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Windsor seats new councilman, names Goble mayor

Windsor on Wednesday witnessed a changing of the guard with the selection of a new mayor, seating of a new Town Council member and farewell speeches from the retiring city manager and city attorney.

Waste logjam costs $30,000 a month

Sonoma County ratepayers are currently losing out on $30,000 a month because county officials balked last month at approving a new contract with the public agency that oversees composting services at the Mecham Road landfill. There is a wide gulf of opinion over who is responsible for the costly holdup.

Windsor adjusts budget, avoids layoffs after loss of redevelopment

Windsor this week reshuffled its budget to adjust for the loss of more than $2 million in redevelopment funds, avoiding layoffs and finding other ways to pay for some projects, such as a redesign of a key portion of Old Redwood Highway. The City Council also came up with another source of money to help fund popular events, including concerts on the Town Green, the Cinco de Mayo celebration and holiday tree lighting.

Longtime Windsor Town Manager Matt Mullan to retire

UPDATE 6:55 PM: Windsor Town Manager Matt Mullan, who helped guide Sonoma County’s youngest city since its incorporation, announced his retirement Monday. Mullan, whose salary is more than $185,000 annually, will stay on the job through the end of the year.

Redevelopment agencies fear ‘carnage’

The elimination of California redevelopment agencies will create ‘carnage’ on city projects unless the state gives communities more time to respond and adapt to a recent court ruling, Santa Rosa City Manager Kathy Millison said Friday.

Santa Rosa mayor proposes 2-year budgets

Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares is proposing to move the city to a two-year budget cycle to avoid the ‘insanity that is our annual budget hearings.’