Friday, December 18, 2015

Town Hall office hours for the Holiday week

Please take note that Windsor Town Hall will be closed the week of December 21st and will reopen on Monday, December 28th.

The next regular Town Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Storm preparedness questions

Please read the entries on this blog below for storm preparedness tips.

If you have further questions or suggestions regarding winter storm preparedness, please email me at or call me at (707) 838-1000. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about how the Town of Windsor may help you prepare for the predicted strong storm season in 2015-16. We are here to help our residents.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 16 Town Council meeting

The agenda and packet for the next Town Council meeting have now been posted on the Town's website at this link:
Newsworthy items include an update on the Countywide Fire Services Study; a presentation by PG&E and our Public Works Department regarding storm season and El Nino preparations; and a status update on the Vintage Oaks on the Town Green project (Bell Village Residential Revisions).

General Plan Update Community Meetings

In March 2016 the Town will host three community workshops to gather input from residents about how Windsor should grow and change over the next 25 years. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Windsor’s future. How and where should the Town grow and develop? Where should people live and work? How could new development impact traffic congestion, water use, or the environment? And, how will changes in the Town influence the future for your children and grandchildren? With your participation the General Plan Update will answer these and many other questions about our future!

The following dates have been selected and we will be announcing times, locations and specifics in the near future: the evening of Tuesday, March 1, the morning of Saturday, March 5, and the afternoon of Sunday, March 6.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

New Mayor and Vice Mayor Selected

At last night’s Council meeting (Dec. 2), the Council selected Mark Millan to serve as Mayor and Debora Fudge to serve as Vice Mayor. The Council makes these annual selections once per year in conformance with the Government Code.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Please join us Thursday night for the Annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting! {RAIN or SHINE!}

On Thursday evening, December 3rd, the festivities start at 5pm on the Windsor Town Green with a Holiday Musical Concert by Windsor schoolchildren. Throughout the evening, the following will be available:

5-8 pm             $1 Jingle Bell Wagon Rides                     
                        $1 Children's Polar Express Train Rides - Huerta Gymnasium
                         Crafts Workshop for Children - Huerta Gymnasium
  See's Candy Fundraiser - Huerta Gymnasium                                    
                         Gingerbread Cookie Decorating - Huerta  Gymnasium
                         $8 Photos with Santa - Huerta Gymnasium

New this year! These food vendors through the Windsor Certified Farmers Market:
Cavaliere's Bakery with coffee, hot cocoa, cakes and cookies
WHS Boosters with Dave's Hot Dogs
BurtoNZ Bakery with warm meat pies and cheese sticks
Just popped up! Kettle Korn
Windsor Farmers Market with Minestrone and Clam Chowder from Santa Rosa Seafood
The Holiday Tree Lighting will take place at 7pm.

Children!  Bring your letters to Santa!  Mail them in "Santa's Special Mailbox" located next to the Central Pavilion (Postage and return address required for North Pole delivery).

Marv Stubbs Memorial Toy Drive:  Donate unwrapped toys at the fire truck located at Honsa and McClelland.  (Sponsored by Windsor Fire Protection District)


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Kick-off of Windsor's Annual Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove!

Windsor volunteerism creates community through the annual Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove, this year organized by the Windsor Parks and Recreation Foundation, known as People4Parks. Today, excellent weather greeted the crowd of tree decorators of some 200+ trees on the Windsor Town Green.  Even our Town Councilmembers took part! The annual fundraiser brings people together to celebrate community by gathering around a tree and decorating it in the theme of their choice. Welcome to the holiday season! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Town preps for El Niño, shares tips with residents - The Windsor Times: News

Town preps for El Niño, shares tips with residents - The Windsor Times: News

On Dec. 16, the Windsor Town Council will listen to a joint presentation from PG&E and the Windsor Public Works Department regarding preparations for El Niño storms.

Dec. 2nd Council meeting

The agenda for the regular Town Council meeting of Wednesday, December 2nd is now posted on the Town's website at:

At this meeting, the Council will conduct the annual selection of a Mayor and Vice Mayor. In addition, Assemblymember Jim Wood is scheduled to provide an update on State legislation.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Preparing for winter storms - El Nino

In preparation for the predicted turbulent winter storm season, the Town Public Works Department has prepared the following FAQs for our residents:

¨Who do I call when there is a flood or storm drain that is affecting public drains and roads?

Public Works is the department in the Town of Windsor that handles emergency calls relating to public facilities that are plugged or public roads that are inundated.  Please contact 838-1000.  After-hour calls will be automatically routed to the Town’s answering service and will contact the Public Works standby personnel to respond.

¨Who do I call for a tree that has fallen or ready to fall?

For public street trees or trees in a public park, contact Public Works at 838-1000.  Residents are responsible for fallen private trees.  If the tree has fallen onto a public street, contact Public Works. If the caller believes the situation is a public safety hazard, call 9-1-1.

 ¨What if the stormwater enters my private property? Will the Town provide sandbags?

The Town does not provide sand or sandbags to residents.  Residents may contact the following nearby stores to obtain sand and/or sandbags:

Garrett’s Ace Hardware (Windsor) 433-6590, has premade sandbags, empty sandbags and some sand

Home Depot (Windsor) 836-0377, has empty sandbags and no bulk sand in stock

Ramm Rock Supply (SR), 528-6067, has premade sandbags, empty sandbags and bulk sand

SBI Landscaping (Windsor) 431-1617, has empty sandbags and bulk sand

Whitecap Supply (SR), 586-4330, has premade sandbags, empty bags and bulk sand
¨I live in the County but very close to Town limits.  Who should I call for flood issues?

If your property is in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County, please contact Sonoma County Water Agency Operations at 523-1070.

 ¨There is a downed power line in front of my house.  Who should I call?

Call 9-1-1.

 ¨I can’t get out of my driveway because of flooded streets.

Do not attempt to drive through flood waters.  Contact Public Works at 838-1000 and notify them of the flooded street.  If it is life-threatening emergency situation, call 9-1-1.


Town honored with Healthy Company Award

Press Release: The Town of Windsor was recently recognized as one of the "20 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay" by the North Bay Business Journal. The Town’s profile will be featured in a special section of the November 23 edition of the North Bay Business Journal. The Town was also honored at the 2015 Health Care Conference on Friday, November 20, held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. Mayor Okrepkie accepted the award on behalf of the Town.

The Town Council of Windsor believes that investing in the health of its employees has many benefits and rewards. Workplace wellness not only ensures that employees spend their time at work in a safe and healthy environment, it also creates the foundation for them to lead a healthy lifestyle after hours, and reduces healthcare costs and absenteeism.

Through effective worksite programs, the Town was commended for assisting in reducing health risks and improving the quality of life for its employees by creating a supportive environment for them to make healthier lifestyle changes.

Town Manager Linda Kelly notes that the cornerstone of Town’s Employee Wellness Policy is the Wellness Reimbursement Program, which provides funding to each full-time employee for gym memberships, exercise/fitness classes and programs. Kelly notes, "Many employees attend fitness classes together, participate in walking groups, or take advantage of Town-sponsored wellness challenges." The Town also offers an Employee Assistance Program free of charge that has been utilized by employees and their family members.

Kelly further stated, "we’ve partnered with our unions and employee groups to create what we
believe is an incentive to place a priority on health and wellness. In this way, we are supporting our employees by helping them invest in their total health and overall quality of life."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome to this new blog!

WELCOME!  I am Linda Kelly and I have the pleasure of serving as the Town Manager of the great Town of Windsor, California. This blog was created to provide yet another means of connecting with our residents through providing up to date information regarding Town issues.

If you have any comments or questions regarding this blog, please feel free to email me at or call me at (707) 838-5313.

Text the Town of Windsor!

The Windsor Times recently covered our new texting service in the article linked below. Anyone may now use our main Town Hall office phone number not only to call us but to text us as well. Try it out!
(707) 838-1000

Saluting our Veterans

The American Legion hosted the Annual Veterans Day Memorial Celebration November 11 at the Sparks Memorial Stage on the Town Green. For protecting all of the freedoms we enjoy every day, remember to thank a veteran for their sacrifice and their service to our country. Vice Mayor Millan attended the event along with a few Town staff members.