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Citizen’s group to take reins on Rec Center

Jason Pohl

For several months, Windsor Town Board members have cautiously addressed a proposed $14 million Community Recreation Center expansion project, repeatedly saying they wanted to see a citizen's initiative take the reins on a project that could hike sales taxes.

Their wishes are about to come true.

A citizen's initiative group is expected to address the town board Monday, informing the town of the recently developed organization. It's expected to discuss with the board the petition process and required steps to get the decision on the 2014 ballot.

"I feel forming a citizen's initiative is the perfect way to allay the board's concerns while allowing us to better gauge how much support there is for the expansion," said Rebecca Holder-Otte, a CRC expansion supporter and member of the Parks Recreation and Culture Advisory Board.

The project could bring a natatorium equipped with water slides, a lap pool and other amenities to the existing center. Additional fitness areas, aerobics rooms and even a childcare center would be added.

Some board members have cautioned that burdening taxpayers with the improvements could push some residents over the edge.

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Additional funding streams and partnerships could also be possible — something the community group could explore with town staff. Some have called for 3D project renderings to better paint the picture of the expansion. With a $30,000 price tag and potential endorsement complications, it's a move the town board has been wary of.

The citizen group's presentation will be at the town board's regularly scheduled meeting, 7 p.m. Monday in town board chambers, 301 Walnut Street, Windsor.

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