Were we lucky or what?
How were we so lucky with the recent flood and all of the damage to surrounding communities that the Town of Windsor escaped essentially unscathed? Was it just plain luck or was there a little more to it than that? Remember, we had some flooding in 2011, not of epic proportions, but significant nonetheless.
Prior to the flooding in 2011 our mayor, town board and staff decided to look at our situation, namely at sediment buildup under Weld County Road 13. That’s when the town put money toward digging out sediments and rock build-ups under the bridge, and that alleviated some bottlenecks and evened things out a little.
More important was the realization that our wastewater treatment plant was dependent on a pumping mechanism which, if it failed during a flood, could put us in deep, well, you know what I mean. With about $3 million from the town and another $1.7 million from grant money, the plant was reconfigured. Much safer, less risky. Had this not been done, who knows what could have happened with this most recent event.
For years, Windsor has not allowed development close to the lakes or the river. Sure, Pelican Lakes Golf Course took a big hit, but it was always known that this expanse of land without homes or businesses would allow for a temporary reservoir if needed, and sure enough it was needed.
In cooperation with the New Cache La Poudre Irrigation Company when it became apparent that the river was flooding, the main gate west of town was closed keeping contaminated water out of Windsor Lake. Had this gate failed, Windsor Lake could have overflowed and significant flooding could have occurred essentially in the same area affected by the tornado of 2008. Let’s face it. The 2011 flood gave us floodwaters at 3,700 cubic feet per second. This most recent flood hit closer to 10,000 cubic feet per second.
There are two gravel pits west of town that provided temporary “buckets” for river overflow. Windsor is in the process of purchasing one of them for future water storage.
So, was it luck that we escaped what our surrounding communities suffered? Well, maybe a little. I think it is obvious that by far the main reason we did not sustain any damage was careful planning. Planning, planning, and more planning. It doesn’t hurt that our mayor has a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in hydrology and river mechanisms.
Our elected officials and staff should be commended. The investments made in the last two years, though not particularly glamorous, paid off. Careful and thoughtful planning along with a quick response kept us safe.
Ronald D. Clark, Windsor resident
The Lauren Project benefit auction raises more than $28,000
The fourth annual auction to benefit The Lauren Project was held at Austin’s Homestead Grill on Sept. 21, and it truly was a beautiful evening in so many ways. Several of the young people who had traveled the world to do volunteer service supported by grants from The Lauren Project shared some of their experiences and how it had changed their world view.
Loveland’s Deputy Fire Marshal Scott Pringle highlighted the major project in Loveland called “Save a Life” that The Lauren Project helped plan and implement in partnership with the Loveland Fire Authority this past spring. According to Pringle, the project literally saved five lives of a family who had just received their carbon monoxide alarm one week earlier from one of the sponsored events. A malfunctioning water heater was the culprit that set off the alarm.
Many generous donations made the auction a financial success as well, raising $28,600. We wish to sincerely thank the following businesses for their donations/support: Indigo Sun Acupuncture, Vision Revision, Van Pelt Photography, Budweiser, Robert McKnight (attorney), Ronald Rutz (attorney), Thrivent Financial, K & W Printing, Artist on the Go, Grand Lodge Vacations, Highland Meadows Golf Course, Pelican Lakes Golf Course, Greeley Country Club, LSI, Otter Box, Rio Grande Restaurant, Quilters Stash, Yauk’s Specialty Meats, Windsor Auto Repair, ReMax (Bob Sutton), Althoff Family Chiropractic, Altea Designs, Windsor Hair Shoppe, High Hops Brewery, Manweiler Hardware, Li’l Flower Shop, Abbe Creek Gallery, Water Valley and Austin’s Homestead Grill.
Many individuals, too numerous to name, also helped with their time and donations. It was a wonderful celebration of Lauren’s passion to make the world: a safer place, a better place. Our sincere thanks to one and all.
The Lauren Project Board of Directors
Windsor- Severance Library has had quite a history
Windsor’s library was established in 1906. Through the years, it has had various homes, but in the 1960s built a facility of its own on 5th Street. The library existed on a budget of $26,000 in the mid-1980s, $8,000 coming from the federal government. This funding was due to discontinue and the library board needed to investigate a stable funding source. At that time, library law allowed two taxing districts to pass a resolution that would form a library district.
In the summer of 1986, the Windsor Town Board and Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District passed a joint resolution forming the Windsor-Severance Library District and set a mill levy that generated $90,000 annually. The library board hired a degreed librarian who computerized the library and built a book collection that better served Windsor patrons. Windsor’s library enjoyed a renaissance.
In the early 2000s, finances again seemed vulnerable and the board formed a foundation to hold donations and fundraising monies for the library. Its purpose was to create an endowment fund that would generate income for the library for programs and wants that went beyond what tax monies could provide. Most of the endowment is for long-range need and a percentage is dedicated to short-term projects such as the Read and Grow program.
The foundation board also supports art, culture and programming. It sponsors the twice yearly books sales and receives most of its funding from them. The book sale proceeds are added to the fund. Other fundraising projects are being considered. Donations are always welcome as are volunteers for the book sales and fundraisers.
Foundation members are Carol Heinkel (chairwoman), Patty Pike (co-chairwoman), Debbie Lindahl (treasurer), Francy Henderson (secretary), Louis Beard, Bev Reule, Scott Ballstadt, Sarah Moore and Cornelia Davis.
Windsor-Severance Library Foundation board members