Town Manager's Report - April 2nd, 2018
Chamber of Commerce Auction
The Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s auction will take place on Friday, April 6th from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Maneeley's Banquet Facility in South Windsor. Proceeds for the auction go towards a variety of community organizations. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, please call 860-688-5165.
The annual street sweeping program will begin this week. It is expected that the sweeping will be complete by mid-June, weather permitting.
This year, the sweeping will begin in the Walden Meadow and Prospect Hill neighborhoods. The order of the neighborhoods to be swept changes each year so that one neighborhood is not always swept first or swept last.
Water Main Replacement on East Street
The MDC is expected to begin the replacement of a water main on East Street, between Clubhouse Road and Pleasant Street, during the week of April 9, weather permitting. Work will be completed by May 25.
The MDC will post the roadway for Local Traffic Only, discouraging pass-through traffic. However, the area will be open for resident and emergency vehicle traffic throughout the construction period. The MDC will conduct an outreach effort by placing door hangars at the home of the residents that are adjacent to the work. The door hangars will have the contact information of MDC’s construction personnel, if homeowners have any questions.
East Street will be open and usable for the Historical Society’s Annual house tour which is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th.
National Volunteer Month April 2018
April is National Volunteer Month and I would like to extend thanks to the volunteers that help to make a difference in our community. First I’d like to thank the Town Council for your volunteer service. There are many ways that volunteers contribute to the community through a variety of organizations. I’d like to highlight a number of volunteer efforts that are coordinated through town departments.
- The food bank – 2,000 volunteer hours utilized in 2017 to help pick up food from local stores, stock shelves, and distribute food.
- The Mobile Foodshare – 200 volunteer hours utilized in 2017 to make 4,230 food distributions for people in need.
- Weekend Wheels program – 800 volunteer hours utilized to help distribute food to insecure households by filling 2,445 backpacks that were sent home with the participants of the program to keep them fed through the weekend.
- Groceries to Go program - 234 volunteer hours utilized in 2017 to make 979 food distributions to local seniors. Included in that number were 520 home deliveries to homebound seniors.
Windsor/Wilson Libraries - 73 hours per week in volunteer help – help with filing, copying, organizing public bulletin boards, discharging and mending library materials, miscellaneous clerical tasks, staff support for library programs, etc.
Board/Commission members – 23 boards/commissions with over 150 volunteers which help to give town officials a better understanding of a citizen’s point of view and to help them make decisions that will ensure the enhancement of the town for generations to come.
More than 130 Windsor residents volunteer their time and efforts to enhance the lifestyles of seniors and adults with disabilities through the following activities:
- Assist staff in the coordination of more than 1,500 out-of-town medical appointments per year
- Provide front desk coverage and customer service for 30 hours a week
- Help set up, lead and break down large monthly events
- Organize and lead all of the senior center clubs
- Provide staffing for the health fair
- Process more than 700 state and federal tax returns each year
Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Medical Personnel
We also have over 100 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel that serve our residents and businesses.