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Town Manager's Report - May 18, 2020

Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
In partnership with Windsor Locks, Windsor Youth Services is sponsoring a virtual screening of the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents, and an interview with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. The online screening will feature a viewing of the film that can be streamed on your home device anytime through this Thursday, May 21, 2020. The recommended viewing age is 12 years and older.

 

Memorial Day Update
For everyone’s safety, the Holiday Observance Committee has canceled its traditional Memorial Day observances and parade.  Staff is working with representatives of the American Legion and VFW to produce a video that will include portions of the traditional observances, such as the reading of the names of Windsor Veterans whom we have lost in the past year. This special presentation will be broadcast on WIN-TV, WGTV and the town’s social media outlets on Memorial Day to ensure we respectfully honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Members of the community are invited to participate in this production by videotaping themselves, their family or children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Flanders Field or the Gettysburg Address.  Detailed information is available on the town’s website at townofwindsorct.com.

 

Street Paving Schedule
The first phase of street milling and overlay has been delayed until mid June.  The work was expected to begin this week, but the contractors’ availability has changed. Work on Willowcrest Drive, Southwood Drive, Nod Road, West Wolcott Avenue and Grant Circle is now expected to start in mid-June.

 

Poquonock School Parking Lot Project
The reconstruction and expansion of the Poquoncok School parking lot is slated to begin later this week.  The parking lot work should be substantially complete by the first week of August.

 

Dog License Renewals

The Town Clerk’s office encourages all dog owners to renew their dog’s license online or through the mail during the month of June. For your convenience, you may also drop off your dog 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 beginning June 1st.

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

 

Update on Town Facilities and Programs
Town Hall and our other buildings remain closed to the public.  Citizens may continue to use our various on-line services or they can contact town departments by phone or email to discuss how best to complete the desired transaction.   Appointments can be made for time sensitive essential services.

We are currently making physical modifications to our customer service areas as well as preparing informational and directional signage for reopening to the public.

Many of our summer programs will be delivered in a modified way and unfortunately some programs may not be able to be offered.  Staff has been reviewing various state and national guidelines and developing new operational plans.  I expect announcements of the modified programs schedule to be made at the beginning of June.

I encourage everyone to continue to:

  • practice social distancing
  • practice good hygiene
  • remember to wear a face covering
  • and please do not use the various playscapes at the schools and parks

Thank you to all for your continued patience and understanding as we work through this together.