October 27, 2017

Windham Town Council update by Lorraine Glowczak

The Windham Town Council met on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at Windham Town Hall Council Chambers to discuss various business items. 
http://www.pongratzlaw.com/It was announced by the Town Manager’s office that the TV-7 WireCast system has been updated to include the ability to provide video and audio feed directly to Facebook Live. A test of this update will be performed at next Tuesday’s meeting as well as Thursday night’s Speak Out with Bill Diamond.

The Council discussed and adopted the policy on tax increment financing districts and credit enhancement agreements, establishing criteria and procedures.

The Windham Parks and Recreation Ad Hoc Committee Members, Pat Moody, Beth Schidzig and Cathy Streifel as well as Parks and Rec Director Linda Brooks reported to the council the preliminary planning phase for the development of a community center for the town of Windham, presented their findings and recommendations. 

The report included the preliminary needs of a community center space to include, but not limited to study space, performing arts center, gymnasium, teen/youth hangout as well as adult/senior lounge to name just a few.

Also reported to the Council was the vision, mission and purpose of a community center, with the goal to shift from a “livable to a lovable” community. Potential funding sources and projected goals were also discussed with the Council.

https://www.egcu.org/homeOne public comment for this development of a community center was presented by Laura Morris, Director of Be The Influence. She reiterated the importance of having a center to keep students off the streets after school and thus preventing alcohol and drug use.

The report as given to the Council was supported and the Ad Hoc Committee Members were thanked for their hard work.

The Council also heard a series of suggestions for amendments in various ordinances relating to water quality protection in the Highland Lake watershed from the Planning Director Ben Smith, Town Engineer John Earl and Director of Code Enforcement Chris Hanson.

The discussion was on the following changes to ordinances that may allow the Council to lift the current moratorium on certain development activities in the watershed. The suggestions for areas of amendments as stated in the cover letter to the Council included:

In the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance: Requiring new subsurface wastewater systems to meet higher design flows.  

http://www.windhammaine.us/In the Surface Water Protection Ordinance: Require two methods of erosion control (silt fence, bark mulch or hay etc.) when soil and erosion permits are issued. 

For single family homes, implement a “point system” for various storm water control measures to ensure higher levels of treatment than currently exist.  An advantage to this approach is potentially saving the need for every project in the watershed to be engineered for storm water/phosphorous control.

In the Land Use Ordinance:  

Require all local subdivision/site plan projects to meet the DEP phosphorous standard, rather than giving project designers the option of meeting the phosphorous standard or the general standard (treatment for 95 percent impervious, 80 percent total developed areas). 

Require all local subdivision/site plan projects to design to the DEP phosphorous TMDL requirements even if the DEP regulations allow applicants to pay a fee in lieu of meeting the standard. 

 Require new private roads in the watershed to be designed to treat storm water.
Public comments were also heard regarding this issue, both for and against. The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 p.m.

FMI on this and previous council meetings, go to the Town of Windham website at www.windhammaine.us <

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