Town Manager's Report - December 2, 2019

Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution

I want to acknowledge and thank officers from the Police Department, and several community volunteers, who prepared and delivered 64 Thanksgiving dinners for seniors and others in town that were alone on Thanksgiving.

Also, Social Services staff and volunteers worked together to distribute turkeys to individuals in need.  In total 201 Windsor Food bank households registered for the turkey program with 164 receiving a turkey and 37 receiving chickens.

Flu Shots Available at Health Department

Come and get your flu shot.  It’s not too late.  The CDC reports that Connecticut continues to have a moderate level of influenza activity.  This is consistent with the level of activity in previous years.  The flu shot is your best protection to avoid getting influenza.  To schedule an appointment, call the Health Department at 860-285-1823 or go online to learn more at https://townofwindsorct.com/ and click on the ‘get your flu vaccine’ advertisement.

Request to Amend the Property Assessment Abatement Policy

We’ve recently received a request from a property owner to have the Town Council consider amending the Property Assessment Abatement Policy to include new multi-family housing developments as an eligible type of business or land use. Currently, the Town Council’s adopted tax abatement policy allows the following eligible uses: manufacturing, class ‘A’ office space, office for advanced medical procedures and Significant Fiscal Impact projects, which makes a capital investment in taxable personal property and real estate improvements equal to or greater than $60 million.

The policy previously allowed new multi-family residential projects within the Town Center area to be eligible. This was an eligible use for the period of January 2014 through January 31, 2017 when the clause sunset.

The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet this month.  My thought is to have the commission review the possibility of adding new multi-family housing developments as an eligible use and make a report to the Town Council.  This would be similar to the process the Town Council has used in the past for revisions to the Council adopted policy.

Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade

On December 14th at 6:00 PM come join in the fun and attend an Old Fashioned Carol Sing on the Town Hall portico.  At 6:30 PM the Torchlight Parade will be held as fire trucks parade in their holiday decorations. The parade will begin on Remington Road and proceed through downtown Windsor. Call 860-247-8982 or go to www.FirstTownDowntown.org for more information.  There will be traffic detours for a short time during the parade.

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America will be held on December 14th at 12 noon at the Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  This is an annual worldwide ceremony that honors the veterans of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIAs. In 2018, the wreath laying ceremonies were coordinated in 25 foreign cemeteries and aboard naval ships on all seven seas.   We ask that residents, the business community and civic organizations help in attaining the goal of placing a wreath on each of the veterans’ graves in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on East Street.