Winter 2017 The Webletter
Snowy Connecticut River
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Wilczewski

Holiday Calendar


December 12 - Hanukkah Begins
December 21 - Winter Begins
December 25 - Christmas
                         Town Hall Closed
December 26 - Kwanzaa Begins


January 01 - New Year's Day
                     Town Hall Closed
January 15 - Martin Luther King Day
                     Town Hall Closed

February 12 - Lincoln's Birthday
February 14 - Valentine's Day
                       Ash Wednesday
February 16 - Chinese New Year
February 19 - President's Day
                      Town Hall Closed


Job Openings


The Enfield EMS Department is seeking applicants for employment
interested in an EMS Career.


Experience and training required are include two (2) years work experience (or four (4) years volunteer experience) as a Paramedic (for employment consideration) AND High school graduation or possession of GED as well as:

Current license as a State of Connecticut Paramedic (or able to obtain same by date of hire)

Currently authorized to practice as a paramedic through a sponsor hospital

Current certification in American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Current certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Possession and maintenance of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and an

acceptable driving record

Applicants must pass the following:

A written test to assess your ability on material, to reason, to solve problems and apply sound situational judgment.

A physical fitness assessment to determine your strength, agility, general physical fitness and Paramedic skills level.

Later phases of the process will include oral board interview, background investigation, psychological examination, medical examination and drug testing.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of testing.

How to Apply

For all other job opportunities with the Town of Enfield, please visit Human Resources

Holiday Magic Carpet

Happy Holidays from Enfield Transit!


December 22 and 23 will be “ride free days” on Magic Carpet for Holiday shopping!  'Tis the season!

Annual Dial-A-Ride renewal notices will be going out in the mail this week and should arrive in homes by the beginning of December.  Please be on the lookout.  The annual membership fee has been increased to $100.

Please contact (860) 272-3545 with any questions, or visit Enfield Transit.


Christmas tree

Holiday Decoration Safety Tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



Trees


Many artificial trees are fire resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement specifying this protection.
A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. To check for freshness, remember:
A fresh tree is green.
Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches.
When bent between your fingers, fresh needles do not break.
The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin.
When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the ground, a shower of falling needles shows that tree is too dry.
Place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.
Cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base of a sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread feet. Keep the stand filled with water while the tree is indoors.
Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Use thin guy-wires to secure a large tree to walls or ceiling. These wires are almost invisible.

“Snow”


Artificial snow sprays can irritate lungs if inhaled. To avoid injury, read container labels; follow directions carefully.

Lights


Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.
Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.
Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.
Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!
Keep “bubbling” lights away from children. These lights with their bright colors and bubbling movement can tempt curious children to break candle-shaped glass, which can cut, and attempt to drink liquid, which contains a hazardous chemical.

Candles


Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens.
Always use non-flammable holders.
Keep candles away from other decorations and wrapping paper.
Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over.


Trimmings


Use only non-combustible or flame-resistantmaterials.
Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass “angel hair” to avoid irritation to eyes and skin.
Choose tinsel or artificial icicles or plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous ifingested by children.

In homes with small children, take special care to:

Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.
Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children. Pieces could be
swallowed or inhaled.
Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food. A child could eat them!

Fires


Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from
fireplace area. Check to see that flute is open.
Keep a screen before the fireplace all the time a fire is burning.
Use care with “fire salts” which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They
contain heavy metals which can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation or vomiting if eaten.
Keep away from children.

Paper


When making paper decorations, look for materials labeled non-combustible or flame resistant.
Never place trimming near open flames or electrical connections.
Remove all wrapping papers from tree and fireplace areas immediately after presents are
opened.
Do not burn papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

General Rules for Holiday Safety


Keep matches, lighters, and candles out ofthe reach of children.
Avoid smoking near flammable decorations.
Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in the home. See that
each family member knows what to do.

PRACTICE THE PLAN!

Avoid wearing loose flowing clothes—particularly long, open sleeves—near open
flames - such as those of a fireplace, stove, or candlelit table.
Never burn candles near evergreens.  Burning evergreens in the fireplace can also be hazardous. When dry, greens burn like tinder. Flames can flare out of control, and send sparks flying into a room, or up the chimney to ignite creosote deposits.
Plan for safety. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical
connections.

generator

Generator Safety-OSHA Guidelines


There are many hazards associated with generators:

• Shocks and electrocution from improper use of power or accidentally energizing other electrical systems
.
• Carbon monoxide from a generator’s exhaust.

• Fires from improperly refueling a generator or inappropriately storing the fuel for a generator.

• Noise and vibration hazards.

The following precautions are provided to reduce shock and electrocution hazards:

• Never attach a generator directly to the electrical system of a structure (home, office, trailer, etc.) unless a qualified electrician has properly installed the generator with a transfer switch. Attaching a generator directly to a building electrical system without a properly installed transfer switch can energize wiring systems for great distances. This creates a risk of electrocution for utility workers and others in the area.

• Always plug electrical appliances directly into the generator using the manufacturer’s supplied cords or extension cords that are grounded (3-pronged). Inspect the cords to make sure they are fully intact and not damaged, cut or abraded. Never use frayed or damaged extension cords. Ensure the cords are appropriately rated in watts or amps for the intended use. Do not use underrated cords—replace them with appropriately rated cords that use heavier gauge wires. Do not overload a generator; this can lead to overheating which can create a fire hazard.

• Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), especially where electrical equipment is used in or around wet or damp locations. GFCIs shut off power when an electrical current is detected outside normal paths. GFCIs and extension cords with built-in GFCI protection can be purchased at hardware stores, do-it-yourself centers, and other locations that sell electrical equipment. Regardless of GFCI use, electrical equipment used in wet and damp locations must be listed and approved for those conditions.

• Make sure a generator is properly grounded and the grounding connections are tight. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for proper grounding methods.

• Keep a generator dry; do not use it in the rain or wet conditions. If needed, protect a generator with a canopy. Never manipulate a generator’s electrical components if you are wet or standing in water.

• Do not use electrical equipment that has been submerged in water. Equipment must be thoroughly dried out and properly evaluated before using. Power off and do not use any electrical equipment that has strange odors or begins smoking.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas. Many people have died from CO poisoning because their generator was not adequately ventilated.

• Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, and basements. NOTE: Open windows and doors may NOT prevent CO from building up when a generator is located in an enclosed space.

• Make sure a generator has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above it to ensure adequate ventilation.

• Do not use a generator outdoors if its placement near doors, windows, and vents could allow CO to enter and build up in occupied spaces.

• If you or others show symptoms of CO poisoning—dizziness, headaches, nausea, tiredness—get to fresh air immediately and seek medical attention. Do not re-enter the area until it is determined to be safe by trained and properly equipped personnel. Fire Hazards

• Generators become hot while running and remain hot for long periods after they are stopped. Generator fuels (gasoline, kerosene, etc.) can ignite when spilled on hot engine parts.

• Before refueling, shut down the generator and allow it to cool.

• Gasoline and other generator fuels should be stored and transported in approved containers that are properly designed and marked for their contents, and vented.

• Keep fuel containers away from flame producing and heat generating devices (such as the generator itself, water heaters, cigarettes, lighters, and matches). Do not smoke around fuel containers. Escaping vapors or vapors from spilled materials can travel long distances to ignition sources.

• Do not store generator fuels in your home. Store fuels away from living areas. Noise and Vibration Hazards

• Generator engines vibrate and create noise. Excessive noise and vibration could cause hearing loss and fatigue that may affect job performance.

• Keep portable generators as far away as possible from work areas and gathering spaces.

• Wear hearing protection if this is not possible.

House repair

Could You Use Housing Rehab?


Is your home in need of repairs or safety renovations?

The Town of Enfield has funds available for Housing Rehabilitation under the federal Small Cities Program.  This program provides financial and technical assistance in the form of low interest and deferred payment loans to low and moderate income households for making necessary repairs and improvements.  This includes electrical work, the replacement of heating systems, window replacement, siding, roof replacement, structural repairs and plumbing work. 

The program also addresses lead hazard reduction, asbestos abatement, and the removal of underground storage tanks.  The income eligibility limits vary by household size.  For example, a household of two would qualify with an annual household income at or below $52,600.

For an application and to learn more about the program, please contact the Department of Development Services Office of Community Development at 860-253-6390 or visit http://www.enfield-ct.gov/ and choose the Community Development Division link under “Your Government”.

Community Development Website

Committee

Directory of Officials


Did you know that there is a record of all board and committee members that serve for the Town?  

The Town Clerk's Office is charged with maintaining the records of all public officials, elected or appointed. Appointments and reappointments, elected candidates, resignations and vacancies in office are tracked in the Officials Directory. With our newly elected Town Council and Board of Education, you are able to find their contact information in a click!  Visit the Officials directory for party affiliation and vacancy information.

Town Clerk 

Winter Break

Recreation


December Vacation Basketball


A great option for youth looking to shoot some hoops while school is out!  This program is for Enfield youth only.  Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  No more than 3 children per adult is allowed.  Participants must wear sneakers and should bring their own basketball.  A limited supply of basketballs will be available for use.  This is a drop in program, no pre-registration is required.
 
Date: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, December 27 - 29, 2017
 
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Ages 7 – 10 years old
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Ages 11 – 14 years old
1:30 – 3:30 PM, Ages 15 – 18 years old
 
Fee: $1.00 per person/per day
 
Location: Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym



December Vacation Open Swim Hours


Pool at Fermi High School, 124 North Maple Street

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, December 27 - 29, 2017

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Fees:    Youth: $0.50 Residents/$1.00 Non-Residents
Adult: $1.00 Residents / $1.50 Non-Residents
Family: $2.00 Residents / $2.50 Non-Residents

All regular pool rules apply.  


The Recreation Division



Techno Topics Enfield Library
Evening Rhyme Time Enfield Library
Festival of Trees Enfield Library
Holiday Card Making Enfield Library
Weather advisory

Winter Alerts from DPW


In addition to the Everbridge notification system, DPW utilizes a number of other media outlets to notify the public of parking bans and/or sidewalk snow removal. This list is subject to change but currently includes Notify Me®, DPW’s Twitter® feed (follow @EnfieldDPW), the Town’s web site http://www.enfield-ct.gov and local television and radio stations.  To aid residents in determining when the 24-hours have elapsed, a countdown clock can be found on the Town’s website; end of storm notifications are also posted on Enfield TV.
 
The Department of Public Works also provides a number of sand barrels throughout town.  This sand is meant for residential use only.  A list of sites is published on the Department of Public Works web page.
 
Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks:  Owners or occupants of any building or land bordering upon any street, square or public place where there is a sidewalk are required to remove all snow, sleet and ice within a period of 24 hours after the cessation of the snow, sleet or ice. 
 
Blowing, throwing or plowing snow into the public street:
Blowing, throwing or plowing of snow into public street or way is not permitted. Snow that is blown, thrown or plowed into the streets by residents or contractors creates an unnecessary safety hazards to all motorists and unnecessarily consumes significant town resources.
 
Parking Bans
No motor vehicle shall be parked on a public street or highway in town during a snow or ice storm that has an accumulation of 3 inches or more or during any other parking ban instituted to facilitate the removal of snow on town streets.  Objects such as basketball hoops must be removed as well during the winter season.
 
The Department of Public Works web site also has additional resources, including FAQs on snow removal and a link to snow information published by the CT DOT.
 
Refuse Collection Holiday Schedule 
The Town of Enfield Public Works Department wishes to advise Enfield Residents that Trash and Recycling collections this holiday season are as follows:
 
Christmas and New Year’s Holidays:  Pickup for all residents for both weeks will be delayed one day.  Monday rubbish pickup will be on Tuesday, Tuesday pickup will be on Wednesday, Wednesday pickup will be on Thursday and Thursday pickup will be on Friday for both weeks.
 
The Transfer Station will be closed on December 25th & 26th for the Christmas holiday (reopening on December 27) and January 1st & 2nd for the New Years holiday (reopening on January 3rd).

Department of Public Works

Road in Enfield

ROADS Updates Available!


The Engineering Department makes weekly updates to their Current ROADS 2015 Construction Projects Page to keep residents informed on the progress of this project.  To learn more about that status of the roads you care about, visit that page here.

Engineering Office

Guys and Kids Night Out from FRC PDF
Grandparent Support Group from FRC PDF
Playgroups from FRC PDF
Important Town Phone Numbers PDF
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