TOWN HALL BUILDING OPERATIONS:
The Franklin Town Hall is open for business, with access restricted to one person per office at a time. Two secure drop boxes have been installed in front of the Town Hall, one for tax collections, the other for absentee ballots for the upcoming primary and November elections. The Registrar’s Office will provide more information concerning protocols for the August 11th primary and the November 3rd elections, prior to those events. The Janet Calvert Carlson Library will be opening to restricted access the beginning of August. Library Director Chris Schultz and staff have been providing curbside service for Library patrons and will continue to do so if required. The Franklin Senior Center is still closed until further notice. This has been a trying time for all of us, and I want to let you all know that I appreciate your support and commend all residents for their patience during this crisis.
MEETINGS BOARDS & COMMISSIONS: All Boards & Commisions will be holding their meetings in Virtual format for the public until further notice. To connect to meetings please click-on the Agenda for the Board/Commission meeting you would like to attend and follow ZOOM or PHONE Options.
CT’s COVID-19 QUARANTINE & ISOLATION SUPPORT EFFORTS: (SCROLL TO BOTTOM PG FOR FILE)
CT STATE PRIMARY POSTPONED: (April 20, 2020):
Governor Ned Lamont announced CT’s primary would be POSTPONED to August 11, 2020. In a statement, the Secretary of State, Denise Merrill urged voters to come out and cast their vote on August 11, 2020. It’s being delayed for your benefit, people, for the voters, because we want to make sure that everyone has the ability to vote, safely, freely, and fairly.”
Please tap Departments then Registrar of Voters page on website for additional information.
EVERSOURCE: (March 31, 2020):
We’ve suspended disconnections, late fees and taken other steps to help customers in response to COVID-19. Learn more by clicking on link: https://www.eversource.com/content/ct-c/residential/safety/protect-yourself/responding-to-covid-19
RED CROSS: March 24, 2020 (please see attachment at bottom of page)
As the extraordinary public health impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is felt across our nation, people in need still turn to the Red Cross when help can’t wait. The Red Cross is adapting in order to meet new the challenges presented by this pandemic so that we can continue to support individuals and families who rely on our lifesaving work.
Given these daily changes and new obstacles, I want to update you on how the Red Cross is ensuring we can continue providing vital blood products and disaster relief for people in need. Please review our latest donor information sheet for more information on the steps we are taking to date.
The CDC has released a statement, “[encouraging] people who are well to continue to donate blood if they are able, even if they are practicing social distancing because of COVID-19.” The CDC is supporting blood centers by providing recommendations that will keep donors and staff safe.
For people who are healthy and eligible, scheduling an appointment now to make a blood donation in the days or weeks ahead is another important way you can help people in need.
Blood drives are safe to attend, even for communities with enforced social distancing. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General has said, “You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”
The Red Cross has also implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors and staff during this outbreak, including asking donors to make an appointment before showing up to donate in order to manage the flow of donors appropriately in alignment with social distancing practices. You can visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.