Saturday, July 15, 2017

Town Council meeting of July 19

I was off line for a while as I took some vacation time, but am back now!

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm in the Town Council Chambers.

The major agenda items include:

  • Request for relief from requirements of the Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance for the Hembree Lane Subdivision Project
  • Review of Proposed Economic Development Marketing Program
  • Rescinding of resolution awarding waste collection franchise to GreenWaste Recovery (they withdrew their proposal) and consideration of awarding the contract to one of two remaining proposers

We welcome public attendance and input at the meeting.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Don't miss the fireworks! Monday, July 3rd

Windsor Kaboom! is once again presented by the Active 20-30 Club and the Town of Windsor on Monday, July 3rd from 4-10pm. Music, food, activities!

Tickets available here: http://windsorkaboom.com/ 

Read more about the event in the Windsor Times here: http://www.sonomawest.com/the_windsor_times/news/windsor-kaboom-returns-with-music-fireworks/article_36c689b4-5c25-11e7-8937-bf59619ea224.html 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stay cool Windsor - You are welcome at Indoor Cooling Center

This week is another hot one!  Beat the heat by staying indoors and staying well hydrated. The Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Drive, Windsor, is always welcoming to anyone who needs to beat the heat during our open business hours. Today (Wednesday, June 21st) the Center is open from 9:00am-7:00pm. Thursday hours are also 9:00am-7:00pm, and Friday 9:00am-8:00pm. Drinking water is available at the Senior Center. Bring something to do and meet new friends while you stay cool.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Town Budget scheduled for adoption

In May-June 2017, the Town Council held a public budget workshop on the Town’s proposed two-year budget for 2017-19, and subsequently has scheduled the budget for adoption on June 21st. The budget is simultaneously an expenditure plan, a statement of priorities, and a means for continuing public services in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner. In order to foster greater community engagement and education in the process, in December 2016, the Town provided a public workshop on the process which was, for the first time, broadcast on Facebook Live in order to reach a greater audience and provide a chance for replaying the session at residents’ convenience.

In preparing the new budget, it was important to reflect upon the priorities and accomplishments of the prior two-year budget cycle, which included these major activities:

·         General Plan 2040 Update (once every 20 years)
·         Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update (once every 5-10 years)
·         Preparation for the Urban Growth Boundary election scheduled for November 7, 2017 (once every 20 years)
·         State of California Proposition 64 Recreational Marijuana policy mandates
·         Solid Waste Franchise bidding process (once every 10 years)
·         Completion and Opening of Bell Village Retail Center
·         Update to Town Website (once every 5-10 years)
·         New Discover Windsor website
·         Jaguar Way/Windsor Road Traffic Signal and intersection improvements
·         Improvements to Pleasant Oak Park, Robbins Park, and Sutton Park
·         Police Department Facility Expansion and Remodel
·         Council Chamber Upgrades
·         Participation in new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act mandates

The past two years have been robust in terms of the Town undertaking these and many other significant one-time projects and efforts.  Many of the above initiatives are mandated by the voters or law, and lack a funding source apart from the Town’s General Fund.  Some of these and other worthy projects utilized a portion of the Town’s General Fund reserves for their initiation and/or completion. The Town is now reaching a more steady state in terms of its revenues and reserves, and since many of these larger, one-time projects are completed, or near completion, a new level of “normal” expenditures is projected.

Overall, the Fiscal Years 2017-19 Budget is balanced and includes $122.5M in appropriations made up of a $103.1M operating budget, a $5.5M debt service budget and a $13.9M capital expenditures budget.  The Town has a longstanding practice of biennial budgeting, which allows for longer-term planning and forecasting as well as reduces staff time and administrative overhead required for budget preparation.

For the proposed budget, Town departments were directed to prepare sustainable expenditure plans that enable the Town to continue our conservative fiscal policies while ensuring service delivery continues uninterrupted for our residents and customers.  Our goal has been to maintain a budget that enables us to retain prudent reserves while planning for the future.

The Town welcomes any questions regarding Town finances. Questions and comments may be directed to Camille Kazarian, Assistant Town Manager/Administrative Services Director, at 838-1000. The Town also operates an on-line Virtual Suggestion Box for your convenience at http://www.townofwindsor.com/FormCenter/Town-Managers-Office-3/Virtual-Suggestion-Box-39.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Continued consideration of waste collection agreement item

There will be a special Town Council meeting on Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30pm for the Council's continued consideration of awarding a waste collection franchise. A closed session will be held that evening at 6pm.

Once available, the agenda and packet materials will be posted on this page:
http://www.townofwindsor.com/721/Agendas-Minutes-Videos

Windsor Times article regarding Budget Workshop

An overview of our recent budget workshop was printed in the Windsor Times:

http://www.sonomawest.com/the_windsor_times

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 7 Council meeting

The Town Council's next regular meeting is Wednesday, June 7 at 6pm.

The major agenda items are as follows:


  • Placing a ballot measure on the November 7, 2017 election to ask voters to extend the Town's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)
  • Recommendation of award of proposed Collection Services Agreement for garbage, recycling and organic waste
  • Allocation of funding to non-profit organizations
  • Adoption of Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update

The full agenda packet may be accessed here:



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Budget Workshop - May 30 @ 6pm

Following the long Memorial Day weekend, on Tuesday, May 30 at 6pm in the Town Council Chambers, the Council will hold its biennial Budget Workshop to consider the draft Fiscal Years 2017-18 and 2018-19 budgets.

Furthermore, Councilmember Salmon has requested a reconsideration of the Council's award of a Collection Service Agreement, so this item was added to the May 30 agenda.

The agenda packet for this meeting may be accessed here:

http://windsor-ca.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=1746

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Public Review Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan - your input is invited

The Public Review Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (draft LHMP) http://www.townofwindsor.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1038  is now available for community review and comment.  In order to develop the draft LHMP, the Town conducted community outreach last fall and winter. The outreach included a community survey as well as presentations to business and community groups. The input received helped shape the draft LHMP.  Town Council has reviewed the draft LHMP. The draft LHMP is now in the public review phase and comments received will be used to develop a final draft LHMP. The final draft LHMP will be submitted to the California Office of Emergency Services for review and approval.  The Town is inviting community members to participate in the planning process by reviewing and commenting on the Public Review Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan during the 30-day public review period. 
The 2011 Plan was a multi-jurisdictional plan, coordinated by the Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG), which included an Annex for the Town of Windsor. The LHMP is required to be updated every 5 years.  This Plan is the Town’s framework to mitigate risks to natural hazards and plan for a safer, more resilient future. Once complete, the Town will seek FEMA certification of the LHMP to maximize eligibility for future grant funding for hazard mitigation.
Comments may be referred to: kjordan@townofWindsor.com

Please provide comments by June 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 17 Town Council Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Windsor Town Council will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm in the Town Council Chambers. The packet for the meeting may be accessed here: http://windsor-ca.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=1365

The major item on the agenda is:

Recommendation for Award of Proposed Collection Service Agreement for Exclusive Residential and Commercial Garbage, Recyclable Materials, and Organic Waste Collection Services, with staff recommending that Council adopt a resolution awarding a solid waste franchise to GreenWaste Recovery, Inc., approving a 10-year Collection Service Agreement and authorizing its execution and implementation, and approving maximum service rates; and /or provide direction to staff, if desired.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Join us on May 20 for Connecting Windsor

JOIN US AT THE NEXT CONNECTING WINDSOR WORKSHOP!
"Creating a More Walkable and Bikable Central Windsor"
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers
9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400
Note from Linda: You will see some amazing 3-D modeling and other superimposed scenarios of our roadways and connections. You'll have a chance to connect with others on these ideas and ideas of your own. I invite you to attend! 
Please see the website as well:  http://www.connectingwindsor.com/




Friday, May 5, 2017

Art is Energizing the Community

Never has a theme been more true! On Monday May 1, the Public Art Advisory Commission (PAAC) met to discuss the future of art in Windsor and more specifically, art on the two roundabouts on Old Redwood Highway. On December 21, 2016 the Town Council approved the installation of “Slice,” a sculpture by the late Robert Ellison, for the Roundabout at Windsor Road (Roundabout 2) pending a thorough engineering analysis. At the Monday PAAC meeting, the engineering report showed the concrete to be insufficient for “Slice” and the Commission recommended an alternate location will be found for the sculpture. Keiser Park is currently the top location.  Additionally, the artist agreement for “Offering,” the Bruce Johnson sculpture located on the Roundabout at Market Street, is set to expire in June 2017.

Given these circumstances, the Commission revisited the original inspiration and theme for art in those roundabouts, “Art is Energizing the Community”. The call included the following vision for the theme:

”A submission should incorporate some sort of energy production from natural elements. This project will introduce the possibility that art can be positive for the mind as well as the environment and is building from the concept that technology can also be beautiful. It is the display of art through wind, solar, movement and other kinetic opportunities.“


The PAAC is committed to this theme and now has a better understanding of the challenges which come with temporary installations. The next steps will be to identify a budget needed to commission or purchase two sculptures which reflect the original vision the Commission had for the Roundabouts. This will likely exceed the funds allocated within the Town budget and the Commission will be seeking outside donors to sponsor this project. If you or your company is interested in more information, please contact Olivia Lemen, Management Analyst, Parks and Recreation Department, Town of Windsor, at 707-838-5383 or olemen@townofwindsor.com.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Parade and Festival this Saturday, May 6!

Please see the flyer - come out and enjoy the parade and celebrate your community!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 19 Town Council meeting

The April 19 Town Council meeting agenda packet is available at this link:
http://windsor-ca.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=1363

The Town Council will be considering the award of a 10-year agreement for solid waste/garbage collection services.

Furthermore, there will be an overview of a study being conducted on  how to better connect East and West Windsor for pedestrian and bicyclist movement throughout Town.

The meeting begins at 6pm and all are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Where does the Town now stand on "recreational" marijuana (per Proposition 64)?

On March 29, 2017, the Windsor Town Council held a study session at a noticed special meeting to consider what permanent regulations should be adopted for recreational (non-medical) marijuana. 

At the conclusion of its discussion and deliberations, the Town Council directed staff to prepare the necessary ordinances prohibiting all Recreational Marijuana uses and activities that Proposition 64 provides local discretion over.  Town of Windsor staff anticipates the necessary ordinances will be adopted in Summer, 2017.  A summary of the Town’s current and pending regulations pertaining to marijuana is provided in the link below.

Summary of Town of Windsor Marijuana Regulations

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 5 Council meetings

This Wednesday, April 5, we will hold a regular Town Council meeting an the annual joint Town Council meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission. To view these agendas, please visit this page:
http://www.townofwindsor.com/721/Agendas-Minutes-Videos

Monday, March 27, 2017

Public Meeting on Prop. 64 Recreational Marijuana

This Wednesday evening, March 29 at 6pm, the Town Council will hold a special study session focused on Proposition 64 - Recreational Marijuana - and its implementation, activities, regulation and licensing in the Town of Windsor. If you have any interest in this issue, you are encouraged to attend. The packet for this meeting may be found at the following link:

Monday, March 13, 2017

A United Community

At the March 1, 2017 Town Council meeting, the Town of Windsor Town Council adopted Resolution 3346-17 to express its support of a united community. The resolution can be found in English: http://townofwindsor.com/DocumentCenter/View/19499 and in Spanish: http://townofwindsor.com/DocumentCenter/View/19517

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Town vision on display

This tile at the newly renovated Town Green playground says it all!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Windsor Town Green Playground Grand Opening!



Today saw the grand opening of the renovated playground located at 701 McClelland Dr, across from the Huerta Gym. The playground has been closed since the fall of 2016 to undergo a major renovation which included new playground equipment, inclusive play features, rubberized playground surfacing, seating and a new walkway. The enhanced improvements include hand-painted tiles and custom engraved bricks, purchased by community members as part of the Windsor Parks and Recreation Foundation (People4Parks) fund raising campaign.  The Town began outreach and community planning of this project in 2012 and has worked with the People4Parks to raise a portion of the renovation budget.  People4Parks pledged $35,000 towards the completion of this project, including a $25,000 contribution from the Windsor Rotary Club.

The Windsor Town Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, the Windsor Parks and Recreation Foundation Board of Directors, neighbors and staff celebrated with the community today with a “Parks Make Life Better” ceremony in honor of the late Town of Windsor Senior Maintenance Worker Neil Brady who recently retired and passed away in February.


Monday, February 27, 2017

March 1st Council meeting

Our next regular Council meeting is on Wednesday, March 1 beginning at 6pm. The agenda and packet materials may be accessed here:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Police Chief's Letter to the Community regarding immigration enforcement policies

Letter to the Community

Police Chief Basurto wrote a letter to the Windsor Community regarding the Windsor Police Department’s law enforcement policy with respect to immigration. The letter can be viewed on our Town’s website in English: https://www.townofwindsor.com/DocumentCenter/View/19408 and in Spanish: https://www.townofwindsor.com/DocumentCenter/View/19407.  
Press Release

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

In January, the Town Council held its biennial goal-setting session. These goal-setting sessions generally take place every other year as part of setting Town-wide direction for the two-year budget. We are currently in the budget preparation process, and a Council budget workshop will take place in May for review of the draft budget. The new two-year budget cycle begins on July 1, 2017.

Council confirmed the following goals for Fiscal Years 2017-18 and 2018-19 (not in rank order):

1.    Urban Growth Boundary ballot measure for November 7, 2017
2.      General Plan Implementation for the first two years of the 22-year plan
3.      Pursue a hotel on the Town Green (part of General Plan Implementation)
4.      Civic Center relocation and redevelopment plans (part of General Plan Implementation)
5.      Proposition 64 – Recreational Marijuana mandates
6.      Lytton Tribe Development
7.      Prepare for SMART service to Windsor
8.      Parks and Recreation Master Plan Implementation
9.      Adopt policy and practice framework to enable and support Affordable Housing developments in Town


Please contact me should you have any questions.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Town Council meeting of February 15

At the Town Council meeting next week, the Council will consider a revision to the calculation methodology for water and wastewater capacity fees. The proposal results in a reduction of these fees. These agenda items are of interest to developers, builders and  homeowners looking to add second units or new developments.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance Amending Title XVI, Chapter 6, Section 16-6-510(b) of the Windsor Town Code and Resolution of the Windsor Water District Approving Updated Water Capacity Fees
a.          Introduce and hold first reading, by title only, of an ordinance amending Title XVI, Chapter 6, Section 16-6-510(b) of the Code of the Town of Windsor (“Town Code”) pertaining to water capacity fees; and
b.         Receive a presentation on the proposed water capacity fees; and
c.          Open the item to public comment on the proposed fees and ordinance; and
d.         Adopt a Windsor Water District resolution approving updated water capacity fees for future development within the Town of Windsor and the Windsor Water District service area and superseding the existing fees established by Resolution No. 2764-11.

Resolution of the Windsor Water District Approving Updated Wastewater Capacity Fees
Adopt a Windsor Water District resolution approving updated wastewater capacity fees for future development within the Town of Windsor and superseding the existing fees established by WWD Resolution Nos. 3045-13 and 3087-14.


The complete agenda packet is posted here:



Monday, January 30, 2017

Town Council Meeting of Feb. 1

The next regular meeting of the Town Council will take place on Wednesday, February 1 at 6pm in the Council Chambers. Significant items on the agenda include:

12.1     Water Rights Project Briefing and Environmental Services with Horizon Water and Environment
Receive an update on the Town’s water rights application and approve the professional services agreement with Horizon Water and Environment (“Horizon”) for $138,540 and authorize the Town Manager to approve any amendments up to 20 percent of the original contract amount.

12.2     Starr Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements between Indiana Avenue and Jaguar Way Extension
            Receive an update on the Starr Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements and adopt a resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2016-17 General Fund budget in the amount of $415,000 for the Starr Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements.

12.3     Windsor Lions Club Lease Agreement for Windsor Community Center
Adopt a resolution approving an Amended and Restated Ground Lease between the Town of Windsor and the Windsor Lions Club and authorizing the Town Manager to execute on behalf of the Town.

12.4     Preliminary Policy Discussion seeking Council Direction to Staff regarding a Tobacco Retailer License (TRL) Program
Provide direction to staff regarding aspects of a potential TRL program and ordinance.

12.5     Final Report on Civic Center Visioning Study
Receive final report from consultant Wallace Roberts and Todd, LLC (WRT) on Civic Center Visioning Study.   

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Community Engagement Meeting on Mill Creek development proposal - All are invited

This notice is being provided as a courtesy to the community and the developer.

Developer Bob Bisno is hosting a Community Engagement Meeting on his proposed Mill Creek Housing Development. The purpose of the meeting is to dialogue with the developer and his team and provide community input with respect to the proposed Mill Creek project.

Please note that Mill Creek was formerly referred to as "Windsor Mill" - south of Johnson Street and west of Bell Road less than two blocks from Windsor’s future SMART station.

The meeting will be held:

Saturday, January 28th  11:30am - 2:30pm
Windsor Grange, 9161 Starr Road, Windsor

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

A website has been created for the project, which will contain more information as the project moves forward: www.MillCreekWindsor.com

(This is not a Town of Windsor sponsored meeting.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Regular Council Meeting of January 18th

The Council's next regular Council meeting is Wednesday, January 18 at 6pm. Items on the agenda include:

  • Amending the Town Code to add a chapter on traffic safety rules for the use of medians
  • Council direction on preference to add a Windsor Board Member seat to the Northern Sonoma County Air District
  • Town response to Bureau of Indian Affairs letter requesting comment on Lytton Rancheria Trust Land Application
  • Annual Town Commission and Committee appointments
The entire agenda and packet may be found at this link:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Storm update from Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

Advisory: Sonoma County Storm Update
Dear Linda Kelly,
P R E S S R E L E A S E
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COUNTY OF SONOMA
575 Administration Drive ∙ Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone (707) 565-2431 ∙ Fax (707) 565-3778
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 9, 2017

Contact: Rebecca Wachsberg (707) 565-3782
rebecca.wachsberg@sonoma-county.org

County Storm Update
Emergency Operations Center continues
advisory evacuations of anticipated flood areas

SANTA ROSA, CA – According to the California Nevada River Forecast Center, the Russian River reached flood stage (32 feet) at 1 am this morning. It is anticipated that the Russian River will peak today at 2 pm, at a crest of 35.2 feet. The Russian River is anticipated to remain at flood levels through 3 am on Tuesday, January 10th.

The California Nevada River Forecast Center predicts a second storm tomorrow with high winds of up to 45 miles per hour with moderate flooding on Wednesday January 11th. While these models are frequently adjusted as the storm approaches, the current forecast indicates that the Russian River will reach flood stage at 6 am on Wednesday, and crest at 34.9 feet at 5 pm. The River is expected to recede below flood stage on Thursday, January 12th, at 5 am.

Evacuation and Shelter Information
The County issued advisory evacuation notices to the low lying areas of Monte Rio and Guerneville on Sunday afternoon. Recent flood modeling predicts that approxamitely 550 households are impacted when the Russian River reaches 35 feet. Shelter is available at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building, and domestic animal companions in crates are welcome.

Transportation will be provided from the Russian River area to the Santa Rosa Veterans Building (1351 Maple Ave in Santa Rosa). Transportation pick-up is available at the Mirabel Park and Ride, and Guerneville Safeway parking lot, and can be requested by calling 707-585-7541.

Power Outages
PG&E reports that approximately 3,300 Sonoma County homes are currently without power. Throughout the storm, PG&E has restored power to over 15,500 households since Saturday.
PG&E remains fully staffed and crews are actively making repairs. Information about power outages may be found at https://m.pge.com/#outages.

Road Closures
All drivers are encouraged to observe road closures and use detour routes. Road closures and restrictions information for the unincorporated areas can be found at http://roadconditions.sonoma-county.org/. As of midmorning, Transportation and Public Works has reopened 16 roads, and continues to monitor and maintain 23 existing closures. Please call TPW at 707-565-5100 to report a road obstruction during business hours, and the Sheriff’s Office at 707-565-2511 after hours.

Damages Reporting
If you have structural safety concerns regarding your home or business due to damages from the recent storm, please use SoCo Report It (available on the app stores for iPhones and Androids) to contact the Permit and Resource Management Department for an inspection. If no internet service is available, please call 2-1-1. The County is asking that residents and business owners report all incidences of structural real property damage, and all personal property damage over $1,000.

Additional Information
The County will also continue to post new information on shelters, power outages, road closures, safety information, and sandbag locations to its website at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Public-Safety/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyCal/.

Flood Safety Tips:
• Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
• Avoid walking or driving through flood waters
• Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
• If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
• If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Remain in the car if the water is moving.
• Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.


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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Storm FAQs

I hope everyone is being careful out there with the storm upon us. Safety first. Do not drive through flood waters.

The Town's Storm Emergency Frequently Asked Questions are as follows:



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Road Closure - Old Redwood Highway

Happy New Year! Please take note of some traffic disruptions this week - to implement some improvements .

Construction activity is scheduled this week for Thursday, January 5 and Friday, January 6, weather permitting, requiring lane closures on Old Redwood (ORH) to install two poles for the Emergency Vehicle Pre-emption project. Lane closures on ORH are necessary on the south and north side of ORH between the US 101 on and off ramps and Lakewood Drive (work zone is indicated in purple). The plan is to do one pole at a time, implementing necessary and elaborate Traffic Control (TC) first for one side, followed by the work, followed by the removal of TC. This sequence will be repeated for the other pole. Work is expected to be complete by 3pm on Thursday, January 5. On Friday, January 6, the plan is to reconstruct part of the sidewalk that was removed on the south side of ORH just west of the northbound off ramp. PG&E will be working on the same days in front of the Holiday Inn on overhead utilities for the hotel project.