Town Manager's Report - September 18th, 2017

Chili Challenge

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chili Challenge, presented by Windsor Federal Savings, will take place on Saturday, September 30th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on the town green. More than 30 local businesses, civic groups and creative cooks will be there with some of the best chili you have ever tasted. Come to taste or participate as a cook. Chili sample tickets are $1 each.  Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Kiwanis Club Canoe race to benefit the Windsor Food Bank. Rain date is October 1st. For more information call 860-688-5165.


Citizen’s Academy

The Town of Windsor’s Citizen’s Academy begins on October 5th at 7:00 PM in the town hall council chambers. There is still time to sign up. The seven-week interactiveCitizen’s Academy will continue to meet on Thursday evenings, meeting at various town facilities including the Police Station, Library and community centers.  Participants will go behind the scenes and see what happens in the day-to-day operations of the town.   


The program is free and anyone 18 years or older living or working in Windsor is welcome to sign up. Register soon by calling 860-285-1835 or by email at:


Annual River Clean up Event

The town will be sponsoring its annual river clean up event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  Those that are interested in participating should meet behind the town hall at 9:30 AM. This year’s goal is to clean up the River Street boat launch.  Gloves and bags will be provided.  Lunch will be provided by the Farmington River Watershed Association in Simsbury at 2:00 PM for those that are interested.  Please call Tom Hazel at 860-285-1987 for more information.


Animal Shelter Open House

There will be an open house of the new Animal Shelter at 970 Marshall Phelps Road on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  The new animal shelter will feature 10 runs for dogs, a small cat room, an office and bathroom for the animal control officer, a laundry room and an exterior exercise area with agility equipment and a small swimming pool for dogs to play and for potential adopters to get to know the animals. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact the Town Manager’s office at 860-285-1800.


Update on State Budget

The General Assembly has adopted a state budget for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. The budget has now been transmitted to the Governor for his consideration. From what we have gathered, State Aid allocated to the town’s General Fund is 2.9%, or roughly $450,000 lower than FY 2017.  This amount is approximately $600,000 more than the amount assumed by the Town Council in the original FY 2018 proposed budget adopted by the Council.