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Posted on: March 19, 2020

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 To the Residents of Westbrook,

Releaased - April 30, 2020

First Selectman Bishop

The Board of Finance, on April 29 @ 7 p.m., had a Virtual Public Hearing.  At least 40 individuals participated and commented on the budget.  The BOF will make the final decision on the budget and set the mill rate on May 5.  Participation information, for the final meeting of the BOF on May 5th, can be found on the Town’s website here.  PDF_Anim_ICON

A communication from Zachary Faiella, Director of Health, notes that all small businesses, with 50 or fewer employees, will be provided with masks made available by the State of Connecticut.  Mr. Faiella and Don Izzo, Emergency Management Director, have taken the initiative to secure these masks.

The Town will not be providing masks for residents. Simple instructions for home-made masks, utilizing common household items, have been developed and circulated by the CDC and State.

Hospitalization for individuals testing positive for Covid-19 has decreased in recent days.  Governor Lamont is encouraged by this downward “curve” and every effort is made to gradually “re-open” the state for businesses and municipal services.

As of 4/29, the Town of Westbrook has 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1 death among residents.  Fortunately, most residents have recovered with only a few still experiencing very minor symptoms.  In total, there have been 91 Westbrook residents who have been tested for COVID-19.  It is important; however, that social distancing guidelines be adhered to by residents, town employees and all businesses.

I am aware that many of you are very eager to have the parking lot at the Town Beach open as soon as possible. Mr. Faiella and I are evaluating this and are making every effort to open the parking lot on Seaside Avenue as soon as possible.  Our concern is that since proper social distancing was not occurring, very reluctantly, we had to close the parking lot.  It is important to note; however, that the beach is not closed and individuals are free to access the beach as long as they maintain the 6 ft. social distancing.

You will notice the very professional signs posted on the Town Green and in front of the Mulvey Center that continue to emphasize the protocols for COVID-19. 

I declared, as recommended by Governor Lamont for all of our municipalities, an Emergency Declaration several weeks ago.  The major reason for the Declaration is that it allows us to submit to FEMA costs, for up to 75% reimbursement, related to Covid-19. 

Please access our website, www.westbrookct.us, .which continues to be, from the number of “hits”, the single most effective way of communicating to residents.

You are encouraged to continue forwarding your emails to me with your important concerns.  During these difficult times, good communication at all levels is essential.

  Thank you,

Noel Bishop, First Selectman 

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