Town Manager's Report - January 2nd, 2018

January 9th Special Election

Just as a reminder, due to the resignation of State Representative David Baram, there will be a Special Election for the office of State Representative for the 15th District, which encompasses voting District 4 only (vote at town hall) on January 9, 2018.  Polling hours are from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM.     

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – January 15, 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 15, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the council chambers of town hall.  All are welcome to attend.  For questions, please contact the church office at 860-688-5225.

 

Winter Parking Rules

Just a reminder that until April 15th, there is no parking on Windsor streets between the hours of 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM and no parking on any street during a snow or ice storm that has been in progress for one hour or more. Also, please do not leave your vehicle on the street in such a position that it impedes snowplowing operations or the free flow of traffic.

 

When the snow arrives this year, please remember that the town ordinance requires all property owners to clear snow from the sidewalk (and fire hydrants if there is one on your property) within 12 hours after the storm.

 

Prospect Hill Road – Phase 2

As an update, before the end of the construction season, the contractor installed curbing, binder course of pavement and the majority of sidewalk sections at this location. The final course of pavement, landscaping, and other roadside restoration will be completed in Spring 2018.

 

The contractor installed temporary paved transitions from the binder course of pavement to the finished grades at the ends of the project and side streets.  These are temporary until the top course of pavement is applied in the spring. The contractor is required to maintain these temporary ramps throughout the winter.  Also as sidewalks are not completed and are not formally open to the public, residents are not required to shovel the walks in the area of the new roadway construction.

 

Tree Removal Work at Bradley Airport

The Connecticut Airport Authority recently conducted tree removal work to the south of Route 20 in Windsor to meet federal safety requirements. The work was done primarily on airport-owned property and on several private properties after the owners gave their permission.  

 

As noted, this is an FAA mandated project that had its origins roughly 5 years ago.  Property owners were notified in 2015 of the project and a public hearing was held in 2016 after publication in the Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant.  If this work had not been completed, the airport authority would have jeopardized their ability to fully operate under FAA regulations.

 

I will be communicating with airport authority staff to see if the soundproofing program for residential properties which was previously offered through the FAA is still available.  Once I hear from authority staff, I will pass along the information to councilmembers.