Town Manager's Report - December 4th, 2017

Update on FY 18 State Aid

Subsequent to the Council’s last meeting, staff has been informed the Town will not receive State reimbursement for the mandated elderly property tax relief program. This means the Town will not receive $180,000 as included in the proposed FY 2018 budget.

 

Also as previously reported, the State is transferring one-half of the expense related to the mandated renter’s rebate program to cities and towns.  To cover this cost, the State will be cutting or “holding back” approximately $37,000 from the General Fund Education Cost Sharing grant.

 

Town Attorney Opinion regarding Budget Referendum

The Town Attorney has provided a written opinion relative to the question of whether the Town Council is required to submit a revised budget to referendum or can the Town continue to operate on last year’s appropriation per Section 9-3 of the Town Charter.  In short, the Town Attorney states the Council may elect to continue to operate under the FY 2017 appropriation level without submitting a revised budget to referendum.  I will be distributing the written opinion to the Council.

 

Renovations to Train Station

Amtrak is expected to start renovations to improve handicapped accessibility at the Train Station on Mechanic Street in the next 30 to 45 days.  The work will entail work on the restrooms as well as exterior improvements such as constructing a ramp on the east side of the building and rebuilding the sidewalk on the northwest side of the property along Union Street.  

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution

I’d like to thank Windsor Food & Fuel Bank, Foodshare, Social Services staff and volunteers for providing and distributing 194 turkeys and chickens to individuals and families in need this past Thanksgiving.  Also included was a local grocery store gift card to help them purchase the fixings of their choosing.

 

I also want to thank the Windsor Recovery Club for delivering Thanksgiving meals to Windsor Housing Authority residents.

 

Wreaths Across America

Carmon Community Funeral Homes of Windsor, Windsor’s American Legion Post #59, and Windsor resident Lucy Goicoechea-Hernández will host a Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, December 16th at 12:00 p.m. at the Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery on East Street. All are invited to attend this special event to be held on the same day as similar wreath-laying ceremonies across the nation.

 

Carol Sing

I would like to extend my appreciation to First Town Downtown for their efforts in organizing the Carol Sing event which was held November 30th on the town green.  I’d also like to thank members of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department for their participation in decorating fire trucks and providing transportation for Santa Claus