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12/1/2020 City Council Meeting

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Press Release
Press Release - Español

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

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

Yolo County’s COVID-19 Testing Sites

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

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

(9586 Mill Street, Knights Landing)

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

 

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

State’s OptumServe Site Still Located in Woodland

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

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

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Modification to Public Access at City Facilities

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

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

More specific department information is below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Friday Update – November 20, 2020

Greetings, all. This has been another busy week…

COVID-19

Unfortunately, our most pressing issue is the surge in COVID-19, which has caused Yolo County to slide back into the most restrictive Purple Tier, closing in-door dining, gyms, and church services, and increasing restrictions for other indoor activities. Social gatherings appear to be the primary cause of the surge, and as we retreat inside with the colder weather and for the holidays, the risk will become greater if we don’t take precautions.

Health experts have been warning about a Fall surge if we weren’t more careful. I should probably share at this point that one of my brothers is a doctor. He contracted COVID last spring as a front-line medical professional and brought it home to his family, so I have been acutely aware of how sneaky and vicious this virus can be. Three of my five siblings have had it.

I understand people have different perspectives on risk and the data; however, the more we follow public health guidelines by wearing a mask, avoiding indoor activities with people outside of our household bubbles, and washing our hands frequently, the sooner we can turn the tide and open back up.

The economic impacts of these new restrictions hurt us all at many levels, practically, financially and emotionally. Together we can help support the community by shopping local, ordering restaurant take out, and contributing to community causes that warm our hearts; we will get through this.

City of Winters Public Facility Changes

Given the COVID-19 surge and the need to do our part in helping to minimize community spread of the virus, beginning Monday, November 23rd, we will close the lobbies at City Hall and the Public Safety Facility to walk-in customers. We will pivot our services as much as possible to online, remote meetings, email and by phone in order to reduce direct in person contact with the public without disrupting our services to the public. City Hall is not closing, and staff will continue to be available by email or phone. Please visit our website at www.cityofwinters.org for more information or call the main line at (530) 795-4910 and you will be transferred to the right person.

For utility payments or any correspondence with the City, please use the payment drop box in front of City Hall. We will forward receipts and credit accounts for any cash overpayments (no change will be provided; accounts will be credited).

We are also implementing changes internally, allowing employees to work remotely, at different locations, and with alternative schedules so that we can spread ourselves out more effectively inside City Hall. The Police and Fire Departments, and Public Works, have already implemented protocols to protect themselves and the public on calls and in the field.

Governor Newsom’s Limited Shelter In Place Order aka “the curfew”

Effective Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 p.m., for counties in the Purple Tier (like Yolo), social gatherings between more than one household are prohibited between 10 a.m. and 5 a.m. In other words, no get togethers or socializing with people you don’t live with after 10 p.m.

Non-essential businesses must close between 10 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. but that does not include restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, or any other establishment that sells items considered essential for our well-being.

The Limited Shelter In Plan Order also does not mean that everyone has to be home by 10 p.m.You may still order take out, pick up groceries, get gas and walk the dog. There is no impact to essential businesses or employees who work late. The order is intended to stop the social gatherings with people outside your household after 10 p.m. The restrictions will be in effect until 5 a.m. on December 21.

City Council Meeting December 1st

With the Thanksgiving holiday, we will publish the packet next Tuesday. Key items on the agenda for the public:

  • An ordinance reinstating the collection of the suspended Transient Occupancy Tax for hotels, lodgings and short term vacation rentals, and
  • An update on the Downtown Outdoor Dining Area, opening up Main Street during the week, and the status of the $200,000 CARES Act grant the City received.

Final thoughts

Please continue to reach out to introduce yourselves as I make my rounds throughout the community, and thank you again for the warm welcome. A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. There will be no Friday update next week as the City is closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday.

Kathleen


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Winters Elder Day Council

The Winters Elder Day Council (WEDC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in the City of Winters that represents our older and elder adults residing in the City of Winters. Each year the WEDC hosts the Elder Day event where those elders 90‐years of age and older are recognized for their contributions to their families and the community. Our Elders are a rare breed. Entire history limbs are being lopped off family trees, and
their wisdom and lore are diminishing. People who survived world wars, polio, the Great Depression and the Holocaust, share their life experience with us.

The WEDC also conducts seminars related to older adult issue such as healthcare, cognitive health, physical health, transportation, homelessness, housing food, Medicare, isolation, fall prevention,
chronic disease management, pain management, medication management, and more.

The WEDC also publishes numerous articles in the Winters Express throughout the year. Each article is older adult related and discuses issues of concern like Medicare, transportation, healthcare, housing,
and more.

The Winters Elder Day Council are senior activists who are there for our older adults and advocate for them in numerous organizations. If you have older adult issues that we might be able to help with,
please contact at the below phone number or email address. Our Executive Board are your community members. Here are their names: Wally Pearce, Pierre Neu, Marianne Boyer, Jesse Loren, Irene Goya‐
Tweedt, Liz Romano, and Sharon Pearce.

We look forward to hearing from you, and you can visit The Winters Elder Day Council at our Winters Elder Day Council face book page or by contacting us at: 530.771.7265 or by email at:
denropro@gmail.com.


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City of Winters Announces Business Rent and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program

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City of Winters Announces Business Rent and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program (pdf).

The City of Winters is taking applications for the Business Rent and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program.
Grant amounts will be determined based on need and funding availability.
Please complete the attached application and return to Winters City Hall drop box, or email completed application to shelly.gunby@cityofwinters.org

Click to open Application (pdf)


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YOLO HOUSING Opens Project Based Voucher Program Wait List:

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Click for pdf - English

Click for pdf - Spanish


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Friday Update – November 13, 2020

Greetings, all. As your new City Manager, and with my first Friday Update, I would like to thank everyone for their very warm welcome this week. I have met a number of employees, community members and county officials during this whirlwind week, and appreciate hearing people’s vision, goals, histories, concerns, priorities, adventures and furniture mishaps. From the time I crossed the bridge into Winters in August to check out the town, I have been impressed by the vision and community spirit that is evident in so many ways. The town enchanted me, and the people are wonderful. I am honored to be here and excited to dig in.

My first week has been spent figuring out where the office supplies are (old jail cell), who has coffee, and trying to organize my office and information related to all the people, projects and priorities I should focus on. I have yet to figure out how to access voice mail, so if you’re one of those blinking lights on my phone set, I apologize. I am told I will know who you are by Monday and will call you back as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you can always reach me by email at Kathleen.Trepa@cityofwinters.com.

I would also like to welcome our new City Clerk Ashley Bussart, who is replacing Tracy Jensen after many years serving the Winters community. Ashley started on Monday so she and I are launching on our new adventures together. Tracy is retiring at year’s end so we have a bit of time to get up to speed.

In terms of local news, we have a Council meeting Tuesday night. Items include:

  • Several budget related items, one considering adjustments to the FY 20-21 adopted budget and the other carrying over prior year purchase orders to this fiscal year;
  • An amendment to the Animal Control contract with Yolo County;
  • A resolution authorizing access to State and Federal criminal history for employment, volunteering, and licensing purposes;
  • An introduction and first reading of an ordinance to repeal the suspension of Transient Occupancy Tax collection, allowing for revenue to be collected by March 31, 2021; and
  • A grant program to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 with rent or mortgage assistance. Stay tuned for more information on this opportunity.

In other news, I am very pleased to share that the City has secured two new grants: an $80,000 grant to fund an emergency generator for the Senior Center project from the Yolo County PSPS program and $2,500 from the Women’s Caucus via Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry for the Senior Center furniture and fixtures fundraising campaign. That is our first contribution to the fund so thank you very much!

Finally, Yolo County remains in the Red Tier which allows limited indoor activities and dining. However, we are very close to sliding back into the Purple / most restrictive Tier so please remember we all need to help slow the community spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, remaining 6’ apart and socially distanced, and not mingling in close proximity, especially indoors, with people outside of your family bubble.

Many thanks again for the warm welcome! And a happy belated Veteran’s Day to our Armed Forces, veterans, their families and friends, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They will forever remain in our hearts and prayers. Semper Fi.

Kathleen


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11/17/2020 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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Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

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


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11/12/2020 LPCCC Meeting

Zoom Meeting Info: November 12, 2020

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Friday Update 11-6-2020

This will be my last Friday update, as our new City Manager Kathleen Trepa will be on board on Monday 11-9-2020.  I am not going anywhere except back to my Director of Financial Management position now that we have Kathleen to guide the organization.

I would like to thank everyone for all the trust you put in my ability to keep things going while we searched for the new City Manager.  The residents of the community have been super supportive as I worked my way through some issues that were new to me, and my co-workers here at the City have been great, from being resources providing information, to accepting all the things I delegated out to get things done on time, to simply sometimes just being supportive as a sounding board as I worked through issues that I hadn’t been responsible for resolving in the past.  My staff in the Finance Department have been truly outstanding during this time.  They took on all kinds of new responsibility as I was focused more on some of the City Manager tasks and less on supervising what their workloads were.  I would not be able to do a lot of the things I do, without the very outstanding support and work of Mary Lou, Gabby and Diana.  I am truly lucky to have their support every day.

The City Council has been a great group to work with, always looking for ways to improve the City of Winters and allowing staff to present ideas for doing just that.  In case people don’t know, there is a ton of committees and commissions that all the City Council members sit on, this is not just a twice a month show up at a meeting position that our City Council has.  They are involved in all kinds of issues facing the City of Winters and the County of Yolo, and they spend a tremendous amount of time representing the interests of the people that call Winters home in everything they do.

While I have been Interim City Manager, a lot has happened:

  • The LNU Complex Fire started the same night I was appointed Interim City Manager
  • The Community Rallied around those in the Greater Winters Community that lost so much in the fires.
  • We had a heat wave (or 2)
  • We have had public safety power shut offs (PSPS), granted, mostly in the unincorporated areas, but, as we know from our experiences, those neighbors are part of the Greater Winters Area.
  • Covid-19 continues to force restrictions on how our community interacts with one another and how our businesses operate.
  • We have been the site of Invasive Mosquitos this fall, with the mosquito vector district spending a lot of time in Winters.
  • The City received notification that we were awarded a $3,500,000 grant for construction of the Winters Senior Center
  • Representatives of the Senior Community provided a plan for raising funds for the furnishing of the Winters Senior Center.
  • We are finally seeing walls go up on the Fairfield Inn out by Starbucks and the Burger King/Taco Bell area.
  • City Staff member Lisa Baker applied for a grant for funding for a generator for the Senior Center and due to her diligence, it was submitted on time.
  • City staff member Lisa Baker also found another potential source of funding for a generator and is pursuing that as well, hopefully at least one of the funding sources will materialize.
  • Staff pursued CARES Act funding from Yolo County, and the agreement was signed and returned to them yesterday.
    • Look for a rent/mortgage assistance grant program to be funded from this to be on the November 17, 2020 City Council meeting for review of the application process.
    • Look for changes to the Main Street Dining Area as we continue eating outdoors during the winter months, this will be coming to a City Council meeting soon for review.
  • The City received a “Per Capita” grant for park renovations, and Eric Lucero put together some great ideas for Blue Oak and Valley Oak Parks.
  • The Election on Tuesday was peaceful here in the City of Winters.
  • Staff is preparing for the retirement of 2 more people that have been integral to the success of the City of Winters. Both Karla Ferguson and Tracy Jensen are retiring at year end, and new staff is coming on board to take on some of those responsibilities.  These two are leaving very big shoes to fill.
  • Staff has begun implementing several technology-based programs
    • Energov-Building permitting, planning and project management software upgrade
    • NeoGov-Human Resource and Payroll processing Software
    • OpenGov-Budgeting and reporting software
    • Granicus-Agenda Management and Council meeting streaming software
    • Paymentus-a new credit card processing software, with the potential to move to e-billing so that folks that don’t want paper bills don’t have to get paper bills.
  • I have interacted with the City Managers with the other Cities in Yolo County and the County CAO a lot during my time as Interim City Manager, they were very welcoming as I learned about new issues that I had not been previously aware of.
  • I have interacted with many of the Downtown Business Owners and Operators as we have attempted to navigate through the restrictions due to Covid-19 and yet keep our businesses operating.  These are some hardworking people that are trying to do everything they can to stay in business in the current environment.

As I transition back to Director of Financial Management, I look forward to getting some items completed that had moved down the priority list the last couple of months.  I feel like I started a lot of things but haven’t really completed a lot of things the last 3 months. We still need to complete our CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report), and all the reports that must be submitted to the State of California by year end.  We must watch our budget as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on our economy and our businesses.  It soon will be time to put together our next budget, and I will be working on a succession plan for myself as I look to retirement in the future.

Thank you everyone for all the kind thoughts and comments that have been sent my way this last 3 months

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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11/10/2020 Planning Commission Meeting

Meeting Instructions - November 10, 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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-OR- Dial In by Phone 1-669-900-6833

Meeting Agendas and Packets (pdf)

  • 11/10/2020 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet)

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Fight the Flu – Free Flu Shot

Free Flu Shot - November 14, 2020 - Vacuna Gratis De La Gripe - 14 de noviembre de 2020

Yolo County will be offering a FREE drive-thru flu vaccination clinic in Winters.

Saturday, November 14, 10am-12pm
Shirley Rominger School
Masks are required; appointments are not.

Free Flu Shot - Shirley Rominger School - November 14, 2020

Vacuna Gratis De La Gripe - 14 de noviembre de 2020

Vacuna Gratis De La Gripe - 14 de noviembre de 2020 - Shirley Rominger School


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Valley Clean Energy – Welcome Winters!

Valley Clean Energy

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Valley Clean Energy - Your local source for cleaner electricity, starting January 2021.
Join us online to learn about your program options. November 13 and Dec 9, 2020 at 5:30pm.
Details at:  https://valleycleanenergy.org/city-of-winters/


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Friday update 10-30-2020

Friday update 10-30-2020

Happy Halloween Eve, or as they say where my Mom lives, Happy Neewollah Eve. (yes, that is Halloween backwards).  In Independence Kansas (population 8,500) where my Mom and other assorted family members live, Neewollah is a full week celebration with parades and concerts and fundraising for various organizations and it all ends on Halloween with the traditional trick or treating for children.  Guess what…..A pretty scaled down version of the event, no parade, no concerts, no fundraising for organizations,  just the socially distancing activities are allowed (yard decorations, scarecrow contests, etc)  Covid-19 had dramatically changed an event that has been happening for 100 years, this year is the 101st Neewollah celebration.

Just like Neewollah, our activities here in Winters have changed and adjusted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, distance learning, distance teaching, limits on businesses, social distancing and wearing facemasks has changed so many things for all of us.

Some concerning news is that our statistics are going in the wrong direction this week.  We must adhere to all the Covid-19 protocols to keep the statistics firmly in the Red Tier and not start us on a trajectory that would see us going backwards into the Purple Tier.

Every one of us can help keep our statistics going the right direction by following all the gathering, social distancing and mask wearing requirements that Yolo County has put in place so that we can remain in the Red Tier and try to work our way to the Orange and eventually the Yellow Tier.

Staff has been working with members of the City Council and the Winters Downtown Business Association this week to utilize some CARES Act funding for business assistance and to work on Winterizing the outdoor dining area.  This has been a very collaborative experience, lots of discussion and input from all involved.  Look for more information in the upcoming week.

The City of Winters submitted a Grant application to CALOES for funding for a generator at the soon to be constructed Winters Senior Center (still waiting on the contract from the State to come in before we can move forward on the actual construction).  Not sure if we will be successful but, we are applying for every possible funding source we can to see if we can make a generator happen for the Senior Center.  The grant was announced last week and was due by 5pm today, and thanks to Lisa Baker, we got it submitted on time.  Now we just wait and see who gets funded and who doesn’t.

Staff also worked with SACOG this week on project called Green Zone.  Preliminary submittals were due today, and with the help of SACOG staff member Sam Shelton, the City of Winters will be participating in the project.  More work will need to be done as we move through November and December on this project but, we did make the deadline of submitting the documentation today.

The Council meeting has just 2 discussion items on Tuesday, discussion about the Oak Grove at the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond, and a resolution allowing the closure of Main Street and the Mid-Block crossing until March 31,2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions on indoor dining.  This will allow for the continued use of the street for outdoor dining during the winter months.  Also on the Council Agenda on Tuesday is a presentation from Police Chief John Miller and City Engineer Alan Mitchell about speeds on Niemann Street.

Don’t forget, Tuesday November 3, 2020 is election day.  This is your opportunity to vote and have your voice heard.  There are many ways to vote, drop box at Lorenzo’s, voting in person at the Winters Community Center, or mailing your ballot in.  No matter how you prefer to vote, make sure that your voice is heard this election day

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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11/03/2020 City of Winters City Council Meeting

Meeting Instructions 11/03/2020

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:

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


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Friday Update: October 23, 2020

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Friday update 10-23-2020

Whoot Whoot!!!! City Council selected a new City Manager at the city council meeting Tuesday night.  Our new City Manager, Kathleen Trepa will start on November 9, 2020.  You can read more about Kathleen here:   http://www.cityofwinters.org/city-of-winters-appoints-kathleen-salguero-trepa-as-city-manager/ .  We will be getting her email address set up in the next week or so, so we aren’t ready to start receiving emails for her at City Hall right now.  You all are stuck with me as City Manager for 2 more weeks.

I am excited about Kathleen joining us.   I have been doing double duty as both the Director of Financial Management and City Manager for the last 3 months, and I can honestly say, boy oh boy, that is a lot of stuff to work on at the same time.  I have worked with various county staff that I hadn’t worked with before and I have interacted with the other City Managers in Yolo County as a result of stepping into the interim position.  There are a lot of good people working throughout Yolo County as we try to navigate this pandemic driven world we live in right now.  I am sure that all the folks in Yolo County will welcome Kathleen and continue the great communication and working relationship that Yolo County agencies have developed.  They were all super welcoming to me when I stepped in after John’s departure, and I know they will be the same for Kathleen.  Kathleen will also be working with a super supportive City Council.  The City Council has been very patient with me as I have had questions to be sure I understood the priorities for the City Council as I have been working in the City Manager position.  While I have worked for the City for almost 24 years now, I haven’t had the pleasure of working so closely with the City Council until now.  This is a very dedicated group of people on our City Council, and making sure that we, Council and Staff, always strive to do what is the absolute best for everyone in our community is always their priority.

This week also included conversations about the Covid-19 pandemic and where we are with the Tier System.  We are still in the Red Tier, and the number of cases in Yolo County have increased.   The County issued new guidance on gatherings this last week.  I have heard a lot of “talk” about those guidelines, and I know that people aren’t happy with the new guidelines, especially with the holidays coming up.  It is disappointing that we have to worry about these things, but, we need our businesses to survive in order to keep people employed and families provided for.  I wish it was different, but, apparently it isn’t.  I don’t know the science, and I am not happy with the fact that we are still struggling to survive as a community due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions, but, again, I need to remind everyone that each person’s actions can impact the way our community will be allowed to interact with one another.  Masks are uncomfortable, and I don’t like wearing them, but, we are told we have to in order to go out and about and have our businesses open, so, I wear a mask.

The City has also been working with Yolo County on the Small Business Grant, and folks that applied for the program should begin getting information on grant awards next week, and those that were awarded grants should be getting checks the first week in November based on the latest information that I received.

The City and the Winters Downtown Business District Association is also working with Yolo County to secure some CARES Act funding.  We are close to an agreement with the County and then we will start the process of helping the community with the funding we get.

The City received a grant to do improvements in our parks, and Eric Lucero has come up with some really good ideas for how to improve both Blue Oak Park and Valley Oak Park that include items for younger children, older children, and for our Senior community.  We will be getting all the information to the State so that we can get the funds and get moving on the projects as soon as possible.

Just a little over a week before election day.  Don’t forget to vote, no matter what/who you vote for, your vote is your voice and it is important that you be heard.

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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City of Winters Appoints Kathleen Salguero Trepa as City Manager

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CITY OF WINTERS APPOINTS KATHLEEN SALGUERO TREPA AS CITY MANAGER (pdf)

The City of Winters City Council, after a national recruitment conducted by Peckham & McKenney Inc., have selected Kathleen Salguero Trepa as their next City Manager.  Of 112 applicants from over 20 states, 6 candidates were invited to participate in interviews with the City’s leadership team, community panel, and the City Council.  The City Council approved an employment agreement and announced the appointment of Ms. Trepa during their October 20, 2020 City Council meeting.

Ms. Trepa comes to the City of Winters with nearly 25 years of experience in local government as well as six years in the private sector. Having recently served as Assistant City Manager with the City of Concord for over three years, she previously served the cities of Goleta, Claremont, San Marcos, and San Juan Capistrano, CA.  Kathleen received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston University, magna cum laude. Her experience covers a broad range of municipal government services including, but not limited to, finance, IT, HR and economic development.

Mayor Wade Cowan shared the excitement of the City Council in welcoming Kathleen to Winters. “We interviewed a lot of great city manager candidates and are impressed with Kathleen’s specific qualifications and leadership experience.  We are ready to have her join our dynamic community.”

Kathleen expressed her appreciation of the City Council’s selection.  “Thank you to the City Council for selecting me as their next City Manager. I am excited and honored to join the Winters’ team, and I look forward to getting to know the community and staff.”

Originally from a small town in New England, Kathleen is a conversational Spanish speaker.  She has two adult daughters; one works in the wine industry and the other is a second-grade teacher in Oregon.  She loves animals and will likely be seen around town with her rescue dog. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and is looking forward to exploring Putah Creek and the trails in the area.  Kathleen’s first day in Winters will be November 9, 2020.


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10/22/2020 Climate Action Development Board Meeting

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10/22/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info

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  • 10/22/2020 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda

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