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Town Manager's Report - July 5, 2022

Summer Block Parties
The Windsor Youth Services Bureau and Windsor Police Department invite families to come out and play at our annual Community Block Party Series!  The block parties run from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and admission is a school snack donation for the Weekend Wheels Program.

Families can enjoy tie-die shirts, bounce houses, face painters, henna artist, music, and free food!  This event is created by the Windsor Youth Services Bureau Summer Teen Employment Program to promote family fun and community spirit in a substance-free environment. Parties will be held at:

  • Sharshon Park Block Party – Friday, July 15, 2022
  • Lancaster Park Block Party – Friday, July 29, 2022
  • Deerfield Park Block Party – Friday, August 12, 2022

For more information please call the Windsor Youth Services Bureau at 860-285-1946 or visit townofwindsorct.com/recreation/ysb/

COVID-19 Vaccinations
On July 12, 2022 from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM, the Department of Public Health VAX VAN will be visiting Windsor at the Main Library, 323 Broad Street. Vaccines will be available for those 6 months or older.  This clinic will be a walk-in clinic and no appointment is necessary. Please bring your vaccine card, insurance card and ID with you.

Concerts on the Green
First Town Downtown invites you to the summer concert series sponsored by Windsor businesses. The next concert will be on July 7th with the band Farmington Valley Big Band performing. Performances are from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM on the Windsor Town Green. Concerts will continue to be held every Thursday until August 18th.  Free to the public. For more information, call 860-247-8982 or go online to firsttowndowntown.org.

Farmer’s Market
The Farmer’s Market is up and running and will take place this Thursday on July 7, 2022 from 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM and on every Thursday through October 20, 2022.  Come out and get some goodies such as locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, herbs, eggs, cheese, skincare products, candles and more! For more information, call 860-247-8982 or go online to firsttowndowntown.org.

Non Residential Solar Virtual Net Metering Incentive Program Opportunity 
The town has a pending opportunity to participate in an energy incentive program involving remote solar power generation.  This program would increase our use of renewable energy and will offset the cost of the electricity purchased via Eversource with the energy generated by solar as a virtual net metering credit. This program replaces the State’s Low and Zero Emission Renewable Energy Credit Program (LREC and ZREC) which the town and schools have previously utilized for solar installations on various facilities.

Under the program, the private vendor would purchase, install and maintain all solar equipment and the town would purchase power at a 10% discount rate based on the amount of electricity the panels produce. The private vendor would fund the project through the use of renewable energy credits as well as the payments from the town for the power generated.

The private vendor has recently been awarded renewable energy credits.  There is a lengthy planning and permitting process through the State that could take 18 to 24 months. Staff will continue to complete additional due diligence tasks including mapping out a schedule of project milestones and forecasting possible project savings.  While this project may not generate significant cost savings, it would increase the percentage of our electricity consumption from renewable power sources.  Presently 26% of our electricity is from renewable sources.

Taxes
Real estate, personal property taxes, and motor vehicle taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2021 are payable in full by August 1, 2022.  Unpaid taxes will be considered delinquent on August 2, 2022. On that date, interest will be charged from the original due date of July 1, 2022 (3%.) Interest is charged at a rate of 18% per year, with a minimum of $2.00.

You can pay for free online with an electronic check, with your debit card for a fee of $2.95 or with your credit card for a convenience fee of 2.5%.

Tax Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.