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Meet Lee Erdmann
Acting Town Manager


Lee C. Erdmann was appointed Acting Town Manager of Enfield effective September 25, 2015.  Lee has an extensive background in local government administration, including twenty years with the City of Hartford and fifteen years with the Town of Wethersfield.

While in Hartford, Lee served in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, including Budged Director, Assistant City Manager, City Manager, and Chief Operating Officer.  While in Wethersfield, Lee also served as Town Manager.  In Durham North Carolina, Lee was a Budget Analyst and in Springfield, Massachussetts he was the Chief Administrative and Financial Officer.

During his forty year career, Lee was active in both the International City and County Management Association, as well as the American Society for Public Administration. Lee served as the President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the Connecticut Town and City Management Association.
 
Since his retirement in 2013, Lee has conducted a number of consulting assignments for clients in Connecticut and Massachussetts.  Lee and his wife Ginger, a retired school teacher, reside in Hartford, CT.  They have three adult daughters and eight lovely grandchildren.

Town Manager's Webpage





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The Information Technology Department
Facilitation Town Customer Service Every Day!

Supporting the Technological Needs of Education, Public Safety, and Municipal Services.


The Information Technology Department serves the municipal, public safety, and public education sectors of local government, as well as the North Central District Health Department. We also provide technology services to local small businesses through the Business Information Technology Incubator (BITI) program.

We are primarily an internal department focused on empowering management and staff with innovative, coordinated and cost-effective technology solutions.

Our diverse technical and support personnel have skills in a wide range of technologies including network infrastructure, desktop & mobile device management, business applications, project and resource management, Service Desk, and telecommunications.

The IT Department helps keep Town Hall open 24-7 with citizen services such as web access to Town services, Transfer Station credit card payments, guest wireless services in Town buildings, and Magic Carpet Bus Wi-Fi while travelling.

The key to our solutions and services revolve around three strategies for success – Ease of Use, High Availability, and Secure Access.

Connect with us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/it or follow us on Twitter: @enfieldtpc

Recent News:

Enfield Public School teachers are receiving new Lenovo laptops.  They are equipped with Windows 8 and Office Professional 2013.  With this new device, they will have immediate access to the cloud, their documents, ESchool, etc.  We are excited to incorporate this new technology in their classrooms.

IT has also implemented Office 365 to the Town of Enfield and Board of Education employees.  Staff will have access to Office 2013 and cloud-based storage.  Their documents and emails will be available anytime, anywhere!!  Students will have access to Office 2013 as well.  Training for teachers and all staff has begun this month on One Drive and storage using the cloud.  We are all excited about the collaboration aspect and sharing enhancements.



Calendar


November 1-Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 1-All Saints Day

November 2-All Souls Day

November 3-Election Day

November 11-Veterans Day TOWN HALL CLOSED

November 26-Thanksgiving

November 26 & 27-TOWN HALL CLOSED


Upcoming Town Meetings


Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
November 3, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
November 5, 6:00 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning & Zoning Commission
November 5, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Town Council Special Meeting
November 9, 5:30 PM @ Enfield Room

Town Council Regular Meeting
November 9, 7:00 PM @  Council Chambers

Enfield Conservation Commission
November 10, 7:00 PM @ Enfield Room

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
November 12, 6:00 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning & Zoning Commission
November 12, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Town Council Special Meeting
November 16, 5:30 PM @ Enfield Room

Town Council Regular Meeting
November 16, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
November 17, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield Economic Development Commission
November 18, 8:00 AM @ Thompsonville Room

Enfield Historic District Commission
November 18, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Planning & Zoning Commission
November 19, 7:00 PM@ Council Chambers

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
November 24, 7:00 PM @  Council Chambers

Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee Meeting
November 26, 7:00 PM @ Enfield Room

Quarterly Q & A with the Town Council and Staff
November 30, 7:00 PM @ Prudence Crandall School Cafeteria

Zoning Board of Appeals
November 30, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers


Current Jobs


BASKETBALL REFEREES (January - March) 
CLOSING DATE: NOVEMBER 25, 2015


$15.00 - $27.00 per game, depending on experience.

Hours:  Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

 
APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OF AGE.

To see all current job opportunities, click here.

Human Resources Webpage


RFP's


Click here for all bid postings and requests for proposal

Finance Department Webpage




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Can't keep in the Heat?  Consider the Housing Rehabilitation Program!


Is your heating system on the fritz or your home in need of weatherization for the winter?  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, 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 $52,650.

For an application and to learn more about the program, please contact the Office of Community Development at 860-253-6390 or the Community Development Webpage.




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Coming Up in Recreation:


1st and 2nd Grade Instructional Basketball
 
A co-ed instructional program for boys and girls in grades 1 & 2 will be held on Sunday afternoons at JFK Middle School beginning on January 10th.  The program will consist of eight, one hour sessions in which participants will work in groups rotating through skill stations to learn the fundamentals of basketball.  The program will be run by Recreation Department staff however, we are asking for parent volunteers to help supervise participants at each station.  In the final weeks of the program participants will be split up into groups to scrimmage.

**PLEASE NOTE: this is a drop off program.  Parents will only be allowed into the gym for the last two classes.
 
Registration will be limited to 120 participants (40 per session) and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis starting October 9th.  This program is for Enfield residents only.  Participants may register for one of three time slots.    FEE: $33.00 per participant.  Registration Deadline: Friday, November 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM or when the program is full. 

 
Holiday House Lighting Contest
 
The Enfield Recreation Department in conjunction with Panera Bread is sponsoring a house lighting contest. Have a great time lighting up your home, decorating it in the holiday spirit. Official entry forms are available at the Recreation Office, online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or at Panera Bread in the Enfield Square Mall.
 
Judging will take place Tuesday, December 8 through Thursday, December 10. We ask for lights to be left on from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. All entry forms must be turned into the Recreation Department by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th. This contest is for Enfield residents only. Participants who won last year are not eligible for a prize this year but may participate if they wish.
 
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories… BEST OVERALL, MOST SPIRITED, MOST CREATIVE & BRIGHTEST. 

 
 Torchlight Parade & Carol Sing
 
An annual event, the Torchlight Parade and Carol Sing will be held Saturday, December 5th.  The parade will begin at 6:00 PM at Enfield Street School and end at the Town Green.  The Carol Sing will begin at 7:00 PM in front of the Town Gazebo along with the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival.   In case of inclement weather the rain date for this event will be Sunday, December 6th. 
This year’s parade is sponsored by the Thompsonville Fire Department.

Recreation Webpage




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It's Time to Revaluate!


 
It’s that time again! The Connecticut General State Statute12-62 requires a revaluation of all real property every five years. The last revaluation in Enfield was effective October 1, 2011.
 
Vision Government Solutions has been contracted by the Town to assist in performing this revaluation.  This process will be completed in the winter of 2016. For this revaluation it is not required for a representative to enter every property.  An inspection is required for only those properties that have sold, have outstanding building permit(s), in to response to the data mailer or have other discrepancies.
 
In the next few weeks all property owners will receive a document called a “Data Verification Report”. 
 
This data mailer will describe your property.  Please take a minute to review and return this document in the enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope.  You may also email Vision Government Solutions at Mailbox1@vgsi.com or the Assessor’s Office at assessor@enfield.org or fax to the Assessor’s Office at 860-741-4028.
 
This is the first step in the revaluation process and is your opportunity, as the property owner, to ensure that the data used is correct and to notify us of any changes, corrections or concerns that you may have.
 
Thank you for your time and please contact the Assessor’s Office with any questions or concerns at 860-253-6339.

Assessment and Revenue Collection Webpage



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November Children’s Events at our Public Library

              
Pop Sing-a-long Play-a-long  November 5th at 6:30 pm   With Robert the Guitar Guy:  Kids get to use all sorts of instruments and props as we sing and play their favorite songs!  Ages 5 and up! (Drop-in)

Family Movie Night  November 13th at 6:30 pm:  Enjoy a big screen showing of Inside Out rated PG. Bring your own treats and blankets. (Drop-in)

Saturday Morning Storytime  November 14th at 10:00 am:  Join us for Fall stories and a craft. Ages 3-7. (Drop-in)

Pete the Cat Book Party November 25th at 10:00 am: Join us as we read our favorite Pete the Cat Books, play pin the buttons on Pete the Cat and make a tasty snack. Ages 5-10. Registration for this program begins November 9th.

Lego®  & Duplo® Mania  November 27th at 3:45 pm Thousands of  building bricks to use! Come see what you can build in an hour.  (Drop-in)


Enfield Library Webpage



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Waste Oil & Automotive Battery Recycling November 21st!


Waste Oil and Automotive Battery Recycling free to Enfield Residents. Please ensure your oil is free of contaminants and avoid using bleach or other pool chemical bottles for storing and transporting your waste oil.

Refuse and Resource Management





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Brainerd Park Basketball Court Stiping-Completed October 16



Town Clerk


To find your Council District and Polling Place go to: 
http://www.enfield-ct.gov/867/Find-My-Polling-Place

Cast your vote November 3rd!!

Town Clerk's Webpage





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The Enfield Child Development Center is enjoying the mild fall weather, having fun on their new playground, and even took a field trip to a local apple orchard
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November Happenings at the
Senior Center


On Thursday, November 12 at 1 p.m. we will celebrate veterans with a Veterans Tribute featuring storyteller Arnie Pritchard. Early in 1942, a young man from Rhode Island, Tony Pritchard, who had rarely been outside of New England, went into the U.S. Army. By the time he returned home more than five years later, he had been all over the United States and Western Europe, had led troops in combat, had nearly died, had worked with refugees, and in general had encountered a world far wider and far more brutal that anything he had known. His son, Arnie, inherited Tony’s old foot locker. It turned out to contain hundreds of letters, photos, and other documents from this time. Arnie is now a World War II storyteller chronicling his father’s experiences. Dessert and coffee will  follow the presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the Enfield Cultural Arts Commission

The Enfield Senior Center has added new classes including Ageless Grace. This class is good for participants of every ability level and helps with flexibility as well as brain fitness and neuroplasticity. Additionally, we are offering a Men’s Weight Training class. Many new craft classes, trips and special events are coming in November. Pick up a newsletter at the Senior Center or find us online.
 
Join us for our Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 7, 8 am – 1 pm It is never too early to start your holiday shopping. Bring friends and family and discover affordable and unique handmade gift items such as scarves, hats, mittens, afghans, home décor, ornaments and more. Take a chance on a one-of-a-kind quilt and the teacup raffle table. Stop at the baked goods table and purchase a fresh homemade goody. Come early and enjoy the Lions Club all you can eat pancake breakfast. 

Senior Center Webpage





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Enfield's 2nd Community & Farmer's Market
Closes its Successful 2nd Annual Season 


"The Town of Enfield was proud to close out a wonderful season of Enfield's 2nd Community & Farmer's Market with our Second Annual Fall-O-Ween Festival Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Thompsonville at Freshwater Pond last Wednesday," states Courtney Hendricson, Assistant Town Manager.
 
Farmers, craft and community vendors were all lined up next to scenic Freshwater Pond to celebrate its end of season with a Dia de los Muertos Fall-O-Ween festival.
 
Trick or Treating was the main attraction to this community celebration where children and adults wore their favorite Halloween costumes as they toured the community and farmers market. Everyone received a free 'Faith the Goat' trick or treat bag courtesy of MassMutual, our Premier Community Sponsor that continues to support the growth of our community, our market,  and without whom we would not have such a successful season.
 
Courtney Hendricson is very pleased with the community participation this year. "We wish to express our gratitude to the Enfield Police Explorers, along with Darrin Lamore-Executive Director of Enfield Community Development Corporation who volunteered each week. Also, a big thank you to Falcetti Music for booking and presenting live music performances."
 
The Community Market is about building a sense of community and showcasing the gem of Thompsonville as a traditional downtown village. We look forward to holding Enfield's 3rd Community and Farmers Market in 2016.

Development Services Webpage






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Q&A Snow Removal-Know the Process

 
Q.  When does the countdown clock start ticking?


A. 24 hour window for clearing of snow and/or ice begins when the Director of Public     Works declares the event that caused the deposit of snow or ice to be over.

Q.  How will the end of the event decided upon?

A. Director of Public Works will use visual as well as scientific means to arrive at this conclusion. He will utilize the town’s weather service to determine if any further accumulation will occur.

Q.  How will the declaration of the end of the event be conveyed to the public?

A. director will issue a statement that will be placed on ETV, utilizing the alert at the bottom of the screen and will have the same statement placed on the front page of the town’s website. Further, a press release will be issued to the local media. As new communication tools become available to the Town of Enfield, these tools will also be utilized for announcing the end of the snow event.

Q.  Who will be responsible for enforcement?

A.  The Director of Public Works will ultimately responsible for enforcement.

Q.  How will inspection of the sidewalks in town be handled?

A.  Following the expiration of the twenty-four hour period, town staff from Public Works, Development Services, Police, and other available staff, will inspect sidewalks to insure the code is being followed.

Q.  Will this be the only means to insure that residents and businesses are following the code?

A.  No, as normal, residents can still report sidewalks that are not passable because of snow and/or ice build-up. Residents can "Report a Sidewalk” via the town's SeeClickFix web app or by calling the Enfield Police Department at 860-763-6400 (press 0 after connecting).

Q.  How will residents / businesses be notified of non-compliance?

A.  Residents / businesses will be contacted immediately when they are in non-compliance. If the resident is not home, a citation will be left at the premises. Also, if the resident / business owner is not available, a follow-up letter will be sent.

Q.  What is the fine for not clearing snow and/or ice within the 24 hour time period?

A.  $75 per occurrence with each day that the snow and/or ice is not removed considered a new occurrence. It is expected that payment will be made upon receipt of the citation. Payment can be made through the mail or in person to the Collector of Revenue.

Q.  What happens if the Resident or Business does not remove the snow and/or ice?

A.  The town will utilize a contractor to remove the snow and/or ice.

Q.  How will the contractor be selected?

A.  The town will be soliciting for competitive bids for this service by local snow removal contractors.

Q.  How much will it cost the resident / business to have the town remove the snow and/or ice from the sidewalk?

A.  The town will levy a per foot charge for the removal. The starting rate will be $1 per linear foot of sidewalk. If the town has to go back a second (or third, fourth, etc.) time during the same season, the rate will be $2 per linear foot.

Q.  What if the resident / business does not pay the charge?

A.  If the charge is not paid 30 days following the clearing of the sidewalk, the town will place a lien against the property.

Q.  The new ordinance says that there will be a $75 fine if sidewalks are not cleared of snow and/or ice within 24 hours. Is this in addition to the charges for cleaning?

A.  Yes. Once the resident / business receives the citation for failure to remove the snow and/or ice, they will be responsible for paying the $75 fine in addition to any charges levied for cleaning of the sidewalk done by the town. If the fine is not paid it too will be placed as a lien against the property.

Q.  If I receive a citation in error, how do I contest it?

A.  The code provides for a hearing process if you wish to contest the citation. The affected property owner or occupant would call the Town Manager’s Office at 860-253-6350 to ask for a hearing to be scheduled. The Town Manager will schedule the hearing with the appointed hearing officer. Depending upon the availability of the hearing officer, this hearing will be scheduled within a 2 week window following the request.

Q.  The code calls for the snow and/or ice to be removed from the entire width of the sidewalk. How will that be enforced?

A.  Common sense will prevail in the interpretation of this section of the code. If you have a 48 inch width of sidewalk and you only clear a path 18 inches, then you would not be in compliance. However, if you clear 44 inches, you would be deemed in compliance.

Q.  I have a corner lot, is the intersection of my sidewalks that provide access to the road my responsibility?

A.  Yes. Corner sections of sidewalks are the responsibility of the abutting property owner.

Q.  Am I still responsible to clean my sidewalk if I am on vacation or out of town when the 24 hours expires?

A.  Yes. The code does not excuse any property owner, occupant, or business from clearing snow and/or ice following an event. If you are out of town or own property but do not live in Town, you will still be responsible for providing a safe sidewalk during the winter. Please plan accordingly and if you are not there make sure there is someone to look after your sidewalks.

Q.  The changes to the snow and ice removal code require the property owner to clear snow around fire hydrants. What if the hydrant is located on the property line between me and my neighbor?

A.  Both you and your neighbor would be jointly responsible for clearing of the snow around the hydrant. If the town clears the snow around the hydrant and it is located on a property line, both property owners would be assessed a share of the cost.

Q.  Who decides if ice / snow is difficult or extremely difficult to remove?

A. The code refers to situations where the removal of ice is impossible or extremely difficult that the owner shall cause the sidewalk to be made safe for public travel by covering with sand or other suitable substance. Obviously, the initial assessment will be made by the owner of the property first. The code requires that the owner make an effort to make the sidewalk safe. However, another assessment will be made by the town, and if the owner has not tried in good faith to make the sidewalk safe, the owner will be cited and the situation will be rectified.

Highway Maintenance Webpage





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