First Selectman

First Selectman's Office, Finance Department

TOWN HALL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND OPEN FOR THE EMPLOYEES ONLY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 8:30 AM - 4 PM (HOURS MAY VARY)

First Selectman's Letter to the Community, March 23, 2020

COVID19 PREVENTATIVE MEASURES & IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES: AS OF MARCH 23, 2020 PUBLIC WILL BE ALLOWED IN TOWN HALL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, PLEASE SEE THIS LINK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EACH DEPARTMENT!!! 

*STATEMENT FROM HARWINTON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: PLANNING TEAM*

CASES IN HARWINTON: 5

UPDATED: SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020

The Planning Team is participating in a number of state and regional conference calls throughout the week and will continue to do so. Information from those calls will be posted here.

**Please see the link below for the governor’s Frequently Asked Questions Document related to COVID-19.  It has some great info that can answer many of our questions.**

A county-by-county breakdown of the positive cases

For a Healthy Northwest Corner

Governor Lamont signs fifth executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday afternoon, Governor Lamont signed another executive order – the fifth since he enacted the civic preparedness and public health emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7D enacts the following provisions:

  •      Further reduces large crowds: Effective immediately, the order amends a previous directive prohibiting large social and recreational gatherings of 250 or more and modifies that capacity to no more than 50 people. In addition, the order adds religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings to the list of activities for which this prohibition applies.
  •       Limits restaurants and bars to take-out and delivery services only: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on March 16, the order requires restaurants, eating establishments, and bars that serve food to temporarily move to take-out and delivery services only, and prohibits the sales of alcohol at these establishments. The Governor strongly urges residents to order pick to support the Resturant a in your neighborhood
  •        Closure of off-track betting facility operations: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on March 16, the order requires that any facility authorized to conduct off-track betting must cease on-site operations. While Governor Lamont enacted this clause in his executive order, he also acknowledges and thanks these businesses for their willingness to close voluntarily.
  •        Restriction on gyms, fitness studios, and movie theaters: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on March 16, the order directs the closure of any indoor gym, fitness center, or similar facility or studio offering fitness, sporting, or recreational opportunities or instructions, and all movie theaters.

All of the restrictions are enacted through April 30 unless otherwise amended by future order.
The Lamont administration remains in discussions with Connecticut’s tribal nations regarding the operations of the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos and anticipates having a resolution soon.

Drive-through testing sites approved at several Connecticut hospitals.

 In order to help protect patients and support social distancing, alternate COVID-19 testing locations have been approved at several hospitals throughout Connecticut, and each of them are at varying stages of setting-up drive-through testing procedures. The hospitals approved for drive-through test sampling includes:

  •        Bridgeport Hospital
  •        Bristol Health
  •        Danbury Hospital
  •        Greenwich Hospital
  •        Stamford Health
  •        Waterbury Hospital
  •        Yale-New Haven Hospital

Anyone seeking to be tested must have a prescription from their doctor and make an appointment in advance.

Healthcare providers granted streamlined approval process to accelerate availability of COVID-19-related treatment and services

HANDWASHING IS MOST IMPORTANT & VERY EFFECTIVE: The COVID - 19 virus is more fragile than other viruses and is destroyed with soap & water.

LIMIT EXPOSURE TO LARGE GROUPS: This is especially important for the elderly and anyone with a compromised or depressed immune system.

SHOULD YOU EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS: 1) Call your PCP, 2) stay hydrated, 3) rest. This is a type of flu that requires the same attention and care as the seasonal flu. If you feel symptoms are getting worse please call 911.

*Please keep in mind that the measures being taken in Harwinton & Region #10 are precautionary and preventative. 85% of cases of COVID-19 virus require no medical treatment. We will update the website daily during the business week and as much as necessary. We are being proactive in keeping the community safe.

*Our Emergency Management Team have set up an email address in order for Residents to send in questions regarding COVID-19. That email address is: COVID19@harwinton.us.

GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7D 

for the most up to date information and prevention measures please visit www.cdc.gov

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'Council Schools Legislators' Republican American Article

Here are links to the 2019 Bills & Testimonies that I am currently focusing on. I will continue to add links as the sessions continue.

The Town of Harwinton wants to hear your questions regarding policing services in the town and the possible addition of a constable program and/or additional resident state trooper. Please submit your questions


Photo of M.CrissWelcome to the Town of Harwinton’s First Selectman’s page and I invite you to not only read about our Town but come and experience its historic beauty for yourself.  Harwinton, Rated number #2 by CT. Magazine for being one of the best towns our size to raise a family.  Why?  Because here it’s all about family.  From our rolling hills and historic landmarks to our elaborate recreation areas and community programing there is something for everyone.  While you’re here stop in to one of our local restaurants and be treated to some of our local family dinners.  Harwinton is part of the Region School District #10 and shares its education system with Burlington.   Senior transportation is available and we are always open for new business ventures for our town.  We have managed to create an atmosphere so you can enjoy the rural character while shopping locally.

The First Selectman’s page will allow you to stay up to date on an inside look at the workings and duties of the First Selectman’s office.  On this page you can monitor news, progress on projects, dates, times and locations of meetings.  Subscribe to the bi-monthly newsletter and have the news sent to you.

We’ve worked hard to create a comprehensive website that is easy to navigate, make payments, register for events and helps you find what you are looking for. We always appreciate any feedback you would be willing to provide us at 860-485-9051.

Michael R. Criss
First Selectman

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Administrative Assistant (860) 485-9051 ext.1102
Chief Financial Officer (860) 485-9051 ext.1103
Janet Russo (860) 485-9051 ext.1104