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09/30/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 30, 2022

Greetings, all. Fall is in the air and lots of seasonal activities are popping up. Don’t miss out on new activities, and as always check your favorite hang outs for local music, activities, and offerings.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The High School Pep Rally is 10/7 mid-day at First & Main. Please note, Main will be closed and there will be detours around the intersection. Please watch for students!
  • The Haunted Forest at Green River Tap Room runs through October 31st. Tickets are $20 to roam through 15 acres of woods and avoid ghosts, goblins and creepy things….
  • On October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo with the Winters Friends of the Library will hold a plant sale at the Winters Community Library Teaching Garden (708 Railroad Avenue.) The cash or check only plant sale will feature plants from Morningsun Herb Farms of Vacaville. The plants provide habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds including a variety of dwarf butterfly bushes, lavenders, ornamental sages, succulents, culinary herbs, and various California native plants plus many more. While supplies last, two types of native milkweed will be free to help increase the Monarch butterfly habitat. WFoL will have their book cart available with proceeds benefiting the Winters Community Library.
  • Harvest Fest is October 28-30! Weekend festivities include Fourth Friday, a Saturday Makers Market on Main from Railroad to 2nd (please note the road closure), and the Spooktackular 5k / 10k / Fun Run on Sunday. The race is a fundraiser for the high school track team. To sign up for the race, click here. Please note there will be no parking along the race route to provide space for the runners. There will be a temporary road closure on E. Main at Rotary Park, and the intersections of Main & Railroad and at First Street will be closed while runners take off at the start of the race. Please watch for runners on the street!

Please Note:

  • We were notified that the grant application for the Rural Recreation Grant to develop Paseo Park was not approved. Our $100,000 SACOG grant expires December 31, 2022, so staff is working to obtain quotes to upgrade electrical in the park to support Main Street and install an ADA pathway through the park. Whatever remaining funds are left will be used to help beautify the area while we plan future improvements. Given the short timeframe, we’ll move ahead with these core improvements and plan outward from there. Unfortunately, the new electrical equipment for the utility undergrounding on Newt’s Expressway was far more impactful visually than anticipated. We’ll need to plan some screening for that equipment. The benches, piano and free book library will all remain. Stay tuned!
  • PG&E is completing their work in Newt’s Expressway, which included upgrading power to those businesses. AT&T is proceeding with their design work to pull their wire in the alley and connect with overhead wires on First Street. AT&T will remove the poles on the alley; we’ll share the schedule once we have it. The City will coordinate the final lift of asphalt for the alley roadway when work is complete.
  • Filming is tentatively scheduled on the trestle bridge November 11 from 6 p.m. – midnight as part of a film school thesis project. No amplified sound after 9 p.m. The production coordinator is required to notify residents within 300’.
  • This Saturday (10/1) construction work from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. has been approved for the Walnut 10 site to allow the developer to catch up after last weekend’s rains. The wet ground has taken some time to dry out.

FARMSTEAD DEVELOPMENT REVIEW MEETING – OCTOBER 7, 10:00 a.m.
Farmstead representatives and staff continue to work on the site plan for the Farmstead project ~ 62 acres north of Grant and east of Lorenzo’s. Given the scope of this project and changes since the scoping meeting for the EIR, staff is coordinating a second DRC meeting. The public may attend this meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in the large conference room at City Hall, Abbey Street entrance. This is a working meeting with staff, the developer and 2 representatives from Council and Planning Commission. The purpose is to continue to provide feedback to the developer from each city department regarding the latest version of the proposed site plan. This is a high-level discussion for overall site plan, which will serve as the basis for environmental review and technical studies. The EIR has been on hold pending finalization of the site plan. We are trying to firm up the starting point for more detailed analysis, which will then inform more detailed site plan design. The public is welcome to listen to the presentations and discussions and provide comment at the end of the meeting. Remote access will not be available.

Upcoming Council Meeting – October 4
We have several items on the agenda, including the adoptions of two ordinances ~ one approving an amendment to the Development Agreement for Winters Highland and the other modifying the definition of site coverage, rejecting a claim against the City, approving an encroachment permit for a gas line on the trestle bridge and a contract extension for Psomas, Inc. Finally, we’ll recognize former Chief Brad Lopez for his 30 years of service to the Winters community. Come on by to thank him for his service. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in person and by Zoom. The packet is here.

Woot Woot!
Fall is a great time to gather downtown, visit with family and friends, do some shopping and get a little exercise walking around. The weather cools and businesses and homes decorate for the season with pumpkins, scarecrows and hay bales. The Chamber sponsors the annual scarecrow festival to encourage people to decorate. The public votes for their favorite locations in various categories. More information is here. A huge thank you to the Chamber for coordinating and all the businesses and homes that participate in helping downtown really get its charm on.


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09/23/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 23, 2022

Greetings, all. Winters has just been recognized as one of the 8 Most Charming Small Towns in California in 2022. WOW!! What a great testament to all the businesses, stakeholders, and invested community members who make this town so special. Congratulations, everyone!

And helping to contribute to our amazing downtown charm is newcomer Upper Crust Baking, which opened this week at the old Lester Farms Bakery, 606 Railroad. And, yes, they do have donuts, which City Hall staff report are fantastic. Drop by and welcome them to the neighborhood.

And don’t miss out on the latest outdoor dining space behind Chuy’s. The Ogandos have created another magical patio. Please enter the restaurant through the front.

Part of what makes this town so special is the care people show to others, particularly those in need. To those seniors coordinating a Pink Out game for breast cancer awareness as a senior capstone project, thank you. To contribute, please purchase a shirt and support the DONNA Foundation, click here. The Pink Out games are October 14.

I’m not sure what beats Hooby’s cornhole tournament on October 20th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, though.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Carnitas Festival logoCarnitas Festival is this Saturday! The downtown will be swirling with baile folklorico, children’s activities, food trucks, carnitas plates, music and lots of dancing. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. It will be hopping.
  • KVIE/PBS will air a segment about the Winters History Museum exhibit about the “Lost Town of Monticello” on Monday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. (KVIE Channel 6). The “Rob on the Road” preview is available here.
  • The Rotary Food & Wine Gala is October 14 at Hotel Winters. Tickets are $60, which will support Rotary’s philanthropic projects. To buy tickets, please click here or swing by First Northern Bank.
  • Yolo County and the WJUSD have partnered to offer a free community flu vaccination clinic on October 25 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the district office, 909 W. Grant Avenue. Thank you! No appointment necessary.

Please Note:

  •  Newt’s Expressway Underground project locations – the electrical crossover will begin on Saturday 10 p.m. Several locations are identified for either 9/27 or 9/29. If you do not receive the schedule, please contact me. The poles in the alley will be topped on October 19.
  • Yolo County Central Landfill is hosting the grand opening of its new composting facility on Wednesday, September 28 from 9 – 10 a.m. 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland. Please RSVP here if you’re interested in attending. The City is obligated under SB 1383 to procure, or have procured in its name, 300 pounds of compost or 600 pounds of mulch, which we don’t use…. We’re working on a compost or mulch give away program for this material. Watch for more information.
  • Solano County Water Agency will be working along 5 miles of Putah Creek between Oct 10 and Oct 21 preparing gravel for spawning salmon. A small backhoe will be used to ‘fluff up’ the gravel. This work isdone under permit from the CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife. The SCWA team will be at the Winters Putah Creek Nature Park for a few hours doing this work. Here is a short video explaining the process https://youtu.be/e9vj1RT6tLc. Please contact Streamkeeper Max Stevenson with any questions at mstevenson@scwa2.com. Let’s hope lots of salmon make it up the creek!
  • Correction: The senior walking group meetings Tuesday (8 a.m.), Thursday (8 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at the Community Center parking lot doors. Don’t forget yoga on Wednesday’s at 9:30 and socialization and games on Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony’s.
  • We are looking for applicants for the Senior Commission on Aging and the Planning Commission ~ that recruitment will be posted soon. For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org or (530) 794-6702.
  • The pool heater is officially on its last legs. We are closing the pool for City programming effective October 3rd. An equipment replacement project is in the works and will be brought forward to the City Council at a future date.
  • First 5 Yolo has announced a grant program to support existing licensed childcare providers or unlicensed providers who would like to become licensed. The lack of childcare has reached a critical state as many people have left the workforce to care for children. For more information, please visit https://www.first5yolo.org/partners/apply-for-funding. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through February 1, 2023.

Woot Woot!
We were just informed that our FY 21-22 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report received a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of America. This is the highest form of recognition for government accounting and financial reporting. Outstanding effort by the team, past and present, for this achievement. Woo Hoo!


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09/16/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 16, 2022

Greetings, all. There are a lot of upcoming events! Please see below…

Don’t Miss Out! Special Event Alert

  • 9/18 – Porch Fest is this Sunday, from 12 – 6 p.m. primarily at City Park and on Main Street, although don’t miss the porch at Third & Russell! Food trucks and lots of music.
  • Carnitas Festival logo9/24 is the return of the Carnitas Festival. Get ready for carnitas and a celebration of Hispanic heritage! Advance tickets for carnitas are available here. The event is 4:30 – 10:30 p.m.
  • 10/7 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. is the high school pep rally (subject to the street closure request being approved by Council at Tuesday’s 9/20 meeting). Main Street will be closed at Railroad beginning at 10 a.m. The intersection of Main & First will be closed with traffic detouring through the alleys during the rally.
  • 10/12 Winters is hosting the high school track meet from PG&E Way along the nature park trail. Watch out for runners, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Rotary Park will be busy beginning at 2:30 p.m.
  • 10/14 the Rotary Club’s Food & Wine Gala returns at Hotel Winters. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at Ace Hardware, First Northern Bank or from any Rotarian. Proceeds support Rotary’s community programs.
  • 10/30 is the return of the Spooktackular 10k/5k/Fun Run. Open to all runners and walkers, the 5k/10k route begins at Rotary Park, loops around Main & Abbey Streets west of Railroad and then through the neighborhoods east of Railroad. The intersection of Railroad & Main will be closed for about 30 minutes as the race starts to allow runners to clear the intersection (beginning at 8 a.m.). Please note: the race course will be noticed as no parking on the shoulder to allow space for runners. Signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. The 1 mile monster dash begins at 10 a.m. along the Putah Creek trail. Please sign up at the link above. Proceeds support the High School Cross Country & Track team. There should be plenty of great costumes!
  • The Salmon Festival is back! 11/5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Rotary Park. Booths, vendors and food trucks will be on site. Activities for youth. Start watching from the trestle bridge for the salmon!
  • The Winters Volunteer Firefighters are also bringing back their famous shrimp feed on 11/5 for dinner. Mark your calendars and watch for updates!

 

Seniors on the Move!

  • Introducing a new section to share senior related activities and programs, offered by the Winters Senior Commission (WSC) and the Senior Foundation (SF).
    - Every Wednesday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Yoga. St. Anthony’s, follow the signs. (SF)
    - Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. – NEW! A walking group will meet at the Community Center parking lot doors. Distance and route TBD based on participants. (WSC)
    - Every Thursday 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Socialization & Game Day. St. Anthony’s, follow the signs. (SF)Please Note:
  • Businesses: if you have not yet ordered your organics or green waste recycling bin, or filed for an exemption at City Hall, please expect a letter from Waste Management. The City is required under SB1383 to enforce organics recycling so you will need to either schedule service or obtain an exemption. For more information, please contact Waste Management at (530) 406-4330.
  • Walker Consultants is helping with the Downtown Visioning project. A landing page has been created here and will be updated regularly. The consultants will be at Fourth Friday on September 23rd to solicit input from residents and visitors, and a community survey will be linked to the landing page soon. Downtown businesses – watch for an email about a business workshop on September 23rd and business survey. A community workshop is scheduled for later in the fall, stay tuned.
  • City of WintersThe City of Winters is actively recruiting for a senior accountant, fire chief, community center attendants and after school instructional aides. If you’re interested, please click here and join a great team of dedicated, fun-loving employees who believe in community service and good governance.
  • As we approach Veteran’s Day, the exhibit, “Honoring the Dead of WWI: A Photographic Exhibition Commemorating the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Yolo County Fallen,” opens October 7 through November 29 at Gallery 625, Erwin Meier Building, 625 Court Street. Curated by Yolo Arts, guided tours are available, no reservations required.
  • A Design Review Committee meeting to discuss the latest site plan for the Farmstead project is being scheduled for October 7 during business hours. Time will be confirmed next week. This meeting will be open to the public given the scale of the project and community interest. This meeting is for senior staff, the applicant and designated representatives from Council and the Planning Commission to discuss the latest proposed site plan for the project. The public will have an opportunity to provide comment. This is a high level look at the project. Once the proposed site plan is sufficiently confirmed, then additional engineering and environmental work can proceed, which may and often does result in modifications for a final site plan. The meeting will be in person in the large conference room at City Hall, Abbey Street entrance.

Upcoming Council Meeting – September 20
This meeting has items from September 6 as well. It is a full agenda. The packet will be available on the City’s landing page here. Items of interest include (but not all) Main Street closure requests for the pep rally and Carnitas Festival, appointing Karen Croley to the Senior Commission, the purchase of a Fire command vehicle and $50,000 grant to support PD’s impaired driving enforcement efforts, an easement to extend Valley Oak Drive into Winters Highland, amending the Winters Highland Development Agreement, rejecting the bid for the emergency generator at the Community Center, and modifying the underground utility district for Newt’s Expressway to maintain overhead wires on First Street.

Also, please note that on Monday evening, September 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Natural Resources Commission will hear a report about replacing the temporary 2” gas line on the trestle bridge with a permanent 4” line. The packet will be posted here. The meeting will be remote.

COVID-19

  • Free test kits are available in the vending machine next to City Hall’s side employee entrance. The County stocks the machine and has noticed low usage so we’re trying to get the word out.
  • Bivalent boosters that target the original COVID strain and Omicron variants are now available from Moderna and Pfizer at pharmacies, public clinics and through health care providers, including Winters Health Care which serves anyone at no cost to the patient. More information is here.

A Moment of Reflection…
I’ve thought about whether to share this or not and am taking the leap into the more personal….I don’t know how other people feel, but 2022 came in hard with Omicron, and the challenges have just kept coming. This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for the City team with more staffing transitions, COVID disruptions, supply delays, and whatever else has bombarded the community in general. We want to be out of the pandemic, but we’re still struggling with its impacts. There are a lot of balls in the air, projects in various stages, events and reservations to process, fires to fight and bad folks to chase; no shortage of things to get done, not all of which can be done at the same time. The pool heater and deck operations have been the bane of our existence this season, and it is likely the pool will close early as a result…We’re getting quotes for a new heater and assessing whether more band-aid repairs are worth it. Stay tuned.

I want to recognize the City team for their hard work and perseverance. Please thank our staff as you see them out and about. A kind word and moment of appreciation means a great deal, especially to those who choose to serve others, whether it’s at the City or your favorite restaurant. A relatively new resident called on Tuesday to say he had lost his house in Paradise and then again in Napa due to wildfires. He rents here in Winters and shared how much he appreciates this community and the City for our collective efforts to serve others. I took a moment to think about life from his perspective and reset my expectations on what is positive and not so much. His small gesture was the highlight of the day for several of us.

I would also like to give us here at the City some space and grace to catch our breaths and prioritize what is most important for ourselves, the organization and the community. We apologize for any delays in service or work in progress, and thank you for your understanding and patience.


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Extreme Heat Today, 09/06/2022

Good morning, all. I hope everyone stayed safe over the weekend. It seemed pretty quiet out there…

We managed to squeak through last evening with no rolling black outs, thanks to everyone’s conservation efforts. Today will be a challenge as well so please continue minimizing electrical use, especially between 4 – 10 p.m. this evening. To assist with this effort, the City will go to generator back up for all facilities with emergency power. As I look to this week’s weather, we will still have extremely hot weather although hopefully today will be the peak for the week. Please continue to use major appliances in the morning, close and cover windows, unplug electric vehicles in the afternoon, and do all your electronic charging in the morning. Pre-cool homes and then set the thermostats at 78 or warmer beginning at 4 p.m. We will need power for the late afternoons and evenings.

The library will be open until 8 p.m. tonight if anyone needs a place to cool down. The City’s pool will be open 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. for lap swim. The deck is extremely hot, however, and the lifeguards have had a challenging time. We’ll post on Facebook if we need to close early, which we did over the long weekend for employee safety.

I’ll be away for a conference beginning tomorrow through Friday so there will be no weekly update on Friday. Police Chief Miller will Acting City Manager in my absence.

Have a good week. Temperatures will cool down beginning on Saturday, thank goodness.

Best, Kathleen


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09/02/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 2, 2022

Where does the time go?? With this heat, fall does not feel around the corner….

Places to Cool Down and Chill Out

  • Winters Community Library
    Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
    Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Expanded Hours!
    Monday 1 – 5 p.m. Expanded Hours!
  • Bobbie Greenwood Pool
    Friday 5:45 – 8:45 p.m.
    Saturday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. FREE!
    Monday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. FREE!

Tips to Stay Safe

  • Do not leave pets or kids in cars!
  • Stay in the shade or place with A/C.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and coffee.
  • Wear sunscreen, a wide hat, loose light clothing.
  • Do not overexert yourself physically; listen to your body.
  • Check on neighbors without A/C or who live alone.
 

Heat Illness is dangerous. Know the symptoms and call 911 if heat stroke is suspected. More information is here.

Flex Alerts for Rolling Brown Outs are expected through Tuesday evening. Sign up for alerts at www.flexalert.org. If ordered by the ISO, they will occur between 4 – 9 p.m. for one-hour blocks of time. Tips to prepare for an outage are here.

Conserve Energy by unplugging unused appliances, turn of lights, cover windows, turn the thermometer to 78+, use major appliances in the morning, charge important devices before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. and unplug those electric cars before 4 p.m. or when done charging.

Don’t Miss Out

  • Warm up those vocal cords! Open Mic Night downtown is September 17 beginning at 6 p.m. Sign Ups start at 5 p.m. wintersopenmic.com
  • The Carnitas Festival is back! September 24 downtown Winters will be popping, dancing, cooking, and eating, all in celebration of the community’s Hispanic heritage. Any last minute carnitas chefs shouldCarnitas Festival logoreach out to organizers, info here.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree Corner

Carla and Mel Wroten’s daughters have taken a liking to the Friday Update, (thank you, Carmella and Gianna). Attached is their community column, called I Love IT! which may appear randomly. As budding journalists, they might one day contribute to the Winters Express as they no doubt will contribute to the greater community good, much like their parents of Steady Eddy fame.

Please Note:

  • We need you! Families need you! The City is looking for more instructional aides to support our after school enrichment program at Waggoner Elementary School. New this year at the School District’s request is a new T-K classroom. More information about WASP is linked. To apply, click here.
  • The federal government will stop supplying free COVID test kits in the mail effective this Friday. The dispensing machine next to City Hall still has kits, which the County restocks weekly.
  • City Hall is closed Friday (regularly scheduled) and Monday for Labor Day. For a public safety emergency, please call 911. To reach non-emergency dispatch for Police, Fire or Public Works,City of Wintersplease call (530) 795-4561.
  • Avian Influenza has been detected in a wild bird in Yolo County. HPAI can infect domestic poultry, other birds, animals, and humans, although the risk to the general public is very low. People should avoid direct contact with wild birds. More information is here.
  • Tragically, there is now an International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) created to raise awareness of overdose prevention and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. Accidental overdoses continue to skyrocket with the proliferation of fentanyl, which is lethal in small doses and undetectable to users. The County has partnered with others to encourage residents to carry Narcan and act quickly if an overdose is suspected. Our officers and firefighters do, and we can, too.
  • To apply for a job at the Fairfield Inn, please click here. Most businesses in town are looking for help so reach out to your favorite ones and walk to work! Save on gas, help benefit the environment.

Did You Know?

Community members report that yesterday’s helicopter buzzing overhead was PG&E doing line inspections…This lovely image was posted online using flightradar24.

 Upcoming Council Meeting – September 6, hybrid

There are a number of consent calendar items: purchase of a Fire command vehicle, annual Animal Control Contract with Yolo County, appointment of Karen Croley to the Senior Commission on Aging, MOU with the Firefighters, Main Street Closure for Carnitas Festival, and the updated work plan for the Natural Resources Commission. There are two presentations: a proclamation recognizing Fire Chief Brad Lopez for his 30 years of service and from SACOG regarding Blueprint 2024. The only discussion item relates to the Community Center emergency generator bid and alternative options for the OES grants. The Main Street closure for the High School Pep Rally was rescheduled to September 20 by the School District.

Woot Woot!

A group of dedicated Winters community members have been working hard on the campaign to fundraise for the new senior center. And while this project seems so close and yet so far, we continue to work toward obtaining the rights to the plans, which has been far more complicated than we anticipated given grant funding requirements, HCD back logs, the architectural firm that closed, and the separation of the senior center from Blue Mountain Terrace project in 2016.

In the meantime, for those hard at work helping to make sure the new center is outfitted with furniture, dishes, supplies, and the like and to those who have contributed already, and are thinking of donating, we thank you. This center will provide a space for seniors to come together for social, mental, physical, and nutritional well-being. It will nurture the bonds that keep this village together.

To donate, please visit https://www.wintersseniorcenter.com/ or reach out to Marlene Bell, Karen May, Sandy Vickery, or Taylor Buley for more information. Naming rights are still available for significant contributions, which they will be happy to share. Many thanks to this lead team for their efforts!

SEE ATTACHED PDF FOR THE I LOVE IT! COMMUNITY EDITION...


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08/26/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 26, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s Fourth Friday tonight. If you’re not at the football game in Dixon, hope to see you downtown!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Yolo County Library and its Friends are sponsoring a classic car show in Yolo, 5 minutes north of Woodland, on Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Carnitas Festival logoThe Carnitas Festival is September 24! The organizing committee is looking for cooks who want to participate in the carnitas competition and vendors for the festival. The festival is co-sponsored by the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee and Winters Community Corazón. For more information, please click here. The deadline to participate as a cook is August 30.
  • Pop with a Cop is Sunday, September 4th at City Park, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Come out and meet our local officers and enjoy a popsicle.
  • The Fairfield Inn is getting ready to open this fall! And they are hiring for all positions. Applications and walk-in interviews are available every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Woodland, 2100 Freeway Drive.
  • Yolo County Housing will accept online applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Project Based Voucher Programs. If you or someone you know needs housing assistance, please visit https://www.ych.ca.gov/. The application period closes September 7 at 5 p.m.
  • Yolo County Resource Conservation District & Office of Emergency Services has been working on developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The collaborative and strategic plan is designed to identify and mitigate fire risk. A community workshop to gather input for the West Yolo County area is scheduled for September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Guinda at the Grange Hall. Future workshops will be scheduled closer to Winters. For more information, click here.

Please Note:

meals on wheels

  • Timed parking enforcement will begin again in the downtown area. Please be aware of time zones and other restriction, such as handicap parking and EV charging.
  • PG&E is just about done with the work along Newt’s Expressway. AT&T will need to pull their wire through the new conduit next and Wave will need to remove their wire as they decided to discontinue service for that block. Anyone who has wave on that side of Main Street adjacent to Newt’s Expressway should select another provider. Once that work is done, AT&T will remove the poles. We’ll share the schedule for this remaining work once we have it.
  •  PG&E has been flying helicopters to inspect lines today and will finish tomorrow, in case you were wondering who was flying around in the countryside…
  • New drought regulations require that institutions turn off irrigation to turf areas, which the City has done around City Hall and the Community Center. Bubblers are still on for the trees. For water conservation information , please visit Save Our Water.

COVID-19
Please note we have several outbreaks of COVID in higher density housing with communal spaces. COVID is still here in the community, spreading and highly contagious. There are free test kits outside City Hall’s side door and free masks in the library. Free testing is also available through the School District. If you have a runny nose, bad head aches or allergy like symptoms, please test. COVID may not knock everyone flat, but it could be more harmful to immune compromised, the elderly or others with underlying health conditions. If positive, please isolate away from others and follow health guidelines here.

Upcoming Council Meeting
The next meeting is September 6, hybrid.

Woot Woot!
Good luck, Warriors, at tonight’s High School Playbook Game of the Week at Dixon this evening! The game begins at 7 p.m. at Dixon High School. https://www.kcra.com/article/high-school-playbook-preview-dixon-takes-on-rival-winters-downey-looks-to-keep-momentum/40992384

 


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08/12/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 15, 2022

Sadly, I feel compelled to recognize that Winters lost another teenager this week in a motorcycle accident on Grant Monday evening. It feels like the community needs to give itself a huge collective hug and stay tight to help these families find their footings after so much tragedy. A 4th death and 5th tragic accident in as many weeks. Take care, everyone, and please look out for each other. Big hug.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Last weekend’s opening night of Midsummer Night’s Dream was a success! If you haven’t seen it, tickets are available here for final shows Friday and Saturday, August 12 & 13. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thank you, Winters Theater Company, and all the actors and support crew who made this event possible.

 

Please Note:

  • We have been hearing a lot about Monkeypox of late. This virus is related to smallpox and is transmitted through close physical contact or contact with bodily fluids, even on linens and towels. While the virus has circulated primarily through the gay and bi-sexual male community, anyone can become infected, especially within the same household. For more information, please visit the Yolo County Monkeypox landing page here.
  • School is back in session so the pool schedule has changed; please click here for the schedule through October. Because the pool is on school property, we are unable to run public programs during school hours. Open and lap swim times are available throughout the week.

Did You Know?

COVID-19

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Good news ~ COVID concentrations in our local wastewater have come down dramatically in Winters, although county-wide transmission is still considered high. Please note, the dominant variant BA.5 does have the ability to reinfect, even if vaccinated, boosted, or previously infected with BA.5. Health officials strongly recommend wearing masks indoors, particularly if anyone is immunocompromised.

  • Anyone over the age of 50 or immune-compromised is eligible for a second booster, which is also strongly recommended to minimize the risk of serious illness. The CDC is also evaluating opening up second booster to anyone 18 years or older later this fall.
  • Beginning in the fall, boosters will be formulated specifically to help prevent BA.5 infection; however, health officials advise to not wait and to getboosted now if eligible.
  • Free masks are available at the Winters Library. Free testing is still available at the Winters Unified School District headquarters. And the City of Winters is partnering with the County to host a free COVID test kit dispensary machine, which is located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. Finally, Winters Healthcare is an excellent option for testing and vaccinations. No appointments necessary.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is September 6th. And the new sound board is in!

Woot Woot!

A happy 25th anniversary to Sgt. Albert Ramos! Sgt. Ramos was raised in Winters, graduating from Winters High School in 1989. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Sgt. Ramos worked as a clerk at Yolo County Traffic Division and later joined the Winters Police Department in 1997.  He was recognized as the “Officer of the Year” in 1998. In 2004, he received his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and promoted to Corporal. In 2016 he promoted to Sergeant and in 2020 received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, also from Ashworth College.  He is married with four children and has always felt blessed to work and raise his family in Winters. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, listening to music, watching movies, taking walks, and spending time with family. For more information about Sgt. Ramos and our other Police staff, please visit Behind the Badge on the Police Department landing page.

In other public safety news, please congratulate Fire Captain Matt Schechla on his appointment as Acting Fire Chief effective August 22nd following Chief Lopez’ departure to Suisun City. Captain Schechla will do a great job juggling shift duties as Acting Chief. Together with our excellent team of paid and volunteer fire personnel, the Department will continue its mission of excellence during the Fire Chief recruitment, which should be posted soon. Thank you, all!

 

 

 


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08/05/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
August 5, 2022

Greetings, all. Don’t forget Shakespeare under the stars, beginning this weekend, produced by the Winters Theater Company. Thursday night live music in Rotary Park continues through August, courtesy of the Downtown Business Association. And Main Street is still poppin’ with live music on Friday nights. Music begins at 7 p.m. both nights.  And don’t forget to put Fourth Fridays on your calendar for more activities and programs downtown.

Don’t Miss Out!

This Saturday, August, 6, from 6 – 8:00 p.m. is Root Beer Floats with a Cop at Pizza Factory, 108 Main Street. Come by to meet our local officers who help keep Winters safe and peaceful. Thank you, Chuck, for hosting.

Please Note:

  • Yolo County has reported the first human case of West Nile Virus in the County, which is caused by a bite from infected mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, bodyaches, nausea, vomiting and something swollen lymph glands. The best way to prevent mosquito borne illnesses is to drain any standing water, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors in areas with active mosquitoes or wear repellent, and make sure open doors or windows have screens. For more information, visit fightthebite.net.
  • The City of Winters is looking for one more commissioner for the Winters Senior Commission on Aging. The commission focuses on programming and resource opportunities for seniors and will assist with developing the list of furniture and fixtures needed to outfit the new senior center. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m. More information is here. To apply, click here.
  • Work at Three Oaks Park has picked up steam. Trees have been replaced and are being inspected by our consulting arborist. Irrigation continues to be addressed. Final lighting fixtures have been installed, and some concrete repair should soon be completed. We’re beginning to get ready to start final punch list items and work out a warranty agreement for newly planted trees. Once the park is officially “accepted” as meeting standards, the 90 day period will begin.
  • Work at Shandalla Estates (LDS / Crowne Communities) has been put on hold while the framing crew has been transferred to Arizona to complete a project. They should be back in September. This project will provide slightly smaller one-story homes (1,500 – 1,850 square feet) on smaller lots, making them more “affordable by design.” Click on the link for more information.
  • For those of you who have been tracking the senior center project, we are finally making some good progress on obtaining the rights to the construction plans. We met this week with the architect and again with State HCD to iron out some complicated questions regarding architectural rights and services under the approved grant. The complications related to the senior center project being initially combined with the adjacent Blue Mountain Terrace project and then split out and returned to the City. We’re finally optimistic we may be on a path to move forward. At the risk of prematurely sharing news, we hope to bring a purchase agreement to Council in September to obtain the rights to the plans.

Did You Know?

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council approved an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with NeighborWorks (NW) to kick start the self-help affordable housing project in Winters Highlands, once again. 24 lots are earmarked for moderate income applicants (80-120% AMI) who can devote time to help construct their homes. NW will submit an application to USDA in September to help fund construction. Once funding has been secured, we’ll actively encourage income eligible people to apply.

Are you looking for resource referral information, related to health, housing, food, legal assistance, and any number of other services? 211 Yolo is a joint service with Sacramento County that refers residents to over 1,600 providers. You can dial 2-1-1 or email info@211sacramento.org to connect with an operator.

  • Did you know that downtown Winters is listed on the National Registry of Historic Districts? Curious about the downtown buildings?  Check out hmdb.org. You can click on the “Near You” button to find more fun facts or plan a historic scavenger hunt. Even easier if friends and family visit, book a tour through Yolo 365 Tours. Bites, tastings, and tours ~ a great way to decompress, enjoy good company and savor the moments.

Upcoming Council Meeting

No Council meeting on August 16 to allow for some vacation and family time. The next Council meeting will be September 6, via Zoom and in-person. We continue to work on addressing audio issues; we fix one side of the equation and seem to be pushing problems to another side. We’ve ordered a new sound board that we hope will stabilize audio inputs and outputs.

Woot Woot!

A huge shout out to Fire Chief Brad Lopez who, after nearly thirty years of service to the Winters community, has accepted the Fire Chief position with Suisun City. Chief Lopez first began as a volunteer with the Winters Fire Protection District, was hired and promoted, and then crossed over into the City’s Fire Department in 2011 when the City took over as lead service provider for the town and the 80 square mile district. He was promoted to chief three years ago. Brad is the consummate fire professional: dedicated, calm, experienced, thoughtful, and committed to the community’s public safety. He will be sorely missed at the Fire Station and City Hall, but we’ll still see him around town. Please thank him for his service and wish him all the best. His last day with us will be August 21st. Yup, that’s a Sunday. He begins in Suisun City that Monday. Thank you, Chief.


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07/29/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
July 29, 2022

Greetings, all.  The weather is glorious out, not too hot by Yolo standards. What a great time to stroll downtown. Don’t forget to check out upcoming events and activities in all the usual places.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Theater Company is back with Shakespeare in the park and under the stars! Don’t forget to get your tickets, grab your lawn chair and pack your snackies. Performances of Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Community Center amphitheater are scheduled for August 5, 6, 12, and 13. Tickets are $10 for 13 years and older.
  •  August 6 is Tire Amnesty Day! Residents can take up to 9 tires to the Yolo County landfill (9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Up to 20 tires can be accepted with an approved exemption. For more information, please call 530-666-8856.

 Did You Know?

Paving has begun in the Hideaways (Phases 3, 4, & 5) of Winters Highland. This is the extension of Scotty Way.  For all of our newer residents who aren’t familiar, this road is named in honor of Scotty Dozier, who passed in 2014. Scotty served as the Chief of the Winters Fire Protection District and was the City’s first Fire Chief when a municipal department was formed in 2011. Scotty spent 36 years working on behalf of greater Winters and was a legend locally and throughout the Yolo Fire community. He led the modernization of our Fire Department from a volunteer force to a 24/7 operation. So, when you drive down Scotty Way, please send a thank you his way for his dedicated service.

  • The State of California, through SB 1383, requires organic recycling. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste inlandfills emits 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma. Reducing organic waste that goes into the landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. Please consider getting rid of your food scraps in your green waste bin or through back yard composting.

  Please Note:

  • Starting July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number has transitioned to an easy to remember 988 Like 911 to call in emergencies, 988 is the number to call for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis. You can also text 988 or chat at Lifeline (www.988lifeline.org) and connect with trained counselors. Mental health, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide are real problems facings hundreds of thousands of people and their families across the country. If you need help, please reach out. If you suspect someone is at a breaking point, please contact Suicide Prevention of Yolo County.
  • The contractor for Homes By Town is making good progress at Three Oaks Park. About 40+ trees have been or will be replaced by the end of next week, and irrigation repaired in various areas. Any deficient plants will also be replaced. If progress continues at this recent pace, our goal is to have the park enter into its 90-day maintenance period mid- to late August, which means the developer will still be responsible for park maintenance. The newly planted trees and landscaping will need time to establish before wear and tear from the public, so we will still request that the public remain out of the park until it is accepted later in the fall.

In discussions with the landscape architect, the dog park areas were planted with native grasses, which are not intended to be irrigated once established. The grass goes dormant without irrigation and regerminates with cooler weather and rain fall. The grass is intended to serve as erosion control since both dog parks also serve as a retention area and storm drain inlet (hence their bowl designs). The City will authorize that irrigation to be turned off once we’re satisfied the grass has substantially taken root.

  • Installation of new pathway lighting for Blue Oak Park will be completed next week.
  • The undergrounding of utilities along Newt’s Expressway is progressing. The recent work stop due to COVID will set the schedule back a week or two. When PG&E is done, they will cut the tops of the poles off along the alley. We do not yet have a schedule for when AT&T will return to pull their wires into the new underground conduit. Wave / Astound will need to remove their facilities, at which point that block of Main Street will not have access to Wave services. Once AT&T is done undergrounding, AT&T will remove the poles.
  • Link21 is a long-range transportation program to transform passenger rail in the 21-county Northern California mega-region. Link21 is creating an Equity Advisory Council (EAC) to provide a forum for meaningful community collaboration to advance equity throughout the Program’s development and implementation. If you’re interested in regional transit and social equity, this could be for you. For more information, please click here. Applications are due August 21st.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our agenda management system is hiccupping badly today, across the Cloud, so we are posting the packet the old-fashioned way as one scanned copy. https://www.cityofwinters.org/city-council-meetings_/ Please scroll to the bottom to find Tuesday’s packet, which will be posted by tomorrow at 5 p.m. We’re hoping Granicus fixes its issue and the usual agenda packet with hyperlinks will be available before the meeting.

Items of interest include: appointing Eleanor Yeatman to the Senior Commission on Aging, adoption of the new Grading Ordinance, Downtown Fall Festival Main Street closure request, adoption of amended construction standards, agreement with Wood Rodgers for the design of the I-505 bridge widening project, a public hearing to consider a new grading permit fee, consideration of an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with NeighborWorks for the self-help housing project, and a requested loan deferral for the Cradwick Building.

Woot Woot!

We are excited to introduce the City’s Pre-Approved ADU Program. Approved by Council and grant funded, the City has acquired three sets of accessory dwelling unit (ADU) construction plans to offer to Winters residents at no cost. Staff has created this Pre-Approved ADU Program to assist property owners interested in constructing an ADU on their property. The models range in size from 496 to 749 square feet. More information is on the City’s website at https://www.cityofwinters.org/pre-approved-adu-program/.  Please note the plans are at no cost; however, there may be additional costs associated with energy code compliance, fire sprinklers, and solar. A big thank you to Senior Planner Kirk Skierski for getting this new program over the finish line. For any questions, please review our new landing page and then contact Planning at (530) 794-6718.

 

 


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07/22/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
July 22, 2022

Greetings, all. Tonight is Fourth Friday downtown beginning at 6 p.m. Live music by Mike Blanchard and the Californios begins at 7 p.m. Thank you, Downtown Business Association and Discover Winters, for coordinating. And don’t forget Thursday nights in Rotary Park ~ live music begins at 7 p.m. Bring your chairs and snackies and let the kids run free. Next Thursday is Latin rhythms with Afincao, sponsored by Winters Friends of the Library.

Don’t Miss Out!

Shakespeare returns beginning August 5th with Midsummer Night’s Dream at the amphitheater behind the Community Center. Produced by the Winters Theater Company, tickets are $10 for 13 and older. The actors and producers are buzzing as they get ready for show day!

The 4th annual Winters Healthcare Dinner on the bridge will be held Saturday, September 10 on the historic trestle bridge. Come and mingle with your neighbors and community members while enjoying a beautiful late summer three-course plated dinner, live music, local beer and wine, and a raffle!  Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online here. Early bird pricing ends July 31st. For questions, please contact Lilly Steward at lsteward@wintershealth.org or by calling 530-795-4377, ext.1057.

Did You Know?

  • Visit Yolo is a regional partnership funded by a special tax paid by guests at local hotels. The funds help promote tourism bringing people into town, which not only helps the hotel but local businesses as well and the City. Sales tax and Transient Occupancy Taxes are critical general fund revenue sources for the City of Winters. Through Visit Yolo, Winters was recently highlighted in a Bay Area newspaper. https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/07/19/wine-tasting-itinerary-wine-hikes-and-bites-in-winters/. So if you’re looking for a great weekend already planned out for you, or are not sure what to do with those out of town weekend guests, Visit Yolo has great experiences at the ready.PG&E
  • The summer season has been relatively -uiet locally (we’re not allowed to say the Q word in public safety). However, it’s always best to be prepared for potential power outages due to weather or fire that can interfere with transmission lines. To sign up for outage alerts, please click here. PG&E weather monitoring and fire information is here. Live feed for wildfire cameras in the area is available through Alert Wildfire here.

Please Note:

  • Work is on hold with Newt’s Expressway until at least Tuesday. Several members of the construction crew have COVID. We wish them a speedy recovery.
  • The nomination period has opened for local elections. As candidates pull papers, we will post that information here. Information about running for office is provide on the City’s landing page here.  The nomination period closes on August 12th, if no incumbents pull papers, the nomination period is extended to August 18th. If you are interested in running for Council, please contact cityclerk@cityofwinters.org to schedule an appointment. If you are interested in signing a nomination form for a candidate, please note the following:
    • You must be a registered voter within the City limits.
    • You may only sign once per candidate.
    • With three seats open you may not sign for more than three candidates.
  • The Winters Unified School District has kicked off its search for our next superintendent. More information about the process is here. The target start date is November 1.
  • The Sacramento Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District (SYMVCD) continues to collect an invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti in Winters. This mosquito causes yellow fever. An effective way to control the spread of this mosquito is through aerial spraying, which has begun in the Winters area. To receive notifications, click here. For updates, here.

COVID-19

  • Healthy Yolo Together (HYT) has stopped providing local genome testing of COVID-19 and instead has pivoted to a wastewater testing program to monitor levels of COVID-19 variants in the waste stream. The City of Winters participates in this sampling program along with several other facilities in the County. Testing data for Yolo County, including Winters, is available at https://healthycvtogether.org/. The data looks a bit like the Swiss Alps with ups and downs.

 Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is August 2nd. Please note there will be no meeting on August 16 so Council and staff can take a summer break.

Woot Woot!

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, we ceremonially swore in new officers and a community services officer who have joined us in recent months; a big shout out to them and all the staff that have recently joined the City of Winters. We have a number of new employees as the organization has transitioned in recent years; and each of them works hard every day to serve the community.

If you would like to get to know our police staff, please swing by Pizza Factory on August 6 between 6 – 8 p.m. for a slice of pizza and a root beer float.


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07/15/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
July 15, 2022

Greetings, all.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Tis the season for Shakespeare! Winters Friends of the Library is back with The Tempest in City Park. Free Performances are Friday and Saturday (7/15 & 7/16) at 8 p.m. at the corner of 4th & Main. The stage is none other than the most impressive wooden play structure in California. Bring your chairs and snackies, and watch youth ages 13-19 launch their acting careers.
  • Mark your calendars for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, offered by the Winters Theater Company. Four performances are scheduled in August (5,6, 12, 13) at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center. Tickets are $10; children under 12 are free.
  • The Alberino Wine Stroll is August 6th. For more happenings, visit Discover Winters and your favorite local destinations for food, fun, and sun.
  • Please note! PG&E will turn off power along Newt’s Expressway next Tuesday, 7/19 at 9 p.m. until 5 p.m. as part of the undergrounding project. PG&E will be done with their work around August 4. AT&T willPG&Ethen follow. The poles cannot be removed until AT&T completes their work and Wave removes their lines from the poles. Then AT&T will remove the poles.
  • Election season opens on Monday. If anyone is interested in running for City Council, a candidate must be a resident of incorporated Winters, 18 years of age, and a registered voter residing within the City limits at the time nomination papers are pulled. Candidates will need to schedule an appointment to obtain nomination papers by emailing cityclerk@cityofwinters.org. The nomination period closes August 12th. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information by calling 530-794-6702 or via email at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org. For detailed information about running for elective office, and to view information regarding candidates, please visit the Winters Election page at  http://www.cityofwinters.org/elections/

Please Note:

  • Natural Resources Commission meeting on Monday, July 18, is cancelled due to lack of quorum.
  • The WJUSD is offering counseling for anyone in the community needing support following recent youth tragedies. Marcella Heredia will be at the High School on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. if anyone would like to talk. In addition, the School District continues to work with RISE to offer services to those in need. Please contact Alejandra Flores at (530) 797-4110 or via email at aflores@riseinc.org. Mental health is serious and there are services for those in crisis. For you, a friend or anyone who needs immediate assistance, please call 911. In addition, Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential coordination platform provide by the School District. To access services, please call 888-515-0595 24/7 in any language.
  • Homes By Towne continues to work on Three Oaks Park to address landscape, tree, and irrigation issues. The 90-day maintenance period cannot begin until the park meets installation standards. While it looks much better from the street, and progress has been made, there are still items to be addressed. Thank you for your patience.
  • In other development related news, work continues on Walnut 10 and in Winters Highland. Construction is still strong on the residential side; Fairfield Inn is making progress although there is no firm opening date; the owner hopes this fall. The proposed Grocery Outlet at the southeast corner of E. Main and Grant is still in the concept development process to address traffic circulation impacts with SR-128, which is Caltrans controlled. The Farmstead project is likewise going through site plan concept review. Staff continues to work on obtaining the rights to the Senior Center plans. We are reviewing a development proposal from NeighborWorks regarding the self-help housing project on Taylor in Winters Highland that is back in the hopper with a new non-profit team. We anticipate bringing an item to Council in August to discuss terms. Related to major planning efforts, we have kicked off the update to the Water Master Plan, which includes drought contingency planning, as well as the Downtown Visioning project. Consultants are getting up to speed. When we’re ready to engage in public input, we will share when and how.

Upcoming Council Meeting – July 19

The agenda packet for next Tuesday’s Council meeting is available here. Items include three new job classifications and salaries, a new transitional kindergarten after school program along with a recommended budget adjustment, the Final Map for Stone’s Throw in Winters Highland, introduction of a new grading ordinance, an update from the Downtown Business Association regarding the seasonal Main Street closure schedule, an update on the Grand Prince Odeum, and two public hearings for liens associated with delinquent utility and Waste Management account.

Woot Woot!

Kudos to the students and artists involved with the Winters Participation Gallery for their work on the mural at the post office. I must not turn into downtown from Railroad very often because I just noticed how much they had painted today.  These murals enliven the town, promote its history, and encourage youth to engage in art. A village that paints together, stays together. 😊


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07/08/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
July 8, 2022

Greetings, all. The weather was pretty phenomenal this last week. Perfect for Music in the Park on Thursday nights, beginning at 7 p.m. Winters Friends of the Library are sponsoring the July series. For more things to do, check out www.discoverwinters.com and your favorite destinations for activities, music, libations and food. Downtown Winters is popping on the weekends!

Please Note:

  • The utility contractor for Walnut 10 has been given permission to work on Saturday to complete the installation of a water main. Work is not to begin before 8 a.m. Labor and material shortages have plaguedthe builders, along with every industry, so we are accommodating fluctuating schedules to help builders manage timelines and costs.
  • The Yolo County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Advisory Committee seeks committee members interested in the delivery of IHSS. The IHSS program helps eligible persons with disabilities remain safely in their homes, helping pay for authorized domestic and personal-care services. The committee has current openings for four consumers and two residents; applicants may live in any part of Yolo County. The Board of Supervisors appoints members to four-year terms. Applications can be found and submitted at yolocounty.org/government/board-of-supervisors/advisory-bodies.
  • Calling all history buffs ~ The Friends of Yolo County Archives have issued their latest newsletter https://www.friendsyca.org/news/newsletter, highlighting the Blowers Family “Fruit, Family, and Leadership in Farming”, and the Capay Valley Telephone Company. The Winters Museum exhibit “Remembering Monticello” is also featured. If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit, it’s well worth a visit and some thought about whether public benefit supersedes private property rights. The Winters Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. at 13 Russell Street.
  • Several individuals will be cited for illegal fireworks last weekend. As someone shared with me, not only are animals terrified by fireworks and homemade M-80s, veterans with PTSD are jolted by trauma every time an unexpected blast goes off. And we can’t ignore the risk of injury or fire. Despite the “we’ve always done it,” let’s hope next year the only fireworks are those shot by professionals during the event.

Did You Know?

  • Your Ride from Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) provides low cost on-call door-to-door service between Winters and El Rio Villa to Davis and Vacaville Monday through Saturday. More information is at yolobus.com/yourride/.

COVID-19

  • Omicron sub-variants B.4 and B.5 are proving to be highly contagious and have the ability to re-infect individuals who have already had COVID. Testing and isolating when contagious are important to minimize exposing others. Masks are strongly recommended, particularly indoors, for people who are immune compromised or just don’t want the inconvenience of having to isolate for 1-2 weeks.
    • The school district continues to provide free community COVID testing. Click here for more information. Thank you, WJUSD.
    • Free rapid tests are available at the Winters Library. Thank you, Yolo County.
    • Retail pharmacies have home antigen test kits available for purchase, and insurance companies, including Medicare and Medi-Cal, are required to reimburse each member for up to eight tests each month. Many pharmacies bill insurances directly so customers pay nothing out of pocket.
    • All U.S. households can order three rounds of free COVID antigen test kits through the US Postal Service at COVID.gov/tests for home delivery.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is July 19, via Zoom and in-person. An interesting note, the public mostly continues to participate remotely with some staff and councilmembers attending in-person. Remote access to public meetings has increased public participation in local governance in Winters and elsewhere, which is a positive outcome from the pandemic. State legislators are discussing if and how to amend the Brown Act to allow remote participation beyond the pandemic emergency declaration. We are closely monitoring potential regulatory changes.

Woot Woot!

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to make the Fireworks Show a success: The Mariani Family who allowed us to use their dirt parking lots for paid parking and the School District for the same. To Taylor Buley, the volunteers and lifeguards who worked the parking lots and gates, collecting payments and donations. To the Public Works team for setting up, cleaning up and working the event. To Police and Fire who kept us safe and traffic moving. To all the attendees for keeping the field family friendly and cleaning up after themselves. And to all the food trucks and popup vendors who offered amazing food for the thousands of people at and around the field. And most of all, to Fireworks America for an amazing show and those extra shells ~ the grand finale was spectacular. We raised approximately $12,000 toward the $20,000 event costs. Thank you, everyone!

 


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Counseling Services Available through WJUSD

Good morning, all. The recent tragedies involving local youth have been heartbreaking. Please see below the link to a message from WJUSD Acting Superintendent Phoebe Girimonte regarding counseling services and other support available through the school district and other providers, like RISE. If you or anyone you know is struggling with these tragedies, please do not hesitate to reach out. Services will be available this week from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (530) 787-4110 or email Alejandra Flores at aflores@riseinc.org.

Our deepest sympathies to all who have lost a loved one and friend in these tragedies, and to the family and friends of Eduardo Fierros as the search for his whereabouts continues. You are all in our hearts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Kathleen


Winters Joint Unified School District

Counseling Services Available

Please click the link below to read a message from Acting Superintendent Phoebe Girimonte regarding counseling services available to the community this week.

English and Spanish can be found in the same link.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11nwo1YVx70H_2Y8qH6zCubyuB7VdQ4Qf/view?usp=sharing

 

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07/01/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
July 1, 2022

Greetings, all. We’re all about the July 3rd FIREWORKS SHOW today! Click on the link for more information.

The show will begin Sunday after 9:15 when it’s completely dark. Launch site is from the High School; field gates open at 5 p.m.

  • Alcohol is prohibited on school property; no glass on the field, please. Bags will be checked at the gates.
  • Food trucks and pop-up tents will be on Hemenway and behind the bleachers – we have A LOT this year!
  • Pre-show music is provided by local DJ Barnett through a generous contribution from the Winters Volunteer Fire Fighters. Thank you!
  • We anticipate heavy traffic in and out of town. Please do not walk in streets; stay on the sidewalk. Please cross Grant Avenue at traffic signals.
  • To facilitate traffic leaving town after the show, PD will place all Grant Avenue lights on flash and allow only right on right for the side streets. This will allow departing traffic to clear more quickly; we appreciate your understanding this temporary inconvenience for drivers trying to cross Grant to head to the north side of town. Please give PD about an hour after themeals on wheels

    show to clear the traffic.

  • PARKING: The dirt lots on Railroad will be paid parking, $10 cash. Thank you, Marianis! The high school lots on Railroad will be paid parking $10 – cards only. These fees help offset the cost of the show. Parking on the east side of Hemenway adjacent to the field is for food trucks, vendors, and event coordinators.
  • FUNDING: The event will cost approximately $20,000. The show itself is $18,000 for July 3rd and would have been more for July 4th – since people have asked. We’ve raised about $5,000 indollar icon

    donations and vendor fees thus far. Plus the $4,600 in the fund. We expect parking fees and gate donations to generate about $3,000. We are still short about $6,000 plus to fund this event. To donate, please click here.

  • CORPORATE SPONSORS: It’s not too late to donate! We’ll acknowledge your minimum donation of $1,000 throughout the event, on our website and with a certificate of appreciation at Council. Please email trepa@cityofwinters.org for you would like to donate $1,000 or more. Thank you!
  • VOLUNTEERS: We appreciate everyone who has signed up to help support this community event at a gate or a parking lot entrance. We pay staff to fill in if we don’t have enough support. A huge thank you to Taylor Buley for his help coordinating volunteers. If you have signed up to volunteer, please come to the football field at 4:15 p.m. Hemenway Gate.

Illegal Fireworks:

  • Please don’t shoot them off. They are dangerous, cause fires, disturb others, and scare pets. Violators could be cited $1,000.
  • The City recently launched the Nail'em" App for mobile devices; created by TNT Fireworks, the app is a tool to report anonymously the sale and use of illegal fireworks. By downloading the application to your iPhone or Android (links provided below), you can report the use of illegal fireworks. Sending a report through the Nail' em" App, will NOT solicit an immediate response from PD or Fire. The information will be sent to and reviewed by our Code Enforcement Division. A $1,000.00 administrative fine may be assessed to homeowners and hosts of gatherings if sufficient documentation has been provided.

We also encourage you to report illegal fireworks, by calling our non-emergency dispatch number at 530-795-4561. They will need as much specific information possible, such as location. Please help your First Responders ensure our community celebrates safely this year by using only approved Safe and Sane Fireworks!

For more information about this app, please watch the video at: https://fb.watch/dX7EQ94Z2I/
Android Users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPtXmUrP_IA
iPhone Users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTo2LFeuPio

Did You Know?

  • The animal shelter is full of adoptable dogs, cats and kittens! The Friends of Yolo County Animal Services are looking for forever homes, foster parents, volunteers and donations. Please visit friendsofycas.org or visit County Animal Services.

Upcoming Council Meeting – July 5th

The packet is linked here. The consent calendar includes appointing a delegate to the League of California Cities Annual Business Meeting, approving the city-wide maintenance district annual assessment, and the adoption of the new tow ordinance. Discussion items include an update to the Emergency Operations Plan and a discussion regarding site coverage.

Woot Woot!

Hotel Winters received a 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award from Trip Advisor! Joining an elite group of hotels, Hotel Winters has been a tremendous economic partner for the City of Winters and the downtown businesses. The hotel also generates transient occupancy tax (TOT) that goes into the City’s General Fund, which helps fund general operations. Hotel Winters is a critical part of the Yolo Countryside event business, providing lodging for people who attend weddings and events at beautiful facilities in the country. People shop and dine while they are here, helping to support our local businesses. So congratulations to the Hotel Winters’ team, and thank you for your community support.


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06/24/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
June 24, 2022

Greetings, all. Discover Winters is a great place to check out wonderful weekend activities and adventures, right here in our own backyard.  This Saturday has a number of different events, noted below. It will be a busy weekend ~ enjoy!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • If you’re interested in running for a City Council seat (3 seats are open in November), please join us Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. in the large conference at City Hall – Abbey Street entrance. Staff will present general information about the role of the City Council and an overview of the election process. Two Councilmembers will also be on hand to answer questions. The forum is expected to last about two hours, depending on how many people participate and the number of questions. Please visit our elections landing page for more information. This site will be updated when the nomination period opens on July 18.
  • Don’t let the heat discourage you from attending the garden talk and tour presented by the Master Gardeners of Yolo County at the Winters Library Teaching Garden (708 Railroad Avenue,flowerWinters) on June 25thfrom 10:00 am to 12 noon. Enjoy the summer warmth, sip a cool drink, and learn how to create a garden with year-round blooms and vital food sources for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The Master Gardeners will be available to answer all your gardening questions, and you can attend the talk at 10:30 am, Pollinators and their Plants for All Seasons. Take this opportunity to see pollinator plants in bloom and ask questions about which plants will work best in your garden.
  • Winters Farm to School event is Saturday, June 25 beginning at 11:30. A crowd favorite, tickets are still available online.
  • The Winters Elder Day Council is hosting a birthday celebration for residents 90 years of age and older at the Community Center on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 2 p.m. Happy birthday to all those wise ones!
  • Surprise! The State is still looking for employees. YoloWorks!, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, and the Yolo County Workforce Innovation Board, in partnership with the Californiadollar iconDepartment of Housing and Community Development (HCD), are hosting a Virtual Diversity Career Fair on June 28. This diversity virtual career fair provides job seekers the opportunity to connect to three divisions at HCD to discuss available opportunities.
  • And, yes, our local businesses need help, too! Please consider working local to save on gas, reduce vehicle emissions, and get your steps in! There is no better way to get to know your community.
  • The July 3rd Fireworks Show is going to rock out this year. Music by DJ Barnett will be sponsored by our volunteer fire fighters and staff has lined up twice as many food trucks and pop up tents behind the bleachers. Check out the City’s Instagram and Facebook accounts for vendor information. I’m heading to the lobster truck for a New England lobster roll! Gates open at 5 p.m. To volunteer to support the event, please click here. We need assistance at the gates to the football field and at the paid parking lots. Once the lots are full (a couple hours), volunteers can leave. The shift for gate greeters is about 4 hours. Thank you for helping!

Did You Know?

  • There are so many interesting people who live in the Winters area. My newsfeed revealed another, Craig McNamara, who recently published his memoir “Because our Fathers Lied” about the Vietnam War….This town has such an amazing mix of people.

COVID-19

  • The school district continues to offer COVID testing at the District Offices, 909 W. Grant Ave.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is July 5th, hybrid: in person and via remote.

Woot Woot!

https://kcra.com/article/vegetation-fire-burns-near-winters/40383915

A big shout out to the Winters Fire Department and other fire agencies for their quick response to the Wintu Fire yesterday. The Winters Department is hybrid volunteer department with full-time paid management and an engineer. This small and mighty team puts in an extraordinary amount of overtime working to protect the community and respond to fires across the State. And we need more volunteers! For more information, please contact the Fire Department. More information is here.


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06/17/2022 City Manager’s Friday Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
June 17, 2022

Greetings, all. Don’t miss out on the live music downtown all summer long. Thursday night Music in Rotary Park begins at 7 p.m. and live music on Main Street begins at 7 p.m. on Fridays. More information is posted at https://www.discoverwinters.com/events . Join your neighbors and come get your groove on!

COVID-19

  • And it is still spreading. New more highly contagious sub-variants have evolved that can evade prior infection and immunization. Please consider your health risks and others when in public.

Don’t Miss Out!

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  • The Fire Works Show is July 3rd. More information is at 3rd of July | City of Winters, including a link if you would like to donate to the event fund. The team has secured food trucks and vendors tosupport the family-friendly event at the Football Field. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show begins around 9:15. Please NO ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.
  • Safe and Sane Fireworks will be available for purchase at a booth located in front of Lorenzo’s later this month. Proceeds support Little League and the City’s youth aquatic program. Please consider volunteering at the booth by contacting Kathy Cowan directly or emailing kathleen.trepa@cityofwinters.org and I’ll forward your information along.
  • Want to learn more about serving on the City Council? The City is hosting a Candidates Forum on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 9 a.m. to noon in the large conference room, Abbey Street entrance. Information will be posted here. At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Council will adopt a resolution calling for the election and requesting that the local election consolidate with the General Election on November 8. The nomination period will open July 18 and close in August.
  • The Winters Participation Gallery (WPG) is gearing up for its next mural.  The new mural will be located on the north side of the Winters Post Office.  The board of the WPG is looking for more students to participate in the project.  The project is set to begin on June 20th.  Any middle school and high school student can join the project.  Interested students should contact Liz Coman at lcoman@wintersjusd.org.  For more information on the mural project, please visit https://www.wintersparticipationgallery.org/.

Please Note:

  • Thank you, Yolo Resource Conservation District, for eradicating a patch of silver leaf night shade along the Nature Park trail near the Community Center. This invasive weed is difficult to control once established.
  • Yolo County is partnering with other agricultural counties to coordinate a pesticide collection event to safely dispose of these chemicals. To determine what service levels are necessary, please pre-register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/legacypesticides. More information is here.
  • The School District is coordinating a project to replace the flooring in the restrooms at the Bobbie Greenwood Swim Center. Thank you!

 Upcoming Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 21

Items include the adoption of the FY 22-23 operating and Capital Improvement Program budgets; a fee for Carry Concealed Weapons Permits recently delegated to local agencies from the Yolo County Sheriff; an update to the City’s Conflict of Interest Code to reflect new staff titles; an introduction of new Police initiated tow ordinance; a contract extension for Bureau Veritas; and a resolution calling for a local Council election. The packet will be posted here by the end of the day.

As a reminder, you can participate via Zoom or in-person at the Council Chambers. If you are sick, please do not attend in person. You may also watch the live stream of the Council meeting on the City’s website at the same link above.

Woot Woot!

Congratulations to the Winters 50/70 Little League team on their recent championship win following a three-day tournament! The final score against Davis was 11-1 in the last game. Kudos for all the hard work from the players and the many family and community members that support the League.


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06/10/2022 Message of Support to the Community

WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)

Good evening, all. Please see below and attached a message from Superintendent Jimenez regarding counseling and supportive services that are available to the community following yesterday’s tragic loss.
There is also a community-coordinated candlelight vigil planned for this evening at the high school football field beginning at 8 p.m. Candle lighting will begin at 9 p.m. Please bring candles for yourself and others.

Kathleen


Good evening Community Partners,

In light of yesterday's tragic event, attached you will find our message to the community that shares our counseling and support response and additional resources.
We would appreciate it if you would share this information with the community.
Thank you for all you do to support our scholars and families.

Diana
WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)
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Diana M. Jiménez
Superintendent
Winters Joint Unified School District

 


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06/10/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
June 10, 2022

Greetings, all.

Fireworks Show~ July 3rd

  • We’re looking for volunteers to help us with the July 3rd Fireworks Show: parking attendants, food truck wranglers, welcome team at the football field gates, and a pick-up crew the next day. More information is here. To register as a volunteer, visit https://bit.ly/fireworkheroes. A big thank you to Taylor Buley for coordinating the volunteers again this year! It’s a great way to spend time with neighbors and friends and contribute to a much-loved community event.dollar icon
  • A related tidbit, Hotel Winters will offer a weekend promotion for the July 3rd fireworks show that will include a rooftop viewing party for the event. Watch their social media and website for more information. Last year we estimated approximately 5,000 people came out to watch the show. The rooftop lounge at Hotel Winters should be the best spot in town for this event, after the football field, of course.
  • If you would like to donate to support the fireworks show, please drop a check into the payment box in front of City Hall – or mail it in – marking “fireworks show” on the memo line. We’re hoping to raiseabout $16,000. The total cost of the event is about $20,000, including $18,000 for the actual fireworks show.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Looking for weekend adventures? It’s sunflower time! Sunflower Experience Passes are available through July 15.
  • Thursday nights June – August is Music in the Park at the Gazebo, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring your deck chairs and snackies, and let your kids dance like no one is watching. The Winters Friends of the Library sponsor the month of July while the Downtown Business Association and other non-profits help coordinate June and August.
  • Calling all businesses! Visit Yolo is offering two free virtual workshops with Miles Partnership to provide hands-on assistance with optimizing business presence on Google, Yelp and Trip Advisor. Online business profiles are the single largest source of organic (non-paid) exposure to customers. Learn more by clicking here or contacting Tiffany Dozier at tiffany@visityolo.com.

Please Note:

  • The City has authorized an early start to weekday work for construction in the tracts. When temperatures are forecasted to reach 95 degrees or higher, work may begin at 6 a.m. We’ve asked that back up beepers be turned off to the degree possible in the early morning. We’ve also authorized Saturday work for the next 4 weeks beginning no sooner than 8 a.m. for outside construction. The extra day will help the infrastructure teams complete their work before the rainy season (fingers crossed we have one) and to help catch up for labor shortages and COVID delays.
  • Waste Management is releasing the next service schedule for July 2022 – June 2023. Please note the City will be divided in half by Grant Avenue for brush collection and street sweeping so there will be a schedule for the north side of town and a different schedule for south of Grant.
  • Also, waste collection and disposal costs will also be going up. Effective July 1, 2022, the annual rate increase for WM services will be approximately 3.5%. Notifications will be included in the next billing cycle.
  • For a little good news, the new control panel for the pool heater is scheduled to be installed on Tuesday. Fingers crossed.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is June 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Via Zoom or in-person in the Council Chambers.

With Deepest Sympathies

The tragic accident yesterday afternoon that claimed the lives of two Winters teen-agers has weighed heavily. The unimaginable grief for those families and friends is heartbreaking.  As the community comes together to support them and each other, I would also like to recognize the heroic efforts of the first responders from Winters, Vacaville and the California Highway Patrol. These are extremely difficult calls. Thank you for your service. Our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these young lives so tragically lost.
WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)


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06/03/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 

June 3, 2022

Happy Pride Month, everyone. Celebrating our diversity and inclusivity in one great community.

COVID-19

  • Public health officials recommend masking, vaxing, boosting, and testing. COVID continues to surge around us. If you are sick, please stay home and test to make sure you don’t inadvertently spread the virus. The labor shortage is extremely difficult for everyone, and quarantining for COVID is contributing to staffing challenges.
  • The OptumServe site at 2780 E. Gibson Road, next to the Juvenile Detention Center, offers rapid testing, a health screening if positive, and anti-viral medication if medically necessary. More information about testing and vaccinations is available here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Music in the Park has started early this year! The Downtown Business Association is underwriting three months of music every Thursday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic, your blanket and chairs, and let the kids dance their hearts out. It doesn’t get much better than Rotary Park on a Thursday night with your neighbors and friends.
  • The Fireworks Show is coming together for July 3rd at the football field, beginning around 9:15 p.m. This year we will have more vendors and food trucks for another family-friendly event. Please no alcohol on school grounds. Donation inserts have been included in June’s utility billing to help contribute to the $20,000 overall program cost. Approximately $4,300 remain in the fund from last year.

Please Note:

Please do not use illegal fireworks. Doing so may result in a $1,000 fine. The Safe & Sane fireworks booth is being managed by Little League this year (thank you!), splitting the proceeds with the Winters aquatic program. Please visit the booth for your sparkler needs and keep it Safe & Sane this year. Your neighbors and pets will appreciate it!

  • Downtown parking enforcement will begin shortly to enforce timed parking as downtown activities are ramping up. Please be aware of two-hour parkingdollar iconlimits. Employees should park in the Railroad lots. Even better if you can walk or ride your bike to work! Please note, an additional ADA parking stall will be returned to the Community Center lot adjacent to the door and crosswalk across Railroad.
  • Graffiti in the alleys seems to be picking up. Please remove / paint over the graffiti as quickly as possible to not encourage more tagging. Crossing out tags is never a good sign – it’s like dogs lifting their legs marking turf. Taggers will lose incentive if their marks are consistently and quickly painted over.
  • The Downtown Visioning project is kicking off at the staff level with the consultants. The team will need some time to evaluate previous planning and parking studies. Stay tuned as community and business engagement meetings are developed to receive input. To be included in the distribution list for project information, please email clerk@cityofwinters.org.
  • As many are aware, the City will need to obtain the rights to the senior center plans. Staff recently received information regarding prior commitments to pay Domus, the original developer, for ongoing services to design the facility. That final cost is approximately $136,000 as audited by the City’s grant administrator. The legal team is preparing an agreement to pay for these services in exchange for the rights to the plans so that the construction process can proceed. That agreement will go before the City Council. Staff is also working to secure the services of the original architect to assist with finalizing plans and supporting the construction process.
  • The dreaded pool heater is still not working. The new control panel (covered by warranty) is inbound. However, the pool temperatures are still hovering around 75 degrees in the morning; therefore, the start of swim lessons has been pushed back to June 13. Partial refunds will be processed. Swim team is still on schedule and will begin next week. SASO operates both our swim team and swim lesson The SASO coordinator is communicating directly with registered participants. Links are on the City’s landing page and highlighted above.
  • The annual water quality report will be in June’s utility billing.

Upcoming Council Meeting – June 7

This meeting is available via Zoom or in-person in the Council Chambers, Abbey Street entrance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Staff will present the FY 2022-23 operating budget and a new Capital Improvement Program for FY 22-27. Other items include the Engineer’s Report for the city-wide maintenance district, the appointment of Cathy Mathews as City Treasurer, a general services agreement to replace the HVAC system at the Community Center, and the final adoption of the speed limits on W. Main and Niemann. There is also a public hearing to correct several Planning Fees. The packet is posted here.

Woot Woot!

The Big Day of Giving raised $13.4 million for 718 local non-profits in the Sacramento Region. Most donations were between $15 - $50, showing that even small contributions can make a big difference. Thank you, all, who contribute financially, with time, and in-kind to all of the service organizations and causes around town. Together we all help make the village.


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05/27/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 27, 2022

Greetings, all. On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor service men and women across the armed forces, past and present, who have dedicated their lives in service this county and other countries around the globe, and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It’s also important to recognize those families and friends who help sustain those service members and each other so the mission can go on… Semper Fi.

Please Note:

  • Congratulations to all the Solano Academy graduates! The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station. The City of Winters partners with Solano Community College to host the fire academy, which helps us recruit volunteers and generates rental income for the City. And we could use more volunteers, for local coverage and state-wide wild fire response. Fore more information, please visit https://www.wintersfire.org/volunteer-program/.
  • Residents love Winters for its historic charm and family friendly environment. However, crimes of opportunity still occur, so please remember to lock your cars and don’t leave valuables in sight. A recent example of “I wish I hadn’t done that” ~ someone left a car running and someone else drove it away. The driver crashed the car in Solano County and was booked by Solano SO.
  • Construction along Newt’s Expressway will begin the week of June 6. Please avoid walking and driving down the alley during construction. Once PG&E is done, AT&T will follow, and the new EV charging station at the corner of the parking lot against First Street can be installed.
  • Home construction work has been authorized in the tracts for Monday, after 8 a.m. Most work should be relatively quiet. The supply chain shortages have been incredibly impactful for new construction, prompting the City to issue temporary certificates of occupancies for new homeowners as long as one bathroom is functional and a stove has been installed. People are moving in without kitchen cabinets, garage doors and all bathrooms completed. Craziness.

Don’t Miss Out!

  •  Tonight is Fourth Friday downtown! Come one, come all! Food, music, family and fun ~ beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Yolo County Library invites residents to attend its free Juneteenth Holiday Celebration on Sunday, June 5th, from 11 am to 5 pm at the UC Davis Conference Center and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The event will honor Black artists and artisans, performers, elders, and musicians. The family-friendly celebration will include live entertainment, educational presentations, art displays, activities for youth, giveaways, artisan vendors, food trucks, sponsor tables, and more. Residents can learn more by visiting: https://www.yolojuneteenth.org.
  • Yolo Works will host an in-person Job Fair on June 16from 10 am to 2 pm at the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Up to 60 participating employers are recruiting job seekers for job opportunities in Customer Service, IT, Healthcare, Sales, Food Service, Manufacturing, Trucking, Warehouse, & Hospitality. More information is at yoloworks.org.
  • Don’t forget to VOTE! You can mail in or drop off your ballot at multiple locations across the County, click here. You can also vote in person at the Public Safety Facility, 702 Main Street, beginning Saturday, June 4. This site will be open through Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

  • The Sacramento Area Council of Governments is working toward a six-county regional trail network for walking and biking. Want to get out and explore the region on foot or bike? Click here or visit readysettrails.com.
  • For Gardeners ~ Free compost is available at the Yolo Landfill. More information is here.
  • Yolo County is now offering a monthly payment service for property tax payments.

COVID-19

Yup, COVID is still surging, although the good news is that hospitalizations remain low. At work or home vaccination for any dose is still available through the County by calling 530-902-3230.

Upcoming Council Meeting

June 7 is the next Council meeting, which will be hybrid for the public, staff and Council. You may either Zoom in via the link or participate in person. Masks are optional, although recommended given the recent surge in COVID. If you are sick, please do not attend in person.

Woot Woot!

Sharing some more photos of the mulch spreading and updated staining of the phenomenal play equipment at City Park; a big shout out to the Project Playground team and Josh Colter for his discounted staining service. If you’re new in town and don’t know the history of the best playground in the California, check out this story in the Winters Express or visit https://www.projectplaygroundwinters.com/. This playground was paid for, built and is maintained by the community. The City of Winters could not do this on its own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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