Corona Virus Info
Update: July 1, 2020, 2PM:
Our covid-19 case numbers haven’t changed in six seeks now. We remain at 14 cumulative cases and 2 resulting deaths. I certainly thank Sherman residents for their patience and diligence through this hard period. Early on, in March, after an initial rash of 10 cases, the Town recommended the “stay clean” and social distancing protocols we all know so well, made face coverings mandatory, and firmly asked travelers to Sherman from hotspot areas to self-quarantine for 14 days. Our cases count since the end of March has only been 4 cases and this is a tribute to you folks who took this seriously. Sherman was actually 2 weeks ahead of the state on recommending face coverings, and remarkably, the Federal government only last week (June 25) came out in recommending face coverings. Of all the protocols, face coverings along with social distancing have had the most profound effect on limiting infection rates. If you cannot socially distance, wear a mask.
An important aspect of getting through this massive change in our regular routines is to not despair and to not isolate. Here is a link titled, "CT’s COVID-19 Quarantine & Isolation Support and How You Can Help" that offers help and suggestions for individuals struggling with isolation or panic from this crisis. Here is the link:
I wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July as we celebrate the birth of our amazing nation.
Don Lowe – First Selectman
Update: June 18, 3:20 pm:
Our positive covid cases in Sherman remain at 14 and we have had 2 fatalities. These numbers have not changed in 5 weeks.
With that said, we must remain vigilant of spreading the Covid-19 virus and must adhere to wearing masks when social distancing is not possible. Almost certainly, it was our early adherence to wearing masks and following proper health protocols that has kept our numbers so low here in Sherman. (After 10 cases in the first 2 weeks, we have had 4 in the last 10 weeks.) With that said, we are opening our Town beach on Saturday, June 20. Beach passes are available with our boat launch guards upon proof of Sherman residency, and social distancing protocols will be made clear at the beach.
Another step forward into normalcy here in Sherman is that we are having a Summer Camp for ages 6 through 12. The camp begins on July 6, goes for 4 weeks through July 31, and is held from 9 am to noon on Monday through Friday. As the camp start date approaches, more will be announced about health protocols in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
As your First Selectman, I ask that you continue to follow the recommended health standards during this virus crisis. As tempting as it may be, please don’t be swayed by fringe health beliefs that the virus is over, or by movements such as “No Mask Day.” An Army of health professionals agree that wearing masks and keeping our proper distance from one another is absolutely advisable; a few snipers, self-proclaimed health experts, traffic in propaganda counter to that, much of it politically motivated. Stick with the Army.
First Selectman – Sherman CT
UPDATE: Friday, May 29, 7:30 PM: Our cumulative covid case count remains at 14 cases and 2 resulting fatalities.
A few things related to the virus crisis:
- To further commemorate Memorial Day and to celebrate Flag Day, we will offer Sherman residents a drive-by parade starting at Noon, on Sunday, June 14. The parade route and other details will be coming later on and shared via NIXLE, local newspapers, and social media.
- Beginning Tuesday, June 2, Mallory Town Hall will return to being fully staffed. The public is still asked to use phone and email to conduct business. Emails and phone numbers as well as various building, land use, and tax forms are available on the west side doors (planning and zoning side).
- The Town Beach is still closed but we anticipate opening that up when the time is right and social distancing can be achieved.
- Beach passes are availble at the boat launch. Just ask one of the park-and-rec employees stationed there to give you one upon proof of Sherman residency.
- If you haven’t already, or if you’d like another viewing, click on the Memorial Day 2020 box at the top of the home page to see the video we made for Memorial Day. We took a tough situation where we couldn’t gather for our traditional parade and turned it into something quite special.
First Selectman – Sherman CT
Update: Friday, May 22, 2 PM: As of today, Sherman has had 14 positive individuals that have tested positive for corona-virus. We have had 2 corona-virus related fatalities. The State in total has had 39, 208 cases and 3,582 deaths related to the virus.
The Sherman beach remains closed but our boat launch is open for Sherman residents only. There will be two individuals checking for residency identification. If you are a Sherman resident but your driver’s license is for elsewhere, than bring a piece of mail addressed to you such as a utility bill as proof that you own a home here. Also, the individuals checking for residency will be able to issue beach passes if you wish to have one. As mentioned, the beach is currently closed, but it may open later in the summer.
The Sherman Veterans Association will be holding a private ceremony commemorating Memorial Day on Sunday morning in front of the Old Town Hall. This ceremony will be videoed and sent out to Sherman residents as a link via Nixle, our town communication system.
Please have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
Don Lowe – Sherman First Selectman
UPDATE: Monday, May 18, 9:30 AM: On a cumulative basis, Sherman has 14 individuals living here that have tested positive for Covid-19. To review, our first report of a positive case came on March 25. This means that these 14 cases (and 2 fatalities) have come over the course of 8 weeks. Of our 14 cases, 10 of them came before April 7 – in the first 2 weeks. Correspondingly, over the last 6 weeks, we have had 4 positive cases. This seems to parallel the stricter measures Sherman had in place by April 4th, which included face coverings, 14 day self-quarantine for hotspot travelers, various closings, virtual meetings and new health protocols. I think we have to agree that these inconveniences have been well worth it in terms of slowing the progress of Covid-19 in Sherman. People often ask how many of our cases have recovered, but that isn’t information available to me or to our public health director. To date, the State reports 37,419 total cases and 3,408 covid-related deaths.
First Selectman – Sherman CT
Update: Thursday, May 14, 3:30 pm: Sherman holds steady with 13 cases of coronavirus and 2 deaths. The State reports 34,885 cases and 3,125 deaths. Please offer thanks in whatever way you feel is appropriate to our Sherman Volunteer Fire Department and EMS personnel. EMS APPRECIATION week starts on May 17 and goes till May 23. These folks have done a lot for us during this crisis.
Update Saturday, May 9, 8:15 PM: Sherman has a new Covid-19 case making our cumulative total 13 cases and 2 fatalities.
UPDATE: Friday, May 8, 3:25 pm: Sherman currently reports 12 positive cases of coronavirus. We, regretfully, have 2 fatalities, from this virus. Note that Sherman has had only 2 new cases in 34 days. Yet, we need to remain vigilant with our social distancing and masks are still required for anyone in our places of business or for where someone cannot remain at least 6 feet apart from others. A few things:
- There are masks available for Seniors, and frankly, if anybody needs a mask, contact the Sherman Senior Center at 860 354 2414. Email email@example.com. Also, if you are feeling isolated or lonely please reach out to the Sherman Social services at 860-354-2414 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have volunteers who will be happy to reach out to you.
- Sherman will consider a "soft opening" of Town Hall after Memorial Day weekend. We will also, at that point, consider opening or keeping closed our beach. It is currently closed to the public. A decision on Summer Camp will be made in the early days of June.
- Covid-19 testing and anti-body testing is being ramped up now in our area and more info will be forthcoming on how to have this done.
- Please continue to lock your homes and vehicles as our neighboring Towns have had crime issues with break-ins. If you have suspicious activity at your residence please call our Town Trooper Wayne Tate at 860-354 -3715. If he’s not there, you will be transferred to Troop A state police headquarters in Southbury.
- One last thing: If, by chance, you have unused "WORD SEARCH" books in your home and don’t need them, the Senior Center (see contact info above) has many requests for them.
Don Lowe -- First Selectman
Update: Tuesday, May 5, 3:15 pm:
Sherman continues to hold steady at 12 covid cases and 2 deaths. We have had only 2 cases in the last 30 days. The Board of Selectmen, the Department of Health, and our Emergency Services personnel ask you to continue to be diligent and follow the prescribed health protocols. Thank you!
UPDATE: Friday, May 1, 2:15 pm:
- Due to social distancing issues, and also to be consistent with the other 4 lake Towns, the Sherman beach has been closed. Consideration for reopening will be made after Memorial Day weekend.
- Our neighboring Towns have experienced a rash of vehicle break-ins and you are advised to keep parked vehicles locked.
- If you or someone you know has suffered financially and needs funds for food or supplies, contact Beth Trott at social services for a cash card. These have been made available through donations. Her email and phone is:
- email@example.com or at 860 354 2414.
- Sherman has not had a new covid case in 4 days. We are holding steady at 12 cumulative cases and 2 fatalities.
TAX RELIEF PROGRAM DUE TO COVID-19
Governor Lamont has issued an Executive Order providing property tax relief for taxpayers and businesses affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Our Board of Selectmen has voted to participate in the tax deferment program with application. The tax deferment program delays the last day to pay real estate, personal property and motor vehicle taxes for eligible taxpayers. If you are eligible, taxes that are due on July 1, 2020 with a last day to pay of August 1, 2020 will be deferred to a last day to pay of October 1, 2020.
To be eligible for tax deferment, you must attest to a 20% reduction in household income resulting from being furloughed without pay, a significant reduction in hours or loss of employment since April 1, 2020. Businesses and Non-Profits must attest to 30% reduction in income.
Landlords have special eligibility requirements:
The Executive Order 7S states that for landlords to be eligible for the Deferral Program, a landlord must provide documentation that the property will suffer a significant income decline or that commensurate forbearance was offered to the tenants or lessees.
On April 10, 2020 Executive Oder 7X required all landlords to grant 60-day rent extensions to residential tenants for April (automatically) and May (upon request due to loss of income). Landlords can satisfy the requirements for tax relief under EO 7S for residential properties only simply by complying with EO 7X and confirming they will do so in an e-mail to the tax collector. Landlords of commercial properties may satisfy those requirements with the documentation listed on the application.
Things to be aware of:
Application must be received by the Tax Collector no later than July 1, 2020. Applications will not be accepted after this date per the Governor’s Executive Order. There are no exceptions to this.
This is only an extension of the grace period. If payment is not received on, or before, October 1, 2020 the taxes will be considered delinquent on October 2, 2020 and the interest will revert back to the original due and payable date of July 1, 2020 (6%). Interest and any fees due will apply.
This deferral is only for the July 1, 2020 installment only. It does not extend to the January 1, 2021 installment. You will still be responsible for paying your second installment on time. It does not apply to already delinquent taxes for prior fiscal years.
All real estate, personal property and motor vehicles must be listed in order to receive the deferral. Do not assume the deferral will automatically apply to all of your real estate, personal property or motor vehicles. Items not listed will not be eligible for deferral.
Taxes paid through escrow cannot receive deferral per the executive order.
The application can be requested and viewed by others under the Freedom of Information Act.
The application is a legal affidavit that you are signing. You are attesting that you have had a 20% reduction in income (30% for business/non-profit) because of the COVID19 pandemic, and that you understand all that is listed above.
This application must be completely filled out with signature. It will not be approved otherwise. Please make sure to list all real estate, motor vehicle and personal property. If something is not listed it will not be eligible for deferral. When complete; scan and email, or mail, with a copy of your driver’s license and any supporting documents to:
Mail: Sherman Tax Collector
Attn: COVID9 Tax Deferral
PO Box 39
Sherman, CT 06784
Fillable COVID19 Tax Deferral Application CLICK HERE
Non-fillable COVID19 Tax Deferral Application CLICK HERE
Completed applications with proof of residency must be RECEIVED no later than July 1, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted. There are no exceptions to this.
UPDATE Thursday, April 30, 12:45 pm:
Rapid testing for the coronavirus will be offered Thursday at a local health center.
WHAT: CT Department of Public Health Mobile Lab to offer Rapid COVID Testing at CIFC’s Greater Danbury Community Health Center (REAR Parking Lot). GDCHC staff will collect the specimens and DPH conducts and analyzes the testing. Test results will be available in 30 minutes.
WHO: Symptomatic patients or those with known exposure are given priority; all individuals tested must become registered with GDCHC as a patient in order to track results. Those wishing to pre-register as a new GDCHC patient must call 203-456-1413 to do so. Appointments are not required but strongly advised.
WHERE: 120 Main Street, Danbury, CT, REAR parking lot.
WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 9 am to 2:00 pm.
CBIA ESSENTIAL SMALL BUSINESS MASK Forms
This ordering portal is for essential Connecticut businesses, as defined by the State of CT, with 50 employees or less and is for surgical masks only.
The masks will be made available to municipalities on April 30 for all businesses who make formal requests before that date. The Emergency Management Director will then distribute the masks.
UPDATE: April 28, 6:36 pm: Sherman has one more laboratory confirmed covid case. We also have another fatality to the virus. Sherman now has a cumulative 12 cases and 2 deaths from the covid virus. The state reports 25,997 cases and 2,012 fatalities.
Update Sunday, April 26, 5:50 pm:
Sherman had no new cases today. We have had 1 new Covid case in the last 21 days. Our cumulative total of cases is 11. We have had 1 Covic related death.
UPDATE: Friday, April 24, 3:12 pm:
Please consider going on the site https://howwefeel.org/. There is an app to download and it asks questions about your general state of being along with some other information on your age, gender, and ethnicity. You offer your zip code. No personal info. You are offered daily tracking. This helps the state track information related to the Covid-19 crisis. In other words, by taking part in this survey, you are helping fight theCovid-19 crisis.
UPDATE: Thursday, April 23, 10:15 am:
Sherman has one new Covid-19 case bringing our cumulative total to 11 cases. We have one death. The state reports that as of April 22 it has 22, 469 cases and 1,544 deaths.
Update Wednesday, April 22:
Sherman’s Covid-19 case load remains at 10 and we have not had a new case since April 6. However, I deeply regret that we have had our first death from Covid-19 in Sherman. Meanwhile, the State’s numbers continue to increase with 20,360 laboratory confirmed cases and 1,423 people have now died from Covid-19. I can’t stress enough the importance of social distancing and wearing face coverings in public situations. There are still a lot of problems in our parks with people not obeying these requirements and we may have to close our parks if this doesn’t improve.
Update: Sunday, April 19, 3:30 PM:
Beginning April 20, Connecticut residents will be required to wear a cloth face covering in public if they cannot maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet from one another. As of today Connecticut testing records show 17,550 positive cases of covid-19. These cases have resulted in 1086 deaths. Sherman remains at 10 cumulative cases and has not had a positive case since April 6.
UPDATE Friday April 17, 11:32 am: Governor Lamont Announces Launch of Testing Center
UPDATE, Thursday, April 16, 6:41 pm: Sherman reports no new cases of Covid-19 today. Our last case was reported on April 6. So far, we have 10 days straight without a case. Let’s keep doing what we are doing! The state reports: 15,884 cases; 971 deaths.
UPDATE: Wednesday, April 15, 11:35 am: Sherman covid-19 cumulative case numbers remain at 10. This has been for 8 days straight now. We strongly encourage you to continue Sherman’s safety protocols and requirements including face coverings and social distancing in Sherman places of business, property, and spaces. I want to thank those citizens who are taking this seriously and have been doing so from the start. Your attention to this is the primary reason we have been doing better in Sherman. There are no guarantees, but if we stay strong and diligent we have a much better chance to keep this virus away until it goes away. The state’s numbers continue to increase exponentially. 13,989 cases. 671 deaths.
First Selectman – Sherman CT
UPDATE: Monday, April 13, 8:15 pm: There are no new cases today in Sherman. That's 7+plus days in a row without a case. State of CT Numbers: 13,381 cases. 602 deaths.
UPDATE: Monday, April 13, 12:15 pm: As of this date, Sherman holds steady at 10 cases. We have no deaths. The state now reports 12.035 cases and 554 deaths.
We ask that people using our Town parks:
- Be more respectful of social distancing
- Abide by the Town’s requirement that you wear face covering when on Town property or when shopping in our businesses
- If improvement isn’t seen in these two areas, the Town parks will be closed
Update Friday, April 10, 7:46pm: There are no new cases in Sherman. The state reported 10,538 cases and 448 deaths.
Update Friday, April 10, 12:20pm: The state’s COVID-19 cumulative caseload has spiked to 9,784, hospitalizations are at 1,464, and there have been a reported 380 deaths. In Sherman, we are holding steady these last 3 days with no cases. Our cumulative cases remain at 10.
First Selectman – Sherman CT
Office: 860 355 1139
Cell: 860 778 3394
Update Thursday, April 9, 9:15 AM: Today Sherman closed it's playground equipment in an attempt to limit social gathering and stop the spread of germs leading to the COVID-19 virus. Sherman remains at a cumulative case count number of 10. The State of Connecticut has cumulative total of 8,781 cases, 1.418 hospitalizations, and 335 people have lost their lives to COVID-19.
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
Office: 860 355 1139
Cell: 860 778 3394
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherman Senior Center
Suzette Berger 860-354-2414 EXT # 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Business Administrator email@example.com
First Selectman firstname.lastname@example.org
FS Administrative Assistant email@example.com
Land Use Enforcement Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks and Rec email@example.com
Planning & Zoning firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar of Voters email@example.com
Tax Collector firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Clerk email@example.com
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Clerk 860-354-5281 email@example.com
Tax Assessor 860-355-0376 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax Collector 860-354-4146 email@example.com
Building & Health 860-355-0166 firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning & Zoning 860-355-3127 email@example.com
Zoning Officer 860-355-1821 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrars 860-350-4694 email@example.com
Park & Rec 860-354-3629 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
March 12, 2020 at 11:45 AM
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!
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.
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: email@example.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.
Sherman Senior Center
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.
P.O. Box 40, Sherman, Connecticut 06784 860-354-2455 firstname.lastname@example.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:
- CDC guidance on community mitigation: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/planning-preparedness/community-mitigation.html
- CDC guidance on non-pharmaceutical interventions: https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/
- CDC guidance for businesses and other employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html
- CDC guidance on risk assessment: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
- CDC guidance for EMS: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-for-ems.html
- Several weeks ago, CT DPH conducted inventories of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in conjunction with local health departments and hospitals. DPH indicates that, at the national and state level, the priority for PPE currently is health care workers.