Posted on August 7, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon
I am providing you an update on the state’s storm response efforts, Tuesday’s primary election, and an update on the COVID-19 outbreak.
Tropical Storm Isaias
Earlier this week, we were all severely impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias. I know many of you are still without power and I have been working with local leaders in Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren and Woodbury to communicate power outage issues with Eversource. Despite the delays in dispatching crews to our area, I am thankful for the men and women who are responding to restore power to our communities, clean up downed trees, and fix other damages associated with the storm.
The state will also receive federal relief to fund storm response and clean up efforts. To read the statement on the emergency declaration, click here.
By clicking the button below, you can access additional storm response resources like how to check on the status of an outage, safely running residential generators, driving and traveling safely after a storm, and initial steps for making storm-related insurance claims.
Voting Absentee for Tuesday’s Primary
Unfortunately, the Secretary of the State’s mail vendor failed to send 20,000 absentee ballots to residents across Connecticut, including many in the greater Litchfield area. This is through no fault of our local Town Clerks. If you have not yet received your absentee ballot in the mail, then you will need to contact your Town Clerk to get one. Once you receive your ballot, it should deposited in the drop box in front of Town Hall. You can also vote in person for the primary on Tuesday, August 11.
Responding to COVID-19
The state continues its response efforts to the COVID-19 outbreak. It was recently announced that an additional $160 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds will be made available to help school districts safely re-open this fall. This augments previous funding levels to bring the total funding for Connecticut schools to $266 million – one of the largest PK-12 state funding plans per-student in the country.
To access the most frequently updated health data and statistics, frequently asked questions, and guidelines, visit the state’s web portal.