Windsor discusses flooding, trains

Published 10:31 am Monday, February 20, 2017

During Windsor’s town council meeting on Tuesday, several members of council discussed ongoing issues with flooding in the town, citing citizen complaints.

“I was stopped by a resident at the end of Johnson Avenue right at Church Street,” said councilman Walter Bernacki. “There’s continual flooding, a ditch comes to the corner, but there’s no culvert or grate. He subsequently contacted VDOT and so did I.”

Councilwoman Patty Flemming said that a few property owners in Windsor have the misfortune of their properties acting as drains for most of Windsor during heavy rains just because of where they are situated and the topography of the town. Stallings said that a graduate student class from Old Dominion University may conduct a drainage study of Windsor next semester.

Flemming also mentioned that her husband had recently felt that the trains coming through Windsor had been whistling louder and longer, which councilman Durwood Scott said he had also noticed. Bernacki said that they both may be right, and that some train companies are advising their engineers to start whistling earlier as they pass through towns because of increased incidents of train accidents nationwide.

The council also recognized former vice mayor J. Clinton Bryant for his 12 years of service on the council and presented him with a framed copy of their resolution recognizing his service, which they passed unanimously last month, as well as a commemorative plaque. Bryant lost last year’s election to Bernacki.

“At our December meeting, I had the opportunity to congratulate Walter on being elected,” Bryant said, accepting the resolution and plaque. “I would like to thank everyone; it’s been an honor and a privilege to serve on the town council for 12 years and I can’t think of a better group of people to serve with.”

Town Treasurer Christy Jernigan also gave a brief update on the town’s progress in transitioning to new accounting software and said that the transition had created a few delays with the town’s audit.

“Beginning balances on certain accounts, but not all accounts, were not coming over so we would have multiple accounts that were fine and two or three that are very important to our auditor that were just missing numbers,” she explained, adding that the errors were strictly computer glitches and not due to any actual accounting or internal control issues.

The council concluded by announcing that their revisions of the town code are now complete and a draft of the new code is available on the town’s website. A public hearing on the changes will be set sometime in March where citizens can comment publicly on the changes before they become law.

In other business, Windsor High School Principal Daniel Soderholm briefly presented an overview of the proposed renovations to Windsor High School.