As January concludes and we turn the page of the calendar to February, we are cleaning up from the recent ice storm and preparing for more winter weather to come. My thanks to all town residents for your patience and cooperation as Woodbridge experienced the bitter cold, high winds, ice, snow, rain and power outages on January 20 and 21.
I would like to highlight and express deep appreciation for the work of our Town’s First Responders during this storm. They answered an extraordinarily high volume of calls related to the many downed trees and tree limbs that fell due to ice accumulation which in turn blocked roads and took down power lines. In all, over 100 calls were answered by our dedicated Fire, Police, Public Works Road Crews and our Animal Control Officers over the long holiday weekend. These men and women are always there when we need them, and I am sure I speak on behalf of residents when I express gratitude for all they do on our behalf.
Our Human Services Department also sprang into action to open the Emergency Shelter and Warming Station in the Center Building, and their work to provide a place to warm up and charge devices for all affected residents is appreciated, as always. Kudos also to the JCC for opening its doors to members and non-members alike, for warming, charging and hot showers. Thank you!
Neighbors reaching out to neighbors
I also want to acknowledge and thank those residents who offered to open their homes to neighbors, to charge devices, get warm, or take a hot shower during the lengthy power outages some households experienced. This spirit of neighbor reaching out to neighbor in times of trouble is inspirational. This is what makes Woodbridge a truly wonderful community – thank you to everyone who offered to help!
Fees waived for brush disposal
As we do in the aftermath of all major storms, my team at Town Hall and I have again met with representatives from UI and our First Responders to go over the response to this storm, and suggest ways that we can improve and continue to prepare for future weather events. In addition, I have waived the fee associated with disposal of brush at the Transfer Station through February 9th to assist in the cleanup efforts of residents. Please see the Town website for details: woodbridgect.org.
Contact number during storms
As a reminder to residents, during storms or other high call volume conditions in Town, please use the Police Non-Emergency Phone Number (203-387-2511) to contact the Town for help with NON-EMERGENCY assistance. When we are closed for storms, all other phone numbers for departments in Town (including Human Services, Public Works, Animal Control, and Town Hall offices) will not be answered and messages are not monitored during the storm. By calling the Police Non-Emergency number, you will be connected to available services to assist you – please do not hesitate to call.
As always, my door at Town Hall remains open. Please feel free to visit or call me with any questions or concerns you may have, or just to say “hello.”
Beth Heller is Woodbridge First Selectman. She may be reached by phone at Town Hall, 203-389-3401, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.