CoronaVirus Info

Update: Tuesday, April 7 at 2:45 PM:   There are currently 10 Covid cases in Sherman.


Update: Monday, April 6 at 4:55 PM:   Sherman had one new case of COVID-19 today maiking our total cases 9.


UPDATE Saturday, April 4, 10:34 am:

 Sherman Town officials are requiring that you wear a face covering when you are in public places such as stores, parks, etc.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Update: Friday, April 3 at 1:09 PM: The CDC is now recommending that you wear some type of face shield when you are out in public doing any type of errands. If you don't have a face mask, even a scarf or bandanna is recommended.


Update: Friday, April 3 at 11:55 AM:  There are presently 8 covid cases in Sherman.


UPDATE: Thursday, April 2, 1:57 pm:

 In response to the COVID-19 crisis and as per Governor Lamont’s executive order, and in the continuing effort to not gather in groups, there will be no budget referendum on May 9, 2020. Instead, after the April 16 budget workshop (7pm) and the April 25 Annual Town Budget Meeting (10 am), the Board of Selectmen will meet on May 9 at 10 a.m. in Mallory Town Hall and vote on both the Town and Education budgets (both currently listed on the Town website). To be clear, this is a vote by the board and not an automatic approval. I say this because your feedback on the budget is very important and it is your opportunity, in lieu of a vote, to make your voice heard. You can do this by calling and emailing the Board of Selectmen with your thoughts.

While this may seem drastic, I would like to offer some context here with regard to the last 2 budget votes during my time here as First Selectman. In 2018, when the overall budget was flat – both Town and School budgets flat – 317 people voted out of a possible pool of more than 2000 voters: TOWN budget 260 YES and 57 NO. SCHOOL budget 207 YES and 110 NO.  In 2019, when the overall budget was a 2.5 percent DECREASE (School budget was again flat and the Town was a decrease of 4 percent) only 297 people voted. TOWN budget: 276 YES and 20 NO. SCHOOL budget: 212 YES and 85 NO.

 In other words, the voter interest in these last two budgets was very low. You may interpret that low turnout how you wish, but most of us measure this apathy with the thinking that people were pretty satisfied with the budgets and the favorable effects that they would have on their taxes. Hence, a low voter turnout. Plus, there is no mistaking the overwhelming approval of the voters (particularly on the Town side) who participated. That’s measurable.  Now, in 2020, if we had a referendum, voters would be asked to vote on a budget that results in a 3.2 % tax DECREASE (as the budget sits right now). Again, the School budget is flat and the Town budget, due largely to a decrease of $390,000 in debt service along with thrifty budgeting, is a decrease of 6%. I don’t think, based on past results, that this budget as outlined would face any difficulties in passing successfully at referendum.

 One more thing just to clear up any confusion: the May 9 Board of Selectmen vote is ONLY on the Town and School budgets. IT IS NOT ON THE PROPOSED BUILDING PROJECT AT THE SCHOOL.  Under no circumstances would something as significant as a major building project of the scale that the Sherman School has proposed ever be considered without an in-person referendum vote and the accompanying in-person meetings that we are accustomed to.  Everyone stay safe out there! Sincerely, Don Lowe, First Selectman 

 Don Lowe, First Selectman – Sherman CT
Po Box 39
9 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT 06784
dlowe@townofshermanct.org
Office: 860 355 1139
Cell:     860 778 3394


Homeowners/Disabled Exemption:
Any Homeowner that filed their Homeowner's application in 2017 and are required to refile this year do not need to refile per Governor Lamont.  You will recieve the same credit you recieved last year.
Governor Lamont's Executive order 7s:
Suspension of Reapplication Filing Requirement for the Homeowners' Elderly/Disabled
Circuit Breaker Tax Relief Program and for the Homeowners' Elderly/Disabled Freeze Tax Relief Program. The biennial filing requirements under Sections 12-170aa( e) and (f) and Sections 12-129b and 12-129c of the Connecticut General Statutes for any taxpayers who were granted the benefit for the Grand List year 2017 and who is required to recertify for the Grand List year 2019, are suspended and such taxpayers shall automatically maintain their benefits for the next biennial cycle ending in Grand List year 2021.

Any questions please call or email the Assessor's Office.
860-355-0376
kretter@townofshermanct.org


Update: Monday, March 30 at 10:20 AM: All Housing Commission Meetings are canceled until further notice.


Update: Monday, March 30 at 9:45 AM:   There are now 6 Covid-19 cases in Sherman.


Update: Sunday, March 29 at 5:44 PM:   There are now 5 Covid-19 cases in Sherman.


Update: Saturday, March 28 at 5:47 PM:   There are now 4 Covid-19 cases in Sherman.


Sherman Senior Center 
Senior Dine Home Delivery Menu
Sherman residents 60+
Call Sherman Senior Center before 9am to order
860.354.2414 ext 1

 Tues, 3/31    Chicken Cutlet Sandwich, lettuce and cheese on 7 Grain, Vegetable Minestrone Soup, Dessert, water bottle

Thurs, 4/2    Broccoli, Tomato, Mozzarella Quiche with Salad, BV, Split Peas Soup dessert, water bottle

Tues, 4/7      Roast Beef Sandwich, lettuce and cheese on 7 Grain, French onion soup, dessert, water bottle

Thurs, 4/9    Crispy Chicken Salad, HM Vegetable Minestrone Soup, Dessert, water bottle

 Cost: one meal credit/ $4 donation on your senior dine card or $10 to American Pie. If you need to order a senior dine card, please call or email the senior center.  shermanseniorcenter@gmail.com


Sherman Senior Center
Suzette Berger 860-354-2414 EXT # 1 
Shermanseniorcenter@gmail.com

Local Special Hours and Services

 American Pie – 860.350.0662 is offering home delivery 5-7pm ($8 charge)
The Painted Lemon – 860.210.1266 is offering take out 1pm-8pm and free delivery                                                                              on Friday and Saturday 4pm-8pm.
Sherman IGA - 860.354.8488 will deliver to your car if you call in your order.

 Special Hours Seniors Only:

Shoprite, Brookfield, CT - 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M.

Stew Leonards, Danbury, CT - 7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.

BIG Y, New Milford, CT - 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.

Stop and Shop, New Milford, CT - 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M.

Big Lots, New Milford, CT - 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.

 Call your pharmacy, many are offering delivery service.

 Special Services and Deliveries from New Milford area:

Italia Mia Restaurant,  New Milford, CT - Italia Mia is offering daily specials on their facebook page, as well as an everyday dinner deal of half a tray pasta with meatballs that comes with half a tray of a tossed or caesar salad as well as with garlic bread. Italia Mia is also offering a 10 mile Radius of delivery with no delivery charge all day during their regular hours.

https://www.italiamiarestaurant.com

https://www.facebook.com/ItaliaMiaRestaurant/

 All Aboard,  New Milford, CT - All aboard is offering free delivery within a 10 mile radius. There is also a 10% discount on orders that are delivered. As well as offering everyday specials on their social media platforms as well as websites.

http://allaboardpizzact.com

https://www.facebook.com/AllAboardTrainRestaurant/

 Bravo NY, New Milford, CT - Bravo NY is offering  delivery within a 10 mile radius. As well as daily specials on their website and 10% off of catering orders.

http://www.bravonypizza.com


Update: Thursday, March 26 at 10:15 A.M.

Due to COVID-19 awareness, and as per Connecticut’s Executive Order 7 I item 13, the Town Meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at 10 a.m. will no longer be held. The items on that agenda will be decided as per the previously mentioned executive order at the regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting tonight Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm.  

 Signage has been posted in front of the Sherman IGA, the Sherman Wine & Spirits, and the American Pie warning of a necessary 14 day quarantine period for anyone coming from a COVID-19 hotspot such as New York City and other areas. The sign recommends “curbside delivery service” and offers directions as to how to do this. This curbside service is also available to ANY shopper and that individual just needs to follow the ordering instructions.  


Update: Wednesday, March 25 2:15 pm
The regularly scheduled Board of Selectman meeting set for Thursday, 7 PM will now be assembled remotely through ZOOM. An invite to the public will be sent via NIXLE. The public will be given an opportunity to comment at the end of the meeting.


 Update: Wednesday, March 25, 12:35 pm
Public Health reports that there are 3 COVID-19 cases in Sherman.


UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25. 10:40 am

UPDATE: 10:31 AM. As has been advised nationwide, I am asking that anyone traveling from New York City and coming to reside in Sherman to self-isolate for 14 days. If you need groceries upon moving to Sherman, try to arrange with someone from here to deliver them to you. If you are really in a pinch, CALL ME. 860 778 3394. I will try to help you,. We do not want people from "hot zones" coming immediately from them into our places of business and risking further spread of COVID-19.


UPDATE: 3/25/20 10:04 a.m.

Sherman Residents: There are now 2 COVID-19 cases in Sherman. This is not unexpected, but sobering nonetheless. Specific details of these cases are not available. The important matter is that we continue social distancing and continue following the advisable health and cleanliness protocols.


 
UPDATE: 3/25/20
The Town Clerk Records are now online. Link: https://connecticut-townclerks-records.com



UPDATE: March 20, 12:00 pm

MALLORY TOWN HALL WILL BE CLOSED BEGINNING SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution for all and to help reduce the spread of the covid 19 virus THE TOWN HALL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The contact information for an office you may need is listed below. Many of the offices will be working remotely checking emails during this period. Please email your respective office to find a solution to your matter.

Please note that there is information available online, such as building permit forms, taxes to view and pay, assessor field cards, etc.; as well as all contact information.

Please visit the town’s website at    www.townofshermanct.org

Assessor                                                 kretter@townofshermanct.org

Building/Health/Wetlands             bldhlthiw@townofshermanct.org

Business Administrator                    llavia@townofshermanct.org

First Selectman                                    dlowe@townofshermanct.org

FS Administrative Assistant           rbyrnes@townofshermanct.org

Land Use Enforcement Officer     rcooper@townofshermanct.org

Parks and Rec                                       shparkrec@hotmail.com

Planning & Zoning                              planzone@townofshermanct.org

Registrar of Voters                            registrar@townofshermanct.org

Tax Collector                                         taxcollector@townofshermanct.org

Town Clerk                                            chavens@townofshermanct.org

Town Clerk, Assistant                     mbattaglia@townofshermanct,org

 



UPDATE: 2:49 PM Thursday, March 19:
At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Sherman. We strive to keep it so. As have many area towns, Sherman has declared a State of Emergency for COVID-19. There are many good reasons for doing that due to the seriousness of the situation and for help from Federal assistance. Meanwhile, the Town is practicing social distancing with the closures of main gathering hubs as outlined in previous updates. Presently Sherman is considering closing Mallory Town Hall, but a decision on that won’t be made until Monday, March 23

A few things:

  1. Please remember that everyone working in a retail business is on the frontlines of this. Please be respectful to keep your distance so that these individuals are not compromised. 
  2. No one knows how long our period of social distancing will last so please “pace” yourself. This means not getting too low or too high (yes, it can feel like a “snow day.”) And it means being patient with others and patient with yourself. There’s plenty of bad news out there if you want to wallow in it; yes, be real and stay current, but you don’t have to take in or share every horrible aspect of this.
  3. Beth Trott in social services and Suzette Berger, our Senior Center director, can help you place your resources (time and money) towards the good of residents. Their emails are: shermansocserv@gmail.com and shermanseniorcenter@gmail.com. Beth and Suzette are remarkable people with a lot going on right now. Make sure your offer of assistance doesn’t entail more work for them – so, keep it simple. 

 Don Lowe
First Selectman



UPDATE:  2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19:




 

COVID-19 UPDATE: 11:35 a.m. Thursday, March 19:

As we further navigate the COVID crisis locally, I ask you in conjunction with the Department of Health that IF you have traveled FROM a “hot zone” area and are coming TO Sherman to reside, please self-monitor yourself and isolate in the best way that you can until you are certain that you are not a carrier. Please try to minimalize contact with others. This is for your safety and for the safety of the community. Hot zone areas include New York City and, frankly, anyone who has been through any mass travel (airlines, train, etc.) situation.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Friday, March 13 at 11:32 AM

 Regarding: Mallory Town Hall

 Mallory Town Hall will remain open at its regular hours but only for essential business.  This means: Try to complete whatever business you have over the phone, Internet or mail. If you come to Mallory Town Hall, you will find that the doors will be locked. A number will be provided for your needed department at the door and if your business absolutely needs face-to-face attention, you will be let into the building.

 All meetings of boards and commissions will continue on schedule and be held on a case-by-case status determined by the chairmen after consultation with the board or commission’s members.  We ask all participants whether they are board and commission members  or public attendees to self-monitor and not attend if you’ve been traveling outside the United States, had a possible exposure, or if you are not feeling well.

Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

 


 

Mallory Town Hall is open only for ESSENTIAL business

The office you need is staffed and can be reached by phone or email. If you absolutely need person-to-person service, you will be accommodated.

 Please call or email the following departments for assistance:

 First Selectman           860-355-1139              dlowe@townofshermanct.org

 Town Clerk                 860-354-5281              chavens@townofshermanct.org

 Tax Assessor               860-355-0376              kretter@townofshermanct.org

 Tax Collector              860-354-4146              taxcollector@townofshermanct.org

 Building & Health     860-355-0166              bldhlthiw@townofshermanct.org

 Planning & Zoning   860-355-3127              planzone@townofshermanct.org

 Zoning Officer            860-355-1821              rcooper@townofshermanct.org

 Registrars                    860-350-4694              shermanreg@yahoo.com

 Park & Rec                 860-354-3629              shparkrec@hotmail.com

 



March 13, 2020; 10:15 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE: Friday, March 13 at 10 AM

As stated previously this is a very fluid situation. Right now the Sherman School, the Sherman Library, and the Sherman Senior Center are all closed. All activities connected to them are suspended. All Park & Rec activities at the School are suspended. For now, Mallory Town Hall is open. These are not panicky moves but are normal actions in an abnormal situation. The idea here is to put the risk of contact with one another as minimally as possible with the hope that this virus begins to slow. This is in the wake of several national gathering institutions (NBA, NCAA Tournament, Players Championship, Spring Training baseball, etc.) closing down and is part of a national effort to reduce contact risk. It goes without saying that we will all continue to follow the advisable health practices that have become ubiquitous at this point. This is a good time to be outside, to enjoy all of the nature that our area has to offer, and to spend time with our loved ones. 

Don Lowe,
First Selectman

 



March 12, 2020  at  11:45 AM

Sherman Residents,

In response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, our Town remains diligent and as prepared as possible. As you can tell from the news around us, this situation remains fluid and will require changes as we go. While it’s important not to panic – and I don’t see that here in Sherman – it’s important to be prepared. So far, Sherman has not been touched by COVID-19 and so far the state of Connecticut has been only lightly affected. However, this will likely change for the worse before the situation gets better. In light of that, most internal groups and activities are still meeting in Sherman. We ask that individuals self-monitor. For example, if you have traveled abroad in recent days, it’s best not to mingle in groups until you are certain that you are not ill.  Naturally, if you are feeling any cold or flu symptoms – this does not mean you have COVID-19 by the way – you should still remain out of contact with others. Our Senior Center remains open for now although trips and larger group activities have been postponed. So far, all meetings of Town entities are on schedule. Mallory Town Hall is open. Our superintendent/principal Dr. Melendez sends out regular directives for the Sherman School, which remains open for the time being.  The Library is open although most events are postponed. Please continue to follow best health practices protocols. I will update this site as necessary. We will get through this!

Sincerely,

Don Lowe – First Selectman   


Sherman Senior Center

The Sherman Senior Center, out of an abundance of caution, will temporarily suspend all programs and activities effective Friday, March 13, 2020.   No cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Senior Center, nor is there an outbreak in the town of Sherman at this time.  However our members are among those individuals identified by The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and others agencies as being at the highest risk from this virus.  The CDC advises that older adults over 60, and those with underlying health issues such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or compromised immune systems, should avoid being around others who are sick, avoid crowds as much as possible and, should there be an outbreak in the community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce the risk of exposure. 

The safety and well - being of our members is our #1 priority.  While we recognize that many of our members count on the Senior Center for vital socialization, exercise, recreational activities and a nutritious affordable meal, we are following the guidelines of the CDC, World Health Organization and the Governor’s Office. We believe it prudent to close at this time to avoid any possible exposure at the Center to any of our members and staff. 

 We strongly urge our members to take the following preparations in case there is a community outbreak in the town of Sherman requiring individuals to remain at home: 

  • Have some shelf ready non- perishable foods in your house in case you can't get to the supermarket for a couple of weeks (canned soups, crackers, pasta, peanut butter and jelly)
  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled and you have over the counter medications you need.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email in case you need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors if you become sick
  • If you have a paid caregiver, determine a back -up plan - is there someone else that can help you if your caregiver gets sick or cannot get to your home? 

 The staff of the Sherman Senior Center are monitoring the situation closely and will resume programs as soon as possible, taking guidance and recommendations from the CDC and our Town and State leaders.   

Please call us at 860.354.2414 ext 1 or email: shermanseniorcenter@gmail.com for any additional information, questions or if you need assistance. The staff will be at the Center answering calls.

We will also send periodic emails out to keep you informed.

 Please stay safe and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

We look forward to seeing you all back at the Center as soon as possible.        

 Suzette Berger
Coordinator
Sherman Senior Center

 


Sherman Library

Dear Sherman Library Patrons,

The Staff and Board of Trustees of the Sherman Library have been hard at work to ensure the best interests of public safety as we deal with the ramifications of COVID-19. As of this time the normal day-to-day library operations will continue. However effective immediately we have put in place the following changes in an effort to do our part for the safety of our community.

  • The library will be suspending programming and events from this Saturday, March 14th through Monday, March 23rd. We will continue to assess the viability of future programming on a week-to-week basis and will notify the public.
  • Our staff are wiping down public surfaces such as computer equipment, door handles, the circulation desk and phones multiple times daily.
  • Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes are available at the circulation desk.
  • We encourage all staff and patrons to stay at home if they are unwell.
  • We are reminding staff and patrons of proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • We have removed non-essential high touch items in the library.
  • Flyers from the Centers for Disease Control with recommendations for preventing the spread of germs are available at the circulation desk.

Additionally, we would like to remind visitors that libraries are shared public spaces. For the health and safety of other, please be thoughtful about coming into a library or any public space if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. Please do your part to stop the spread of germs and disease.

We continue to monitor the latest information from federal, state and town officials regarding the status of COVID-19. We will share updated information regarding changes to our operations through our website and usual channels of communication. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact the library at 860-354-2455.

As a reminder the Sherman Library has online resources available for all ages 24/7 on our website: shermanlibrary.org. With your Sherman Library card you have access to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Blake
Executive Director
Sherman Library

P.O. Box 40, Sherman, Connecticut 06784   860-354-2455   sl@biblio.org   www.shermanlibrary.org




The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is working very closely with its partners to prepare for any outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Connecticut.  Here is some important information for our local partners:

  • DEMHS is currently in Enhanced Monitoring mode, operating in accordance with the Pre-Activation Framework within the all-hazards State Response Framework. 
  • CT DPH is the lead state agency on this incident; DEMHS is the coordinating support agency at the state level. 
  • Now is the time for local CEOs, Emergency Management Directors, and Public Health Directors or Districts to enhance their communications with each other, and include other appropriate partners such as first responder leadership, school officials, social services, and the private sector.  Review your Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), Local Emergency Operations Plans, Regional Emergency Support Plans, and standard protocols.
  • A WebEOC incident has been opened since January 28, 2020, entitled  “Health 2020-01-27 Novel Coronavirus 2019.”  The incident can be reached from the main WebEOC page.  Numerous guidance documents and links are posted there. At this time, DEMHS is monitoring the site during business hours; your regional coordinator should be contacted directly for any COVID-19 related emergencies. 
  • The state has created a direct link to the CT- DPH website at  www.ct.gov/coronavirus
  • This CT- DPH site provides direct links to the CDC website.  Because guidance is being updated regularly, it is best to go to the site rather than relying on a hard copy or PDF’d document. For example: