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Brookfield Matters Community Participation The Brookfield Matters page is an online representation of and communications vehicle for the Town of Brookfield, CT. Its purpose is to help residents stay informed about our local government. This page is for current residents of Brookfield, CT. Participants will use their legal name, which may be verified by the voter list or grand list. This is a publicly accessible page. That means that your comments can be viewed and shared with others. Do not post opinions or personal information that you would not want shared (address, phone number, children's names, etc). Do: - Be civil, always. - Ask questions. - Share the page or its posts with your Brookfield network. - Keep questions and comments focused on the topic at hand. - Use appropriate venues for obtaining detailed information and addressing your personal and specific concern. Do Not: - Make personal attacks against others, regardless of whether they are participating in this community. - Use this page as a means to further your personal or political agenda. - Expect this page to serve as a substitute for your participation in our local government process. - Advertise your business. This page is a service to Brookfield residents. It is moderated by town employees. Violations of these participation guidelines may result in comments being removed, users being banned, or both.

08/14/2020

Warning to Residents on TREE SERVICE COMPANIES. There is at least one tree removal company from outside the area going around and offering to remove trees from resident’s properties. No tree company from out of town has received the proper permits to solicit business door to door. It is illegal to solicit business without a permit from the town. We urge residents to be very careful in dealing with these firms, as we do not know if they have insurance, if they have quarantined for 14 days before coming to Brookfield or what experience they have. Please ask anyone who knocks on your door soliciting business for their Town Permit and if they cannot show you the permit, do not do business with them and please report them to the police department non-emergency line at 775 2575.

I know that this has been a difficult time for so many of you over the last several days. We certainly hope to have all ...
08/10/2020
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I know that this has been a difficult time for so many of you over the last several days. We certainly hope to have all of Brookfield up and running within the next 36 hours. In the meantime, I wanted to update you on the situation with Eversource as many of you have expressed your frustration with them to me.

The town has been communicating with Eversource multiple times a day during the power outage. We set up our Emergency Operations team to manage our response and to coordinate with Eversource. Public Works cleared every road blockage it could by Wednesday night. There were some downed trees tangled in live wires which, for safety reasons, we can only work on coordinating with Eversource, which handles the electric lines.

The biggest problem is poor Eversource communication. They informed us early on that power would be restored by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, and despite repeated inquiries, we have not been able to get updated information. Eversource has not provided anywhere near the level of detail we expected, based on previous outages.

This has been a statewide disaster. We have been on the phone with the Governor, our state representative, our congresswoman and various Eversource representatives, but have been unable to get more information.

I have no doubt that Eversource has completely mismanaged the recovery effort. Eversource was not prepared for the severity of the storm, so was unable to handle the number of outages. They were slow to address their error and took far too long to bring in the necessary additional crews. When they finally started work late Thursday, they were unable to efficiently direct crews to work sites, so many crews sat idle waiting for instructions on where to go.

It has been extremely difficult for all of us in town to communicate with each other. Despite the CodeRED system, many residents were unable to receive calls and messages, and phone calls were difficult. We were challenged to post to the town web site. We still encourage you to sign up for CodeRED, because it will email.

Compounding this problem, Town Hall lost power Tuesday afternoon and was not restored until Friday. We lost our phone system and could not pick up messages, so we are still returning calls to residents from last week. We will petition the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance to provide funding for a new emergency generator. We need to address this now, because the forecast is that the hurricane season will be much more active this year.

We know you depend on town officials for information and guidance in emergencies, so we can’t afford to repeat this experience. The generator supplying power to the Police Department was installed in 1983, so we need to upgrade to ensure they have reliable power 100% of the time. I will propose the town purchases a new generator for police, and use the existing one as an emergency backup. The new generator installed at Center Fire in the past year has worked very well in this outage.

Until power is fully restored, please use the following resources:

Showers are available in the main YMCA building from noon to 3PM. Masks are required and they will take your temperature when you check in. We are grateful to the YMCA for being a community partner during this time.

Water, charging stations and wi-fi are available outside at Brookfield Town Hall and Brookfield Senior Center.

Water is also available at Brookfield Fire HQ and at Brookfield Police Department.

Please check the town's website for ongoing updates and information. If you have not already done so, take a minute and enroll in the Code RED Emergency notification system (phone, text or email) at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF94F1044878

Please continue to check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly. I want to express my thanks to everyone for their hard work and kindness to our friends and neighbors at this difficult time.

Thank you and stay safe,
Steve Dunn

08/10/2020

Monday, August 10 update:

Showers will be available today in the main YMCA building from noon to 3PM. Masks are required and they will take your temperature when you check in.

Water, charging stations and wi-fi are available at Brookfield Town Hall and Brookfield Senior Center.

Water is also available at Brookfield Fire HQ and at Brookfield Police Department.

The Town Center District on Federal Road now has power.

We have been pushing Eversource very hard to return power and they are starting to get it done.

Town Hall is closed with no power or internet, but our Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company, Brookfield Police Department -...
08/05/2020

Town Hall is closed with no power or internet, but our Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company, Brookfield Police Department - CT and Brookfield Public Works are hard at work making sure our town is safe.

BROOKFIELD residents water available front of Fire HQ At 92 Pocono Road.

07/10/2020

Friday, July 10th, 2020 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE #33

To: All residents
From: Steve Dunn, First Selectman

UPDATE ON NUMBER OF CASES
State reporting of confirmed cases continues to move up and down so we now reporting 166 confirmed cases in Brookfield. We remain at 8 deaths due to the Corona Virus. The last death we had in town was on June 18th, 2020. The last 4 cases of the virus in town were all people within the same household.
CT has some of the lowest numbers amongst States for number of new cases, number of hospitalizations and most importantly, the number of deaths from this virus and we have achieved that together by taking care of each other by acting responsibly wherever we are.

To be accurate, we will only report cases confirmed by our Director of Public Health.

MESSAGES TO RESIDENTS USING CodeRED
This is the 33rd update we have sent out to the town on the CodeRED system during the pandemic and it will be the last message we send for now. We will restart resending CodeRED messages if and when the situation warrants it. We thank everyone for signing up for the system. We now have over 1200 users and we would like to see that grow so please do tell your neighbors about the system. You can sign up by clicking on the CodeRED icon on the bottom of the main page on the town website.

PLAYGROUNDS WILL OPEN TUESDAY THE 14TH
Our playgrounds will open Tuesday. Please be aware that we do not have the capability to sanitize the playgrounds so we urge everyone to use caution, especially if you or your child has a compromised system. The basketball courts will remain closed on advice of our Director of Public Health.

TAXES DUE
Taxers must be paid by August 3rd in order to avoid a penalty. We are asking everyone to mail in their tax payments, drop them off in the box in front of Town Hall or go online to pay. Please note that there is an additional charge imposed by the card processer to pay online. If you want a mailed receipt please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will mail you your receipt. You can also check online to confirm we have received and recorded your tax payment.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS ON AUGUST 11th
There will be a presidential primary on August 11th. Due to the pandemic, the Secretary of State has sent every registered Republican and Democrat in the State the form to request an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk. The form includes giving the COVID 19 pandemic as the reason for requesting an absentee ballot. Every voter is eligible to check that box and request an absentee ballot. Our polling locations at the High School and Huckleberry School will be open for normal walk in voting for those who prefer to vote in person on the 11th.

STILL RIVER GREENWAY
The Greenway is open, and many residents are using it. Unfortunately, we are still getting numerous reports that many people on the Greenway are not wearing masks, there are people running without masks on the Greenway and others are using bicycles on the path. We need everyone to protect each other by only walking on the Greenway and wearing a mask at during your entire walk. We want to keep the Greenway open and keep residents safe at the same time and to do both, we all have to follow the rules. Please take care of your neighbor’s safety by following the rules.

BEACH IS OPEN
The beach at Cadigan Park is open. Use of the beach is by reservation which you can do on line or by calling the Parks and Rec office. We remind everyone that you must have a pass to enter the beach and passes are only sold at the Parks and Rec office in Old Town Hall. In order to meet State guidelines, we have to limit the number of people on the beach at one time. More information can be seen on the town website: https://www.brookfieldct.gov/parks-recreation/news/town-park-beach-2020

FARMERS MARKET IS NOW OPEN
The Farmers Market is open and running at the Town Hall location. It is open on Fridays from 3 to 6 PM.

OPENING TOWN HALL
We will be carefully returning Town Hall to normal operations. It is taking a lot of work to make the building safe for our residents. To keep residents safe, we are reconfiguring our offices and installing sneeze shields in all offices that the public visits. We have started to receive in the new equipment and install it. If you have need to, you can make an appointment with the department you are visiting. We encourage everyone to use our online services if possible to conduct business with the town. When you visit Town Hall, you must wear a mask at all times, have your temperature checked and answer the CDC health questions. If you have any concerns about your health, please do not come to Town Hall. We are planning to open Town Hall to walk-ins in early August, actual date to be determined.

COVID-19 INFORMATION
These are important links to keep up to date on the Coronavirus:
State of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Information - https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-novel-in-connecticut-general-information/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization (WHO) - https://www.who.int/
Small Business Owners who need assistance in paying workers whose hours have been cut - http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/bussrvce/shared_work/index.htm

07/02/2020

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE #32

To: All residents
From: Steve Dunn, First Selectman

UPDATE ON NUMBER OF CASES
State reporting of confirmed cases has been moving up and down so we now are reporting 166 confirmed cases in Brookfield. We have one new case in Brookfield this week. Last week we incorrectly reported the number of deaths. We remain at 8 deaths due to the Corona Virus. The last death we had in town was on June 18th, 2020.

To be accurate, we will only report cases confirmed by our Director of Public Health.

CONCERTS AT TOWN HALL
Concerts start again starting tomorrow night, Friday, July 3rd, at Town Hall. The band will be 60’s Satisfaction. We ask that everyone who attends wear a mask and socially distance. Please stay in family groups and do not congregate in large groups.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS ON AUGUST 11th
There will be a presidential primary on August 11th. Due to the pandemic, the Secretary of State has sent every registered Republican and Democrat in the State the form to request an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk. The form includes giving the COVID 19 pandemic as the reason for requesting an absentee ballot. Every voter is eligible to check that box and request an absentee ballot. Our polling locations at the High School and Huckleberry School will be open for normal walk in voting for those who prefer to vote in person on the 11th.

STILL RIVER GREENWAY
The Greenway is open, and many residents are using it. Unfortunately, we are getting numerous reports that many people on the Greenway are not wearing masks, there are also people running without masks on the Greenway and others are using bicycles on the path. We need everyone to protect each other by only walking on the Greenway and wearing a mask at during your entire walk. We want to keep the Greenway open and keep residents safe at the same time and to do both, we all have to follow the rules. Please take care of your neighbor’s safety by following the rules. CT has the best numbers for number of new cases and we have done that by taking care of each other and following the rules. Let’s keep it that way.


STAYING SAFE
IF you are over 65 years of age or you have a compromised system, you should be very careful when going out and limit the number of trips you make to keep yourself safe. Please self-isolate as much as you can.

BEACH IS OPEN
The beach at Cadigan Park is open starting today. We remind everyone that you must have a pass to enter the beach and passes are only sold at the Parks and Rec office in Old Town Hall. Parks and Rec will be open this weekend to purchase passes from 9 AM to 12PM on both Saturday and Sunday. In order to meet State guidelines, we may have to limit the number of people on the beach at one time. More information can be seen on the town website: https://www.brookfieldct.gov/parks-recreation/news/town-park-beach-2020

FARMERS MARKET IS NOW OPEN
The Farmers Market is open and running at the Town Hall location. It is open on Fridays from 3 to 6 PM.

OPENING TOWN HALL
We will be carefully returning Town Hall to normal operations over the month of June. To bring staff back and keep residents safe, we are reconfiguring our offices and installing sneeze shields in all offices that the public visits. We have started to receive in the new equipment and install it. You must make an appointment with the department you are visiting. We encourage everyone to use our online services if possible to conduct business with the town. When you visit Town Hall, you must wear a mask at all times, have your temperature checked and answer the CDC health questions. If you have any concerns about your health, please do not come to Town Hall. We are planning to open Town Hall to walk-ins in early August.

COVID-19 INFORMATION
These are important links to keep up to date on the Coronavirus:
State of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Information - https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-novel-in-connecticut-general-information/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization (WHO) - https://www.who.int/
Small Business Owners who need assistance in paying workers whose hours have been cut - http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/bussrvce/shared_work/index.htm

Wishing all a very happy and safe 4th of July!

06/26/2020

Friday, June 26th, 2020 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE #31

To: All residents
From: Steve Dunn, First Selectman

UPDATE ON NUMBER OF CASES
State reporting of confirmed cases has been moving up and down so we now are reporting 164 confirmed cases in Brookfield. All new cases reported in the past three weeks have been within households. We remain at 5 deaths due to the Corona Virus.

To be accurate, we will only report cases confirmed by our Director of Public Health.

STAYING SAFE
IF you are over 65 years of age or you have a compromised system, you should be very careful when going out and limit the number of trips you make to keep yourself safe. Please self isolate as much as you can.

BEACH IS OPEN
The beach at Cadigan Park is open starting today. We remind everyone that you must have a pass to enter the beach and passes are only sold at the Parks and Rec office in Old Town Hall. Parks and Rec will be open this weekend to purchase passes from 9 AM to 12PM on both Saturday and Sunday. In order to meet State guidelines, we may have to limit the number of people on the beach at one time. More information can be seen on the town website: https://www.brookfieldct.gov/parks-recreation/news/town-park-beach-2020

WE ARE OPENING PARKS
Fields are now open for leagues to use. Those wishing to use the fields for organized sports must file with the Parks and Rec department and self certify with the State. We have opened the Greenway for walking only and masks must be worn. To start there will be no running allowed along with a ban on bicycles, scooters and skateboards. This is to ensure the safety of our residents and to allow the maximum number of people on the Greenway. All tennis courts are now open using USTA guidelines and picnic benches are now available at our parks. Please watch the town website for news about our other facilities.


FARMERS MARKET IS NOW OPEN
The Farmers Market is open and running at the Town Hall location. It is open on Fridays from 3 to 6 PM.

OPENING TOWN HALL
We will be carefully returning Town Hall to normal operations over the month of June. To bring staff back and keep residents safe, we are reconfiguring our offices and installing sneeze shields in all offices that the public visits. We have started to receive in the new equipment and install it. You must make an appointment with the department you are visiting. We encourage everyone to use our online services if possible to conduct business with the town. When you visit Town Hall, you must wear a mask at all times, have your temperature checked and answer the CDC health questions. If you have any concerns about your health, please do not come to Town Hall.

COVID-19 INFORMATION
These are important links to keep up to date on the Coronavirus:
State of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Information - https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-novel-in-connecticut-general-information/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/
World Health Organization (WHO) - https://www.who.int/
Small Business Owners who need assistance in paying workers whose hours have been cut - http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/bussrvce/shared_work/index.htm

GET YOUR DOG LICENSE
You can get your dog license on line. Just go to the town website and go to the Town Clerk page. We are still going to have our most popular dog contest-details also on the town web site.

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