Windsor’s volunteer boards and commission have long-served an important role in local government as members help guide staff regarding various taxpayer projects and initiatives. Unfortunately, as concerns over COVID-19 increased, volunteer participation decreased. At least that’s what Windsor’s Town Clerk Karen Frawley has noticed. There are over ten vacancies that the Town of Windsor is looking to fill.
“It’s much harder to fill vacancies for boards and commissions than it has been in the past,” Frawley says. “We hope that civic-minded residents, those who want to be involved in community planning, consider applying for an advisory board position.”
Each advisory board and commission serves a specific purpose but they all rely on the active participation of members to provide input into town projects. For instance, the Tree Board discusses local issues in forestry management but they also host various popular events throughout the year such as tree sales and sick tree day. Windsor’s Water and Sewer Board learns about, researches and votes on water and sewer issues impacting the town. Members of the Planning Commission review applications submitted for development review which helps town staff with land use planning.
“Our most pressing need is to fill the vacancy on the Windsor Housing Authority Board,” says Frawley. “Participating in the housing board is a once a month commitment with an end goal of helping eligible residents with affordable and quality housing in Windsor.”
Applications are currently being accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, February 5, for the following advisory board positions:
- One regular Board of Adjustment member with a term expiring on September 2021, and an alternate member term expiring September 2022.
- One regular Historic Preservation Commission member term expiring March 2022, and two regular member terms expiring March 2025.
- One regular Planning Commission member term expiring March 2025.
- One Tree Board regular member term expiring September 2022 and one student limited term expiring January 2021.
- One Water and Sewer Board regular member term expiring March 2026.
- One Windsor Housing Authority member term expiring March 2024, and two regular member terms expiring March 2026.
- All positions for Windsor’s Youth Advisory Board are available.
All positions require residency within the Town of Windsor and some positions require a particular area of experience or vocation. Interviews to fill vacant positions will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline.
To access an application and additional information about the different advisory boards, visit https://windsorgov.com/243/Boards-Commissions-Vacancies.
For additional information, please contact Frawley at 970-674-2404.