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09/24/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting

09/24/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info

Zoom meeting ID: 840 3755 8648
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Meetings: Agendas and Packets (pdf)

  • 09/24/2020 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda

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Friday update 9-18-2020

There are a lot of clean cars in Winters this week.  Thanks to the Winters Fire Department, Winters Police Department and Kona Ice, people were able to get their cars washed and raise money for fire victims on Sunday September 13, 2020.  Good job by all the Fire, Police and Kona people, and good job to all the folks that came and got their cars washed.  Once again, the community spirit in Winters has provided for those in need.

Tuesday night the City Council recognized the service of Dan Maguire and Carol Scianna to the City of Winters.  We had hoped to have a party, but, you know…..COVID…. Do we need to say more?

We also received a presentation from Kate Laddish and Elaine Roberts Musser on Emergency preparedness and Evacuation Planning for Vulnerable Populations.   This included a copy of the Recommendations to the Yolo County Supervisors on January 28, 2020.  You can find the report here  http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020_0915CityCouncilPacket.pdf   The report starts on page 47.

We also received an update and information on how various emergency alerts are sent out by Dana Carey with Yolo County OES.  I would encourage everyone to sign up for the alert system at www.yolo-alert.org and put ALL your phone numbers and addresses into the system for the best coverage possible for the alerting system within Yolo County.  To view an evacuation map, go to www.evacuate.yolocounty.org for the map, you can put in your address and it will tell you your evacuation zone.

John Donlevy gave us a BIG list of projects that he and everyone else at City Hall is working on or needs to work on in the coming months and years.  Hopefully this will help our new City Manager see what a great cooperative team of people are working here at City Hall as we all work together on this project list.

Excitement is in the air about the receipt of the Grant for the Winters Senior Center.  We are getting lots of questions of what the next step is and when that will happen.  The next step is that the City of Winters needs to enter into a contract for the Grant with the State of California.  That typically takes 4-6 weeks to get the contract into the hands of City Staff, so we are still waiting on that.  Once the contract is signed by both parties, we are ready to put the project out to bid.  This means it will be advertised for builders to review the plans and provide the City with a bid on constructing the project.  Once that happens, we will review all the bids and award and contract for construction and construction can begin.  It is a process that is determined by State and Federal guidelines since they are providing the bulk of the money for the project.  We have to follow the rules, and in the end, we will have a beautiful facility for the Senior population of our City.

We have received notification from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Vector Control District that invasive (meaning not native to California) mosquitos have been found in Winters.  I know with all the smoke in the air we haven’t been doing a lot of outdoor activities, but, we need to be sure that we eliminate standing water to minimize the mosquitos.  Ground mosquito control treatments did take place this morning and will take place again on Monday 9-21-2020 between 2am and 5am.  If you would like to sign up for mosquito control notifications you can do so here https://www.fightthebite.net/services/spray-notifications/

Yolo County is launching a Small Business Grant Program today with the launch of the website for information and the grant application period begins on September 28, 2020 at 9 AM.  The website for the program is www.yolocounty.org/small-business-grant

You can email questions to SBGprogram@yolocounty.org.

Seems like I put a lot of links into this week’s update, but, hopefully it will provide good information for everyone.

Have a good weekend

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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Mosquito Control Treatment Scheduled:

**MOSQUITO CONTROL TREATMENT SCHEDULED AFTER DETECTION OF INVASIVE MOSQUITOES**
The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has informed the City of Winters that more invasive mosquitos have been found in Winters. Since the initial detection on Tuesday 9/15 Mosquito & Vector Control District staff has conducted door-to-door inspections and their laboratory set out additional traps. Surveillance results detected immature mosquitos developing in different water sources found in backyards and flying adult mosquitos in various homes. As a result of these findings, they will be responding with ground mosquito control treatments targeting immature and adult mosquitos early tomorrow Friday (9/18) and Monday (9/21) morning. The treatments will take place between Anderson Rd on the north, Wild Rose Ln on the east, West Main St on the west and Wolfskill St on the south. The treatments will take place between 2:00am-5:00am. Over the next few weeks, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District will continue to work diligently to assess the scope of the infestation and continue with ongoing inspections and treatments as necessary. If you would like to receive notifications and updates regarding mosquito control and upcoming treatments please go to: https://www.fightthebite.net/services/spray-notifications/


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FIRST DETECTION OF INVASIVE MOSQUITOES IN YOLO COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (pdf)
September 15, 2020

Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@FIGHTtheBITE.net

FIRST DETECTION OF INVASIVE MOSQUITOES IN YOLO COUNTY
--Aedes aegypti mosquito found in Winters

Elk Grove, Ca. -- The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that it has detected the invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti in Yolo County. The adult female mosquito was found in a trap near East and Main street in the city of Winters. This is the first discovery of invasive mosquitoes for the 2020 season within District boundaries and the first detection ever in Yolo County. “As part of our ongoing surveillance program, we have been setting traps looking for invasive mosquitoes,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “Finding this mosquito for the first time likely means it could possibly be established anywhere. We will continue to work diligently to look for and identify locations where these mosquitoes can be breeding,” emphasized Goodman.  In August of 2019, invasive mosquitoes were found for the first time in Citrus Heights, however, they have not been found anywhere in Sacramento County this season.

Aedes aegypti are small, dark mosquitoes that lay eggs above water in small containers such as flower pots, pet dishes, bird baths, tin cans, tires and other containers as small as a bottle cap that are commonly found in backyards. The public plays a key role in helping to control the spread of this mosquito because their behavior makes them very difficult to find. “We need your help! If you are being bitten throughout the day or notice more mosquitoes in your yard, please give the District a call to request a free inspection,” indicated Goodman. All residents are also urged to inspect their yards daily and drain all sources of stagnant water.

In response to the new detection site, the District will enhance surveillance efforts by setting up additional traps in surrounding neighborhoods that will help assess the spread of the infestation. Field technicians will conduct door to door inspections looking for potential mosquito breeding sites, conduct appropriate treatments as necessary and talk to residents about preventive measures around their home.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is not native to California; it is an aggressive mosquito that prefers to bite people during the day and has the potential to transmit serious diseases including Zika, dengue and chikungunya. These mosquitoes are now permanently established throughout the state and were recently found for the first time in Sutter and Shasta counties. Neighboring San Joaquin County had initially detected these mosquitoes  last year and found them again this past July.

Residents experiencing mosquito bites during the day should report them immediately by calling 1-800-429-1022 or requesting service at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

For additional information regarding invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes visit the

California Department of Public Health:   https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Aedes-aegypti-and-Aedes-albopictus-mosquitoes.aspx


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09/21/2020 Winters Putah Creek Committee Meeting

Meeting Instructions - 09/21/2020

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 Carol - 530-794-6715 / Carol.Scianna@cityofwinters.org   OR  Kristine - 530-794-6708 / Kristine.DeGuerre@cityofwinters.org  FOR ADDITIONAL MEETING INSTRUCTIONS.

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9-11-2020 Friday Update

Today is the 19th anniversary of the attacks on the twin towers in New York City, and the Pentagon.  Many people and organizations have taken the time today to remember those who lost their lives on 9-11-01, including the Winters Fire and Police Departments with a ceremony at 8:46 am to signify when the first tower was hit.  I am reminded today in particular, of how dedicated our first responders are to our communities as I remember scenes from that day.  Here in California we have had a lot of experience depending on our first responders as we have experienced fire after fire these last few years.  I am thankful for all those police officers, sheriff deputies, and firefighters that work so diligently to keep people safe during these incidents.  Thank you to all first responders for all you do for our community.

Today we also broke ground for the newest park in the City of Winters.  3 Oaks Park will be the newest, and one of the biggest parks in the City of Winters when it is complete.   Former City Manager John W. Donlevy, Jr., was the MC for the event, and, as always, was informative on the history of the development of 3 Oaks Park.  This groundbreaking will be the final official act John will perform for our community, with the exception of presenting a project list and transition plan during the 9/15/2020 City Council Meeting.

A few things from last week:

Tuesday September 8, 2020 the Planning Commission approved the Site Plan and Design for a new Single Family Home on Orchard Lane, approved the addition of a parklet on Russell Street for expanded outdoor dining for The Preserve, and approved a tentative map to subdivide property into 7 lots on the corner of Taylor Street and Kennedy Drive.

The Senior Commission meet on Wednesday September 9, and discussed their resource guide, Blue Mountain Terrace Apartments, and discussed the fact that the City of Winters received notification of the award of the $3,500,000 grant for construction of the Senior Center(the announcement was received about half an hour after I sent out last week’s Friday update).

Thursday John Donlevy worked at Winters City Hall to complete his agenda report for the 9/15/2020 City Council Meeting.  This will most likely be the final Winters City Council meeting that John will attend.  Once he completed his agenda report, I wandered by to see that he had removed all of his personal items from the City Manager’s Office and he pointed out where a few things were for the next City Manager’s use.  That office is now completely lacking any personality whatsoever.  Where it once was an office full of information and photos about the City of Winters, and displayed a lot of the history of the City of Winters, it now is just four slightly discolored white walls.

Looking forward to next week, the 9/15/2020 Winters City Council meeting will include the following items:

We will recognize the contributions that both Dan Maguire and Carol Scianna made to the City of Winters during their time with the City of Winters as they enjoy their retirement.  We would have loved to have a party to celebrate the next part of their journey with them, but, Covid-19 has put a halt to all kinds of celebrations, and sadly, that included our ability to provide that type of recognition to Carol and Dan.  Both Dan and Carol retired from the City of Winters on June 30, 2020.

We will also receive presentations from Dana Carey with Yolo County Office of Emergency Services regarding emergency notifications an preparedness, from Fire Chief Brad Lopez providing updates on the LNU lightning complex and Markely Cove Fire, and from Kate Laddish on emergency preparedness and evacuation planning services for Seniors and People with access and functional needs.

Discussion items include The Claim for Transportation Development Act Funds for 2020-2021, Request for extending the closure of Main Street, and the request for reimbursement from Bid funds for expenses for creating the Main Street eating area for outdoor dining.

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager


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09/15/2020 City Council Meeting

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.

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Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters


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Friday update 9-4-2020

Shelly’s Friday update 9-4-2020

Items from this week’s City Council meeting:

  • The City Council approved a proclamation for Fall Prevention Awareness week for September 21-25
  • The City Council approved the tentative map for the NeighborWorks project.
  •  The City Council received an update on the Winters Downtown Business Association
  • The City Council approved the acceptance of a grant for Vehicle Charging Stations to be installed at various locations within the City of Winters.
  • The City Council Authorized City Staff to apply for funding through the Prop 68 park grant for improvements to parks within the City of Winters.

Next week is the Planning Commission Meeting on Tuesday September 8, 2020, included on that agenda are the following items:

  • Public Hearing for Site Plan and Design Review for a single-family home on Orchard Lane.
  • Public Hearing for consideration of outdoor seating for the Preserve Restaurant.
  • Public Hearing for consideration of a tentative map to subdivide 2.59 acres on the corner of Taylor St. and Kennedy Dr.

You can find the agenda on the City of Winters website: http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2020_0908PlanningCommissionPacket.pdf

There will be a groundbreaking for the new park in the Stones Throw development on Friday September 11, 2020.

The Winters Fire and Police Department along with the Winters Volunteer Firefighter Association are sponsoring a drive through car wash to aid fire victims on Saturday September 13, 2020.  Kona Ice will also be at the car wash and will donate their proceeds to the fire victims.

Monday is Labor Day, a day celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.  This year has seen so many American workers struggle, whether the struggle is figuring out how to teach remotely, work remotely, not working at all,  or working in areas that have had their ability to prosper so drastically affected by shut-downs and limits on business operations.  While many are struggling, it is the American worker that will propel us out of the current economic situation and bring strength, prosperity and well-being back to our country.  So, I am going to celebrate all the American workers from the past, and, pray  for those still working, and those anxiously waiting to get back to work,  as I rest up this Labor Day holiday

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management
City of Winters


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09/08/2020 Planning Commission Meeting

Meeting Instructions - September 8, 2020

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.

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09/08/2020 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet)


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09/01/2020 City Council Meeting

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Meeting ID: 872 7579 0214

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Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters


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Info for Businesses – re-opening in Yolo County

Information for Businesses for re-opening in Yolo County

The Yolo County Covid-19 Business page provides a Business tool box for businesses that are re-opened or re-opening within Yolo County.  This includes forms that can be printed and used in your place of Business. The Yolo County Covid-19 Business Page can be found at the following link <CLICK> (external website)


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Help for Those Affected by NorCal Wildfires — Assistance Available



 

SOLANO COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

Property status hotline for residents - as of August 26, 2020


Solano County residents impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire can call the phone number provided to learn the status of their property in the fire zone. This hotline will be staffed by the Solano County Office of Emergency Services until 9pm, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Please call 707-784-1624

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See below for FEMA Assistance


 

FEMA Assistance Available:

August 25, 2020

Help for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties

 FEMA Assistance Available -- Apply Now

On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the White House approved California's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state's emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and support impacted residents in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties.

This declaration helps people in those counties through support and services that includes:

  • Crisis counseling
  • Housing and unemployment assistance
  • Legal services

If you sustained losses from the Northern California fires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo Counties, you can now apply for assistance. 

To begin the process:

1. Apply online with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

OR

2. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).

We encourage you to apply online whenever possible. 

Important! If you have insurance, FEMA's process may designate you "inelgible" for benefits even though they may rightfully be yours. If you receive a denial letter, you may appeal/reapply within 60 days to keep your file open with FEMA while you settle your claim with your insurance provider.

  • FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but may be able to help where homeowner's insurance did not.
  • You have up to 12 months from the date you apply with FEMA to submit your insurance settlement records for review. If your settlement has been delayed longer than 30 days from the time you filed your claim, you may write FEMA to explain the reason for the delay. Any funds you get from FEMA would then be considered an advance and must be repaid when you get your settlement.

When applying, you will be asked for information that includes your:

  1. Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Qualified Alien
  2. Annual Household Income
  3. Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
  4. Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
  5. Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

*If you would like to review your application status online, you must provide an email address. If you do not provide an email address, you will have to contact FEMA to get updates on the status of your application. 

Undocumented immigrants may be eligible for resources and services

For information, download the Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians (English / Spanish) from the California Department of Social Services website.

Organizations: Help us spread the word. Please share this information with your networks.

 

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08/25/2020 Winters City Council Special Meeting

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Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters

08/25/2020 Special City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda


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08/24/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting

08/27/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info

Zoom meeting ID: 840 3755 8648
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  • 08/27/2020 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda

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City of Winters City Manager Recruitment Community Input

Opportunity for Community Input
Recruitment of City Manager
City of Winters

SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE SURVEY BY SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

The City of Winters has retained the executive recruitment services of Peckham & McKenney, Inc. to conduct the search for the next City Manager.  The firm’s President, Bobbi Peckham, will personally conduct this search process.  The initial step in the recruitment is the creation of a Candidate Profile that will be used to actively recruit potential candidates.  The Candidate Profile includes information regarding the community, organization, position, and process of applying.

To ensure a timely process, Ms. Peckham has met with members of the Winters City Council to obtain their input on the Profile, and a marketing brochure has been created and is available at https://www.peckhamandmckenney.com/city-manager-city-of-winters-ca.

While the recruitment process has begun, and Ms. Peckham is actively recruiting potential candidates, the City Council invites members of the community to also provide input regarding the Candidate Profile via a survey.  Information obtained from this survey will further assist the City Council and Ms. Peckham in the screening of applicants.  The City Council thanks you in advance and appreciates your time and thoughtful response to the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQG8XW9

What exactly is a City Manager?

The City Manager is appointed by and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council.   They are responsible for making sure that basic services such as utilities, sanitation, and road maintenance are provided efficiently to citizens in the community. These highly trained, experienced women and men are committed to meeting these challenges each and every day, 24 hours a day. The job involves working with a range of individuals involved in public safety, public works, economic development, and dozens of other service areas to move the community toward a common goal and respond to problems efficiently and effectively.

The City Manager provides the expertise of a highly trained, nonpolitical, experienced professional who has the experience, administrative qualifications, and education to produce results.  They also provide accountability to citizens through the City Council, who hires the City Manager as an “at-will” employee and who can fire that person at any time through a majority vote. Professional City Managers are typically members of the International City/County Management Association (http://www.icma.org) and subscribe to a stringently enforced Code of Ethics that governs not only their professional but their personal actions as well.

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Building Department Closures

The Building Department will be closed:
08/17/2020, 9:30am-4pm
08/18/2020, 9:30am-1pm
08/19/2020, 9:30am-4pm
08/14/2020, Closed all day
08/28/2020, Closed all day


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08/18/2020 City Council Meeting

Meeting Instructions 08/18/2020

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.  Public Safety Facility Fire Bay will be open to the public, but again, you are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the 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:
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Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters


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