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Town Manager's Report - June 1, 2020

Wilson Redevelopment Survey
Following up with the Town Council’s request for further input from neighborhood residents relative to re-use and possible development of the former Wolcott School site and the town-owned parcel on Windsor Avenue often referred to as the ‘redevelopment parcel’, staff had originally planned to have a public meeting, which was scheduled for May.  Due to COVID-19, efforts were re-directed to conduct an on-line survey instead. The survey is currently live and will collect responses from Friday, June 29 until Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Marketing efforts were focused on Wilson and Deerfield residents and property owners.  The town is reaching these two neighborhoods through the following means: (1) mailing informational postcards to 1,648 addressed, including all homes and businesses in the two neighborhoods; (2) geo-targeting Facebook ads which targets users in Wilson and Deerfield and will run as long as the survey is live; and (3) promotional fliers were posted in neighborhood businesses.   The survey and background information on past public participation efforts conducted in the summer of 2019 are found on the town’s website at https://townofwindsorct.com/wilson-survey/. To help promote survey responses, we are offering several incentive prizes for Wilson and Deerfield residents and property owners.


Project Updates
Windsor High School Tennis Courts
Anticipated construction starts the week of June 8th with substantial completion by August 24th.

Poquonock School project 
Anticipated parking lot construction will begin the week of June 8th. Substantial completion is expected in late July. Light poles and fixtures will not be installed until the end of August due to a 12 week lead time.  The School Business Manager has been in communication with the school PTO representatives relative to the playground portion of the project.

Deerfield Road Paving Project
The Contractor is mobilizing this week. The replacement of sidewalk ramps, drainage catch basins and road base repairs will take place through early July.  Milling and paving are expected to be completed in the latter part of July.


Dog Licenses
June is dog licensing month and dog owners are reminded to purchase a new license by June 30th.   By state law, dogs six months of age or older must be licensed annually.  All dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and owners must submit a current rabies certificate to the Town Clerk’s office when licensing their dog. The license fee for dogs that are neutered or spayed is $8.00 and the fee for dogs that have not been altered is $19.00.

We encourage dog owners to use one of our contactless payment options.  Dog licenses may be renewed online, by mail, or utilize the secure drop box behind town hall. To learn more about online payments, please visit our website at www.townofwindsorct.com.

For more information call the Town Clerk’s office at 860-285-1902.


Windsor Forward –  Facility and Program Updates
I’d like to extend my appreciation to all of our residents and customers, for their understanding and patience during the past two months as we have altered the manner in which timely and essential services have been provided.  I also thank our employees for stepping up to the plate and developing new ways to continue our services and operations.

We have been spending the last few weeks preparing to move into the next phase of our Windsor Forward plan. This phase will be implemented in phases this month.  We strongly encourage residents to continue to utilize the various methods of ‘remote’ service delivery, be it through on-line dog license renewal, researching land records, or mail-in building permit applications.  A wide variety of programs are being offered virtually and will continue over the coming weeks and months.

We are modifying our facilities by installing acrylic separations, rearranging seating to ensure social distancing and placing informational signage and floor markings.

June 8th

  • Town Hall will be open to the public during our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Recreation and Social Service offices will be open to the public at the LPW Community Center.  The LPW center will have in-person programs.

June 22

  • Library facilities will reopen to the public.  In-person programs will not be offered but many will continue to be offered on-line.
  • Evening hours at the Main Library will be modified to:
    • Monday-Thursday – open 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday – open 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
  • Wilson Branch Library will have regular summer hours.
    • Monday – open 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday – Friday – open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday – open 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

June 29

  • Recreation summer camps will be provided in a modified/scaled down fashion.
  • Northwest Park educational camps begin.
  • Recreation’s day camps begin.

First week of July

  • Welch and Goslee pools will be open.  Swim lessons will be offered but class sizes will be smaller with limited classes.
  • Youth Sports camps begin.

Closed Facilities

  • The Senior Center will remain closed for in-person programs.
    • Dial-A-Ride services are available on a limited basis.
    • Food and Fuel Assistance continues to be available by appointment by calling 860-285-1839.
  • Caring Connection will be closed.  It is expected that an opening timeline will be established toward the latter part of the month.
  • Discovery Center will be closed. The opening time line will be determined later in June.


Mobile COVID-19 Testing
Charter Oak Health Center will be sponsoring Mobile COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, June 9th at the Windsor Shopping Center at 530 Windsor Avenue from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will be free with no appointment necessary, all ages 6 months old and up and walk-up patients are welcome.