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Town Manager's Report - May 17, 2021

Town of Windsor Memorial Day Observances
Memorial Day observances will be held on Monday, May 31st. An observance only (no parade) will be held at the Elm Grove Cemetery located in Poquonock beginning at 8:00 AM followed by a ceremony at Veteran’s Cemetery at 9:00 AM. Following the ceremony at Veteran’s Cemetery, the Memorial Day Parade will proceed to Windsor Town Hall via Poquonock Avenue. The parade usually arrives in the center of town between 9:45 AM and 10:00 AM. The 10:00 AM ceremony at town hall will include a special flag ceremony performed by members of Boy Scout Troop 149. Those attending these outdoor events are encouraged to keep social distance and wear masks when warranted.

This year’s Parade Marshal is retired 3-star General Reynold Hoover. Hoover is a Windsor native having attended Windsor Public Schools. He is the former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Northern Command. Prior to that assignment General Hoover served at the Defense Intelligence Agency and as the National Guard Bureau’s Director of Intelligence and Chief Information Officer. He was the Commanding General of the Joint Sustainment Command in Afghanistan with lead responsibility for military logistics in Afghanistan. During his 35-year military career, General Hoover commanded at every level up to and including a two-star Theater Sustainment Command.

There is much, much more. Enjoy reading General Hoover’s complete bio on the town website.

Also of note is that General Hoover’s father, Reynold L. Hoover Hoover served on the Windsor Town Council from 1967 – 1979.
Traditionally in case of rain, one single ceremony is held at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall Council Chambers. Stay tuned for details as we gather more information from the Governor’s Office in the coming days regarding large indoor gatherings. Further details on Windsor’s Memorial Day observances can be found on the town’s website at www.townofwindsorct.com. Contact Enita Jubrey at 860-285-1835 with any other questions.

 

MDC HazWaste Program
Each spring and fall, the MDC conducts a regional household hazardous waste collection program. This year, the MDC will be holding this program in Windsor on May 22, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The program including which items can be brought, current COVID-19 procedures being followed and other pertinent information can be found at https://themdc.org/. Once there, click on the “Household HazWaste Collection” square.

 

Dog License Renewals
Renewal Period: JUNE 1 -30, 2021
The Town Clerk’s office encourages all dog owners to renew their dog’s license online or through the mail. For your convenience, you may also drop off your dog’s license renewal payment in the Tax Collector’s drop box conveniently located in our town hall parking lot. Dog licenses are required by state law for dogs six months or older. Newly obtained dogs must be licensed within 30 days of new ownership. There is a late fee for licenses renewed after June 30th.

Online Renewals – Online renewals will be available on our website www.townofwindsorct.com beginning on June 1st.

Renew by mail or drop box – Enclose a check payable to the Town of Windsor and a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. Dog tags will be mailed to the owner in the self-address stamped envelope. Rabies vaccination certificates are required for any dog that had its rabies vaccination updated since last June.

 

COVID-19 update
As of May 12, 2021, 43% of our total estimated population was fully vaccinated. This is up from 39% as of April 28th.  56.2% of town residents, 16 years old and above, have been fully vaccinated. The following clinics are available in Windsor for those who have not yet been vaccinated:

• Tuesday, May 18, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Windsor Community Center, 330 Windsor Ave, Windsor, CT

• Wednesday, May 19, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – The Ranch House, 27 Windsor Ave, Windsor, CT

• Tuesday, May 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Windsor Community Center, 330 Windsor Ave, Windsor, CT

• Wednesday, May 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Islamic Center of CT, 140 White Rock Drive, Windsor, CT

In light of the recent CDC guidance concerning masks and face coverings, we are awaiting new business regulations from the CT Department of Public Health.

 

National Public Works Week
I’d like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all of my colleagues in the public works and engineering departments for all that they to keep us safe, maintain our facilities and infrastructure, as well as work to beautify the community.

The men and women of these departments are on call 24 hours a day, year in and year out – no matter what the weather conditions.

They are responsible for a wide array of activities and services that touch our lives each and every day. Not only do they maintain well over 150 miles of roads ways, they also take care of:

• 87 miles of sidewalks
• 95 acres of grass turf
• 27 athletic fields and hundreds of acres of open space
• over 3,000 storm drains and 100 miles of drainage pipes

Our dedicated employees help support multitudes of community events such as setting up polling locations and maintaining community centers and buildings that range in age from 150 years old to newly renovated ones.

Thank you to each member of our public works and engineering team for working in partnership will all of our fellow departments – with you we are a much stronger and vibrant community.