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02/26/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
February 26, 2021

Greetings, all. It is glorious out! We’re in the Red Tier! All of which means we hope to see downtown spring to life this weekend, and activity pick up at all of our businesses. To stay current on deals, events, and all the happenings, please follow our businesses and Discover Winters CA on social media, and share posts with your friends and family. Together we all can make a difference.

COVID-19

  • -We are now officially in the Red Tier, which means limited capacity indoor dining and more capacity in retail stores. Gyms and movie theaters may also re-open with limited capacity. More information is available on the County’s COVID-19 web page here (in English and Spanish).

 

  • -The County has issued its list of free COVID-19 testing sites for March, which is available here and on the City’s website at http://www.cityofwinters.org/covid-19/ in English and Spanish. The Winters Community Center at 201 Railroad hosts a testing site every Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Please Note:

  • -City Hall will remain closed to walk in traffic while we implement a few customer service improvements given reduced staffing, particularly on Fridays when employees alternate taking days off under the 9/80 program. A 9/80 schedule allows staff to work longer days over two weeks to accommodate a three-day weekend every other week. Most staff alternate their days off on Friday, which means there are only a handful of staff at City Hall that day. 9/80 schedules are an attractive benefit in the public sector and are an important part of our effort to attract and retain employees. Flexible schedules are particularly helpful when salaries may not be as competitive as surrounding jurisdictions as is often the case in smaller communities.
  • -We have been attempting to reprogram the phone system for better service, only to learn the phone server needs to be upgraded to accommodate updated software. Once implemented, we will be able to reprogram the phones so that calls can drop into voice mail or route to a staff member on duty. We appreciate your patience as we reorganize staff support to improve our customer service.
  • -Building Division inspections are available Monday – Thursday by calling (530) 764-6708. This line is now being monitored by the Building Inspector AND the City Clerk. If you leave a message, please include name, address, a contact phone number, the day you are requesting for an inspection, and your preference for morning or afternoon.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • -Yolo County Transportation is offering free rides for COVID-19 vaccinations from March 1 thru June 30th. To get a free ride to and from your COVID-19 vaYour Ride - Yolobus Urban-Ruralccination appointment,  please show the driver
  •   confirmation of your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  As a reminder, face masks are required for all users of Yolobus services. If you need assistance planning your trip on microtransit, paratransit or fixed route call Yolobus at (530) 666-2877.  Fixed route schedule information is available at yolobus.com. For information on vaccination locations, visit Yolo County’s vaccine webpage here.

 Did You Know?

  • -The Winters Unified School District will return to in-person learning on a hybrid model beginning March 8. More information is available on the School District’s website at wintersjusd.org. Let’s give a huge round of applause to our school district staff and teachers for getting ready to bring children back in the classrooms.

Upcoming Council Meeting

  • -We have a very light agenda on March 2nd. Council will consider an agreement to prepare construction plans for the continued build out of the old Police Department building at 104 Abbey Street. In addition to the large conference room, the new office space will house the Finance Department and potentially the Human Resource Manager.

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02/19/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
February 19, 2021

Greetings, all. In today’s headline news, our COVID metrics are trending in the right direction and Yolo County might return to the Red Tier next week! Red would allow limited indoor dining, gyms, and movie theaters to re-open. Just in time for a beautiful week, weather wise. More information will be available on Tuesday, 2/23.

As always, public health guidance recommends and regulations require mask wearing inside (except when eating and drinking), when in the presence of others not within our household bubbles, and to maintain social distancing when at all possible. These basic mitigation measures are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19

  • Yolo County has expanded access to the COVID vaccines, even though supplies are still extremely limited. In addition to those 65 years and older, all frontline workers are eligible, including people who work in education, childcare, emergency services and food and agriculture. Please continue to check the County's Vaccination Webpage for information and at https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.
  • Yolo County is implementing the State of California’s MyTurn platform for people to register their interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. This system was tested in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties and is being expanded to other areas. The MyTurn website is currently available in English and Spanish, with an additional six languages coming mid-February. Californians who do not have internet access can call 1-833-422-4255 to connect with an operator directly in English or Spanish and 254 additional languages via a third-party operator. All residents are encouraged to register with MyTurn at myturn.ca.gov.

Please Note:

  • Next week the City of Winters will launch a virtual / pre-recorded workshop related to the City’s update to the General Plan’s Housing Element, which is required by the State of California. The video presentation on the Housing Element and a community survey will be available in English and Spanish on the City’s website. We very much would like to hear from residents and community members about housing availability, priorities, programs and obstacles, so please check out the video and participate in the survey, which will be open for one month. The input will be compiled and a draft, updated Housing Element document circulated for public and State review and comment In April.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Businesses in the Solano County side of the Winters’ community can apply for interest free microloans through the nonprofit Mission Asset Fund. 0% interest loans up to $2,500 are available for LED lights, air purifiers, outdoor heaters, refrigerators, and other Energy Star rated appliances and equipment. Other energy saving measures may be eligible as well. Please visit missionassetfund.org/bayren for more information. Application are due February 23 at 10 a.m.

The Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for $50 to win a trip for two to New Orleans! For more information, visit www.winterschamber.com. The Chamber helps support our business community and the lucky winner gets to visit New Orleans in 2021 or 2022, winner’s preference since the arrangements are not booked.

Council Meeting Update

  • At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed whether to consider developing regulations to allow commercial cannabis activity within the City of Winters. 11 people provided written input that was benched and summarized as part of public comment, while others shared their thoughts during the meeting. The majority of those who provided input supported exploring regulations or allowing cannabis businesses in town. Council directed staff to develop a survey to engage more community input, and prepare a Request for Proposal to obtain consulting assistance so that more accurate costs for developing these regulations could be discussed before next year’s budget is finalized in June. Stay tuned for more information on this important community topic.

Woot Woot!

Watch for improvements at Valley Oak Park. Public Works will begin installing pads for exercise equipment that will be installed along the perimeter trail. The equipment will provide a fun, free opportunity to exercise outdoors and is designed in particular with senior fitness in mind. The equipment was purchased with grant funds.


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02/12/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
February 12, 2021

Greetings, all.

It is glorious outside today! A perfect start to a great weekend to stroll our parks, trails and downtown. I can’t think of a better place to shop, wine and dine. Happy Valentine’s Day!

COVID-19

  • -If you are interested in getting a COVID vaccine, there are several ways:
    • Volunteer at a County vaccination clinic, and assist with set up, take down, registration, screening, traffic control, etc. Translators in particular are very helpful. You must be 16 years of age and
  1. Complete the “Medical Points of Dispensing (MPOD” course at
    http://yolopodclasses.org.
    Upon completion of the class, individuals will be given the option to
    submit a volunteer application to Yolo County.
    3. For additional questions, contact the Yolo County volunteer
    coordinator at volunteer.coordinator@yolocounty.org.
  • -Contact your medical provider for information on where you fall on the priority list based on age, underlying medical conditions, employment, etc.
  • -Monitor CVS and other major pharmacy chains, which are beginning to roll out the vaccine.
  • -Monitor County vaccination clinics here.
  • -Register for MyTurn at https://myturn.ca.gov/. This site is run by the California Department of Public Health. Right now this service is focused on the largest metropolitan areas in California (San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco); however, efforts are underway to expand this service statewide.

Please Note:

  • -Please note City Hall is closed on Monday, February 15, for Presidents’ Day.
  • -The Winters Unified School District is accepting public comment until March 12, regarding a draft environmental clean up plan related to the removal of contaminated soil at Winters High School. The soil contamination is from lead based paint and termiticide that was commonly used decades ago, and banned in the 1970s. The clean up plan is coordinated by the State Department of Toxic Substances Control. More information is available at the WUSD website.

Did You Know?

  • -Yolo County recently announced its assistance to help Winters Health Care open a pharmacy at the Grant Avenue facility to provide discounted prescriptions for uninsured individuals through the federally regulated “340B” program. While the Winters Health Care facility was designed to accommodate an onsite pharmacy for its patients, the clinic partnered with Eagle Drug to provide those services for its patients. Since the pharmacy closed, Winters Health Care patients along with the community have had to obtain their prescriptions elsewhere, and not all pharmacies participate in the 340B program. On February 5, the Board of Supervisors approved a $215,000 grant to help fund the outfitting of the new pharmacy at Winters Health Care, which will also be open to the public.

In addition, as reported in the Winters Express, Yolo Pharmacy recently shared its interest in opening a location in one of the vacant suites on Main Street. Winters went from one pharmacy to none to two in quick succession.

Upcoming Council Meeting

We have a Council meeting on Tuesday, February 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Two primary topics will be before the City Council.

Financial Services Director will provide an update on the City’s Finances, including a presentation of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020, an investment report, a treasurer’s update on the current budget, and an update on the City’s unfunded liabilities related to employee benefits. While the good news is that the City ended FY 19-20 with less of a deficit than projected, we still dipped into the reserves by approximately $339,000 for the General Fund and Community Development Department. A significant portion of this deficit was due to reduced revenue associated with COVID-19. However, the City has dipped into reserves for the last ten years, which is indicative of a structural deficit that must be addressed. Staff has worked hard through the years to address this issue, and Director Gunby will share some of those efforts in her report. As staff develops the FY 20-21 budget, we will continue to seek ways and implement strategies to contain costs and enhance revenues.

Also on the agenda is a request before the City Council to discuss whether there is interest to consider lifting the moratorium on commercial cannabis businesses, prompted by a letter from the Winters Downtown Business Association and Chamber of Commerce. As the community is aware, in 2016 California voters passed Proposition 64 legalizing adult-use, non-medical marijuana. Since that time, many agencies have passed ordinances allowing and regulating some form of commercial cannabis activity or banning it outright, as the City of Winters did in 2017.

The goal for Tuesday’s Council meeting is to discuss any potential interest in developing regulations that would allow some form of cannabis businesses in town, or not; and if so, what that process might look like and at what cost. Council is not considering whether to approve any regulations or even commit to approving any regulations.

Woot Woot!

Police Chief John Miller is pleased to announce that Officer Thomas Letterman was selected by his peers as the 2020 Winters Police Department Officer of the Year.

A new officer to Winters, Ofc Letterman was recognized for several efforts during his first year with the City:

  • -Appointed Cadet Advisor and established lesson plans for the Cadets emphasizing POST Learning Domains and the value of accountability.
  • -Mental Health Backpack program – became aware of the program, engaged vendor to receive a sample, and then made proposal to obtain the backpacks for all patrol units.
  • -Organized packets for homeless outreach and mental health services.

At the City of Winters, staff take great pride in their service to the community, and each other, and I’m please to join Chief Miller in recognizing Ofc Letterman. For more information about our police team, please visit http://www.winterspolice.org/behind-the-badge-who-we-are/.

 


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02/05/2021 City Manager’s Update

 

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
February 5, 2021

Greetings, all. It is glorious out! And this weekend will be spectacular. I hope everyone has an opportunity to get out and about to soak up the sun and fresh air.

I wanted to share 5 primary focus areas for the organization that will guide our efforts in service to the community consistent with Council direction.

  • - Fiscal Stability: Ensuring the City delivers municipal services within available resources.
  • - Community Engagement and Transparency: Incorporating opportunities for community engagement and enhanced public information to reinforce confidence in policy development and municipal affairs.
  • - Economic Development: Working with the community and private sector to leverage opportunities to attract, retain and grow businesses here in Winters to promote sustainable wage job creation and a diversified revenue base.
  • - Community Development: Encouraging a vibrant, integrated community and high quality of life for all through “placemaking.” Excellent link: Four types of placemaking | CNU
  • - Organizational / Operational Excellence: Ensuring that City business is conducted in a transparent manner, consistent with policies, procedures and norms, and that the organization is poised to deliver services efficiently and effectively that are responsive to community needs.

To maximize our limited resources and make sure our efforts are strategic, effective, and aligned, we will use these five focus areas to guide our efforts.

To that end, we have heard you! Reaching City Hall has leaned to the frustrating side, and after reviewing the phone system set up and looking at our website, we are reprogramming the phone system to reflect current staffing and will update the contact list on the website. More work will be done on the website later this year.

Please note:  We are operating out of City Hall even though the lobby doors are closed to walk in traffic. So we’ll make sure it is easy to reach us by phone or email.  Appointments are available upon request.

 

COVID-19

Good news! Yolo County has more vaccine clinics available and more clinics are on the horizon! The County has over 28,000 residents over the age of 65 and just started vaccinating residents in this age group last week. With limited vaccine supplies, the County has been prioritizing those most likely to be hospitalized and die from COVID-19, which is the over 75+ age group and then the over 65+ age group. As the vaccine supply chain stabilizes, the race is on to vaccinate as many people as possible.  More information is available on the County’s website at https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at the Winters Community Center on Fridays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. No registration required; you can just walk in. The more we test, the more we know so asymptomatic people are not inadvertently infecting people who won’t be so lucky and get sick.


Please Note:

Yolo County has announced a restaurant fee waiver to assist local restaurants impacted by COVID-19. The following eligibility requirements include:

    • - The business is a permitted business by the Yolo County Environmental Health Division that has or will pay fees for permit renewal for the period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
    • - The business is permitted or will renew their permit as a restaurant, bar, restaurant/bar combination, or bakery.
    • - The business was previously permitted and is not a newly permitted business (permitted in the prior year of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020).
    • - The business has experienced a revenue loss associated with COVID-19 which is greater than 25% of gross revenues.

Eligible businesses can access the application at www.yolocounty.org/environmental-health and must apply between February 5, 2021 and June 30, 2021.

 

Did You Know?

 Do you have a special talent in the kitchen, craft room, or just want to run your business out of your house? It’s super easy to obtain the right permits from the County and / or the City of Winters.

 You can sell certain homemade foods with a permit from the County Health Department. Information for a Cottage Food permit is available here. There are two types of permits:

  • - A Class A permit is for selling food directly from your home to individual customers. There is no home inspection required.
  • - A Class B permit allows you to sell to retailers who then sell the food you prepare. This permit requires an annual kitchen inspection.

To sell from your home, or run a business from your home, you will need a business license from the City of Winters and a Home Occupation Permit.  For more information about City permits and licensing, please contact (530) 795-4910, x0.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

The Chamber is sponsoring a Scavenger Hunt to help support local businesses. Cards are $10 each and are available at the Chamber Office at 201 First Street or Steady Eddy’s at 5 E. Main Street. Fill in the rows to earn raffle tickets and WIN the grand prize! (I don’t know what it is…)

And while you’re scavenging, do some shopping! Don’t quite yet want to interact in public, you can shop online for local goods through individual store websites, social media, or the new Yolo.Boutique. (You can scavenge for them online…)

Want to go to New Orleans? And support the Winters Chamber of Commerce? Buy a raffle ticket for $50 and you could win a trip for two, including air fare, hotel, attractions, meals and transportation to and from the airport. Even better, you can pick your travel dates for 2021 or 2022. For more information, click here.

 

Upcoming Council Meeting

  • - The next Council meeting is February 16. Agenda items still in the works…

 

Woot Woot!

 Visit Yolo works on behalf of Yolo County cities and the countryside to promote tourism, which helps support local businesses. The team’s efforts are partially funded by our Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) assessment, which is a 2% tax hotel guests pay when they stay here.

The Visit Yolo team has been working with Visit California to provide more information about Yolo County opportunities. They recently showcased Yolo County with

7 Fun Ways to Eat, Drink, and Support Local Businesses in California | Visit California and created a landing page for Winters www.visitcalifornia.com/places-to-visit/winters/, noting that the “Farm-to-fork culture runs deep…in a farm town that also has a sophisticated foodie palate.” Love it!

 


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01/29/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
January 29, 2021

Greetings, all. This has certainly been a week…The severe storm overnight on Tuesday left thousands without power across Northern California. Almost 40,000 residents in incorporated and unincorporated Yolo County were still without power Wednesday evening, including downtown Winters. That number is slowly creeping down…Many thanks to our local legislators and County officials who are advocating on our behalf for power restoration. WAVE internet services have also been disrupted due to the power outage.

We hope to see PG&E in town this afternoon to restore power…

Needless to say, this has been a busy week as City Hall remains without power, so this update will be brief.

  • The Community Center was opened as a charging center and will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for residents who need to charge up, warm up, and / or microwave some food.

COVID-19

  • -Please see the end of this update for free COVID testing locations throughout the County. If in doubt, get tested! Slowing the spread of this virus is critical for our recovery, especially as the virus mutates. And please wear masks in the presence of people outside your household bubble, especially inside. Mask wearing does make a difference.
  • -Please note the COVID testing location at the Community Center on Fridays is available for walk in. Appointments are not necessary.

Upcoming Council Meeting

There is a Council meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda is brief:

  • -Two resolutions recognizing the loss of leading community members Bobbie Greenwood and Richard Rominger and honoring them for their numerous contributions to the community.
  • -An agreement with Bureau Veritas in the amount of $120,000 for supplemental building division services.
  • -An update from the Closed Session on January 27, regarding performance goal setting with the City Council for me as your new city manager.

 Woot Woot!

A big shout out to Financial Services Director Shelly Gunby and staff for the FY 20-21 budget document. We were notified this week that the City of Winters budget was once again recognized with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the national Government Finance Officers Association.  This is the 14 year in a row the City of Winters has been recognized for its budget document related to organization of information, transparency, statement of financial policies, and

FREE COVID TESTING LOCATION INFORMATION

The following locations accept walk-ins and offer free COVID-19 testing:

DAY DATE LOCATION HOURS
Mon-Thu 2/1-2/4 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon 2/1 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis)* 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/2-2/6 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 2/3 Madison Town Hall (29041 Main Street, Madison) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/5 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon-Thu 2/8-2/11 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon 2/8 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/9-2/13 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 2/9 Knights Landing Empower Yolo Family Resource Center

(9586 Mill Street, Knights Landing) *

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/12 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Thu 2/16-2/18 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/16-2/20 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 2/16 Clarksburg Community Church (52910 Netherlands Ave, Clarksburg) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/19 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon-Thu 2/22-2/25 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon 2/22 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/23-2/27 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 2/23 Esparto Boy Scout Cabin (17020 Yolo Avenue, Yolo) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/26 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

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

For locations without an asterisk, these are run by the State of California’s OptumServe contract and are open to and free for all California residents, regardless of documentation status. It is recommended that residents make appointments for the three OptumServe locations in West Sacramento, Woodland and Winters but walk ins are also welcome. All ages are accepted. To schedule an appointment for West Sacramento, Woodland or Winters, call: (888) 634-1123 or go online at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting.

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

 


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January 22, 2021 – City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 22, 2021

Greetings, all.

With the recent sunshine and warm weather, it has been so uplifting to see people visiting our businesses and restaurants. Under the Purple Tier, restaurants may serve outside. Please remember to wear your masks in more crowded areas, like downtown, and when you are not eating and drinking. Masks are required in all indoor public locations and should be worn on sidewalks to and from cars, and to businesses and tables.

I look forward to the day when COVID-19 isn’t our lead  category; however, please read on and stay vigilant.

COVID-19

  • -As vaccines roll out, albeit a bit more slowly than we hoped, it’s good to know that members of the community 65 and older are beginning to access the vaccine through their medical providers. To register for information regarding vaccine availability and when you might have access, please click here.
  • -For information on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, please visit the County’s vaccine landing page here. FAQs are available farther down the page for a quick read.
  • -Please remember that if you are vaccinated, you should still wear a mask and remain socially distanced from others, until our public health officials tell us otherwise. The vaccines help protect you from getting sick; however, medical experts are still evaluating what level of protection it offers unvaccinated people (i.e. stops the spread of the virus). For everyone’s safety, please wear your mask, wash your hands and don’t mingle indoors with people not in your household bubble.
  • -Yolo County requires that businesses report any confirmed cases of COVID-19 to County Public Health Officials to ensure the health and safety of employers, employees, and community members. More information is available here. The reporting form is also available on the City’s website at cityofwinters.org / COVID-19 landing page.
  • -Yolo County updated their website yolocounty.org. Links to key COVID pages are below for your convenience, if you saved these previously, as the links have changed.

 

 

Please Note:

  • -No Council meeting next week. The February 2nd agenda will include additional recognition for leadings members of the community who have recently passed, and a proposed grant program for CDBG funding to support entities in response the COVID-19 pandemic. Council will also consider an agreement with Bureau Veritas for contact building division services to supplement existing staff resources.
  • -The Police Department conducted a sweep of Putah Creek to ensure debris has not collected in the channel. Typically, winter rains are a deterrent to nuisance activity during the winter months, but with the limited rainfall thus far, officers took a walk through the creek bed. For the most part, the creek bed was clean; however, to report any illegal dumping or debris, please contact Public Works at (530) 795-4291.
  • -The pump station area on W. Main at the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond is in the final stages of being accepted by the City, pending a few items. The emergency back up generator will soon be installed, which will be tested on a regular schedule to ensure it is operational in the event of a power interruption.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

  • -We are working to assist businesses amplify their social media promotions, particularly on Instagram (IG). If you’re a business owner and want us to repost, make sure to tag us. We repost various items through the City’s IG story. Not a business owner, but have an Instagram account? Please follow our local business to watch for promotions, specials, and updated information. “Like” what they post and tag your family and friends to help spread the word.

 

Did You Know?

  • -Valley Clean Energy (VCE) began enrolling Winters customers in January. Benefits of VCE include local control over our electricity supply and more renewables for the same price as PG&E. All customers except solar customers were enrolled in January, and solar customers will be enrolled in their true-up month with PG&E in order to avoid any potential loss of credits.

VCE’s Power Content last year was 45% renewable and 75% carbon-free. PG&E’s was 29% renewable and 100% carbon-free. VCE keeps generation rates extremely low so that customers pay the same, even when above-market cost fees like the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment and Franchise Fee are added to VCE customer bills. You may download Power Content Labels for all California electricity suppliers (including VCE and PG&E) here: https://www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/power-source-disclosure/power-content-label

VCE prioritizes new local renewables and has several projects currently in development (1 solar project in Winters). By 2023 when these projects come online, approximately 62% of VCE’s total electrical load will be served by renewables.

VCE is participating in the California Public Utilities Commission’s Arrearage Management Plan. This plan, which is set to roll out next month, is designed to help families most in need – it forgives past-due balances for qualifying low-income customers. More information about the AMP program and other consumer protections enacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can be downloaded HERE.

  • -The City applied for a $100,000 grant through SACOG (the Sacramento Area Council of Governments) to undertake preliminary engineering work for an infill sidewalk on the north side of Grant Avenue from the Roundabout at Walnut to Lorenzo’s market. The grant will cover survey and engineering design work, and then we will need to secure another grant for construction. This infill sidewalk will complete a safe Grant Avenue crossing between the north and south sides of Grant on the east side of the City.

 

 Woot Woot!

PG&E has loaned the Winters Fire Department equipment to conduct live fire training on suppression and control of Class B Fires, which includes fires due to flammable liquids, petroleum greases, oil-based paints, and other flammable gases. Training will take place over the next two months, and we would like to thank PG&E for their assistance with this important training.


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January 15, 2021 City Manager’s Update

 

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 15, 2021

Greetings, all. During the last several weeks, Winters has lost several leading residents; their contributions to the community, their professions, and the lives of others will long be remembered. It is their spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the greater good that makes this community so special. And to families who lost loved ones to valiant fights at far too young an age, may family, friends and special memories help carry you through…

COVID-19

  • Our biggest news? We are back in the Purple Tier! which feels like such a relief after the Stay at Home Order. Restaurants and bars may now serve food and beverages at their outdoor dining patios. More information is available here. Please remain vigilant by wearing masks, washing hands, and not socializing indoors with people outside of your household bubble. Together we can
  •  avoid sliding backwards and get ahead of this virus.
  • Police Chief Miller and other Police Department personnel began receiving their COVID vaccines this week. Our public safety personnel report 3-5 COVID positive calls per week, so we’re happy Police, Fire and Ambulance crews now have access to the vaccine to help protect themselves and their families.
  • To register for notifications related to receiving the vaccine, please click here.
  • For updated information about the pandemic, please see the County’s COVID landing page.
  • A new COVID testing site is now available in Winters, which will be open every Friday at the Community Center at 201 Railroad from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents will need to make an appointment by calling: (888) 634-1123 or going online at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. There may be some delays in receiving test results due to the high volume of tests being processed.


Please Note:

  • City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Day.
  • Now that we are back in the Purple Tier, curbside service is resuming at the Winters Community Library on Saturday, January 16. https://yolocountylibrary.org/locations/winters/.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is recruiting candidates to fill a vacancy for District 4, which is in the northeast area of the Winters community.  More information is available on the School District’s website https://www.wintersjusd.org/. Applications are due January 21 at 4 p.m.


Did You Know?

  • The Interfaith Immigration Network assists immigrant families impacted by the pandemic. The program is called ApoYolo: https://www.yiinyolo.org/covid-19/. At least 25 Winters families are being supported. Donations to assist more Winters families can be made at https://yolo-interfaith-immigration-network.square.site/ . Please refer any families you know who might need assistance to ApoYolo.
  • The California Elections Code requires that the Yolo County Board of Supervisors adjust its supervisorial boundaries following the completion of the decennial census so that districts are as equal in population as possible and in compliance with the Federal Voters Rights Act of 1965. The Board of Supervisors heard a report on January 12, which is available here. The City of Winters is in District 2, and portions of the unincorporated Winters community fall within District 5. The Board will complete its redistricting process over the course of the next year.

Upcoming Council Meeting (link)

  • There is a Council meeting on Tuesday, January 19. Items include recognizing some of the leading residents that have passed away, including Marshall McKay of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for his decades’ long leadership on behalf of Indigenous People and contributions to the community. Council will also consider making appointments to the Putah Creek Committee and Waste Advisory Council, as well as a resolution to protect the remnant grove of oak trees at the Rancho Arroyo Detention pond.

 Woot! Woot!

The Winters Fire Department is partnering with the Solano Community College to host its first Fire Academy, which began on January 11. For the next six months, 30 students will attend the academy at the Winters Public Safety Facility. Collaborations like this not only leverage limited resources to benefit Winters and our partners, it will also introduce young adults who might not otherwise know all that Winters has to offer. As an instructor, Chief Lopez also gets a sneak peek at potential volunteers and future candidates.  Kudos to Chief Lopez for bringing this collaboration to Winters.


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01/12/2021 Stay At Home Order Lifted for the Greater Sacramento Region

Good news! The State has lifted the Stay at Home Order for the Greater Sacramento Region effectively immediately; and Yolo County has returned to the purple tier. Please see information from the County’s press release below.

The return to the purple tier allows many local businesses to either increase capacity or resume operations. Effective January 12, the following restrictions apply while Yolo County is in the purple tier:

  • Bars and breweries: Outdoors only as long as food is provided. Those seated at a single table are limited to household members only. Tables must be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Cardroom and satellite wagering: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Family entertainment centers: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Hair salons and barbershops: Indoors with modifications
  • Hotels and lodging: Indoors with modifications
  • Limited services: Indoors with modifications
  • Movie theaters: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Personal care services: Indoors with modifications
  • Places of worship: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Professional sports: Open with modifications, no live audiences
  • Retail: Indoors with a maximum of 25% occupancy; (grocery at 50% capacity)
  • Restaurants: Takeout, delivery and outdoors only; for outdoor dining those seated at a single table are limited to household members only. Tables must be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Shopping centers: Indoors with a maximum of 25% occupancy
  • Wineries: Outdoors only with modifications

Any schools that have already been allowed to reopen for in-person or hybrid learning previously may remain open. Schools that have not yet opened will need to receive a waiver to reopen under the purple tier or wait until Yolo County moves back into the red tier.

To see a complete list of which activities and businesses are open in the four tiers, visit the CDPH ‘Activity and Business Tier’ document. To see specific industry guidance, visit the State’s guidance page.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, residents are advised to follow these health practices:

  • Gather less or not at all.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Maintain at least six feet of physical distance from those not in your household.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms of illness or are high-risk.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer regularly.

For more information on the vaccine, distribution and when you may be receiving it, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Page. The webpage will be updates as new information is made available. For additional information about the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy. For more information about Yolo County’s Roadmap to Recovery and see which businesses are currently open, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap. Residents can call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. Follow Yolo County on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YoloCounty or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.

Kathleen Salguero Trepa


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City Manager’s Friday Update – 01/08/2021

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 8, 2021

Happy 2021, all! Here’s hoping everyone’s holiday seasons were bright and merry, and that 2021 brings health, happiness, and post-COVID recovery sooner rather than later.  Some brief updates below.

COVID-19

  • Winters Fire Chief Lopez and other Fire personnel received COVID vaccines earlier this week, the start of vaccinating front line emergency responders who have been putting their lives and their families lives on the line responding to medical calls and transporting COVID positive patients to local hospitals. Law enforcement personnel will follow later in the month.

A huge thank you every day to our public safety professionals, EMT staff, and all the staff, nurses and doctors in our medical facilities. Their lives, their families’ lives, and our communities’ health and economic wellbeing depend on controlling the spread of this virus. For more information about the vaccines, their efficacy, and current roll out schedule, please see visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.

 For the latest information regarding COVID infection rates, ICU capacity, and other critical information, please visit http://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus.

Please Note:

  • Main Street is open to vehicle traffic from Sunday morning to Friday morning, and will be closed to accommodate increased pedestrian activity in the downtown area during peak times.

Please drive and walk through the area with care! Don’t forget the stop signs at Railroad (still there), and don’t jay walk across Main Street because cars are back.

Consistent with the CARES Act funding the City received last fall, pergolas have been installed on Main Street from the Pizza Factory down to Hooby’s and next to Ficelle’s to provide the public with outdoor areas to enjoy take out. Hopefully, as we can get this surge under control, we’ll be able to spend more time enjoying each other’s company outside.

 Did You Know?

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District has announced that remote only instruction will remain in place until further notice because of the regional stay at home order, and hybrid classes will not resume as initially planned on January 19. For more information, please visit wintersjusd.org.
  •  Do you know anyone in need of housing stability resources or is facing eviction due to non-payment of rent because of COVID? There are a number of resources available to both tenants and landlords. Please share this information to anyone who made need assistance.
  • Information regarding the State-wide eviction moratorium known as Assembly Bill No. 3088 (AB 3088): Videos in English and Spanish can be found here <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4UC5wVNazOx6Oq1k-_AszPJjOFou0VK
  • Tenant and Landlord Rights: The California Department of Real Estate has developed an online information app available here <https://ucilaw.neotalogic.com/a/Cal-Covid-Info-App-for-Tenants-and-Landlords> that provides a 2-minute interactive tool to help you determine your rights and options as either a tenant or landlord. Upon completion of the questionnaire, you will receive a customized report with guidance, program availability and applicable links for further information and assistance.
  • Yolo County Housing Rent and Utility Relief: This Countywide program supports residents who are at greatest risk of displacement due to non-payment of rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic and offsets corresponding lost revenue that landlords need to provide housing services. The program provides a one-time rent relief grant directly to landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Additional information can be found on the Yolo County Housing website in English <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/English.php> and Spanish <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/COVID19Esp.php> .

 Upcoming Council Meeting

  • There was no Council meeting this week. Our next Council meeting is January 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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City Manager’s Update December 18, 2020

City of Winters


City Manager’s Update (click for pdf)
December 18, 2020

 

Happy Holidays, all.

From all of us at City Hall, we wish you good health and plenty of cheer this holiday season, and much joy in the moments with family and friends, even if it is via Zoom, FaceTime or some other remote platform.

Also worthy of a big shout out: all of those tractors promoted by the Winters Chamber of Commerce and the real ones being staged around town are wonderful!! So creative! Visit the Winters Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to see the photos (link above).  Better yet, work off some holiday sweets and walk around to see them in person. The downtown is looking really festive!


COVID Update

Yolo County has received its first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine! 975 doses were put on some serious ice until they are dispensed. The first shots are being provided to front line medical staff at Sutter Davis and Woodland Memorial Hospitals. More information regarding the vaccine’s effectiveness, safety, and priority use is available on the County’s website here.

Until then, please help our medical staff as they struggle to handle the surge in cases by wearing a mask and not gathering inside with people outside of your household. Lives depend on us.


Please Note:

  • City Hall will be closed from Thursday, December 24th – Sunday, January 3rd. Public Works will field half their crew for call out and critical maintenance services, and Building will work part-time to conduct inspections. Police and Fire staffing will not change during the holiday break.
  • The January 5, 2020 Council meeting has been cancelled.

Don’t Miss Out!

Please help support our local businesses and restaurants with your last minute shopping and holiday meals! They are all open!  And there are some great collaborative deals in the works as businesses join forces to help each other.  Make sure you follow our businesses on Facebook and Instagram to catch the latest news and offerings.


 Council Meeting Recap

  • At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, staff provided an update about the trees at the Rancho Arroyo detention pond. The engineers have determined that the pond can be expanded by going down and out, reducing the adjacent trail slightly to accommodate storm flows from future phases without impacting the existing trees. Pond expansion will begin in the spring, and the trees will be protected in place. Council will consider a resolution on the January 15 agenda declaring the City’s intent to protect the grove site in perpetuity, for as long as the trees shall live.

In other business, the Council authorized a work order with Woodard & Curran to conduct a well assessment and approved a grant deed for water, drainage and emergency access easements for the Shandala Subdivision at the Church of Latter Day Saints location.  Ordinance 2020-06 was adopted repealing the suspension of Transient Occupancy Tax payments. Collection will begin again in the spring.

Council also heard a presentation by Valley Clean Energy about the City’s enrollment in that clean energy source. Non-solar customers will be automatically enrolled in January and solar customers will be enrolled during their annual true up month.  More information about the benefits of joining VCE at no additional cost can be found here. Customers can opt out at any time, but it’s cleaner! And we could do with a little less climate change these days…


Woot Woot!

 A final shout out for some long running City employees who are retiring. Both have made major contributions to the City and the community through their years of dedicated service.  Both love to travel, and are looking forward to spending more time with family and friends. If you know them, please give them a big round of applause for their commitment to the Winters community.

  • City Clerk & Records Manager Tracy Jenkins is retiring after 15 years with the City. Her last day in the office is today.
  • Administrative Coordinator Karla Ferguson, who supports both the Police and Fire Departments is retiring after thirty years with the City! Her last day is next Tuesday, 12/22nd. She is being replaced by former CSO II Gail Jimenez.
  • Gail Jimenez graduated from UC Davis with a degree in History and minor in education. She began volunteering with the Winters Police Department in 2001 and was hired as a Community Services Officer in 2006. Gail was recognized as the Office of the Year in 2016 (the first non-sworn to receive that honor!) and was promoted to a CSO II in 2018. She is ready to take the leap and become the administrative backbone of our public safety departments.

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12/11/2020 Friday Update

 City Manager’s Update
Friday, December 11, 2020
(click here for pdf)

Greetings, all.

At midnight last night a Regional Stay-at-Home Order became effective for the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Yolo County, because the availability of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the region dropped below 15%. The State developed this metric as a threshold to order more restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. More information is in the COVID-19 section.

Clearly, the economic wellbeing of the community, from individual families, to our non-profits, to our businesses, continues to be significantly impacted by this pandemic. We can all do our part by wearing masks, staying 6’ away from people we don’t live with, and supporting our local business and community partners. Volunteer time to support others, follow businesses on social media, take out from Winters restaurants, shop local, donate if you can to social service providers. We will get through this together.


COVID-19

Yolo County updated its Health Order to align with the State mandate. More detailed information is available at Only Attachment B (Updated Restrictions).

Some highlights include:

  • -Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.
  • -Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores; special hours for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • -Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, for essential workers, or for providing housing solutions for homeless.
  • -Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
  • -Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure and services sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • -Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.

All operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  • -Hair salons and barbershops
  • -Personal care services
  • -Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • -The Winters library has suspended curbside service and in-person computer appointments.

In response to some questions:

  • -AA and NA meetings at churches: please check with the facilitator about meeting remotely during the Stay At Home order or outside socially distanced with masks on. These and other supportive meetings and services are essential for wellbeing; please follow CDC guidelines and comply with health orders.
  • -Playgrounds, parks and outdoor recreational facilities remain open. Physical and mental wellbeing are priorities to help people get through the pandemic. Please be responsible when in our public parks by remaining socially distanced to the degree possible, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, and wearing a mask if not exercising. No contact games are allowed, but practice, drills, and exercise are.

 


Please Note:

  • -CARES Act Outdoor Dining Winter Enhancements: As reported to the City Council, a significant portion of the City’s CARES Act grant was earmarked to enhance outdoor dining areas and to open up two-way traffic on Main Street from Railroad to the mid-block crossing. Pergolas are getting constructed and decorated, and roofs will be fabricated to provide some cover from rain. Plans were made and materials ordered prior to the new Regional Stay-At-Home Order, and since funds must be expended by December 31, 2020, we will proceed as planned, even if we cannot enjoy those facilities until the order is lifted.
  • -Waste Management has released the temporary brush pick up and street sweeping schedule in response to a driver shortage due to COVID-19 quarantines. The schedule is below and a map is available here.

 

Brush Pile & Street Sweeping Schedule (until further notice)

SOUTH of GRANT AVE

NORTH of GRANT AVE

Monday, 12/14/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/15/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/28/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/29/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/11/21 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/12/21 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/25/21 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/26/21 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/7/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/8/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/21/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/22/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/4/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/5/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/18/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/19/20 – Street Sweeping

 

  • Yolo County is hosting webinars on Monday, December 14 and Monday, December 28 at 10 a.m. related to businesses and workers who may be impacted by work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs. More information is available here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  •  -Downtown is looking extra festive this year and the decorations are still going up! It’s especially magical at night with the lights. When visiting to shop, take out food, exercise or just sit and soak up the magic, please wear a mask.
  • -YoloArts, as Yolo County's arts council, is honored to be distributing $12,630 in CARES Act funding among eligible arts and cultural applicant organizations or groups serving socially vulnerable populations and particularly communities of color in Yolo County. Award amounts will be between $500- $3,000 toward general operating support and on-going programming. Grant guidelines and application can be found HERE on the YoloArts website. The deadline to apply is January 6th, 2021.

Did You Know?

  • -CA Notify is a new COVID-19 app that allows you to be notified if you have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. If you sign up, you will receive COVID-19 exposure notifications to your cell phone. Your privacy is protected, and your identify is not known. The app uses your cell phone location to match up with the cell phones of other people who have tested positive. For more information, visit the CA Notify site here.

Woot Woot!

  • -Santa’s ride through downtown made my Wednesday night, and warmed the hearts of so many families as they waived to Santa on his tractor from their front porches and sidewalks. A special shout out to the Cowan family for this special treat, Police Chief Miller for escorting Santa’s tractor around town for four nights, and everyone else involved in pulling of this surprise. -I can’t wait to see the real parade next year!
  • -A huge shout out to the Public Works crew that has been constructing the pergolas in the downtown area. Using city crews allowed us to reduce CARES Act costs for the outdoor dining program so that we could increase the Rent and Mortgage Assistance program by $20,000 (from $40,000 to $60,000) in order to fund direct support to businesses that had not already received grant assistance through the County’s Small Business Grant Program. 17 businesses were funded up to a maximum of $4,000 per business.
  • -Thank you’s and kind words make all the difference. I wanted to share a comment we received this week because it warmed my heart and hopefully our employees’. And since it made us feel good, I wanted to share.  During such difficult times, kind words, expressions of gratitude, and simple gestures can do so much to lift someone up during a weak moment, a bad day, a difficult time. This season in particular, which can bring such joy for so many, has been challenged in many ways. It’s also a season that can exacerbate a sense of isolation. We need each other. A few seconds to spread some kindness goes a long way….

 “A big thanks to all of you in City government and up the line for doing the best you can during unprecedented circumstances. We (residents of Winters) all owe you all a monster amount of gratitude! Keep up the excellent work you do.”

 

 


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From the City Manager – Stay Home Order 12/10/2020

Good afternoon. Please see the information below and linked.  Last night the ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients fell to below 15% capacity in the Greater Sacramento Region, which is the threshold that triggers the State Stay At Home Order for the region’s counties, including Yolo County. Which means that effective tomorrow evening, at 11:59 PM on December 10, we will go into a new Stay At Home Order similar to last March’s order.  I will add that based on an update yesterday, the projections were that we might not reach this trigger for another week. The fact that we did overnight is an indication of how much the virus has spread within the community; and how many people are getting sick and requiring advanced medical care.

Health order and all attachments
Only Attachment B (Updated Restrictions)

Infographic English http://www.cityofwinters.org/weve-hit-the-metric-for-the-stay-home-order-english/
Informacion en espanol http://www.cityofwinters.org/weve-hit-the-metric-for-the-stay-home-order-spanish/

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.
  • Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order, all operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

 

Kathleen Salguero Trepa
City Manager
City of Winters


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Friday Update – December 4, 2020

 City Manager’s Update (attached pdf here)

December 4, 2020

 Greetings, all.

In an effort to make the distribution of the Friday Update easier and hopefully more eye-catching, please indulge incremental changes to the format and distribution method as I work to find the right balance of relevant community information and insights into City Hall happenings…


COVID-19

Yesterday Governor Newsom announced a new regionally based Stay-at-Home Order, which will go into effect within 48 hours of when a region has less than 15% available capacity (staffed bed space) in their hospitals’ Intensive Care Units (ICU). Yolo County is in the Greater Sacramento region, while Solano and Napa County are in the Bay Area region, so the greater Winters community may be impacted at different times.

Based on the rapid surge of hospitalizations due to COVID, all regions within the State of California are expected to trigger the new regulations within the month, although five of the nine Bay Area counties issued updated orders today even though their projections were trailing beyond the Greater Sacramento region. Those Stay at Home Orders will become effective Sunday – Tuesday depending on the County. Solano and Napa Counties did not join today’s Bay Area county level orders. Unfortunately, the potential impacts of Thanksgiving mingling will not appear for another few weeks, so the numbers of those infected and ill are expected to jump significantly.

When triggered by limited ICU capacity, the new State order will be effective for a minimum of three weeks and will be lifted with the region’s projected ICU availability (a four week look ahead) meets or exceeds 15%. Availability will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial three-week period. This metric is based on ICU staffing for ICU bed space. More information on the State order can be found here.

In addition to the State order, I learned today that Yolo County is already below the 15% ICU capacity, and the data shows that infection and hospitalization rates are rapidly climbing. The Yolo County Health Officer is considering additional restrictions for Yolo County, effective immediately.

  1. No dining with anyone outside of your immediate household, even outdoors.
  2. Retail establishment must restrict occupancy at 20% now (rather than when the State regional order is triggered).
  3. Additional restrictions will be extended to collegiate sports to match those already in place for youth and adult sports activities. Outdoor sports and recreational activities are allowed for practice and drills, with 6’ distancing. Contact activities like scrimmages, games, and practices are prohibited.

More information for Yolo County specific health orders and guidance may be found here.

What does all this mean? Wear a mask and maintain social distancing from people not in your household bubble. More restrictions are coming as the infection rates and hospitalization climb.


Please Note:

  • Yolo County Office of Emergency Services as indicated there is a potential for a Public Safety Power Shutoff this weekend due to high winds in North California. Currently Yolo County is NOT in the PSPS advisory. To monitor PG&E notifications, please click here.
  • The pandemic has impacted services in so many ways. Waste Management recently shared with City staff that it is operating with half a collection crew due to staffing challenges from COVID. Until staffing levels resume, the curbside brush pile pick-up will take place every other week, alternating with sweeping every other week; Grant Street will be the dividing line for a north and south alternating schedule. Waste Management has indicated they will communicate schedule adjustments to customers via auto calls, if they haven’t already started doing so. They will also issue a press release and update their website here. For any questions or concerns, please contact Waste Management at (866) 844-1508.

Don’t Miss Out!

Valley Clean Energy is coming to Winters! The City will join Woodland, Davis, and Yolo County as part of this locally controlled electrical generation provider. VCE generates cleaner, more renewable electricity than PG&E at no additional cost.

Want to use 100% renewable energy for your electricity to show your ultra green side? You can opt up at a slight increase in cost.  PG&E will continue to distribute electricity and bill customers.

The City of Winters accounts will automatically be enrolled effective January 1, 2021; however, customers can opt out if they would like. To learn more, please visit https://valleycleanenergy.org/city-of-winters/ and  frequently asked questions https://valleycleanenergy.org/faqs/.

A Winters community workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. A link is on the VCE website.


 Did You Know?

  • The Yolo County Central Landfill in Woodland has reopened Monday through Saturday for self-haul items so you can empty out your garages again and get rid of that extra stuff. No cash or EBT will be accepted; only credit card or check payments. Please see the Yolo County Central Landfill page for more information here.

 

New Trail and Dog Park at Grasslands Regional Park Opens December 4. Need to release that pent-up energy? Yolo County is opening its newest regional park today, located at 30475 County Road 104 about three miles south of Davis. The park includes a trail system through a working landscape, views of natural habitat and a new off-leash dog park that is approximately 10 acres of natural grassland among rows of oak trees. Now you and all the kiddos can run free.

 


Woot Woot!

  •  I’d like to welcome our newest Police Officer, Kyle Shadman, who joined the team on November 16. Kyle is a recent Academy graduate, and we’re happy he has decided to launch his career with the City of Winters.

 

  • Police Chief Miller was also recently appointed by the California Police Chiefs Association as their representative to the Instructor Standards Advisory Council, giving Winters a state-wide presence in the law enforcement community. We may be small but we are mighty!
  • The Government Finance Officers Association notified the City that its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for FY 2018-19 qualified for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and the 17th year in a row that the City has been so recognized by this national organization. Kudos to Financial Services Director Shelly Gunby for her outstanding efforts in this regard!

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Friday Update – November 20, 2020

Greetings, all. This has been another busy week…

COVID-19

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

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

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

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

City of Winters Public Facility Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Council Meeting December 1st

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

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

Final thoughts

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

Kathleen


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Friday Update – November 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen


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Friday Update 11-6-2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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Friday update 10-30-2020

Friday update 10-30-2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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Friday Update: October 23, 2020

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Friday update 10-23-2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management


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City of Winters Appoints Kathleen Salguero Trepa as City Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Friday Update 10/16/2020

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Friday Update 10-16-2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/W13NhamVyoE

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

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

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

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager


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