Town Of Madison: Weekly Update Of The First Selectwoman
April 30, 2021
Hi, it’s First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons with today’s weekly update.
I want to thank all of the many volunteers who participated in the annual Green Up, Clean Up campaign this past weekend. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turnout, with over 50 groups signing up to clean up our city. The final weight of the collected waste will be posted on the website as soon as it becomes available.
Given Madison’s high vaccination rates, I am happy to report that we will be back to normal at Town Campus soon. As of Monday, May 24, the municipal campus offices will be open to the general public during normal office hours Monday through Friday. Appointments for most services will no longer be necessary. As a reminder, since the beginning of April, the town hall has been open for appointments only on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and open to the general public on Mondays and Wednesdays; this calendar will remain in place until May 24, when we will revert to five days a week. We always strongly encourage residents to access the Ministry’s online services as much as possible instead of visiting Town Hall, and to continue to use the available drop boxes located in front of the police department. Please note that social distancing measures will be in place and masks will be required in all buildings in the city.
I would like to warn residents that we are going to equip the doors to the beaches of the East and West docks from Friday May 7 as a precautionary measure due to the probable traffic of visitors. Parking at these two beaches only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will require proof of residence or the purchase of a visitor parking pass at the Surf Club office. Proof of residency can include a 2020 or 2021 beach sticker, Connecticut driver’s license, Madison car registration, local tax bill, or long-term lease with proof of identity. As of Memorial Day weekend, only 2021 beach stickers will be accepted as proof of residency at the city’s three beaches. I would also like to note that from this Monday, May 3, the beach passes can be purchased in person at the Surf Club office. Online sticker sales are currently available on the Beach & Recreation website at www.madisonct.org/beachstickers.
On Wednesday, the Finance Council voted to recommend a combined city and school budget of $ 88.4 million in a referendum, which is a 2% increase from the previous year. This year’s budget referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18. If you choose to vote in person at the polls, please note that the District 1 vote has moved from the Seniors Center to Polson Middle School (the former Hand High School) which is located at 302 Green Hill Road. Voting for District 2 will take place, as in previous years, at Brown Intermediate School at 980 Durham Road. Polling stations have been changed to take into account social distancing and will remain open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you wish to vote by absent ballot, you can obtain a request for a postal vote from the Clerk’s website at www.madisonct.org/vote. Due to the short dispatch period, please do not wait. Your completed application can now be placed in the secure drop box located outside City Hall on the City Campus (in the circular alley in front of the gymnasium). Ballots will be mailed as soon as they are received. Completed ballots can also be dropped off in the secure drop box located outside City Hall. Ballots must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on May 18 in order to be accepted for processing. If you have any questions or need information about the absent ballot, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (203) 245-5672 or email [email protected]
Madison currently has 15 active COVID-19 cases in our community and Madison Public Schools has 8 active cases, including students and staff. Fortunately, there are no new deaths or hospitalized residents. Keep in mind that children under the age of 16 cannot be vaccinated at this time and are therefore still very vulnerable to the virus. As our vaccination rates continue to rise, availability is much greater statewide, and luckily, many places no longer require appointments. Please visit ct.gov/covidvaccine to find a convenient location to get the vaccine.
Many residents have asked for information on citywide events this summer and our policies for the intended use of buildings in the summer months. We are currently finalizing any changes that would take effect after May 19, when the declaration of a state of emergency expires. We will be sharing more information in early May on our latest policies and guidelines regarding city activities and operations. Please stay tuned.
Stay Safe and Healthy Madison.
Peggy Lyons, first selective woman
This press release was produced by the City of Madison. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.