First Selectman's Updates

7/26/2021

Town of Burlington COVID-19 July 2021 Update:


BRISTOL-BURLINGTON HEALTH DISTRICT
240 Stafford Avenue, Bristol, Connecticut 06010-4617
Tel. (860) 584-7682 • Fax (860) 584-3814 • www.bbhd.org Healthy Communities


COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Opportunity
ATTENTION: Students (12 and older) attending school in Bristol or Burlington
Bristol or Region 10 School employees
Any Eligible Residents of Bristol or Burlington
School is soon upon us and we want to keep you in school!
The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely you will need to quarantine.
So do your part and get vaccinated now!... and get a $25 gift card*
The Bristol-Burlington Health District (BBHD) in collaboration with Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine (all 3 vaccine types will be available) to eligible folks on:
 Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Burlington Town Hall Auditorium from 3pm-7pm.
200 Spielman Hwy, Burlington, CT 06013

 2nd dose clinics for Pfizer will be August 19th, same location and hours.
 2nd dose clinics for Moderna will be August 26th, same location and hours.
 Friday, July 30, 2021 at the Bristol Senior Center parking lot from 10am -2pm.
240 Stafford Ave., Bristol, CT 06010

 2nd dose clinics for Pfizer will be August 20th, same location and hours.
 2nd dose clinics for Moderna will be August 27th, same location and hours.
If you are interested in receiving the vaccine or having your eligible child/children vaccinated, please register on our website www.bbhd.org under the heading “Summer Vaccine Sign-up”. There is no cost and no commitment.
*A $25 gift card from either CVS or Walgreens will be given to those who complete the vaccine series (2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna; or 1st dose of J & J). Children 12-17 years of age must receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Free refreshments will be available on site at these clinics.
Once you register, we will send out the Consent Form to the email you provided. Complete the Consent Form and bring it to the clinic. Parents/Guardians will have to sign the Consent Form and accompany those minor children.

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Town Hall is fully opened for regular business with our working hours being Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm and Friday's 8:00am - 12:30pm

Masking indoors for those that are not vaccinated.

Vault access in the Town Clerk's Office will be restricted to two people at a time. 

Town Clerk & Tax Collector walk up windows will remain open for your convenience.

The Bristol-Burlington Health Department has developed a graph charts to show just Burlington's COVD-19 cases & deaths 

Burlington's Food Pantry:

Continues to remain open by appointment to provide assistance to all of those in need.  Town Social Services Coordinator Gjyl Kozlu can be reached at (860) 550-5415 or by e-mail: socialservices@burlingtonct.us

Preferred donations to the Burlington Food Pantry during the COVID-19 pandemic can be in the form of gifts cards to supermarkets/big box retail or checks made payable to "Burlington Food & Fuel Bank" and should be mailed to Burlington Town Hall, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013, Attention: First Selectman Ted Shafer or left in the green Drop Box by the front door of the Town Hall.

General Information/ Resources...

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus www.cdc.gov

Connecticut Department of Public Health www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Bristol Burlington Health District www.bbhd.org

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.

7/23/2021

The Town of Burlington is currently accepting applications for the position of Per Diem Kennel Attendant. 

General Description of Duties:

Working under the general supervision of the Animal Control Officer, the Kennel Attendant is responsible for, but not limited to, handling, feeding, medicating and watering impounded animals. This position also involves cleaning and disinfecting dog kennels and cat cages; washing dishes; organizing donations and supplies; as well as maintaining the cleanliness of the food prep and storage areas of the animal shelter. Applicant must be able to maintain the comfort of the impounded animals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.

· Candidate must be able to pass a background check.

· Candidate must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. without assistance.

· Candidate must have experience handling animals

· Candidate must possess good organizational skills and self-motivation.

Salary: $13.00 per hour Per Diem  Friday evening through Sunday evening and as needed for holidays. 

Applications should be submitted to :

Town of Burlington First Selectman’s Office 

200 Spielman Highway 

Burlington, CT 06013 

6/21/2021

Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of the Town of Burlington that the first installment of taxes on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle on the October 1, 2020 Grand List is due and payable on the 1st day of July 2021.  If taxes are not paid or postmarked on or before August 2, 2021, such tax will be considered delinquent and subject to interest at a rate of 1 ½% per month or fraction thereof from due date.  Minimum interest $2.00.

Bills will be mailed on June 28, 2021 and available to pay online July 1, 2021.

Taxes are payable by mail or at the Tax Office, 200 Spielman Hwy., Burlington or online at www.burlingtonct.us (fees apply).

Allison Breithaupt, Tax Collector, Town of Burlington

4/9/2021

At the Board of Selectmen meeting on March 23, 2021 a resolution was passed to authorize the formation of an Advisory Commission to oversee and comment on the future development of Library Lane parcels in the Burlington Central Business District. The Commission is to be comprised of six (6) Burlington residents at large and one member of the Economic Development Committee.  The Commission is to be selected by the Board of Selectmen. The Chairperson, Vice Chair and Secretary of the Commission to be elected by the Commission at their first meeting. Dates for their meetings to be determined by the Advisory Commission.

The Advisory Commission will develop concepts and ideas for the use of property including services and businesses which will enhance the development of the center of town. The Commission should consider public/private partnerships, and other avenues of development. Special attention should be made to the plan of development previously proposed for the Town Center. The Commission should provide the Board of Selectmen with preliminary concepts and ideas within six (6) months of their establishment.

Contact Information

Name:

Address:

Email Address:

Phone Number:

Please respond to the following questions:

1. What is your vision for the development for Library Lane, located in the Burlington Central Business District?

2.  Do you have any skill sets or professional/personal experience with similar community development projects?

All interested residents should indicate their intent to participate, by completing this volunteer application and returning to the First Selectman, Ted Shafer by April 30, 2021. If mailing please send to the attention of the First Selectman, 200 Spielman Highway Burlington CT 06013. If replying by email, please send to Shafer.T@BurlingtonCT.us. If any questions, please call the First Selectman’s Office at 860-673-6789 Ext. 1.

4/5/2021

Town of Burlington COVID-19 Update

Walk-In Hours Beginning April 5, 2021:

Monday and Wednesday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Please wear a mask and check in with receptionist.

Town Clerk & Tax Collector walk up windows will remain open for your convenience.

3/26/2021

The Johnnycake Mountain Park Advisory Commission is looking for your feedback!!  Please take a few moments to complete this survey.  The Commission will be using the survey responses to assist with the master plan and design of Johnnycake Mountain Park.  

The survey will close on Monday, April 26, 2021.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/johnnycake

1/29/2021

Police Department Notice

There have been recent vehicle break-ins around Town. The police department would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles if you are leaving them outside at any point throughout the day or night.  Please remove your keys and valuables from the vehicle as well.

10/28/2020

Enjoy the Burlington Community Fund Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the Burlington Land Trust!

​Participants will be tasked with finding and perhaps discovering 10 popular Burlington locations. Register on the link below to receive your clue to the first location. There you should find a laminated QR code with the letters BCF on the bottom. This will take you to the second clue and so on. 

The QR code at the last location will take you to a webpage form. List all 10 locations and hit submit.

The first two people or families to submit the correct answers will receive a $75 gift certificate to Sherman's Tap House. Two additional $50 GCs will be awarded from a random drawing of correct answers. All submissions must be in by December 1st, 2020.

​The registration fee is $25 and can be paid using the link below. All proceeds benefit the Burlington Community Fund.

https://www.burlingtonbell.com/scavengerregister

10/24/2020

“The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” is this Saturday October 24th from 9am to 1:30pm in the back parking lot of Burlington Town Hall - Police Department (200 Spielman Highway). This collection point aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

10/20/2020

There have been recent vehicle break-ins around Town. The Burlington Police  Department would like to remind everyone to lock your vehicles if you are leaving them outside at any point throughout the day or night.  Please remove your keys and valuables from the vehicle and close garage doors.

10/15/2020  

To access and complete the 2020 Census go to...www.my2020census.gov.

Please note: The Census Bureau indicates that people can fill out the census form online until 6 a.m. Eastern time by tomorrow Friday and that paper responses must be postmarked by Thursday (today). People can also fill out the census by phone through Thursday (today)

There are several ways that you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau for support...

English and Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time on the following phone lines:

English: 844-330-2020
Spanish: 844-468-2020
Non-English and Non-Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 10 pm Eastern Time on the following phone lines:
Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
Korean: 844-392-2020
Russian: 844-417-2020
Arabic: 844-416-2020
Tagalog: 844-478-2020
Polish: 844-479-2020
French: 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
Portuguese: 844-474-2020
Japanese: 844-460-2020
English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: Call the TDD number at 844-467-2020.

10/1/2020 

Burlington has achieved “bronze level” status in the Sustainable CT program.  This municipal program is being featured on CPTV in “Re:source:ful – Growing Sustainable Communities” . You can find more information below and tune in at: https://cptv.org/resourceful/

9/14/2020

Our  Assessor, Beth Paul,  will be doing exterior home inspections in Burlington from September 14th through October 20th. She will be in a blue jeep or a dark grey Chevy Trailblazer.

9/11/2020

On this sacred day, we honor the innocent lives lost and recognize the courage of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and risked their lives to save others 19 years ago. Today we remember the names of the 2,983 men, women and children killed as a result of the terrorist events of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. We stand in solidarity with their families and loved ones as we honor the life of every victim and fulfill our sacred promise to remember always.

9/10/2020

This weekend the U10  Burlington Little League District 6 All Stars won their District Championship... Well done!

9/7/2020

Our good friends at the Environmental Learning Centers of CT are seeking support for their Bristol/Burlington land conservation initiative called “Save Pigeon Hill" 

https://elcct.org/savepigeonhill/

$20,000 needs to be raised before September 30th to preserve land from Pine Hill to the horse farm on Shrub Road, which would expand the Barnes Hill Nature Center. 

Here is further information:

https://elcct.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Blazing-New-Trails-Save-Pig...

9/6/2020

Participated in a tour of Burlington’s Nassahegon State Forest yesterday with Peter Picone (State of CT Wildlife Biologist with suspenders) and David Irvin (State of CT Forester with orange vest).  They discussed eco-diversity initiatives with  “uneven-aged” and “pitch pine/white pine” acres.

8/28/2020

Congratulations to Bristol Health EMS employee of the month, MaryEllen Maynard! She has been working as a paramedic for the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) for close to 20 years and is an integral part of their organization.

She is an invaluable member of the Bristol Hospital EMS team and consistently demonstrates that she is a reliable employee.

MaryEllen uses her many years of EMS experience to mentor all of her co-workers, especially those that are volunteer members of the BVFD.

MaryEllen is an outstanding Paramedic who consistently delivers care to all of her patients. She is kind and shows compassion to every individual she cares for, including patient family members. 

Thank you MaryEllen!

COVID-19 Update 8/16/2020

As the Town of Burlington Officials continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 crisis, we would like to share the following link to CT Dept of Health for important daily updates.

Listed below are updates regarding Town Hall Business:

Burlington's Food Pantry:

Continues to remain open by appointment to provide assistance to all of those in need.  Town Coordinator Gjyl Kozlu can be reached at (860) 550-5415 or by e-mail: socialservices@burlingtonct.us

Preferred donations to the Burlington Food Pantry during the COVID-19 pandemic can be in the form of gifts cards to supermarkets/big box retail or checks made payable to "Burlington Food & Fuel Bank" and should be mailed to Burlington Town Hall, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013, Attention: First Selectman Ted Shafer or left in the Drop Box by the front door of the Town Hall.

Town Hall:

TOWN HALL IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT.  BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY PHONE, EMAIL AND ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19 GUIDELINES. YOU CAN UTILIZE THE TOWN HALL DIRECTORY TO REACH STAFF.  

Callers might be greeted by a voicemail message.  We encourage you to leave a message.  Staff are checking voicemail frequently and you will receive a call back as soon as we are able.

Parks and Recreation:

Foote Road Pond opens July 1 from 1-4 pm. Membership must be purchased online at myburlingtonrec.com and reservation made by calling Parks and Recreation at 860-673-6789 ext 7. Please go to myburlingtonrec.com to read through a list of the modifications during COVID-19

Foote Road Camp opens July 6. Registration must be completed online. Please go to myburlingtonrec.com to read through a list of the modifications during COVID-19.

Town parks and fields will open Wednesday, June 17. Please wear a mask and socially distance.

Basketball courts can resume play on July 6.

Playgrounds remain closed at this time.

Senior Center remains closed at this time.  Staff & volunteers continue to check on and assist our seniors.

Burlington Public Library Update:

“Contactless Curbside” pick up service will start on Thursdays beginning June 25th. We ask that you please read the Curbside policy below for more information on how to borrow Library materials.

1. All holds must be placed by Monday at 12 PM of each week. Holds must be placed online through our library catalog (https://burlingtonctlibrary.org/)

Please note, library staff will not fill holds over the phone.

2. There will be a limit on how many holds may be filled for each Burlington cardholder. The limit is currently 5 items per card with a limit of 2 items designated as “new.” (Items include: books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines). Please note, at this time we will not be circulating our museum passes.

3. Library staff will do their best to fill holds on the items you requested. If we are unable to locate an item on your request list, we will put a notice with the rest of your items notifying you of the title that we were unable to fill.

4. All holds will be checked out to your card and you will be given a due date of 3 weeks from your pick-up date (which will be Thursday of each week). Your items will be placed in a bag and your name will be on the outside of the bag.

5. Pick up day for curbside items will be Thursday of each week from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. When you arrive at the Library, we ask that you remain in your car and call us at 860-673-3331. A staff member will bring your items outside and place them on the bench near the Library’s entrance. Once the staff member has returned inside the building, you may leave your vehicle and get your bag.

6. Any items that are not picked up by 7:30 PM on Thursday will be returned to the shelf.

Information/ resources...

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus www.cdc.gov

Connecticut Department of Public Health www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Bristol Burlington Health District www.bbhd.org

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

6-19-2020

Lewis Mills High School Graduation Day is this Saturday June 20th!

Let’s show our community support for the graduates!  Put up some Blue & White decorations or make a sign to wish them well around town.  

The Graduation safe vehicle parade ceremony starts at 9:30 am and goes through 3:00 in the afternoon at the LSM high school.

 GO SPARTANS!

6-16-2020

Here is our Burlington Public Library COVID-19 update...

“Contactless Curbside” pick up service will start on Thursdays beginning June 25th. We ask that you please read the Curbside policy below for more information on how to borrow Library materials.

1. All holds must be placed by Monday at 12 PM of each week. Holds must be placed online through our library catalog (https://burlingtonctlibrary.org/ )

Please note, library staff will not fill holds over the phone.

2. There will be a limit on how many holds may be filled for each Burlington cardholder. The limit is currently 5 items per card with a limit of 2 items designated as “new.” (Items include: books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines). Please note, at this time we will not be circulating our museum passes.

3. Library staff will do their best to fill holds on the items you requested. If we are unable to locate an item on your request list, we will put a notice with the rest of your items notifying you of the title that we were unable to fill.

4. All holds will be checked out to your card and you will be given a due date of 3 weeks from your pick-up date (which will be Thursday of each week). Your items will be placed in a bag and your name will be on the outside of the bag.

5. Pick up day for curbside items will be Thursday of each week from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. When you arrive at the Library, we ask that you remain in your car and call us at 860-673-3331. A staff member will bring your items outside and place them on the bench near the Library’s entrance. Once the staff member has returned inside the building, you may leave your vehicle and get your bag.

6. Any items that are not picked up by 7:30 PM on Thursday will be returned to the shelf.

6-16-2020

Selectman Shafer

Hope everyone is staying well. Here is our Burlington Parks and Recreation COVID-19 update...

Foote Road Pond opens July 1 from 1-4 pm. Membership must be purchased online at myburlingtonrec.com and reservation made by calling Parks and Recreation at 860-673-6789 ext 7. Please go to myburlingtonrec.com to read through a list of the modifications during COVID-19

Foote Road Camp opens July 6. Registration must be completed online. Please go to myburlingtonrec.com to read through a list of the modifications during COVID-19.

Town parks and fields will open Wednesday, June 17. Please wear a mask and socially distance.

Basketball courts can resume play on July 6

Playgrounds remain closed at this time.

Senior center remains closed at this time.  Staff & volunteers continue to check on and assist our seniors.

6-8-2020

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Burlington's Food Pantry continues to remain open by appointment to provide assistance to all of those in need.  Town Coordinator Gjyl Kozlu can be reached at (860) 306-7009 or by e-mail: social services@burlingtonct.us

Preferred donations to the Burlington Food Pantry during the COVID-19 pandemic can be in the form of gifts cards to supermarkets/big box retail or checks made payable to "Burlington Food & Fuel Bank" and should be mailed to Burlington Town Hall, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013, Attention: First Selectman Ted Shafer or left in the Drop Box by the front door of the Town Hall.

Regional Food Share continues at Town Hall every other Tuesday starting around 11:15am.  Distribution is done by volunteers directly to waiting client vehicles.  June 16th & June 30th are the next Food Share distribution dates at Town Hall.

5-19-2020

Phase 1 Reopening – What will change on May 20th

Town Hall business will continue to be open via online, email and phone. The building will remain closed to the public. Planning and modifications are in progress to target Phase 2 reopening of the building.

Regional Food Share services continues with the next set of dates being May 19th, June 2nd, June 16th, and June 30th at the Burlington Town Hall.  Burlington Food Pantry open by appointment.

Tennis courts, hiking trails and Rails to Trails are open. Basketball courts and recreation fields will remain closed.

The Fire Department is no longer accepting drive by celebration requests. We want to thank everyone who invited us to be a part of their special day.

Local businesses that need PPE can make request through the CBIA who have partnered with the State and Local Emergency Management for distribution. To assist businesses in the reopening process, the State of Connecticut has put up a website as a one-stop resource for business reopening and recovery at https://business.ct.gov/recovery

Restaurants will be opening outside patio style service. Please adhere to guidelines and policies they have in place with table spacing and for washrooms and bathroom usage. Some restaurants will have reservation only dining, be sure to check in advance.

Salons and Barbers are NO LONGER included in the reopening. This is a change from the initial Phase 1 guidance.

Visit the Town of Burlington website for current and updated information

Michael Boucher

BVFD Public Information Officer

Ted Shafer

First Selectman

4-27-2020

Burlington Community Update

PUBLIC HEALTH

The latest COVID-19 public health statistics for residents of Burlington show that the numbers have slowed over the past week, and there was a 3-day period were there was no change in all categories. The current numbers are:

Tested Positive -19

Fatalities - 2

Recovered – 9

Social Distancing efforts ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.  Keep it up!! We are all in this together.

PUBLIC SAFETY

All services remain intact and responders are taking additional precautions to protect you and themselves. The Town has received needed PPE supplies through vendor purchases, citizen and company donations and through the State distribution system. While the quantities received are minimal every piece counts. Our current supply is adequate for the moment and is closely monitored.

TOWN SERVICES

The Recycling Center remains open, hours of operation are Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8am to 4pm.

Bulk Pickup occurs on Fridays, you MUST call USA Hauling customer service at phone 860-379-1662 to arrange pick up from your home.

Swap Shack at The Recycling Center is CLOSED until further notice.

The Pink Bag clothing/textile recycling program has been suspended by the outside operating company, Simple Recycling.

Regional Food Share services continues and the May dates are the 5th and 19th

WILDLIFE

 If you see a black bear:

Observe it from a distance.

Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.

Never attempt to feed or attract bears.

Report bear sightings to the DEEP Wildlife Division (or call 860-424-3011).

We understand that the Stay at Home and Social Distancing guidelines have been challenging and change how we do many things including celebrating birthdays. To support our community that has always supported the Fire department, during the “Stay at Home” order we will provide a Birthday “drive by” or join your birthday parade with a fire truck. To arrange this, please contact Administrative Assistant Tanna Romero at 860-675-2183 x or email tanna@burlingtonfirect.com

A complete list of COVID-19 Information and public health links can be found on the town website  https://www.burlingtonct.us/ . Any citizen in need of services that are not addressed on the town website, please contact the First Selectman Ted Shafer at 860-673-6789 x1 for assistance.

Please continue to support each other and the town’s businesses.

Michael Boucher                                                           Ted Shafer

Public Information Officer                                          First Selectman

4-7-2020

Burlington Community Update 

As we continue to go through these challenging times together, the Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Team wants to keep the citizens informed as to what the Town has been doing.  Since the previous update, Burlington now has a total of 6 confirmed COVID-19 cases.  First Selectman Ted Shafer recently declared a “Civil Preparedness Emergency” for the Town of Burlington.  This declaration is procedural in nature and allows us to take actions, if necessary, to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the Town and its citizens and mitigate this emergency. This declaration will also aid the Town later on in the disaster expense recovery process.

The Town’s emergency services are well staffed and our ability to respond effectively has not changed. The fire stations are not open to the public to keep our buildings and members safe.  If we do respond to your home for any reason, our responders will be wearing masks and gloves for your protection and ours. Please tell the dispatcher or first responders right away if you are not feeling well in any way.

Members of our fire department are also working to make fabric masks for our members and town residents free of charge. If you are interested in donating materials or helping to make them please email us: masks@burlingtonfirect.com

Our social services team has been working hard, helping our seniors and those in need of food.  I want to thank all of you who have mailed gift cards to supermarkets/stores and checks made payable to “Burlington Food & Fuel Bank” to Burlington Town Hall, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013.  Those donations can also be left in the green drop box in front of Town Hall.  They are making a big difference already to those who are in need now and will be in the future.

Bulk pick-up is still by appointment only on Fridays. Please call USA Hauling at 860 379-1662 to schedule.  The Recycle Center is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 4 PM

Check out www.burlingtonctlibrary.org as well as their Facebook/Instagram for a wide range of virtual program offerings.

The Town website https://www.burlingtonct.us/  is updated as to local information changes, community services and needs. It also contains links to where you can find CDC & State information for health guidance and updated statistics related to the pandemic.  Any resident who would like to volunteer to help others,  please contact First Selectman Shafer’s Office at 860-673-6789 x 1 or shafer.t@burlingtonct.us.

Currently Town recreational areas are closed due to “Social Distancing” efforts.  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!  Please do your part and stay home and if you must be out in public, respect the 6 feet of separation protocol and use a mask…it will protect you and those around you. Together we will get through this crisis. 

Please continue to support local businesses and each other.

4-2-2020

In response to the issuance of declarations of a public health emergency and civil preparedness emergency by the Governor of the State of Connecticut and the national emergency by the President, and the spread of the coronavirus in the State of Connecticut and Hartford County, the Board of Selectman of the Town of Burlington, hereby declare a state of emergency for the Town of Burlington.

3-26-2020

Burlington Community Update

First Selectman Shafer, Local Elected Officials, Public Safety, Public Works, Public Health, Emergency Management and Region 10 continue to work together with State and Federal partners. There have been numerous tele-conferences within each of the disciplines and with the Town of Burlington Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) Team.  While we have changed the way we do business and many town services have been restricted or suspended, the Town continues to be in good shape and all vital services are intact.

Information is posted on the town website  https://www.burlingtonct.us/ and is updated as local information changes in regard to community services and needs. The page also contains web links where you can find CDC & State information for health guidance and updated statistics related to COVID-19. The Department of Public Health has confirmed one Burlington resident is positive for COVID-19. As they take necessary precautions, officials have provided them with guidance and are monitoring.

Any citizen in need of services that are not addressed on the town website, please contact the First Selectman’s Office at 860-673-6789 x1 for assistance.

Thank you for doing your part in social distancing and proper hygiene practices. Together we will get through this crisis. Please continue to support local businesses and each other!

Stay safe & Stay well

3/16/20

TOWN HALL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY PHONE, EMAIL AND ONLINE. USE THE FOLLOWING TOWN HALL DIRECTORY TO REACH STAFF.  APPOINTMENTS FOR URGENT BUSINESS ONLY.

During this time, please continue to check the Town's Website for Town Hall closings and Commission Meeting Cancellations

Town Clerk Land Record Portal Link  https://recordhub.cottsystems.com/BurlingtonCT/Portal/SearchSites/Home?O...

Food Pantry is closed as of today, March 16, 2020 until further notice 

Dial-a-Ride is suspended until further notice as of March 18, 2020

3/13/2020. 

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 www.burlingtonct.us

Information/ resources...

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus www.cdc.gov

Bristol Burlington Health District www.bbhd.org

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 kara@poormetea.com
or Facebook.com/burlingtonpeace

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 hildingsalorioa@easternct.edu Learn more at ioby.org/SustainableCT

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 https://tonnsmarketplace.com/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRAmNu9pPoI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwrx-yy2Vn4

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: annldj@comcast.net 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 www.sustainablect.org

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 at...shafer.t@burlingtonct.us or Animal Control Officer, Katie Ierardi at...ierardi.k@burlingtonct.us

The following is important Black Bear Information from CT DEEP:

https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325930&deepNav_GID=1655

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 www.burlingtonct.us 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 shafer.t@burlingtonct.us or the Town Clerk at ugalde.m@burlingtonct.us

* 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 zeo@burlingtonct.us 

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