What’s Facing Windsor: They’ve won the election, now the work begins | MyWindsorNow.com

What’s Facing Windsor: They’ve won the election, now the work begins

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

When Barry Wilson was campaigning for the District 2 seat on the Windsor town board, attending the community forum and walking to his neighbors' homes, he missed out.

He missed some of his three kids' sports games.

He missed out on a proper recovery from surgery, as he had to campaign on crutches after his procedure a month ago.

He missed out on his nights and weekends to go door-to-door.

But that time commitment is just beginning after Wilson was elected last week to the District 2 seat, and with his campaign behind him, Wilson is looking forward to Windsor town board meetings and other requirements of his position.

It wasn't a decision he took lightly. He talked to his employer – he's a Licensed Health Insurance Agent for USHEALTH Advisors Family – and his family before entering the race.

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But not everyone can devote the time they'd like or need to the position. It's led to one seat remaining vacant half of last year, and another being filled by appointment.

In the past year, the town board appointed Cindy Scheuerman, Wilson's opponent for the District 2 seat left vacant by Christian Morgan.

Previous appointments have also been needed to keep the board filled. Rennemeyer was appointed in 2016 to fill the seat left vacant by current Mayor Kristie Melendez, after she was elected as mayor.

The District 5 seat has remained vacant since Brenden Boudreau's resignation last July.

Morgan felt he could no longer give the position the time it deserved as he worked as Kersey's town administrator, and Boudreau left to move closer to family due to extended family health concerns and because he and his wife were expecting their first child.

But Wilson feels residents are counting on them to represent them, so he's hoping the town won't need to appoint anyone in the coming years.

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After last week's election, new and repeat town board members elected to four of the town's seven seats said they're all ready for the demands of their positions.

Paul Rennemeyer, elected to the District 4 seat he's held by appointment for the past two years, said he spends 15-20 hours in a busy week focusing on chosen and required duties of his position as a member of the Windsor town board. From judging a social studies class project at Windsor High School to attending Coffee with the Mayor events, Rennemeyer said he feels being fully invested in the position has helped him have an understanding of the community.

"Only attending the most mandatory Monday night meetings and work sessions, it's really hard to get your finger on the pulse of the community," he said.

Tom Jones, District 5, and David Sislowski, District 6, are both retired, and said that will help them devote their time to their positions on the board.

Jones, who has spent more than 20 years serving on the board in the past, including four years as mayor, said the amount of information board members have to absorb prior to and during their weekly meetings continues to increase each year as the town grows.

For much of his time spent on the board, which started in the 70s, packets of information were delivered on paper to each board member's home the Friday before the meeting.

They weren't small, Jones said, but now the electronically posted packets can be much more than 100 pages. It'll take a little more time to review, Jones said, but having that knowledge in the meeting can help make that time more productive, he said.

Although he and his wife Kathleen probably won't be taking any cruises any time soon, Jones said his position on the board will add a diversion to his retirement.

Sislowski is also retired, although he said he has some volunteer commitments. He's eager to get started.

By the number

New Windsor Town Board members will be sworn in April 23. The following are the number of votes each of the 10 candidates received, according to preliminary results from the town of Windsor:

District 2 — Barry Wilson def. Cindy Scheuerman (544-373)

District 4 — Paul Rennemeyer def. Jen Dionne (364-198)

District 5 — Tom Jones def. Carrie Ann Lucas and Patrick Reinard (330-189-59)

District 6 — David Sislowski def. Nancy J. Salazar and John Robert McGee (358-283-95)

Patti Garcia, town clerk for Windsor, said the town had 25.3 percent overall voter turnout for this April’s election. It varies from year to year, Garcia said, often depending on the number of town board candidates on the ballot, or whether or not the town has other ballot questions. In April 2016, about 14 percent of the town’s voters voted. In April 2012, the town had a 38 percent voter turnout, which was more than this year, but Garcia said that was a mayoral election year, and the town had two questions on the ballot, which likely brought more voters out.