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Friday Update 10/16/2020

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Friday Update 10-16-2020

Good Friday afternoon.  It has been a super busy week here at City Hall.  The biggest impact on my office this week was that the auditors that the City of Winters hires each year to audit our financial statements to be sure that they are accurate, spent the last 3 days here.   This is a yearly happening, but it just takes a lot of time to answer questions that are brought up.  Look for the CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) at a January or February City Council meeting.  It will also be on the City of Winters website so that everyone can read it.  It contains a lot of interesting information each year, but, I understand, some people find it extremely boring.

I also met with our Sales tax consultant, and, guess what? Sales tax revenues are down from the prior year.  Not a surprise for anyone that visits our downtown.  Merchants have been closed or had to pivot from normal operations to whatever was allowed by the State and County guidelines due the Covid-19 pandemic, and then there is the whole Lake Berryessa shut down since the fire impacting the sales of gasoline too.

Talking about the reduction in business activity and sales tax revenues leads me to the following topic: Covid-19 impacts and what can be done to help our business community as well as our residential community.  City Staff spent time on Zoom with County Supervisor Saylor, CAO Patrick Blacklock, Mayor Cowan, Mayor Pro Tem Biasi, Chris Calvert from the Winters Chamber of Commerce, Chris Turkovich from the Winters Downtown Business District Association and others just this afternoon to discuss the ability to provide some relief from Covid impacts on both the business community and the residential community in the City of Winters.  Things that were discussed include:

  • We are still in the Red Tier and might be staying in that Tier for longer than originally anticipated, but the numbers will dictate that, so we wait for those results.
  • Gatherings of non-family members are happening, and from contract tracing, it appears the gatherings are the primary reason for spread of the virus, not patronizing our businesses.  Please be cautious about what you are doing, and don’t gather in groups outside your family.  Controlling the gatherings, therefore, controlling the spread, will help our neighbors with businesses survive this pandemic, allow them to hire back their employees and help those employees provide for their families. Each and everyone of us can help our community to survive this pandemic by our individual behavior.
  • Today Yolo County Announced Covid-19 Rental Assistance Grant Program.  If you know someone who could use assistance paying their rent due to hardship from Covid-19 please guide them to this link which is also posted on City of Winters social media.

https://www.yolocounty.org/Home/Components/News/News/12290/26?fbclid=IwAR3aG8nkdYHV5IISeGADRjgBP-hPpkGMRIk5lOTnDXFHAGzuSWcuxhuiJDE

  • Staff will be working with County Leaders to access CARES Act funding to help the Winters Community with the impact of Covid-19.  Stay tuned for more information as we work through the process. City Staff may be reaching out various community members to ask questions as we move through the process, and I know you all have my email since you are getting this weekly update, so if you feel that you aren’t hearing things that address your situation, please contact me through email so that we can include any issues you are might be facing in our discussions.

The National Election is in just over two weeks from now, November 3, 2020.  Everyone should have received a ballot in the mail, and you can choose how to return that ballot.  Below is a link to the City of Winters Youtube with information on how you can choose to return your ballot.

https://youtu.be/W13NhamVyoE

The Agenda for Tuesday October 20, 2020 includes the following items:

  • Final Acceptance of Public Improvements for the Callahan Estates Phase 2 Subdivision
  • Contract for the installation of Car Charging Stations
  • Contract to Replace the Roof on City Hall (maybe the trash cans can stay on the floor this winter instead of using as leak catchers)
  • Contract for the installation of Emergency Generator at City Hall
  • Review of Laws related to Upcoming Election presented by Police Chief John Miller
  • Status Report from the Winters Senior Commission on Aging.
  • Public Hearing for Ogando Tentative Map for lots off Taylor St and Kennedy Dr.
  • Appointment of City Manager
  • Blue Oak Park and Valley Oak Park Rehabilitation Project using Per Capita Park Grant Funds
  • Creation of Ad Hoc Committee for discussion the future direction of the Winters Putah Creek Committee (WPCC)
  • Update on Housing Element and Community Outreach during Covid -19
  • Winters Downtown Business Association and Winters District Chamber of Commerce Letter to Elected Officials dated October 9, 2020.

I am always surprised how quickly the items on the agenda increases.  It seems that we start with just one or two items, and then we have many more things that the City Council needs to provide direction and approval on.

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager


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Yolo County/City of Winters 2X@ Meeting 10/22/2020

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Yolo County/City of Winters

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

Note: to view online City documents, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer. Click to visit Adobe's download page (external website).

Teleconference Options to Join 10/22/2020 Zoom meeting:
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Meeting ID: 876 1157 4852
Passcode: 384873


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10/20/2020 City Council Meeting

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City Council Meetings: Agendas and Packets

Meeting Instructions 10/20/2020

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

To Join Zoom Meeting:
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Meeting ID: 856 1806 5884
Passcode: 575553 (Now Required by Zoom)

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

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


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Update Friday October 9, 2020

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Fall is in the air, I can feel it today.

A lot of stuff happened this week.  City staff met with 3 City Manager Candidates on Tuesday.  Wow, Bobbi Peckham and the City Council found some really impressive folks to consider for our next City Manager.  I don’t envy them having to make that decision, as all the candidates were impressive, and we are moving closer and closer to having the new City Manager coming on board.

The City Council approved the acquisition of a new City Council agenda preparation and video streaming program to help make our City Council meetings even easier to access for all residents at our City Council meeting on Tuesday.  Lots of other information was presented, including information from the Sacramento Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District about mosquitos in Winters, information about other software products are being implemented by the Finance Department and the Building Department.  Lots of new technology to help staff work more efficiently as we move forward with our current model of less staff.

Staff participated in meetings with CalTrans this week, and the best information we received was that the Grant Application referred to as the ATP Grant that we are hoping to get in order to provide better pedestrian access on the overpass over I-505 will be awarded sometime around February 15, 2021.  So that will be when we know the results of all the hard work from the Yolo County and City of Winters staff as well as consultants working to put together the grant.

Staff continues to work on ideas on utilizing the Per Capital Park Grant, more information will be coming to a City Council meeting soon about that.

Election day is coming up fast now, less than a month away  California offers online voter registration.  You can go here: https://registertovote.ca.gov/?t=s to register online.

You should know: you will need a California-issued driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number, and consent to the use of your DMV-stored digital signature to use California's online voter registration system. If you don't have a California-issued ID or don't want to provide consent for the use of your digital signature, you can still register by mail to vote.

You can register online to vote until Monday, October 19, 2020.

If you can’t register online, you can still register by mail, and the City of Winters has the voter registration cards that you can pick up fill out and then mail in, but remember, you have to register by Monday October 19, 2020 no matter what form of registration you choose.

Several of our local citizens have recorded youtube videos about why our votes matter, and we will be posting to the City of Winters You Tube, and I will be including some in my updates until election day.  This week I am including Liz Coman’s video, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/4RrdEi0Tpvo.

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager


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10/15/2020 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

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10/14/2020 Zoom Meeting Info

Teleconference via Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84446742058?pwd=ZVBsSk1PYUhSV28yWGdGcnIQNWdLUT09

Or Dial In On Mobile Phone @ 1-669-900-6833 - Meeting ID# 844 4674 2058

Passcode: 064408


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Applicants Sought for Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures

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Applicants Sought for Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures (pdf)

The City of Winters is now accepting applications to serve on the Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures through Friday, November 6th at 5:00 p.m.  The Application for Appointment to City Board, Commission or Committee can be downloaded from the City of Winters website here.  The City Council of the City of Winters approved the establishment of this fundraising committee at their October 6th City Council meeting.  The Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture & Fixtures has been established to purchase items for the Winters Senior Center, which will soon be under construction, that are not included in grant and CDBG program income funds, which include but are not limited to:  tables, chairs, kitchen utensils, televisions, couches, and major appliances as needed.  The focus of the committee would be fundraising for the procurement  of items needed to operate the Winters Senior Center and for the provision of a dedicated staff member to help operate the Winters Senior Center.

Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a Winters address.  In appointing members to the Committee, the City Council shall endeavor to appoint a membership that represents the diversity of the City of Winters by race, age and gender.

The term of service is two years, or until a successor is appointed.  A two-person subcommittee of the Winters City Council will review the submitted applications and select a limited number of applicants to be interviewed.  Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted and scheduled for their interviews.

Please email completed Applications of Interest in Appointed Positions to tracy.jensen@cityofwinters.org.  You may also drop completed applications off or mail to City of Winters, Attn: Tracy Jensen, City Clerk, 318 First Street, Winters, CA  95694.

For more information, call 530-794-6702.

APPLICATION OF INTEREST - Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture & Fixture (pdf)

 

 


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Applicants Sought for Winters Senior Commission on Aging

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Applicants Sought for Winters Senior Commission on Aging (pdf)

The City of Winters is now accepting applications to serve on the Winters Senior Commission on Aging through Friday, November 6th.  The Application of Appointment to City Board and Commissions can be downloaded from the City of Winters website here and the Resolution of the Winters City Council establishing the Winters Senior Commission on Aging can be downloaded from the City of Winters website here.  The Winters Senior Commission on Aging has been established to serve as a forum for discussing the unique needs of senior citizens in the community, including but not limited to transportation, housing, and healthcare.  The Commission will act as an advisory board to the City Council and shall perform a number of functions for the benefit of seniors residing in the Winters area.

Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a Winters address.  In appointing members to the Commission, the City Council shall endeavor to appoint a membership that represents the diversity of the City of Winters by race, age and gender.

The term of service is four years, or until a successor is appointed.  A two-person subcommittee of the Winters City Council will review the submitted applications and select a limited number of applicants to be interviewed.  Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted and scheduled for their interviews.

Please email completed Applications of Interest in Appointed Positions to tracy.jensen@cityofwinters.org.  You may also drop completed applications off or mail to City of Winters, Attn: Tracy Jensen, City Clerk, 318 First Street, Winters, CA  95694.

For more information, call 530-794-6702.

APPLICATION OF INTEREST - Winters Senior Commission on Aging (pdf)

 

 


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Friday Update 10/02/2020

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Wow, it is already October.  I would say Fall is in the air, but, it isn’t.  It is still hot outside, and the nice clean air from last Friday has been replaced with smoky air this week.

This week our fire crew that was deployed to OES in Fresno has returned home safely and are back staffing the Fire Station.  Our Fire Chief is deployed to the Zogg Fire up around Redding helping with the strike teams up there.

We moved from the Purple Tier to the Red Tier on the Covid-19 scale this Tuesday.  This is the State of California’s way of letting us know what rules we have to follow for dealing with Covid-19.  This is some encouraging news, although still frustrating for all our businesses and residents. What does this mean?

  • Restaurants can open indoors with 25% occupancy
  • retail can open with 50% occupancy
  • fitness and gyms can open with 10% occupancy
  • places of worship can open with 25% occupancy.
  • Playgrounds have new guidelines that were released by the State of California last week, and the guidelines are posted at our playground areas now.
  • Still no events
  • Still no gatherings
  • Masks are still required

You can go to the link below to see a more exhaustive list of what is allowed and not-allowed in the Red Tier in Yolo County: https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/novel-coronavirus-2019/roadmap-to-recovery

A new fire started in the Napa County this week, and Napa County let everyone from Napa, Solano, Yolo and Sacramento Counties know that there was an extreme fire danger.  Unfortunately, this is what happens when a WEA alert goes out instead of using the more targeted Alert systems.  My understanding is that there is very little control over who gets the WEA type alerts and so it can be pretty widespread and inaccurate.

Yolo and Solano County both had to send out an Alert to all those enrolled in their particular programs that the Napa County Alert was not meant for anyone outside of Napa County.  Lucky me, I got all the alerts from everyone, because, since I am so close to Solano County here in Winters, I signed up for Alert-Solano after the LNU complex fire and I was already signed up for the Alert-Yolo system.  Yolo County doesn’t usually send out the “not Yolo” alert, but the Napa County Alert was so wide spread, that Yolo County OES made the decision that it was needed in this case.

Don’t forget, if you are a small business in the City of Winters there is a Small Business Grant Program in place funded by CARES Act Funding. Applications for Small Business Grants from Yolo County are open until October 4, 2020 at 5pm (yes I know that is a Sunday, but, that is what Yolo County said). Find all the information about the program and how to apply here https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/novel-coronavirus-2019/small-business-grant-program

On the City Manager search front, interviews were held today for the first round.  I don’t know much more than there were 2 panels of interviewers.

The October 6, 2020 City Council meeting items include:

  • Amendment to Contract with BBK for City Attorney Services
  • Irrevocable Offer of Dedication of Road Right of Way
  • Project Budget Sheet and Amendment to West Yost Agreement for WWTF Influent Screen Phase 2
  • Public Sidewalk Easement for Blue Mountain Terrace
  • WasteWater Treatment Facility Monitoring Services Contract
  • Climate Action Plan Extension of Term
  • Contract with James George Designs
  • Introduction of new Permit Tech, Kelsey Bean
  • Update on Invasive Mosquito Found in Winters by Gary Goodman
  • Update on Finance and HR software implementation
  • Update on Building Permit Software Implementation
  • Creation of a fundraising Commission for Furniture and Fixtures for the soon to be constructed Senior Center.
  • Authorization for Agenda Management and Video Streaming Services Software
  • Proposal to Cancel the November 3, 2020 City Council Meeting.

A lot of things are going on in Winters, and hopefully we can remain strong and get through this pandemic successfully together.   If we (Yolo County) can continue the good work of the past few weeks and months, hopefully we can look at the Red Tier in the rearview mirror in about 3 weeks and move into the Orange Tier which will be much better for our businesses and our residents.

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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10/06/2020 City Council Meeting

Meeting Instructions 10/06/2020

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

To Join Zoom Meeting:
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Meeting ID: 874 2475 7645

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

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters


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Friday Update 9-25-2020

Isn’t Downtown Winters festive this week?  The Hispanic Advisory Committee is “sponsoring” a non-Carnitas Festival.  Usually the last weekend in September the Hispanic Advisory Committee hosts the Carnitas Festival for the community to come together and enjoy each other’s company.  This year Covid-19 struck, and the Carnitas Festival is yet another in a long list of events that Winters residents have not been able to hold and participate in this year.

The Hispanic Advisory Committee decorated the outdoor seating area on Main Street and is asking that the community patronize all the businesses that have supported the Carnitas Festive in the past. Restaurants are serving Carnitas inspired dishes beginning Wednesday and will continue through Saturday evening.    All Covid-19 protocols are still in place, social distancing, masks and no indoor eating.

You can participate by placing a “to go” order or by eating in the outdoor seating area downtown which is set up to observe the Covid-19 protocols as it has been for quite some time.

Don’t forget all the non-food based businesses in town, take the time to look at what they have available, and if they aren’t open while you are downtown, don’t forget that they too have contributed to the Carnitas Festival in the past and can definitely benefit from the support of the Community during this tough time. Community support is what keeps this community so amazing.  The Hispanic Advisory Committee has been integral in supporting community members in need since the committee’s inception.

The search for a new City Manager continues, the application period has closed, and the City Council now has resumes in hand for review.  We still have a way to go before a decision will be made, but, the City Council is working diligently with the recruiter to find us “THE ONE”.

We have an extra week in between City Council meetings this month, which happens whenever there is 5 Tuesdays in a month, so we haven’t quite firmed up the next City Council Agenda yet, but, we will be hearing about the mosquito trapping and control treatments from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.  The City Council will also hear updates from City Staff regarding new software systems that are being implemented to increase productivity in many areas that impacts both staff and residents.

I got to get outside today for a little while, and it was so nice to see the blue sky instead of the smoky sky that we have seen so much.  I have been staying indoors much like a lot of other people because of the air quality, and getting outside was just what I needed.

Go downtown and enjoy the festive atmosphere if you have time this weekend and I hope everyone has a good weekend.

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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09/24/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting

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

Zoom meeting ID: 840 3755 8648
Join by phone:  +1 (669) 900-6833   US  (San Jose)
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Meeting ID: 840 3755 8648

Meetings: Agendas and Packets (pdf)

  • 09/24/2020 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda

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Friday update 9-18-2020

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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:

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**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

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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

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Meeting Instructions - 09/21/2020

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9-11-2020 Friday Update

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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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