With some much going on with life, work and home, it can be tough to keep up on the happenings in local government.

While you can stream Windsor Board meetings online at anytime, sitting through the program can be tedious and time consuming.

MyWindsor’s Notes from Town Hall can help you keep track of some the issues and work going on throughout Windsor without you having to do any of the leg work.

However, if you have time to spare, or enjoy board meetings, check out the Town of Windsor’s boards and commissions, as well as the meetings on demand feature at http://bit.ly/3kT89Jy .

Windsor Town Board

At the Windsor Town Board meetings on Nov. 15 and 28, members discussed and approved a rate increase to the town’s potable water, stormwater and wastewater for 2023.

The monthly rate increase becomes effective Feb. 1 and will show in people’s March utility bills.

All three utilities are self-funded enterprises and the increase in rates will help with operations and maintenance of infrastructure as well as fund improvements needed to maintain Windsor’s water, stormwater and wastewater systems.

Potable water, water that is safe for human consumption, charges a monthly base fee plus the consumption charge for water used. The monthly water base fee for single-family homes will be $20.62, with a monthly increase of $1.70, or $20.40 annually.

The new rates are set on a tiered system based on monthly usage rates and tap size. The maintenance and operations of infrastructure, sending water through treatment facilities for cleaning and testing and securing water for residents are just a few of the factors considered when setting the new rates.

Single-family residences with a ¾-inch tap will be charged $6.07 per 1,000 gallons up to 16,000 gallons of use.

People in the second tier will be charged $9.07 per 1,000 gallons of use between 16,001 to 22,500 gallons of water used.

The third tier will be charged $13.52 per 1,000 gallons of use between 22,5001 and more.

The stormwater system is an integral part of the town’s infrastructure because it directs water away from homes, streets and buildings, reducing erosion and flooding.  The stormwater system is made up of a collection of pipes, ditches, detention ponds and other conveyances that carry water runoff from rain and snowmelt directly into the Cache la Poudre River.

The new stormwater fee is based off of the amount of impervious surfaces of the property, such as pavement, concrete and brick that do not allow water to soak into the ground or greatly reduces the amount of water that soaks into the ground.

The fee for stormwater in 2023 will be $4.89 with a monthly increase of .15, or $1.80 annually.

Wastewater is the water that leaves homes through the town’s plumbing system, also known as the sewer system.  The plumbing system transports wastewater to Windsor’s Wastewater Treatment Facility to be treated.

Residents who use the town’s wastewater services are charged a flat rate which goes toward the cost of collecting and treating wastewater to Federal Environmental Protection Agency standards before it is released back into the Cache la Poudre River.

The new base fee for sewer services will be $26.50 with a monthly increase of $2.50, or $30 annually for residential properties.

For more information on water, stormwater and wastewater services, go to www.windsorgov.com/water .

Other notes from town hall include:

The Larimer County Behavioral Health Policy Council tax generated around $21 in 2022. The council has also selected a local artist to create a sculpture that will be placed in front of the new facility. The facility is around 55% complete with a scheduled move-in date sometime in August.

The Poudre River Corridor Authority has hired a new executive director, Barry Wilson. Wilson will begin in a part-time capacity and move into a full-time position.

Approximately 5,000 people attended the 2022 Halloween Carnival and the Windsor Wonderland event.

Parks, Recreation and Culture Department

The Parks, Recreation and Culture Department reports that it is working with the Windsor Pickleball Club to raise $15,000 for a capital project to resurface pickleball courts and make improvements to the sidewalks around the area. The project would create eight pickleball courts rather than the current six.

Staff is wrapping up the design on the Riverwalk Phase II project, with construction expected to begin in the fall. The project is estimated to cost $3.9 million, and the town should have a signed agreement within the next three weeks.

The department has scaled back to only focus on six to eight large capital projects around town due dot staffing, burnout and lack of resources.

Windsor Arts Commission

The Arts Commission has approved the installation of a Matt Ounsworth sculpture on the Poudre River Trail by the heron rookery. The commission is working with the Open Space and Trails manager on installing and securing the piece.

Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission is working with the owners of the Legion building to apply for a local historic designation. Town staff is not aware of any plans to get rid of the building, nor does the town have plans to acquire it.

Downtown Development Authority

The DDA met to discuss the employment agreement for the executive director position. Michelle Vance was offered the position, which she accepted. Vance’s salary will be $110,000 and her term shall continue through Dec. 31.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission did not have any meetings in January due to lack of agenda items.

This article was originally published in Greeley Tribune