HEADLINES

Town of Wilton Updates: Road Paving, Face Coverings, Governor's Executive Order 7BB

Most CT Department of Motor Vehicles offices are now open for services by appointment only.  Not all services are available at all locations.  Visit the DMV website to schedule an appointment.

The following are key data points related to road paving:

  • At the May 2018 and 2019 adjourned Annual Town Meetings, voters approved approximately $6 million in bonding referendums for the first two years of a 5-year, 15 miles per year road restoration program.  Due to weather delays, we were not able to complete the first 30 miles by June 30, 2020, as originally planned.  Remaining roads will be paved over the next two months.
  • Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold our May ATM.  As such, approximately $3 million of funding for an additional 15 miles of road paving has not been presented to the voters for approval.   We are planning to hold a Special Town Meeting in October with an adjourned vote on the Presidential Election ballot.  We are also investigating a means for approval of a smaller amount of funds to allow road paving to continue past August. 
  • Historically, the Town’s paving schedule was developed based on the age of the road, with adjustments for highly traveled roads.  Last year a decision was made to scan all town-owned roads to obtain an engineering evaluation of each road.  Roads were assigned a pavement condition index (PCI), between 100 and 0.  Roads with a PCI of 55 or less are considered to be in poor condition.  As of July 2019, approximately 18 miles were found to be in poor condition.  Further details about the scanning are available on the DPW page of the town website
  • The pavement condition index is now the most significant factor in determining when a road is paved.  Other factors include the condition of the roads surrounding any road with a PCI of 55 or below, to allow for efficiencies in paving.  The ranking of all roads as of January 24, 2020 is available on the DPW page by ranking or by name.  The rankings do not take into account roads that were paved since January. 

I continue to receive questions about face coverings.  Face coverings, when required are mandatory, not recommended. 

  • The Governor's Executive Order 7BB,  requires the use of a face covering, except in the circumstances noted within the order.  Please note the use of the word shall, not the word may or recommend in the first sentence in the face covering section of the order:   Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020, any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering.
  • The sector rules for some specific businesses/non-profits or events have requirements to wear face coverings even when able to social distance. Please review the rules for those organizations or activities you frequent. 

Yesterday, the Governor issued Executive Order 7BBB, which among others, effective today, requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine when entering Connecticut from certain states. 

  • The list of states is available and updated on the CT DPH website. 
  • This applies to all travelers, whether CT residents or not. 
  • This does not apply to a traveler with only a flight layover in one of the states.
  • At present there is not a waiver, as reported in the press, for those with a recent negative Coronavirus test. 

Today, the Governor announced that public schools will open 5-days per week for all grades in the fall.  Very few details were provided. Guidance is expected on Monday. The announcement can be watched here.  

The Governor also issued Executive Order 7CCC, which dealt with more administrative matters. 

The status of Town recreational facilities, buildings and services during Phase 2 is available on the Town’s website

Many town services are available virtually.  The town website is searchable. 

The CT Data Center reported the following for Wilton as of June 24th:

  • 209 cases, 2 additional since June 21st and 7 new cases since May 31st
  • 1,286 residents tested, 49 additional since June 21st and 460 since May 31st
  • 1,674 tests performed, 100 since June 21st and 581 since May 31st
  • 250 positive test results, 17 since June 21st and 24 since May 31st
  • 41 deaths, no change since June 6th and 3 additional since May 31st

The State does not provide detailed data on antibody testing. 

CT DPH reported the following for Fairfield County and statewide as of June 24th

  • 16,547 cases, 149 additional since 6/21         45,994 cases, 212 additional since 6/21
  • 1,373 deaths, 11 additional since 6/21           4,298 deaths, 72 additional since 6/21
  • 46 hospitalized, 5 less than 6/21                     122 hospitalized, 18 less than 6/21

Tomorrow, we will likely exceed 4,300 deaths statewide.  1,631 of those deaths were reported during the month of May.  Last year, statewide deaths during the month of May were 2,520.  CT DPH has not reported a total for all deaths for the month of May, but we expect a sizable increase versus May 2019.

Out of respect for each other, as Americans that care for each other, we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance.”  Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force.       

As always, if you have any questions, please email the appropriate town department or me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  My next update will be on Thursday, June 25th, unless something comes up that requires and update. 

Subscribe

Follow Wilton HamletHub