Please see the letter below from the newly formed Long Term Recovery Task Force. It was sent directly to the businesses in town that we are aware of, so many of you may receive this letter twice.
We are contacting you to inform you that the Town of Barkhamsted has appointed a small task force to assist local businesses as they move toward recovery from the closures or partial closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our charge is to provide whatever assistance we are able to in your efforts to return to normal operations.
Masks: As we know there is a need, we are currently working to secure as many masks as possible to distribute to those businesses that are unable source their own. Please contact us if you have a need for masks, or if you have any other unmet needs with which we may be able to assist.
Financial assistance: you should also be aware that the Board of Selectmen two weeks ago voted to extend by 90 days, the due date for paying property taxes that are normally due on July 1, 2020. Thus, taxes due in July would be due on October 1, 2020, but the penalty is retroactive to July 1 if you do not pay the amount that is due until after October 1. There are also certain rules applicable to landlords, and to tax payments made by an escrow company that are different from the normal taxpayers. To take advantage of this program, please contact the tax collector’s office at (860) 738-4762.
Your needs: We realize that different businesses may have different recovery needs, while some may have none at all. The State is publishing guidance for reopening for various types of businesses, as projected opening dates near. We will endeavor to forward these to the appropriate business as they are published. We have already done so for restaurants (outdoor dining allowed now) and hair salons, which are scheduled to reopen on June 1.
Together we will come back stronger than ever,
Norman Bird Raymond Pech