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Somers awarded federal drug-free community grant
Posted on: September 7th, 2022 by klafleur

The town received a federal drug-free community grant of $600,000 for the next five years, funding that officials say will be transformational.

Allison Maynard, director of human resources, met with the Board of Selectmen at a meeting in Town Hall last week to describe how the money will be used.

She said the funds will be available on Oct. 1. Once the five-year period is up, she said the town will be able to re-apply for the grant for another five years.

Maynard applied for the grant through Somers Comes Together, which is a coalition of community members whose charge is to increase awareness of the impact of substance abuse and support services available in the community, identify and implement prevention strategies, and reduce the stigma surrounding substance abuse.

She said the grant money will be used to hire a full-time prevention coordinator, who will work to implement alcohol and drug use reduction and prevention strategies among the town’s youth.

Selectman Robert Schmidt said he’d also like to see the funds go toward preventing fentanyl use.

One of the many benefits of the grant will be data collection through school surveys and police reports, said Selectman William Meier III. “If the data points us in other directions, we can modify the program.”

He said the grant money is an excellent opportunity to build a broad community coalition not just for preventing drug abuse but also for addressing mental health, health care systems, businesses, and faith-based organizations.

“It’s transformational for a town like Somers to bring this amount of money into the community and do this much,” Meier said. “The grant process is so competitive that for us to write and get a grant like this is a big deal.”

Somers is among three communities in Connecticut to receive the grant, along with Torrington and Naugatuck.

Somers Department of Veterans Affairs to hold 2nd Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration Ceremony
Posted on: September 6th, 2022 by klafleur

On Thursday, September 29, 2022, the Somers Department of Veterans Affairs will honor over 50 Vietnam War Veterans in its second Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. This is an opportunity for every American to recognize and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of America’s longest wars.

The Town of Somers joins thousands of organizations across the country as a commemorative partner supporting the Department of Defense in its Vietnam War Commemoration ceremonies.

Please note the details regarding our 2nd ceremony in year 2022 as follows:

When: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Where: Town of Somers – Auditorium, 600 Main St., Somers, CT 06071

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (approximately)

Keynote Speaker: Thomas J. Saadi, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Host: Town of Somers – First Selectman Timothy R. E. Keeney

*Light Refreshments will be available.

As a lasting memento of the nation’s gratitude, Veterans will receive a Presidential proclamation, a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin, an Honor Certificate from CT Dept of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Saadi, and a Certificate of Distinction from the Town of Somers. Photos will also be taken and provided to each honoree.

Surviving spouses of those who served are also eligible for recognition. This includes Veterans classified as “Vietnam Era Veterans” — the period covered is November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.

To be included in this special event, veterans must provide their Name, address, city, zip, branch of service, DD-214 (honorable discharge), rank, service dates, phone number, and email address. Please email the information to Veterans@SomersCT.gov or mail it to the “Town of Somers, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 600 Main St., Somers, CT 06071.”

The Town Hall is accessible for those with disabilities. Please i­ndicate if you need any additional accommodations.

The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War became official following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2008. By presidential proclamation in 2012, the commemoration extends through Veterans Day 2025. The tribute makes no distinction among veterans who served in-country, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere during those two decades. All answered the country’s call to service.

Somers Department of Veterans Affairs (SDVA) encourages each American to remember and honor the 9 million American men and women – nearly 6 million of whom are living today – who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during one of the longest conflicts in our Nation’s history, from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.

“It is our heartfelt honor and privilege to recognize our Vietnam era veterans, especially as our nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.” D.P. McCaffrey, Director, SDVA. “Our first ceremony in March was so memorable that we are looking forward to honoring at least another 50 veterans.”

“We must never forget their service and sacrifices, which oftentimes includes permanent soul wounds.” S.A. Marquis, Deputy Director, SDVA

All Graduates of Somers High School Reunion Day September 17, 2022
Posted on: September 1st, 2022 by klafleur

It has now become a reality. Our 1982 class is hosting a special ALL SOMERS GRADUATING CLASSES EVENT on September 17, 2022 from 12:00pm-6:00pm at the K of C Pavilion in Somers. We would be honored to have as many of the past and present Somers High School Graduates, their families and the faculty in attendance.

We specifically scheduled our celebration to be the weekend of the Four-Town Fair so it would drive more attendees at all the events happening in town.

We encourage everyone to go to our web site www.somersclassof1982.com for more up-to-date details and to register for the event.

 

The proceeds from the September 17th date will directly benefit three local charities.

 

7/19/2022 – Absentee Ballots Available for Democratic and Republican Primaries
Posted on: July 19th, 2022 by klafleur

Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s Office for the Primary on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Only registered Democratic and Republican electors are eligible to vote in the primary.

To obtain an absentee ballot, a registered voter must complete an application. Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office, Registrar of Voter’s office or printed from the Secretary of the State’s website at CT Absentee Ballot Application

Once the completed application is received and verified by the Town Clerk’s office, a ballot will be mailed or issued to you.

Completed applications may be returned in person, or mailed to the Town Hall, at Somers Town Hall, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT 06071-2119. The original signed application must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office prior to the close of business on Monday, August 8, 2022.

The ballot may be returned in person, mailed or deposited in the Official Ballot Drop Box located at Town Hall, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT 06071-2119, prior to the close of polls at 8:00 P.M. on August 9, in order for the ballot to be counted.

Those seeking additional information may call the office at 860-763-8207.

 

Frontier Fiber Internet is Coming to Somers
Posted on: July 14th, 2022 by klafleur

The wait is over, Somers. Frontier® Fiber Internet is coming to your neighborhood!

Access to high-speed internet is critical to everyone. Frontier is expanding the reach of its fiber network so homes and businesses can benefit from their mission to build Gibabit AmericaTM.

Frontier now offers internet service as fast as 2 gigabit per second, allowing consumers to upload videos and files up to 50 times faster than the broadband service offered by cable companies in Connecticut. That means more people in the same household can enjoy great speeds at the same time, while working from home, home schooling, streaming, or just surfing the web.

You’ll notice a lot of activity in your surrounding areas, including increased truck traffic during the construction process. Before they bring fiber to your neighborhoods, they will:

  • Secure local permits;
  • Locate other utilities to avoid impacting their facilities;
  • Create a path for the network and set up connection points to bring fiber to customers; and
  • Conduct technical and engineering work in their central office facilities and on the network itself.

If you are interested in knowing if your address qualifies for Frontier® Fiber service, contact 1-855-887-0992 (residential), 1-888-534-1751 (business), or visit getfrontierfiber.com for more information. If you have any questions, contact Frontier’s Senior Construction Manager Keith Casey at 203.694.4065.

Board of Selectmen Public Hearing
Posted on: July 13th, 2022 by klafleur

The Somers board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT to receive public comments on the following:

  1. To establish a Trespassing Ordinance for any person to enter or be upon, or have a vehicle parked upon the Following Town-owned properties each day from one-half hour after sundown to sunrise the following day; without Permission.

for a copy of the full Ordinance click Here. At this hearing, interested person may be heard and written communications received.

 The Somers board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 21, 2022 immediately following the Trespassing Ordinance Public Hearing at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT to receive public comments on the following:

  1. To establish an ordinance prohibiting the consumption or possession of Alcoholic beverages and cannabis products in or on any town-owned building or town owned property.

For a full copy of the ordinance Click Here.  At this hearing, interested person may be heard and written communications received.

Dated at Somers, Connecticut this Tuesday, 5 day of July, 2022

Board of Selectmen

Tim Keeney, First Selectmen

To be published: July 8, 2022 and July 15, 2022

Legal Notice
Posted on: July 5th, 2022 by klafleur

The Somers Board of Selectmen adopted the following Ordinance at a Regular meeting on June 2, 2022 at 6pm in the Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main Street, Somers Ct.

Section 114, adding Article 5 Health Department Fee Schedule and Article 6 Public Works Fee Schedule. A copy of the full ordinance can be found at Town Clerk Office or Click Here

Dated at Somers, Connecticut this Wednesday June 29, 2022

Board of Selectmen

Tim Keeney, First Selectman

To be published: July 1, 2022

Ordinance Effective Date: July 16, 2022

 

2022 CCM Broadband Connectivity Survey
Posted on: July 5th, 2022 by klafleur

We are excited to partner with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) to promote the 2022 CCM Broadband Connectivity Survey! Your input will help guide federal investments in more reliable internet access for Connecticut’s residents. Please complete this very brief survey from your home network today! https://us1se.voxco.com/S2/s 

The Biden-Harris Administration has announced its “Internet for All Initiative,” that will invest $45 billion to provide affordable, reliable, high-speed internet by the end of the decade. Each state is set to receive at least $100 million and final funding allotment for each state will be determined by the broadband maps the FCC is expected to release early next year.

For more information, visit CCM’s website:

https://www.ccm-ct.org/Advocacy/2022-CCM-Broadband-Connectivity-Survey

Board of Selectmen Special Public Hearing
Posted on: May 18th, 2022 by klafleur

Legal Notice

TOWN OF SOMERS

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

  

The Somers Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT to receive public comments on the following:

To amend the Fee Ordinance Section 114, to add Article 5 Health Department fee schedule and Article 6 Public Works fee schedule.

Click here for a copy of the full ordinance.  At this hearing, interested persons may be heard and written communications received.

 

Dated at Somers, Connecticut this Wednesday, May 4, 2022

 

Board of Selectmen

 

Tim Keeney, First Selectmen

To be published: May 6, 2022

 

 

Put an End to Hunger – Fill a Public Works Truck!
Posted on: May 10th, 2022 by klafleur

Help the Somers Public Works Department put an end to hunger during National Public Works Week.

Drop off non-perishable goods to Somers DPW

When: May 16th – 20st 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Where: Kibbe Fuller 619 Main Street

All collected items will go to the Somers Congregational Church Food Pantry

We are in special need of:

Juices, Granola, Cereal, Oatmeal, Tomato Soup, Mushroom Soup, Chicken Broth, Tomato Sauce, Manwich, Efferdent.

 

Follow us on Twitter @NEAPWA

Use the hashtag #FillaPWTruck to join the convoy!

This event is sponsored by the

New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association

 

2022

Somers