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January 15, 2021 City Manager’s Update

 

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 15, 2021

Greetings, all. During the last several weeks, Winters has lost several leading residents; their contributions to the community, their professions, and the lives of others will long be remembered. It is their spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the greater good that makes this community so special. And to families who lost loved ones to valiant fights at far too young an age, may family, friends and special memories help carry you through…

COVID-19

  • Our biggest news? We are back in the Purple Tier! which feels like such a relief after the Stay at Home Order. Restaurants and bars may now serve food and beverages at their outdoor dining patios. More information is available here. Please remain vigilant by wearing masks, washing hands, and not socializing indoors with people outside of your household bubble. Together we can
  •  avoid sliding backwards and get ahead of this virus.
  • Police Chief Miller and other Police Department personnel began receiving their COVID vaccines this week. Our public safety personnel report 3-5 COVID positive calls per week, so we’re happy Police, Fire and Ambulance crews now have access to the vaccine to help protect themselves and their families.
  • To register for notifications related to receiving the vaccine, please click here.
  • For updated information about the pandemic, please see the County’s COVID landing page.
  • A new COVID testing site is now available in Winters, which will be open every Friday at the Community Center at 201 Railroad from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents will need to make an appointment by calling: (888) 634-1123 or going online at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. There may be some delays in receiving test results due to the high volume of tests being processed.


Please Note:

  • City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Day.
  • Now that we are back in the Purple Tier, curbside service is resuming at the Winters Community Library on Saturday, January 16. https://yolocountylibrary.org/locations/winters/.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is recruiting candidates to fill a vacancy for District 4, which is in the northeast area of the Winters community.  More information is available on the School District’s website https://www.wintersjusd.org/. Applications are due January 21 at 4 p.m.


Did You Know?

  • The Interfaith Immigration Network assists immigrant families impacted by the pandemic. The program is called ApoYolo: https://www.yiinyolo.org/covid-19/. At least 25 Winters families are being supported. Donations to assist more Winters families can be made at https://yolo-interfaith-immigration-network.square.site/ . Please refer any families you know who might need assistance to ApoYolo.
  • The California Elections Code requires that the Yolo County Board of Supervisors adjust its supervisorial boundaries following the completion of the decennial census so that districts are as equal in population as possible and in compliance with the Federal Voters Rights Act of 1965. The Board of Supervisors heard a report on January 12, which is available here. The City of Winters is in District 2, and portions of the unincorporated Winters community fall within District 5. The Board will complete its redistricting process over the course of the next year.

Upcoming Council Meeting (link)

  • There is a Council meeting on Tuesday, January 19. Items include recognizing some of the leading residents that have passed away, including Marshall McKay of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for his decades’ long leadership on behalf of Indigenous People and contributions to the community. Council will also consider making appointments to the Putah Creek Committee and Waste Advisory Council, as well as a resolution to protect the remnant grove of oak trees at the Rancho Arroyo Detention pond.

 Woot! Woot!

The Winters Fire Department is partnering with the Solano Community College to host its first Fire Academy, which began on January 11. For the next six months, 30 students will attend the academy at the Winters Public Safety Facility. Collaborations like this not only leverage limited resources to benefit Winters and our partners, it will also introduce young adults who might not otherwise know all that Winters has to offer. As an instructor, Chief Lopez also gets a sneak peek at potential volunteers and future candidates.  Kudos to Chief Lopez for bringing this collaboration to Winters.


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01/19/2021 City Council Meeting

To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82343542646?pwd=Q0xHSkVzYkVZVEZLTjdIZkJ0c0o5dz09
Meeting ID: 823 4354 2646
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Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters, 6:30pm
01/19/2021 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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01/12/2021 Stay At Home Order Lifted for the Greater Sacramento Region

Good news! The State has lifted the Stay at Home Order for the Greater Sacramento Region effectively immediately; and Yolo County has returned to the purple tier. Please see information from the County’s press release below.

The return to the purple tier allows many local businesses to either increase capacity or resume operations. Effective January 12, the following restrictions apply while Yolo County is in the purple tier:

  • Bars and breweries: Outdoors only as long as food is provided. Those seated at a single table are limited to household members only. Tables must be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Cardroom and satellite wagering: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Family entertainment centers: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Hair salons and barbershops: Indoors with modifications
  • Hotels and lodging: Indoors with modifications
  • Limited services: Indoors with modifications
  • Movie theaters: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Personal care services: Indoors with modifications
  • Places of worship: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Professional sports: Open with modifications, no live audiences
  • Retail: Indoors with a maximum of 25% occupancy; (grocery at 50% capacity)
  • Restaurants: Takeout, delivery and outdoors only; for outdoor dining those seated at a single table are limited to household members only. Tables must be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Shopping centers: Indoors with a maximum of 25% occupancy
  • Wineries: Outdoors only with modifications

Any schools that have already been allowed to reopen for in-person or hybrid learning previously may remain open. Schools that have not yet opened will need to receive a waiver to reopen under the purple tier or wait until Yolo County moves back into the red tier.

To see a complete list of which activities and businesses are open in the four tiers, visit the CDPH ‘Activity and Business Tier’ document. To see specific industry guidance, visit the State’s guidance page.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, residents are advised to follow these health practices:

  • Gather less or not at all.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Maintain at least six feet of physical distance from those not in your household.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms of illness or are high-risk.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer regularly.

For more information on the vaccine, distribution and when you may be receiving it, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Page. The webpage will be updates as new information is made available. For additional information about the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy. For more information about Yolo County’s Roadmap to Recovery and see which businesses are currently open, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap. Residents can call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. Follow Yolo County on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YoloCounty or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.

Kathleen Salguero Trepa


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01/14/2021 CAP Dev Meeting

  • 01/14/2021 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda (pdf)

01/14/2021 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info
Launch Meeting - Zoom
Meeting ID: 816 4834 5631
+669 900 9128 (San Jose)


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City Manager’s Friday Update – 01/08/2021

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 8, 2021

Happy 2021, all! Here’s hoping everyone’s holiday seasons were bright and merry, and that 2021 brings health, happiness, and post-COVID recovery sooner rather than later.  Some brief updates below.

COVID-19

  • Winters Fire Chief Lopez and other Fire personnel received COVID vaccines earlier this week, the start of vaccinating front line emergency responders who have been putting their lives and their families lives on the line responding to medical calls and transporting COVID positive patients to local hospitals. Law enforcement personnel will follow later in the month.

A huge thank you every day to our public safety professionals, EMT staff, and all the staff, nurses and doctors in our medical facilities. Their lives, their families’ lives, and our communities’ health and economic wellbeing depend on controlling the spread of this virus. For more information about the vaccines, their efficacy, and current roll out schedule, please see visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.

 For the latest information regarding COVID infection rates, ICU capacity, and other critical information, please visit http://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus.

Please Note:

  • Main Street is open to vehicle traffic from Sunday morning to Friday morning, and will be closed to accommodate increased pedestrian activity in the downtown area during peak times.

Please drive and walk through the area with care! Don’t forget the stop signs at Railroad (still there), and don’t jay walk across Main Street because cars are back.

Consistent with the CARES Act funding the City received last fall, pergolas have been installed on Main Street from the Pizza Factory down to Hooby’s and next to Ficelle’s to provide the public with outdoor areas to enjoy take out. Hopefully, as we can get this surge under control, we’ll be able to spend more time enjoying each other’s company outside.

 Did You Know?

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District has announced that remote only instruction will remain in place until further notice because of the regional stay at home order, and hybrid classes will not resume as initially planned on January 19. For more information, please visit wintersjusd.org.
  •  Do you know anyone in need of housing stability resources or is facing eviction due to non-payment of rent because of COVID? There are a number of resources available to both tenants and landlords. Please share this information to anyone who made need assistance.
  • Information regarding the State-wide eviction moratorium known as Assembly Bill No. 3088 (AB 3088): Videos in English and Spanish can be found here <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4UC5wVNazOx6Oq1k-_AszPJjOFou0VK
  • Tenant and Landlord Rights: The California Department of Real Estate has developed an online information app available here <https://ucilaw.neotalogic.com/a/Cal-Covid-Info-App-for-Tenants-and-Landlords> that provides a 2-minute interactive tool to help you determine your rights and options as either a tenant or landlord. Upon completion of the questionnaire, you will receive a customized report with guidance, program availability and applicable links for further information and assistance.
  • Yolo County Housing Rent and Utility Relief: This Countywide program supports residents who are at greatest risk of displacement due to non-payment of rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic and offsets corresponding lost revenue that landlords need to provide housing services. The program provides a one-time rent relief grant directly to landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Additional information can be found on the Yolo County Housing website in English <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/English.php> and Spanish <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/COVID19Esp.php> .

 Upcoming Council Meeting

  • There was no Council meeting this week. Our next Council meeting is January 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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01/13/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

01/13/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting  Packet

Zoom Meeting Info

Teleconference via Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82070260485?pwd=MW1OYXh4NHUzbENnQW9vVHluSm5UUT09

Or Dial In On Mobile Phone @ 1-669-900-6833 - Meeting ID# 820 7026 0485
Passcode: 641265

 


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01/07/2020 CAP Dev Meeting

01/07/2021 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info
Launch Meeting - Zoom
Meeting ID: 816 4834 5631
+16699006833 (San Jose)

01/07/2021 CAP Development Board Meting Agenda


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City Manager’s Update December 18, 2020

City of Winters


City Manager’s Update (click for pdf)
December 18, 2020

 

Happy Holidays, all.

From all of us at City Hall, we wish you good health and plenty of cheer this holiday season, and much joy in the moments with family and friends, even if it is via Zoom, FaceTime or some other remote platform.

Also worthy of a big shout out: all of those tractors promoted by the Winters Chamber of Commerce and the real ones being staged around town are wonderful!! So creative! Visit the Winters Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to see the photos (link above).  Better yet, work off some holiday sweets and walk around to see them in person. The downtown is looking really festive!


COVID Update

Yolo County has received its first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine! 975 doses were put on some serious ice until they are dispensed. The first shots are being provided to front line medical staff at Sutter Davis and Woodland Memorial Hospitals. More information regarding the vaccine’s effectiveness, safety, and priority use is available on the County’s website here.

Until then, please help our medical staff as they struggle to handle the surge in cases by wearing a mask and not gathering inside with people outside of your household. Lives depend on us.


Please Note:

  • City Hall will be closed from Thursday, December 24th – Sunday, January 3rd. Public Works will field half their crew for call out and critical maintenance services, and Building will work part-time to conduct inspections. Police and Fire staffing will not change during the holiday break.
  • The January 5, 2020 Council meeting has been cancelled.

Don’t Miss Out!

Please help support our local businesses and restaurants with your last minute shopping and holiday meals! They are all open!  And there are some great collaborative deals in the works as businesses join forces to help each other.  Make sure you follow our businesses on Facebook and Instagram to catch the latest news and offerings.


 Council Meeting Recap

  • At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, staff provided an update about the trees at the Rancho Arroyo detention pond. The engineers have determined that the pond can be expanded by going down and out, reducing the adjacent trail slightly to accommodate storm flows from future phases without impacting the existing trees. Pond expansion will begin in the spring, and the trees will be protected in place. Council will consider a resolution on the January 15 agenda declaring the City’s intent to protect the grove site in perpetuity, for as long as the trees shall live.

In other business, the Council authorized a work order with Woodard & Curran to conduct a well assessment and approved a grant deed for water, drainage and emergency access easements for the Shandala Subdivision at the Church of Latter Day Saints location.  Ordinance 2020-06 was adopted repealing the suspension of Transient Occupancy Tax payments. Collection will begin again in the spring.

Council also heard a presentation by Valley Clean Energy about the City’s enrollment in that clean energy source. Non-solar customers will be automatically enrolled in January and solar customers will be enrolled during their annual true up month.  More information about the benefits of joining VCE at no additional cost can be found here. Customers can opt out at any time, but it’s cleaner! And we could do with a little less climate change these days…


Woot Woot!

 A final shout out for some long running City employees who are retiring. Both have made major contributions to the City and the community through their years of dedicated service.  Both love to travel, and are looking forward to spending more time with family and friends. If you know them, please give them a big round of applause for their commitment to the Winters community.

  • City Clerk & Records Manager Tracy Jenkins is retiring after 15 years with the City. Her last day in the office is today.
  • Administrative Coordinator Karla Ferguson, who supports both the Police and Fire Departments is retiring after thirty years with the City! Her last day is next Tuesday, 12/22nd. She is being replaced by former CSO II Gail Jimenez.
  • Gail Jimenez graduated from UC Davis with a degree in History and minor in education. She began volunteering with the Winters Police Department in 2001 and was hired as a Community Services Officer in 2006. Gail was recognized as the Office of the Year in 2016 (the first non-sworn to receive that honor!) and was promoted to a CSO II in 2018. She is ready to take the leap and become the administrative backbone of our public safety departments.

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12/17/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Meeting

12/17/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info

Launch Meeting - Zoom
Meeting ID: 817 5742 6590
+16699006833 (San Jose)

12/17/2020 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda (pdf)


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12/11/2020 Friday Update

 City Manager’s Update
Friday, December 11, 2020
(click here for pdf)

Greetings, all.

At midnight last night a Regional Stay-at-Home Order became effective for the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Yolo County, because the availability of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the region dropped below 15%. The State developed this metric as a threshold to order more restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. More information is in the COVID-19 section.

Clearly, the economic wellbeing of the community, from individual families, to our non-profits, to our businesses, continues to be significantly impacted by this pandemic. We can all do our part by wearing masks, staying 6’ away from people we don’t live with, and supporting our local business and community partners. Volunteer time to support others, follow businesses on social media, take out from Winters restaurants, shop local, donate if you can to social service providers. We will get through this together.


COVID-19

Yolo County updated its Health Order to align with the State mandate. More detailed information is available at Only Attachment B (Updated Restrictions).

Some highlights include:

  • -Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.
  • -Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores; special hours for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • -Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, for essential workers, or for providing housing solutions for homeless.
  • -Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
  • -Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure and services sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • -Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.

All operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  • -Hair salons and barbershops
  • -Personal care services
  • -Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • -The Winters library has suspended curbside service and in-person computer appointments.

In response to some questions:

  • -AA and NA meetings at churches: please check with the facilitator about meeting remotely during the Stay At Home order or outside socially distanced with masks on. These and other supportive meetings and services are essential for wellbeing; please follow CDC guidelines and comply with health orders.
  • -Playgrounds, parks and outdoor recreational facilities remain open. Physical and mental wellbeing are priorities to help people get through the pandemic. Please be responsible when in our public parks by remaining socially distanced to the degree possible, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, and wearing a mask if not exercising. No contact games are allowed, but practice, drills, and exercise are.

 


Please Note:

  • -CARES Act Outdoor Dining Winter Enhancements: As reported to the City Council, a significant portion of the City’s CARES Act grant was earmarked to enhance outdoor dining areas and to open up two-way traffic on Main Street from Railroad to the mid-block crossing. Pergolas are getting constructed and decorated, and roofs will be fabricated to provide some cover from rain. Plans were made and materials ordered prior to the new Regional Stay-At-Home Order, and since funds must be expended by December 31, 2020, we will proceed as planned, even if we cannot enjoy those facilities until the order is lifted.
  • -Waste Management has released the temporary brush pick up and street sweeping schedule in response to a driver shortage due to COVID-19 quarantines. The schedule is below and a map is available here.

 

Brush Pile & Street Sweeping Schedule (until further notice)

SOUTH of GRANT AVE

NORTH of GRANT AVE

Monday, 12/14/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/15/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/28/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/29/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/11/21 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/12/21 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/25/21 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/26/21 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/7/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/8/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/21/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/22/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/4/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/5/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/18/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/19/20 – Street Sweeping

 

  • Yolo County is hosting webinars on Monday, December 14 and Monday, December 28 at 10 a.m. related to businesses and workers who may be impacted by work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs. More information is available here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  •  -Downtown is looking extra festive this year and the decorations are still going up! It’s especially magical at night with the lights. When visiting to shop, take out food, exercise or just sit and soak up the magic, please wear a mask.
  • -YoloArts, as Yolo County's arts council, is honored to be distributing $12,630 in CARES Act funding among eligible arts and cultural applicant organizations or groups serving socially vulnerable populations and particularly communities of color in Yolo County. Award amounts will be between $500- $3,000 toward general operating support and on-going programming. Grant guidelines and application can be found HERE on the YoloArts website. The deadline to apply is January 6th, 2021.

Did You Know?

  • -CA Notify is a new COVID-19 app that allows you to be notified if you have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. If you sign up, you will receive COVID-19 exposure notifications to your cell phone. Your privacy is protected, and your identify is not known. The app uses your cell phone location to match up with the cell phones of other people who have tested positive. For more information, visit the CA Notify site here.

Woot Woot!

  • -Santa’s ride through downtown made my Wednesday night, and warmed the hearts of so many families as they waived to Santa on his tractor from their front porches and sidewalks. A special shout out to the Cowan family for this special treat, Police Chief Miller for escorting Santa’s tractor around town for four nights, and everyone else involved in pulling of this surprise. -I can’t wait to see the real parade next year!
  • -A huge shout out to the Public Works crew that has been constructing the pergolas in the downtown area. Using city crews allowed us to reduce CARES Act costs for the outdoor dining program so that we could increase the Rent and Mortgage Assistance program by $20,000 (from $40,000 to $60,000) in order to fund direct support to businesses that had not already received grant assistance through the County’s Small Business Grant Program. 17 businesses were funded up to a maximum of $4,000 per business.
  • -Thank you’s and kind words make all the difference. I wanted to share a comment we received this week because it warmed my heart and hopefully our employees’. And since it made us feel good, I wanted to share.  During such difficult times, kind words, expressions of gratitude, and simple gestures can do so much to lift someone up during a weak moment, a bad day, a difficult time. This season in particular, which can bring such joy for so many, has been challenged in many ways. It’s also a season that can exacerbate a sense of isolation. We need each other. A few seconds to spread some kindness goes a long way….

 “A big thanks to all of you in City government and up the line for doing the best you can during unprecedented circumstances. We (residents of Winters) all owe you all a monster amount of gratitude! Keep up the excellent work you do.”

 

 


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12/15/2020 City of Winters City Council Meeting

 Meeting Instructions 12/15/2020

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please do the following:

  1. You are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council meeting.
  2. Please see below for Zoom Meeting credentials.
  3. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  4. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.
  5. If you are watching/listening to the live stream of the City Council meeting and wish to make either a general public comment or to comment on a specific item as it is being heard, you may also submit your comment, limited to 250 words or less, to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

To Join Zoom Meeting:
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Meeting ID:  884 5403 0742
Passcode: 676795  (Now Required by Zoom)

Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters, 6:30pm

 


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From the City Manager – Stay Home Order 12/10/2020

Good afternoon. Please see the information below and linked.  Last night the ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients fell to below 15% capacity in the Greater Sacramento Region, which is the threshold that triggers the State Stay At Home Order for the region’s counties, including Yolo County. Which means that effective tomorrow evening, at 11:59 PM on December 10, we will go into a new Stay At Home Order similar to last March’s order.  I will add that based on an update yesterday, the projections were that we might not reach this trigger for another week. The fact that we did overnight is an indication of how much the virus has spread within the community; and how many people are getting sick and requiring advanced medical care.

Health order and all attachments
Only Attachment B (Updated Restrictions)

Infographic English http://www.cityofwinters.org/weve-hit-the-metric-for-the-stay-home-order-english/
Informacion en espanol http://www.cityofwinters.org/weve-hit-the-metric-for-the-stay-home-order-spanish/

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.
  • Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order, all operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

 

Kathleen Salguero Trepa
City Manager
City of Winters


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Friday Update – December 4, 2020

 City Manager’s Update (attached pdf here)

December 4, 2020

 Greetings, all.

In an effort to make the distribution of the Friday Update easier and hopefully more eye-catching, please indulge incremental changes to the format and distribution method as I work to find the right balance of relevant community information and insights into City Hall happenings…


COVID-19

Yesterday Governor Newsom announced a new regionally based Stay-at-Home Order, which will go into effect within 48 hours of when a region has less than 15% available capacity (staffed bed space) in their hospitals’ Intensive Care Units (ICU). Yolo County is in the Greater Sacramento region, while Solano and Napa County are in the Bay Area region, so the greater Winters community may be impacted at different times.

Based on the rapid surge of hospitalizations due to COVID, all regions within the State of California are expected to trigger the new regulations within the month, although five of the nine Bay Area counties issued updated orders today even though their projections were trailing beyond the Greater Sacramento region. Those Stay at Home Orders will become effective Sunday – Tuesday depending on the County. Solano and Napa Counties did not join today’s Bay Area county level orders. Unfortunately, the potential impacts of Thanksgiving mingling will not appear for another few weeks, so the numbers of those infected and ill are expected to jump significantly.

When triggered by limited ICU capacity, the new State order will be effective for a minimum of three weeks and will be lifted with the region’s projected ICU availability (a four week look ahead) meets or exceeds 15%. Availability will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial three-week period. This metric is based on ICU staffing for ICU bed space. More information on the State order can be found here.

In addition to the State order, I learned today that Yolo County is already below the 15% ICU capacity, and the data shows that infection and hospitalization rates are rapidly climbing. The Yolo County Health Officer is considering additional restrictions for Yolo County, effective immediately.

  1. No dining with anyone outside of your immediate household, even outdoors.
  2. Retail establishment must restrict occupancy at 20% now (rather than when the State regional order is triggered).
  3. Additional restrictions will be extended to collegiate sports to match those already in place for youth and adult sports activities. Outdoor sports and recreational activities are allowed for practice and drills, with 6’ distancing. Contact activities like scrimmages, games, and practices are prohibited.

More information for Yolo County specific health orders and guidance may be found here.

What does all this mean? Wear a mask and maintain social distancing from people not in your household bubble. More restrictions are coming as the infection rates and hospitalization climb.


Please Note:

  • Yolo County Office of Emergency Services as indicated there is a potential for a Public Safety Power Shutoff this weekend due to high winds in North California. Currently Yolo County is NOT in the PSPS advisory. To monitor PG&E notifications, please click here.
  • The pandemic has impacted services in so many ways. Waste Management recently shared with City staff that it is operating with half a collection crew due to staffing challenges from COVID. Until staffing levels resume, the curbside brush pile pick-up will take place every other week, alternating with sweeping every other week; Grant Street will be the dividing line for a north and south alternating schedule. Waste Management has indicated they will communicate schedule adjustments to customers via auto calls, if they haven’t already started doing so. They will also issue a press release and update their website here. For any questions or concerns, please contact Waste Management at (866) 844-1508.

Don’t Miss Out!

Valley Clean Energy is coming to Winters! The City will join Woodland, Davis, and Yolo County as part of this locally controlled electrical generation provider. VCE generates cleaner, more renewable electricity than PG&E at no additional cost.

Want to use 100% renewable energy for your electricity to show your ultra green side? You can opt up at a slight increase in cost.  PG&E will continue to distribute electricity and bill customers.

The City of Winters accounts will automatically be enrolled effective January 1, 2021; however, customers can opt out if they would like. To learn more, please visit https://valleycleanenergy.org/city-of-winters/ and  frequently asked questions https://valleycleanenergy.org/faqs/.

A Winters community workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. A link is on the VCE website.


 Did You Know?

  • The Yolo County Central Landfill in Woodland has reopened Monday through Saturday for self-haul items so you can empty out your garages again and get rid of that extra stuff. No cash or EBT will be accepted; only credit card or check payments. Please see the Yolo County Central Landfill page for more information here.

 

New Trail and Dog Park at Grasslands Regional Park Opens December 4. Need to release that pent-up energy? Yolo County is opening its newest regional park today, located at 30475 County Road 104 about three miles south of Davis. The park includes a trail system through a working landscape, views of natural habitat and a new off-leash dog park that is approximately 10 acres of natural grassland among rows of oak trees. Now you and all the kiddos can run free.

 


Woot Woot!

  •  I’d like to welcome our newest Police Officer, Kyle Shadman, who joined the team on November 16. Kyle is a recent Academy graduate, and we’re happy he has decided to launch his career with the City of Winters.

 

  • Police Chief Miller was also recently appointed by the California Police Chiefs Association as their representative to the Instructor Standards Advisory Council, giving Winters a state-wide presence in the law enforcement community. We may be small but we are mighty!
  • The Government Finance Officers Association notified the City that its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for FY 2018-19 qualified for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and the 17th year in a row that the City has been so recognized by this national organization. Kudos to Financial Services Director Shelly Gunby for her outstanding efforts in this regard!

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12/03/2020 Winters Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting

12/03/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info

Zoom Meeting ID: 840 3755 8648
Join by phone:  +1 (669) 900-6833   US  (San Jose)
Join by computer or device:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84037558648 

  • 12/03/2020 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda

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12/1/2020 City Council Meeting

LIVE MEETINGS:
MEETING INSTRUCTIONS 12/1/2020 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please do the following:

  1. You are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council meeting.
  2. Please see below for Zoom Meeting credentials.
  3. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  4. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at tracy.jensen@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.
  5. If you are watching/listening to the live stream of the City Council meeting and wish to make either a general public comment or to comment on a specific item as it is being heard, you may also submit your comment, limited to 250 words or less, to the City Clerk at tracy.jensen@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84986003636?pwd=R003Rmo1eTZXbFlHdzgwczBMU250dz09
Meeting ID: 849 8600 3636
Passcode: 068018 (Now Required by Zoom)

Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters, 6:30pm


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Yolo County: Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Offered in Yolo County in December

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Offered in Yolo County in December

Post Date: 11/23/2020 7:52 AM

Press Release
Press Release - Español

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Offered in Yolo County in December

(Woodland, CA) – Residents can receive free Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing during the month of December at multiple locations, including sites provided by Yolo County and the State of California’s OptumServe contract.

Yolo County’s COVID-19 Testing Sites

The following locations are offering free COVID-19 testing and are provided by Yolo County:

DAY DATE LOCATION HOURS
Tue 12/1 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 12/2 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wed 12/2 Madison Town Hall (29041 Main Street, Madison) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 12/4 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/7 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/7 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 12/8 Knights Landing Empower Yolo Family Resource Center

(9586 Mill Street, Knights Landing)

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 12/9 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fri 12/11 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/14 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/14 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 12/15 Clarksburg Community Church (52910 Netherlands Ave, Clarksburg) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 12/16 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fri 12/18 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/21 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/21 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 12/22 Esparto Boy Scout Cabin (17020 Yolo Avenue, Yolo) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 12/23 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/28 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon 12/28 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 12/30 Elica Health Center (1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento) 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Participants of these testing sites must be residents of Yolo County and will need to bring a document displaying their name and address, such as a driver’s license, ID card, utility bill, or piece of mail. All ages are accepted. Spanish translation will be available at most, if not all, of the sites. There may be some delays in getting testing results. Registration is recommended in order to speed up the process but is not required and does not guarantee a test. When residents register online, they will not be able to select a time slot and will not receive a confirmation of receipt. Register at: https://www.avellinocoronatest.com/patient.

State’s OptumServe Site Still Located in Woodland

In addition to these testing sites, the State of California’s OptumServe site will be providing residents with additional COVID-19 testing in the portable building next to the Juvenile Detention Facility, located at 2780 E. Gibson Road in Woodland, from December 1 - 31. The site may be closed or closed early some days due to the holidays. Testing at the OptumServe site is free and open to all California residents, regardless of documentation status, and is by appointment only Tuesdays – Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. If residents do not have health insurance, the cost of the test will be covered by the state. If residents have health insurance, their provider will be billed with no out of pocket cost to the resident. To schedule an appointment, call: (888) 634-1123 or go online at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting.

At both the State’s OptumServe and Yolo County’s testing sites, residents must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. None of these sites are drive-thru, so residents will need to park their car and walk a short distance to the testing building. To see all the COVID-19 testing options in Yolo County, visit the County’s COVID-19 testing page at: https://covidtesting.yolocounty.org/.  Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.

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Modification to Public Access at City Facilities

Modification to Public Access at City Facilities (pdf)
The City of Winters is implementing changes to public access at City facilities in response to the community spread of COVID-19 and Yolo County’s recent return to the State’s Purple Tier. In addition, staff is implementing a variety of measures to maintain services via email, by phone and through online services in order to minimize direct in person contact with members of the public. These measures are to improve safety for employees and members of the public.

Effective Monday, November 23, public lobbies at City Hall and the Public Safety Center will be closed for walk ins. Instead, the public is requested to contact City staff via phone or email. Contact information for department staff is available on the City’s website at https://www.cityofwinters.org/contact/, or the public may call 530-795-4910 and your call will be answered by staff onsite. Staff will  make appointments for in-person meetings with the public when necessary and as appropriate if remote coordination is not possible.

More specific department information is below:

Building
People who need over the counter permits should call the Building Division at 530-794-6708. Permits will be issued electronically or by mail, and arrangements may also be made to coordinate plan drop off and pick up.

Finance
Utility payments and other correspondence with the City may continue to be made through the drop box in front of City Hall at 318 First Street. Receipts for payments will be mailed or emailed. The public may continue to make cash payments; however, no change will be provided and instead overpayments will be credited to an individual’s account.

Fire
The Fire Department non-emergency business line is (530) 795-4131.
Yolo County Dispatch Non-Emergency Line/Burn Day Status is (530) 666-8915.

Fire Prevention, Plan Reviews and Inspections may be made by appointment by contacting the Fire Marshal, Art Mendoza at (530) 795-4131 ex 233 or via e-mail Art.Mendoza@wintersfire.org.

Burn Permits may be obtained online here: http://www.wintersfire.org/winters-fire-application-and-permit-toburn/.

Additional Public Facility Measures
In addition to limiting in-person communication, other measures are being implemented to provide for more social distancing among staff within City facilities, including remote work, relocation to other locations, and alternative schedules. The goal is to create more physical distance among employees in order to help slow the community spread of COVID-19 while minimizing disruption to City services. We appreciate your patience as we pivot to more socially distant and online service. For questions related to specific City services, please contact the appropriate department staff, or call 530-795-4910.

Final Thoughts
Public health data shows COVID-19 is spreading; we all can do our part to help slow the rate of infection so that restrictions can be lifted. Please wear your mask and follow State and County Health directives and recommendations so that together, we can turn the pandemic tide. And please support our local businesses and non-profits: shop local, take out dining, and contribute to community causes that warm your heart.


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