Town Hall Remains Largely Closed To Public Through Jan. 29

Ellyn Santiago

EAST HAVEN, CT —Due to continued concerns about COVID-19, and after consultation with and the recommendation of East Shore District Health, the mayor announced Town Hall will remain accessible to the public by appointment only through Jan. 29, 2021, with limited exceptions for essential services, also only through an appointment.

"As January is predicted to have a significant increase of COVID-19 cases," Mayor Joseph A Carfora said, "this limited contact access to Town Hall is the safest option for our employees and Town Hall visitors."

Carfora said that, "While we continue to work hard to limit any disruption to public services, we do request the public’s cooperation by only requesting in-person appointments when absolutely necessary, and conducting routine business with the town via email, on-line through the website, through the mail, or by telephone.

The following departmental information remains in effect.

Town Clerk’s Office
No in person title searches shall be allowed. Searches can be performed using the available on-line platform at Land record recordings and the filing of death certificates by funeral homes, will be done by appointment only- please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (203) 468-3201 Birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses (for insurance purposes only) and other copies, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (203) 468-3201 for direction. All other in person services are suspended at this time which includes Notary Public and marriage license applications. If you have questions about these services, please contact the Town Clerk’s office. Rules regarding the transfer of paperwork for all circumstances and services will be monitored and directed by the Town Clerk, and should be strictly adhered to for everyone’s safety.

Tax Office
No in person tax services will be provided. Tax payments can be processed on line at The Tax Collector’s Office may be reached at (203) 468-3307.

Building Department
The building department office will be closed to the public. Building permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis and by appointment only. The building department may be reached at (203) 468-3216 to discuss your situation directly.

Assessor’s Office
The assessor’s office will be closed to the public. The Tax Assessor’s Office maybe be reached at (203) 468-3233

Planning & Zoning
The P & Z Department will be closed to the public. Questions should be directed to the Zoning Office at (203) 468-3357 or the Town Attorney’s Office at (203) 404-5155. We understand that this is an inconvenience for all stakeholders but we ask that you recognize that this policy is being implemented for your safety and the safety of Town Hall staff in order to stop any further community spread of COVID-19.

This article originally appeared on the East Haven Patch