March 22, 2020
Dear Beacon Falls Residents,
As First Selectman of our Town, I am proud to say that I’m hearing many stories of neighbors and businesses showing compassion, support and a spirt of community to one another. Just two examples are a local business that provided N-95 masks and other supplies to our EMS and Police Dept., ensuring their safety, and a neighbor providing groceries for a single mom who was ill-prepared for this crisis. I know that there are many more similar stories; may this goodwill continue to grow. Unfortunately, I have been informed by Valley Health District that Beacon Falls has one confirmed COV-ID 19 case. Please don’t be alarmed; the 64-year-old male patient self-admitted to Yale New Haven hospital and has had no known contact with any residents or emergency personnel. Having said that, I encourage all residents to practice the directive to “shelter in place” whenever possible and follow all CDC and Valley Health District recommendations. I have and will continue to provide information and updates as they become available on our town website and social media. I have not inundated you with excessive Code Red calls and will only utilize that service for the most important updates and information.
Currently, Town Hall and all services are available. Although closed to the public, town employees are available to assist the public via email and telephone. The senior center and library are closed until further notice. If it becomes necessary to close Town Hall completely, we are working on full remote capabilities for staff to continue to provide services remotely. All town meetings are currently cancelled, and we are diligently working on an affordable video/conference call remote option. Trash pick-up will continue on Fridays for now. I’ve been informed that due to reduced staff, we may experience earlier and later trash pick-ups through this event. All town parks are currently open. Pent Road basketball and
tennis courts will be locked and off-limits, in order to maintain social distancing. In this ever-changing environment in which we now live, please continue to use good judgment in venturing out and maintain social distancing. Be mindful of neighbors who will require your assistance
and offer before you’re asked. Follow all recommendations as set forth by the CDC: www.cdc.gov, VHD: www.n-vhd.org and DPH: www.portal.ct.-gov/dph. I will continue to seek guidance and wisdom as I lead us through these trying times.
Gerard “Gerry” F. Smith
Beacon Falls, CT