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:

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:

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: and in Spanish:

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: and in Spanish:  
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:

(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,
575 Administration Drive ∙ Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone (707) 565-2431 ∙ Fax (707) 565-3778

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 9, 2017

Contact: Rebecca Wachsberg (707) 565-3782

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

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 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: and Facebook at

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.

The County of Sonoma is comprised of 27 departments and agencies that provide a full range of services to the community. It encompasses over 1600 square miles and is home to almost 500,000 residents. Sonoma County government has a history of providing excellent and responsive public service while operating under sound fiscal principles.
Located less than one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific coastline, award-winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.
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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.