At the monthly meetings with the Mayor (officially known as Coffee with the Mayor), the citizens of Windsor have an opportunity to ask questions about what’s happening in our growing town.
The Mayor of Windsor, Kristie Melendez, opened with follow ups from last month. Transportation is a hot issue. A preliminary trial for a public bus route from Greeley, Evans, Windsor, and Fort Collins is scheduled to begin in 2019. This month the Town Board is close to purchasing additional land in order to build more Senior Housing. The available Senior Housing is full and has a waitlist. It is a priority of the Town Board to address this growing need in our town.
Water. Again, another important issue as Windsor continues to grow and we are very dependent upon neighboring communities for our water source. Updates on the Thorton Water project were given as well as our continued involvement with NISP.
A good deal of time was spent addressing our air quality and the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Windsor. Windsor does have an emergency action plan in the case of natural disasters and other unforeseen events.
Finally, the construction project at CrossRoads exit off of I-25 was asked for an update. Again, Windsor is partnering with Loveland and Johnstown to widen the road and prepare for more lanes in the future. The Town has given money to this expansion project as now the Federal Government is requiring local governments to contribute to growing infrastructure needs.
This was all I had time to hear as I had to get to a local CrossFit competition and cut out early. Again, a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening in Windsor and have your voice and concerns heard. See ya next month!!
Today was Coffee with the Mayor of Windsor, Kristie Melendez. If you want to find out what’s happening with Windsor, CO, in a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere, this is the place! I learned so much and I’ll share here.
We began with a question about Urgent Care, which is coming to the old Guadalajara restaurant building. As of yet, the Town does not know when it’s slated to open.
The Mill was brought up. Mayor Melendez explained how since the burning the Mill now has to go through the process for new construction. The developers are in the process but as of yet no date for opening or even what it will look like.
Rocky Mountain Sports Park was brought up. One citizen expressed his concern about many hotels opening up as well as sports fields. Mayor Melendez said the planning committee has not presented their proposal yet so she is unsure about if hotels are planned around the park.
One citizen asked about Raindance, which is the largest development in the queue in Windsor. There are slated to be 2000 homes built. The citizen expressed her concern about how she moved to Windsor for the small town with access to the amenities of larger towns. Mayor Melendez explained that Windsor is growing and her and the Board’s priorities is to keep the small town feel while dealing with growth. Windsor is expected to grow to 40-50k people in the next 20 years. She did say that fees have been increased on these developers for road development.
A citizen survey was recently completed that stated that safety is the number one priority for residents. The Chief of Police for Windsor, Richard A. Klimek, was in attendance and he addressed numerous questions on safety, drugs, burglaries, and traffic violations. He mentioned how Weld County School District now has a School Resource Officer working with kids in the schools, which is going very well. The Chief mentioned how don’t be afraid to call the police! They are available 24/7 to answer any concerns about person crimes, ordinance violations, or other quality of life issues. They strive for a 10 minute or less response time.
Traffic was brought up. The Town Board is doing all it can to figure out a solution for the big trucks going downtown. The Board is working with CDOT to see if 257 can be made straight. There is an impact study to see if Crossroads can be extended to O Street in Greeley. Working with the businesses themselves has led to some progress as some have agreed to try to use different routes for their heavy trucks.
Signage was brought up for crosswalks. It turns out these are more expensive than they appear, being about $10k/sign to install. Pedestrian responsibility was mentioned as well with regard to big trucks and their stopping time.
A new Town Manager should be in place by early April. The Town has hired a search committee firm to do a national search for the position and candidates and interviews should be held in March.
And water. A big topic since Windsor relies on the surrounding communities to provide us with water. NISP water storage project is still in the works but it could still be years out. A water treatment facility with surrounding communities is most likely in the future. However, water carries big price tags so it’s little steps at a time.
And that’s a wrap! This and more is what one can learn at these informal sessions. I would highly encourage all of you to come out when you get a chance and learn more about what’s happening in our incredible community. See familiar faces and new ones and get all your questions answered.
The Town of Windsor has posted the new dates for coffee with Mayor Kristie Melendez. They are the third Saturday of every month from 7:30 am to 9 am at various coffee shops around town. Coffee is on the town so if you love coffee like I do, this is a no-brainer!
I went for the first time last month with my daughter. It was fun. Although I work every third Saturday and have to sneak out early, I learned a lot about what was happening around town and about the community’s concerns. It’s worth rising early for and definitely the place to learn more about this amazing town we live in.
Here are the upcoming dates and locations:
January 20: Community Recreation Center, Aspen Room, 250 N. 11th Street
February 17: Coffee House 29, 1039 Main Street, Suite K
March 17: Safeway Starbucks, 1535 Main Street
April 21: Senor Jalapeno, 1039 Main Street
May 19: Community Recreation Center, Pine Room, 250 N. 11th Street