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05/20/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
May 20, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s a’blowing out there. Please secure those garbage cans and patio chairs, and check fence gates to avoid lost dogs. Stay safe out there and have a good weekend.

To monitor CalFire for Fire Updates, like the current Dunnigan Fire, click on the links. To register for Yolo County emergency alerts, click here. For Solano County emergency alerts, click here.

COVID-19

  • COVID is surging again, creating the usual disruptions in its wake. Please test often, stay home if you’re sick, and mask up if you’re trying to avoid spreading germs or catching them. The FederalGovernmentis again offering free kits – 8 this time, click here. While these home kits are convenient, they are less sensitive and require up to 5 days to incubate enough virus load to register a positive result. In the meantime, a false negative could mean an infected person is spreading the virus. This subvariant of Omicron is more contagious than last winter’s variant, so please respect public health guidelines and follow the protocols for direct exposure and infection.

Please Note: Development Tidbits & More

 

  • As we move into the very warm weather, for worker safety staff has authorized a 6:00 a.m. start for subdivision work when temperatures are forecasted to reach 95 degrees or above. That does not mean theworkday will be extended, just that a contractor may begin one hour earlier at 6:00 a.m. subject to the site supervisor’s discretion. This will allow work to be completed before peak heat is experienced. When starting at 6:00 a.m., we’ve asked contractors to turn off back up beepers if they can (depending on work) and to avoid loud work to the degree possible.
  • We have authorized 2 Saturdays for utility work for Meritage in Winters Highland, which cannot begin before 8 a.m. These two extra days will help get the schedule back on track given significant delays that

    are being experienced overall in the construction industry – labor shortages and material shortages / delays are having a big impact. And as we enter fire season, PG&E will become less available to close out electrical infrastructure work.

  • Drilling is done for Well 8. The sound walls withheld today’s high winds. The driller will demobilize next week. Thank you, neighbors, for your patience and understanding, and thank you, crew, for your professionalism and consideration.
  • Please do not enter active construction sites, which are private property. These sites are potentially dangerous for those not authorized to enter, and trespassers may be cited. Three Oaks Park remains closed while the developer’s contractor continues to work on bringing the landscaping up to standards and complete punch list items.
  • Public Works had to remove two trees in Rotary Park this week. Internal rot was apparent when the limbs came down. As a result, the trees were deemed end of life and hazardous, and were removed.tree-icon
  • Don’t forget to obtain a business license if you conduct business in the City. More information is available here. A Home Occupation Permit is also required if you work out of your home, linked here. The Municipal Code related to business licensing is here.
  • We are responding to an increasing number of accidents on Hwy 128 and rural county roads, some of which are related to impaired driving. Please slow down, don’t imbibe and drive, and do not violate hands-free driving laws.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The City’s social media gurus are really getting a new vibe going. Please follow the City of Winters, and the Winters Police and Fire Departments, on Instagram and Facebook for City Hall and community updates. Thank you to the team that is taking our presence to the next level!
  • The library summer reading program is kicking off June 1. Participants who register at https://yolocountylibrary.org/summer will receive a free book and welcome bag, and earn points for prizes at the end of summer.
  • Yolo County is offering microbusiness COVID-19 relief grants for small, underserved businesses that earned less than $50,000 in 2019. More information is here. Grants are awarded first come, first served.dollar icon
  • PG&E is offering STEM scholarships to students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering and math. 20 scholarships of $10,000 and 20 scholarships of $2,500 are available. Applications close June 1. Click here for more information.

Did You Know?

  • Following a traffic engineering speed study, the City Council adopted an ordinance at the May 17 meeting establishing a 25 mph speed limit on W. Main Street and a 30 mph speed limit on Niemann Street. These speed limits comply with State law and will be radar enforced. For those random hot shots out there who have been exceeding the posted speed limits, please note a citation may be in your future if you don’t slow down. Your neighbors would appreciate if you please would.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is June 7.  The Planning Commission meets Tuesday; the packet is here and includes the City’s first Capital Improvement Program, which must be reviewed by the Planning Commission for General Plan consistency. The complete CIP budget and operating budget will be presented to the City Council on June 7.

Woot Woot!

A big shout out to the community coordinators who help maintain the wooden play structure at City Park and to those volunteers who braved the heat one morning to spread the new chips around. It takes a village and we at City Hall certainly appreciate the partnership to help this treasured community asset stay in pristine condition.


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05/13/2022 City Manager’s Update

May 13, 2022 (pdf)

Greetings, all. It will be glorious out this weekend. Looking for things to do? Visit Yolo tracks events and deals as does our own local visitors bureau Discover Winters. If you have never been to Park Winters, oh my goodness – join the garden tour on Saturday at noon.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The History Museum has a new exhibit ~ Remembering Monticello. The museum is open 1 – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday at 13 Russell Street. The Historical Society is also looking for volunteers if you have a love of history, fascinating memorabilia and just like hanging with a stuffed bear and random visitors. For more information, historicalsocietyofwinters.org.
  • The State of California Department of Housing & Community Development is hosting a virtual job fair on May 24. To register, please click here.
  • Yolo County is offering an information session about the Pre-Apprenticeship training program for the trades that will begin in June. More information is in the press release.
  • We’re looking for vendors to participate in the July 3rd Fireworks show ~ food trucks, tents, informational booths, merchandise. Please contact tafolla@cityofwinters.org for more information. To donate to the fireworks fund, checks can be made out to the City of Winters / Fireworks fund. This year’s show will cost about $20,000.

Did You Know?

  • A bear was recently sighted in the Putah Creek orchards area southwest of the city. For more information regarding the sighting and links to bear safety tips, please follow the link to the Winters Police Department Facebook page. Links are provided to English and Spanish resources.
  • Here’s a new reuse - recycling opportunity…The Central Landfill is now accepting textiles for reuse and recycling to meet SB 1383 mandates. Textiles are the 6th most prevalent material type in the overall landfill waste stream, and the experts indicate 95% of it is reusable or recyclable. Who knew?? For more information, click here. I’m guessing there might be some creative folks out that might be inspired by that tidbit…

Please Note:

  • Final depth of Well 8 in Winters Highland is 803 feet. Well construction is going smoothly. Thank you to a great team out there.
  • COVID testing continues at the WJUSD parking lot, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. https://school.covidclinic.org/ . Covid infection rates are escalating due to a new Omicron sub-sub-variant. For more information about testing and vaccination opportunities, please click here.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 17th, via Zoom

The packet for Tuesday’s Council meeting has been published here. It’s include an agreement for a new audit firm, a recommended appropriation to close out the Blue Oak Park improvements, the appointment of a new assistant city attorney, two agreements with Eco Green for upgraded facility lighting, and the second reading of the social host liability ordinance and administrative citations for use of illegal fireworks. The County will provide an update on animal services and the Natural Resources Commission will present their annual work plan. The only discussion item relates to a speed study conducted for W. Main and Niemann Streets and the establishment of a 25 mph speed zone for W. Main and 30 mph  for Neiman. The staff report is here.

As a reminder, public comment may be provided during the Council meeting or submitted in advance by emailing the cityclerk@cityofwinters.org.

Woot Woot!

May 15 – 21st is Public Works Week!! These crews maintain roads, parks, and facilities; they provide water and treat wastewater. They are the backbone of any community, the unsung heroes in emergencies and disasters next to Police and Fire. They come with big trucks, drive big equipment and have big hearts. They pull puppies out of storm drains and fish keys from yucky places. So please thank our local Public Works employees when you see them out and about in the community.

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Please join us in recognizing Peace Officer Memorial Day on Sunday, May 15, honoring law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or been injured in the line of duty. More than 800,000 law enforcement officers serve at the local, state and federal level. Locally, Yolo County will recognize its fallen officers on noon at May 19 at the old courthouse in Woodland, 725 Court Street. Winters Police Department will host this year’s event. The guest speaker is Officer Kadi Griess whose father, CHP Officer Kirk Griess was killed in 2018 on Interstate 80 in Fairfield. Our hearts go out to Officer Kirk Griess’ family and to all those who lost loved ones in the line of duty, including Davis Officer Natalie Corona who was killed in 2019 while investigating a traffic accident.


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05/18/2022 Winters/Yolo County 2×2

Yolo County/City of Winters

The 2X2 committee was created to promote intergovernmental communication between the City of Winters and the County of Yolo on issues of mutual interest. This committee is not empowered to make decisions on behalf of the entities its members represent; it has been established for information purposes only.

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05/16/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

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, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. Please contact Kristine - 530-794-6760 / Kristine.DeGuerre@cityofwinters.org for additional instructions.

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05/06/2022 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 6, 2022

Greetings, all, and a Happy Mother’s Day out there to all those moms, caregivers, aunties, and co-parents who together help raise our children and nurture the village! And what better way to share a special moment or find gift than to visit downtown with that special someone.

Don’t Miss Out!

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  • The Garage Sale of the Rich & Famous is tomorrow. Most activity will be at City Park, beginning at 8 a.m., or in driveways around town.
  • Want to walk to work? Local businesses are hiring! Wednesday, May 11, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. swing by 2 Main Street and visit with local employers. They need you! The community needs you!
  • Wednesday, May 18, visit the Yolo Central Landfill at 44090 County Road 28H, Woodland between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for National Public Works Week! There will be lots of activities for kids and heavy equipment demos.
  • Registration is open for summer camp through RISE. Designed for children and teen agers 4th to 12th grade, two sessions are available at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School over the summer months. For more information, please call (530) 794-6000, stop by 200 Baker Street, or email brandon@riseinc.org.

Did You Know?

  • Things are popping in downtown Winters with several new businesses opening up.
  • Yolo 365 Tours, which offers unique tour & tasting experiences.
  • Eight Six Zero Salon joins Zen Terra and Yolo 365 Tours at Hotel Winters.
  • L’Apero les trois at 22 Main Street – an aperitif tasting lounge – opens this afternoon.
  • The De Vilbiss Room, a new bar & lounge at the Buckhorn will open in May, 12 Main Street.

Please Note

  • Boring at Well 8 in Winters Highland has reached its approximate depth of 800 feet. Well construction will begin tomorrow. Those sound walls are doing a magnificent job muffling the construction noise. Thank you, well team!
  • No lap swim this weekend to accommodate additional lifeguard certification and training.
  • The Newt’s Expressway Utility Undergrounding Project will begin soon! Staff, PG&E, and the contractors met with adjacent property owners on Thursday. The project will be accomplished in phases. Phase I for PG&E will take 2-3 months to install conduit in a trench, pull electrical through, remove overhead wires and then cut the poles down to the AT&T lines. We anticipate a several month break before Phase 2 – when AT&T initiates work to pull their lines through the conduit. AT&T will remove the poles once WAVE (now Astound) removes their lines. Stay tuned as dates are confirmed. The alley will receive its final paving when the work is complete.
  • The first Climate Action Commission meeting kicks off on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The first meeting will focus on an introduction of the Climate Action Plan, Brown Act training, and selection of officers. The packet is available on the City’s website here.
  • Utility bills are trapped at the Post Office in a classic “tail wagging the dog” government scenario. We are trying to unstick them so they can be mailed out. We apologize for the delay.

Wildfire Preparedness

  • The Yolo County Fire Safe Council (YCFSC) and Office of Emergency Services have partnered to offer two new programs: free highly reflective address signs and a free chipping program for residents who live in a high fire zone in the rural areas of Yolo County. To learn more about the Neighborhood Chipper Pilot Program or the Reflective Address Sign, residents can reach out to permann@yolorcd.org or fill out a Request Form at yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council. You can also follow @YoloCountyFireSafeCouncil on Instagram and Facebook or learn more about YCFSC on Yolo County RCD’s website: www.yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council.
  • It’s weed abatement time! It’s important to keep those weeds knocked down, especially on large parcels and in the rural areas.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 17, via Zoom

We tested the hybrid platform at the May 3rd meeting, and it worked great! We also debuted our new streaming service, so Council meetings will stream live on the City’s website here. Moving forward recordings for Council meetings will now be archived with agenda packets and minutes on the same Council meeting landing page. Make sure you click on the + sign for Council meetings to open the archive list. Recordings will now be indexed by agenda item, making it easier to playback only what you would like.

Woot Woot!

The Winters High School Robotics Team competes in World Competition in Texas today! Just a Wow! Wow! Wow! to those kids. They have already won in our book. Congratulations to the competitors and their families.

  • A big thank you to Deputy City Clerk Ellena Branson, who is bringing City Hall back into the social media world. She joins Diana Tafolla and Gail Jimenez at PD who post updates on Instagram and Facebook for Police, Fire, Swim, City Hall and other community happenings.
  • On Monday, May 2, five Sacramento area law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty were honored at the California Peace Officers’ Memorial, including Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona. Our service men and women put their lives on the line every day for our communities and for this country. We honor them for their dedication, commitment and contributions.

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05/11/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

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Meeting ID: 880 9819 7361
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04/29/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
April 29, 2022

duck derby

Greetings, all. It’s Youth Day Weekend! See you at the Trestle Bridge tonight at 6:00 p.m. to see which ducks floated the fastest! You can still buy ducks up to 5 p.m.

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And don’t forget breakfast at the Community Center, sponsored by Rotary and the volunteer fire fighters. Proceeds go to their favorite charitable activities supporting local youth and families. The celebration schedule is here.

COVID-19

  • Our least favorite topic, COVID. A new sub-variant is on the rise, most notably at UC Davis, although it is expected to spread exponentially given its high transmissibility. The WJUSD is still offering community COVID testing in the District Office parking lot; info here. New users of this service, please register here to save some time at the site.

Please Note:

  • The utility undergrounding project for Newt’s Expressway is set to begin! Potholing will start next week, followed by construction a week or two later. Staff has coordinated an in-person meeting for adjacent business and property owners with the contractor and utility representatives for Tuesday, May 3rd, at 1 p.m. in the Abbey Street Conference Room. Work hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The undergrounding construction is expected to last through July. For questions or concerns related to construction activity, please contact Alex Sands of West Valley Construction, (925) 542-0648. The joint utility trench will include PG&E and AT&T. Any Wave accounts will need to be transferred to a new provider as Wave elected to not participate in the project, so that service will cease when AT&T removes the poles.
  • The drilling for Well #8 is going well. The sound walls have been very effective. Overnight work should finish up quickly. As of Wednesday, the borehole was at 275’.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The half court at Blue Oak Park is ready for play time!
  • The pool is opening on Monday for lap swim! The heater still needs a part; however, with the cover on overnight, temperatures are hovering around 78 degrees. All passes will be available. More information is here.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 3rd via Zoom

The agenda packet is linked here. Items include the 2nd reading for a mandated Miliary Equipment Use Policy (we have none), a presentation by the Mosquito & Vector Control District; award of contract for the Downtown Visioning Project and a proposed ordinance related to social host liability and administrative citations for the use of illegal fireworks.

We will also be testing new equipment for a hybrid participation platform; if all goes well we expect to allow in-person participation at public meetings in the very near future.

Woot Woot!

A round of applause for all those volunteers out there helping to make this weekend’s Youth Day celebrations a smashing success.


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05/02/2022 Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting

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, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. The Hispanic Advisory Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month via Zoom. Please contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.com for additional information.

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04/22/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
April 22, 2022

Greetings, all. We will have a fireworks show on July 3rd! Thank you to the School District for once again hosting the event at the football field. Costs have gone up significantly so we will begin the fundraising to help support the event. Donation envelopes will be included in an upcoming utility billing. Any and all contributions are welcome. The fireworks fund currently has about $4,500 in the account and we are anticipating costs of approximately $20,000 for the show, security guards and portapotties.

The show at the football field will once again be family family. If you would like to participate with a food truck, be a vendor, or have an informational booth, please contact Diana Tafolla at diana.tafolla@cityofwinters.org. If you would like to volunteer to assist day of, please contact Taylor Buley at buley@outlook.com. Stay tuned for more information.

Please Note:

  • Drilling for Well #8 at Winters Highland will begin on Monday. The drilling operations requires 24/7 work to ensure the casing remains clean and the well meets the City’s standards for optimal efficiency. Sound walls have been erected to minimize noise. Overnight lights will be directed to the work zone and back up beepers will be turned off. We understand this work may create disturbances and appreciate your understanding. For any concerns, please contact the project overseer – Scott Lewis – at slewis@lsce.com or by cell phone (916) 240-0230. He will be on duty 24/7 during this phase of the drilling operation.
  • Please do not enter or use Three Oaks Park while it is fenced and closed to the public, including the dog park. Homes By Town and its contractor are working to bring the landscaping into satisfactory condition before the landscape maintenance period can begin, as well as addressing punch list items. Unfortunately, the park opening will be delayed by several months as a result. Our goal is to ensure the park landscaping and amenities meet specifications prior to taking over maintenance. Homes By Town was conditioned to build the park under the approved Development Agreement and is responsible for its construction.
  • The City is partnering with Little League, who will manage one joint fireworks booth with proceeds split between Little League and the City’s youth swim programs, including a new scholarship program tosparker - fireworkthose families who might need a little extra assistance. Please consider volunteering at the fireworks booth and reach out to Kathy Cowan if you would like to help. Swim families – please help maintain this partnership. Sign ups will be available on the deck during orientation. Thank you, Kathy and John Rodriguez, for your support!
  • A word about illegal fireworks – Please don’t use them, anywhere. Illegal fireworks cause fires and injuries, terrify animals, and disturb others. Please be considerate of your neighbors, the community and our public safety staff and don’t use illegal fireworks. Violators will be cited and fined $1,000.
  • Pool Update! We are still waiting for a part that is on order but have the heater working again. We will open the pool for lap swim beginning May 2nd using day passes or the 10-pass punch card; no monthly passes at this time so we don’t have to process refunds if the heater goes down again. We are hoping the new part will arrive in time for the opening. The City’s website will be updated next week to reserve lap swim time slots. Passes may be purchased at City Hall or at the pool during lap swim.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Children’s Day at the Winters Community library is Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free, multi-cultural program for the whole family will feature storytelling and a special performance. Participate in fun activities and receive a FREE book!
  • The Big Day of Giving is May 5! Donations are now open.

Click here for more information on how to support our community-based organizations that give so much and make Winters the magical place it is.

 Did You Know?

  • Yolo County has announced the selection of a new County Administrator, subject to Board approval on April 26. Gerardo Pinedo comes to us from Los Angeles County with over twenty years of experience in county administration. He is scheduled to begin June 20. The press release is here. A hearty welcome to our new County Administrator!
  • Cache Creek is hiring! A job fair is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Meet with managers, interview, and get hired on the spot! Translators will be available. Please bring your ID and resume. Transportation to and from is available from Lorenzo’s Marketplace at 121 E. Grant. The shuttle departs at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Yolo County Archives newsletter is out for Spring 2022, available here. The history available in these newsletters and through the archives is a treasure trove.

 Upcoming Council Meeting – May 3rd

The meeting will be via Zoom, although we hope to test our hybrid platform with staff and the mayor.

Woot Woot!

Happy, Earth Day, everyone. Today is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day. Begun in 1970, Earth Day is the beginning of the modern environmental movement. As I was researching Earth Day, I came across this website www.earthday.org/history/ and noticed the reference below:

THE IDEA FOR THE FIRST EARTH DAY

Senator Gaylord Nelson, the junior senator from Wisconsin, had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States.  Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a teach-in on college campuses to the national media, and persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair.  They recruited Denis Hayes, a young activist, to organize the campus teach-ins and they choose April 22, a weekday falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, to maximize the greatest student participation. 

Pete McCloskey and his wife Helen reside here in Winters, having moved into town from the Capay Valley about a year ago. Along with many others, their contributions to environmental awareness and sustainability helped launch a better understanding of how we collectively impact our place on this planet.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

In honor of Earth Day, I’m pleased to announce that five members of the community have come forward to serve on the newly formed Climate Action Commission and were appointed to the City Council on Tuesday evening: Ken Britten, Gar House, Patrick Wall, Woody Fridae, and David Springer. Stay tuned for more on their efforts as they are seated and establish a work plan overseeing the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is available online here.


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04/27/2022 City of Winters/WJUSD 2×2 Meeting

CITY OF WINTERS/WINTERS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
2X2 MEETING
VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
*5:00 PM*
The meeting will be held via Zoom.
https://wintersjusd-org.zoom.us/j/93690776652
Meeting ID: 936 9077 6652


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04/26/2022 Planning Commission Cancellation

Notice (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission Meeting of Tuesday, April 26, 2022, is hereby canceled. The meeting is being adjourned to the next regular Planning Commission Meeting held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 6:30 PM Teleconference via Zoom.


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04/15/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
April 15, 2022

Greetings, all.  May 5th is the Big Day of Giving through the Sacramento Community Foundation. In its tenth year, this event garners some of the most significant support our local non-profits receive. And there are so many worthy causes that cross any number of different interests and passions. Please click here for more information and consider supporting a registered, community-based organization that helps make Winters so special.

Please Note:

  • Yolo Food Bank needs volunteers. To register for a local or regional event, please visit https://yolofoodbank.org/volunteer/. The Yolo Food Bank delivers nearly 12 million pounds of free, fresh food peryear, including at Winters High School distribution events, which supports approximately 170 local families a year.
  • UC Davis is conducting a survey of Latina, Latino, and Latinx college bound and college age students. They want to better understand how students are making decisions about attending community college. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win Solano Community College sweatshirts and t-shirts, four $25 gift cards, and two $50 gift cards. The 15- minute survey is available here. For more information, please contact Dr. Marcela Cuellar at marcuellar@ucdavis.edu.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • On Saturday, April 16, Winters Friends of the Library will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winters Library Teaching Garden, 708 Railroad Avenue. More information is available here via a Winters Express article. Visit the pollinator garden, buy some plants, and check out a book! Cash or check only for the plant sale please.
  • The Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, will offer free compost to all Yolo County residents from April 1 – 30, excluding landscapers. No appointment is needed; however, proof of residency with a driver's license or utility bill is required. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, from 6:30 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 8 am – 4 pm. Please bring a shovel and bags to load the compost yourself because loading equipment is not allowed. Customers needing a large quantity of compost may inquire about purchasing compost after this free event ends or by checking it with front office staff.
  • The Winters Theatre Company is celebrating Spring with a live Pop Up of five short lighthearted plays by new playwrights. Live musical interludes by the Yolo Ramblers will fill out the program. The event is Saturday, April 23 at 8pm at the historic 1886 Winters Opera House in Downtown Winters. What a great opportunity to get upstairs if you haven’t been before.  Reserved tickets can be purchased at winterstheatre.org. Limited tickets will be available at the door on a first come first basis.  All seats will be $12.  Call 530-795-4014 for more information.
  • Saturday, May 7, is the annual Garage Sale of the Rich and Famous. Over 80 homes will participate. The majority of activity will be located in City Park. To reserve a free spot for your treasures, please call Bruce at (530) 795-4919. Come early; the event is generally over by noon.

 Did You Know?

  • UC Davis with Healthy Yolo Together has been monitoring COVID in wastewater at several wastewater treatment facilities, including Winters’. The graph below was recently shared showing levels of COVID in sewage, which coincides with the surge of infections we experienced last winter. Healthy Yolo Together has now expanded to include the Central Valley. More information about the expanding partnership is available at https://healthycvtogether.org/.

 

Upcoming Council Meeting – April 19, 2022

We have a very full packet for Tuesday night, which is available here. The consent calendar includes appointing Karen Conerly to the Senior Commission on Aging, an update to the Senior Center naming opportunities, and the street closure request for the Youth Day Parade. Discussion items include reallocating grant funds for an emergency generator at the Community Center and general discussion about long term use of the Center, the Final Map for Walnut 10, affordable housing plan for the LDS subdivision, a military equipment use policy for the Police Department, and a general discussion regarding sports watering ballot initiatives. There will also be two presentations regarding regional and local groundwater usage as part of the background information for a staff recommendation to update the 2007 Water Master Plan, develop a drought contingency plan and compile condition assessment information for the water production and distribution system.

The meeting will be held via Zoom. The link is in the agenda packet. The upgrade to the Council Chamber A/V system is making good progress. New cameras have been installed, the wiring and connections simplified, and the noisy server for the streaming service is now nicely and quietly enclosed. We have a few more items on order and hope to test the hybrid platform in May.

Spring Cleaning

We want make sure the town is looking spruced up for spring. Please report graffiti on public property or utility boxes to Public Works at (530) 795-4291 and leave a message with the date and specific location of the graffiti. For private property, we appreciate it if owners would please remove graffiti within 48 hours. Many thanks.

Happy weekend. Happy Easter.


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04/18/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85727799402?pwd=MVZOWW5mRHVlYzd2WTlGSGlwQ3NBdz09
Meeting Time: 6:00pm

Meeting ID: 857 2779 9402
Passcode: 545067
One tap mobile: 1 669 900 6833


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04/08/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
April 8, 2022

Greetings, everyone. It’s warming up! Have a glorious weekend. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Toast of Winters tonight at the Community Center, beginning at 5:00 p.m., to recognize 2020 and 2021 community leaders. More information is here.

Calling All….

  • Volunteers! The Winters Historical Society operates its museum with volunteers. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. As a volunteer docent, even one shift a month would help this dedicated team. A volunteer meeting will be held at the Museum at 13 Russell Street on Thursday, April 14th at 5:30 PM. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact wintersmuseum@gmail.com.
  • Camp Counselors! The City operates Munchkin Camp during the summer months and needs instructional aides to coordinate programs, activities, and academic support for eager, fun loving kids. More information is here. To apply as an instruction aide, click here. Bring your energy, crafts, and/or parenting skills to make a difference in a child's life. Starting salary: $18/hr.
  • Future CPUC Employees! The California Public Utilities Commission is hosting a virtual open house on April 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. allowing job seekers to connect with six departments at the CPUC. Open positions include internships, analysts, engineers, administrative law judges, attorneys, managers, IT specialists, customer assistance, and more. Professional development, telework opportunities and competitive benefits packages are available. Your future begins here.
  • Local Employees! Just about every business in town needs help. Want a summer job, contact your favorite businesses. Volunteer if you just want to help out, get the blood flowing, meet your neighbors. There are no shortages of opportunities within the Winters community to help us grow and thrive.

Pool Updates:

  • The dreaded heater needs a new part, which is on order. Until the heater is fixed, the pool remains closed. We apologize for the delay in opening the pool. When the heater is fixed, we will open online reservations and begin selling passes. Stay tuned for more information.
  • We have filled our lifeguard spots. Thank you, new team members! We look forward to getting you certified and on the deck!
  • Youth swim programs will begin June 6. Sign ups for swim team will open the week of April 18 and swim lessons the week of May 2. There will be a tiered fee schedule by skill group for swim team. Also new this year is a scholarship program to assist students who participate in free or reduced meals within the Winters School District. A reduced fee of $75 will be available for all families who provide a copy of their eligibility for the District’s subsidized lunch program. In keeping with Bobbie Greenwood’s legacy, the scholarships will be funded with the Winters Swim Team funds, which Council approved at its April 5 meeting. More information for swim team and swim lessons will be available here.
  • The Winters Swim Team funds are primarily funded by proceeds from firework booth sales. In collaboration with Little League who will manage one large booth, the proceeds will be split between both programs. Swim parents – we need your help at the booth! Please volunteer for a two-hour shift to help support youth swim programs and scholarships. Information will be available on the deck during program orientation. Please watch for more information or reach out to Cathy Cowan.

Please Note….

  • Speaking of fireworks, City staff are finalizing arrangements for the fireworks show. The vendor is confirmed. Stay tuned for more information. We will seek donations to help cover the increasedcosts.
  • Winters Fire logoFire season is upon us. Please weed abate large parcels of land by April 11. Live in the Wildland Interface Zone and worried about fire risk? For a free inspection to learn more about defensible space, please contact Fire Marshal Art Mendoza at mendoza@cityofwinters.org. To learn more about hardening your home for wildfire, visit the California Fire Safe Council website here or www.readyforwildfire.org.
  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is looking for nominations for its Hall of Fame, honoring graduates, former employees and major contributors who have positively impacted the WJUSD family through their contributions in scholarship, athletics, student activities, career, community service, or to the school community as wjusd a whole. Nominations are due April 22.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The opening of the “Remembering Monticello” exhibit begins Friday, April 8, at the Winters History Museum. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. 13 Russell Street. For all you newcomers, the village of Monticello was purchased and inundated to create Lake Berryessa, forcing 250 residents to find new homes. A recent article is here. For more information about the Winters History Museum, please visit historicalsocietyofwinters.org.
  • The Winters High School Car Wash is scheduled for April 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Fire Station. Please support the senior class and swing through the car wash!
  • Youth Day Festivities are upon us! The return of the duck derby is Friday, April 29, beginning at 5 p.m. To help support Youth Day activities and scholarships, sponsor a duck! More information is here.
  • On Saturday, April 30, beginning at 7 a.m. Rotary and the Volunteer Fire Fighters will host a pancake breakfast at the Community Center. Then the Youth Day main parade will kick off at 9:45 a.m. followed by the kiddie parade at 10 a.m. Street closures on Main will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will lifted after the parade passes. Please watch for the No Parking Signs and ensure cars are moved out of the parade zone by the appropriate time. Activities are planned all day in City Park. More information is atwinters youth daywintersyouthday.com. To participate in the parade, please contact info@wintersyouthday.com.
  • Mark your calendars - the Garage Sale of the Rich & Famous returns on Saturday, May 7! Get your treasures ready for sale; more information in next week’s Friday Update about reserving a free spot at City Park. Or host a sale in your own driveway and take advantage of all the drive by traffic looking for treasures.

Upcoming Council Meeting – April 19th, via Zoom

City staff is working with a retired network engineer to stabilize the A/V system in the Council Chambers in order to provide in person and remote participation options for public meetings. We’re getting closer! Parts are on order. As soon as the work is completed, and we’ve been able to test the system, attending Council meetings in person will be available.

The April 19th agenda is quite full. We’ve scheduled presentations on municipal and regional water usage as part of a recommended update to the City’s Water Master Plan.  January – March 2022 have been the driest first three months of any year in California’s recorded history.  Water conservation measures will become increasingly important as we enter six plus months of heat and little to no rain on the horizon…

Woot Woot!

I would like to introduce our new Administrative Services Director, Cathy Mathews, to the Winters community. Cathy comes to us from the private sector, including entertainment, private education, and manufacturing. She is a credentialed human resources professional and has years of experience overseeing human resources, finance, IT, recreation, and maintenance operations. As a result of her experiences and skills, we will do a little reorganizing in the general government side of City Hall to leverage her background. Cathy began on Monday, and we are thrilled to have her on board. She can be reached at cathy.mathews@cityofwinters.org.


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04/13/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

Zoom Meeting Info

To join this meeting via Zoom 5:30pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88098197361?pwd=Ty8rclVVckxhZkpWclJ6V2M4ZzhrQT09

Meeting ID: 880 9819 7361
Passcode: 991915


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04/05/2022 City Council Meeting

The Winters City Council meeting will be conducted pursuant to AB 361:

  1. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:30pm.
    Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86205973361?pwd=d1YyYmVxeldXcEpjbDUxeFR5MFhoQT09 or dial (669) 900-6833
    Meeting ID: 862 0597 3361 
    Passcode: 036514
  2. 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.
  3. 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 cityclerk@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.

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04/04/2022 Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting

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, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. The Hispanic Advisory Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month via Zoom. Please contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.com for additional information.

Join Zoom - 6:30pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85702410568?pwd=RHFVL1VHUzFQa2FMOHJyZFRHd2lLQT09
Meeting ID: 857 0241 0568
Passcode: 024567


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TIME SENSITIVE: Power Outages in Solano county impacting Winters

Good afternoon, everyone. Please see the PG&E notification below regarding power outages due to a fire near the Vaca Dixon Substation. - Kathleen

https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/

FYI, there is a fire occurring right now close to PG&E’s Vaca Dixon substation.  In the interest of public safety, local fire officials have asked us to de-energize power lines until that fire has been cleared.  Customers in Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun, and Winters are currently being impacted.  Letting you know in case you hear from your constituents.

As I hear more, I will keep you informed.

Many thanks,

Clay Merrill | Local Government Relations Representative
Yolo, Solano, and Colusa Counties
Pacific Gas and Electric Company


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