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Looking ahead and reviewing 2017: Three things to know from Windsor Town Board meeting

Emily Wenger

The Windsor Town Board looked to the future at its Jan. 22 board meeting, through examining a master plan for Jacoby Farm, approving a water rate increase and viewing a community development report for 2017.

The following are three things to know from the meeting:

1. After seeking community input last year, the town board has approved a plan for the Jacoby Farm site.

Jacoby Farm, on 15th Street north of the Greeley No. 2 Ditch, is home to Windsor's oldest building. The plan will turn the site into a community space that will include a garden, education pavilion, demonstration space and an orchard.

The Halfway House, Windsor's oldest building, was built in 1873 and was used as a resting place for travelers between Greeley and Fort Collins.

It is currently private property, so the town asked individuals to be respectful of the current landowners and stay off the property until such time as it is transferred to the town.

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According to a memo to the town board from Eric Lucas, the town's director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Vireo Design used feedback from an online survey and a public open house held in September to create the plan for the site.

Wade Willis, the parks and open space manager for the town of Windsor, said the town hopes to preserve Windsor's history through the site, from the halfway house to old farming practices.

The Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department spent $30,000 in 2017 for this project, according to the memo. When the town acquires the property, the date of which is currently unknown, town staff will revisit the plan and detail the costs.

For more information, contact Willis at (970) 674-2434 or go to windsorgov.com/jacobyfarmfuture.

2. Windsor water rates will increase Feb. 1.

Windsor water utility customers will see rates increase 4.97 percent beginning Feb. 1, due to water supplier cost increases.

The Windsor Town Board approved the rate change at the Jan. 22 meeting. Dean Moyer, director of finance for the town of Windsor, said the town re-examines the rates the town has to pay its three suppliers for water each year. Although that means sometimes residents don't have to pay more, this year rates went up for the town, so rates will rise for residents.

The monthly base rate for single-family residential accounts will remain the same at $14.81. Tiered monthly usage rates will increase 4.97 percent, as follows, according to a news release from the town:

➤ Tier 1 — Up to 16,000 gallons: $4.05 per 1,000 gallons

➤ Tier 2 — 16,001-22,500 gallons: $6.05 per 1,000 gallons

➤ Tier 3 — 22,500 or more gallons: $9.01 per 1,000 gallons

In the release, Moyer said an average single-family home in Windsor consumes 7,060 gallons per year. That would increase the cost by $1.35 on their March bill.

For more information, call (970) 674-2400.

3. Windsor sets another building permit record.

Windsor saw a record-breaking number of single-family building permits in 2016, and 2017 brought a record-breaking number of multi-family permits to the town.

According to a community development report to the town board, 414 multi-family residential dwelling unit permits were issued in 2017, more than twice as many as the 158 issued in 2016.

The number of permits issued for single-family homes was slightly less in 2017, at 516, compared to the 690 issued in 2016, but still higher than the number of multi-family homes.

According to the report, the town's strategic plan discusses the need for a variety of housing options in Windsor, so the multi-family permits show the town moving toward meeting that goal.


To view agendas and minutes for Windsor Town Board meetings, go to windsorgov.com/153/Agendas-and-Minutes” target=”_blank”>class=”Hyperlink”>windsorgov.com/153/Agendas-and-Minutes , or to view past meetings and watch them live, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfWindsorCO” target=”_blank”>class=”Hyperlink”>http://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfWindsorCO .