Town Manager's Report - May 1st, 2017

May 3rd and 4th  Community Budget Forums

Two community budget forums sponsored by the Windsor CT Votes and League of Women Voters organizations will be held this Wednesday, May 3rd beginning at 6:30 PM at Poquonock School and on Thursday, May 4th at the Community Center at 330 Windsor Avenue at 7:00 PM.

 

Dr. Craig Cooke and I will each give a brief update on the budget process and a moderator will facilitate a question and answer session. 

 

I’d like to thank the League of Women Voters and CTVotes for hosting this series of community budget forums.  We had a very good turnout at the April 20th forum and while we do not have a definitive referendum date or budget numbers, the discussion with residents was valuable – particularly with the number of moving pieces and challenges this year’s budget presents. 

 

Win Wag Photo Contest Begins May 3rd

You’re invited to participate in the Win Wag Photo Contest sponsored by the Town Clerk’s Office to raise awareness of dog licensing month in June.  The photo contest is free and open to Windsor residents.  It begins May 3rd and ends at midnight May 17th.  The winning entry, determined by online public voting, will be awarded with the #1 dog license tag.  See contest details on the town’s website at townofwindsorct.com.

 

May in Windsor = a Variety of Shad Derby Events

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the Shad Derby Blood Drive on May 12th from 1:30 PM to 6:45 PM at the Mobile Save-a-Life bus located at 261 Broad Street. Please register online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-Red-Cross. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 860-688-5165 or visit the chamber website at WindsorCC.org.

 

Also on May 12, the Windsor Jaycees present their annual Sheila Schmidt Family Fishing Derby for kids at Washington Park at 18 Lennox Street from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Fishing poles and bait provided.  Hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments will be served at this free event. For more information visit the Jaycees website at windsorjaycees.com.

 

On Saturday, May 13th, the Windsor Garden Club will be on the Windsor Town Green near the Eagle Monument from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM for their annual Garden Mart Fundraiser. They will have a variety of beautiful perennials, shrubs, herbs, ground cover and some house plants available for very reasonable prices.

 

The Kiwanis Shad Derby Golf Tournament is also scheduled for May 13th.  The event is a best ball scramble tournament held at the Wintonbury Hills Golf Club in Bloomfield beginning at 1:00 PM. For more information or to register for this event please visit windsorkiwanis.org and click on the Golf Tournament button.  The cost is $140 per golfer for this annual fundraising event.

 

The May 13th Windsor Lions Spring Arts & Crafts Fair will be in full swing on the town green featuring 110 artisans from all over New England from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It’s a great place to find the ideal Mother’s Day gift. Free admission, and food and refreshments available for sale. Application for a booth space is available at: e-clubhouse.org/sites/windsorct/index.php or windsorshadderby.org.

 

Animal Shelter

The construction contract for the animal shelter was awarded to Northeast Building Group. Work on clearing the building site started last week. The contractor anticipates there will be substantial building completion by September 1.

 

Prospect Hill Road – Phase 2

Contract for reconstruction of Prospect Hill Road, between West Street and Harvest Lane has been awarded to Spazzarini Construction for $1.32 million. Work is expected to begin the week of May 8. The contractor expects to be substantially complete by the end of the 2017 construction season. The town and project engineer Milone and MacBroom, will be administering and inspecting the construction effort.  Letters have been sent out to area residents informing them of the project schedule. Informational signs also have been installed.  The road will be open to alternating one way traffic during construction hours.

 

L.P. Wilson Fields

The construction of the field improvements is substantially complete. The contractor will be on site to address miscellaneous punch list items within the next few weeks. The fields are still off line. It is expected the soccer fields will be ready for play in the fall, ahead of the original spring 2018 date.  The softball fields will be ready for use in the 2018 season.