Town Manager's Report - February 6th, 2017

Tax Relief for Senior Citizens

Applications for Elderly Homeowners tax relief are now being taken in the Windsor Assessor's office and will be accepted until May 15, 2017. In order to be eligible for this program, you must be at least 65 years of age by December 31, 2016 or declared totally disabled by the Social Security Administration. You must also own and occupy your home and meet income requirements. 

 

In addition to the state program, Windsor also offers a local program. All taxpayers that qualify for the state program will automatically qualify for the local program.  However, if you do not qualify for the state program, you could still possibly qualify for the local program. For more information please contact the Windsor Assessor's office at 860-285-1817.

 

Town Clerk’s Office Annual Marriage License Tradition Continues

The Windsor Town Clerk’s office is offering free marriage licenses on Tuesday, February 14th in honor of Valentine’s Day for any couple wanting to get married in Windsor within the next 65 days. This is an annual tradition which began in 1962 by Town Clerk, George Tudan. Both parties must be present and need to bring a photo identification. The Clerk’s office will be issuing these free licenses from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, each couple will be eligible to win a beautiful gift basket filled with assorted gift items, which have been donated by our generous local Windsor merchants.

 

For those who wish to marry immediately, a Justice of the Peace will be available all day however, prior arrangements must be made. For details call the Town Clerk’s office at 860-285-1902 or visit the Town of Windsor’s website.  

 

Absentee ballots Available for February 28th Special Election

A Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 28th for the 2nd Senatorial District, which encompasses voting Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 only, due to the resignation of Senator Eric Coleman.  Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Absentee ballots are currently available in the Town Clerk's office.  The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Monday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m. The Town Clerk’s office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

 

Black History Month Events in Windsor

On February 10th the Human Relations Commission will host State Representative Brandon McGee and the Windsor High School Gospel Choir with Director Ms. Tracee White at 6:30 PM here at town hall.  Representative McGee will reprise his presentation on how to be politically involved, obtaining help with issues in the community and effective communications with legislators. In addition there will be the beautiful voices of the Windsor High School Gospel Choir by Ms. White. Donations to the Human Relations Commission scholarship will be accepted at the door. 

 

Details on other events planned for this month including a trip to Washington D.C. and other speakers can be found on the town’s website at: http://www.townofwindsorct.com/announcements.php?id=503 

 

Police Department’s New Patrol Schedule

The police department has switched over to a new patrol schedule that will provide added flexibility and enhance opportunities for officers.  The new schedule will allow for two officers to be dedicated to traffic enforcement.  The department will also be assigning an officer to serve as a Youth Engagement Officer, working with the middle and elementary schools and with the Parks and Recreation department to increase positive police/youth interactions. 

 

In addition, the new schedule provides Detective coverage during evening hours that will enhance the department’s ability to investigate calls to better meet citizens’ work schedules. 

 

The new schedule will also feature a small number of officers working 10 hour shifts, providing coverage on the road during normal roll call / shift change times.

 

These changes are part of the most recent contract negotiations between the WPDEA and the town.

 

Northwest Park Maple Sugaring Project

The Friends of Northwest Park have operated the maple sugaring program for over 30 years and provide educational opportunities for more than 900 students and 1,400 park visitors annually.  The “Friends” recently submitted a grant application and were awarded $33,000 from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture farm viability program. The grant will be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Sugarhouse. The project includes new equipment and information signage. 

 

This is an exciting project and I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to Chuck Drake of The Friends of Northwest Park for all of his work in planning the project and preparing the grant application.  It is anticipated the project will start late this spring or early summer.   Town staff will provide some assistance towards preliminary and final site preparation.

 

Animal Shelter Update

Formal advertising for construction bids take place starting on Tuesday, February 7th.  Bids are due by the end of the month.  It is expected the Public Building Commission will review bids in early to mid-March with the request for Town Council project authorization and funding anticipated shortly thereafter. This project as well as the demolition of the existing facility on Mechanic Street is funded by large part through a state grant.