WINDSOR: Rescue director addresses complaint of response time

by The Town Line staff

At the October 24 meeting of the Windsor Select Board, Raymond Chavarie, Director of Windsor Rescue, addressed the board about an article noting a resident unhappy with rescue response time for a certain call in Windsor. He noted response times recorded from dispatch services and logged of a certain call. The call came into the dispatch center at 5:20 p.m., and dispatched at 5:23 p.m., with the Windsor Rescue Unit leaving the station at 5:27 p.m. The rescue unit was on-site at 5:30 p.m.

Chavarie explained that all are volunteers and get there as quickly as possible. In any emergency, five minutes can seem like an hour to someone. It is the first responders’ job to get there and do what they can before paramedics arrive. Chavarie said he welcomes the younger generation to get involved, and be trained to fill some much-needed shoes.

Carol Chavarie asked the board if the town could post on the website asking residents to mark their mailboxes and houses more clearly. Fire and rescue units need to be able to find the homes in case of an emergency and some homes just aren’t marked. She also asked if the town has an ordinance on factory start times. She said the asphalt company in town starts work very early in the morning. Town Manager Theresa Haskell said she would look into the matter.

Haskell reported that the transfer station is still currently down one employee. Many town employees have been volunteering their time to cover at the transfer station, but she noted state restrictions on running certain equipment under the age of 18 have made things difficult. The select board proposed public works assume supervisory responsibilities until the transfer station is fully staffed and the role of a supervisor has been re-established. Currently, there are five members on the transfer station committee, Barbara Seaver-West, John Deeds, Tom Reed, Cheryl Pratt and David Coons.

Animal Control Officer Ryan Carver has reported a lot of calls for animal control, some requiring the assistance of state police and sheriff’s department deputies. Haskell said she would be meeting with the Chelsea town manager in December to talk about options for coverage and back-up for animal control in surrounding towns.

In other business, Haskell noted:

  • Raymond Chavarie has resigned as a member of the Windsor Educational Foundation and Reed Fund, and that the position would be advertised.
  • The resident looking for information regarding the proposed new power line that may come through Windsor was given information by the town office staff and helped put “her mind at ease.”
  • The position of deputy clerk and transfer station attendant would be advertised.
  • Select Board member Chester Barnes Jr. and Codes Enforcement Officer Arthur Strout met with a resident to review what the requirements are for her property to be considered a residence. She was given a copy of the town’s building code.

NOVEMBER 7, 2023

At their November 7 meeting, the Windsor Select Board was told by Keith Hall, public works supervisor, that the new employee has been shown the plow routes and that all went well.

The department is currently down one truck, and is at the shop for repairs. The Western Star truck #5 is back in service following repairs at O’Connor’s, in Augusta, and the work cost $6,459.

Hall also reported that James Page would stay on as a fill-in driver. Resident Tim Coston mentioned the several years of service Page has given to the public works department.

Hall also noted that with good weather, the paving job will be finished on Vigue Road, completing this year’s paving contract.

There was some discussion about the cement wall at the transfer station. Town Manager Theresa Haskell mentioned she has tried to get Avery Glidden to come and fix the wall, but he hasn’t returned the calls. Hall has received a couple of quotes. No decision was reached.

In other business:

  • Haskell reported Delta Ambulance’s third quarter report. She noted that Tim Beals has stepped down as executive director for Delta and is being replaced by Chris Mitchell as the interim executive director. Haskell received information that Delta will be selling the Cony Road location, in Augusta, and there isn’t much more information on the closure or relocation, which is said to be taking place to a southern locale.
  • Haskell received the state of Maine check that Maine towns will be receiving to offset general assistance costs. Towns will be sharing $8.5 million, of which Windsor’s share will be $521.25. The money will go into a miscellaneous town revenue account.
  • Haskell noted that as of the November 7 meeting, there have been no applications received for the part-time transfer station attendant position.

The next meeting of the select board was scheduled for November 21.


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