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Posted on: October 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Community Update from Town Manager Christopher Bromson

Community Update from Town Manager Christopher Bromson:

The Town Hall continues to be open by appointment only. If you need to conduct your business in person, please call the department you wish to schedule your visit in advance.  

 

Election 2020

 

We would like to thank the Town Clerk's office for delivering over 7,100 ballots to date for the 2020 election! During the 2016 presidential election, there were 2,000 absentee ballots requested. This year results in a 255% increase in ballot requests. This labor-intensive effort required that the Town Clerk's office hire 2 part-time individuals and bring on 5 volunteers to assist in this herculean task. Their heroic efforts make it possible for us all to safeguard the democratic process and do our patriotic duty by voting. If you have any questions or concerns about your ballot, please call the Town Clerk's office at 860-253-6440. 

 

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is November 2nd. The ballot MUST BE RETURNED to the Town Clerk's Office by 8 PM on Election Night, November 3rd. 

 

Residents may use the drop boxes at the locations listed below to deposit their ballot or absentee ballot application:

  • Outside drive-thru lane of the Enfield Express, located at 800 Enfield Street. Drive up without leaving your car.
  • Central Public Library located at 104 Middle Road. The drop box is located right past the book drops.
  • Town Hall back entrance, located at 820 Enfield Street, back parking lot.

 

Department of Public Works

 

The Town of Enfield will begin leaf and yard waste collection in November. From November 2 through November 27, brown leaf bags and brown yard waste tippers containing ONLY LEAVES will be collected each week according to the following schedule:

 

  • If your normal trash pickup day is Monday, brown leaf bags and brown yard waste tippers will be collected November 2-6
  • If your normal trash pickup day is Tuesday, brown leaf bags and brown yard waste tippers will be collected November 9-13
  • If your normal trash pickup day is Wednesday, brown leaf bags and brown yard waste tippers will be collected November 16-20
  • If your normal trash pickup day is Thursday, brown leaf bags and brown yard waste tippers will be collected November 23-27

 

Please place your brown leaf bags and/or brown yard waste tippers containing only leaves at the curb by 6AM on Monday of your areas designated week. Up to 40 brown bags of leaves are accepted (no other containers may be used). If time permits during your collection week, DPW will attempt to make a second run through the area. Any leaf bags not at curbside during the designated pickup time will need to be brought to the Transfer Station for disposal at no charge.

 

Leaf bags continue to be available for purchase at the Enfield Express drive-thru window. The cost for a bundle of 5 leaf bags is $2. Cash only.

 

In addition to the leaf collection program, the regular Friday brown yard waste tipper barrels (NO LEAF BAGS) containing all yard waste will also be picked up on the following Fridays for all town residents:

  • November 6
  • November 20
  • December 4

 

There is no pickup on Friday, November 13 or Friday, November 27, but there will be a pickup on Saturday, November 14. Please have tipper barrels out at curbside by 6 AM.

 

For questions, please call DPW at 860-763-7560.

 

Enfield’s Regional Farmer’s Market

This Sunday, October 18th, from 10-1, is the Enfield Regional Farmer’s Market. Please join us to buy some fresh produce, delicious sweets, and handmade craft items. The market will continue to run on Sundays through October 25th. Hope to see you there!   

 

Library

 

We are excited to announce that the Enfield Public Library is the recipient of a $52,000 Everybody Learns Grant from the State of Connecticut. The funds are to be used for increasing access to the library during the pandemic. Staff are currently researching opportunities to expand our outdoor seating, improve wireless access and provide private spaces where patrons will be able to participate in online meetings and job interviews without interruption.

 

Senior Center  

 

The Senior Center will be hosting registration for our November classes. Registration for Residents will be on October 21st from 8:30 -11 AM. Non-Residents may register beginning October 28th from 8:30 -11 AM. A complete list of Fitness, Arts and Crafts, Computer, and other programs can be found on the website, Facebook, weekly E-mail blasts or you may pick up a paper copy outside of the front door of The Senior Center. 

 

The Senior Center staff would like to thank The Growth Company from Enfield for their generous donation of hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins and mums they brighten up our front entrance. Please stop by and admire the décor if you have a chance. 

 

  • Billiards: Tables will be available for two-hour blocks from 8 AM – 3:45 PM. You must pre-register and only two players are allowed per table. 
  • Prime Fitness: Participants may register for 50-minute blocks by calling 860-272-3554. Reservations can be made on Fridays from 9:30 AM -11:30 AM for the following week.
  • MoviesKnives Out will be played on Friday, October 23, 1:30 PM
  • TED Talks: The TED talk entitled Big Data, Small Farms and a tale of Two Tomatoes will be shown and discussed on October 22, 1:30 PM. 
  • WII Bowling:  WII Bowling will be held on Thursdays from 12 PM - 3:45 PM. Only 4 bowlers will be allowed at a time. 
  • Pedi-Care: Pedi-Care will be available on November 13, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Please call Gladys at 860-749-0617 for an appointment.
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest: October 26th is National Pumpkin Day. In recognition of this day, we are having a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. The Friends of the Enfield Senior Center have generously donated 20 pumpkins. Please call the center at 960-763-7425 to pick up a pumpkin, while supplies last. Contestants can provide their own pumpkin to decorate if they wish but it must be a smaller sized pumpkin. The pumpkin may be carved, painted or decorated. The winners will receive a prize that is yet to be determined. Pumpkins will be displayed on October 26 as part of our Halloween drive through event. 
  • Halloween Drive Through: On October 26 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM, the Center will be having a drive through Halloween celebration. Drive through the front of the Senior Center and receive a goody. Come dressed in costume and get an extra treat. 
  • Free Diabetes Education Classes:  Do you have diabetes and want to improve your blood sugar control? Register for upcoming virtual classes offered by your Big Y Pharmacist! For more information and to sign-up, contact Donna Dwarska at 413-504-4491 or dwarska@bigy.com.

 

Department of Social Services

 

Beginning on Wednesday, November 4, the Enfield Magic Carpet will resume fare collection for all passenger trips. Bus passes will only be sold by appointment only at the Enfield Transit Office located at 110 High Street, between the hours of 9am – 3pm. Passengers also have the option to pay with exact change at time of boarding. 1 adult ride is $1.30, 1 senior/disabled ride is $1.05, and youth are free.  For more information, please visit our website at www.enfield-ct.gov/143/Magic-Carpet-Bus, The Magic Carpet Bus Facebook page or call us at 860-272-3545. 

 

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Our staff and I are available to assist you and will continue to provide services. Please continue to check our website for updates. For alerts from the Town of Enfield, please go to https://enfield-ct.gov/List.aspx to sign up for Notify Me and select Public Notices. Follow Enfield Town Manager on Facebook and on Twitter.

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