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Windsor Locks Voters Determine Fate of Capital Improvement Projects

Voters trickled into the town hall and high school polling locations, but in the end, all five referendum questions passed muster.

With a minimal turnout Tuesday, voters in Windsor Locks approved five bonding requests that will help fund improvements to local schools and roadways.

“I am grateful to the people that did take time out of their busy schedules to come and vote,” First Selectman Steve Wawruck said after hearing the final results. “I am elated that the projects passed.”

Despite the positive results, the voter turnout was extremely low, with the total coming to slightly more than 100 votes cast in a town with a population of more than 10,000 people.

“I had my doubts,” Wawruck said, referring to the entire budget season as quiet. “You just never know what quiet means,” he added.

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Voters approved the following bond expenditures:

  • $1.4 million for roof replacements at South Street School, Windsor Locks Middle School and Windsor Locks High School. (89 - yes, 22 - no)
  • $905,000 for the partial replacement of the WLHS pool roof, filter and heating system. (89 - yes, 20 - no)
  • $730,000 for heating and air conditioning improvements to both South and North Street Schools, Windsor Locks Middle School and WLHS. (89 - yes, 22 - no)
  • $250,000 to bring sections of WLHS in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) code. (83 - yes, 22 - no)
  • $1.06 million for reclamation, repaving and sidewalk repairs to portions of Windsor Locks. (78 - yes, 24 - no)

“Tonight’s vote was a huge investment in the future of Windsor Locks,” Kevin Brace, one of the Save Windsor Locks advocacy group originators, said.

“Part of saving Windsor Locks means you have to maintain town buildings, roadways, and sidewalks,” Brace said.

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