Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.
Voter information for Tuesday’s election
Election day is Tuesday, November 2, and if you’re uncomfortable voting in person, there is still time to receive an absentee ballot.
The Town Clerk’s office will hold special absentee ballot office hours tomorrow, Saturday, October 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. You can print and fill out the application (in both English and Spanish) here and bring it to the office for processing and to receive a ballot. As of today, more than 2,200 residents have received absentee ballots.
The applications should be returned to the Town Clerk’s office (the address is on the application). Ballot boxes are available for applications and ballots until 8 p.m. November 2, here at Town Hall and at the Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place.
Check your voter registration status by using this link. This link also allows you to check your absentee ballot status. If you’re unsure where to cast your ballot, please use this link to find your polling place. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and masks are required to enter all municipal and school buildings.
And a reminder that the Town’s Election-Related Campaign Signs Policy requires the removal of election-related campaign signs within 48 hours after the election. The entire policy can be found here.
In addition to Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, also marks the start of the annual leaf collection program.
This service by the Department of Public Works is for properties on public streets only in building zones R-20 that are a half-acre or smaller. Weather permitting, the leaf collection program will include two pickups between November 2 and mid-December.
Schedule details can be found here or by calling the 24-hour leaf collection hotline: 203-618-7698.
The state’s request for both individual assistance and public assistance for those impacted by tropical storm Ida is now awaiting presidential approval. A team from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in Town again next week.
If the President approves the Governor’s request, several FEMA programs will become available to households and public entities. I remain in continuous contact with our state and federal delegation and will continue to share any details as they become available.
Time running out to take resident survey
The survey asks residents to rate their satisfaction with several key services provided by the Town. It includes questions regarding primary government services such as Police and Fire, as well as target services, such as Parks and Recreation and Highway. The survey was first administered by phone to a random sample of residents. If you didn’t receive a phone call and wish to provide input on your experience with Town Services you can complete the same survey online. The survey will be available through Monday, November 1.
The downward trend in COVID diagnoses and hospitalizations continues.
Health Director Caroline Baisley reports there are now a total of 5,866 residents who have contracted COVID-19. There are 30 active cases being monitored by the Greenwich Health Department.
As of today, Greenwich Hospital was treating one COVID-positive patient, who is unvaccinated. The patient is in the ICU. In Greenwich Public Schools, there are a total of eight cases. According to the district’s data tracker, six cases involve students and one each for a service provider and non-teaching staff. None of the cases involve in-school transmission.
Another resident has died as a result of COVID, bringing the total to 96 residents.
Here are the latest vaccination rates for our residents. Our rates increased incrementally from last week and I hope that more residents will take the time to get vaccinated, especially those who are 25- to 44-years-old.
Here are the latest vaccination rates as reported by the state Department of Public Health, as of October 28:
To find a vaccination site near you, please use this link.
Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) and Greenwich Hospital are administering booster doses of the 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 to find out which booster is available and to make an appointment, log onto the YNHHS website: www.ynhhs.org/covidvaccine.
Arch Street road construction alert
Beginning next Monday, November 1, there will be intermittent lane closures on Arch Street that will continue for two weeks. These intermittent lane closures will take place both day and night to prevent traffic backups on the I-95 exit ramps. Construction is part of the CMAQ Arch Street Project, an initiative to mitigate traffic congestion and improve air quality on Arch Street. Be sure to stay vigilant for signage and observe directions from police officers directing traffic. For the safety of the workers, please stay alert, slow down, and follow the detoured route. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please click HERE.
The weekend rain should clear out so that our younger residents will be able to enjoy trick-or-treating on Halloween.
The Greenwich Police Department shares some of these safety tips for both drivers and youngsters.
A complete list of safety guidelines can be found here.
Enjoy the holiday and stay safe.
All the best, Fred