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.
For full details, view this message on the web.

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.