Town council candidates in their own words

The Windsor Times, October 9, 2018

What do you see as the top two issues facing the town at this time? Emergency preparedness/public safety and managing growth to keep Windsor the wonderful, family-oriented town it is today. Helping to lead our town through some of the most harrowing days in our history, during and following the fires, gave me an even better perspective of the truly incredible community we have and that we need to protect in Windsor.

How would you see solving each of those issues? Give concrete examples. Building a stronger emergency response plan for the next natural disaster. I have been working with other municipalities to compile ideas and share best practices to help Windsor become more fully prepared for anything it might face in the future. This includes working to provide greater cell phone service for the town.

Since taking office four years ago, my philosophy has stayed the same. I will only approve projects that will add value to the current residents of Windsor.


Foppoli running for re-election, focusing on emergency preparedness

The Windsor Times, August 10, 2018

When Dominic Foppoli ran for Windsor Town Council in 2014, he says he did it for one reason.

“I love this town,” he said. “I grew up in this town, and I want to make sure it stays the safe, vibrant, amazing family community that it’s been, so when I raise children of my own, they can experience the same amazing community I was raised in.”

But, after the October 2017 firestorm, he felt a renewed sense of care for “his town” and felt an even stronger drive to care for Windsor, and by extension, seek re-election.

“I have the same foundational reason (for running),” he said. “But, if I had any slight doubts, my experiences in the days after the fire completely solidified my reason and motivation for serving. To witness firsthand the care and compassion the people in this town have for each other and the town makes me want to work even harder to preserve what we have here.”


Local citizens honored for their service

The Windsor Times, August 8, 2018

Also up for praise was Keith James, a Windsor native who displayed heroism during the firestorm of October 2017, rescuing people and animals alike.

“One of the scariest parts in day after fires, was that at the emergency center there were no firefighters. They were all fighting in the hills,” said vice mayor Dominic Foppoli. “Keith at one point gave us a heads up that there was a call on Windsor River Road. We go there and let me tell you, the entire field was on fire and approaching a house and there were no firefighters. Keith and his friends literally ran into the fire with me and dug a line, and then after that was done, they helped us carry people out of a house. Thank you so much for what you did for your town.”


After years of work, Windsor Town Council adopts new General Plan

The Windsor Times, April 11, 2018

It’s been four years and countless hours. The meetings have stretched into the night, and the public input has filled up pages, but on Wednesday, April 4, the Town of Windsor’s 2040 General Plan was voted into official existence.


Collaboration the name of the game at joint meeting

The Windsor Times, March 28, 2018

Vice Mayor Dominic Foppoli wanted to make sure there was plenty of funding available for the resource officer position, which currently is a four-day a week position and spends time at all the schools.

“In Maryland, it was shown today how important school resource officers can be when effective and highly trained. Does the town or the school cover that expense?” he asked.


Public Art Advisory Commission selects new chair

The Windsor Times, March 14, 2018

The Town of Windsor Public Art Advisory Commission held its first meeting of the year on Monday, Feb. 5. The commission reorganizes on an annual basis during the first meeting of the year.

Rhoann Ponseti dedicated her time and served as chair from the commission’s inception in 2016 and continued as chair in 2017. Following a unanimous vote, commissioner Linda Challoner was selected as the chair for 2018 with commissioner Gwendolyn Kinney as vice chair. Commissioners Julian Cohen, Drew Jackson, Rhoann Ponseti, town council representative Dominic Foppoli, and parks and recreation commission representative Ben Lehr serve alongside Challoner and Kinney.


Town gets more money for affordable housing

The Windsor Times, March 9, 2018

“The councilmembers struggled with their decision. ‘This is rough,’ Foppoli said. ‘One of the most difficult decisions we’ve had to make in the last few years. Don’t let anyone tell you public service isn’t hard. It’s my demographic, so I try to look out for young families, but young families in Windsor need housing. People my age that have kids are not making $100,000 a year. That’s what’s hard about this — trying to make decisions that will do the most good for the most people in our community. The challenging part is the optics of it. The smart political move would be to vote against Bisno, it’s a smart rallying cry, ‘go back to Beverly Hills.’ But our staff and our consultant say it will do more good for more people. If I vote for this, it won’t be against moderate housing, but for more affordable housing in the community.’”


Officials urge patience, readiness with fires ongoing

The Windsor Times, October 10, 2017

“During the day on Monday, Fudge, Foppoli and Windsor Police Chief Carlos Basurto drove into evacuation areas in northern Santa Rosa to get a better idea of the damage and to inspect the homes of some of the staff and the home of the son of a fellow council member. They had all burned, she said.”


Council declares Windsor a united community

The Windsor Times, March 2, 2017

“After more than an hour of public comment, guidance from law enforcement and political discussion, the Windsor Town Council voted to adopt a resolution declaring Windsor to be a ‘united community that values its diversity and the contributions of all residents, and supports the safeguarding of the civil rights, safety and dignity of all Windsor residents,’ on Wednesday, March 1.”


Council approves initial civic center vision

The Windsor Times, February 8, 2017

“Dominic Foppoli called the boutique hotel the ‘cherry on top’ of the Town Green concept that fellow council members Debora Fudge and Sam Salmon had spent the last 20 years working on.”


Vintage Oaks housing project approved

The Windsor Times, May 25, 2016

“Council member Dominic Foppoli spoke about the previous state of the design, which was roundly dismissed for public safety reasons in early 2015. ‘There’s no more protestors with signs here and that’s a testament to the great job you’ve done,” Foppoli said. “Your plan had major flaws.’”


Council approves new dog park in concept

The Windsor Times, November 11, 2015

“When the council weighed in on the issue there were no detractors from the idea. ‘It’s awesome,’ said Dominic Foppoli.”


New council members sworn in

The Windsor Times, December 10, 2014

“The Windsor Town Council swore in newly elected councilmembers Dominic Foppoli and Mark Millan, and re-elected councilmember Sam Salmon last Tuesday night while also saying goodbye to longtime councilmembers Steve Allen and Robin Goble.”



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