Winsted Town Seal
Winsted Town Seal

WINSTED — After a brief public hearing on Monday, Nov. 16, the Board of Selectmen voted for the town to donate land to the Winchester Land Trust.
The hearing was held during the selectmen’s regular meeting which was held on Zoom due to the continuing COVID pandemic.
According to documents, the land is a 6.5-acre parcel located between South Road and Highview Drive.
In a letter to the town from Land Trust President Jennifer Perga, she wrote that the parcel of land was donated to Winsted in 1972, possibly “as an open space set-aside, when a large parcel was subdivided for the development of ‘Highview Estates.’”
“The parcel is land-locked, wooded, partly wetland, and abuts the land trust’s ‘Houlihan Woods’ property, acquired in 2018,” Perga wrote. “Winchester Land Trust is anticipating the donation of a two acre wooded lot on South Road that also busts the town parcel.”
Perga wrote that the land donation has increased the Houlihan Woods acreage of permanently protected open space to an estimated 126-127 acres.
The land has been assessed at $9,100 and appraised at $13,000.
In other business: Town Manager Robert Geiger and Mayor Candy Perez briefly discussed the impact that the COVID pandemic has had on the town and municipal operations.
Starting this week Town Hall was once again closed off to the public due to the rising number of COVID cases in Winsted and the Northwest Corner.
“This is why we are taking precautions,” Perez said. “We just ask everybody to be careful out there in the community because the numbers are going up.”
“Many people in Town Hall are deeply concerned,” Geiger said. “We have had no direct [cases], but we have had relatives of employees who have contracted the virus and have isolated themselves. I’ve talked to two of them, but that’s two too many.”
Perez asked residents who need to access town services or to make appointments with municipal officials to call Town Hall at 860-379-2713.