Town Manager's Report - January 3rd, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – January 16, 2017
The Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church is sponsoring its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration for the community on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the council chambers of town hall. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Uyi Osunde, Principal of Windsor High School. The program will also include special tributes to Dr. King with musical selections, performances, and words of reflection. All are welcome as the community comes together in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, life, and legacy. The event is free and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the program. For questions, please contact the church office at 860-688-5225.
Police Radio System Update
The evaluation and assessment of our public safety radio system is well under way. The consultant and staff are in the process of reviewing draft alternatives for future system replacement or upgrades. We have also had preliminary discussions with the town of Bloomfield regarding potentially partnering in a cooperative arrangement as they are also looking to replace or upgrade their radio system. I anticipate being in a position to provide a report to the Health and Safety Committee in mid to late January.
Two Eagle Scout Projects Completed
Windsor High School graduate Jayden McAdams recently completed an Eagle Scout project at Oliver Ellsworth School. With the help of staff from the town’s engineering department, Jayden installed a 30 foot flagpole behind the baseball field backstop.
Also, Windsor High School senior Joe Petro recently completed an Eagle Scout Project at the Old Poquonock Burial Grounds. Joe and his volunteers removed debris, put down mulch, repainted fencing and the existing sign, and placed the sign posts into concrete footings at the burial grounds. The most significant and noticeable change to the cemetery is the addition of a new granite "Site Map," which shows who is buried at each plot in the cemetery. Prior to Joe’s work taking place, the town hired a contractor to remove trees from the Burial Ground and the Public Works Department sprayed poison ivy, delivered mulch, and removed debris from the site.
This winter the town has prepared ice skating facilities at Welch Park and Sharson Park. The skating rink on the town green will not be in service this year due to the need to reduce water consumption per the drought advisory issued by Governor Malloy and the Metropolitan District Commission. The rink on the town green requires over 16,000 gallons of water; therefore, in an attempt to conserve water, we have chosen to only have Welch and Sharson Park used for skating this winter.
State Aid reductions
The office of Policy and Management has notified cities and towns of reductions in FY 2017 state aid. For the Town of Windsor, we are anticipating an $181,000 reduction in the Education Cost Sharing grant (ECS). We will also see our Local Capital Improvement Program (LOCIP) grant eliminated for FY 2017. This is $180,000 that has traditionally been used for our street repaving program. Elimination of the LOCIP will likely have impacts over the coming two construction seasons.
I am hopeful that the reduction in ECS funding can be partially made up through salary savings due to vacancies on both the Board of Education and General Government sides of the budget. In addition, there could be savings in terms of vehicle fuel expenditures.
Thank you Jonathan Luiz, Assistant Town Manager
As Council already knows Jonathan Luiz, Assistant Town Manager has accepted the position of Town Administrator in the Town of Weston, CT in Fairfield County. I would like to publically acknowledge Jonathan for his dedication to the organization and the community over the past few years. This is a fine opportunity for Jonathan to further his professional local government management career here in Connecticut.
Jonathan has been a great partner over the past couple of years. He has contributed in numerous ways ranging from resolving complex citizen concerns to providing leadership with our Caring Connection and Discovery Center enterprise funds. He has continued refining our customer service efforts via administration of the See Click Fix system and has been the driving force behind researching and evaluating ways to reduce energy consumption and costs through the potential conversion of our streetlight infrastructure to LED technology.
While we wish him well in his next adventure - myself, department directors and other staff will miss Jonathan’s counsel, team work and sense of humor. Jonathan will continue onboard with us through January 8th.