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09/24/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
September 24, 2021

Greetings, all. Fall is upon us! Which means the town will be decorated to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, fall harvest, and Halloween. And it’s getting cooler! What a great time to stroll around downtown and the various neighborhoods to see how people have decorated. For information about the scarecrow festival, please read below…

COVID-19

  • Yolo County is looking for volunteers to assist with vaccination clinics. Volunteers assist with set up, take down, registration, screening, vaccination, traffic control, translation, medical observation and overall management of the vaccination clinics. Anyone sixteen years of age and older can volunteer and community service certificates can be issued for volunteer hours upon request. Volunteers must complete the “Medical Points of Dispensing (MPOD)” course at http://yolopodclasses.org before applying to volunteer. For more information, please email coordinator@yolocounty.org.

Please Note:

  • People are still falling victim to phone scams; please be careful and do not provide personal information to callers, even if they say they are from Amazon…
  • The new playground equipment that has been installed at both Blue Oak and Valley Oak Parks need replacement pieces so the equipment will be closed for one to two weeks while we wait for the new parts. Please remain off the equipment in the meantime as it has not been certified as ready for playtime. Also, work continues at Three Oaks Park. The landscape will require a three-month establishment period once completely installed before the park opens in order for the plant material to take hold. We’ll keep you posted on that schedule.
  • The new EV chargers at the Community Center have been programmed and are ready for use. Please note users will be charged for use.
  • We’re still looking for a tractor for the Putah Creek entrance into town….If you have an old one rusting in a field someplace, we would be happy to relocate it and provide a tax donation letter or purchase it at a reasonable cost…I’m told the damaged tractor cannot be repaired.
  • The pool heater thermometer needs to be replaced; the part has been ordered. In the meantime, during the week, staff manually heats the pool in the morning and turns it off around noon. Staff is also tarping the water to help maintain a comfortable water temperature. However, the weekend water temperatures will be chillier until the heater can be repaired since no one will be able to manually set the heater…Apologies for the inconvenience.
  • An Information Technology Virtual Career Fair will be held on October 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will provide job seekers the opportunity to connect with over 30 State of California departments that are actively looking to fill hundreds of information technology openings. Attendees will gain access to live virtual booths where they can ask questions directly to departments. Interested parties can register for the job fair at https://tinyurl.com/36jwkjsror or by visiting the YoloWorks! webpage. The State of California will also offer an hour-long “How to Begin Your Information Technology Career” seminar at 10 a.m. during the virtual career fair.
  • The City of Winters is looking for a shebang Administrative Services Director to replace Shelly Gunby who is retiring in 2022 following a 25-year career at City Hall. More information is here if you know of a municipal finance professional!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Chamber is ready to kick off the Scarecrow Festival! There were so many outstanding decorations around town last year. More information and images are available here. I can’t wait to see what people come up with this year…
  • Yolo County Library will host a free virtual screening of the documentary "Not If, But When: Wildfire Solutions" on Monday, October 4, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., which will be followed by a Q&A with the directors. This 40-minute film delves into the controversial world of wildfire solutions with their pros and cons and their successes and challenges. The film includes expert interviews, drone footage, historical data and maps. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Davis Library.

Zoom Link:   https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71587167061?pwd=TzdZNis5SklJTjFGTGJndjZNU1Yxdz09 

Zoom Meeting ID: 717 8716 7061; Zoom Passcode:  8niYbT

Did You Know?

This week’s cultural corner is brought to you by the Yolo County Library System, which is celebrating Banned Books Week, September 26 – October 2.  This annual event celebrates the freedom to read whatever you want. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”  The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 are listed here yolocountylibrary.org/banned—books. Banned Books Week was launched by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It celebrates the value of free and open access to information while highlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Happy reading to all you readers out there! Open minds = open hearts.

  • The Davis League of Women’s Voters is hosting a virtual community forum, “Health Reform & Social Justice: Opportunities for Reducing Inequity and Addressing Health Disparities” on Wednesday, October 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This forum aims to educate voters about our current healthcare model and how it impacts local care access, affordability, quality and equity. Use the QR code or type in the link address for more information.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is October 5, via Zoom. Staff is preparing a large discussion item related to Council priorities, the FY 20-21 budget surplus and American Rescue Plan funding, as well as a variety of proposed projects that can be funded with these sources.

Woot Woot!

I love how Winters celebrates the fall, and how the town comes together to decorate and beautify. I like to say it takes a team at work, and a village at home. I love pots (plural), and the planter pot outside of City Hall’s main entrance is fantastic, so a big thank you to the Guerilla Gardeners who maintain pots and planter beds around downtown.

 

And another big thank you to the Hispanic Advisory Committee members who decorated downtown for Hispanic Heritage Month. In their honor, and in honor of all of our Hispanic community members (from whence they came recently or five generations ago), please take the time to sample some carnitas or any of your other favorite dishes from our local restaurants. HAC may have canceled the Festival de la Comunidad, but we can still savor the flavors of Hispanic culture. From my family to yours, !Viva España! And to all the other countries that make up Hispanic cultures.

 

And talk about community collaboration! The Winters booth at the Sacramento Farm to Fork Festival last weekend was nothing short of phenomenal. I understand kudos go to Lynda and Bill Hinds and Emarie and Nick Vangalio. “Stay and savor the charm” is a great tag line. So well done, everyone.


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09/20/2021 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

Natural Resources Commission Meeting 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, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. Please contact Kristine - 530-794-6708 / Kristine.DeGuerre@cityofwinters.org for additional instructions.

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

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


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09/17/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 17, 2021
Greetings, all. I’ve noted lots of tidbits below. It looks like a glorious weekend out there. Enjoy it wherever the weekend adventures take you. I’ll take 86 over 106 any day. And yay for rain along the NorCal coast!

COVID-19
The County has continued its call-to-order vaccine for home and businesses. Phone numbers to schedule an appointment in English, Spanish or Russian are in the box. The service is free and available to all Yolo County residents 12 and older. Public health experts indicate that vaccines and indoor masking are the most effective way to minimize the spread of COVID.

Please Note:
❖ The restrooms at Rotary Park are closed for a few days; the water main into the restrooms is leaking and needs to be repaired so the water has been shut off. A sign was posted. Apologies for the inconvenience.
❖ Waste Management has been experiencing staffing challenges and has returned to dividing the City in two sections for brush collection (Grant Ave is the dividing line). Drivers will alternate routes on regularly scheduled days. There is no change to curbside trash, recycling and green waste service. To contact Waste Management, please click here.
❖ The Winters Fire Department August newsletter is available  here.
❖ September is National Literacy Month! The Yolo County Library system is looking for tutors and participants for its Yolo Reads Program. The program helps adults improve reading and writing skills with individual tutoring. More information is here.
❖ The City’s street rehabilitation project is switching gears. The slurry portion of the project is complete (looks great!). Grind and pave along Railroad (Russell to Grant), Russell (Railroad to 2nd), Morgan (Grant to E. Main) and East Street (E. Main to the sewer pump station) is scheduled to begin on October 14. Striping of the newly slurried and paved roads will occur after all pavement work is completed. Please note: the grinding is necessary to lay down new pavement and will be loud…We appreciate everyone’s patience during this important work.
❖ New playground at Valley Oak Park is in process. A defective platform needs to be replaced so the new equipment will be closed until the new part arrives….At least it doesn’t have a microchip…Installation of new equipment at Blue Oak Park continues next week.
❖ Staff is establishing an account with Blink for the new EV chargers at the Community Center. Users will need to pay for using the chargers and extended charging will result in an occupancy fee to encourage drivers to move their vehicles so other cars can be charged. Once the system has been programmed, the chargers will be turned on.

Don’t Miss Out!
❖ Yolo County is going through the redistricting process for its Board of Supervisors. On Monday, September 27, Redistricting Commissioner Mia Durham will host a community forum at the Public Safety Facility, 702 W. Main Street, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be in-person, masks required. To RSVP, please email mia_arc@yochadehe-nsn.gov. More information regarding the redistricting process is available here.

Did You Know?
❖ The first human case of West Nile was recently diagnosed inYolo County. The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent the bite of an infected mosquito. Following the 7 D’s decreases the risk of
mosquito bites. For more information, please visit www.fightthebite.net.
➢ DRAIN any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
➢ DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outside. These are the times when mosquitoes are most active.
➢ DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
➢ DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
➢ DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition. This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
➢ DISTRICT personnel are available to address any mosquito problem you may be experiencing by calling 1-800-429-1022.

Upcoming Council Meeting – Tuesday, September 21 via Zoom
Please click on the link (Open link from this document here)for the 9/21 agenda. Items include: updating the Public Works standard specifications, accepting the Final Map for Three Oaks Park, appointing Ethan Walsh as the City Attorney and amending the retainer amount for BBK, purchasing a vehicle for Public Works, awarding a contract for the new influent screen at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, an update on SB 9 and SB 10, setting the public hearing date for the adoption of the Building and Fire Code for October 19, and a letter of support for First 5’s Welcome Baby program.
On a related note, I would like to thank Iris Yang for her service as City Attorney this last year. We wish her many happy adventures as she heads into a much deserved retirement. As noted above, subject to Council approval, Ethan Walsh has agreed to return to Winters as lead City Attorney. Assistant City Attorney Joanna Gin will continue to be our daily legal resource – thank you, Ethan and Joanna. And congratulations, Iris! Enjoy your time!

Woot Woot!
Last weekend was the 20th anniversary of 9/11, which seemed to make it more impactful than prior years, at least for me. What a terrifying day that was for the thousands of people directly affected by the terrorist attacks, and the millions of people glued to their televisions in dumb-struck horror. We honor those who died that day, who ran into flaming buildings to save thousands, who stormed a cockpit to avert more deaths while facing their own. To the rescuers and everyday heroes who responded, volunteered, fed and cared for others, who pulled together to offer comfort, and to those who answered the call of duty and joined the armed forces. We honor you all, and each other, for representing the best of American ideals and values. For coming together, united.


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09/21/2021 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 shelly.gunby@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 shelly.gunby@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.
    Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86205973361?pwd=d1YyYmVxeldXcEpjbDUxeFR5MFhoQT09
    Meeting ID: 862 0597 3361
    Passcode: 036514

Council Chambers are located at 318 First Street, Winters, meeting location may vary. Please see agenda.


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No Weekly Update – Sharing COVID testing and vaccination info

Good afternoon, everyone. There will not be a Friday Update this week, but I did want to share COVID testing and vaccination information. Information is below and attached.

Also, the Healthy Yolo testing facility in front of the library is available Tuesdays and Thursdays. More information is linked here<https://healthydavistogether.org/schooltesting/winters/>. No appointment necessary; however, if you register in advance you’ll move through the process more quickly. This is a saliva based test so no drinking or eating within 30 minutes of spitting into the test kit!

Feel free to distribute the attached flyers in your social media or post in your store windows. The Call to Order Vaccine Service has been extended through September. It doesn’t get any easier than having someone come to your home or workplace to get vaccinated.

Have a good week,

Kathleen


On September 13, Yolo County and the Yolo County Office of Education will be hosting a Yolo County School Safety Webinar! Join us for a virtual school safety webinar with Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson and County Superintendent Garth Lewis. Experts from the fields of public health and education join together to share best practices to keep children safe and schools open. Please invite everyone who may be interested in joining (flyer is attached). Watch on Facebook live at https://fb.me/e/2BYTUf2HX.

Last week on Sept. 1 CDPH published updated guidance for K-12 schools. Notably, the new guidance provides recommendations and requirements for school-based extracurricular activities. The new section extends the requirements and recommendations in the Guidance for K-12 Schools to all extracurricular activities that are operated or supervised by schools, and all activities that occur on a school site, whether or not they occur during school hours, including, but not limited to, sports, band, chirus, and clubs. I recommend reading the full guidance for K-12 schools at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/K-12-Guidance-2021-22-School-Year.aspx.

Additionally, FAQ sections have been added to accompany the decision trees that have been developed for exposures in K-12 settings and exposures in non-k-12/non-medical settings. The FAQs cover how to count the days since exposure to calculate when quarantine can end, the difference between isolation and quarantine, what a modified quarantine is, and more. The two decision trees and the new FAQs are available on our Roadmap to Recovery page: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap

And, as always, our upcoming clinics are:

*   Thursday, 9/9 at HHSA Bauer Building in Woodland from 5 - 7pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   Monday, 9/13 at HHSA West Sacramento (500 Jefferson Blvd. Building A. #162 Community Room) from 5 - 7pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   Thursday, 9/16 at HHSA Bauer Building in Woodland from 5 - 7pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   Friday, 9/17 at River Cats Baseball Game (Sutter Health Park, 400 Ballpark Dr.) Starting at 7. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   The call to order vaccine program continues to deliver vaccine through the month of September


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09/03/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)  
September 3, 2021

Happy Labor Day, everyone. I hope you enjoy the long weekend. Thank you to all those essential workers who support us in our every day lives – in stores and restaurants, the supermarket and gas stations, all the delivery drivers, agricultural workers, teachers, police and fire and City Hall workers, plus the dog walking, grocery delivering helpers. We appreciate you and need you! Gracias.

COVID-19

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is partnering with Healthy Yolo Together to offer free, saliva-based COVID-19 testing in front of the library at 708 Railroad for WJUSD staff, students and the community. The site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) More information is linked HERE. Thank you WJUSD & Healthy Yolo Together for this important public health service.
  • Yolo County continues to offer free vaccination service at your home or worksite.

Please Note:

  • The blood banks need blood donations. Please swing by the Community Center on September 13 from 1 – 6 p.m. to donate. Information in the box.
  • Due to the unprecedented drought and extremely dry conditions, PG&E is updating equipment settings to automatically turn off power if an object strikes a line or there is an issue with the equipment. This “fast trip” setting reduces the risk of a potential wildfire and will be used when wildfire potential is the greatest, most often in late summer and fall. Fast trip outages are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). For more information, visit pge.com/wildfiresafety. For questions, please email wildfiresafety@pge.com or call 1-800-PGE-5000.

 Upcoming Council Meeting – September 7, 2021

We have a very busy agenda for next Tuesday, link HERE. There are two public hearings: one for the draft Housing Element Update and the other extending the urgency ordinance prohibiting grading permits unless conditions established by the City Council have been satisfied. We will also recommend that the City Council adopt updated building and fire codes. The consent calendar includes the formation of the Natural Resources Commission, appointments to the Senior Commission on Aging and the Yolo County Habitat Conservancy Implementation Advisory Committee, bond amounts for the City Clerk and City Treasurer, the appointment of Shelly Gunby as interim City Clerk, budget amendments for two public works projects, and the designation of Jesse Loren as a voting delegate for the CalCities annual membership meeting.

City Hall Tidbits

  • Sometimes it’s the basics that really count, or the simple things. Tom Davis, our contract building official, has been quietly settling in. If you’re looking for him, just peak through the Building Division door and he’ll let you know if he’s out for inspections. We might not see his sign as much though, since our new part-time permit technician starts on Tuesday, Lauren Shelley. Come on by and say hello.
  • Captain Art Mendoza, Driver Operator Jr. Mederos and Firefighter Cameron Simental have been working the Dixie Fire for the past week. Our thanks go out to them and all the emergency responders on all the fire lines.
  • We’re always looking for volunteers for the fire department. It’s a great team, doing great work for the community. For more information, please click HERE.
  • After almost 25 years Administrative Services Director Shelly Gunby has announced her final retirement plans and will depart City Hall mid-January. We’ve opened a recruitment to replace her. More information is available HERE. If you know a municipal finance professional who wants to work for a great community, please help spread the word. Applications are due by October 6.

Woot Woot!

  • A huge thank you to all the new volunteers for Meals on Wheels, which had to reduce service to our seniors in need due to a shortage of volunteers. It seems a few of you responded to the call to action, so a very big thank you. It takes a village! If you would like to help out, please see mowyolo.org; call (530) 662-7035 or email volunteer@mowyolo.org for more information.
  • Major kudos to all the students and artists with the Winters Participation Gallery who painted the mural on the wall of Kountry Kitchen at the corner of Railroad and Grant. Mark your calendars - The students and lead artists will sign the mural on September 14th at the Winters Market from 6pm-7pm. Thank you for helping to beautify Winters one wall at a time!

For more information about the murals around town and the Winters Participation Gallery, please visit their website at www.wintersparticipationgallery.org/home .


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Saliva Based Covid-19 Testing

The Winters Joint Unified School District is partnering with Healthy Yolo Together to offer free, saliva-based COVID-19 testing in front of the library at 708 Railroad for WJUSD staff, students and the community. The site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) More information is linked here.


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09/08/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

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

Meeting ID: 880 9819 7361       Passcode: 991915

 


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Covid Testing Update

The Winters Joint Unified School District is partnering with Healthy Yolo Together to offer free, saliva-based COVID-19 testing in front of the library at 708 Railroad for WJUSD staff, students and the community. The site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) More information is linked here.


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09/07/2021 City Council Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81573133304?pwd=U3phaUFta1ltWnBuU28rTWcrN3pFUT09
Meeting ID: 8155 7313 3304     Passcode: 915040     To call into the hearing (audio only), dial +1 669 900 6833

Council Chambers are located at 318 First Street, Winters, meeting location may vary. Please see agenda.


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08/27/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 27, 2021

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

  • Yolo County is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, with 88% of those hospitalized being unvaccinated. Locally, there has been enough concern that event organizers have cancelled several events, including Evening on the Bridge, Porchfest, and the Carnitas Festival. As much as we would all like to move beyond COVID, or to find that crystal ball that will help us know what to plan for when, it seems we’re still on the pandemic rollercoaster ride.
  • The Pfizer vaccine has now been granted full approval by the FDA. More information about vaccines and vaccination locations is available here. Yolo County has extended its free call-to-order vaccine program through September 30; it doesn’t get any easier than that having someone come to your home or job to get vaccinated. Please call (530) 902-3230 to schedule an appointment between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or (530) 379-3465 for Spanish speakers.
  • Yolo County is offering a third dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for people ages 12 & up with moderate to severe immune compromise. For more information, please click here.

Please Note:

  • Looking for a rewarding part-time job supporting non-profits and the community? The Yolo Community Foundation is looking for an Administrative Coordinator (16 hours / week) and Marketing Coordinator (20 hours / month). Click on the links for more information or contact careers@yolocf.org. Please submit a resume with cover letter by September 10.
  • Many of our local businesses are looking for help. Reach out to your favorite businesses if you’re looking for full or part-time assistance. Live, work, shop & play local!
  • This year’s street rehabilitation project is scheduled to begin September 7. No parking signs will be put out in advance of work. A map is at the end of this Update.
  • The new Blink EV chargers have been installed at the Community Center and will be activated once rates have been confirmed and the accounts established. Users will need to pay to charge their vehicles, and an occupancy charge will be added for vehicles that continue to occupy the space well after the vehicle is charged (i.e. overnight). Stay tuned for more information. The chargers were paid for by a grant through Valley Clean Energy.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Election Day is September 14. There are 13 ballot drop boxes throughout the County to submit your mail in ballot, including Lorenzo’s Market at 121 E. Grant. Or you can vote in person at the Public Safety Facility at 702 W. Main Street, in the EOC training Room, beginning September 11 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This voting station will be open on September 14 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. when the polls close. More information is available herePress Release link to latest press release from the Elections Office.

Did You Know?

  • Following the decennial census, Yolo County must reconsider its district boundaries to ensure that approximately the same number of people live in each district. The boundaries must be redrawn and the new districts approved by December 15, 2021. More information is available at the County’s website here. The next meeting of the Advisory Redistricting Commission, which is overseeing the process, is September 20. Recordings from previous meetings are available online.

Upcoming Council Meeting – September 7

The Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the updated Housing Element at its August 24 meeting. The City Council will consider the Housing Element at its September 7 meeting, along with a number of other items, including updated Building and Fire Codes. More information will be available next week as the packet is finalized.

Woot Woot!

The City Hall family is about to grow by one!!! This week’s Woot! Woot! goes to Diana Tafolla who is heading out on maternity leave this coming Thursday. Her daughter Kataleya Gianna Fierros is due in September.  Diana coordinates our recreation programs, special event permits and facility rentals, and assists with finance duties. She helps staff our Finance window. We will miss her while she is out for the next several months, so swing by next week (with your mask on) to wish here a healthy, happy delivery. We can’t wait to see the baby pictures!

 

 

 

Street rehabilitation map is below….

Blue = slurry seal and Red = grind & overlay
Click to open in new window


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09/07/2021 Notice of Public Hearing (grading permits)

 CITY OF WINTERS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Winters City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81573133304?pwd=U3phaUFta1ltWnBuU28rTWcrN3pFUT09 Meeting ID: 815 7313 3304, Passcode: 915040, to consider an Interim Urgency Ordinance , to consider an Interim Urgency Ordinance extending a city-wide moratorium on the issuance of grading permits to allow time for the preparation of a more comprehensive grading ordinance.  The current moratorium expires on September 17, 2021.  The proposed extension would be for 6 months and would take effect on September 17, 2021.  If approved by a four-fifths vote of the City Council, the Interim Urgency Ordinance would take effect immediately.  This would not affect any grading permits that have already been issued.

ANY PERSONS who wish to comment are encouraged to attend the public hearing or to submit written comments to the City Clerk prior to the hearing.  Written comments may be mailed or delivered to:  City Clerk, City of Winters, 318 First Street, Winters, CA, 95694 or sent by e-mail to ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.

Ashley Bussart
City Clerk
One-Time Publication Date:  7/23/21

 

 

 


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Notice of Public Hearing 09/07/2021 (Housing Element)

Notice of Public Hearing (pdf)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Winters will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. remotely online on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81573133304?pwd=U3phaUFta1ltWnBuU28rTWcrN3pFUT09 passcode 915040, meeting ID 815 7313 3304. To call into the hearing (audio only), dial +1 669 900 6833, enter the meeting ID 815 7313 3304, press # when prompted to provide participant ID, and enter passcode 915040 At the hearing, the City Council will consider Resolution 2021-51 amending the City of Winters General Plan by adopting the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update.

The Housing Element of the General Plan is a comprehensive statement by the City of Winters of its current and future housing needs and proposed actions to facilitate the provision of housing to meet those needs at all income levels and to affirmatively further fair housing. The City must update its Housing Element for the 2021-2029 period to comply with State law.

The purpose of the public hearing will be to provide citizens an opportunity to make their comments known. To comment on an item on Zoom, press the “raise a hand” button. If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment. If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may direct written comments to the City of Winters, Community Development Department, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694 or to daniel.maguire@cityofwinters.org.  In addition, the staff report and draft resolution will be available on the City’s website at http://cityofwinters.org starting Friday, September 3, 2021.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are a disabled person and you need a disability-related modification or accommodation to participate in these hearings, please contact City Clerk Ashley Bussart at (530) 794-6702. Please make your request as early as possible and at least one-full business day before the start of the hearing.

 

 

 


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08/31/2021 Winters Senior Commission Special Meeting

Winters Senior Commission Special Meeting
Commission Goal Setting
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 5:30pm
Main Street Pergolas, Winters, CA 95694
Masks required unless you are fully vaccinated.

AGENDA (pdf)

 


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08/20/2021 City Managers Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 20, 2021

Greetings, all. A brief update this week. Have a good weekend.

COVID-19

  • The virus is still going strong. Please mask up inside and get tested if exposed or experiencing symptoms (even if vaccinated). Public health professionals strongly urge that people get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. Several events have been cancelled as a result. The County’s COVID dashboard is available here.

Please Note:

  • Grading work will begin at the LDS subdivision site on Anderson, with dirt getting trucked to the Walnut 10 location All permits are in place. Route below.

  • Staff kicked off the environmental review process with the EIR consultant, Raney Planning & Management, for the proposed Farmstead project. That’s the large field above across from E. Main that the trucks will cross to access Walnut 10. The consultant expects to issue a Notice of Preparation in October for a 30-day public comment period. Staff will provide updated information on the landing page for the project as it moves through the environmental review stage. The draft EIR is expected to be released in early 2022. Generally, the public will have formal opportunities to provide comments during the NOP review period (October / November), the Draft EIR review period (winter 2022, 45 days), and at the public hearings (Planning Commission and City Council, spring – summer 2022).
  • To monitor PG&E Power Safety Shut Offs, please save this link. When an event has been announced, please refer back to the PG&E landing page often as information frequently changes due to weather conditions.
  • New car chargers will be installed at the Community Center with the older ones moved to City Hall. Work will begin next week.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Carnitas Festival is September 25, 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. in Rotary Park. The Hispanic Advisory Committee is looking for carnitas chefs to compete in being judged as the best in town. The event is intended to be smaller this year, and primarily for locals, to maintain some level of social distancing. More information is available here.

 

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is September 7, which will include a public hearing on the proposed, updated Housing Element. The draft document is being considered by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, August 24. Link here to the Planning Commission agenda.

 

Woot Woot!

Another piece of history rolled over to the Winters Museum from the Public Works Corps Yard. The old Bank of Winters safe had been stored in the yard for many years and finally found a good home.…Kudos to saving another piece of history. Swing by the Museum to take a peek at all the treasures that have been collected. The Museum is open Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. at 13 Russell Street. https://www.historicalsocietyofwinters.org/ The Exhibit on the Lost Japanese Community of Winters is really worth a visit.

  • The Winters Police Department will deploy officers to assist with the Caldor Fire; a heartfelt thank you to them as they assist families displaced by the fire. The Caldor Fire is still 0% contained. The Fire Department has a crew out on the Dixie Fire, which is 35%. The Dixie Fire now has the dubious honor of being the first fire in recorded history to start on one side of the Sierra Mountains and cross over to the other side. May all of our public safety teams come home safe. Thank you!

 


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08/25/2021 Planning Commission Meeting

 08/24/2021 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet)
Meeting Instructions - 08/24/2021

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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08/16/2021 Possible PG&E PSPS event in Winters

Good morning. Please note the information from PG&E regarding a potential PSPS event in the broader area beginning tomorrow evening. The City of Winters is not anticipated to be impacted; only the more remote areas adjacent to hills and passes. Please see the attached map.


Yolo County Outage Area Map (08/17/2021)(pdf)

A potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event that could possibly impact parts of the City of Winters.  PG&E meteorologists are tracking weather conditions for a possible PSPS event beginning Tuesday evening, 8/17 at 10:00 pm into Wednesday morning , 8/18 at 10:00 am.  To be clear, this is an estimated time frame given the information we have now.  The estimated number of impacted customers is 100 at this time.

Weather forecast models indicate that an upper level weather system will progress through the Pacific Northwest Tuesday into Wednesday and produce dry, northly winds across Northern CA. The northerly winds are expected to increase starting Tuesday night starting approximately at 9 pm across northern Counties, reach the Northern Sierra and Bay Area overnight Tuesday into Wednesday before tapering off near noon on Wednesday.  Weaker northerly winds are also possible late Wednesday into Thursday.  High resolution forecast models are indicating potential for maximum wind gusts from 30 – 45 mph with isolated gusts to 50 mph.  Relative humidity values during the event are expected to be from 15 – 30% in general.  Fuels are also historically dry in some areas and very susceptible to new fire ignitions.  The entire area under PSPS consideration is also in extreme to exceptional drought at this time.

I have attached a map to this email so you can see the areas our PG&E meteorologists have identified at this time.  Also, our Public Safety Specialist, Patrick Ellis, has been in touch with your County OES team regarding this potential PSPS event as well.

As I receive more information, I will be sure to keep you informed.  Again, this is all preliminary, but I wanted to make sure you had a proper heads up before the possible PSPS event occurs.


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08/16/2021 Winters Putah Creek Committee Meeting

08/16/2021 Meeting 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, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. Please contact Kristine - 530-794-6708 / Kristine.DeGuerre@cityofwinters.org  FOR ADDITIONAL MEETING INSTRUCTIONS.

Topic: Winters Putah Creek Committee Meeting

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08/13/2021 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
August 13, 2021

 

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

  • Not much new here….masks are still required indoors in public except when eating and drinking and vaccinations are strongly encouraged and are increasingly being mandated for certain industries, locations, sectors, etc. To follow COVID stats, please visit the County’s website here.

Please Note:

  • Construction of playground improvements at Valley Oak and Blue Oak Parks has been delayed to September. The contractor’s crew is from a community evacuated due to wildfire. Fingers cro
  • ssed for quick containment and no more homes lost...
  • The FCC is conducting a survey about a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System. Did you get this alert on your cell phone? I didn’t…Please let FEMA and the FCC know by clicking here.
  • Yolo County is looking for candidates to fill vacancies on a number of advisory bodies. Interested in the environment, airports, cannabis, aging and adult services, in-home supportive services or a multitude of other areas, and want to get involved? Please visit yolocounty.org (Government >Advisory bodies) or call the Clerk of the Board at (530) 666-8195.
  • The July Fire Department Newsletter has been posted here.
  • The Hispanic Advisory Committee is looking for carnitas chefs to compete in the Festival de la Comunidad. Think you have the best carnitas in town? Click here for more information. Food trucks and other vendors may apply as well. This is an iconic Winters event celebrating the community’s Hispanic heritage, September 25, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Viva la Fiesta!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The draft Housing Element has been completed and will be published on the City’s website with a cover report for the Planning Commission sometime next week. The Planning Commission will consider the Housing Element at its August 24th meeting, as will the City Council on September 7. Please check the website for more information. The report will be published by no later than Thursday, August 19.
  • PG&E is offering 7 Saturdays to a More Fire-Resistant Home series (now on the 4th Saturday…). More information is available here. The Safety Action Center contains a number of emergency preparedness tips, including previous videos for 7 Saturdays and is well worth a visit.

 In Other News…

  • The beloved tractor at the Putah Creek car bridge was taken out by a speeding driver early one morning last week….We’re hoping someone might be able to weld the pieces back together or that someone has a similarly historic tractor that could be placed at the median. Feel free to reach out to Eric Lucero at lucero@cityofwinters.org if you can help. By the way, the speed limit on the bridge is 25 mph. Please slow down coming into town.
  • The Winters Police and Fire Departments are looking for volunteers for a new Trauma and Grief Support program (TAGS) that is being coordinated in partnership with Catherine Bernstein of the Davis Police Department. Volunteers offer comfort through presence, contacting and enlisting victim’s personal support systems, suggesting referrals to recourses and assisting with death notifications. Volunteers will be trained and must pass background checks. As someone who was a trauma support volunteer for many years at a previous agency, this is an incredibly valuable program and very fulfilling for people passionate about serving others. Please contact Catherine Bernstein at (530) 747-5473 for more information or if you would like to volunteer.

Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers! Unfortunately, delivery services have been cut back until more volunteers participate. Meals are picked up at the Winters community center and delivered to locations around town. Just a couple hours a day, a little gas and you’ve helped multiple people! How easy is that? For more information, please see www.mowyolo.org; call (530) 662-7035 or email volunteer@mowyolo.org.

  • In construction updates, Meritage received a grading permit to begin site work for Phases III, IV and V in the area west of Taylor Street, now known as the Hideaway at Winters. Major grading will begin August 16. The basin expansion work at the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond is moving along, which will accommodate storm flows from these phases. A grading permit was also issued for the LDS-Takhar project, located north of Anderson. Dirt will be trucked to the Walnut 10 location at the north end of Walnut to support future development at that location. Consistent with Council direction, grading permits were issued following environment clearance, neighborhood notifications, and the submittal of bonds covering the cost of the approved work. Chevron remains closed until construction can begin on the required frontage improvements along Grant Avenue, which is a condition of approval for this project. The owner is working with Caltrans and the utilities to coordinate that work. Finally, about 20-30 cows strayed from their home pasture to visit the new Three Oaks Park this morning, chomping on some of the new plant material and leaving free fertilizer behind. Unfortunately, no photo documentation (thank you, Google stock photos); please note the contractor is responsible for repairing any damage, perhaps with the assistance of the cows’ owner.
  • The drought and unusually warm temperatures not only create immediate risks for higher wildfire activity, ongoing water supplies are of increasing concern. The City of Winters provides all municipal water through a series of wells in town. Water levels appear to be declining, which is not unusual seasonally or even cyclically during periods of extended drought. However, as we drill down into water availability, no pun intended, please be aware that the sustainability of our water resources is critically important. Please do your part in conserving water by taking shorter showers, fixing leaks, using high efficiency appliances if possible, cutting back on irrigation, and learning more about how to conserve. Please visit these resources for information about our ground water supplies at https://www.yologroundwater.org/ (Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency) and https://www.ycfcwcd.org/ (Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District). For conservation tips: please visit https://water.ca.gov/water-basics/conservation-tips.

Upcoming Council Meeting

There is no Council meeting on August 17, 2021.

 

Woot Woot!

On August 8, Fire Department crews rotated out of their OES assignment at the Monument Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Captain Schechla, Firefighters Luis Herrera and Chase Dombrowski (below) relieved Captain Mendoza, Engineer Justin Rominger and Firefighter Miguel Zaragoza. Captain Mendoza and his crew spent 7 days on the Monument Fire; they are doing well and glad to be home!

  • I would also like to thank the various applicants who have applied for jobs with the City of Winters, either through our own efforts or via contract service providers. This is a very tough job market for employers. Yet, it just takes that one candidate, and we have had some great applicants in Human Resources, Planning, the Police Department and elsewhere at City Hall. You’ll see some new faces around here, like Tom Davis as our new contract Building Official, new HR Manager Alison Bigham, and a few others in the coming weeks. In my mind I like to think the Winters magic whispers into the ears of our applicants, and the quality of our service goals appeals to hard working, creative people who appreciate the value of working for small towns. On that note, I don’t think I formally welcomed back Officer Darion Cueto who has returned to us from a brief stint in a larger agency. We appreciate all of you and welcome you into the Winters family.
  • I would also like to thank outgoing Bureau Veritas contract Building Inspector Dan Cahill and Building Official Mark Woods for their five months helping us revamp the Building Division. Dan in particular was committed to supporting City Hall, living here during the week and heading home on the weekends. He joined the pot luck brigade at City Hall competing for the best salsa, tested his carnitas recipes (we’re hoping he comes back to compete in the Carnitas Festival), and worked hard to help the construction in the tracts move along as efficiently as possible. It takes a team, and we appreciate their service to us and the community.

 


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08/11/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging

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