Town Manager's Report - February 5th, 2018
Fire Prevention and Awareness
Unfortunately there has been several house fires the past few weeks. Although there has been significant property damage thankfully none of the occupants have been seriously injured.
On an ongoing basis our Fire Marshal’s Office continues to promote fire prevention and awareness through programs, written materials and social media platforms. We maintain our partnership with the American Red Cross through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. This is a no cost program where the Red Cross demonstrates some simple changes in your home to help you protect your family against fire. In addition, the Red Cross will install a FREE smoke alarm.
Also we offer programs on fire extinguisher training for both community groups and businesses. In collaboration with Social & Senior Services we have held a variety of fire prevention sessions combined with fall prevention information. These efforts have included outreach to our senior housing locations in town.
Flu Shot Clinic
Mass Dispensing Area #31, the towns of Windsor and South Windsor will be offering a flu shot clinic to anyone age 9 and up on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue from 10:00 AM – 12 noon. Health Insurance will be accepted. Please bring your insurance card with you otherwise the cost of the flu shot will be $30/shot. For more information, call the Windsor Health Department at 860-285-1824 or 860-285-1823.
At Risk Registry
Social Services, in partnership with Emergency Management and the Commission on Aging and Persons with Disabilities, has developed a voluntary “At Risk Registry” to identify Windsor residents who might need extra assistance during a major emergency. The Commission on Aging and Persons with Disabilities is participating in community outreach for this project.
There are three ways to register:
· Call Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839
· Log onto www.townofwindsorct.com/socialservices and link to At Risk Registry
· Visit Windsor Social Services at 599 Matianuck Ave
This project is ongoing. Currently 52 persons are registered.
Police Department Community Outreach
The Police Department will be holding a community outreach program on Thursday, February 22, starting at 6:30 PM here at Town Hall. The program is designed to foster communication and understanding through analysis and discussion of current issues and trends involving law enforcement and the community. Topics will include: police use of force, motor vehicle stops and traffic enforcement, crime investigations.
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, 2018. To be eligible for this program, you must be at least 65 years of age by December 31, 2017 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.
October 2017 Grand List Report
I am pleased to report that the overall net taxable Grand List FY 17 budget is increasing by $73.06M over October 1, 2016. The October 1, 2017 Net Taxable Grand List totals $2,959,806,528 which is 2.53% greater than the previous year. This is great news compared to a year ago when there was a decrease of 1.29%. As you’ll see in the attached link, much of the increase is related to several of the large economic development projects the Town Council has facilitated/incentivized through fixed assessment agreements. http://www.townofwindsorct.com/documents/departments/assessor/docs/grand_list_report.pdf