Litchfield News





New Morris budget to be unveiled at hearing (02-21-18)
The latest proposed town budget in Morris will be presented at a public hearing Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The proposal of $9,333,148 for 2017-18 is the fifth spending plan voters will consider since last June. Four previous proposals have been defeated in referendums, with the latest defeat coming last week.
The new proposal is $76,754 lighter than the $9,409,902 plan defeated last week. Cuts to the defeated budget were made immediately after last week's referendum. Budget proposals of the fire department, library and Beach and Recreation Department were all reduced in response to the vote's result and the amount the town would contribute for weed control on Bantam Lake has been reduced by $5,000.
The proposed budget is $252,935, or 2.8 percent, higher than the 2016-17 budget of $9,080,213. Taxes under the proposal would increase by .57 mills, from 27.83 mills to 28.40 mills. 
Borough of Litchfield
Snow and Ice Removal Reminder
The Litchfield Board of Warden and Burgesses would like to remind Borough residents that, according to Article III Sec. 95-7 and 95-8 of the Borough Code, The owner, agent of the owner or occupant of any building or land bordering upon any street, park or public place within the Borough of Litchfield, except crosswalks and park walks, where there is a sidewalk shall cause to be removed therefrom any and all snow, sleet and ice within eight (8) hours after sunrise, when the same shall have fallen in the night, and whenever any such sidewalk or any part thereof shall be covered with ice, the owner, agent or occupant of the building or lot adjacent thereto shall, on Merchant's row within one (1) hour thereafter during the daytime or within one (1) hour after sunrise when it falls during the night, cause such sidewalk to be made safe and convenient by removing the ice therefrom or by covering the same with sand or other suitable substance. Please help to keep the sidewalks clear and safe. There is no parking in the Borough overnight now until the end of the last snow fall. 
Failure to comply will result in the Borough sidewalk committee ordering the cleaning and sanding of the sidewalk and a 25% surcharge will be added to the cost to be paid by the owner or occupant. All Complaints call Borough of Litchfield at 860-567-8866. For further information, please visit the Borough website at ~ Peter J. Gay, Burgess
Resolve to support your public Library in 2018!
The Goshen Public Library challenges you to resolve to visit the library at least ONE TIME PER MONTH during 2018. * Acquire a library card for each member of your family. * For up-to-date information about the latest books and special programs, sign up for our weekly email newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
What you’ll find at the Goshen Public Library (besides first-rate books – large print, graphic novel, etc):
Adult reading challenges – Can you read 2018 books this year? It may be easier than you think!
Adult coloring page contest – Each month a new coloring page will be presented for those who’d like to participate in the contest and win a fun prize. The finished coloring pages are displayed and patrons vote on the one they like best.
Family and children’s programs – Bring a child to story hour or a fun family program. Watch for our annual Summer Reading kick-off and summer reading events for Pre-K through grade 6.
Puzzle table – We put a new puzzle out every month. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and help complete our latest puzzle.
Toys and Games – Need to get the kids out of the house? We have puppets, toys, blocks, puzzles and games for use in the library or to borrow.
Legos – Legos are available for use in the library. You can also check out the after school Lego Club creations.
Computers – We have 5 computers available for patrons to use. Check out our website and visit for a long list of training videos from Architecture CAD to Music Production and Web Page Design. Kids can find Scholastic’s Book Flix, Science Flix and True Flix for reading practice or research or just listening to stories.
Magazines – We carry many popular magazines…Astronomy, Bon Appetit, Consumer Reports, Fine Gardening, National Geographic, Yankee….and so much more!
Newspapers - Have a seat in one of our cozy chairs and catch up on the local daily news with The Republican-American or The Register Citizen.
Audio books – We have a large collection of adult, children’s and young adult books on CD for a long trip or daily commute.
Movies and TV series DVD’s – Our collection of movies and television series DVD’s is extensive. We also carry some children’s cartoon series DVD’s.
The Great Courses (audiobooks and DVD’s) - Too many to list! From Art to Philosophy, Health, Cooking, History, Shakespeare, you name it, we just might have it!
Museum Passes -- The Friends of the Goshen Public Library get passes for patron use – some free and some discount passes, a great way to do something fun as a family!
Music – Pop, classical, country, rock. All music CD’s are available for borrowing as well as children’s music CD’s.
Thank you! the Staff of the Goshen Public Library
Town website providing news on road projects (09-03-17)
Litchfield's public works department is doing work on Scenic View Drive in Northfield. BZ photo

Litchfield residents can now check on the status of roadwork and infrastructure projects being done in town by going to the town website - - and reading updates under "news and announcements."

They can also use the website to sign up to receive an email every Monday from public works listing roadwork and infrastructure projects scheduled for the week.

Work scheduled to begin this month includes replacement of the sidewalk running from Meadow Steet to Constitution Way. The $200,000 project represents a collaboration between public works and the Borough of Litchfield, which is responsible for the section of sidewalk between Russell Street and Meadow Street. 

Recognizing Active Military Personnel
If you have a member of your family currently serving in the U.S. military and would like to have them featured on the bulletin board in the Litchfield Town Hall, please contact Leslie Caron 860-567-8558 or She will also be glad to update current postings with new photos and information (promotions, rank, etc.).
Litchfield Town Commission Vacancies
The Town of Litchfield has several vacancies for residents who would like to serve as volunteers on Town Committees, Commissions or Boards. Especially needed are volunteers for the Beautification Commission and the Recycling Committee. To learn more about the vacancies and how to apply, please contact the Office of the First Selectman at 860-567-7550 or stop in at the Town Hall weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.