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Day Hill Road to Get Extensive Face Lift

More than $1.5 million in improvements have been approved for Day Hill Road, including a "pedestrian network."

The Windsor town council recently gave a unanimous thumbs up to two projects approved by the town planning and zoning commission for construction — two projects that will change the face of Windsor's corporate district.

According to town documents, the two projects approved amount to more than $1.5 million in infrastructure and aesthetic improvments to Day Hill Road.

More than $600,000 — funded through bonds subject to a future vote of the council — were dedicated to the construction of a "pedestrian network" along the busy road.

Included in this network are:

  • A 10-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of Day Hill Road from Helmsfor Way east to Marshall Phelps Road;
  • a five-foot wide sidewalk from Day HIll Road to ING Way on the west side of Marshall Phelps Road;
  • a 10-foot wide path between Marshall Phelps Road and Northfield Drive on the north side of Day Hill Road;
  • a sidewalk from NOrthfield Drive to the end of Old Day Hill; and
  • "small segments" for bus shelter pads and sidewalk connections.

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The project is identified as a "multi-year" project, and has been touted as an effort to make foot traffic safer for pedestrians and more accomodating to employees of the corporate area's businesses — some of the highest tax payers in town.

Council members also approved an extensive pavement rehabilitation project on Day Hill, carrying a $1.1 million price tag — $420,000 of which the town will be responsible for after receiving a federal refund.

According to town documents, the project includes rehabilitation of the east-bound lanes of the road from the driveway of ABB's former campus to just west of Prospect Hill Road.

Construction, town documents say, will not begin until after this summer.

A public hearing has been set for Feb. 4.

Henry G January 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Oh, so now we're giving back to the "highest tax payers in town" unlike the rich 1% who pay 50% of the countries taxes and are criticized for not giving more! How about those of us who pay the largest % of our taxes to a school system where we have no kids? Oh, yes, people....please help me pack.
Albert Williams January 30, 2013 at 01:52 PM
You'll see the same amount of people walking this sidewalk on Day Hill as you'll see ride a bus from New Britain to Hartford. Good Grief, where does the spending end? Perhaps they're planning no more street lights...residents from Great Pond will be so radioactive if they walk the sidewalk down Day Hill they'll light it up?
Albert Williams January 30, 2013 at 01:54 PM
@ Henry G, I hear ya - get me outta here. And get me outta here before the Gov institutes an exit tax, or early departure fee.
Spiff January 30, 2013 at 02:47 PM
@ Albert and Henry, you guys got it all wrong. We must vote these tax and spend liberals out of office! This is our state, and these are our towns, and we must elect officials that actually have a clue about governing and financial management!
Malvi Lennon January 30, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I am convinced that the only way to restore sanity in this town is for a group of residents, with an understanding of fiscal responsibility, and the determination to restore sound, transparent, budgeting and spending policies to come together, and as a slate, petition onto the ballot challenging every single member of the town council whether democrat or republican (I see little to no difference between the two). The same goes for the BOE with an exception or two. I know someone will probably say that if I do not like how money is spent, then I should go to the town meetings. Well I have. I spoke, more than once, publicly and privately. Moreover, I can still recall a sitting member of the council telling me "it is not my job to cut the budget; I am here to vote yes or no". This while another senior member of the council stood by sipping from the flask he carried in his jacket pocket.
Albert Williams January 30, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Spiff - Ok, which spendaholic do you want to get out of Windsor first? Which part of the 60-70% Democratic voters do you plan to turn? You want the guy that received the most votes? How about second place? Or maybe the two others that are taking space on the Town Council panel. I hope to see the day, but for now its either move or let my wallet hangout and help them redistribute wealth - and to be honest the pile was bigger a few years ago, its getting pretty light these days. Oh, did you see the election in Nov? It's getting worse not better.
John Dunn January 30, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I have attended every Town Council and TP&Z Commission meeting for the past 4 months. I have spoken against this spending for sidewalks "Pededterian Circulation Project" on several occasions. I asked why these businesses don't contribute a percentage for their sidewalks.......no answer. I asked if these businesses were asked to pay for or contribute a percentage......no answer. Many of these corporations are there at our expense ( read higher taxes), as the Town has given them multi-year tax breaks. Then when these concessions expire, they move out of Windsor, leaving us with an empty building! Submitted by John Dunn
Barbara Masera January 30, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Can someone tell me why sidewalks are necessary on Day Hill Road.
Steve Hodges January 30, 2013 at 08:50 PM
The money would be much better spent fixing that moronic exit ramp to day hill from Poquonock.
Mary Ann Overbaugh January 30, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Is there any news of the northern ramp to be constructed to connect to I-91N? The plans were announced one or two years ago but no further information or updates since then.
Windsor School Graduate January 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM
If you drive around town, there are many projects and areas they could address. Like the Windsor Library, Day Hill Road will be a never ending venture. Certain people in this town are becoming very wealthy off of all these deals and I wish they could take the sidewalks and stick them where the sun doesn't shine. All this for the business up there??? Let them pay for their employees to walk on them. This town has become the biggest mess next to Hartford. All they do is spend money on things the rest of us will never use???? I know from past experience it doesn't matter if you go to the meetings or not? They're going to do whatever they want regardless of how the people feel.
Catherine & Dennis January 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Amen to all of the above. First comes the secret abatement meetings where they change the rules for Fortune 500 Companies, then the special approval where everything is approved by the town to include changing zoning, then the teeny tiny notice in the paper that you must watch for daily, then comes the 'public hearing' where you are rudely spoken to, ignored and told you have 3 minutes for us to ignore you, then comes the promises during the public hearing for things such as curved driveways to keep traffic off of streets, (Dollar Tree was not even required to have a buffer and screening from homes yet every other place gets that) then before the ink is dry they change every thing mentioned in the public hearing to do as they wanted in the first place, they give them a $2.4 million abatement and 50% fees and does anyone recall what was voted in the budget last year? Yup -not even a smidge of embarrassment-the budget passed was $2.4 million increase. By the way fees on residents went up. We had extra to put in a $90k horse shoe pit as well. Wonder if the tax payers could sue for mismanagement??? Shareholders can sue companies? Imagine the dirt that would surface.
Bill Generous January 31, 2013 at 12:16 AM
How about Town Meetings where voter approval is required? I recently witnessed a Town Meeting for the sale of some property in the center of town for some apartments. While the sale was approved, it certainly wasn't unanimous and seemed to be helped out by having many members of the Democratic Town Committee present. If there are enough people against something, there may be certain instances where it could be stopped (when approval requires a Town Meeting vote or Referendum vote). The Dollar Tree project taught people that petitions can also be used to call a Town Meeting to overide a Town Council action. While that Town Meeting did not happen, maybe another group will take that concept further.
Catherine & Dennis January 31, 2013 at 12:29 AM
@ Bill -it was also noted in that vote for the land recently that people who had an assessment $1k in tax or more were considered voters.........that was not the rule for the petition against the abatement for Dollar Tree -those folks were scratched off the list. Rules apply for what they want, and do not apply for what they do not want. It isnt the first time they used the email system to call out voters to fill a room....they used our name to try that during Dollar Tree but I'm happy to say that backfired on them (Herzfeld)
Michele Vannelli January 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM
OK, as resident taxpayers we know we're being squeezed by Fed, State & Local governments. We also know, on the local level, despite letters, petitions and speeches we are totally ignored. So, get out and vote and drag one of your non-voting but complaining neighbors to the polls with you. Impress upon them that historically voter turnout is low so the only way for things to change is to elect people who are interested in what we're interested in. Not what they FEEL WE SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN! No more horse trading. We need government officials with common sense and fiscal responsibility who can speak their minds without intimidation and not be forced to play political games per usual. Attend TC & TP&ZC mtgs. Yup, they don't listen but if enough folks keep showing up, they might get the hint their "seat" isn't secure and that's a start!
Windsor School Graduate January 31, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Michele and Bill: I remember when the town meetings were in the high school auditorium. When they no longer wanted to hear from you, they turned off the mics. Plus, most of this town are Democratic voters. My neighbors don't want to get involved with the meetings because no matter what you vote for, they win? This town has been like this for a very long time. Common sense flew out the door many years ago. This is their plan and nothing will stop them. AND, if you notice, it's always the same people on here???? Where are the rest!!!
Glen Fisher January 31, 2013 at 01:17 AM
@Bill...don't give up hope on the Dollar Tree town meeting, it is still going through the court process. The problem is they have the town's insurance law firm, the local land use lawyers that represented them during the town meetings, and Dollar Tree's corporate lawyers.
Catherine & Dennis January 31, 2013 at 01:24 AM
But they are spending hand over fist to make the area attractive huh? Even existing businesses need to look better for this new development Great Ponzie-the State gave them some more of our money to spruce up.
Bill Generous January 31, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Windsor School Graduate, nothing may stop those in charge from doing what they want. They have the voting block numbers to always be the ruling party unless just one of them has a bad day. They also work hard to implement their vision. But since turnout is historically low, maybe there is a small chance that not everything goes their way on every issue. Maybe things would change a little if they lost a few minor battles. Maybe not. But there needs to be a lot of the rest to find out. I don't think those in charge lack common sense. I just think they have been in charge so long and know there is no competition to do anything other than what they want.

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