First Selectman's Updates

Selectman Shafer


Latest Town of Burlington Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:

All Parks and Recreation Department programs have been cancelled through March 27th. 

Burlington Senior Center is closed until further notice.

Dial-A-Ride will be for medical and food transportation only.

The Burlington Library will be closed to the public until further notice. The book drop will be available and late fees will be waived on overdue items. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of Library digital resources.

Region 10 Schools will be closed until March 27th.

The Town Hall remains open. If possible, please contact Town Hall departments by phone, e-mail or regular mail and utilize online payment systems. Department contact information can be found on  the at Town web site

Information/ resources...

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus

Bristol Burlington Health District

Contact Information:
For general questions call 2-1-1 for the Coronavirus Info Center or text "CTCOVID" to 898211. The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day.

Take these everyday preventative actions...

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
Avoid touching your eyes nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Avoid shaking hands; instead wave or just say hello.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

The Town of Burlington continues to monitor this situation very closely.

12/28/2019  Enjoyed spending time last
month with the children and staff of Joni’s in Burlington.  Appreciate the mention in today’s Register Citizen newspaper...”The preschool children at Joni’s Child Care and Preschool recently celebrated some hometown heroes: First Selectman Theodore Shafer; Nicholas Mancini, a Life Star nurse; Lois Pelletier, a diabetic nurse; and Terrence Ferrarotti, a fire marshal/medic. The group enjoyed lunch with the children and participated in a Q&A”

11/10/2019 Residents are invited to learn more about coyotes in Burlington and discuss tips on preventing conflicts with them on Tuesday November 12th at 7pm at Town Hall at the start of the Board of Selectmen meeting. A biologist from the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to be our guest speaker.

10/30/2019 This Tuesday, November 5th,  is Burlington’s Municipal Election Day.   The polling location is
Burlington Town Hall, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT  06013. 
Voting tabulators will be used.  Polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at  8:00 p.m.

9/30/2019 Join the Burlington Police Department for “coffee and conversation” on Wednesday, October 2 from 7:00am - 9:00am at the Burlington Dunkin Donuts located at 295 Spielman Highway.

9/19/2019  Come check out the “International Day  of Peace” events around Burlington on Saturday Sept 21, 2019 starting at 11:30am.  Locations include Sessions Woods, Burlington Public Library, and outside the Congregational Church.  For more information contact

9/17/2019  The public, including community and school groups, are invited to the Burlington Public Library (34 Library Lane) this Thursday  Sept 19th from 2pm to 3:30pm to learn more about the new “Community Match Fund”, which provides funding to support sustainability-related projects in Burlington. Through this program they are offering up to $25,000 in 1:1 matching funds for eligible projects. 
Burlington is a registered participant in the Sustainable CT program. For more information contact... Abe Hilding-Salorio, 
Community Outreach Manager, 
Sustainable CT, 
(860) 465-0256
Learn more at

9/12/2019 Come out this Friday night at 7pm to the Lewis Mills track field to support our Lewis Mills High School football team and cheerleaders in their home opener against Buckley/ HMTCA/ Weaver.

9/11/2019 Let us pause to remember on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. 

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” —former President Harry S. Truman

9/9/2019 Residents are invited to attend a Public Health presentation at the start of the Burlington Board of Selectmen meeting tomorrow, Tuesday Sept 10th at 7pm at the Burlington Public Library.  The guest speaker will be Julia Merchant, Prevention Facilitator, from the McCall Center for Behavioral Health.  Topics will cover QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer)  training for suicide  prevention and Narcan which is used to counteract the effects of opioids taken in life-threatening quantities.

9/8/2019 Burlington’s annual “Tavern Day” celebration is Sunday, Sept 15th from 11am to 4pm on the Town Green.  Come check out The Slackers Band performing in the food court/beer garden and visit the kids fun zone, food trucks, Farmers Market, historical reenactors, art show, business expo, Lewis Mills High School marching band,  community groups and much more!  Special thanks to Chairman David Goshdigian and the Tavern Day Committee. 

9/4/2019 Please join me Thursday September 5th at Tonn’s Marketplace (418 Milford Street-Route 69 in Burlington) for their “grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony” starting at 1pm.  There will be a meet and greet with their local vendors beginning at 2 PM including Ridge Runner Soaps, Lamothe's Sugar House, Tonns of Sweets Meadowview Living, Fascia’s Chocolates, Cotton Hill House & Home, Larson's Garden Center and more!

They will also have  Heavenly Smoke Bbq smoking up some pulled pork and smoked corn on the cob. Come out and welcome our new Marketplace!

For more information check out Facebook at “Tonn’s Marketplace” or website

Here is some video of thoughts I shared at the event...

9/1/2019 Art exhibition and fundraiser coming soon to the Burlington Historical Society’s Elton Tavern, 781 George Washington Turnpike. Important dates: September 8th (Artwork to be dropped off at Elton Tavern at 4pm), September 13 (private preview party & sale 6-7:30pm), Sept 15 (Tavern Day exhibition & sale) & Sept 29 (exhibition & sale). For more information contact Ann Jurkiewicz at  860-810-3938 or e-mail:
See photos for more details.

*Important Parking Information *
Due to setup activities for Tavern Day, there will be limited parking in the Elton Tavern lot on Fri Sept 13 for the preview party. Please park at the Congregational Church, People's Bank or on Savarese Lane.

8/29/3019 Thank you to all Burlington resident volunteers!  The time and effort you give to support your community is very much appreciated. Lots of ice cream sundaes were enjoyed in your honor at tonight’s Farmers Market at Town Hall.  Special thanks to Linne Ursaki, Sarah Hincks and the Boy Scout/Girl Scout servers.

8/21/2019  The public is invited to come hear guest speakers discuss our amazing Farmington River Watershed and Burlington Farms (Hard Rain, Tonn’s, Lamothe’s Sugar House...) at the upcoming Board of Selectmen meeting starting at 7pm this Tuesday August 27th at the Burlington Town Hall (200 Spielman Highway).

8/11/2019  The public is invited this Tuesday August 13th to attend the 7pm Board of Selectmen meeting at Town Hall to hear Selectmen & Uconn Horticulture Professor Carl Salsedo discuss “Invasive Plant Species” that are affecting us such as Japanese Knotweed.

8/9/2019  Check out the “Sustainable CT” tent at the Burlington Farmers Market each Thursday this summer 5-8pm at the Burlington Town Hall.  For more information visit

8/5/2019  “Family Fun Night” is on Tuesday August 6, 2019, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Burlington Public Library This culminates the Summer Reading Program. Outdoor games, races, water balloon tosses, face painting, and ice cream!

8/4/2019  “Tavern Day” celebration is coming soon!  Sunday Sept 15th around the Town Green & Historical Tavern.

7/20/2019 The Elderly Brothers will be performing at the Burlington Public Library on Wednesday July 24, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Community Room.

Long-time popular solo artists T-Bone Stankus (guitar) and Brian Gillie (keyboards) have teamed up as The Elderly Brothers, serving up mint-condition "oldies" rock'n'roll.  Light refreshments will be served. Registration required.

All in attendance will receive a raffle ticket towards our summer reading prize. Sponsored by our Friends of the Burlington

7/19/2019  Please expect moderate traffic delays as CT Department of Transportation has scheduled road pavement on RT 4 from the RT 179 intersection to the Burlington Town Hall starting Monday evening 7/22/19 and ending Tuesday evening 7/23/19. (Weather Permitting). 

Also,  CT Department of Transportation will be continuing their road resurfacing project on Route 69. This work is scheduled to occur on, or about, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The entire project consists of milling and resurfacing a 4.39-mile segment of Route 69, in Burlington from the Bristol town line to Route 4 town center intersection

6/5/2019  Upcoming community family events this weekend in Burlington!  

Saturday June 8th from 3pm to 9:30pm is the Johnnycake Music Fest at the Park off Johnnycake Mt Rd.  Benefits to Region 10 Make A Mark Enrichment Fund. 

Sunday June 9th from 9am to 3pm at the Nassahegan Recreational Complex (222 Punchbrook Road)  is “Bike and Bites.”  Mountain Biking for all ages, food trucks, raffle prizes and live music.  Proceeds to the  Burlington Community Fund and NW CT NEMBA.

6/4/2019  The Town Budget Special Meeting Vote will be held tonight at 7:30pm at the Burlington Town Hall.

6/2/2019  Congratulations to Lisa Melingonis, Har-Bur Middle School 6th grade Social Studies teacher, for being named Regional School District #10 Teacher of the Year for 2019!  Melingonis started her career in Region 10 in 2004 and is greatly respected and admired by all that know her.

5/24/2019  A resident forum was held this evening at the  Board of Selectman meeting at the Burlington Town Hall to discuss Black Bears.

If you were unable to attend, please email your conerns or comments to First Selectman, Ted Shafer or Animal Control Officer, Katie Ierardi

The following is important Black Bear Information from CT DEEP:

5/21/2019  The Burlington Board of Finance will hold a Public Hearing on the 2019-20 Budget on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Burlington Town Hall Auditorium.

5/20/2019  The 2019 Burlington Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m.  The parade will form at Joni’s Day Care Center near Milford Street (Route 69) and will proceed down Spielman Highway (Route 4) to the Town Green where the annual Memorial Day Program will take place. After that, all those that are interested will proceed to the cemetery across the street for a solemn ceremony.

5/7/2019  Results of today’s Region 10 Board of Education Referendum Vote.  Total “Yes” for Harwinton & Burlington combined:  694
Total “No” of Harwinton & Burlington combined: 676.  The budget passes.

Burlington “yes” votes: 447
Burlington “no” votes: 415

Harwinton “yes” votes: 247
Harwinton “no” votes: 261

* Burlington had a 14% voter turnout.

* Region 10 Board of Education budget makes up 75% of total Burlington Town Budget.

5/6/2019  Join organizers Northwest CT Mountain Biking Association and Burlington Community Fund for  “Bikes and Bites” family day of riding fun on Sunday June 9th, 9am to 3pm at Nassahegan Recreation Complex (222 Punch Brook Road - Burlington).  

There will be group rides as well as marked courses for all levels of riders as well as food trucks, live music and promotional give aways.  It is also okay to show up and just hang out!

Cost: $10.00 for NEMBA members, $25.00 for non-members and FREE for anyone who joins NEMBA, or renews their membership, at the event - Kids 15 and under ride free with a registered parent or Guardian.

5/2/2019  Come out to enjoy the Lions Club of Burlington Carnival at Library Lane/Congregational Church Site starting today 5-10pm, Friday May 3rd 5-10pm and Sat May 4th 3-10pm.

4/22/2019  The Ordinance Codification vote passed in the affirmative at Special Town Meeting Tonight.  22 “yes” votes to 7 “no” votes.

4/15/2019  On Saturday April 27th from 10am to 2pm  “Prescription Drug Collection” will take place at the Burlington Police Department entrance in the rear of Town Hall (200 Spielman Highway).

3/26/2019  The  Town of Burlington will be holding several “Ordinance Code Adoption Informational Sessions” in the Town Hall on the following dates:

March 27, 2019   12pm & 7pm
April 4, 2019        7pm
April 8, 2019        12pm & 7pm
April 15, 2019       12pm & 7pm

A Special Town Meeting to vote on this Code Adoption Ordinance  will be held on April 22, 2019 at 7pm in the Burlington Town Hall Auditorium.

The following supporting documents can be viewed at in the “news” section:

Ordinance Codification Presentation
Disposition List
Proposed Code Adoption Ordinance
Ordinance Book - Final Draft

If you have questions, contact the First Selectman office at or the Town Clerk at

* Original Ordinance book is available in the Town Clerk's office.

3/24/2019  The Region 10 cost of education typically represents 75% of a Burlington taxpayer’s bill.  Burlington and Harwinton residents have an opportunity to attend a Region 10 Board of Education public meeting to learn more and offer comments about the proposed 2019-2020 education budget.  It is being held this Monday evening March 25th at 7pm in the Lewis Mills High School Auditorium.  This is not the “Referendum Vote”.  The total two-town proposed education “Estimate-of-Expenses” increase over last year currently stands at a $1,487,734 or a 3.737 % increase.
The allocated dollar amounts to each of the towns, which is based on October 1st enrollment, allocates 66.61% share of the expenses to Burlington or a $990,980 (over a 1 mil) increase and Harwinton at a 33.39% share or $496,754 increase.

3/24/2019  Save the date!  The annual United Way “Day of Caring” in Burlington will be Friday May 17, 2019 from 8:30am to noon.  This volunteer event gives residents of all ages the opportunity to make a visible difference through fix it, clean up, painting,  projects, etc... locations chosen this year include the Foote Rd Recreational Park,  Hotchkiss Road Falls, Malerbo Recreation, and others TBD.  If interested, contact Linne in the First Selectman’s office at 860-673-6789 x 1.  Also include your t-shirt size.

3/14/2019  Consultant Glenn Chalder led residents in a discussion this evening at Burlington Town Hall regarding their thoughts on updating  Burlington's 10 Year Plan of Conservation and Development. Topics covered: (1) What should we preserve or protect ? (2) How should we guide growth and change? (3) What services, facilities, and infrastructure do we want or need?  If you would like to share your input on any of these topics, please submit in writing to 

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