Changing special event fees, cleaning up town code among 2 things to know from Windsor’s town board meeting, work session
March 4, 2017
Windsor's town board met for a work session and its regular meeting Monday night.
Here are two things to know about the meetings:
1. Special event fees
The costs of hosting a special event in Windsor may increase.
In the work session, staff from the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department presented the town board with a list of proposed updates — and increases — to almost every fee associated with hosting a special event in town.
Parks department Director Eric Lucas said he feels the town's existing fees don't accurately take into account the work, time, efforts, supplies, equipment and cost to the town of hosting special events. As the town has paid for and built improvements to its parks, especially Boardwalk Park, the value of those sites increased.
To see a draft of the more than 20 proposed fee changes, go to http://bit.ly/2mGs2Ba.
Changes in Windsor's special events process could extend to the application process.
The town of Windsor has partnered with a number of organizations on local events. These organizations had to go before the town board and ask for the partnership. When the town partners on an event, it means some — if not most — of the special event fees can be waived.
With reoccurring events, organizations go before the town board each year. Lucas recommended the town form a committee that deals with reoccurring events once the town approves them the first time.
With no major issues brought up by the board, Town Manager Kelly Arnold recommended trying the changes.
2. Code clean-up
The town board approved two efforts to clean up parts of the town's municipal code.
Town staff spent the past year identifying town laws that are out of date with current practices and terminology and figuring out how to best fix them, said Assistant Town Attorney Kimberly Emil.
Several parts of the town's code have sections using the wrong terminology — including "treasurer" instead of "director of finance," and "superintendent" instead of "director of public works."
Several parts of the code need to be brought in line with state laws, too, she said.
A second ordinance cleaned up parts of the town code about animals that got a little messed up when changes were made to allow residents to keep chickens and bees. The ordinance also removed the need for a permit in order to have a pet rabbit.