Town Manager's Report - January 3, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Data and Booster Clinics
Per data published by the CT Department of Public Health on December 29th, 73.57% of our total population has been fully vaccinated, while the state wide rate is 69.67%.  Our rate is up from 71.66% on December 1st.  Of children between 5 and 11 years of age, 30.08% of that group has received at least one dose and 17.62% has been fully vaccinated.  76.33% of town residents, 5 years old and above, have been fully vaccinated.

Moderna booster shot clinic will be held on:

  • Tuesday, January 4   – Windsor – 330 Windsor Ave from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Appointments are needed for these clinics. Sign up through the statewide appointment software.  Information can be found on the town’s website at

Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated and or a booster shot as well as to continue to take appropriate precautions including wearing a mask while indoors, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

COVID Test Kits and N95 Masks Distributions
The town is planning a drive-through distribution event for COVID test kits and N95 masks tomorrow, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Voya Financial parking lot, located at One Orange Way (access will be from Marshall Phelps Road).

The State has provided the town with a limited number of test kits equally less than 8% of our population. The State has requested this limited quantity of supplies be prioritized for persons with COVID symptoms, high-risk individuals and frontline workers.

Distribution will be on a first come, first serve basis.    Due to the limited quantity, there will be a limit of two test kits per household or car and four masks per household/car.

To be eligible to pick up a test kit or mask, you need to be a Windsor resident, showing proof of residency.  Acceptable proof of residency includes a driver’s license, passport, utility bill or piece of mail showing your address.

Public Schools are scheduled to get test kits from the State on Tuesday for both staff and students.

Passing of Mr. Alfred Narcisse  
I’d like to take a moment to recognize the passing of Mr. Al Narcisse.   Mr. Narcisse was a contributor to our community in many different ways.   He was a longtime leader with the Archer Memorial A.M.E Zion Church and proudly helped organize and lead the annual Windsor Freedom Trail activities for years.   His work helped to educate and bring together our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as we remember him and his many contributions.

Urban Forestry Grant
I’m pleased to let you know the town has been selected to receive a $34,720 grant from the CT Urban Forest Council through their Urban Forestry Climate Change Grant program.  The grant funding will be used for the planting of additional trees and replacing aged or diseased trees in parks and public spaces in the Wilson and Deerfield neighborhoods.

The planned sites are Custer Drive neighborhood park, Deerfield playground, Sharshon Park, and the Wilson Library.    This project will involve a wide range of partners including DPW, Youth Services Bureau (YSB),  Wilson branch library, Planning staff, as well as the  Conservation Commission and the Wilson – Deerfield Advisory Committee.

We plan on planting approximately 90 trees and shrubs and holding different public education opportunities on the importance of our urban forests.    The YSB Summer Teen Employment Program will be involved through working with the Town Forester and DPW crews to plant the trees, learn about the importance of the urban forest, and be exposed to careers related to urban forestry.   We plan to create an informational display at the branch library and develop educational placards at each of the planting locations.

This creative program approach was conceived by a diverse staff team which was led by Todd Sealy, Assistant Town Planner, with Todd being the primary author of the application.

Once we get more details on the grant timing and administration, the Council will be asked to formally accept the grant award.