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Town Manager's Report - April 5, 2021

Mini-Police Academy
For anyone interested in learning more about our Police Department and law enforcement in Connecticut, there is still room available for the Mini- Police Academy at the Windsor Police Department. This two-part event begins this Wednesday, April 7, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and concludes on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The goal of this mini academy is to foster a better understanding of police work, increase communication, and engage our community through demonstration and discussion of the department’s overall philosophy and approach to policing. More information is available on the Police Department’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/townofwindsorct/photos/a.842654559199747/2193320380799818.

Street Sweeping
The annual street sweeping program has begun. It is expected that the sweeping will be complete in early June. Delays may occur due to weather conditions, but sweeping will continue until the entire town is swept.

This year, the sweeping began in the River Street, Strawberry 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. Please see the town’s website for the order at https://townofwindsorct.com/public-works/announcements/2021-street-sweeping-schedule/

Town Tax Sale
The Tax Collector is conducting a delinquent Tax Sale on April 17, 2021. In October, there were 37 properties with a total amount due to the Town of $546,893. Per the final official listing, there were 15 unpaid properties remaining. Since then, we have received payment in full on 6 of those properties, leaving 9 properties with a remaining unpaid balance of just over $160,000. For more information, go to https://townofwindsorct.com/tax-collector/tax-sale/ or call the Tax Collector’s Office at 860-285-1810.

Windsor Center Community Clean up
Come join First Town Downtown on Saturday, April 17th from 9:00 -11:00 AM for a Windsor Center Clean up day! We’ll be cleaning up Windsor Center to rid it of litter along its sidewalks and alleyways. Bring your willingness to keep our community looking clean. Free coffee will be available from the Bean @226 for each volunteer who fills a bag with trash from Windsor Center. Community service hours will be available to students and youth groups who assist. Contact us at info@firsttowndowntown.org for more details and to sign up. Volunteers should meet at 8:30 AM in front of The Bean @226 to get their gloves, trash bags and to sign in.

Thank you to Our Library Staff and Volunteers
Our libraries are a great resource. Our professional and capable staff and volunteers are fantastic. They consistently offer a wide range of programs for persons of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout the last year, they have stepped up their game and developed new virtual programs to continue to connect with both new and long-time patrons.

We have been one of the leading libraries across the state in terms of virtual programming, lending and maintaining open hours during the past year.

There are a whole host of programs planned for this spring and summer. Just to mention a few virtual programs that are upcoming:

Backyard Composting April 17, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presentation on backyard composting. Participants will learn how to make compost with kitchen wastes, fallen leaves, and lawn clippings in backyards. Presented by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Registration required for zoom access. Please register by Friday, April 16th. https://www.windsorlibrary.com/wilson-events/sign-up-for-a-wilson-program/

NASA Virtual Field Trip April 14, 2021 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
NASA and the Windsor Public Library are inviting you along on a virtual field trip to the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia where we’ll learn all about rocketry and all of the cool vehicles that get us to space! Activity kits and an out-of-this-world treat will be available for pick up to accompany this program. Seats are limited so register early! https://www.windsorlibrary.com/teens-2/register-for-a-teen-program/ Zoom links will be sent after registration. Recommended for ages 12 – 18. Free.