We have made the decision to remain in appointment only mode for Town Hall until further notice. Our region, and Town, had another spike in COVID cases. Please know during this time, we are all working and you can even call from the parking lot upon arrival. We are striving to continue to provide the same quality service to our residents during this time, so please share any feedback regardin this process. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise when the decision is made to move away from appointment only. We appreciate everyone’s support and being able to shift to the appointment only mode of doing business!
- All departments will be working during this time and can be reached via call or email.
- Residents are encouraged to access virtual services and utilize the drop box whenever possible.
- For business that needs to be in-person, please call the department to make an appointment.
During this challenging time, we wanted to share that we are extremely grateful to the Town of Stonington staff members in the Department of Public Works, Transfer Station, Town Hall and Human Services. Their dedication to serving the residents of this Town, throughout the challenges presented by the pandemic, are commendable. We also thank our residents for the support we have seen throughout our community for those in need during this time and ask we continue in this spirit of consideration for each other and giving back whenever possible.
Wishing all of you a happy and safe start to a new year!
Update as of 02/25/21
Dear Stonington Residents,
While this is an extremely difficult time; it is also a time for us to show just how kind and strong we are, together as a community. Remember, even small actions, can make a big difference. If you are well and able, please think of friends, family and neighbors who might benefit from your help at this time, as well as our local non-profits and business.
We are asking all residents and visitors to please continue to remain diligent in taking all COVID-19 precautions possible. In Southeastern CT we are experiencing higher numbers than we did in April and all need to do our part to protect each other. New cases have risen significantly across our region and in our Town. In October we created a short video featuring LLHD and Stonington Human Services to share information regarding steps we can be taking to help mitigate the community spread in our region and various resources we have in place to help with mental health during this challenging time. You can view the video here.
Although there is no singular reason for this increase, LLHD contact tracers have reported that they have observed many instances of family and social gathering connections. We know there is a need for healthy, social interactions, but please wear masks and take all necessary precautions to help stop the spread. Please also keep in mind that limiting the people you interact with can help with critical contact tracing efforts.
Updates: Every Friday we put out a COVID-19 update on the Town website that summarizes data from both CT DPH and LLHD. For RI information, including town-by-town numbers, please see here.
Vaccines: Individuals 65 years of age and older, healthcare providers and medical first responders, staff and residents of long term care facilities, staff and residents of certain congregate living facilities. More Vaccine Information can be found here.
Testing: Thank you to everyone who came out and got tested over the five times we were able to offer local testing, thanks to the efforts of Yale New Haven Health, LLHD and Stonington Human Services team. Testing will continue to take place around our region and you are encouraged to check a new site developed by the SECOG for regular updates to mobile locations, found here. Please know we have made it known we are interested and prepared to host future testing, but due to high demand, as well as the focus on flu shots and vaccine roll out we may not see local testing available again in the near future.
Ongoing Health and Safety: It remains imperative that we all please use a face cover whenever you are unable to maintain the recommended six feet of distance. We know that a significant portion of individuals lack symptoms, but can transmit the virus to others. Please continue to take steps to protect yourself and those around you, these include: wash your hands often and thoroughly; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; disinfect surfaces routinely; cough into your elbow. Remember this is not just for your safety, but the most vulnerable in our community.
- If you would like assistance with grocery delivery or need help obtaining a mask, please visit www.stoningtonhelps.com or call us at Town Hall or Human Services. If you have any other needs, or know of others in need of asstiance, please do not hesitate to reach out. We have many different options to assist residents in need.
Mental Health and Community Support: In addition to the physical health impacts, please know there are also resources for mental health support during this challenging time. Your mental health matters.
- Through the Town of Stonington residents are able to access individual and family counseling services at no cost. Call us at Human Services (860) 535-5015 to schedule an intake appointment and be matched with one of our mental health professionals. Please see here for a list of state resources, or call us at human service.
- We also know that social isolation can amplify issues at home. If you are concerned about a relationship and would like someone to talk to, call CT Safe Connect – (888) 774-2900. Safe Futures is also available 24/7 via their confidential crisis line (860) 701-6001. Please know, you are not alone. Moreover, if you would like assistance with grocery deliveries, pet supplies, or might benefit from a friendly check-in (they even do book drop offs), please visit www.stoningtonhelps.com or call us at Town Hall or Human Services
If you have any other needs, or know of others in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. We have many different options to assist residents in need. The CDC also recommends positive ways to cope with stress, such as taking breaks from watching the news or reading about the pandemic; taking care of your body by being physically active; eating healthy; getting plenty of sleep; stretching or practicing meditation; staying engaged in activities you enjoy and staying connected to others even though we are physically distancing from each other. Spending time in nature, on trails, and other open spaces is another effective way to cope. Join Hike Stonington to find more local spots and be part of a community initiative. You can also watch this short video on mental health from the First Selectman and Department of Human Services here.
Reopening: As of Friday November 6, the State entered into Phase 2.1. Information from the State of CT, detailed guides can be found here for each sector allowed to open. All businesses are required to self-certify prior to opening. Click here for form. Please know, if you already self-certified your business during Phase 1, your business will NOT need to certify again during future phases. Information on Town of Stonington municipal reopening to the public, along with requested guidelines can be found here.
Communication: During this time, we want to do everything we can to stay connected. Please check our new First Selectman's blog for regular updates on various topics. Members of the community are also encouraged to sign up for email updates from the Town. You can do this by sending your name, along with preferred email to UpdateSignup@stonington-ct.gov. Both Town Hall and Human Services are working to continously share information on social media as well as through our local newspapers.
Please also consider joining one (or ALL) of our new Facebook groups, specifically set up to support Stonington residents during COVID and beyond:
- Stonington Connects (established at the beginning of the pandemic to connect residents with virtual enrichment and rec opportunities
- Stonington Supports (solely focused on highlighting programs to assist with basic needs, mental health and other local, regional and federal catchment programs); and
- Stonington Works (a place for local businesses to share opportunities and residents seeking employment to network with one another). For more info, send a direct message or email: LTheodore@stonington-ct.gov.
If you have questions, ideas or concerns please contact us in the First Selectman's Office.
If you have ideas on further ways the community can connect or provide additional resources in this time of need, wish to ask questions, share ideas or concerns please call Town Hall.
We will get through this together.
Thank you and stay safe,
Danielle Chesebrough, Stonington First Selectman
Department Phone Numbers
Administrative Services 860-535-5000
Assessment Department 860-535-5098
Building Official 860-535-5075
Finance Department 860-535-5070
First Selectman 860-535-5050
Human Services Department 860-535-5015
Planning & Land Use 860-535-5095
Public Works 860-535-5055
Solid Waste 860-535-5099
Sanitarian (Ledge Light Health) 860-535-5010
Tax Collector 860-535-5080
Town Clerk 860-535-5060
Voter Registration 860-535-5047 or 5054
Police Emergency 911