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Town Manager's Report - May 3, 2021

Virtual Community Budget Forum
The League of Women Voters and CT Votes are sponsoring a virtual community budget information forum beginning at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 4th.  Dr. Hill and I will be providing a brief overview of the budget that will be going before the voters at the May 11th referendum.  Residents are welcome to participate in the forum with their questions via the Zoom link available on the town website. The forum will also be broadcast live on WGTV.

Budget Referendum
The budget referendum will be held on Tuesday, May 11th from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM at the various polling locations. Absentee ballots can be obtained via various methods including mail and in-person at the Town Clerk’s Office. For more information please go to the town’s website at: https://townofwindsorct.com/townclerk/elections/

Street Paving Schedule
The first phase of street milling and overlay is expected to begin the week of May 17 and continue through the first week of June. Contractors will be working on Matthew Lane, Pepperbush Way Upton Street, Rodney Street, Drake Street, Dexter Street, Bristol Street, and East Barber Street to the railroad crossing. In addition, Wilson Fire House will be partially re-paved as part of this phase of milling and paving. Motorists should expect some delays in these areas and use alternate routes if possible.

Win Wag Photo Contest Begins May 5th 
To help promote annual dog licensing efforts the annual Win Wag Photo Contest begins May 5th.  The photo contest is free and open to Windsor residents.  The entry period for the contest begins at 8:00 AM on May 5th and ends at noon on May 18th.  The winning entry, determined by online public voting, will be awarded the #1 dog license tag for the current year and a PETCO gift card.  See contest details on the town’s website at townofwindsorct.com.

Tobacco Sheds off of Kennedy Road
OJ Thrall, Inc. is moving two tobacco sheds currently in the field to the east of Kennedy Road at River Street. They will be moving the sheds to the west side of Kennedy Road to where the farm operations and former dormitories are located. One shed was moved this past Saturday and the other shed is scheduled to be moved this coming Saturday, May 8th beginning at 8:00 AM.

Kennedy Road will be shut down just north of River Street and south of Hayden Station Road for roughly an hour or so. Kennedy Road traffic will be detoured to use River St and Hayden Station and back onto Kennedy. Police officers will be on-site helping with traffic control.

MDC Hydrant Flushing
The MDC hydrant flushing is scheduled for Windsor from May 3 through June 18. Flushing helps maintain water quality and ensures hydrants are in good working condition for fire protection. See link for more information, schedule and maps. https://themdc.org/wa/hydrant-flushing/

There’s a lot to do in Windsor
The summer edition of There’s a lot to do in Windsor is currently available on the town’s website and will be delivered to Windsor households and businesses the week of May 10th together with the Courant Community newspaper. This edition includes information on programs and activities for the months of June through August.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
46% of age-eligible town residents have been fully vaccinated as of the end of April. This is slightly below the statewide percentage. On Friday, May 7th Charter Oak Health Center is conducting a clinic at Hopewell Baptist Church, 280 Windsor Avenue from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. No registration is required.

Public Service Recognition Week
May 2-8, 2021 has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week, honoring federal, state, and local government employees. I would like to recognize the efforts of our approximately 190 full-time town employees plus the dozens of part-time employees whose work throughout the year helped to support the business community, provide public safety, protect our environment, maintain our buildings, parks and roadways, preserve our history and provide programs and services for residents young and old. This past year has been challenging to say the least, and I want to recognize the tireless efforts of our health department staff and all employees. Town of Windsor employees always are and will continue to be on the front lines, providing essential services to the residents of Windsor. I thank them for their dedication, and it is my sincere pleasure to work with them each and every day.