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First Selectman Curtis Rand Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Town Hall is quiet as Salisbury copes with COVID-19

SALISBURY — As of Friday, March 20, Salisbury Town Hall is closed to the public, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

It had been open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays but First Selectman Curtis Rand decided to close the building completely, except for the foyer in front.

The foyer is open, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents will have access in the foyer to fill out most permit forms (follow the instructions carefully). The inner doors to Town Hall will remain closed and residents who need assistance from staff may call into the building using the phone in the foyer.

Rand said Monday morning, March 23, that Town Hall has been very quiet. One person had submitted a burn permit.

Looking ahead, public meetings concerning the municipal and school budgets will be held remotely on Zoom, starting with the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 24.

Rand said Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order relaxing the rules and procedures on public meetings means that there will likely be no public hearing and town budget meeting (although this could change, depending on what the finance board decides to do Tuesday night). For the governor’s executive orders and other COVID-19 updates, go to www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

The budget proposals will be posted on the town’s website (www.salisburyct.us) and public comment accepted.

Rand is considering declaring a state of emergency, similar to other towns in the Northwest Corner.

He said he’s done so before, but only for weather-related situations such as washed-out gravel roads.

“If I can help out our businesses by declaring a state of emergency then I will.”

Rand is also considering lowering or waiving transfer station fees for businesses.

Rand gave “a big shout-out” to the employees at LaBonnes market, and to all the emergency and health workers.

“They’re on the front lines,” he said. He added that many of the volunteers on the Salisbury ambulance squad are older people and as such at risk themselves, and praised them for being “selfless.”

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