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Table of Contents
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Shelton History

City facts

City/Town Clerk

Getting married

Voting

City government

State, Federal

City Officials

Zoning, Wetlands

Schools Map City taxes Refuse & Recycling City services Health services Emergency services Culture & Learning Clubs & Social groups Health & Wellness Shopping & Dining Libraries Religious services Pets & Wildlife Parks & Recreation Trails & Conservation Transportation

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Shelton history
Shelton history
Shelton history

Shelton history

Shelton history
Shelton history

What is Shelton's history?

Before Europeans arrived, Shelton was the territory of the Paugussett Native American tribe. Riverview Park is the location of an old Indian fort. Around 1680, the first white settlers moved from Stratford to the Long Hill neighborhood, naming their settlement Coram. In 1717, set- tlers in Huntington petitioned for a separate parish, calling it Ripton Parish. By 1740, numerous dams and mills were built along the Farmill River. In the late 1700s, shipbuilding industry was established on the Housatonic River. In 1789, Ripton Parish was renamed the Town of Huntington, after Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Up to the Civil War, Huntington was primarily a farming town. The Ousatonic Water Company was formed in 1863, and built the Derby- Shelton dam on the Housatonic River, allowing the establishment of industry in the downtown business district, which was known as Bir- mingham. By 1900 the Birmingham section was renamed Shelton, and had train and trolley service and 25 factories making “everything from pins to pianos.” In 1919, the town incorporated as the City of Shelton. (Source: Shelton Historical Society sheltonhistoricalsociety.org)

What are some historic points of interest?

Huntington Green, Riverview Park, Indian Well State Park, Plumb Memorial Library, Veterans Memorial at the Riverwalk, and the Jones Family Farm. The Brownson House, the Wilson Barn and Trap Falls School (one-room schoolhouse) are located at the headquarters of the Shelton Historical Society at 70 Ripton Road.

Where does the city's name come from?

The downtown business district was established as a borough in 1882 and named after Edward N. Shelton, founder of the Ousatonic Water

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Company. In 1919, it change its name to Shelton.

What are the distinct sections of the city?

Shelton - the urban, business district, located along the Housatonic River opposite Derby. Huntington - the original town center when it was a farming community, located in the center and west parts of the city. Pine Rock - originally an artist colony and the site of an amuse- ment park, located at the south tip of the city bordering River Road and Long Hill Avenue. Sunnyside - the residential neighborhood near Sunnyside School along River Road. Long Hill - residential neighbor- hood located on either side of Long Hill Avenue. White Hills - the ru- ral/residential northern section of the city on either side of Leavenworth Road north of Indian Well. Wells Hollow - originally farmland, now mostly business development, located along Bridgeport Avenue near Old Stratford Road.

What is the statue at the Huntington Green?

A watering fountain topped with the sculpture of a horse rider killing a lion with a spear, donated in 1882 by Julia Nash in memory of her father, Lewis Curtiss.

Are there any historic districts?

There are no local historic districts. However, Huntington Green and its historic churches are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Are there any city histories?

The Plumb Memorial Library has a collection of Shelton histories in its circulation stacks and a special collection of rare volumes that cannot be removed from the library. In addition to the books of history,

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Plumb Memorial Library also has a 10-volume collection of slides of historical photographs on computer discs that patrons can take home and view on their home computers. The Shelton Historical Society sells a pictorial history of Shelton, “Images of America: Shelton,” that can be purchased for $19.99. The Plumb Memorial Library also has histories of Connecticut and many other cities and towns in the state as well.

Is there a city historian?

Rob Novak is the official Shelton historian.

Is there a Shelton Historical Society?

The Shelton Historical Society was formed in 1969 and is located at 70 Ripton Road near Huntington Center.

Has Shelton ever made the national news?

Several times. In 1975, the destruction of the Sponge Rubber Prod- ucts factory was the biggest criminal arson case in U.S. history. In 1934, eight children were tragically struck by a train and killed. In 2007, a 75-foot-tall Norway spruce from Soundview Avenue was used as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. In December 2009, a chain reaction accident involving more than 50 vehicles made the national news.

How old is the Huntington Herald?

The Huntington Herald began publication in 1981. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006.

How can I subscribe to the Huntington Herald?

Call our Circulation Department at (203) 926-2080, extension 304 to subscribe. Or request a subscription by sending a letter to: Hersam Acorn Newspapers, Circulation Department, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484. Or go to our Web site at hersamacorn.com, select “subscriptions” and complete the online form. A subscription costs $19 per year for an address in Fairfield County.

Where is the Huntington Herald sold on the newsstands?

Mont's Mart (BP Station), 198 Leavenworth Road, Shelton Mr. Butt's, 464 Howe Avenue, Shelton Shell Service Station, 99 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton Scooter's Deli/Botti Food Market, 494 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton Roma Importing, Huntington Village, Shelton Center Deli, 4 Huntington Plaza, Shelton Beechwood Supermarket, 40 Huntington Street, Shelton Huntington Café, 90 Huntington Street, Shelton TC's One Stop, 447 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe

City facts
City facts
City facts

City facts

City facts
City facts

How big is Shelton?

30.57 square miles

What is the population of Shelton?

38,101 in the 2000 Census

How does the population break down by age group?

Age 0-9: 12.7%; age 10-19: 12.5%; age 20-29: 9.2%; age 30-39:

15.9%; age 40-49: 16.6%; age 50-59: 13.6%; age 60-69: 8.3%; age 70- 79: 6.6%; age 80-over: 4.5%

What is the median income?

$67,292

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How far is Shelton from major cities?

Ten miles from Bridgeport, 15 miles from New Haven, and 50 miles from Hartford and New York City.

What is Shelton's climate?

Equitable distribution of precipitation in all four seasons; large ranges of temperatures daily and annually; considerable diversity of weather during relatively short periods of time are possible; measurable precipi- tation on about 120 days of the year. During the recent past Shelton has experienced destructive hurricanes, thunderstorms with cloud to ground lightning, hail, ice storms, nor'easters, blizzards, frequent snowstorms, extended periods of rain, lengthy cold snaps and heat waves, but also many days of very pleasant weather.

City/Town Clerk
City/Town Clerk
City/Town Clerk

City/Town Clerk

City/Town Clerk
City/Town Clerk

What does the city/town clerk do?

The City/Town Clerk's office is the repository for all city records and vital statistics dating back to the 1700s. These include land records, deeds, maps and mortgages; birth, death and marriage certificates; per- manent records of city boards and commissions; and election results. The office also issues dog licenses, and hunting and fishing licenses.

What is the purpose for legal notices?

Legal notices are notifications concerning meetings and actions of local commissions and boards. Other important town government in- formation, such as proposed budgets, town ordinances and invitations to bid on projects or services, also appear in legal notices. Legal notices are required by law to be published in local newspapers having circula- tion in the city. They may also be viewed at the City/Town Clerk's office in City Hall.

Where are Shelton property deeds recorded?

Yes, at the City/Town Clerk's office.

Are birth, marriage and death records public?

The general public is allowed to peruse marriage and death record indexes and can obtain copies. Restrictions may apply. Birth certificates are confidential. Certified copies of birth certificates will be issued only to the person in question or, in the case of a minor, to their parents or other designated persons.

Getting married
Getting married
Getting married

Getting married

Getting married
Getting married

Who can officiate at weddings?

Beside clergy, a justice of the peace may officiate at a wedding with- in the state, and federal judges may officiate at weddings anywhere. Contact the Town Clerk's office for a list of justices of the peace.

Where may I get a marriage or civil union license?

At the City/Town Clerk's office in City Hall for a $30 fee. The mar- riage license must be obtained in the town where the bride or groom resides or where they plan to marry. Both must appear, present IDs and swear an oath, but no blood test is required. The marriage license will be good for 65 days. At the City/Town Clerk's office in City Hall for a $30 fee. A civil union is a legal union of two people of the same sex, granting them the same benefits, rights and protections as spouses in a marriage. Con- necticut recognizes civil unions. There is no residency requirement or waiting period.

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Voting
Voting
Voting

Voting

Voting
Voting

When can I use an absentee ballot?

You can use an absentee ballot for any election, provided you are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day. You must fill out an applica- tion, which may be obtained at the Town Clerk's office or Registrars of Voters office in City Hall, or it can be mailed to you. After you return the application it takes about four weeks for processing and then the ab- sentee ballot will be mailed to your residence two to four weeks before the election. If the ballot is printed and ready, you may fill it out at the Town Clerk's office.

Where do I go to vote in Shelton?

In the latest election (the August 10, 2010 primaries), polling sta- tions were open in Long Hill School, Sunnyside School, Shelton In- termediate School, Elizabeth Shelton School, Mohegan School and the Shelton Community Center.

What are the city's voting districts?

In odd-numbered municipal elections, voters vote by Ward. There are four Wards, and each Ward elects two members of the Board of Aldermen. The aldermen are the only officials elected by Ward. In even-numbered state and federal elections, voters vote in six vot- ing districts. Districts 2, 3 and 4 are in state House District 113, and Districts 1, 5 and 6 are in state House District 122, which also includes part of Stratford.

Who can vote by absentee ballot?

Those who are ill, physically disabled, serving in the military, those who will be out of town on election day, those providing service as poll

worker in polling places other than their own, or those whose religion forbids secular activity on election day.

Who can register to vote?

To register as a voter you must be at least 18 years old by Election Day, a U.S. citizen and a bona fide resident of the city.

How do I register to vote?

Register at the Registrars of Voters office or the City/Town Clerk's office weekdays during City Hall business hours. You may also regis- ter by mail; call the Registrars office at 924-1555, extension 21 for a mail-in form. Voter registration forms may also be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the public library, and they may be downloaded at cityofshelton.org/gengov/elections.htm.

What political parties are there in Shelton?

Three parties, the Republican Party, Democratic Party and Citizens United Party, are presently guaranteed a line on the ballot for city elec- tions. As of August 2, 2010, there were 23,650 registered voters in Shelton, according to the Registrar of Voters office. Voter registration in Shelton by party was: 12,487 unaffiliated; 5,861 Republican; 5,249 Democratic; 21 Libertarian; 14 Green; 15 Citizens United; 2 Reform; and 1 Working Families.

What is the reason for registering with a political party?

Enrollment in a party allows you to participate in primaries and cau- cuses, and to serve on the local party's town committee.

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City government
City government
City government

City government

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City government

Who is the city's chief executive official?

Mayor Mark A. Lauretti

Is there a directory of city officials?

A directory of city officials is available for the public at the City/ Town Clerk's office. A partial directory is posted on the city Web site.

What city offices are elected?

Mayor, city treasurer, Board of Aldermen (by Ward), Board of Ap- portionment & Taxation, Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Education,, Board of Library Directors, registrars of voters

What city offices are appointed?

The mayor appoints members of the Parks and Recreation Commis- sion, Board of Zoning Appeals, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission and Inland Wetlands Commission. The Board of Aldermen appoints members of the Board of Tax Review, public building committees, Public Employees Appeals Board and Wa- ter Pollution Control Authority. Members of the Board of Ethics are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen.

How are candidates for city offices, boards and commissions chosen?

Party town committees select most candidates, but registered voters can also run for elected office by petition.

Does the city government have an official Web site?

Yes, at www.cityofshelton.org.

How do I know if a meeting is scheduled?

The state Freedom of Information Act requires that meetings of all town commissions and boards must be open to the public and that pub- lic notice of those meetings must be available to the public in advanced and published in advance in a legal notice. Under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, portions of public meetings for certain specific kinds of business may be closed to the public, but the meeting cannot be held in secret. Public meetings are posted in City Hall at the City/Town Clerk's office and usually on the city Web site at cityofshel- ton.org. The schedule for the regular meetings of a board or commission must be filed each year with the City/Town Clerk's office. Special meetings may be called with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Emergency meetings may be held without notice under special circumstances listed in the Freedom of Information Act, but the board must file the minutes of the emergency meeting at the City/Town Clerk's office within 72 hours.

Can a commission or board meet privately?

The state Freedom of Information Act lets a commission or board meet privately under very specific circumstances, such as to discuss a contract negotiation, personnel matter, public security preparations or pending legal matter.

What if I think a commission held an illegal private meeting?

Check the meeting agenda and minutes filed in the City/Town Clerk's office and call the Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford:

18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106; 860-566-5682.

Are government records open to the public?

Most government records are open to the public. The exceptions are employee personnel records, personal health records, public records involving juveniles, and government documents that are specifically listed as exempt under the state Freedom of Information Act.

What if I think city officials are illegally withholding government documents?

Contact the Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford.

What does the Ethics Commission do?

The Board of Ethics has three members, no more than one of whom may be from the same political party. The board investigates complaints of violations of the city ethics code, including conflicts of interest.

How do I make an Ethics Commission complaint?

A complaint about a violation of the city's code of ethics must be made in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. The

city's ethics ordinance includes a complaint form that may be obtained at the City/Town Clerk's office in City Hall. Fill out the complaint form, and if necessary include a letter including the details of the complaint, and return it in a sealed envelope to the City/Town Clerk's office or the mayor's office. The Board of Ethics may request assistance from the Police Depart- ment to investigate a complaint. It may hold a hearing if at least two members of the board are present. Persons accused of a violation have

a right to cross-examine witnesses and speak on their behalf at the hear- ing. Following a complaint, the Board of Ethics reports its findings and recommendations to the Board of Aldermen. At the end of the process, the board will also report its findings to the person making the com- plaint and to the person accused of the violation.

What is the Board of Aldermen?

The Board of Aldermen is the legislative body of the city. Eight al- dermen are elected by geographic districts called Wards for two-year terms. There are four Wards and two aldermen are elected from each. The Board of Aldermen approves the city budget and the mill rate, passes ordinances, approves borrowing by the sale of municipal bonds, appoints members of some public boards and has the power to conduct investigations concerning the city and the public interest. The mayor votes in the event of a tie, and in the absence of the mayor the President of the Board of Aldermen may vote twice to break a tie.

What is the Board of Apportionment and Taxation?

Members of the Board of Apportionment & Taxation are elected by

a town-wide vote for two-year terms. It is responsible for establishing, reviewing and monitoring the city budget.

What does the city treasurer do?

The city treasurer invests the city's money and makes sure funds are available for the city's expenses.

What does the Economic Development Commission do?

The EDC is a five-member commission appointed by the mayor that develops a marketing program to recruit new businesses in Shelton. The commission publishes the city's annual report and the Shelton Life periodical, containing information and news about the city. It also orga- nizes the annual Flag Day community picnic.

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What does the Shelton Economic Development Corporation do?

The SEDC is a non-profit corporation that promotes business devel- opment within the city. It coordinates activities between city and civic organizations, and promotes collaboration between city officials, local

residences and business leaders. It also provides technical expertise to city agencies in order to promote economic development in Shelton.

The SEDC is currently working on a multi-phase downtown revitaliza-

tion program along the Housatonic River that includes infrastructure

improvements, brownfield remediation and the development of a rec- reational riverwalk.

State, Federal
State, Federal
State, Federal

State, Federal

State, Federal
State, Federal

What state offices are elected by Shelton voters?

Governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, secretary of the state, state senator, state representative, judge of probate

How do I know what state senate, state assembly or con- gressional district I live in?

Use the Web site of the state General Assembly (cga.ct.gov) or con- tact the Shelton Registrars of Voters office in City Hall.

How do I contact my state senator or state representative?

State Sen. Dan Debicella (R-21) Work Address: Senate Republican Office, LOB Room 3400, Hart- ford CT, 06106 Home Address: 1 Lazybrook Road, Shelton, CT 06484 Home Phone: (203) 225-0558; Capitol Phone: (800) 842-1421 or (860) 240-8800

State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) House Republican Office, L.O.B. Room 4200, Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 800-842-1423 (within Connecticut); 860-240-8700; Fax:

860-240-0207

State Rep. Lawrence Miller (R-122) House Republican Office, L.O.B. Room 4200, Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 800-842-1423 (within Connecticut); 860-240-8700; Fax:

860-240-0207

Who are Connecticut's senators?

Christopher J. Dodd and Joseph I. Lieberman

How do I contact my senators?

Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT)

448 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510 (202)

224-2823

dodd.senate.gov/index.php?q=node/3130

Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT)

706 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510 (202) 224-

4041

lieberman.senate.gov/contact/

How can I contact the governor?

Gov. M. Jodi Rell State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 Tel: 860-566-4840; Toll-Free: 800-406-1527; TDD: 860-524-7397

Who represents Shelton in Congress?

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro represents the 3rd District and U.S. Rep.

Jim Himes represents the 4th District. Both are Democrats.

Shelton is divided between Connecticut's 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts. Although Route 8 does not form the district boundary, most of the city on the south and east of Route 8 is in the 3rd Congressional

District and most of the city on the north and west of Route 8 is in the

4th Congressional District.

What Congressional District is Shelton in?

Part of Shelton (Pine Rock, Long Hill, Sunnyside, half of downtown) is in the 3rd Congressional District and part (White Hills, Huntington,

half of downtown) in the 4th Congressional District. Although Route 8

is not strictly the boundary line, most of Shelton south and east of the highway is in the 3rd Congressional District and most of Shelton north

and west of the highway is in the 4th Congressional District.

How do I contact my congressman?

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd Congressional District) delauro. house.gov/ Main District Office: 59 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510: 203- 562-3718; Fax: 203-772-2260

Washington, DC: 2413 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington,

DC 20515; 202-225-3661; Fax: 202-225-4890

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th Congressional District) himes.house. gov/index.html Bridgeport CT Office: 211 State Street, 2nd Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604; (866) 453-0028; Fax: (203) 333-6655 Washington DC Office: 214 Cannon House Office Building, Wash- ington, DC 20515; (202) 225-5541l; Fax: (202) 225-9629

City officials
City officials
City officials

City officials

City officials
City officials

City/Town Clerk: Margaret Domorod Assistant Clerk: Jane Barrese Senior Records Clerk: Margaret Weber Records Clerk: Diana Barry Clerk: Sophia Belade

Mayor: Mark A. Lauretti Administrative Assistant: Thomas Taylor

Board of Aldermen Ward 1 John “Jack” Finn (D), 17 Princess Wenonah Drive, Shelton, CT

06484 (203) 203-929-0786 JF30790@aol.com Anthony Simonetti (R), 6 Hayfield Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203- 926-0922 mlmadm@aol.com

Ward 2 Stanley Kudej (R), 43 Plaskon Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-924- 2403 sjkudej@snet.net Eric McPherson (R), 72 Wheeler Street 203-924-5862

Ward 3 John Anglace Jr. (R), President of the Board, 676 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-1515 jfanglace@comcast.net

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Lynn Farrell (R), 35 Buddington Park, Shelton, CT 06484 203-824- 3340 lgfarrell@aol.com

Ward 4 John Papa (R), 29 Philip Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-6247 Noreen McGorty (R), 30 Wigwam Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203- 926-1638 diaduit@sbcglobal.net

Board of Aldermen Committees Finance Committee (meets fourth Thursday) Public Health & Safety (meets first Wednesday) Street Committee (meets first Tuesday) Public hearings on ordinances (fourth Thursday)

Ethics Commission Maria Davis, Chairman Christine Robinson Byron Peterson

Treasurer Frank C. Pagliaro Jr.

Board of Apportionment and Taxation

Mark Holden ( R ), 275 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484 203-

924-6848

Judson W. Crawford (D), 8 Jordan Ave., Shelton, CT (203) 934-

1933

Charlotte L. Madar (R), 182 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 929-0363 John "Jay" Zikaras (D), 20 Fawn Hill Road, Shelton, CT 06484

Christopher Besescheck (R), 56 Ojibwa Tr., Shelton, CT 06484 Faith B. Hack (D), 135 Longfellow, Shelton, CT 06484

John J. Francino-Quinn (R), 24 Sanford Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 Kate Kutash (D), 275 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484 Kathleen T. Yolish (R), 1 Waverly Road, Shelton, CT 06484

Planning & Zoning Commission Virginia Harger (R) 26 Meadow Ridge Drive Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-0054 (H), 202-924-8611 (W) Anthony S. Pogoda, Jr., Chmn (R), 1 Freedom Way Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-3561 (H and Fax) 203-676-5619 (C)

Ruth Parkins (R) 21 Meadow Lake Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203- 924-4313 (H) ruthparkins@sbcglobal.net Thomas McGorty, 11 Meghan Ct., Shelton, CT 06484 203-567-0221

(C)

Joseph Sedlock, 123 Mill St., Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-0116 (H) Joan Flannery, 8 Partridge Lane, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-6873 Alternate Members Patrick Lapera, 67 Rock Ridge Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-925- 8799 Ext 147 (W) 203-925-8780 (Fax) Ludwig Spinelli, 14 Willard Road, Shelton, CT 06484 203-926-

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Zoning Board of Appeals

Ed Conklin (R), 760 Gray Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-944-0390 Ralph Matto (U), P.O. Box 673, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-7892 Gerald L. Glover, Chairman (R), 20 School Street, Shelton, CT

06484 203-929-5502

Phillip Cavallaro, Sr (R), 408 Leavenworth Road, Shelton, CT 06484

203-926-9255

Philip Jamison Jones Sr ( D), 266 Israel Hill Road, Shelton, CT

06484 203-926-9255

Alternate Members-Board of Zoning Appeals Jack Fitzgerald (D), 318 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT 06484 203-

924-5775

Finance Director

Robert Harbinson 10 Soundcrest Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-

Louis Marusik

929-5810

Tax Collector

Linda Adanti (D), 4 Buddington Park, Shelton, CT 06484 Lori Michalak, Clerk 11 Dogwood Lane Shelton, CT 06484 203-

Deborah Onderko

924-0310

Tax Assessor

Economic Development Commission

Vacant

Frederick Ruggio, 19 Cynthia Lane, Shelton, CT 06484; (H) 924-

Board of Assessment Appeals Linda Schauwecker, 100 Huntington Street, Shelton, CT 06484

0121, (W) 268-8624 Karen Tomko McGovern, 66 Geissler Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; (203) 924-4529

Patrick Carey, 109 Blueberry Lane, Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 929-

Dr. Robert Burlison, 375 Nichols Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484; (203)

3202

Paul Jensen, 19 Winthrop Woods Road, Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 925- 8788

Registrars of Voters John “Jack” Finn (D) Peter Pavone (R)

School Superintendent Freeman Burr

Board of Education Timothy Walsh (D), Chairman, 42 L'Hermitage Drive, Shelton, CT

203-926-9963

Thomas Minotti, Vice Chmn ( R ), 246 Aspetuck Trail, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-4184 Win Oppel, Chmn (R ). 34 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

203-929-1397

Arlene Liscinsky (D), 54 Country Ridge Rd., Shelton, CT 06484

203-925-0628

Paula Ellis (D), 49 Jefferson Street, Shelton, CT 06484 203-924-

2246

929-0194

Kathleen McNichols-Marks, 500D Howe Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484; (203) 924-0030 Patrick Carey, 109 Blueberry Lane, Shelton CT 06484 203-929-

3202

Diane Luther, Secretary dluther@sheltonpublicschools.org

Shelton Economic Development Corporation James Ryan, President; Fred Ruggio, Patrick Carey, Anthony Pogoda Jr., Kenneth Schaible, Martin Coughlin, Aleta Miner, Ralph Matto, Da- vid Grant, Michelle Kawalautzki, Norman Santa and William C. Par- tington.

Housing Authority Regina Dinice (D) James Evans (U) Margaret Domorod (R) Peter R. Dicarlo (U) William Lobdell (U)

Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Commission Gary Zahornasky Chairman, 4 Gilbert Street, Shelton, CT 06484,

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203-513-2039, FAX 924-7041 gzahornasky@hotmail.com

Celeste D. Beattie, 21 Keron Drive, Shelton, CT 06484, 203-924-

9414 Beat.cc@att.net

Charles Wilson Jr. Vice Chairman, 48 Rock Ridge Road, Shelton, CT 06484, 203-926-8861, 203-8444 (W) Charlie@Wilsonagencyinc.com Robert Dunford, 5 Brae Loch Way, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-5189 (H), 203-944-6555 (W) bdunford@tridentfunding.com Neil Hayes Jr., 26 Meeting House Road, Shelton, CT 06484 203- 929-7212 (H), 203-925-1991 #5 (W) Kenneth Nappi (R), 42 Perch Road, Shelton, CT 06484, 203-929-

9565 kpnappi@sbcglobal.net

Jack Goncalves (U) 10 Copper Penny Lane, Shelton, CT 06484 203- 929-3309 (W), 203-696-2521 (W)

Conservation Commission Thomas W. Harbinson (U) Chairman William Dyer (D) Vice Chairman James Tate (U) Sheryl Maybeck Dutkanicz Edward P. McCreery III (R) James Goodman (R) Joseph Welsh (U) Staff: Teresa Gallagher, Conservation Agent, City of Shelton, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-1555 x315

Trails Committee William Dyer, Chairman Bob Wilkins Terrence Gallagher Andy Cable Lynn Reid Richard Skudlarek Sheryl Maybeck Dutkanicz Teresa Gallagher, Conservation Agent, City of Shelton, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-1555 x315

Water Pollution Control Authority G. Michael DeAngelis (R) Chairman Edwin Hellauer (D) Bronislaw Piotrowski (R) Regis J. Dognin (R) Vice Chairman Stephen K. Morse (R) Anthony Presutto (D) Todd S. Dowty (R) Clerk: Linda Hooper

Senior Citizen Committee William Smarz (U) Joseph Coleman (R) Shirley Keller (R) Jacqueline Bruno (U) James Martin (R) Walter Oko (R) Clerk: Corie Blanck

Lower Naugatuck Health District 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483 Phone 203-881-3255; Fax 203-881-3259; WIC 203-888-1271 Web site: nvhd.org

Library Board of Directors

Library Director: Elspeth Lydon, 410 Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, CT

06478

Shirley Keller (R) 487 Asbury Ridge, Shelton, CT 06484 Harriet Finn (D) 29 East Village Road, Shelton, CT 06484 Barbara Glover, Chmn (R) 192 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT 06484 Aleta Miner (R) 35 Beacon Hill Terrace, Shelton, CT 06484

Joan C Feeley (D) 67 Adams Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 Jean Cayer (D) 64 Cloverdale Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

Parks and Recreation Commission

John Papa, Chairman (R), 29 Philip Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-

929-6247

David Zamba, V-Chairman (R), 16 Soundview Drive, Shelton, CT

06484 203-929-0187

Diana Barry (D), 132 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484 203-924-1344 Allyson Burke (U), 1 Barbara Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-926-

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Gary Cahill (D), 525 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

Joseph DeFilippo ( R ), 19 Elizabeth Street, Shelton, CT06484 203-

929-6503

Paul Gabor (R), 418 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 203-

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Stanley Kudej ( R ), 43 Plaskon Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-924-

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Harold P. Labonda ( R ), 28 Deborah Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-

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Michelle Pagliaro Haywood (U), 49 Audubon Lane, Shelton, CT

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Robert Zuraw (D), 143 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton, CT 06484 203-

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Youth Service Bureau Jill Chase (U) Chairman James Geissler (R) Vice Chairman Deborah Zahornacky (D) Secretary Jay Correira James Guarrera (R) Howard Gura, (D) Dee Kopec, (U) David Munson (D) Robin Skowronski (M) John Trovarelli Nick Zerella Laura Lee Soncarato, Juvenile Probation Services, 60 Housatonic Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 Patricia Stanchfield, 79 New Street, Shelton, CT 06484 Denise Turecek, Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Bou- levard, Shelton, CT 06484 Detective Tom Federowicz, Shelton Police Department, 85 Wheeler Street, Shelton, CT 06484 203-924-1544

Director of Public Works Paul DiMauro

Director of Highways and Bridges Vacant 41 Myrtle Street, Shelton, CT 06484 Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 am - 2:30 p.m. Sanitation: cityofshelton.org/publicwrks/sanitation.htm Hazardous Waste: cityofshelton.org/publicwrks/hazardous.htm Recycling: cityofshelton.org/publicwrks/recycleprog.htm

Animal Control Officer Sheryl Taylor, Shelton Animal Shelter, 20 Riverdale Avenue, Shel- ton, CT 06484

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Shelton Permanent Veterans War Memorial Commission Alphonse Sabetta (R) Guy Beardsley (R) John Formanik (U) Frank Pagliaro, City Treasurer

War Memorial Commission Alphonse Sabetta (R) Guy Beardsley (R) John Formanik (U)

Building Board of Appeals Gregory G. Glover (R) Mike D'Amico (D) James P. Rotondo (U) A. J. Grasso (R) Ed Shalomis (R)

Police Chief Joel W. Hurliman 203-924-4440

Fire Chief Francis Jones III

Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman: Michael Maglione Echo Hose Co. #1: John Sonsini Huntington Co. #3: Marc Connelly Pine Rock Co. #4: Gary Field White Hills Co. #5: Bruce Kosowsky

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Sheriffs

Joseph DeFilippo, 19 Elizabeth Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-

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Carl Sylvester, 23 Winfield Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-

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Fire Marshal James Tortora, City Hall, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203- 924-1555, extension 340 The fire marshal and his deputies investigate fire, issue permits re- lated with explosives and burning, inspect buildings and properties for fire code compliance, inspect below-ground and above-ground storage tanks, and provide fire prevention education to the community.

Emergency Management Shelton's Emergency Management Department is led by Director John V. Millo, Deputy Director Justin Sabatino and Assistant Director Daniel E. Bednarsky. The department's task is to coordinate city de- partments and link the city with other local, regional, state and federal emergency response agencies. In the event of an emergency, the depart- ment provides information to Shelton residents through the Huntington Herald and other news media organizations and also posts the informa- tion on its Web site at sheltonemergency.com.

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Ellen Pagliaro, 526 Antelope Trail, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-

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Dominick Mondi, 31 Applewood Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-

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Gary DeFilippo, 43 Perch Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-3820 Edward Sheehy Jr., 85 Beacon Hill Trail, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-

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Karen Tomko-McGovern, 66 Geissler Drive, Shelton, CT 06484;

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Joseph Sewack, 31 Rayo Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-7134

Stanley Reichlin, 41 Geissler Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-

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Ezio Staffieri, 85 Blacks Hill Rd., Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-

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Christopher C. Jones, 42 Crescent St., Shelton, CT 06484; 203-414-

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Win Oppel, 34 Soundview Ave., Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-1397 Diana Barry, 132 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-676-2684 Gail Walsh, 42 L'Hermitage, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-926-9963 Joan C. Flannery, 8 Partridge Lane, Shelton, CT 06484; unlisted Joseph A. Silva, 237 Mohegan Road, Shelton, CT 06484; unlisted

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What does the Planning & Zoning Department do?

The P&Z Department processes permit applications for new con- struction to make sure they conform to Shelton's zoning regulations. In 2008 it issued 406 zoning compliance permits, including approvals for 20 new single-family houses, six new building lots, 250 new apartment units, and six new cluster housing units. It also issued permit approvals for office buildings, retail stores, parking garages and light industrial buildings.

What is the Planning & Zoning Commission?

The P&Z Commission consists of six regular and two alternate mem- bers who are elected to two-year terms. The commission ensures that new development is in the city's best interests and is consistent with the city zoning regulations and the Plan for Conservation and Develop- ment.

What does the Building Department do?

The Building Department oversees all building construction to en- sure public safety, health and welfare, and make sure that construction complies with the state building codes. The department is responsible for conducting building code inspections and issuing building and de- molition permits and certificates of occupancy. In 2008 the Building Department issued 1,761 permits and 431 certificates of occupancy.

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What is the Zoning Board of Appeals?

The ZBA provides variances from the zoning regulations when prop- erty owners demonstrate a hardship, serves as an appeals board for the Planning & Zoning Commission, and serves as the local agency repre- senting the state Department of Motor Vehicles for deciding the suit- ability of location for motor vehicle related facilities.

Who takes care of trees on city property?

Tree Warden Dean Cawthra is in charge of trees on city property, including the public right of way that extends up to 10 feet from the edge of the street. Property owners must get permission to remove or prune trees or shrubs in the public right of way. Call 924-1555, exten- sion 349.

How do I find out if I can build something, fill or excavate on my property?

Grading, excavation and fill often requires a zoning or inland wet- lands permit. Contact the Planning & Zoning Department or the Build- ing Department in City Hall to find out.

What is a “builder's acre”?

A builder's acre is 40,000 square feet. That is smaller than a standard acre, which is 43,560 square feet.

What land-use or construction permits are required in Shelton?

Building permits from the Building Department are required to en- sure building code compliance for construction, plumbing or electrical

work. Inspections and permits from the Fire Marshal, the Health De- partment and the Water Pollution Control Authority might be required. A certificate of zoning compliance from the Planning & Zoning Depart- ment and inland wetlands permits from the Inland Wetlands Commis- sion might also be required.

Do I need a permit for landscaping or tree cutting?

A permit is usually needed only if the landscaping is extensive or requires excavation. Property owners may check with the Planning & Zoning Department in City Hall to make sure.

What is a wetland?

Wetlands are typically swampy areas or land bordering a water- course, but they are diverse and not always obvious to the untrained eye. In Connecticut, they are determined by the chemical and physical characteristics of the top 18 to 24 inches of soil.

Can I fill in a pond or create one on my property?

Usually, the city will prohibit filling in a pond. Creating a pond would require a zoning permit and an inland wetlands permit, if it is allowed.

Are permits required for swimming pools?

Zoning and building permits are required for installing in-ground pools.

Are permits required for outdoor decks and patios?

Zoning and building permits are required for installing decks, but not patios unless they require excavation or grading on the property.

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How do I avoid digging up utility cables and pipes?

Call the city Engineering Department at 924-1555, ext. 17.

May I plant trees or bushes along the road?

Not in the public right of way, which extends about 10 feet from the edge of the road. In some cases, it is allowed with permission from the Board of Aldermen and the tree warden.

Can I remove or install an oil tank on my property?

Yes, but permits from the Fire Marshal and Building Department are required.

May I rent an apartment or a room in my house?

Yes, but a zoning and building permits are required for a new rental. Also, the Fire Marshal's office might require a fire code inspection.

Do I need a permit for a home office?

Zoning compliance permits are required for all formal home offices for businesses operating under a trade name, but not for informal home offices, such as where you are writing your memoirs or the Great Amer- ican Novel.

What kinds of businesses may I run out of my home?

The Planning & Zoning Commission allows residents to run busi- nesses out of their homes only when it will not require customers to vis- it the residence or parking commercial vehicles in a residential zone.

Do I need a permit to do blasting on my property?

Yes. Contact the Fire Marshal's office at 924-1555, extension 340.

What if blasting by someone else damages my house or well?

Contact the Fire Marshal's office in City Hall.

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What does the Board of Education do?

The Board of Education consists of nine members elected citywide. The board establishes policies and procedures for the school system and determines how its budget is spent. Major responsibilities of the board include approving curriculum, purchasing textbooks, hiring teachers and administrators, and overseeing maintenance of school buildings and grounds.

When does the Board of Education meet?

The Board of Education meetings are regularly scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month. Sometimes, because of holidays or during the summer months or when additional meetings are needed, the Board of Education might hold a special meeting. Meetings of the board and its committees are posted at the City/Town Clerk's office in City Hall and on the Shelton schools Web site at sheltonpublicschools. org.

Where is the school district office?

382 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, CT 06848; 203-924-1023

Does the Board of Education have a Web site?

Yes, at sheltonpublicschools.org.

What are the public schools in Shelton?

Shelton High School, 120 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT; 203-922-

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Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard North, Shelton, CT; 203-926-2000 Perry Hill School, 60 Perry Hill Road, Shelton, CT; 203-924-2533 Booth Hill Elementary School, 544 Booth Hill Road, Shelton, CT;

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Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School, 138 Willoughby Road, Shel- ton, CT; 203-929-1330 Long Hill Elementary School, 565 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, CT;

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Mohegan Elementary School, 47 Mohegan Road, Shelton, CT; 203-

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Sunnyside Elementary School, 418 River Road, Shelton, CT; 203-

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How many students attend each school?

As of the first week of the 2010-11 school year there were 5,335 students enrolled in Shelton public schools: Booth Hill School 359, Elizabeth Shelton School 479, Long Hill School 444, Mohegan School 420, Sunnyside School 262, Perry Hill School 862, Shelton Intermedi- ate School 933, Shelton High School 1,576.

What are the private and parochial schools in Shelton?

St. Joseph School, 430 Coram Avenue, Shelton, CT; 203-924-4669 St. Lawrence School, 503 Shelton Avenue, Shelton, CT; 203-929-

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What are the hours when school is in session?

Shelton High School 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Shelton Intermediate School 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Perry Hill School, 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m. Booth Hill Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Booth Hill Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m. Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Elizabeth Shelton Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m. Long Hill Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Long Hill Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m. Mohegan Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Mohegan Elementary Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Sunnyside Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Sunnyside Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m.

What are the hours for delayed school opening?

Shelton High School 9:00 a.m. Shelton Intermediate School 9:45 a.m. Perry Hill School, 9:55 a.m. Booth Hill Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Lafayette Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Long Hill Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Mohegan Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Sunnyside Elementary School 10:40 a.m. If the delayed opening is weather-related, all morning kindergarten is canceled.

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What are the hours for early school dismissal?

Shelton High School 12:10 p.m. (no lunch) Shelton Intermediate School 12:55 p.m. Perry Hill School 1:05 p.m. Booth Hill School 1:45 p.m. Elizabeth Shelton 1:45 p.m. Lafayette Elementary School 1:45 p.m. Long Hill Elementary School 1:45 p.m. Mohegan Elementary School 1:45 p m. Sunnyside Elementary School 1:45 p.m. If the early dismissal is weather-related, all afternoon kindergarten is cancelled.

How can I learn if school is canceled, a delayed opening or an early dismissal?

If bad weather or a school emergency forces the cancellation of school for the day or a change in the opening time, announcements will be made on radio stations WICC, WELI, WEBE, WEZN, WKCI, WKISS and WPLR, and television stations WTNH Channel 8 and WVIT Channel 30. Cancellations, delayed openings and early dismiss- als are also announced on the Shelton Schools' Web site at sheltonpub- licschools.org.

Is there a PTA?

Each school has a PTA or PTO and a representative to the Shelton PTA Council, the umbrella group affiliated with the state and national PTA.

What are the school holidays and vacations?

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When do children start school?

The Monday before Labor Day.

How do I register a child for school?

Contact your child's school for registration information. If you are unsure which school your child will attend, go online to sheltonpub- licschools.org/contact.php and send an e-mail message to “districting inquiries.”

When should I enroll my child for kindergarten?

A child is allowed to enroll in kindergarten during the calendar year when he or she reaches age 5. Contact your child's school for kindergar- ten registration information, immunization requirements and necessary forms.

What state standardized tests do Shelton students take?

State law and the federal No Child Left Behind Act require students in grades three to eight to take the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) ap- propriate for their grade. Shelton High School students in grade 10 take the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).

How do Shelton students perform on the Connecticut Aca- demic Performance Test (CAPT)?

Shelton students perform higher than the state average on the read- ing, writing and math portions of the test, but below the state average on the science portion. In Shelton, 54.1% met the state goal in reading, 65.3% in writing, 56.5% in math, and 42.4% in science.

How do Shelton students perform on the Connecticut Mas- tery Test (CMT)?

Shelton students scored above the state average on the CMT in 2007- 08 in almost every subject and grade level. Percentages of Shelton stu- dents that met the state goal are:

Third grade - Reading 60.9, Writing 76.6, Math 63.2 Fourth grade - Reading 60.0, Writing 65.7, Math 60.3 Fifth grade - Reading 71.9, Writing 76.8, Math 71.5, Science 54.4 Sixth grade - Reading 74.7, Writing 65.2, Math 74.4 Seventh grade - Reading 81.9, Writing 64.7, Math 71.8 Eighth grade - Reading 77.0, Writing 68.4, Math 68.1, Science 66.3

Is there a participation fee for students to play sports or join extracurricular activities?

In 2010, the Board of Education approved a Pay To Participate policy and began charging fees for students to participate in sports and extra- curricular activities that are non-academic, require a paid advisor and meet outside the normal school day. The fees are capped at a maximum of $750 per family in cases where multiple fees would be charged (either for more than one student, or for students participating in more than one sport or activity). Parents are eligible to apply for a waiver for a reduction in participation fees or for a payment plan based on hardship. There are no complete fee waiv- ers; all participants will be required to contribute somewhat financially toward the cost of the sports and extracurricular activities programs. Forms are available on the athletic and school district Web site.

What are the Pay to Participate fees?

$500 per player for high school ice hockey

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$400 per player for high school sports with officials: football, soc- cer, swimming, volleyball, baseball, softball, wrestling, basketball, la- crosse $300 per player for high school sports without officials: cross coun- try, indoor track, outdoor track and field, cheerleading, golf, tennis $100 per participant for high school activities (see definition above):

marching band, color guard, robotics, pom pons, drama club spring mu- sical. $200 per player for intermediate school sports with officials: volley- ball, basketball, baseball, softball $150 per player for intermediate school sports without officials: cross country, track and field, cheerleading $100 per participant for intermediate school activities (see definition above): SHS marching band, SHS color guard, jazz band

Are there any after-school programs?

The Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club offers after-school programs for local children. See the club's web site at bgc-lnv.org. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and Cub Scout and Brownie packs meet after school hours. There are also numerous youth sports leagues and activities offered by the city Parks & Recreation Department or private sports leagues, such as Little League. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for information about them.

Does Shelton have a gifted and talented program?

At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, the Shelton Public Schools were developing a new gifted and talented program. The new program will focus on grade 5-6 at Perry Hill School and the program will include enrichment modules based on STEM (Science, Technol- ogy, Engineering and Math) activities. As the Answer Book was going to press, it was not known how many students would be admitted to the programs.

Does Shelton have an adult education program?

Shelton is part of the Valley Regional Adult Education program, which offers courses in Shelton and the other Valley towns for per- sonal enrichment, English language learning and U.S. citizenship, and GED certificates. Students may take some courses online. The Valley Regional Adult Education administrative office is located at 415 Howe Avenue, Shelton; contact the program at 203-924-6651 or vrae.org.

What is the school district's transportation policy?

The Shelton Board of Education is responsible for transportation of students to and from school in a safe, healthy and efficient manner. Stu- dents will be picked up and dropped off at their scheduled bus stops. The board expects bus drivers to insist on good behavior from students. Any behavior of a student that represents a danger to the health and safety of those riding the bus must be reported immediately to the principal and the bus company. Serious misbehavior may result in suspension of the student's bus-riding privileges, including but not limited to snowball throwing, foul language, fighting, smoking, vandalism, refusing the sit down, harassing other students or the use of alcohol or drugs.

What is the current school budget?

The 2010-11 Board of Education budget is $63,100,000.

What is the salary range for teachers?

Teacher salaries for the 2009-10 school year range from $45,000 for

a first-year teacher with a Bachelor's Degree, to $82,500 for a teacher

with a Master's Degree at the top step level, and to $93,000 for a teacher

at the top step level with a doctorate degree.

Who is the Superintendent of Schools?

Freeman Burr is the school superintendent.

What is special education?

Special education is the term for an array of services for accommo- dating the educational needs of students with physical or developmen- tal disabilities.

How can I tell if my child needs special education?

Students suspected of having a disability are evaluated and those who meet the eligibility criteria are provided with an individual educa- tion plan (IEP).

What nursery schools are open in Shelton?

A Child's Garden, 20 Ivy Brook Road, Shelton 203-402-0334

Apple Tree Day Care & Preschool Center, 117 Long Hill Cross Road, Shelton 203-929-8181

A Small World Learning Center, 71 Longfellow Road, Shelton 203-

929-5498

Bright Horizons Family Solutions, 3 Corporate Drive, Shelton 203-

926-1398

The Hide Out, 49 Mohegan Road, Shelton 203-929-0744

Kid's First Learning Center, 216 Long Hill Cross Road, Shelton 203-

926-9998

Kid's First Learning Center of White Hills, 222 Leavenworth Road, Shelton 203-926-9326 Kidstop Developmental Child Care Center, 215 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton 203-924-2737 Kindercare Learning Centers, 1 Trap Falls Road, Shelton 203-944-

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Pumpkin Preschool of Shelton, 100 Beard Saw Mill Road, Shelton

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What does the School Readiness Council do?

The School Readiness Council works with the public school system to help parents prepare their children during the critical, early educa- tional years. The council's primary goal is to improve communication and partnership among families for children from birth to age five. The council also works with preschool and nursery school providers, el- ementary schools and community agencies.

A collaborative team of volunteers work through the council to make

sure every child is ready for kindergarten. Their four key objectives are: to increase community awareness of the benefits of early childhood education, strengthen the connections between early care and education programs, enhance the kindergarten transition process in Shelton, and to provide leadership on early childhood issues. The School Readiness Council is funded by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund in conjunction with the Shelton Public Schools, the city, Shelton Discovery Project, Shelton PTA Council, Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Valley Even Start, Plumb Memorial Library, TEAM, Valley Regional Adult Education, Health Valley Project, Shelton Economic Development Commission, Early Child Care Providers, Valley Directors Network and the Valley United Way.

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What is the city tax rate?

The Shelton tax rate is 18.61 mills. That means a taxpayer pays $18.61 for every $1,000 of assessed value of taxable property.

How are city taxes calculated?

Taxes are based on the mill rate (also spelled “mil” rate) times the assessed property value, divided by 1,000. The easiest way to calculate a tax bill is to take the mill rate, which is currently 18.61, multiply it by .001, which gives you 0.01861, and multiply that times the property as- sessment. The residential property assessment is 70% of the fair market value. So if a house sells for $300,000, the assessment is $210,000, and the tax bill is $3,908.10.

How much is the city budget?

The 2010-11 Shelton municipal budget is $111,379,349, which in- cludes the Board of Education budget. The school budget is $63,100,000, which is about 56.6% of the total city budget.

What is the city's bond rating?

The city has ratings from two credit rating agencies. Moody's rates Shelton Aa3. Standard and Poor's gives Shelton an AA rating.

What is the city's Grand List?

A New England term, the Grand List is the city's tax base and repre- sents the total of taxable property in the city. That includes residential real estate, commercial real estate, personal property (actually business property such as furniture, computers, etc.) and motor vehicles. It is

compiled each October and is used the following May to calculate the tax rate. The latest Grand List, based on property assessments in Octo- ber 2009, is slightly under $5.2 billion.

Who is the city's biggest taxpayer?

Commercial property developer and owner Robert Scinto is Shelton's biggest municipal taxpayer, with commercial real estate valued at $244 million, personal property worth $848,300, and motor vehicles worth about $500,000. His total assessment is worth more than four times the second-place taxpayer.

When is city property revalued?

State law requires municipalities to revalue taxable real estate and personal property every five years. The last property revaluation was approved for the 2006 Grand List. Real estate in Shelton is assessed at 70% of its fair market value. Shelton is scheduled for another property revaluation this year.

Who determines the assessed value of my home?

The appraisal and assessment of residential property in Shelton is the responsibility of the Assessor's office.

What if I disagree with my home's assessment?

A taxpayer who disagrees with his home's tax assessment should first contact Tax Assessor Gloria Kovacs, because it might be the result of a clerical or calculation error. If the taxpayer still disagrees, he or she may appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals, a three-member board ap- pointed by the Board of Aldermen. The Board of Assessment Appeals

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meets only in March to hear appeals on assessments certified for the Grand List in January. If the assessor receives a one-month extension, the board meets in April instead. If the taxpayer still disagrees with the assessment, he may file an appeal in court.

Where and when do I pay my city taxes?

The Tax Collector's office in City Hall collects real estate, motor ve- hicle and personal property taxes, sewer use fees, water main assess- ments and sewer assessments.

What do I pay my taxes for?

Taxes support schools, police, road improvements, debt payments and all other city services. A detailed accounting of how collected taxes are spent is included in the annual town report. Members of the public are also entitled to view the city budget at the City/Town Clerk's office or obtain a copy.

What happens if I don't pay my taxes on time?

Taxpayers are charged a penalty of 1.5% each month on the delin- quent balance if they fail to pay their taxes on time. This rate works out to 18% per year. Payment plans may be developed for those having difficulty paying their taxes.

Does the city ever foreclose on a delinquent taxpayer?

It has happened, but this action is taken only rarely and in extreme cases when the taxpayer refuses to work with the city. Usually, the Assessor's office files a tax lien and the taxpayer works out a payment plan to repay his delinquent taxes.

Is anyone eligible for a property tax break?

State and local tax relief programs are available for veterans, totally disabled, blind and elderly homeowners and renters. Contact the Asses- sor's office at 924-1555, extension 14 for information.

Who determines how much I pay for car taxes?

They are based on the book value.

If I sell my car, how do I get it off the tax rolls?

The Department of Motor Vehicles keeps vehicle ownership records, which it forwards to the city Assessor's office to maintain the motor vehicle Grand List. The DMV will continue to send ownership reports

to the city on a vehicle until the license plates are turned in. To remove

a car from the tax rolls, cancel your registration, return the plates to a DMV office and take the return receipt to the Assessor's office.

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Is there municipal trash collection and recycling?

Shelton has municipal trash and recycling collection, regularly scheduled on weekdays. Refuse collection is once a week, and recy- cling is every two weeks. Material for collection should be left by the curb the evening before the collection day. Garbage cans must be 20 to

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Does the city collect yard waste?

The city discontinued this service due to lack of interest. Residents are advised to take yard waste to Greencycle-Grillo, 1183 Oronoque Road, Milford, CT 06460, or mulch and compose it themselves.

Does the city pick up leaves?

The city schedules leaf collections twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The collections are usually announced in local newspapers and posted on the city Web site at cityofshelton.org.

Does the city collect any other types of waste?

The city accepts many other types of household waste if brought to the Highways and Bridges Department, 41 Myrtle Street, Shelton, or to the Shelton Transfer Station, 866 River Road, Shelton. Complete instructions are found on the city Web site at cityofshelton.org/public- wrks/sanitation.htm.

Can I bring my household refuse to dump myself?

Residents can bring their household refuse to the city's transfer sta- tion Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.

to 11:30 a.m. The transfer station, which is located at 866 River Road,

is closed on most holidays.

What else can I take to the transfer station?

Christmas trees, corrugated cardboard, construction waste, furniture, garden furniture, gas grills, mattresses, play sets, and tires (a maximum of four per year per registered vehicle, and no large truck or tractor trailer tires).

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How do I dispose of hazardous materials?

Anti-freeze, automobile batteries, dehumidifiers, motor oil, propane gas tanks and some other types of hazardous materials are accepted at the Highways and Bridges Department, 41 Myrtle Street, Shelton. Ammunition is accepted at the Police Department, Wheeler Avenue, Shelton. Paint, flammable fuels, herbicides, insecticides, mercury thermom- eters, florescent light bulbs, computer equipment and other types of hazardous materials, which require special handling and disposal, are accepted only during Hazardous Waste Day collections that are sched- uled during the year.

Must I notify someone if I rent a container for refuse or construction waste?

Not at the present time, but in the near future the Planning & Zoning may amend the zoning regulations to require a permit.

May I burn leaves on my property?

Burning leaves is discouraged, but the Fire Marshal will allow it in some situations, such as in an agricultural setting.

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If I have a big party, will the police provide security?

The Shelton Police Department will provide police officers for secu- rity and traffic control for a private party, although it is a private duty assignment, not an official assignment. The cost is $51.84 per hour for each officer, and there is a three-hour minimum. Of that charge, the officer receives $44.69 and the rest goes to the city to defray adminis- trative costs.

Does the city have noise ordinance?

Shelton has a noise ordinance that prohibits loud, unnecessary or disturbing noises. Among the noises specifically banned are the un- necessary use of vehicle horns and unnecessary bells, drums or other noises used for advertising. The ordinance also designates noise zones and sets noise zone standards according to the residential, commercial or industrial use that is allowed there. The noise ordinance includes exclusions for sounds generated by natural phenomena, unamplified human voices, bells and other sounds

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from religious observances, public emergency alarms, safety devices, intrusion alarms and farm equipment. The ordinance also includes exceptions for tests for emergency sig- nals, lawn maintenance equipment between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. that are properly mufflered, recreation activities that are sanctioned by the city, patriotic or public celebrations such as parades, carnivals and fireworks that have city permits, aircraft noises, industrial noise in an industrial zone, refuse and recycling collections, and construction activity.

Can I rent city buildings or parks for a party?

Individuals and organizations can rent city parks, the White Hills Recreation Building and rooms and the swimming pool in the Shel- ton Community Center. The cost of renting the White Hills Recreation Building, located on East Village Road near the White Hills firehouse, is $75, but occupancy is limited to 85 people. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department (203-925-8422) to inquire about renting any of the parks and recreation facilities. Contact the mayor's office (203-924- 1555, extension 11) to request permission to serve alcohol.

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How can I locate my sewer lines or septic tank?

The Naugatuck Valley Health District maintains files of septic sys- tem and well locations.

How do I take care of my septic tank?

The health district suggests that you have your septic tank inspected by a licensed septic system installer if you suspect that your system may not be operating properly.

What should I do if my neighbor's septic tank is leaking on my property?

Contact the Naugatuck Valley Health District at 203-881-3255.

Will the city check my well to see if the water is safe to drink?

The Naugatuck Valley Health District performs water quality inspec- tions for drinking water wells in Shelton.

Should I have my well water tested?

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Shelton Answerbook, Shelton, Connecticut

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Answerbook, Shelton, Connecticut September 23, 2010 you suspect the well has been damaged or contaminated, or

you suspect the well has been damaged or contaminated, or if the water has a strange taste, odor or discoloration.

What is radon gas?

Radon gas is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas formed as a decay product of uranium and other radioactive elements that occur naturally in the subsurface bedrock. Some soil and rock conditions may contain high levels of radon that can enter a house through the foundation or combined with well water. Exposure to high levels of radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer, especially when combined with smoking or breathing second-hand tobacco smoke.

How do I test for radon gas?

Test kits for radon are available at hardware stores or department stores, or they may be purchased inexpensively by calling the Radon Hotline at 1-800-SOS-RADON.

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What kind of public ambulance service does Shelton have?

The Echo Hose Ambulance Service is a volunteer ambulance ser- vice

How can I join the ambulance service?

Contact the Echo Hose Ambulance Corps, 100 Meadow Street, Shel- ton; 203-924-9211, echohoseambulance.org.

When should I dial 911 in the case of an emergency?

Only emergency calls should be made to 911, such as to report a fire, medical crisis, motor vehicle accident, a police emergency such as an

intruder, or another live-threatening situation. Do not call 911 for road conditions, routine services or non-emergency occurrences. Routine calls for the Police Department should be made to 924-

1544.

Who answers a 911 call in Shelton?

Calls in Shelton to 911 for a police, fire or medical emergency are answered at the emergency dispatch center at Shelton Police Headquar- ters.

Where are the nearest hospital emergency rooms?

The nearest hospital emergency rooms are: Griffin Hospital, 130 Di- vision Street, Derby; Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street, Bridgeport; and St. Vincent's Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport.

Who runs the city's ambulance service? Paramedic service?

The Echo Hose Ambulance Service, 100 Meadow Street, provides ambulance service in Shelton. The Valley EMS provides paramedic services regionally to Shelton and the other neighboring communities in the Valley.

Where will the ambulance take the patient?

The first choice is to Griffin Hospital in Derby. But for very serious types of injuries or medical conditions, or if Griffin Hospital's emergen- cy room is full, the Echo Hose Ambulance Service will take a patient to St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, Milford Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, or the Veterans Administration hospital in West Haven. The cost for ambulance transportation is set by the state, and it increases the longer the distance to the hospital.

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How much does it cost to call an ambulance?

Ambulance calls are not cheap. The state has an approved rate for various types of calls. Any call requiring transportation to a hospital may cost $500 or more. If a paramedic is needed, the fees increase.

How do I join the volunteer ambulance service?

The Echo Hose Ambulance Service is always seeking new members. It requires members to contribute at least 12 hours a month riding shifts. The service provides training, and members receive free uniforms, ap- parel, social events and trips. To inquire about joining, contact Assist. Chief Joe Laucella at 924-9211, extension 6, or jlaucella@sheltonems. com.

Who oversees the ambulance service?

The Shelton EMS Commission, consisting of five members appoint- ed by the Board of Aldermen and confirmed by the mayor, oversees the ambulance service.

What kind of Fire Department does Shelton have?

A volunteer fire department comprised of the Echo Hose, Hunting- ton, Pine Rock and White Hills fire companies.

How can I become a volunteer firefighter?

Contact your local volunteer fire company. Membership applications are available at the firehouses and at the fire company Web sites: