Letter: Updating Windsor County Courthouse

To the Editor:

On Town Meeting Day, March 5, the voters of Windsor County will be asked to approve, by Australian ballot, a $2 million bond issue for the expansion and renovation of the historic Windsor County Courthouse in Woodstock.

The proposed renovation and addition will address a number of critical shortcomings. The project will bring the building into compliance with current standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act, life safety, security, energy efficiency and court operations.

The project entails building a 26-foot-by- 26-foot two-story addition at the rear of the building that will house an elevator, stairs and a detention cell for use with criminal arraignments.

The downstairs rooms on the west side will be reconfigured to accommodate Probate Court, which will move back from its offices in the former jail at 62 Pleasant St. A pass-through metal detector will be installed inside the front doorway.

The Windsor County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation will be applied in the project.

The yearly county property tax assessment is calculated at .00249497, or approximately a quarter of a cent per $100 of valuation. The cost to the owner of a $400,000 property to support the bond will be about $10 per year, or $100 for the 10-year life of the bond.

The assistant judges feel that they have put forth a renovation plan that is manageable and cost effective. We ask the voters to please do their part and support the rehabilitation of their Windsor County Courthouse in Woodstock. With this update, the building will continue to serve the residents of Windsor County for decades to come. Thank you.

Jack Anderson

David Singer

Assistant Judges, Windsor District

Woodstock

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