Town Manager's Report - October 18, 2021

Windsor’s 2021 Leaf Collection Program Starts Today
Windsor’s 2021 leaf collection program begins today and will end on Friday, December 10th. During this eight-week period, your leaves will be picked up on the same day as your trash pick-up.

Residents need to place their leaves at the curb in 30 to 40-gallon paper leaf bags. Leaves may also be placed in similar-sized containers that are labeled with a “Leaves Only” sticker that can be easily identified by the driver (i.e., the sticker facing the road). Residents can obtain these stickers at the Town Hall or the Windsor Transfer Station.

In Windsor, the transfer station accepts residents’ leaves at no charge and uses them to produce compost. Leaves must be clean and must not contain other items that will compromise the quality of the mulch that will be created. These items include grass clippings, branches, or other items.

If you choose to self-haul your leaves to the transfer station, there is no charge during this period for dropping off clean loads of leaves, (no contaminants or plastic bags).

The transfer station accepts leaves Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM, and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM. Residents should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to closing to allow sufficient time to unload their vehicles. The Windsor Transfer Station is closed on Thursday and Sunday. It is located at 500 Huckleberry Road in Windsor. If you have any questions regarding recycling or composting in Windsor, please call the Transfer Station at (860) 285-1833.

Night of 1001 Pumpkins
Join us for the Night of 1001 Pumpkins event on October 21st from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at L.P. Wilson Community Center. Enjoy an outdoor pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, bounce houses, music, games, food trucks and much more! Event is free but pre-registration is needed. Please go to  to sign up or call 860-285-1990. We look forward to seeing you!

Northwest Park Full Moon Guided Hike
Come to Northwest Park for a Full Moon Hike from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM to enjoy the beautiful trails and the full hunter moon of October. Registration required. $12.00 Windsor residents, $16.00 non-residents. 860-285-1886.

Caring Connection Open House
The Caring Connection Adult Day Health Center will be holding an open house on October 21, 2021 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at 330 Windsor Ave Community Center. Come see and learn how we can partner with you to provide the best care possible for your loved one.  The theme will be “Yoga and Yogurt – Nurture Your Well Being.” The Caring Connection is a place for adults to spend their day with peers and caring staff in a supportive environment being active and engaging in fun and meaningful activities in a home-like setting. Please RSVP at 860-547-0251.

Nightmare on Broad Street
First Town Downtown and Windsor Federal Savings invite you to Windsor Center on October 31, 2021 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM for some treats and family fun at the Nightmare on Broad Street. Windsor businesses will be giving out treats to the youngsters. There will be pictures for families of themselves with Halloween ghoul, a Halloween movie showing on a big movie screen, hay rides and more! Broad Street will be closed to traffic. Free. For more information call 860-247-8982 or go to

COVID Vaccination
As of October 13, 2021, 69.62% of our total population was fully vaccinated. This is up from 66.86% as of September 8th. This is 4.21 percentage points higher than the state-wide rate of 65.41%.

78.66% of town residents, 12 years old and above, have been fully vaccinated.  This is up from 75.54% as of September 8th. This is 2.19 percentage points higher than the state-wide rate of 76.47%.

Private providers such as the two CVS locations in town continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations as well.

The Health Department is also preparing to offer additional clinics this fall for Moderna booster vaccinations.

As the statewide positivity rates hover at or below 2.0%, there has been some questions from residents and businesses relative to maintaining the town’s current mask mandate.  As background, we are using county-wide metrics of Level of Community Transmission from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to guide us in terms of maintaining or lifting the order as many of our residents work in other communities and vice versa. This metric was used to be proactive for the public health of our residents and visitors to our town and region.

In mid – August when the order went into effect, Hartford County was listed in the High (red) level for community transmission. Hartford County is currently listed in the Substantial (orange) level of community transmission. Once Hartford County as a whole moves to a Moderate (yellow) or lower level on the CDC’s community transmission scale, the plan is to amend or rescind the emergency order.

Windsor Job Fair
Are you looking for a job? Come and see which companies are looking for you at the Windsor Job Fair!  The event will take place on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 330 Windsor Avenue in the Community Center gymnasium.  The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required for job seekers.  For more information, contact Alaina Mueller at or Adam Gutcheon at

Flu Vaccine Clinic on Monday, October 25th
The Windsor Health Department will be offering a Flu Vaccine Clinic at Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, on Monday, October 25 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Town Hall for persons 18 years old and older.  This clinic is a walk-in clinic, no appointment  is needed.  Recipients will need to bring their insurance card and if there is no insurance coverage, the vaccine is $30.00.  All recipients will need to wear a mask while in the clinic. For more information, please call 860-285-1824.

Town Council Thank You
I would like to thank all of the council members for the past two years of service.  I’d especially like to thank outgoing Councilmembers Govoni, Wilkos and Deputy Mayor McAuliffe for their dedication and service.  Between the three of them, they totaled 20 years of service on the Town Council and many, many more decades of volunteerism in the community.   Thank you and you’ll be missed.