September 4, 2018

Mill Brook on-line Survey

The Mill Brook Open Space Steering Committee, created to help guide the development of a recommended multi-year land management plan for the former Mill Brook & Traditions golf course property on Pigeon Hill Road, has drawn up a quick five-minute survey to collect the public’s views on how to best manage the open space and the structures on the property. The survey can be found on the front page of the town’s website at

Two open house events were held in August with approximately 75 people attending to tour the property and provide input. The committee continues to work toward providing the Town Council a recommended land management plan in late October or early November.


Amtrak work schedule

Amtrak has work scheduled for the following locations:

Central Street grade crossing – road closure from Thursday (9/6/18) at 6:00 a.m. to Tuesday (9/11/18) at 6:00 p.m. We have stressed with Amtrak and their contractor that this crossing and associated paving needs to be complete by September 16th, which is the date of the annual Tavern Trot.

Batchelder Road – temporary lane closures with alternating one way traffic for paving work on Monday 9/10/18, Tuesday (9/11/18) and Wednesday (9/12/18) between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

There will be construction noise throughout this period and temporary lighting to support overnight work in the area.


Freedom Trail Run

This year’s Freedom Trail run will take place on Saturday, September 15th and begins at 5:30 AM at the Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church located at 320 Hayden Station Road. The run will end at the Riverside Cemetery on East Street. The run is approximately 3.9 miles and stops at several locations related to Windsor’s African-American history. A bus will follow the runners and provide a return trip to Hayden Station Road. A country style breakfast will be served at the church for event participants after the run. To sign up, call 860-688-2479.


36th Annual Northwest Park Country Fair

Northwest Park’s annual country fair will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  This is a major fundraising event for the Friends of Northwest Park.  Activities include hay rides, pony rides, silent auction, and games galore. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Rain date: Sunday, September 16th from noon to 4:00 PM.  $4 kids / $5 adults / children 3 and under free. For more information, call 860-285-1886.


Volunteer Service Fair

Join us at the town hall in the Council Chambers for our Volunteer Service Fair on September 12th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  Find the right match for you and your talents by exploring opportunities with a variety of non-profit and civic organizations.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 860-285-1925.


Government Finance Officers Association Award

I’m pleased to let you know that the Government Finance Officers Association, or GFOA, has presented the town the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for our FY 17 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  In order to receive this award, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report.  The report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

We submit our annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, each year to the GFOA to help us benchmark against a nationally recognized standard and to help ensure we are meeting or exceeding best practices.  FY 17 is the 33rd consecutive year the town has been awarded this recognition.

My appreciation goes to the entire Finance team with special thanks to Jim Bourke, Linda Collins, and Jennifer Mighty.