Town manager discusses what’s ahead for Windsor in 2014

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
The Plaza Theatre was once a bustling local destination. If everything goes well, it will be opened again soon by owner Neill Sachdev. File photo by Jennifer Coe.
The Plaza Theatre was once a bustling local destination. If everything goes well, it will be opened again soon by owner Neill Sachdev. File photo by Jennifer Coe.

The town of Windsor can look forward to movement on townwide goals this coming year, according to officials.

“2014 looks to be another exciting year,” said Town Manager Peter Souza, “with efforts continuing on many fronts to achieve progress on Town Council goals and objectives.”

Two new interactive tools will be launched in January to be used by citizens to interact with the local government. The first is an online and mobile citizen request system known as SeeClickFix. SeeClickFix, which is already up and running, is a problem-reporting website to be used to inform the proper people about potholes, graffiti, broken street lamps, etc. Just by clicking on a few drop-down boxes, residents can report a problem they may see around town. It is available right now on the Town of Windsor’s website.

The second new online tool is called Winput, which allows the public to provide input on various town projects and topics of community interest. This new tool is also available on the town’s website.

This summer, Souza predicts that the landfill located in Windsor will finally reach its permitted capacity. “Capping and closure activities will continue,” said Souza. Souza said the town will also be exploring new automated methods for curbside recycling in the spring.

More than a few construction projects will be started and/or completed in Windsor in 2014. They include the much-talked-about Amazon Fulfillment Center on Day Hill Road, and the Windsor Station residential development on Mechanic Street. ISO New England will take occupancy of its new facility on Day Hill Road, Phase I of Great Pond Village will break ground, and renovation of the Plaza Building on Broad Street will continue. Poquonock Commons will make progress, as will the new CREC school on Kennedy Road.

Within the town, several improvements are slated to be made as well. The improvements to Prospect Hill Road from Route 75 to West Street will be started, an installation of solar panels at LP Wilson Community Center, JFK School and Oliver Ellsworth will be completed, and repaving of the east-bound lanes of Kennedy Road from town line to I-91 will be finished.

A complete heating system replacement at Clover Street School is expected to be approved and started. An initial design and cost estimate for improvements to O’Brien Field at Windsor High and the athletic fields at Oliver Ellsworth will be presented to the Town Council for review and discussion as well.

“Our partnership with the Board of Education administration, police and recreation departments will continue using grant funds for a new effort targeted toward programming for ‘at-risk youth’ at the high school,” said Souza. The program is called Ascend Mentoring.

Later in 2014, the town will be exploring ways to increase the quantity of open space land in Windsor. “We also will be exploring opportunities to facilitate the preservation of additional open space parcels through public and private partnerships,” said Souza.

And 2014 will also bring more of what Windsor residents love about the town, including Little League baseball, summer concerts on the green and the Shad Derby festivities.

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