learning Express Library.  Working on your car and looking for the repair procedures?  Try the Auto Repair Reference Center. 

We offer free access to the internet, both wireless and through the use of our PCs.  We have a scanner and printer available.  We offer a variety of cultural programs for all ages.  Free or discounted museum passes are available for checkout.  We have a number of notaries on staff and provide this service free of charge.

If it’s been a while since you have visited the library, come visit us.  You’ll be surprised at the many resources we have to offer.    




Enfield Public Library




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Development Services in
Full Summer Swing



Enfield’s 2nd Community and Farmers Market is OPEN! Town of Enfield’s

Development Services holds the market each Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in
historic Downtown Thompsonville at Freshwater Pond right down the road from
Town Hall through October 14. If you are a farmer, crafter, baker, artisan or area
business, join the fun and display for free each week. Click here for our quick
vendor application form and check out Enfield’s Community and Farmers Market
video here.

Economic Development Summit Hosted by Enfield’s Economic
Development Commission: Enfield’s Development Services will be holding its
first ever Economic Development Summit, which will be held on Wednesday,
September 23 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Maneeley’s Banquet Hall in South
Windsor.

The event will include roundtable discussion on Enfield’s key and
emerging industries including retail, advanced manufacturing,
biomedical/healthcare and logistics/distribution with a full hot breakfast buffet,
networking opportunities and vendors, such as Asnuntuck Community College, R.
Calabrese Agency, LLC, Caring Solutions, Cohn Reznick, MetroHartford Alliance,
U.S. Small Business Administration – CT District, Connecticut Economic Resource
Center, Community Investment Corporation, Small Business Development Center,
Westfield Bank, Pullman & Comley, State of Connecticut Department of Economic
and Community Development and more.

The event costs $35.00 to attend. To register, click here. If you would like to join the event as a vendor or sponsor, please call 860-253-6385.


To read the entire newsletter, click here.

Department of Development Services




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Wrapping up the Summer with Recreation


Webletter – August 2015 (Recreation)
 
Summer Carnival
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 on Thursday August 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Please note: No pets allowed. Rain site: Fermi High School Gym.
 
Summer Coloring Contest
Do you love to color?  Enter the Enfield Recreation Department’s 2nd Annual Summer Coloring Contest!  Enfield youth ages 13 and under will be able to choose between three pictures to color.  You can use many and whichever colors you like. All we ask is that you have fun! Coloring sheets and entry forms will be available at the Recreation Office.  Entries will be accepted until Friday, August 7th at 5 PM. For complete contest rules visit the Recreation Office or the Recreation Homepage. We look forward to seeing your creations!
 
Bus Trips to the Boston Red Sox
Spots are still available for a day trip to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals. The game is on Saturday, August 22nd and tickets are $73.00 per person. For complete information or to register visit the Recreation homepage. Pre-registration is required.
 
Fall 2015 Program Information
Information on Fall programs and the Enfield Youth Basketball League will be available online on the Recreation homepage beginning in early September. 


Visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation for more information.



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Adult Education-
SUMMER CLASSES ARE BEING EXTENDED 


 
SUMMER GED/ESL CLASSES AND OPEN LAB STARTING NEXT WEEK AUGUST 3, 2015 – AUGUST 13, 2015 


TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS WILL BE AVAILABLE
 

ENFIELD ADULT EDUCATION
SUMMER GED CLASSES/COUNSELING/REGISTRATION
HELD AT ALCORN SCHOOL 
 
GED CLASSES, Tuesdays and Thursdays
AUGUST 4 THROUGH AUGUST 13
9 TO 11 A.M.
 
GED/ESL OPEN LAB, Tuesdays and Thursdays
AUGUST 4 THROUGH AUGUST 13
9 TO 11 A.M.
 
GED COUNSELING/REGISTRATION,
Tuesdays
YEAR ROUND
12 TO 3 P.M.
or by appointment, call
(860) 763-7032




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Heath Tip-Be Teeth Smart and Take a Bite out of Stress


Many people are aware of the physical and emotional symptoms commonly caused by stress. Like headaches and stomachaches. Or depression and anxiety. But did you know that stress can also affect your oral health?*
It’s important to recognize both the cause of your stress and your early warning signs. It’s also a good idea to take steps to reduce your stress.

Oral conditions caused by stress*

  • Stress can impact your oral health in a number of ways:
  • Jaw joint issues – disorder of the jaw joint or chewing muscles. Can cause pain around the ear or face.
  • Bruxism – grinding of the teeth. Can occur duringthe day (especially when concentrating) or at night. 
  • Poor oral hygiene caused by a lack of good brushing and flossing-can lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Cold sores – commonly triggered by dental treatment, stress and sunlight. (Caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV-1.)
  • Stress-induced oral infections or sores – may show up as ulcers, white lines or white or red spots.
  • Decreased immune response – can contribute to the development of periodontal (gum) disease.

How to reduce painful symptoms:

First, start by discussing treatment options with your dentist.

  • If you grind your teeth, talk with your dentist about getting a custom-fitted night guard. It can be worn at night to prevent tooth damage caused from grinding and clenching. The night guard also creates a cushion to remove stress on the aching muscles and joint tissues.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods when you’re in pain.
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol as coping mechanisms. These products can make your oral symptoms worse.
  • Try gentle massage, physical therapy or pain relief medications.
  • Talk with your doctor or dentist about prescription medications. Anti-inflammatory drugs can help inflammation of the jaw joint. Antiviral drugs may prevent cold sores.
  • To help reduce cold sores, stay out of the sun or use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30.

How Do I Beat the Heat this Summer?


 
Q. I don't have air conditioning.  Does the Town provide any cooling centers?

A. During normal business hours, residents are welcome to visit the following buildings:
  • The Enfield Central Library Monday through Friday 9am-9pm and Saturday 9am-5pm on 104 Middle Road
  • The Senior Center Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm and Friday 8am to 5pm on 299 Elm Street
  • The Police Department Lobby Monday through Sunday 24 hours a day on 293 Elm Street
Q. Is there anywhere to cool off outside?

A. Open Swim takes place at the Lamagna Center on 19 North Main Street until August 14.  Click here and go to page 10 for pool information, and view the entire Recreation Summer Newsletter.

Q.  I need transportation to these locations.  What are my options?

A.  The Magic Carpet Bus, complete with air conditioning and WiFi is available Monday through Saturday.  Please click here to view ticket and route information.  Don't forget-all children ride free this summer!




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