Though Windsor officials say 2014 will be the first year in what seems like forever the town isn’t playing catch-up for a previous year’s crisis — natural or financial — it’s still not completely immune to unplanned recovery spending.
Added into next year’s budget is $30,000 to bring in a contractor who will head a host of construction and recovery projects stemming from August’s ravaging hail storm. That storm left in its wake more than $453,000 in damages to town property alone — almost all of which is covered under Windsor’s insurance.
Among the most visible facilities needing repair in wake of the storm is Windsor Town Hall, which needs a new roof. Additionally 10 town vehicles sustained a total of $28,000 in damage and need to be repaired, and shelters, dugouts and restrooms at recreational facilities across eastern Windsor including Boardwalk and Chimney parks are now in need of major roof repairs.
The contractor, who was also brought in for similar purposes after the 2008 tornado, will have his hands full. Town Manager Kelly Arnold said the person will represent Windsor in overseeing repairs, manage the bidding process among construction firms and monitor the on-site repairs across town throughout next year.
“We don’t have the time or the people to oversee the amount of projects that need to be done,” Arnold said, adding that all things considered, the town got lucky.
With a $25,000 insurance deductible and $30,000 for the contractor, Arnold said things could have been much worse and the repairs — mostly roofs — won’t have “a community-wide impact” like major street repairs of construction projects did in 2008.