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4/9/2021 - 4.9 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,

As you may have read, the Connecticut General Assembly is considering many bills (HB 6107HB 6611HB 6612HB 6613SB 1024SB 1026SB 1027RB 1068) that would fundamentally change our local decision making on zoning and land-use. Based on the language in these proposals and my experience as the former ranking member of the Housing Committee in the state legislature, I have real concerns about the impact these proposed bills would have on our community.

Fairfield's State Senator Tony Hwang, who serves as the ranking member on the Planning & Development Committee, in a recent newsletter, also expressed concern with the proposed bills and their impact on the Town of Fairfield. Specifically, he shared the following points:

  • Eliminate local control over certain types of housing (location-based, accessory, 2+ units) and allow certain developments to occur without a local public hearing
  • Impose new, potentially costly, unfunded mandates - including training staff, assimilating local regulations and shouldering new costs
  • Affect the environment and drinking water statewide by ignoring the responsibilities of municipalities who host waterways, open space.
  • Impact traffic flow, parking demands
  • Drive up residency at a rate which outpaces the capacities of local resources/services - Police, Fire, Schools
  • Overburden the public water and sewer infrastructure 

Any legislation that would result in over development, impact environmentally sensitive areas, and overburden Fairfield’s already strained infrastructure, such as roads, schools, sewers, water, etc., worries me as the leader of our Town. Fairfield has been the target of many set aside developments under 8-30g for the last 10 years, which has negatively affected our Town's ability to plan appropriately.
 

We as a community value and understand the importance of providing a wide range of housing options, and the welcome diversity they bring, but I believe that this can be accomplished without forfeiting local control. Since Fairfield's most recent Affordable Housing Plan was adopted, we have made considerable strides and created more than 100 affordable housing units. The Town has enacted an inclusionary zoning regulation which requires developments with ten or more housing units to deed restrict ten percent of those units as below market rate housing, and adopted an inclusionary zoning fee on new construction and building addition projects to help fund our Housing Trust Fund (used to preserve and create more affordable housing). More recently, the Town Plan & Zoning Commission worked with the Affordable Housing Committee and others to update the Town’s accessory apartment regulations to create more housing options. You can review a copy of the Town’s Affordable Housing Plan here and read more about the progress being made in achieving our affordable housing goals in the Affordable Housing Committee’s most recent annual report here

I think it is important for our residents to know that over the last several years our Town Plan & Zoning Commission has already approved well over the required amount of affordable housing units, that once built and given a certificate of occupancy will allow the Town of Fairfield to apply for a moratorium under the 8-30g statue. At present, we are unable to count these units until they are built and occupied, nor are we able to count the units built before July 1990, leaving us short of the points needed to apply for and receive the temporary moratorium under State law. My administration will continue to work with the Affordable Housing Committee, Town Plan & Zoning Commission and others to close this gap.

The Board of Selectmen recently tasked the Affordable Housing Committee with updating Fairfield’s Affordable Housing Plan, as required by law. The Affordable Housing Committee is meeting with a planning consultant to review the scope of this work. I will send an update when you can participate and take part in this effort. 

I recently submitted testimony in opposition to many of these proposed billsState Representative Laura Devlin also testified before the Planning and Development Committee, if you'd like to watch her testimony click here.

I wanted to share some opportunities where you can express your opinions on these proposals before the State legislature:

  • Submit Testimony by emailing pdtestimony@cga.ct.gov
  • Contact Fairfield's State Delegation:
    • State Representative Cristin McCarthy-Vahey (D-133)
      • Chair of the Planning and Development Committee
        • Cristin.MccarthyVahey@cga.ct.gov 
    • State Representative Jennifer Leeper (D-132)
      • Jennifer.Leeper@cga.ct.gov
    • State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134)
      • Laura.Devlin@cga.ct.gov
    • State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28)
      • The Ranking Member of the Planning and Development Committee 
        • Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov          
  • Attend The FSA informative Zoom session here on April 13th from 4:00 PM -5:00 PM where Fairfield State Senator Tony Hwang and Fairfield State Representative Cristin McCarthy-Vahey will provide an update on these bills and take questions.
  • Attend the CT 169 Strong "Hands Off Our Zoning" Rally - April 10th from Noon to 1 PM
COMMUNITY NEWS

Giving Back   This week, recently opened Sonia's Gourmet Kitchen, located at 881 Post Road (next to Bob's Discount Store), went above and beyond to thank our CERT volunteers manning the call center, our Fairfield Health Department staff, and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers working at the  COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic by providing lunch! Our volunteers and staff were so appreciate of owner Sonia Lopez's generosity. It is wonderful to hear that a new business is eager to help our community!




Grand Opening   This Wednesday, I was excited to welcome Cardio Kick, a new health and fitness club to Town located at 2179 Black Rock Turnpike (Starbucks Plaza). Owner Stacy DeSabella says, “At Cardio Kick, we believe in only the highest standards of physical fitness training, and have developed a full-body workout that will help you achieve your physical and mental health goals. Our coaches are actively enriching the lives of our members and creating a community of like-minded people who love being healthy and strong. Getting your mind and body in shape is our goal.” Thank you to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce for organizing the ribbon cutting to celebrate this occasion. 
TOWN GOVERNMENT

Police Department  THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT!  There has been no better time to continue building upon the connection our community has with those who are sworn to protect it. It’s time to join together as Fairfield continues to thrive, now and into the future! Interested in being a part of the future with them? The deadline to apply for a position as a Police Officer is fast approaching!  Go to www.policeapp.com to apply! The deadline to complete the application process is April 30, 2021!
Bigelow Center for Senior Activities – Thursday, I was happy to get to see the new Fairfield Senior Transportation bus, complete with a wheelchair lift and seating for 12. The new bus will help get our seniors to the Bigelow Center, medical appointments or the grocery store. Fairfield's seniors deserve only the best! 

Thanks to a grant awarded through the Federal Transit Administration, we purchased the bus at no cost to the Town. The intention of the grant is to improve mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities, by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding transportation mobility options. 

After suspending transportation services due to COVID-19, Fairfield Senior Transportation is happy to announce that they are resuming limited transportation services. Rides for residents to medical appointments within Fairfield are available Mondays and Fridays between 9:30 AM -1:30 PM. Grocery shopping for residents is available Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call the Bigelow Center at 203-256-3166 for more information on how to register for bus transportation. 
 

Director of Human Services Julie Demarco, First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, Chair of the Human Services Commission Laura Incerto, Director of Human Services Brenda Steele, Bob Seirup Driver of Fairfield Senior Transportation
While many Fairfielders continue to get vaccinated every single day, I want to remind our community that the virus is still among us. For the fourth week in a row, Fairfield has seen an increase in our case rate with 191 new cases just this week. In addition to getting vaccinated, please continue to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing, because these are the best forms of protection against COVID-19. 

Please scroll below for more updates on the Town's COVID-19/Vaccine/State Sector Rules and other helpful information and resources. 

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.




Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman
COVID-19 UPDATE:

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents can visit ct.gov/coronavirus. You can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
I am so encouraged that our Fairfield Health Department as of today, has administered 18,184 vaccines to those eligible and the department has an additional 3,451 appointments scheduled over the next 3 weeks. We are proud to say that not one vaccine has been wasted or unused since the Health Department's clinics opened in January.

The Fairfield Health Department's vaccine clinic continues to fill up their appointments. The department can only schedule as many appointments as vaccines are provided by the State. Please keep in mind Fairfield residents are able to book appointments at clinics throughout the State.
VACCINE INFORMATION:  
ALL adults in Connecticut over the age of 16 are eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment.

*Please note, Pfizer is currently the only vaccine that is approved for individuals under the age of 18 years, and the Fairfield Health Department DOES NOT administer the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are only approved for those over the age of 18 years.

If you fall under Phase 1a, an Educator/Staff in pre-K-12, or a Childcare Provider, you should receive information from your employer or school administrators on how to register for vaccine appointments. For those in the Phase 1b category of 16 and older, you should complete the State form below:

State Form - 16 & Older
If you are having difficulty scheduling your appointment through VAMS, here are some links that may be helpful: VAMS Navigation Instructions and How to Create your VAMS Account and Schedule Your First Appointment
    • CT Vaccine Portal for locations throughout the State
    •  Yale New Haven Health - If your Doctor is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health you can create an appointment through MyChart
    • Hartford HealthCare - Hartford HealthCare is taking vaccination appointments for their locations at Sacred Heart University and St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport. For more information, you can find it here
    • Stamford Hospital - You can check your eligibility and schedule an appointment with Stamford Hospital. For more information, please click here
    • Walgreens - There are limited Walgreens Pharmacies who are offering COVID-19 vaccinations throughout CT.  For more information and a list of their locations, please see their website. 
    • CVS - There are limited CVS Pharmacies who are offering COVID-19 vaccinations throughout CT. For more information and a list of their locations, please see their website.
    • Veteran's Affairs VA CT - Eligibility includes anyone who served in the military, spouses of veterans, and caregivers of veterans. Hosting several walk-in clinics. No appointment necessary. 
    Please be aware of two COVID-19 vaccine scams circulating. One scam is a phone call, email, or letter from a vaccine manufacturer (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or Moderna) asking for:

    1. Social Security Number to help you get a vaccine appointment.
    You should NEVER give out your Social Security number for the vaccine.

         2. Offering cash rewards or gift cards in exchange for completing a survey. The survey asks for personal information, such as your date of birth and insurance information.
    The vaccine manufacturers will never contact you directly to gather information.

         For accurate and regularly updated information about the COVID Vaccine, please visit the Fairfield Health Department Vaccine update page: 
    https://www.fairfieldct.org/news/?FeedID=4155.
    CDC's Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals:


    Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 = 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or = 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

    Fully vaccinated people can:
    - Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or physical distancing.
    - Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing a mask or physical distancing.
    - Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.

    For full guidance, please visit:
     https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
    Updated Sector Rules:
    Thursday, March 4th, Governor Lamont announced changes to the State's Sector Rules, regarding COVID-19. Due to this announcement, The Town of Fairfield is allowing for the continued expanded outdoor dining accommodations for restaurants and food service establishments effective immediately. If you would like to read more information click 
    here.

    For a comprehensive list of sector rules, click here 
      Fairfield's COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 203-256-3082. 
      If you are a Fairfield resident who is currently eligible with questions or are homebound and need to schedule a mobile COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you can call our COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center where a CERT volunteer will assist you in obtaining an appointment. The phone line is targeted to provide support and guidance for eligible vaccine recipients. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and voicemails will be returned when calls come in outside the operating hours.
       



      Bob Seirup, Fairfield Senior Transportation Driver and RN Kate O'Mahony standing outside the new bus ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines to homebound Fairfield residents.
      The State Appointment Assistance Hotline is 1-877-918-2224 is available for assistance. Click here for the State Fact Sheet about the vaccine.

      We will continue to post the latest information on the Town website, and the social media pages for the Health Department, the Town of Fairfield and my office. For a full listing of those social media pages, click here
      Fairfield County COVID-19 Vaccine Survey: Fairfield County leaders are inviting community members to share their opinions about COVID-19 vaccines. By taking the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey, you’ll help us better understand the needs of our community during the pandemic and beyond. Please take a few minutes to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey by clicking here.
      Town Data: The Town of Fairfield has had 4,841 cases to date, and 202 of Fairfield residents have sadly lost their lives. Charts and data on Fairfield cases, including daily & weekly changes, age, gender, nursing home statistics, testing results, different trends, and university statistics, can be found at www.fairfieldct.org/covid19data. The Health Department updates this page regularly.

      The Health Department also updates the COVID-19 School Data page, which details the school-related metrics and is updated each week as the State releases the data. The Fairfield Board of Education also has a dashboard on their homepage at https://www.fairfieldschools.org.
      Drive-Through Testing Location: Thanks to a partnership with Yale New Haven Health, Fairfield's drive-through COVID-19 testing location at 140 Mill Plain Road opened Monday, March 1.  The location is open for testing seven days a week from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM to all Connecticut residents and populations, including pre-procedure, asymptomatic, symptomatic, and healthcare workers. We are so excited what this testing site means for our Town in beating this virus!

      You can view a compilation of COVID-19 testing locations, including 140 Mill Plain Road, by clicking the "Testing Locations" button below.
      Testing Locations
      FEELING IN CRISIS?
      When you or a family member may be feeling overwhelmed, know that there are free options to help you talk through your crisis--and to send help when necessary. Fairfield Social Services is here to help. Call 203-256-3170 for more information.
       
      Being a parent or caregiver during COVID can be extremely stressful. It is perfectly normal to be experiencing varying emotions and feel overwhelmed. No matter what you're feeling, we're here to listen.  Parents and caregivers can call the toll-free Talk It Out line to discuss their feelings in a judgement-free environment. Call: 1-833-258-5011 or Visit:
       www.talkitoutct.com 
       
      Resources for Mental Health:
      If you or a loved one is struggling:
      CT Information Hotline 211 or go to www.211ct.org for mobile crisis support for individuals and/or children.
      The Hub CT is Southwest Connecticut’s Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization. Check their website for useful resources for mental health, prevention and wellness.  https://www.thehubct.org/
      Mental Health Crisis Text Line - Text “SHARE” to 741741
      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255)
      Kids in Crisis also has a 24-hour hotline for assistance 203-661-1911. 
      NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health):If you need to talk to someone, text NAMI to 741741 or call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
      Alcoholics Anonymous - Please contact your site to see if meetings are continuing in your neighborhood. 

      Bridgeport Hospital’s REACH Program is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, adults and seniors.  REACH is accessible to anyone, and covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance programs.  Please 
      click this link to learn more about the extensive range of treatment options available
      Dogs on Leashes: 
      After careful consideration with the Town's Director of Health, I have decided to lift restrictions requiring all dogs remain on leashes at our open spaces effective immediately. The Rules and Regulations for Open Space Properties will be restored to their pre-pandemic limits. Specifically dogs will be allowed off-leash pursuant to Section 14 (e),  which requires all dogs to be kept under voice command or leash control at all times on open space areas and 14(f) All dogs shall be kept on leash if the animals are within 100 ft. of parking lots or picnic areas. Note: Effective April 1 dogs are not allowed on public beaches. Click here for a list of open spaces on page 11.
       
      Note: Pets that cannot be controlled by voice commands must be kept on leash.
       
      The decision to return to pre-pandemic rules and regulations is consistent with the State of CT Sector Rules and CDC guidance. State guidance allows low and moderate risk activities.
       
      CDC Guidance (excerpted)
      • Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
      • Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household.
      To read the rules and regulation in their entirety click here.
      CONTINUED TOWN GOVERNMENT

      Assessment Appeals –  February 19th was the last day for appeals to be filed at the Tax Assessor's office. Any resident who filed an appeal by the deadline was granted a hearing by the Board of Assessment Appeals . Hearings began Tuesday, March 2, and concluded on March 29, 2021. Due to the volume of appeals, the BAA has been granted an extension to May 15 to complete its work. 

      The Board is now focusing on deliberating and making decisions on all the appeals before it. 

      Meeting agendas will be posted at 
      www.fairfieldct.org/baa/agendas. Information on what groups of appeals are likely to be discussed and any delays in start times/meeting cancellations will be posted to the Board’s home page (www.fairfieldct.org/baa ), shortly before the start of each meeting. Please be aware that meeting discussions can change depending on how many appeals are decided at previous meetings and what board members are in attendance on a particular night. Recordings and minutes can be accessed through the Board’s home page within seven days of a meeting.
       

      For more detailed information on the next steps in the Appeals process, click the "Assessment Appeals Information" button below.

      Check back for updates and information posted at fairfieldct.org/taxassessor
      Assessment Appeals Information
      Tax Deferment – The revised property tax, 90-day deadline extension (an additional 60 days beyond the normal grace period) due date was April 1st for any January 1st installment tax bill. Anyone who failed to pay by the April 1 deadline will have to pay three months of interest added along with his or her existing bill and may check the status of their account at www.fairfieldct.org/taxpayment.

      The current 4th installment Real Estate tax and 2nd installment sewer use tax that became due and payable on April 1st is not eligible for deferment per state executive order and has a due date of May 3, 2021
      Fairfield Public Library – Library Express Service offers opportunities for quick browsing and checkout at both our libraries. The Fairfield Public Main Library building is open for Library Express Service Monday-Saturday afternoons 2pm - 4pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5pm – 7pm. Woods Branch building is open for Library Express Service 10am - 12pm Monday-Friday, Wednesday evenings 5pm-7pm and Saturdays 2pm – 4pm. Learn more about Library Express service.

      Please visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org for full details regarding Curbside Pickup at the Main Library and Woods Branch Library. Fairfield Public Library continues to offer 24/7 access to their digital collection of books, music, magazines, movies and databases. Visit the Library Event Calendar to find a wide and varied assortment of Virtual Programs.
      Pequot Library: We're Here, We Care – Pequot Library offers curbside pickup by appointment and limited browsing hours from 3-6pm on Mondays & Wednesdays; 10am-6pm on Fridays; and 2-4pm on Saturdays. During browsing hours visit us to check out a book or view our display John James Audubon's Birds of America: A Return to Pequot Library, on view from February 4 - May 2.

      Outside of browsing hours, enjoy digital programs like story times, author talks, book clubs, and more! Get details on our website and social media:  FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube. Sign up for Pequot Library's Digital Digest eNewsletter or contact our Chief Librarian for personalized book recommendations.
      Bigelow Center and Human Services  Fairfield Social Services is pleased to announce that the Town has received a Neighbors in Need grant from United Way to assist families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a Fairfield resident struggling, keeping up, or catching up with heating or utility bills, please contact Social Services to see if you qualify. In addition to United Way, Social Services has received an award from the Community Development Block Grant.

      The hardest part to getting help is reaching out to make the call to the Social Services office. We are here to help. Please call us at 203-256-3170 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM for more information about financial assistance programs
      .

      Help Available for Utilities: 
      • Energy Application Assistance- Applications are still available for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, which helps with winter heating costs. Fairfield Social Services works with Alliance for Community Empowerment, the local community action agency, for processing of applications. May 3, 2021 is the last day a household can apply to establish eligibility, and May 31 is the last day to submit fuel bills
      • Operation Fuel- There’s still time to apply for Operation Fuel, which can help with primary heat sources (oil, wood, pellets, gas, electric utility) as well as for its program to assist with Aquarion Water bills. Programs ends May 28, 2021.
      Call Social Services for more information on how to apply for either program – 203.256.3170.
       
      Rental Assistance: 
      • Emergency Rental Assistance for Connecticut's Economy – UniteCT. Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut is operating the UniteCT program. This $235 million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For program details and application information go the DOH website or call 1-844-UniteCT (1-844-864-8328). 
      Mortgage Assistance: The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, with financial support from the State of Connecticut, has launched a homeowner assistance program for low and moderate income households in Connecticut who are struggling to pay their mortgages due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is called the State of Connecticut Temporary Mortgage Assistance Program or T-MAP.
       
      Emergency loan funds will be available to help homeowners pay their housing costs, allowing them to remain in their homes as they work to regain financial stability. Eligible Households with incomes at or below 120% of the area median income will be eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in the form of a second mortgage loan. Call 1-860-785-3111 to speak to a Representative to determine if you qualify for T-MAP assistance. For additional information about the program, please visit https://www.chfa.org.
      Fairfield CARES 
      We are asking parents to 7th-12 grade students in Fairfield Public Schools to provide data, through the survey below, on attitudes and behaviors regarding substance use, e.g. alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, and prescription drugs. The data is used to help with coalition program planning and grant writing to support the coalition's work. Fairfield CARES will be closing the survey at midnight on Sunday, April 11th, and is trying to outreach to as many parents as possible.
      Parent Survey

      LOVE LOCAL E-GIFT CARD PROGRAM 
      I hope you'll continue to support our local businesses through the Town of Fairfield and the Chamber of Commerce's buy local initiative with the Fairfield Community e-Gift Card program, which is exclusive to Fairfield businesses only. This is a great gift for Fairfield  residents for both holidays and special occasions. More information can be found here.             

      ELDERLY AND DISABLED HOMEOWNERS PROGRAM UPDATE:
      The Governor recently issued Executive Order 
      10, which includes a provision to eliminate the refiling requirement for those applicants due to refile this year. 

      If you are due to refile this year, you will not need to reapply and your benefits will continue at the same level. The Tax Assessor's office should have sent you a postcard to confirm this the week of February 8th.

      If you are seeking the benefit for the first time, you will need to apply, please contact the 
      Tax Assessor's office at 203-256-3110 and the office will work with you on the process. 

      The Executive Order did not extend the final date to apply by May 14, 2021. If you cannot apply by this date you will need to request an extension from the Office of Policy and Management by August 13, 2021.The Tax Assessor's office will be able to provide residents the instructions on how to request an extension.

      For more information, visit here
      fairfieldct.org/taxrelief
      2021 BEACH STICKERS
      The 2020 Beach/ Transfer Station Sticker expired 12/31/20. Don't wait to buy your 2021 Sticker.  RENEW your sticker online for 2021. You can also renew by fax, mail or in person at Parks & Recreation.
      SANDLOT MOVIE NIGHT
      April 16 at 7 PM on Haydon Field ... HERE
      GLOW ON THE GREEN 
      May 14 at 6 PM at H. Smith Richardson .. 
      HERE
      STRATFIELD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION BRICK CAMPAIGN
      The Stratfield Village Association (SVA) is a certified 501 c3 non-profit organization, which aims to preserve, protect and improve the character of the Stratfield Village neighborhood in Fairfield. On January 13th they announced the launch of a brick fundraising campaign to supplement funding to the Four Corners renovation project. Individuals and businesses will be able to purchase a brick with a customized engraving to be included in the new brick sidewalks that are part of the project. There are a limited number of bricks available because of space constraints.
       
      The SVA’s personalized sales page is at 
      bricksrus.com/donorsite/stratfieldvillageassociation. Bricks can be purchased in two sizes – 4”x 8” for $100 with up to three lines of text, or 8”x 8” for $200 with up to 6 lines of text. Lastly, a corporate sponsor may purchase an 8”x 8” brick with 3 lines of text and include a company logo.
       
      The SVA has raised $910,925 of its $1 million goal for the project to date.

      BUSINESSES

      COVID-19 Relief Program Updates:


      SBA Extends Deferment Period for all COVID-19 EIDL and Other Disaster Loans until 2022:
      The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.

      • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date of the note.
      • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2021, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 18-months from the date of the note.

      Existing SBA disaster loans approved prior to 2020 in regular servicing status as of March 1, 2020, received an automatic deferment of principal and interest payments through December 31, 2020. This initial deferment period was subsequently extended through March 31, 2021. An additional 12-month deferment of principal and interest payments will be automatically granted to these borrowers. Borrowers will resume their regular payment schedule with the payment immediately preceding March 31, 2022, unless the borrower voluntarily continues to make payments while on deferment. It is important to note that the interest will continue to accrue on the outstanding balance of the loan throughout the duration of the deferment.

      Questions on SBA COVID-19 EIDL and disaster loan payments can be answered by email at DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339).

      Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
      On Monday, February 22, the White House announced targeted changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that will provide minority-owned businesses, “mom-and-pop” businesses, and very small nonprofits with access to the support they need.

      Click here to read the announcement and learn more about the steps that are being taken to promote equitable access to this important program. The SBA website also includes tools to help you get matched with a lender or find lenders in your area.
       

      Unless the federal government extends the deadline, the PPP will expire on May 31, 2021.

      The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce office is also open. You can reach them at 203.255.1011 or by emailing beverly@fairfieldctchamber.com.

      BLACK ROCK CHURCH HOT MEAL DRIVE-THRU
      Black Rock Church will resume its Hot Meal Drive-thru beginning Tuesday, January 12. Each Tuesday through March, between 5:00 - 5:30 PM, individuals and families can receive up to six hot meals for their families, along with a bag of groceries for the rest of the week. Reservations are not required, and the dinners and groceries are free. Black Rock Church is located at 3685 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. For more information please call the church at 203-255-3401.
      GET INVOLVED! TOWN BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES
      Interested in giving back to our community?  Want to have a voice in shaping Fairfield?  The Town relies on the hard work of citizen volunteers who are appointed to provide guidance and governance on various Boards and Commissions.  The list of vacancies for Boards and Commissions are on the Town Website.  Be sure to check back often as the list is updated as positions become available.  https://fairfieldct.org/vacancies

      You can also visit our Boards and Commissions page to learn more about roles and responsibilities:  https://fairfieldct.org/boards

      To learn about the application process click here: https://fairfieldct.org/appointmentprocess
      EMERGENCY ALERTS | WHEN IT MATTERS MOST 
      Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news from the Town of Fairfield, CT by signing up for the Fairfield Alert system. This system enables us to quickly provide you with critical information in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and other emergency situations.

      You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how!

      If you were previously registered with us on the CodeRed system, you must sign-up again by following the instructions belowin order to continue receiving Emergency and Community alerts from the Town of Fairfield.

      How to sign up? Click here.

      Help for Domestic Violence Victims
      The Center for Family Justice has hotline numbers to those who are in crisis and need our free and confidential services. 

      The hotline numbers are:
      Domestic Violence: 203-384-9559
      Sexual Violence: 203-333-2233

      NEW INTERNET PROVIDER
      GoNetspeed announced their intention to expand to Fairfield in the first half of 2021. This was welcome news for residents who have struggled with internet interruptions. You can read more informatiohere. 
      FAIRFIELD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

      What’s your story? What’s your reason?  
      DO YOUR PART...Wear a mask!

      FAIRFIELD BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COMMITTEE: 
      The Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has been working to encourage walking and biking for transportation, recreation, exercise and quality of life.

      Working with multiple town departments we have established
       bicycle routesinstalled bicycle repair stationsworked to improve pedestrian infrastructure, and authored the Town of Fairfield Complete Streets Policy (approved by the Board of Selectman in 2018).

      With more and more of our citizens using our roads, we would like to provide you with some important safety reminders for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. View the document here.
      TOWN GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
      Sullivan Independence Hall and Old Town Hall are open to the public by appointment only for the safety of employees and residents. Please visit this summary page for an overview and follow links to specific departments for more information. 
      Fairfield's Operations During COVID-19
      Help is available to Fairfield small businesses that are struggling due to the pandemic.  The Fairfield COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program was established to provide limited, one time direct financial assistance to eligible Fairfield small businesses that have no more than five full-time employees and that have been adversely affected by the public health emergency. Applications are still being accepted by the Office of Community & Economic Development. To learn more or to apply, please visit the website: www.fairfieldct.org/covidsbr.
      Eligibility & Application
      The Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to provide limited, one-time assistance to Fairfield residents who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Use of the funds must be directly related to the effects of the virus. Donate to the fund or apply for relief by clicking below.
      Donate or Apply to the Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund
      COVID CONTACT TRACING
      One of the key tools we have to contain the spread of COVID-19 is Contact Tracing. For this initiative to be successful, the Health Department needs the cooperation of residents who test positive for COVID-19. Both Universities were trained and assisted by our Health Department to manage their own contact tracing for their respective campuses.

      The primary purpose of contact tracing is to identify and notify direct contacts of confirmed cases as quickly as possible and to ensure those exposed are self-quarantining. The information provided in the interviews with confirmed cases helps reduce the potential spread of the virus in our community.


      Any Fairfield resident who tests positive for COVID-19 and has not received a phone call from the Fairfield Health Department or the Connecticut COVID Tracing system within 24 hours of receiving their result is urged to contact the Fairfield Health Department at 203-256-3022. Calls received after hours or on weekends, will be returned by the next business day.
      When to Isolate & Quarantine
      OPERATION HOPE FOOD PANTRY 
      Operation Hope wants to make sure residents of Fairfield are aware that the food pantry remains open and is ready to help by providing food and other basic needs to community residents, as they have for nearly 35 years. 

      Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00-12:00; Thursday from 4:00 -6:00. Visit 
      operationhopect.org.

      Important COVID-19 Links:

      Fairfield Health Department coronavirus website:  fairfieldct.org/covid19

      For the latest numbers of cases, deaths and those recovered click here

      For additional data and graphs of activity click here

      For guidance and updates on Connecticut’s coronavirus preparedness efforts, visit: ct.gov/coronavirus

      Contact Information:

      For general questions you can call 211

      Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860.972.8100 or (toll-free) 833.621.0600.

      YNHH has a call center number it’s 1-833-ASK YNHH that’s open from 7am - 7pm.
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      611 Old Post Road
      Fairfield, CT 06824

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      725 Old Post Road
      Fairfield, CT 06824

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