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Windsor Town Board candidates talk growth at forum

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

The Windsor Now and Windsor Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for the 10 candidates for the Windsor Town Board Tuesday night.

All 10 were given the chance to answer five questions and give opening and closing statements. The following is a summary of their answers to one of the questions posed:

Growth is a pressing issue for Windsor. What is the greatest challenge you see with the growth?

DISTRICT 2

Cindy Scheuerman, District 2 candidate and current town board member, said growth increases the town's tax base and employment base, but the town will need to address infrastructure needs, such as traffic, roads, water and sewer systems.

The board has worked to ensure development coming to the board is high quality, Scheuerman said, through town code, negotiations and the building itself.

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Barry Wilson, District 2 candidate, said he embraces the growth in Windsor.

"We can't really stop it," he said. "Our job is to embrace it and grow responsibly."

He said the town should work to join NISP, the Northern Integrated Supply Project, a water supply project in northern Colorado that has been in the works for several years, to prepare for more people and businesses moving to Windsor.

DISTRICT 4

Jennifer Dionne, District 4 candidate, said people are moving to Windsor because of the quality of life in the town. Her focus, she said, is on affordable housing and senior care. When talking to residents in her neighborhood, Dionne said she's heard a lot of concern about the prices of houses in Windsor, and she hopes to help residents be able to live in town.

Paul Rennemeyer, District 4 candidate and town board member, said traffic, roads, water and sewer are important to focus on as growth comes to Windsor, and that infrastructure needs to be in place for commercial entities to move to Windsor.

He also agreed with Wilson that the town should continue to pursue participation in NISP, and said the town is also investigating other water projects to ensure the town has access to the water it needs in the future.

DISTRICT 5

Carrie Ann Lucas, District 5 candidate, said she wants Windsor to maintain its quality of life and culture as growth comes to town. She agreed the town should focus on water, infrastructure, and added the town should maintain the open space around the community. She also said affordable housing and otherwise achievable housing should be a priority, so teachers and other workers can afford to live in the town.

Patrick Reinard, District 5 candidate, said the town would have to work with CDOT, which controls many roads in Windsor, if it wanted to improve its roads. As a transportation employee for the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District, Reinard said he is familiar with the importance of roads and transportation. He also would focus on affordable housing and parks in town, and said the new library that will be on the ballot in November would provide for kids moving to town with their families.

"We should learn from the past to build the future," he said.

While he is most familiar with transportation and the needs of kids in the community, Reinard said he would lean on and learn from other board members on issues such as water.

Tom Jones, District 5 candidate and former member of the town board, said traffic in town is getting dangerous, and the roads need to be improved because high traffic volumes on Main Street is hurting downtown businesses. The town's recent roadway improvement study has good ideas, Jones said. He said maintaining Windsor's identity will also be important with the coming growth, and the town should preserve the town's open space and its borders.

"So that you know you're in Windsor," he said.

DISTRICT 6

Nancy Salazar, District 6 candidate, said the town staff have done a great job working on the town's comprehensive plan, which looks at projects and funding to address future growth. She said town staff need continued support, and will need to have the capacity to monitor and maintain future work in town.

"When we say we are going to implement, we have to make sure that the town staff capacity is there to do it," she said.

David Sislowski, District 6 candidate, said the town could easily go to more than 30,000 residents in the next five years. Sislowski said he is fiscally conservative, and will always recommend the town set priorities. Safety will be one of those priorities, he said, as the police department has challenges when transitioning from Larimer County to Weld County, like having to change its radio frequencies between the counties. He also said the town should prioritize water.

John McGee, District 6 candidate, said Windsor has space for 100,000 residents, and Windsor and northern Colorado are growing rapidly. The town needs to prepare for other cities growing as well, McGee said, as Fort Collins approaches the interstate and Greeley continues to grow west. Water is the biggest limiting factor to the growth, he said, so the town needs to focus on moving NISP forward.

"Not growing is not an option," he said.

For more

The 10 candidates for Windsor Town Board answered questions at a forum last week. To view the forum in its entirety, go to youtu.be/XxMNZoOyi1k, or view Comcast’s Channel 8 at 2 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 8 p.m. Fridays or 6:30 p.m. Saturdays until April 3. For more information about the candidates, go to bit.ly/WindsorCandidates.