A rendering of how the new Eastern Greenwich Civic Center will look.
Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.
This week I was able to announce that a donor has pledged to donate $5 million towards the
cost of replacing the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. The replacement of the building, located at 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, was built in 1950. Discussions on replacing the building have been ongoing since 2000. Construction is expected to begin in early 2022. More details can be found here.
We continue to await word on when the state will request an emergency disaster declaration for the damage caused by Tropical Storm Ida. I met with a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as they surveyed damage in some areas of Town yesterday.
Once we receive notification on whether the declaration is approved, we will receive information on how residents and businesses will be able to apply for grants. We will post that information on the Town website, in this newsletter, the Town’s social media and share with local media outlets. Thank you for your continued patience as we work our way through this multi-step governmental process.
Political sign policy
With Election Day less than a month away, I want to take this opportunity to share the Town’s election-related campaign sign policy.
Election related campaign signs are considered an expression of free speech and are allowed on public property subject to reasonable guidelines. The policy sets forth the process to be followed if signs need to be removed for public health and/or safety concerns. The specific guidelines of this administrative policy can be found here on the Town website. Thank you in advance for following the process.
News for pickleball players
There is some good news for the legions of pickleball players in Town. Your desire for more playing options is being addressed. Here is the latest from the Department of Parks & Recreation.
Greenwich Library update
Greenwich Library has resumed service 7 days/ 72 hours per week, albeit with some COVID restrictions. The Library has an exciting slate of in-person programming planned for the fall including author talks, performances, films, and concerts (some offered with a livestream option). For your safety, all attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination (in the form of their CDC Vaccination Card or a photo or photocopy of the Card) or a negative PCR Test taken within 72 hours of the event. No one will be admitted without this documentation.
Protocols may be modified as and when laws, science, and/or institutional requirements change. Capacity in the Berkley Theater is set at 100% for adult programs. All attendees also must wear face masks (regardless of vaccination status). For a complete schedule of programs, please visit greenwichlibrary.org.
Revaluation notices coming
The Town of Greenwich Assessor’s Office is currently reviewing preliminary values for the 2021 revaluation. The Town has contracted the services of Tyler Technologies and J.F. Ryan and Associates. Tyler Technologies shall complete the residential portion of the revaluation and J.F. Ryan & Associates shall be responsible for all commercial and tax exempt properties.
State law requires that all Towns be revalued every five years. Greenwich completed its last revaluation for the 2015 Grand List. The rationale for such frequent revaluations is to keep assessments equitable and to reflect the current fair market value – what the property would sell for in that year’s market. All assessments in Greenwich are at 70% of fair market value per state statute.
Each property owner shall receive a notice of assessment change the week of November 8, 2021. At that time, informal hearings shall be available for all taxpayers to discuss their new assessment. There shall be informal hearings from November through January at the Town Hall to accommodate any questions and issues arising from this revaluation. The Assessor shall also be available throughout this period to answer taxpayers’ questions.
In addition to the informal hearings, property owners who disagree with their assessments shall have the opportunity to appeal their assessment to the Board of Assessment Appeals between February 1 to February 20 of 2022. If still not satisfied, one may appeal to the Superior Court in Stamford pursuant to C.G.S. 12-117(a).
The new assessments shall be a value as of October 1, 2021. This new assessment shall be reflected on the due July 1, 2022 tax bill. The second half of the FY 22-23, tax bill will be sent by January 1, 2023, due February 1, 2023.
Pitch in at Pomerance
To all users of Pomerance Park there will be an invasive plant clean-up day from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the Orchard Street entrance. Please bring thick gloves, a water bottle, wear sturdy shoes, and socks and long sleeves are recommended. Tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own and please bring your face mask. Please RSVP as this is a limited sign-up. You will receive a confirmation of your sign-up. Register by emailing: SustainGreenwich@gmail.com
On the COVID-19 front … the number of new cases continue to stabilize and the number of patients hospitalized continues to be in the single digits.
Health Director Caroline Baisley reports there are 28 active cases being monitored by the Greenwich Health Department. Ms. Baisley also reports that the total number of Greenwich residents who have tested positive so far, is 5,796. The number reflects an increase of 14 cases from Tuesday, October 5.
Today, Greenwich Hospital is treating two COVID-positive patients, neither of which has been vaccinated. The Town has lost 93 residents.
Greenwich Hospital announced this week that it has begun taking appointments for booster and dose three vaccinations at the hospital’s Noble Conference.
Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), Greenwich Hospital will administer booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for long-term care residents and those 65 and older, 18 to 64 with underlying conditions, and 18 and older at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure.
All vaccinations are by appointment only and can be made on the YNHHS website: www.ynhhs.org/covidvaccine. More appointments will be added as the vaccine becomes available to ensure a sufficient supply for all scheduled patients.
Greenwich Health Department flu vaccine clinic
Speaking of vaccines, I hope that you will take advantage of the flu vaccine clinics being offered by the Health Department.
The next clinic will be held Wednesday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. Attendees need to bring their insurance card and wear a face mask and are advised to wear short sleeves.
The public is encouraged to call the flu line at 203-622-3774 prior to attending any clinics. More information, including other scheduled clinics, can be found here.
UPDATE on biannual resident satisfaction survey
Our office has received some inquiries about the biannual resident satisfaction survey that began this week.
The survey will be available online via the Town website on October 18, after Great Blue Research of Glastonbury completes the telephone version of the 2021 survey. For more information about the survey, please click here.
Absentee ballots applications, voter registration for the November election
The Town Clerk’s office is accepting applications for absentee ballots for the November 2 local elections. You can print and fill out the application here https://www.greenwichct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/23460/absentee-application?bidId= The applications should be returned to the Town Clerk’s office (address is on the application). Ballot boxes will be available for applications and ballots until 8 p.m. November 2. They are located at Town Hall and at the Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place.
You can check your voter registration status, using this link: https://www.greenwichct.gov/1191/Voter- Information-Lookup. This link also allows you to check your absentee status.
Italian flag-raising ceremony at Town Hall
The St. Lawrence Society will be raising the Italian flag at Town Hall at 9 a.m. on Columbus Day, October 11. Anyone interested in saluting the Italian and Italian-American culture and people is welcome to join. Immediately after the flag-raising there will be a free breakfast served at the St. Lawrence Society at 86 Valley Road in Cos Cob.
As a reminder, with the Columbus Day holiday, Town Hall will be closed. Regular business hours will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 12.
Stay safe and please remember to wash your hands, watch your distance, wipe down surfaces and get a vaccine if you haven’t done so already.
All the best,