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Three things from Monday’s town board meeting

Allison Dyer Bluemel
abluemel@mywindsornow.com

1. Metropolitan district policy and service plan approved

Following months of discussion, the town board unanimously approved a new metropolitan district service plan despite some concern over the debt repayment window.

The terms of the service plan were the same as the first approval by the board, aside from a typo correction, attorney James Mock said.

As in previous meetings, board members expressed concern that the payback time of 30 years was too short, especially if another recession affected the developer's ability to fill homes.

Payback of debt must begin within five years of the first building permit's issuing date.

Mock said that, under those circumstances, the developer could approach the board, explain that the development hadn't panned out as planned and apply for some leniency based on a case-by-case basis.

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2. Board approves rezoning of Highland Meadows Golf Course for Power to Play facility

In order to move forward with the 51,790-square-foot Power to Play Sports complex in west Windsor in the Highland Meadows Golf Course subdivision, developer Jon Turner requested that a portion of the land be rezoned from residential mixed use to general commercial.

The town board unanimously approved the request Monday night.

The rezoning of the 3.7-acre parcel of land allows Turner to realign the zoning borders and better utilize the land proposed for the complex.

Additionally, the building can be taller — at 36 feet 8 inches — in a general commercial zone.

The Power to Play complex would be a one-story indoor basketball facility with six full size, indoor basketball courts.

3. Library, board and downtown development authority partnership could relocate library to downtown Windsor

As part of the Clearview Library District's location search for a bigger, improved library, town staff approached the town board Monday requesting a funding partnership between the library, the DDA and the town of Windsor.

The partnership would benefit the DDA's request for a $25,000 match grant for a Scope of Work and Feasibility study from the Department of Local Affairs.

The board unanimously agreed to contribute a third of the funds, $8,333, toward the match.

In total, the study will cost $50,000 with DOLA providing half and the partnership between the town, DDA and library district providing the second half.

As the number of visitors to the library has increased and it isn't possible to expand the current 17,000-square-foot building, the library began looking at new locations for a larger facility and then partnered with the DDA to look at possible downtown locations.

The DDA hopes that the increasing foot traffic to the library would also visit downtown businesses and boost business, board member and DDA liaison Kristie Melendez said during the meeting.

"The DDA and the library are both very excited about the potential of this," she said. "If they don't go the next step then they are going to look outside the downtown."

The grant funds the investigation of four proposed sites of the new library in or near the DDA boundaries.

It would also include identification of other potential community uses and projects that could pair with the library, such as cultural or senior center.

After the study is finished, a recommendation of one preferred location and one alternate location will be submitted. Following the recommendation, staff will look at the cost of purchase, redevelopment and projected building costs.

"This would bring all the pieces together that we've been working on," Melendez said.

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