l-r: Michael Tustin, Kenny Wilkos, Don Jepsen,
Town Council Issues
'The Republican Town Councilors want to thank the voters for agreeing with them at referendum time by voting down the budgets and agreeing with the Republican's spending approach and priorities.
The Return of Over $2 Million to the Taxpayers
During the 2018-'19 fiscal year the town budget had a surplus of over 2 1/2 million dollars. This is an example of the mismanagement of the town budget by the majority party. This is in part related to the tax increase that occurred in the 2017–'18 fiscal year town budget. The Democratic majority voted to increase your taxes that year by over $1 million, while not sending the budget to the voters for approval as is required. Several years later we now see the fruits of that error. We are propose returning those dollars to Windsor Homeowners in a rebate check prior to the end of this calendar year.
Car Break-ins and Thefts
We are concerned with the increased number of car break-ins and the theft of cars. This is become a major issue for our residents. Residents of course should take the appropriate precautions, such as locking their cars and making sure valuables are not visible from the outside of the vehicle. However, we also should increase policing to reduce the potential of car break-ins. We should also work with our State Representatives to make sure that those apprehended are punished to the full extent of the law. Currently many of the perpetrators are minors and paint no price for their crimes. That aspect is a state issue and we support changing state laws to reduce this situation.
Unregistered Motor Vehicles
We are concerned with the increased number of unregistered motor vehicles sitting in people's yards throughout Windsor. We believe this creates a blight to our community. We believe the current ordinances should be enforced to reduce this blight. Residents should be given a reasonable opportunity to remove the vehicles, or register them.
Congestion on Windsor Avenue
The state of Connecticut in 2018 reduced the width of Windsor Avenue from two lanes to a single lane. Since then we have seen a tremendous increase in congestion. The increased congestion has reduced the quality of life for Wilson residence. They have difficulty entering and exiting their respective streets, blocked traffic due to buses, and increased hazards for pedestrians bicyclists and other motorists. We believe Windsor Avenue should be returned to a two lane roadway for the benefit of the local residents.
Wilson Re-Development Lot and Former Wolcott School
We propose that the Wilson redevelopment lot after being vacant for over 20 years be converted into a park/fairground. We also propose that the former Roger Wolcott school be razed. The building has sat empty for over 10 years, it has leaks from the roof throughout the building. The cost to refurbish and rejuvenate the building could potentially be more than the cost of building a new building. The site also has underground oil storage tanks that must be removed within the next two years. All that being said we propose the raising of the building and the property could be converted to residential and some commercial use closer to Windsor Avenue.
Quiet/Silent Railroad Crossings
Well before the state of Connecticut created the CT rail program which has a written increased rail traffic by a factor of three from approximately eight trains a day to over 25 trains a day, there was a discussion of quiet or silent train crossings throughout Windsor. Since then nothing has occurred. We are in support of silent/quiet train crossings and will work diligently to press our state representatives and the federal government along with Amtrak and Connecticut rail to implement quiet/silent crossings throughout Windsor.
Paid for by the Windsor Republican Town Committee
James Durant, Treasurer
James Durant, Treasurer