Town Manager's Report - May 1, 2023

Community Budget Forums
Three community budget forums, sponsored by CT Votes and the Windsor League of Women Voters, will be taking place with the Town Manager, Peter Souza, and the Superintendent of Schools, Terrell Hill this week. During the forums, the proposed FY 24 budget will be discussed and questions from residents will be answered.  The forums will take place on:

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Windsor Senior Center
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 6:30 PM at Poquonock School
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 6:30 PM at the Community Center at 330 Windsor Avenue

For more information on the budget, please visit the town’s website at


Budget Referendum
The budget referendum will be held on Tuesday, May 9th with all seven polling locations open from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM.  Voters’ polling locations may have changed due to recent redistricting, so please check your polling location by going to

Absentee Ballots are available in the Windsor Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours on Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  State law prohibits the Town Clerk from mailing absentee ballots for Referendums with less than three weeks’ notice; as a result, voters are required to apply in person at the Town Clerk’s Office.  If you are unable to come to Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours, you may designate someone to hand carry your application and ballot.  For additional information please call 860-285-1902.

Anyone who is not a registered voter, but is a U.S. Citizen, 18 years or older and owns property assessed at $1,000 or more on the last completed Grand List, may vote on the annual budget at Town Hall.  For more information about the referendum please go to the town’s website at:


Win Wag Photo Contest Begins May 3rd 
To help promote annual dog licensing efforts the annual Win Wag Photo Contest begins on May 3rd.  The photo contest is free and open to Windsor residents.  The entry period for the contest begins at 8:00 AM on May 3rd and ends at noon on May 16th.  The winning entry, determined by online public voting, will be awarded with the #1 dog license tag for the current year and a PETCO gift card.  The winning puppy entry will be awarded multi-week group dog training lessons offered through Windsor Recreation Department.  New categories for this year include: Best smile, Best Athlete, Community Ambassador, Most Spoiled, Judges Choice and Town Employee Mascot. See contest details on the town’s website at


Windsor Lion’s Club Spring Arts and Crafts Fair
Join us on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM for the Windsor Lion’s Club Annual Spring Arts and Crafts fair which will take place on the Windsor Town Green. Every vendor will have handmade items, from yarn to soap to candles to jewelry!  You are bound to find something that you like and perhaps find something for mother’s day at the same time.


Full Moon Hike at NWP – “Flower Moon Hike”
Come out to Northwest Park on May 5th from 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM for a guided ‘Flower Moon Hike.’ Join NWP staff and use your senses to explore the park after dark. Grab the family or some friends and enjoy the beautiful scenery while getting some brisk exercise.


Community and Neighborhood Enhancement Program
The town has been accepting applications for the ARF funded, Community and Neighborhood Enhancement program. This grant program aims to assist community groups and neighborhoods with small-scale physical improvement projects as well as annual or one-time events, provided the proposal offers a clear public benefit. Grants can be up to $5,000 with the community group matching 50% with funding or in-kind value.

The availability of this program was promoted through social media to and emails were sent to a wide range of community organizations.

As of the April 14th submittal deadline we received 22 applications requesting over $87,000 in grant funds.   Council authorized $95,000 in American Rescue Funds.

Currently, a cross-department working group from Community Development, Recreation, Northwest Park, Library and Public Works/Engineering are reviewing the application submittals.  Recommendations for grant awards will be presented to the Town Manager’s Office for final award decisions.  Award decisions are expected to be made mid-May.