Windsor's Citizen's Academy shows residents how the town runs
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
Windsor police officers, Public Works personnel, the Board of Education, and several other town officials are preparing for another seven-week interactive Citizen's Academy. This year marks the ninth year for the educational program, which invites the community to learn about the day-to-day operations of various town facilities.
The program will be held Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., with the exception of the Oct. 24 meeting at the Safety Complex, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be one optional Saturday morning gathering for a tour of the town.
“In addition to going over the main roles of the departments, the funding sources, the size of the staff and the day-to-day operations, we like to reveal 'Did You Know' factoids,” said assistant to the town manager Enita Jubrey.
For example, she said members of the fire department has talked about the firefighting equipment and have also allowed participants to try on the gear to experience the full effect. Jubrey said some people may not be aware how heavy the coats, boots, pants and jackets are.
In previous years, the academy has also included activities such as library tours highlighting historical parts of the building that are not generally open to the public. The Economic Development staff has also organized a "Jeopardy" game in the past to familiarize participants with development procedures and services.
“The departments typically pick a timely topic that is of interest to the group, instead of trying to cram in everything there is to know about each department,” said Jubrey. She said some town facilities, such as the police department, change topics year-to-year because there is an abundance of information to learn in regard to their daily operations. For example, she said one year the department spoke about home invasions, a popular topic throughout the state and country at the time. Jubrey said it can be challenging for the department to cover all aspects in one to two hours.
The academy is available at no charge and residents can view the schedule of meetings on the town website at: www.townofwindsorct.com.
For more information on registering, call 860-285-1835 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.