Finally, I had an opportunity to participate in the Youth Empowerment Seminar which was hosted by Yolo Auditor-Controller-Elections Officer Jesse Salinas. The program is designed to educate high school students on local government and allow them to discuss issues important to them. It was an amazing program!
The first thing you realize is the local government is just not taught in our schools in really any form. It was surprising what some clearly well informed students simply did not know about how their communities operate in relation to local services, including their own education through the school districts.
The most important thing you realize is what a promising future we have with these students. The students were extremely sharp and passionate on a variety of the top issues of today from health care, food, water and housing. I will share that when it comes to housing and development, the students understand the crisis in housing costs and availability probably better than most adults. Sustainability to them falls into where they live in proximity to jobs, entertainment and amenities. It was refreshing to hear them taking a much longer view on the future than I expected.
The “ah ha” moment for me was sitting with two students from Winters High, one of which I have known literally her entire life (she is my neighbor) and the other is the cadet sergeant with our Police Department Cadet Program. The poise and confidence of these young women was impressive. Articulate, sharp and very capable of taking on the assignments being given by the YES coordinator. They took on a couple pretty complex issues and just knocked them out of the park! I was proud to be from Winters as they showed leadership at the table with students from other schools.
One thing I have learned about students from Winters High (both of my kids are Winters High grads) is that small town school avails a very quiet confidence because there are few places for them to hide. The engagement they get compared to students in the larger high schools is evident. We are blessed with some really good teachers throughout the WJUSD and it shows. Our students represented well at the YES conference!
Have a nice weekend.
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Pool manager Sam Petersen (pictured) and the pool staff kicked off the start of adult lap swim for the year on March 1. The spring lap swim hours are 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9-11 a.m. weekends. Passes are $50/month or $5/day and may be purchased at City Hall or at the pool. The Bobbie Greenwood Community Swim Center is located between the library and the high school gym (708 Railroad Ave.). For more information, email contact Tracy Jensen at 794-6702 or email@example.com, and see facebook.com/WintersPool.
Just a couple announcements:
A quick storm update:
On social media a main question has been “why did the City not know the canal was breached”. In 2018, we had significant rains and not a single issue with the detention pond. In 2019, The most significant rains occurred during evenings which created runoff and frankly, the water just begins to rush, similar to a flash flood. The rains on the week of February 18 gave us an opportunity to track the water in the daylight which led us to the canal breach. Once found, we were able to close the breach and get things back to normal. When water which is supposed to flow into different drainage systems flows in a different direction it can cause issues. The fact that the pond was not drained sufficiently and external water rushing into the system is what caused the overflow. We are confident we have resolved the issues and the fact that we have had 2 100 year events in the past 3 weeks with no additional flooding is testament that things are under control.
Finally, Winters lost a very important member of our community with the passing of Don Frisbee on Wednesday evening at home. The Frisbee Family is a long time business in town and they ran “Frisbee Motors” on Railroad Ave for many years as one of our City’s main car dealerships in the 1940, 50’s and 60’s.. Don was a Winters High School Graduate, went on to Stanford University then into the United States Air Force where he retired at the rank of Lt. Coronel and worked in the Intellegence Section during the Vietnam War. He later become an aerospace executive, working for Northrup Gruman and the development of the B-2 Bomber. He was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Winters and a really great guy. He is survived by his wife Betty and a wonderful family. He will be missed.
Have a nice weekend.
A couple items this week:
The residential waste management program from the City has six main components involving trash, recycling, containerized green waste and organics, street collection of green waste, household hazardous waste and bulky item pick-up. For commercial and industrial accounts, there is a wider spectrum of services which includes mostly containerized waste, recycling, organics and a variety of other services.
Contamination is a significant issue, because it can literally spoil 3-5 tons of material which increases costs, change an entire days schedule for pick-up and nullify key diversion programs meant to help the environmental side of our waste programs. Not all contamination is done on purpose, but some is pretty obvious. Green/Organics containers with trash hidden in the bottom is a good example. A “contaminated load” cannot be delivered to the green waste facility and is thus diverted to the landfill instead. The cost of higher dumping fees, fuel and employee time, along with lost diversion is expensive and adds up.
The contamination of recycling can nullify the efforts of a hundred houses when people put paint, household hazardous waste or food products into the recycling container. The best purposeful example is someone hiding paint or motor oil in the container. The spillage instantly ruins the load which is then put into the landfill. If the driver misses the contamination and delivers the load to the recycling facility and dumps the load only to find the contamination then, the hauler is then cited by the facility, the truck must be reloaded (at a cost) then diverted to the landfill. Some residents come home wondering why their container was missed and these are some of the reasons why.
Overages are another issue. If someone is generating excessive refuse at their property, there are many alternatives to simply overloading the container. The residential program has 3 different size refuse containers. If someone has a lot of refuse, that also means lots of opportunity for recycling and additional recycling containers can be obtained at no additional cost. The same for green waste with the availability of additional containers. For commercial accounts, Waste Management has an audit service for a customer service representative to come to the business and help find solutions to reducing waste.
The reason for discussing the technology is just to highlight how some issues are discovered. A common response to someone receiving an additional charge is “how do you know it was my home or business that contaminated the load”. This is the 21st century and the use of cameras, GPS and computers are in our pockets daily and aid in the investigation.
The idea that assessing “fault” on this was not meant in the slightest in the Q&A. In most cases it means a need for education or assistance from our waste management personnel so the person can avoid a penalty (which is 9 out of 10 people) in the future. Are there some which are done on purpose? Without casting judgment, some are pretty obvious.
Waste management requires a lot of time for the City because the demands of regulations, new programs mandated by the State and our attempts to meet diversion goals are ever increasing. A little education can go a long way is resolving these issues.
Have a nice weekend
This weeks update in the rain and trash edition!
First, the saga of the rain and the detention pond:
The discovery of the canal breach answers a lot of questions for us. Knowing that an external source was pouring thousands of gallons into the pond which are not supposed to go into the pond is a big piece of information. The breach, combined with the non-operation of the facility are at the root of the issues we are dealing with.
Trash, overages and penalties:
Question 1- Why am I now being billed by Waste Management for over filling my trash container.
Waste Management has been notifying residents about overages (trash spilling beyond the capacity of the containers and contamination on the trash system. Warnings and additional fees are now being assessed which is allowed for under their contract agreement.
We have had a number of commercial and residential customers call City Hall regarding getting bills for overages from WM. Essentially folks are mad that they have been doing this for a while and are now getting charged. In regard to this (and overloading the containers), there is a common sense component which needs to be applied. A lot like rolling stop signs and driving 70 mph on CR 31 to DAVIS, you know you are supposed to stop and drive slower, then getting pulled over and being upset for the ticket. Not much we can say about that.
Question 2- I am mad at WM for the additional charge and want to hire another trash company to pick up my trash. Why does the City give them the exclusive business for the entire City?
The exclusive franchise for waste pickup brings an enormous benefit of economy of scale, convenience and a lack of a chaotic enterprise to a community. The waste industry is a little more complicated than it seems and is highly regulated. Imagine having 3-4 different haulers picking up on different days of the week, with different equipment and different methods (imagine having trash containers on the streets every day). Also, imagine not being able to get a pickup, especially in the County areas which are essentially a loser financially for the franchised hauler for those areas. The waste management of refuse in a community is a big deal which requires uniformity and consistency in its operation. Similar to having one water and sewer system.
Question 3- How are they determining that it was me that contaminated the load or I exceeded the capacity of my trash container and am charged for an overage?
Smart technology and computers on each trash truck is now allowing the drivers to explain and document issues on their routes. There are now multiple cameras on the trucks allowing the driver to identify contamination, overages and other issues. Contamination is a huge issue because one stop can determine the difference between a load going to the recycling facility versus the landfill which has significantly higher costs and lost opportunity for diversion. Recycling and green waste/organic programs save resources, capacity in our landfills and ultimately reduce costs to the consumer (the economic component is a huge consideration).
Have a nice weekend!
Winters After-School Program (WASP)
2019-20 Registration begins: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Packets will be available Monday, May 6, 2019, at: City Hall, Waggoner Elementary School front office, Shirley Rominger Intermediate School front office and all Winters After-School Program classrooms.
All Registration Packets and tuition MUST be turned into City Hall, open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
Serving students: Kinder-5th grade, no exceptions (no TK).
Hours of Operation: after school to 6pm.
Days of Operation: Monday-Friday, closed for all holidays WJUSD recognizes. PM Snack is included.
Tuition: $100 a month per student. Discounted tuition is given to those qualifying for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program through the school district. Discounts are as follows: $25 a month for those qualifying for FREE Lunch, $50 a month for those qualifying for REDUCED Lunch. Free/Reduced Lunch letters must be provided to WASP staff to receive the tuition discount. No discounts for multiple children.
Daily attendance is required; parent must notify staff of child’s extra-curricular activities and ensure student is only absent from WASP for reasons listed on the Early Release Policy.
Daily Schedule includes: Academics (Homework/Homework Assistance), Reading, Enrichment Activities, Recreation, Free Play and Nutritious Snack. WASP does not offer tutoring.
Weekly Schedule includes: Science, Nutrition, Presentations or Field Trips.
Volunteers: High School or College volunteers are welcome and needed. One volunteer per class is needed per day.
This program is funded and operated through the ASES grant in cooperation of the City of Winters and the Winters Joint Unified School District as well as community donations.
Donations are greatly appreciated. Please make donations payable to: City of Winters- Winters After School Program. Please send donations to: City of Winters-WASP, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.
For more information, please call Nicole Jordan Halley @ 794-6709.
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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DESIGN
GOAL: To provide a successful and engaging program for the promotion of a quality education and the enhancement of social skills in a safe environment, both mentally and physically, to all youths of Winters for the betterment of our community.
The City of Winters After School Program commences immediately after the regular school day and is open until 6:00pm.
Students will participate in:
“Committed to empowering children through education and beyond.”
Programa Despues de la Escuela de Winters
La Registracion del 2019-2020 comienza: Mayo 7, 2019
Los Paquetes estaran disponibles el Lunes Mayo 6 en: el City Hall, la oficina de la escuela Waggoner, la oficina de la escuela Shirley Rominger y todos los salones del Programa Despues de la Escuela de Winters.
Todos los Paquetes de Registracion y pago de matriculacion TIENEN que ser entregados en el Ayuntamiento (City Hall) que esta abierto de Lunes-Viernes de 8am-5pm.
Servicio: Para estudiantes de kinder-5to grado, no excepciones.
Horas de Operación son despues de la escuela hasta las 6pm.
Dias de Operación: Lunes-Viernes, cerrado para los dias festivos que el Distrito escolar de Winters reconoce. Merienda de la tarde esta incluido.
Pago de Matriculacion: Costos de matricula seran cobrado por cada niño inscribido en el programa. $25 al mes por los estudiantes que califican en recibir almuerzo gratis. $50 al mes para los estudiantes que califican en recibir almuerzo reducido y $100 al mes para los estudiantes que no califican. No hay descuentos para familias con mas de un niño en el programa.
Se require asistencia diaria; los padres tienen que notificar al personal del Programa Despues de La Escuela sobre las actividades extra-curriculares del estudiante y asegurarse que el estudiante solamente este ausente en el Programa Despues de la Escuela por alguna de las razones que se encuentran en la Poliza de Salida Temprano.
Programa Diario incluye: Academico (Tarea, Asistencia con la tarea), Lectura, Actividades de Enriquecimiento, Recreación, Juego Libre y Merienda Nutritivo. El Programa Despues de la Escuela NO ofrece tutoria.
Programa Semanal incluye: Ciencia, Presentaciones y Paseos.
Voluntarios: Voluntarios de la High School y el Colegio son bienvenidos y necesarios. Se necesita un voluntario diario por clase.
Este programa esta fundado y operado por medio del subsidio de ASES en cooperación con la Ciudad de Winters y el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Winters y donaciones de la comunidad.
Las donaciones son muy apreciadas. Por favor mande sus donaciones a:
City of Winters-WASP, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.
Para mas información, por favor llame a Nicole Jordan Halley @ 794-6709.
DISEÑO DEL PROGRAMA DESPUES DE LA ESCUELA
META: Proveer un programa exitoso e interesante para la promoción de una educación de calidad y el aumento de las habilidades sociales en un ambiente seguro, mental y físico, para todos los jovenes de Winters por el mejoramiento de nuestra comunidad.
El Programa de Despues de la Escuela de Winters comienza inmediatamente despues del dia regular de la escuela y esta abierto hasta las 6:00pm.
Los estudiantes participan en:
“Comprometidos para fortalecer a los niños por medio de la educación y mas allá“.
First, some announcements:
A few notes:
Finally, the past few years has seen leadership of our Police and Fire Departments within the region through training, mutual aid and our collaboration with our neighboring jurisdictions. The emergence of the influence of our staff within the region has become a hallmark of the pride and professionalism with pulses through our organization. I have learned that it really is all about the “people” of the organization who extend our reputation. I cannot adequately express the feeling of being at a meeting when someone from another agency tells me they are “working with” someone from our team on a very meaningful project or effort which advances the profession.
As one of the smallest agencies, I will profess that it is tough living within the limited resources. The adage of having to do “so much with so little” gives me even more motivation when I see our staff giving the extra effort to keep up with our neighboring jurisdiction which have resources beyond our comprehension. It means we are working hard!
Hard work is one of the character traits which defines Winters. Our agricultural roots help establish the benchmark for accepting the effort it takes to achieve the excellence which is embodied and permeates through the Winters community. Our kids are champions on the playing fields, classroom and FFA, our environmental projects make salmon spawn in our creek, we produce the best food in the world, we are the home to a world class vocational training academy with the PG&E Gas Safety facility and our City Staff are second to none in the professional fields. Our Downtown is best in the region and people want to be here because of an incredible vibe. None of this just happens. It really comes down to a culture of hard work and commitment to being the best.
Really proud of some of our recent achievements and how we set the bar for other communities. Small yet mighty!
No Friday Update next week.
Have a good weekend and go Warriors Soccer in the North Section Soccer Championships!