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From the First Selectman – April 2020

I will begin by thanking our wonderful town staff and residents for being flexible and working together as we navigate through this global crisis.  These are unprecedented times and the situation continues to change rapidly.  I am so impressed with how resolute and resilient Woodbridge residents are.

This is what the Town has been doing:  Town buildings have been closed to the public since March 13, and most staff are working remotely.  Our Police Department is at full staff and both School Resource Officers are working within the department to make sure we can respond quickly and safely to residents during this crisis.  Many services that the Town provides are available online or via phone (see list below for details).  Our Town website is a helpful resource for most issues – woodbridgect.gov.

I have been convening frequent department head meetings via a conference call, and I am in constant communication with staff and outside agencies, including leaders from the state and federal government.  We continue to make difficult decisions and I suspect things will only get harder before they improve.  Please remember these decisions are made to keep everyone healthy.

We are following the Governor’s executive orders regarding essential businesses and currently our buildings will remain closed and programs canceled through April 22.  We have a new page on our town website where we are centralizing local information related to the COVID19 Pandemic.  Visit woodbridgect.org/COVID19 for details.

This is what YOU can do:  It is imperative that everyone practice social distancing – stay at least 6 feet away from people, avoid gatherings and only leave home when necessary.  Do not visit friends or family unless there is an urgent need for health or safety and avoid or limit interactions between the young and the elderly.

Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and clean high-touch surfaces in your home daily with Lysol or a solution of four teaspoons bleach per quart of water.

Misinformation is dangerous.  Please rely on trusted sources of information:  cdc.gov/coronavirus for health information and guidance, ct.gov/coronavirus for state updates and woodbridgect.org/covid19 for local news.  More guidance and health information can be found on our health district website, Quinnipiack Valley Health District, qvhd.org.

Also remember to be safe at our town parks, fields and playgrounds.  To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick or spreading COVID19.  However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

Residents with general questions on Coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.  Anyone experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.

Please keep our local businesses in mind during these uncertain times.  On the COVID19 page you will also find a round-up of local businesses continuing to operate.  The list is being updated as new information comes in.  If your business has something to add, please get in touch with Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org.

We are uncertain how long this may continue.  As we receive information, we will pass it along.

Town business you can do from home:  Human Services will assist with delivered meals, food pantry items and limited transportation.  Contact 203-389-3430 for details.

Residents who need to pay taxes may do so online with a credit card (a 2.5% fee is applied by the vendor).  Residents may also access their income tax information on the Tax Collector’s page of the Town website.  Click “check your tax payment status,” enter your name and click the “IRS payment record” button.

Beginning April 1 all building permits will be available on the Town’s website.

Qualifying families in need of food assistance may call the Woodbridge Food and Fuel pantry at 203-389-3429.

The Presidential Preference Primary is rescheduled for June 2 and new voter registration deadlines have not yet been announced.  You may register to vote at voterregistration.ct.gov and unaffiliated voters may register with a party online or via mail.  When we have deadline updates, we will post them.  Absentee ballots are available through a link on the Town Clerk’s webpage.

Land records at the Town Clerk’s office are available online and recordings may be done by mail.

Assessment information and maps are available online.

The Transfer and Recycling Station is open regular hours (Tuesday – Saturday 8:30 – 3 pm).

The Library provides many services online including ebook rentals and streaming movies.

Remember, we are in this TOGETHER, and we are here to help you. I ask that you do everything you can to stay healthy and safe.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE,

STOP THE SPREAD, AND SAVE LIVES!

Thank you Woodbridge!

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