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Welcome to Scotland! Here is some information that you might find useful as you find your way into your new town. If there’s anything you need to know that you do not find here, please give us a call at Town Hall, and we will do our best to help.
Schools

Scotland Elementary School serves children from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade. Students can also attend the Charles H. Barrows school in Windham, a regional academy for STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education. For registration, transportation and other information, contact the schools directly.

Students in grades 7-12 are served by Regional School District 11, comprising Scotland, Hampton, and Chaplin. Parish Hill Middle/High School is the public school for the region. Students can also attend vocational-agricultural, vocational-technical, and magnet schools, as well as early college programs. More information is available at www.parishhill.org.

Water and Sewer

Scotland does not have a public water supply or sewer service. You have your own well and septic system, for which you are responsible.

Broadband Access

Broadband internet is available via cable, DSL phone, and satellite service.

Trash Removal

Scotland jointly operates a transfer station with the Town of Hampton. The station is located on Landfill Road, just off Rte. 97 at the Hampton town line. Permits are required and can be obtained through the office of the Town Clerk or at the transfer station in the month of October. The cost is $25/year. Permits expire on November 1.

The transfer station accepts household trash, recyclables, demolition materials, bulky waste, waste oil, automotive batteries, tires, and clean yard trash (leaves, branches, etc.). Hours of operation are Wednesday 8-5 and Saturday 7-4/ Hazardous waste, such as solvents, paints, and acid, is disposed at MidNEROC, a regional facility. NEROC has limited hours. Visit the website for details.

Private trash hauling is available for a fee from Willimantic Waste.

Snow Removal

The town endeavors to remove snow as quickly as possible during and after storms. Every road will be plowed and salted, but driving is at your own risk. Report problems on town roads to the Department of Public Works at 860 456 8625. The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation is responsible for plowing Rt. 97 and Rt. 14.

Emergency Services

In an emergency, call 911.

Fire and ambulance service is provided by the Scotland Volunteer Fire Department. The department is staffed by paid workers from 6 am to 6 pm, seven days per week. Overnight service is provided by volunteers. The department welcomes and is glad to train new members, who provide a valuable service to the town. Contact the department for information on how to join.

Town Government

Scotland is governed by Town Meeting. Every registered voter and every owner of property worth more than one thousand dollars is a member of the Town Meeting and eligible to vote on the budget at the annual meeting, held in May. The annual meeting conducts other business, including electing our representative to the Regional School District Board of Education. Special town meetings are held throughout the year as needed to vote on appropriations, new ordinances, and other matters that may arise. The Town Meeting can also vote to refer a matter to referendum.

Town Meeting government is direct democracy in action. It is your opportunity to have a voice in local matters. Please participate.

Town Hall

The Scotland Town Hall houses the office of the First Selectman, Town Clerk, Registrar of Voters, Building and Land Use Department, and Tax Assessor. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm, and Wednesday from 11 am to 7 pm. During the covid emergency, hours are reduced and entry is by appointment only. Contact the relevant department for an appointment. Town Hall phone number is 860 423 9634.

Volunteer Opportunities

Civic life in Scotland depends on volunteers. The fire department, the school, the library, and recreation programs all need volunteers, as do the many boards and commissions that comprise the town government. Volunteering is a great way to meet your neighbors and to make a positive impact on the town. Contact the office of the First Selectman for more information.

Mail Delivery

Scotland has a unique and confusing postal situation. Mail delivery is available to most homes, but mainly through post offices in other towns. Scotland homes are spread across five different post offices and ZIP codes, in addition to the Scotland Post Office, ZIP code 06264. As a result, your mailing address and your residence address will most likely not coincide. Please be aware that if your mailing address is in another town, you will need to present evidence that you live in Scotland in order to obtain documents such as drivers’ licenses, passports, and gun permits. Your first class mail will not establish your residency, but your electric bill and your tax bill will; both are acceptable forms of identification.

Certain addresses in the village, including Town Hall and the houses near the Town Green, are not eligible for home delivery. If you live in one of these homes, you will have to rent a post office box at the Scotland Post Office.

The private parcel carriers (UPS, FedEx, etc.) rely on the postal service’s database for their package handling. That means that you will have to use your mailing address to receive packages from private carriers. GPS systems are also dependent on the postal service database, so tell visitors to look for your street address in the ZIP code through which you receive your mail.

The town is engaged in a multi-year effort to convince the post office to make it possible for everyone who lives in Scotland to have a Scotland address. In the meantime, for your convenience, here is an unofficial listing of the ZIP codes to which addresses are assigned:

  • 06264 (Scotland)
  • 06247 (Hampton)
  • 06331 (Canterbury)
  • 06280 (Windham)
  • 06330 (Baltic)
  • 06350 (Hanover)
  • 06256 (North Windham)