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09/24/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
September 24, 2021

Greetings, all. Fall is upon us! Which means the town will be decorated to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, fall harvest, and Halloween. And it’s getting cooler! What a great time to stroll around downtown and the various neighborhoods to see how people have decorated. For information about the scarecrow festival, please read below…

COVID-19

  • Yolo County is looking for volunteers to assist with vaccination clinics. Volunteers assist with set up, take down, registration, screening, vaccination, traffic control, translation, medical observation and overall management of the vaccination clinics. Anyone sixteen years of age and older can volunteer and community service certificates can be issued for volunteer hours upon request. Volunteers must complete the “Medical Points of Dispensing (MPOD)” course at http://yolopodclasses.org before applying to volunteer. For more information, please email coordinator@yolocounty.org.

Please Note:

  • People are still falling victim to phone scams; please be careful and do not provide personal information to callers, even if they say they are from Amazon…
  • The new playground equipment that has been installed at both Blue Oak and Valley Oak Parks need replacement pieces so the equipment will be closed for one to two weeks while we wait for the new parts. Please remain off the equipment in the meantime as it has not been certified as ready for playtime. Also, work continues at Three Oaks Park. The landscape will require a three-month establishment period once completely installed before the park opens in order for the plant material to take hold. We’ll keep you posted on that schedule.
  • The new EV chargers at the Community Center have been programmed and are ready for use. Please note users will be charged for use.
  • We’re still looking for a tractor for the Putah Creek entrance into town….If you have an old one rusting in a field someplace, we would be happy to relocate it and provide a tax donation letter or purchase it at a reasonable cost…I’m told the damaged tractor cannot be repaired.
  • The pool heater thermometer needs to be replaced; the part has been ordered. In the meantime, during the week, staff manually heats the pool in the morning and turns it off around noon. Staff is also tarping the water to help maintain a comfortable water temperature. However, the weekend water temperatures will be chillier until the heater can be repaired since no one will be able to manually set the heater…Apologies for the inconvenience.
  • An Information Technology Virtual Career Fair will be held on October 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will provide job seekers the opportunity to connect with over 30 State of California departments that are actively looking to fill hundreds of information technology openings. Attendees will gain access to live virtual booths where they can ask questions directly to departments. Interested parties can register for the job fair at https://tinyurl.com/36jwkjsror or by visiting the YoloWorks! webpage. The State of California will also offer an hour-long “How to Begin Your Information Technology Career” seminar at 10 a.m. during the virtual career fair.
  • The City of Winters is looking for a shebang Administrative Services Director to replace Shelly Gunby who is retiring in 2022 following a 25-year career at City Hall. More information is here if you know of a municipal finance professional!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Chamber is ready to kick off the Scarecrow Festival! There were so many outstanding decorations around town last year. More information and images are available here. I can’t wait to see what people come up with this year…
  • Yolo County Library will host a free virtual screening of the documentary "Not If, But When: Wildfire Solutions" on Monday, October 4, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., which will be followed by a Q&A with the directors. This 40-minute film delves into the controversial world of wildfire solutions with their pros and cons and their successes and challenges. The film includes expert interviews, drone footage, historical data and maps. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Davis Library.

Zoom Link:   https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71587167061?pwd=TzdZNis5SklJTjFGTGJndjZNU1Yxdz09 

Zoom Meeting ID: 717 8716 7061; Zoom Passcode:  8niYbT

Did You Know?

This week’s cultural corner is brought to you by the Yolo County Library System, which is celebrating Banned Books Week, September 26 – October 2.  This annual event celebrates the freedom to read whatever you want. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”  The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 are listed here yolocountylibrary.org/banned—books. Banned Books Week was launched by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It celebrates the value of free and open access to information while highlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Happy reading to all you readers out there! Open minds = open hearts.

  • The Davis League of Women’s Voters is hosting a virtual community forum, “Health Reform & Social Justice: Opportunities for Reducing Inequity and Addressing Health Disparities” on Wednesday, October 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This forum aims to educate voters about our current healthcare model and how it impacts local care access, affordability, quality and equity. Use the QR code or type in the link address for more information.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is October 5, via Zoom. Staff is preparing a large discussion item related to Council priorities, the FY 20-21 budget surplus and American Rescue Plan funding, as well as a variety of proposed projects that can be funded with these sources.

Woot Woot!

I love how Winters celebrates the fall, and how the town comes together to decorate and beautify. I like to say it takes a team at work, and a village at home. I love pots (plural), and the planter pot outside of City Hall’s main entrance is fantastic, so a big thank you to the Guerilla Gardeners who maintain pots and planter beds around downtown.

 

And another big thank you to the Hispanic Advisory Committee members who decorated downtown for Hispanic Heritage Month. In their honor, and in honor of all of our Hispanic community members (from whence they came recently or five generations ago), please take the time to sample some carnitas or any of your other favorite dishes from our local restaurants. HAC may have canceled the Festival de la Comunidad, but we can still savor the flavors of Hispanic culture. From my family to yours, !Viva España! And to all the other countries that make up Hispanic cultures.

 

And talk about community collaboration! The Winters booth at the Sacramento Farm to Fork Festival last weekend was nothing short of phenomenal. I understand kudos go to Lynda and Bill Hinds and Emarie and Nick Vangalio. “Stay and savor the charm” is a great tag line. So well done, everyone.


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09/17/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 17, 2021
Greetings, all. I’ve noted lots of tidbits below. It looks like a glorious weekend out there. Enjoy it wherever the weekend adventures take you. I’ll take 86 over 106 any day. And yay for rain along the NorCal coast!

COVID-19
The County has continued its call-to-order vaccine for home and businesses. Phone numbers to schedule an appointment in English, Spanish or Russian are in the box. The service is free and available to all Yolo County residents 12 and older. Public health experts indicate that vaccines and indoor masking are the most effective way to minimize the spread of COVID.

Please Note:
❖ The restrooms at Rotary Park are closed for a few days; the water main into the restrooms is leaking and needs to be repaired so the water has been shut off. A sign was posted. Apologies for the inconvenience.
❖ Waste Management has been experiencing staffing challenges and has returned to dividing the City in two sections for brush collection (Grant Ave is the dividing line). Drivers will alternate routes on regularly scheduled days. There is no change to curbside trash, recycling and green waste service. To contact Waste Management, please click here.
❖ The Winters Fire Department August newsletter is available  here.
❖ September is National Literacy Month! The Yolo County Library system is looking for tutors and participants for its Yolo Reads Program. The program helps adults improve reading and writing skills with individual tutoring. More information is here.
❖ The City’s street rehabilitation project is switching gears. The slurry portion of the project is complete (looks great!). Grind and pave along Railroad (Russell to Grant), Russell (Railroad to 2nd), Morgan (Grant to E. Main) and East Street (E. Main to the sewer pump station) is scheduled to begin on October 14. Striping of the newly slurried and paved roads will occur after all pavement work is completed. Please note: the grinding is necessary to lay down new pavement and will be loud…We appreciate everyone’s patience during this important work.
❖ New playground at Valley Oak Park is in process. A defective platform needs to be replaced so the new equipment will be closed until the new part arrives….At least it doesn’t have a microchip…Installation of new equipment at Blue Oak Park continues next week.
❖ Staff is establishing an account with Blink for the new EV chargers at the Community Center. Users will need to pay for using the chargers and extended charging will result in an occupancy fee to encourage drivers to move their vehicles so other cars can be charged. Once the system has been programmed, the chargers will be turned on.

Don’t Miss Out!
❖ Yolo County is going through the redistricting process for its Board of Supervisors. On Monday, September 27, Redistricting Commissioner Mia Durham will host a community forum at the Public Safety Facility, 702 W. Main Street, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be in-person, masks required. To RSVP, please email mia_arc@yochadehe-nsn.gov. More information regarding the redistricting process is available here.

Did You Know?
❖ The first human case of West Nile was recently diagnosed inYolo County. The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent the bite of an infected mosquito. Following the 7 D’s decreases the risk of
mosquito bites. For more information, please visit www.fightthebite.net.
➢ DRAIN any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
➢ DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outside. These are the times when mosquitoes are most active.
➢ DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
➢ DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
➢ DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition. This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
➢ DISTRICT personnel are available to address any mosquito problem you may be experiencing by calling 1-800-429-1022.

Upcoming Council Meeting – Tuesday, September 21 via Zoom
Please click on the link (Open link from this document here)for the 9/21 agenda. Items include: updating the Public Works standard specifications, accepting the Final Map for Three Oaks Park, appointing Ethan Walsh as the City Attorney and amending the retainer amount for BBK, purchasing a vehicle for Public Works, awarding a contract for the new influent screen at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, an update on SB 9 and SB 10, setting the public hearing date for the adoption of the Building and Fire Code for October 19, and a letter of support for First 5’s Welcome Baby program.
On a related note, I would like to thank Iris Yang for her service as City Attorney this last year. We wish her many happy adventures as she heads into a much deserved retirement. As noted above, subject to Council approval, Ethan Walsh has agreed to return to Winters as lead City Attorney. Assistant City Attorney Joanna Gin will continue to be our daily legal resource – thank you, Ethan and Joanna. And congratulations, Iris! Enjoy your time!

Woot Woot!
Last weekend was the 20th anniversary of 9/11, which seemed to make it more impactful than prior years, at least for me. What a terrifying day that was for the thousands of people directly affected by the terrorist attacks, and the millions of people glued to their televisions in dumb-struck horror. We honor those who died that day, who ran into flaming buildings to save thousands, who stormed a cockpit to avert more deaths while facing their own. To the rescuers and everyday heroes who responded, volunteered, fed and cared for others, who pulled together to offer comfort, and to those who answered the call of duty and joined the armed forces. We honor you all, and each other, for representing the best of American ideals and values. For coming together, united.


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No Weekly Update – Sharing COVID testing and vaccination info

Good afternoon, everyone. There will not be a Friday Update this week, but I did want to share COVID testing and vaccination information. Information is below and attached.

Also, the Healthy Yolo testing facility in front of the library is available Tuesdays and Thursdays. More information is linked here<https://healthydavistogether.org/schooltesting/winters/>. No appointment necessary; however, if you register in advance you’ll move through the process more quickly. This is a saliva based test so no drinking or eating within 30 minutes of spitting into the test kit!

Feel free to distribute the attached flyers in your social media or post in your store windows. The Call to Order Vaccine Service has been extended through September. It doesn’t get any easier than having someone come to your home or workplace to get vaccinated.

Have a good week,

Kathleen


On September 13, Yolo County and the Yolo County Office of Education will be hosting a Yolo County School Safety Webinar! Join us for a virtual school safety webinar with Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson and County Superintendent Garth Lewis. Experts from the fields of public health and education join together to share best practices to keep children safe and schools open. Please invite everyone who may be interested in joining (flyer is attached). Watch on Facebook live at https://fb.me/e/2BYTUf2HX.

Last week on Sept. 1 CDPH published updated guidance for K-12 schools. Notably, the new guidance provides recommendations and requirements for school-based extracurricular activities. The new section extends the requirements and recommendations in the Guidance for K-12 Schools to all extracurricular activities that are operated or supervised by schools, and all activities that occur on a school site, whether or not they occur during school hours, including, but not limited to, sports, band, chirus, and clubs. I recommend reading the full guidance for K-12 schools at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/K-12-Guidance-2021-22-School-Year.aspx.

Additionally, FAQ sections have been added to accompany the decision trees that have been developed for exposures in K-12 settings and exposures in non-k-12/non-medical settings. The FAQs cover how to count the days since exposure to calculate when quarantine can end, the difference between isolation and quarantine, what a modified quarantine is, and more. The two decision trees and the new FAQs are available on our Roadmap to Recovery page: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap

And, as always, our upcoming clinics are:

*   Thursday, 9/9 at HHSA Bauer Building in Woodland from 5 - 7pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   Monday, 9/13 at HHSA West Sacramento (500 Jefferson Blvd. Building A. #162 Community Room) from 5 - 7pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   Thursday, 9/16 at HHSA Bauer Building in Woodland from 5 - 7pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   Friday, 9/17 at River Cats Baseball Game (Sutter Health Park, 400 Ballpark Dr.) Starting at 7. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson)
*   The call to order vaccine program continues to deliver vaccine through the month of September


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09/03/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)  
September 3, 2021

Happy Labor Day, everyone. I hope you enjoy the long weekend. Thank you to all those essential workers who support us in our every day lives – in stores and restaurants, the supermarket and gas stations, all the delivery drivers, agricultural workers, teachers, police and fire and City Hall workers, plus the dog walking, grocery delivering helpers. We appreciate you and need you! Gracias.

COVID-19

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is partnering with Healthy Yolo Together to offer free, saliva-based COVID-19 testing in front of the library at 708 Railroad for WJUSD staff, students and the community. The site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) More information is linked HERE. Thank you WJUSD & Healthy Yolo Together for this important public health service.
  • Yolo County continues to offer free vaccination service at your home or worksite.

Please Note:

  • The blood banks need blood donations. Please swing by the Community Center on September 13 from 1 – 6 p.m. to donate. Information in the box.
  • Due to the unprecedented drought and extremely dry conditions, PG&E is updating equipment settings to automatically turn off power if an object strikes a line or there is an issue with the equipment. This “fast trip” setting reduces the risk of a potential wildfire and will be used when wildfire potential is the greatest, most often in late summer and fall. Fast trip outages are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). For more information, visit pge.com/wildfiresafety. For questions, please email wildfiresafety@pge.com or call 1-800-PGE-5000.

 Upcoming Council Meeting – September 7, 2021

We have a very busy agenda for next Tuesday, link HERE. There are two public hearings: one for the draft Housing Element Update and the other extending the urgency ordinance prohibiting grading permits unless conditions established by the City Council have been satisfied. We will also recommend that the City Council adopt updated building and fire codes. The consent calendar includes the formation of the Natural Resources Commission, appointments to the Senior Commission on Aging and the Yolo County Habitat Conservancy Implementation Advisory Committee, bond amounts for the City Clerk and City Treasurer, the appointment of Shelly Gunby as interim City Clerk, budget amendments for two public works projects, and the designation of Jesse Loren as a voting delegate for the CalCities annual membership meeting.

City Hall Tidbits

  • Sometimes it’s the basics that really count, or the simple things. Tom Davis, our contract building official, has been quietly settling in. If you’re looking for him, just peak through the Building Division door and he’ll let you know if he’s out for inspections. We might not see his sign as much though, since our new part-time permit technician starts on Tuesday, Lauren Shelley. Come on by and say hello.
  • Captain Art Mendoza, Driver Operator Jr. Mederos and Firefighter Cameron Simental have been working the Dixie Fire for the past week. Our thanks go out to them and all the emergency responders on all the fire lines.
  • We’re always looking for volunteers for the fire department. It’s a great team, doing great work for the community. For more information, please click HERE.
  • After almost 25 years Administrative Services Director Shelly Gunby has announced her final retirement plans and will depart City Hall mid-January. We’ve opened a recruitment to replace her. More information is available HERE. If you know a municipal finance professional who wants to work for a great community, please help spread the word. Applications are due by October 6.

Woot Woot!

  • A huge thank you to all the new volunteers for Meals on Wheels, which had to reduce service to our seniors in need due to a shortage of volunteers. It seems a few of you responded to the call to action, so a very big thank you. It takes a village! If you would like to help out, please see mowyolo.org; call (530) 662-7035 or email volunteer@mowyolo.org for more information.
  • Major kudos to all the students and artists with the Winters Participation Gallery who painted the mural on the wall of Kountry Kitchen at the corner of Railroad and Grant. Mark your calendars - The students and lead artists will sign the mural on September 14th at the Winters Market from 6pm-7pm. Thank you for helping to beautify Winters one wall at a time!

For more information about the murals around town and the Winters Participation Gallery, please visit their website at www.wintersparticipationgallery.org/home .


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08/27/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 27, 2021

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

  • Yolo County is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, with 88% of those hospitalized being unvaccinated. Locally, there has been enough concern that event organizers have cancelled several events, including Evening on the Bridge, Porchfest, and the Carnitas Festival. As much as we would all like to move beyond COVID, or to find that crystal ball that will help us know what to plan for when, it seems we’re still on the pandemic rollercoaster ride.
  • The Pfizer vaccine has now been granted full approval by the FDA. More information about vaccines and vaccination locations is available here. Yolo County has extended its free call-to-order vaccine program through September 30; it doesn’t get any easier than that having someone come to your home or job to get vaccinated. Please call (530) 902-3230 to schedule an appointment between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or (530) 379-3465 for Spanish speakers.
  • Yolo County is offering a third dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for people ages 12 & up with moderate to severe immune compromise. For more information, please click here.

Please Note:

  • Looking for a rewarding part-time job supporting non-profits and the community? The Yolo Community Foundation is looking for an Administrative Coordinator (16 hours / week) and Marketing Coordinator (20 hours / month). Click on the links for more information or contact careers@yolocf.org. Please submit a resume with cover letter by September 10.
  • Many of our local businesses are looking for help. Reach out to your favorite businesses if you’re looking for full or part-time assistance. Live, work, shop & play local!
  • This year’s street rehabilitation project is scheduled to begin September 7. No parking signs will be put out in advance of work. A map is at the end of this Update.
  • The new Blink EV chargers have been installed at the Community Center and will be activated once rates have been confirmed and the accounts established. Users will need to pay to charge their vehicles, and an occupancy charge will be added for vehicles that continue to occupy the space well after the vehicle is charged (i.e. overnight). Stay tuned for more information. The chargers were paid for by a grant through Valley Clean Energy.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Election Day is September 14. There are 13 ballot drop boxes throughout the County to submit your mail in ballot, including Lorenzo’s Market at 121 E. Grant. Or you can vote in person at the Public Safety Facility at 702 W. Main Street, in the EOC training Room, beginning September 11 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This voting station will be open on September 14 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. when the polls close. More information is available herePress Release link to latest press release from the Elections Office.

Did You Know?

  • Following the decennial census, Yolo County must reconsider its district boundaries to ensure that approximately the same number of people live in each district. The boundaries must be redrawn and the new districts approved by December 15, 2021. More information is available at the County’s website here. The next meeting of the Advisory Redistricting Commission, which is overseeing the process, is September 20. Recordings from previous meetings are available online.

Upcoming Council Meeting – September 7

The Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the updated Housing Element at its August 24 meeting. The City Council will consider the Housing Element at its September 7 meeting, along with a number of other items, including updated Building and Fire Codes. More information will be available next week as the packet is finalized.

Woot Woot!

The City Hall family is about to grow by one!!! This week’s Woot! Woot! goes to Diana Tafolla who is heading out on maternity leave this coming Thursday. Her daughter Kataleya Gianna Fierros is due in September.  Diana coordinates our recreation programs, special event permits and facility rentals, and assists with finance duties. She helps staff our Finance window. We will miss her while she is out for the next several months, so swing by next week (with your mask on) to wish here a healthy, happy delivery. We can’t wait to see the baby pictures!

 

 

 

Street rehabilitation map is below….

Blue = slurry seal and Red = grind & overlay
Click to open in new window


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08/20/2021 City Managers Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 20, 2021

Greetings, all. A brief update this week. Have a good weekend.

COVID-19

  • The virus is still going strong. Please mask up inside and get tested if exposed or experiencing symptoms (even if vaccinated). Public health professionals strongly urge that people get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. Several events have been cancelled as a result. The County’s COVID dashboard is available here.

Please Note:

  • Grading work will begin at the LDS subdivision site on Anderson, with dirt getting trucked to the Walnut 10 location All permits are in place. Route below.

  • Staff kicked off the environmental review process with the EIR consultant, Raney Planning & Management, for the proposed Farmstead project. That’s the large field above across from E. Main that the trucks will cross to access Walnut 10. The consultant expects to issue a Notice of Preparation in October for a 30-day public comment period. Staff will provide updated information on the landing page for the project as it moves through the environmental review stage. The draft EIR is expected to be released in early 2022. Generally, the public will have formal opportunities to provide comments during the NOP review period (October / November), the Draft EIR review period (winter 2022, 45 days), and at the public hearings (Planning Commission and City Council, spring – summer 2022).
  • To monitor PG&E Power Safety Shut Offs, please save this link. When an event has been announced, please refer back to the PG&E landing page often as information frequently changes due to weather conditions.
  • New car chargers will be installed at the Community Center with the older ones moved to City Hall. Work will begin next week.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Carnitas Festival is September 25, 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. in Rotary Park. The Hispanic Advisory Committee is looking for carnitas chefs to compete in being judged as the best in town. The event is intended to be smaller this year, and primarily for locals, to maintain some level of social distancing. More information is available here.

 

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is September 7, which will include a public hearing on the proposed, updated Housing Element. The draft document is being considered by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, August 24. Link here to the Planning Commission agenda.

 

Woot Woot!

Another piece of history rolled over to the Winters Museum from the Public Works Corps Yard. The old Bank of Winters safe had been stored in the yard for many years and finally found a good home.…Kudos to saving another piece of history. Swing by the Museum to take a peek at all the treasures that have been collected. The Museum is open Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. at 13 Russell Street. https://www.historicalsocietyofwinters.org/ The Exhibit on the Lost Japanese Community of Winters is really worth a visit.

  • The Winters Police Department will deploy officers to assist with the Caldor Fire; a heartfelt thank you to them as they assist families displaced by the fire. The Caldor Fire is still 0% contained. The Fire Department has a crew out on the Dixie Fire, which is 35%. The Dixie Fire now has the dubious honor of being the first fire in recorded history to start on one side of the Sierra Mountains and cross over to the other side. May all of our public safety teams come home safe. Thank you!

 


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08/16/2021 Possible PG&E PSPS event in Winters

Good morning. Please note the information from PG&E regarding a potential PSPS event in the broader area beginning tomorrow evening. The City of Winters is not anticipated to be impacted; only the more remote areas adjacent to hills and passes. Please see the attached map.


Yolo County Outage Area Map (08/17/2021)(pdf)

A potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event that could possibly impact parts of the City of Winters.  PG&E meteorologists are tracking weather conditions for a possible PSPS event beginning Tuesday evening, 8/17 at 10:00 pm into Wednesday morning , 8/18 at 10:00 am.  To be clear, this is an estimated time frame given the information we have now.  The estimated number of impacted customers is 100 at this time.

Weather forecast models indicate that an upper level weather system will progress through the Pacific Northwest Tuesday into Wednesday and produce dry, northly winds across Northern CA. The northerly winds are expected to increase starting Tuesday night starting approximately at 9 pm across northern Counties, reach the Northern Sierra and Bay Area overnight Tuesday into Wednesday before tapering off near noon on Wednesday.  Weaker northerly winds are also possible late Wednesday into Thursday.  High resolution forecast models are indicating potential for maximum wind gusts from 30 – 45 mph with isolated gusts to 50 mph.  Relative humidity values during the event are expected to be from 15 – 30% in general.  Fuels are also historically dry in some areas and very susceptible to new fire ignitions.  The entire area under PSPS consideration is also in extreme to exceptional drought at this time.

I have attached a map to this email so you can see the areas our PG&E meteorologists have identified at this time.  Also, our Public Safety Specialist, Patrick Ellis, has been in touch with your County OES team regarding this potential PSPS event as well.

As I receive more information, I will be sure to keep you informed.  Again, this is all preliminary, but I wanted to make sure you had a proper heads up before the possible PSPS event occurs.


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08/13/2021 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
August 13, 2021

 

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

  • Not much new here….masks are still required indoors in public except when eating and drinking and vaccinations are strongly encouraged and are increasingly being mandated for certain industries, locations, sectors, etc. To follow COVID stats, please visit the County’s website here.

Please Note:

  • Construction of playground improvements at Valley Oak and Blue Oak Parks has been delayed to September. The contractor’s crew is from a community evacuated due to wildfire. Fingers cro
  • ssed for quick containment and no more homes lost...
  • The FCC is conducting a survey about a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System. Did you get this alert on your cell phone? I didn’t…Please let FEMA and the FCC know by clicking here.
  • Yolo County is looking for candidates to fill vacancies on a number of advisory bodies. Interested in the environment, airports, cannabis, aging and adult services, in-home supportive services or a multitude of other areas, and want to get involved? Please visit yolocounty.org (Government >Advisory bodies) or call the Clerk of the Board at (530) 666-8195.
  • The July Fire Department Newsletter has been posted here.
  • The Hispanic Advisory Committee is looking for carnitas chefs to compete in the Festival de la Comunidad. Think you have the best carnitas in town? Click here for more information. Food trucks and other vendors may apply as well. This is an iconic Winters event celebrating the community’s Hispanic heritage, September 25, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Viva la Fiesta!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The draft Housing Element has been completed and will be published on the City’s website with a cover report for the Planning Commission sometime next week. The Planning Commission will consider the Housing Element at its August 24th meeting, as will the City Council on September 7. Please check the website for more information. The report will be published by no later than Thursday, August 19.
  • PG&E is offering 7 Saturdays to a More Fire-Resistant Home series (now on the 4th Saturday…). More information is available here. The Safety Action Center contains a number of emergency preparedness tips, including previous videos for 7 Saturdays and is well worth a visit.

 In Other News…

  • The beloved tractor at the Putah Creek car bridge was taken out by a speeding driver early one morning last week….We’re hoping someone might be able to weld the pieces back together or that someone has a similarly historic tractor that could be placed at the median. Feel free to reach out to Eric Lucero at lucero@cityofwinters.org if you can help. By the way, the speed limit on the bridge is 25 mph. Please slow down coming into town.
  • The Winters Police and Fire Departments are looking for volunteers for a new Trauma and Grief Support program (TAGS) that is being coordinated in partnership with Catherine Bernstein of the Davis Police Department. Volunteers offer comfort through presence, contacting and enlisting victim’s personal support systems, suggesting referrals to recourses and assisting with death notifications. Volunteers will be trained and must pass background checks. As someone who was a trauma support volunteer for many years at a previous agency, this is an incredibly valuable program and very fulfilling for people passionate about serving others. Please contact Catherine Bernstein at (530) 747-5473 for more information or if you would like to volunteer.

Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers! Unfortunately, delivery services have been cut back until more volunteers participate. Meals are picked up at the Winters community center and delivered to locations around town. Just a couple hours a day, a little gas and you’ve helped multiple people! How easy is that? For more information, please see www.mowyolo.org; call (530) 662-7035 or email volunteer@mowyolo.org.

  • In construction updates, Meritage received a grading permit to begin site work for Phases III, IV and V in the area west of Taylor Street, now known as the Hideaway at Winters. Major grading will begin August 16. The basin expansion work at the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond is moving along, which will accommodate storm flows from these phases. A grading permit was also issued for the LDS-Takhar project, located north of Anderson. Dirt will be trucked to the Walnut 10 location at the north end of Walnut to support future development at that location. Consistent with Council direction, grading permits were issued following environment clearance, neighborhood notifications, and the submittal of bonds covering the cost of the approved work. Chevron remains closed until construction can begin on the required frontage improvements along Grant Avenue, which is a condition of approval for this project. The owner is working with Caltrans and the utilities to coordinate that work. Finally, about 20-30 cows strayed from their home pasture to visit the new Three Oaks Park this morning, chomping on some of the new plant material and leaving free fertilizer behind. Unfortunately, no photo documentation (thank you, Google stock photos); please note the contractor is responsible for repairing any damage, perhaps with the assistance of the cows’ owner.
  • The drought and unusually warm temperatures not only create immediate risks for higher wildfire activity, ongoing water supplies are of increasing concern. The City of Winters provides all municipal water through a series of wells in town. Water levels appear to be declining, which is not unusual seasonally or even cyclically during periods of extended drought. However, as we drill down into water availability, no pun intended, please be aware that the sustainability of our water resources is critically important. Please do your part in conserving water by taking shorter showers, fixing leaks, using high efficiency appliances if possible, cutting back on irrigation, and learning more about how to conserve. Please visit these resources for information about our ground water supplies at https://www.yologroundwater.org/ (Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency) and https://www.ycfcwcd.org/ (Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District). For conservation tips: please visit https://water.ca.gov/water-basics/conservation-tips.

Upcoming Council Meeting

There is no Council meeting on August 17, 2021.

 

Woot Woot!

On August 8, Fire Department crews rotated out of their OES assignment at the Monument Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Captain Schechla, Firefighters Luis Herrera and Chase Dombrowski (below) relieved Captain Mendoza, Engineer Justin Rominger and Firefighter Miguel Zaragoza. Captain Mendoza and his crew spent 7 days on the Monument Fire; they are doing well and glad to be home!

  • I would also like to thank the various applicants who have applied for jobs with the City of Winters, either through our own efforts or via contract service providers. This is a very tough job market for employers. Yet, it just takes that one candidate, and we have had some great applicants in Human Resources, Planning, the Police Department and elsewhere at City Hall. You’ll see some new faces around here, like Tom Davis as our new contract Building Official, new HR Manager Alison Bigham, and a few others in the coming weeks. In my mind I like to think the Winters magic whispers into the ears of our applicants, and the quality of our service goals appeals to hard working, creative people who appreciate the value of working for small towns. On that note, I don’t think I formally welcomed back Officer Darion Cueto who has returned to us from a brief stint in a larger agency. We appreciate all of you and welcome you into the Winters family.
  • I would also like to thank outgoing Bureau Veritas contract Building Inspector Dan Cahill and Building Official Mark Woods for their five months helping us revamp the Building Division. Dan in particular was committed to supporting City Hall, living here during the week and heading home on the weekends. He joined the pot luck brigade at City Hall competing for the best salsa, tested his carnitas recipes (we’re hoping he comes back to compete in the Carnitas Festival), and worked hard to help the construction in the tracts move along as efficiently as possible. It takes a team, and we appreciate their service to us and the community.

 


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07/30/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
July 30, 2021

Greetings, all. The City Council conducted goal setting on July 23 and 24 at the Public Safety Facility. All councilmembers were present for the first time since the pandemic began, as well as senior staff. It was very nice to see everyone, albeit behind masks. A number of goals and priorities were discussed under adopted focus areas of Fiscal Sustainability, Community Engagement, Community Development, Economic Development and Organizational Excellence. A new focus area of Environmental Sustainability was also discussed. Only two members of the public were present. The final goals will be brought back to Council in September with some implementation information.

COVID-19
❖ Pandemic news is back in the lead…Please see the link here for this week’s press release about the rising presence of the Delta variant in Yolo County, which is surging. Particularly at risk are the unvaccinated and the immune compromised, even if fully vaccinated. Masks are now required while indoors in public, unless actively eating and drinking. For more information about Yolo County’s COVID-19 vaccine program and opportunities to get vaccinated, visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine. The door service to be vaccinated at home or work has been extended through August 30.

Please Note:
❖ Work is scheduled to replace aging playground equipment, beginning August 10 in Valley Oak Park and August 16 in Blue Oak Park. Funded through a state grant, the new equipment will offer different play activities for both younger and older children. A half basketball court will also be installed at Blue Oak Park.
❖ Work continues at the new developer-installed Three Oaks Park in the Winters Highland subdivision. The futsal court has been painted for both futsal and basketball as a joint use amenity. Trees continue to be planted and walnut shells spread around the new small and large dog parks. Irrigation is being controlled through battery operated power until PG&E can bring power to the site later in August. Once construction is complete and all landscaping installed, the developer is obligated to maintain the area for a 90-day period to ensure the landscaping gets established. Public access will be limited during the establishment period.

City of Winters
❖ The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is continuing to discuss updating its commercial cannabis regulations for the unincorporated areas. A revised draft ordinance was presented at the July 27 Board of Supervisors meeting. Final action, including the certification of the EIR, and final direction related to implementation, is anticipated to be scheduled for the September 14 Board meeting. Information related to the July 27 presentation is here. For any questions or provide -comment, please reach out to Supervisor Saylor’s office. Contact information is available at https://www.donsaylor.org/ . Please note: these commercial cannabis regulations do not change the City of Winters’ ban on commercial cannabis activity within the city limits.
❖ At the July 20 meeting, the City Council approved a summer street rehabilitation project which will repair and slurry a variety of streets throughout the community, including East, West, and Main Street. The map is available here.
❖ PG&E is gearing up for potential power safety shut off events (PSPS). More information is available here. Make sure you sign up for notifications and follow the tips to be prepared. PG&E is expecting more PSPS events; however, the shut off zones are not expected to be as big as they were in 2019 due to line hardening and other work PG&E has completed. The City of Winters is not in a high priority PSPS zone; however, unincorporated areas in and near the hills are.

Don’t Miss Out!
❖ Advance notice: On August 3, the Yolo Community Foundation, Arts Alliance Davis, and YoloArts are hosting a webinar to explore the impact of the pandemic on arts & culture, and how reopening and recovery might look. To register, click here. Questions: please contact holly@hollywongconsulting.com
❖ Winters HealthCare is working with hospitals, health groups, and community health centers and Yolo County to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment, which is coordinated every three years.
This survey provides important information about community health needs, so it is critical to help distribute the survey, especially to underrepresented groups. Please see more information here. The survey is in English and Spanish. And please forward to your employers’ HR offices, friends, and associations. Surveys must be submitted by August 25, and the random lucky respondent could win a $100 gift card!

City of Winters

❖ Planning for the Carnitas Festival de la Comunidad is underway. This local favorite will be held Saturday, September 25, from 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. in Rotary Park. Sponsored by the Hispanic Advisory Committee and the City of Winters, applications to be a vendor or to compete in the carnitas competition as a cook are available online at the City’s website: http://www.cityofwinters.org/carnitas-festival/. This family friendly event includes amazing food, music throughout the event, children’s activities, and local beer and wine. Rumor has it there is a lot of dancing, so kick up your heels and get ready to dance like no one is watching.

Upcoming Council Meeting
Council was very busy last week. Our next meeting is August 3rd. The packet is available here. Items of potential interest include several public hearings related to delinquent water, sewer and trash bills – the final step before delinquent accounts are forwarded to the County Tax Collector’s Office for collection. The Final Map for Winters Highland Subdivision Phases III, IV & V is on the consent calendar. Finally, the City Council will consider an urgency ordinance establishing a 45 day moratorium on grading permits to allow staff to prepare a comprehensive Grading Ordinance for Council consideration in September, which would delineate requirements and a process for proceeding with grading operations. Finally, we may cancel the August 17 meeting as there are no items currently scheduled, although staff is working to confirm one potential item. Stay tuned. That information may be available for an oral update at the 8/3 meeting.

Woot Woot!
The Winters Fire Department deployed OES strike teams comprised of staff and volunteers: Captain Schechla, Firefighters Luis Herrera and Miguel Zaragoza were deployed to the Beckwourth Fire (7/10 – 7/18) and Captain Baugmgart, Engineer Marquez, and Firefighter Cody Tscharner were deployed to the Tamarack Fire (7/18 – 7/25).

Our fire fighters put their lives on the line at these fires, leaving their families behind often for weeks at a time. We owe them our gratitude and support for their selfless dedication to not just our community but to communities around the State and throughout the Western US. This has been an extraordinary start to fire season. May everyone stay safe out there.


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PG&E PSPS Helicopter Exercises

Friday Updates on Wednesday! PG&E has notified us that they will conduct line inspections tomorrow and Friday, between 7 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.which will explain low flying helicopters buzzing over the west side of Winters. These are line inspections to help prepare for possible PSPS events. Just an FYI as I expect there may be questions.

 

Best, Kathleen


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07/22/2021 City Manager’s Thursday Update

Good afternoon, all.

There will be no Friday Update this week as we have a planned goal setting workshop with the City Council this Friday and Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday’s format includes presentations by the senior management team on major municipal program areas (Police, Fire, Public Works, Community Development and General Government) and facilitated conversation regarding potential projects and priorities, which will be discussed in more detail on Saturday as part of finalizing Council goals. Funding for priority projects could include American Rescue Plan funding, grants, capital reserves, rates, and / or voter approved adjustments to assessments and taxes. There will be an opportunity for public comment, and public input regarding potential projects and priorities. The final goals will be brought back to the City Council in a regular session for adoption.

The goal setting workshop is open to the public and light refreshments will be available. We do ask that all attendees wear a mask, except when actively eating and drinking, to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Thank you very much.

Best, Kathleen


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07/16/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
July 16, 2021

Greetings, all. It has been a busy week here!

COVID-19
❖ The Yolo County Health Officer has issued a recommendation that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) inside public facilities wear masks, expect when eating and drinking, due to the increasing prevalence of the highly infectious Delta variant and rising COVID-19 cases. The Delta variant is more infectious and can cause more serious illness, particularly among the unvaccinated. Although vaccine breakthroughs with the Delta variant in Yolo are rare, preliminary evidence suggests that the affected persons may be able to transmit the virus to others even when they have no symptoms. Visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine for more information about vaccination and testing opportunities.

Please Note:
❖ The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ukiah Field Office invites public comment on travel management planning for trails and roads within the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument on BLM-managed public lands. BLM will host a virtual public meeting, via Zoom, on Wednesday, July 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., part of a 30-day public scoping period, which ends Aug. 16. More information about the project is available here. The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument brochure, including map, is linked here. When hiking remember to pack water, pack out trash, and pack a buddy. Your local safety officer recommends hiking backcountry areas with other people.
❖ The expansion of the Rancho Arroyo detention pond has begun. Dirt from the excavation is being transported to the Farmstead project and spread across the 62-acre lot.

Don’t Miss Out!
❖ Wednesday, July 21, at 6 p.m. at the Winters Fire Station, the Golden Bear Fire Safety Committee is meeting to discuss fire prevention, risk mitigation, and other
strategies to prepare for wildfire season. The Golden Bear Estates Landowners Association (GLEBA) is encouraging neighboring residents to join the conversation as we collectively work to mitigate fire risk in the area.
❖ On Tuesday, July 13, the City hosted a community workshop with the developers of the Farmstead project located on the northside of Grant Avenue across from E. Main Street. The video of the two-hour workshop is available on the City’s website as is the developer’s presentation. Please note information regarding major projects, including the Farmstead workshop, are available with two clicks. http://projects.cityofwinters.org/ - direct link.


Did You Know?
❖ The City of Winters has two programs related to special needs individuals. SNAP is a local registry for people with special needs that cannot identify themselves, for example, because of Alzheimer’s, dementia or

is tied to the individual’s name and phone number. The City also participates in Vitals, a national program that allows residents to register themselves or a loved one with special needs or disabilities with the service. Doing so helps provide first responders with important tools to avoid the potential of a confrontation escalating, for example when someone has cognitive issues, mental health issues, or another disability that effects emotional or behavioral responses in stressful situations. More information is available on the Winters PD

autism. The registration is tied to the individual’s name and phone number. The City also participates in Vitals, a national program that allows residents to register themselves or a loved one with special needs or disabilities with the service. Doing so helps provide first responders with important tools to avoid the potential of a confrontation escalating, for example when someone has cognitive issues, mental health issues, or another disability that effects emotional or behavioral responses in stressful situations. More information is available on the Winters PD landing page here.

Upcoming Council Meetings
❖There is a special Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. to hear a presentation from County staff on proposed American Rescue Plan (ARP) for the Yolo County’s $42 million allocation. The City allocation is approximately $1.8 million and will be discussed separately. More information about Yolo County ARP projects can be found here. The agenda is be posted on the City’s website.
If anyone would like to participate in a 2-hour County workshop on the County’s ARP funding program, there are two upcoming workshops:
❖ Monday, July 19, 4:00 – 6:00 PM in Woodland, 137 N. Cottonwood Street. Link
❖ Thursday, July 22, 4:00 – 6:00 PM via Zoom, Link

City of Winters
❖ The regular Council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be Zoom for all participants except a few people as we test our hybrid platform in the Council Chambers, so please forgive any technical glitches…. We have a full agenda, including a presentation recognizing Robert Duvall and his dog Kepi for their years of service as trauma support volunteers. Other key items include:
• the adoption of a Climate Action Plan for Winters,
• the proposed creation of two new commissions related to climate change and natural resources,
• award of contract for this summer’s paving project ($428,000),
• an annual budget for the Business Improvement District,
• a $1.2 million wastewater treatment facility influent screen, and
• the assignment and assumption agreement related to the Winters Highland Subdivision for Meritage Homes’ purchase of Phases 3, 4 & 5.
The packet is be posted on the City’s website.

Upcoming Council Goal Setting Workshop
❖ A two morning, in-person City Council goal setting workshop has been scheduled for Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Public Safety Facility community room. The Agenda will be posted next week. The format will include presentations from City staff on Friday morning related to major functional areas (Police, Fire, Public Works, Community Development and General Government) and some initial discussion of potential priorities and projects consistent with our Five Focus Areas: Fiscal Stability, Community Engagement & Transparency, Economic Development, Organizational / Operational Excellence, and Community Development / Placemaking. Saturday morning will include additional project discussion and final priority setting.

Woot Woot!
❖ We received the signed construction agreement for the Senior Center! It took over a year from grant approval, to contract preparation and execution. A lot of people worked very hard on this project, and now we have $4.2 million to construct the senior center.
❖ Also, the City received its first allocation of American Rescue Plan funding, $874,952! Funds can be used to support capital projects associated with water, sewer and broadband as well programs and projects to help recover from the pandemic. We will begin discussing potential use of funds at the Council goal setting workshops on Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24.


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07/02/2021 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
July 2, 2021

Greetings, all. Let the festivities begin!

  • Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast sponsored by Rotary and the Winters Fire Department at the Community Center downtown. Please support these groups by joining us for breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m. Breakfast is a hearty egg and sausage breakfast with hash browns and fruit. $15 / adults; $10 / kids under 12. Proceeds support the scholarship fund for college-bound youth and the Fire Department’s holiday gift giving for needy families.
  • The fireworks show will be held at the High School Football Field; gates open at 5 p.m. Food trucks and pop ups will be Hemenway and behind the home bleachers. Or bring in your picnic baskets – please no alcohol or glass. The show will begin around 9:30 p.m.
  • Food vendors include the Buck Truck, Kona Ice, We Be Popping, and El Pueblo. The Army will also have an information booth.
  • Please note that Grant Avenue signals from Railroad east to I-505 will be put on red flash following the show with officers directing traffic so that cars can exit town quickly. Vehicles on side streets at the rotary will be required to turn right and stay traveling either east or west to help vehicles exit town.

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Please Note:

  • Expansion of the Arroyo Detention Basin will begin next week. Adjacent neighbors have been directly notified. The basin will be deepened and expanded toward the adjacent trail to accommodate storm flows. Removed dirt will be trucked to local projects that need clean dirt. The historic grove will be protected in place and an arborist will monitor potential impacts to the trees.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • July 13 at 6:00 p.m. the City will host a community workshop via Zoom for the proposed 61 acre Farmstead development located on the northside of Grant Avenue across from the E. Main intersection. This mixed-use project proposes 200 single-family lots with three different lot types, a 4.2-acre 84-unit multi-family site to allow a mix of income types, 12.4- acres of commercial (±144,000 sf), a 5.3-acre Park, and 2.4-acres of open space to accommodate storm drainage, and a bike trail. The Zoom meeting information is available here.
  • Thursday, July 8’s Music in the Park will feature Meredith Axelrod and Craig Ventresco for a night of vintage jazz, ragtime and blues. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in Rotary Park. It was a great time last night so come on down and listen to great music, mingle with your neighbors, let the kids run free, and support the Winters Friends of the Library with their fundraising efforts. Proceeds support enrichment programming and the Winters Library.

Upcoming Council Meeting

  • The next Council meeting is Tuesday, July 6, and we are still working on technical issues integrating various platforms with our Council Chamber AV system so the meeting will be Zoom only. Items include:

- PG&E will present this summer’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) planning efforts and system improvements that have been made following damage from the LNU Complex fire.

- Davis Public Safety Trauma and Grief Support Team (TAG) will present their program as the City considers bringing their services to Winters. The program provides trained volunteers who are dispatched during traumatic incidents to assist family members with unexpected losses.

- Award of contract for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Farmstead development project.

- A City of Winters appointment to the Yolo County Fire Safe Council.

Woot Woot!

To all those volunteers and event team members helping to bring community programming to Winters! They wouldn’t be possible without you!

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COVID-19

  • Covid testing is no longer available at the Winters Community Center on Fridays. Testing is readily available at most major pharmacy chains.
  • The Delta variant of COVID-19 is gaining traction across the United States. This strain is more transmissible and can cause more serious illness among the unvaccinated.
  • Getting vaccinated is easier than ever; County staff will even deliver vaccines to homes and businesses through July 16. Visit Yolo County’s website here for information regarding testing, vaccine safety, and various documents.

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06/25/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
June 25, 2021

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Greetings, all. Event planning is in overdrive for the July 3rd fireworks show at the High School football field. Gates open at 5:00; the show will begin around 9:30 p.m. More information will be in Wednesday’s Winters Express so make sure you pick up an edition or check online. A huge thank you to the Winters Express for all their community support!

The City has created a new upcoming events tab on the website www.cityofwinters.org and a landing page for fireworks show information, so please click on the links and check daily as we update the site. Or use the QR code to the right, which we will update as well.

New for this event will be food trucks on Hemenway and popup tents next to the bleachers for food, merchandise, and information. To be a vendor, click here. As we register vendors, we’ll add that information to the QR link. Vendor fees will help cover City costs for the show. 5 popup tents will be reserved for local non-profits at no charge.

Parking:  We have reserved the PG&E parking lot at the training facility at 1 PG&E Way for event parking. People will need to walk, flag a cab, call for ride share or make other arrangements to get to the football field (I sense entrepreneurial opportunities…). Parking will be available at the library and school lots on Railroad Avenue. Please note one lane in the school lot will be reserved for event workers and volunteers – cars must display an event pass. The Mariani Nut lots on Railroad have been reserved for paid parking ($10). Proceeds will go to eand Taylor Buley for coordinating! Please, no personal fireworks at the Mariani Nut parking lots.

Volunteers:  We need help! At parking lots and field gates, for trash & clean up, and likely other duties as assigned. To volunteer, please sign up at here.  We would really appreciate it!

Football Field Rules: A final note about new rules for the show. To protect the community’s significant investment into the new football field, track, and facilities, please note: No alcohol, glass, tobacco, or any wheels on the track (vehicles, bikes, wagons, carts). No personal BBQs or fireworks. The track will be coned off and visitors will be asked to cross onto the field from the bleacher area where the track will be protected. We will have a bag and cooler check at the entry gates. Any alcohol or glass bottles will need to be disposed of to enter. Please throw out trash in garbage cans that will be staged around the field and at the exits. Do not sit in the fireworks fall out zone.  An Event Map is attached at the end of the newsletter.

Please Note:

  • The Farmstead project is moving into the tentative map and Environmental Impact Report phase, which means the developer needs to confirm the project scope. A project page has been added to the City’s website here. The project is approximately 62 acres along Grant and proposes to include 200 single-family homes, a mixed-use multi-family project, commercial space along Grant, a traffic signal at Grant & E. Main, park space and a trail along the project flood control berm on its eastern side. This project is only possible following significant engineering work to address its current location in a flood zone. A public workshop is being planned to present the project to the community, so please watch for more information when the date is confirmed.
  • The new Three Oaks Park that is under construction along Taylor Street is experiencing some material and electrical delays. Trees are being installed with temporary power to support irrigation. The landscaping will require a 90-day maintenance period to ensure plant material is successfully established before the City accepts the park from the developer. As a result, the park is not expected to open until later this fall.

Don’t Miss Out!

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  • Swim lessons have begun and are filling up quickly. Please click here for more information or visit the City’s website at cityofwinters.org and visit the Recreation Section. SASO is hoping to add more lessons given their popularity so check back and watch for updates.
  • Winters Friends of the Library have coordinated a wonderful line up of music in Rotary Park on Thursday evenings. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, grab take out or picnic, and dance like no one is watching. Please donate to support the music series and WFOL’s community programming. wfol.org
  • The Downtown Business Association has a variety of activities planned in the downtown area on the weekends, including music under the misters, special menu items, and sidewalk sales. Main Street is closed from Friday around 3 p.m. to early Monday morning, from Railroad to the mid-block crossing. Come on down!

Did You Know?

Mulch and compost piles self-combust in high heat? . . . A spark from a mower or weed-trimmer with a metal blade can start a fire? . . . Fireworks can start fires if detonated near dry weeds, in palm trees, or anywhere that has flammable material. PLEASE think about the potential for starting a fire as we work, celebrate, and recreate.  It’s extraordinarily dry out there.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is July 6. We are still working on integrating Zoom with our Chamber AV system and the new Granicus agenda software. Our goal is still to provide an integrated platform for in person and Zoom participation. Stay tuned!

Woot Woot!

The Winters Museum at 13 Russell opened its new exhibit, “The Lost Japanese Community of Winters,” detailing the heart wrenching story of more than 200 Japanese residents who were forced out of Winters into internment camps during WWII. Homes and businesses in the Japanese district were burned following their departure in the area that is now Rotary Park and the Community Center. Many in town at that time participated in the racism and xenophobia that rejected these Japanese residents despite decades of contributions to the community and the local economy. But not all, like the Vasey family who helped store belongings for many Japanese residents, hoping for their return after the war. Only about 20 people did.

The museum is open Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.; the exhibit will be open until October.  This week’s Woot! Woot! goes to the Museum team that developed the exhibit; the many families who donated photos and memorabilia and shared their stories from that time; and to the many conversations about the impact of past injustices on people and communities today, recognizing that we are stronger together than divided.

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06/18/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
June 18, 2021

Greetings, all.

Not to state the obvious, but it is HOT out….Please be careful working outside. Drink lots of water, seek shade, and don’t overexert yourself. Heat illness prevention information is below, along with tips on how to help conserve energy during peak times and avoid rolling black out during Flex Alerts.

COVID-19 Are we there yet?”

Woot! Woot! We have lift off! Starting June 15, the following COVID regulations are in place:

  • Capacity limitations: No restrictions!
  • Physical distancing: No restrictions!
  • Masking: Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask in most settings. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks in indoor public settings, including businesses. All residents must continue to wear masks on public transit and in the workplace, medical facilities, K-12 schools, correctional facilities and shelters, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Travelers: Follow CDC recommendations.
  • Mega Events: Proof of full vaccination or of a recent negative COVID-19 test is required for persons attending indoor mega events (consisting of 5,000 or more attendees) and is recommended for those attending outdoor mega events (consisting of 10,000 or more attendees).
  • Please note that businesses can require additional restrictions. At City Hall, please wear a mask in our public lobbies and at public counters for the health and safety for our employees, not all of whom are able to be vaccinated.

Please Note:

  • Swim team registration is open! The City has partnered with Solano-DART to manage the team. Please click here for more information. Practices begin on Monday, June 21. In person parents meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. on the deck at the Bobbie Greenwood Swim Center. A Zoom introduction is also scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
  • To sign up for adult lap swim (16+), please visit http://www.cityofwinters.org/swim-schedule/
  • Registration for swim lessons will open next week.
  • The Fire Department newsletter is posted here, and includes very helpful information on fireworks safety. Let’s celebrate in a Safe and Sane manner!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Garage Sale of the Rich and Famous is tomorrow morning! Get ready for selling and shopping! Traditionally the greatest concentration of sellers is on Main Street and at City Park.
  • The Winters Museum has opened a new exhibit, “The Lost Japanese Community of Winters” about Japanese residents who were interred during World War II, many of whom didn’t return or lost their homes. The Museum is open Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5 PM at 13 Russell Street. It’s worth a visit and some thoughtful reflection about our collective past. https://www.wintersmuseum.org/home.
  • The Green Valley and Yolo County Fire Safe Councils are offering a free webinar for homeowners who want to harden their homes against wildfire on June 28 from 4 – 5 p.m. Speaker Yana Valachovic from UC Cooperative Extension Forest Advisor is the presenter. To register, click here. For more information about the Yolo County Fire Safe Council, visit https://yolorcd.org/project/yolo-county-fire-safe-council/.
  • The Draft Housing Element is on the City’s website here; public comment is accepted through June 30. The consultant will present the draft document at the next Planning Commission meeting on June 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85726550636?pwd=SVlRNmFzRUlOUHcxOFVnbTd2SGxtZz09. The Agenda also includes consideration of the draft Climate Action Plan and a Planning Commissioner appointment to the City’s Affordable Housing Steering Committee.
  • Rent and utility assistance is available for income eligible individuals and families.

  • BayREN Business provide rebates, financing, and one-stop-shop technical assistance to ensure small and medium businesses can leverage all available energy saving programs. During this unprecedented time, our goal is to support the resilience of your businesses by lowering energy and maintenance costs while improving the look and feel of your facility.  Get to know BayREN Business, a new energy efficiency program available to small and medium businesses in the Bay Area, during a launch webinar on June 30 at 2pm. The program offers an all-in-one solution called AssetCare to help businesses save energy and reduce operating costs. Register today at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8394692528764960012.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is July 6, IN PERSON! We are also working on providing Zoom access as well so people can participate from the comfort of their own sofas. Stay tuned!

Did You Know?

Woot Woot!

To all those volunteers out there that help make special events truly special, a big thank you! And to Taylor Buley who is assisting the City with coordinating volunteers for the fireworks show on July 3rd, another big thank you. To help at the high school football field (gate monitoring, donation collection, trash pickup, safety tent) and parking lot management, please register here. We certainly would appreciate it!


 

 


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City Manager’s Update, June 11, 2021

City Manager’s Update
June 11, 2021

Greetings, all. I hope you enjoy the weekend before the next sweltering heat wave comes in next week. Temperatures are expected to soar over 100 on Wednesday.  Downtown has pergolas, misters, and your favorite cold beverage. Grab take out and enjoy the shade with family and friends. I saw a group playing dominoes at a table yesterday and love that the community has so many places to gather.

COVID-19

  • To mask or not to mask, that is the question. The State issued new regulations that align with CDC guidance. Effective June 15, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask in public (except when attending large, crowded events: 5,000 people indoors / 10,000 outside) while unvaccinated people should when 6’ physical distancing cannot be maintained. Everyone is required to wear a mask on public transportation, in healthcare settings, in schools and childcare settings, and in shelters. Businesses can also require masks if they would like. More information is available here.

However, CalOSHA, which determines workplace safety rules, has struggled with determining the appropriate level of risk mitigation in the face of significant public pressure. The previous ruling that required masks unless all meeting participants have been verified as being vaccinated has been rescinded, leaving the November 2020 emergency order in place, which essentially requires everyone to wear a mask, except in a private office.  The OSHA board is meeting next week. The earliest new OSHA regulations can become effective is around June 28. Moral of the story: please be patient and respectful with businesses as they try to comply, and please be kind to one another.

At City Hall, please continue to wear a mask in common areas after June 15 and please wear a mask at public counters. Our workplace includes individuals who are immune compromised or who cannot be vaccinated; it is our obligation to ensure they have a safe work environment. Thank you for understanding.

Please Note:

  • Owners & Contractors: The building division team is getting out and about and have discovered unpermitted work, either recently finished or in progress. Please contact the building department at Division@cityofwinters.org or (530) 794-6708 for information before starting any construction work. Counter hours are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. although appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure adequate time is available to discuss projects. Building Official Mark Woods and inspector Dan Cahill are happy to provide information regarding code requirements and the inspection process. More information is available here. An ADA checklist is being developed to help people understand accessibility requirements and will be posted to the Building Division landing page soon.
  • Dog walkers: please be respectful of the community and clean up after your dog on sidewalks, in front yards, or along the trail. Scooping is also required at the City’s dog park. Thank you!

Don’t Miss Out!

PG&E will present the latest Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) information at the July 6, 2021, City Council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. PG&E has been working to harden lines, redo circuit breaks and enhance safety inspections in our area following the LNU fire last year. They’ve also implemented a new technology platform with analytics, which will help them target higher risk areas. Please note that the FIRE RISK HAZARD MAPS HAVE NOT CHANGED, and Winters is not in a Tier 1 PSPS zone so we don’t expect the town to experience PSPS shut offs during high risk days. More information is available here.

  • The draft Housing Element is online here and at City Hall and the Winters Library for review. Public comments will be accepted through June 30. The City’s consultant DeNovo will present the draft document at the Planning Commission as part of a public workshop on June 22. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to attend to learn more about this important General Plan document that will guide City housing decisions for the next eight years. For more information, please contact Maguire@cityofwinters.org.
  • Swim team registration is open! Fees are $85 per swimmer, which includes a cap. More information is available here, including link to register, the schedule, and more. Team practices begin June 21.
  • Lap swim schedule is also online. More information including the link to reserve a time slot is available here. The cost is $5 for a daily pass, $50 for a monthly pass, and $40 for a 10 visit punch card. Debit / credit card payments are available at the pool or at City Hall. No cash will be accepted at the pool.
  • Preparations are underway for the Winters’ Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, July 3rd! The day will kick off with a Rotary breakfast at the Community Center, hosted by the City of Winters with support by Winters Fire Department. Stay tuned for more information. Proceeds will support the Rotary Foundation’s scholarship fund and the Winters Fire Department’s holiday program for needy families. A fireworks show will be held at the high school after 9 p.m. Gates to the field will open after 5 p.m. We expect several thousand people to come into town that evening so recommend that people watch the show from their yards and local parks. Stay tuned for more information.
  • A word about illegal fireworks – please don’t use them. As celebrations begin to kick off, please do not use illegal fireworks. Conditions are extremely dry and it doesn’t take much to ignite an area, especially in windy conditions. Please be respectful of the community. Use only Safe & Sane fireworks which are permitted and follow all safety directions. Don’t use them in open fields and have a bucket of water nearby. More information about the safe use of legal fireworks is available here.

Did You Know?

  • Waste Management has variable can rates so you can determine how much waste you produce and what size can (32, 64 or 96 gallon) works best for your household. More information about Waste Management’s services is available here. To discuss household can size and rates, please call customer service at (866) 844-1508.

Upcoming Council Meeting

  • There is a Council meeting this Tuesday, June 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The packet is available here. The consent calendar includes appointing four new members to the Planning Commission (11 people submitted applications by the deadline; thank you all for your interest.);  the first amendment to the agreement with Bureau Veritas for Building Division services; and work orders for technical studies to support the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report for the Skreden / Farmstead project on the north side of Grant across from E. Main Street (costs borne by the developer). There will also be a final public hearing related to the annual levy for the City-wide Maintenance Assessment District for landscaping and lighting.

There are two discussion items. The first relates to a pool facility and services agreement with SASO to manage the Winters Swim Team and provide swim lessons for the community. The staff report also includes an update on this season’s pool programming. Staff is also recommending that the City Council approve an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with NeighborWorks for the development of affordable homeownership housing in northwest Winters adjacent to Three Oaks Park.

Woot Woot!

Congratulations to all those high school seniors that graduated this week! This has been an extraordinary fifteen months for students and their families. Kudos to everyone that supported the community’s youth and their parents during these mind-boggling and unprecedented times. Our youth are our future. From the City of Winters, we wish each and every one of this year’s graduates the very best as they spread their wings, explore the world, and lead us into tomorrow. Congratulations!


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06/04/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
June 4, 2021

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

  • Yesterday, CalOSHA adopted revised workplace COVID-19 regulations, factoring in the rate of vaccinations. Those regulations are available here, and are under administrative law review. If approved, they will go into effect no later than June 15. Stay tuned for more information as we all figure out what this means….

JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

  • The City’s risk pool YCPARMIA is seeking a Fiscal Officer to responsible for full-cycle financial accounting and reporting functions for the agency. Compensation includes a competitive benefits package including CalPERS pension; the current salary of $69,654 - $84,665 is under review. The recruitment closes July 1. Please see more information here, and don’t be confused by the West Sacramento header; they are helping with the recruitment as Yolo County public agencies are members of YCPARMIA, and we all help each other in the Yolo Way.
  • Yolo Works is hosting a virtual job fair on June 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, please call (530) 666-2641 or visit yoloworks.com.
  • Tell your students, Winters restaurants and businesses are hiring. Some are offering signing bonuses, flexible schedules and more. Have them reach out to their favorite stores and restaurants. They can help expand businesses while earning money and building resumes!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Garage Sale of the Rich and Famous is Saturday, June 19, which brings lots of people to town for great deals and hidden treasures. What a great time to clean out the garage and the closet. Let Bruce Guelden know at (530) 795-4919 if you plan on participating.
  • Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 29. The developer for the Farmstead project on the North side of Grant across from E. Main will hold an evening Zoom workshop to present their concept for housing, park, and commercial space. Stay tuned for more information.

 Did You Know?

  • The pool opened for evening lap swim this week. More information is available at http://www.cityofwinters.org/swim-schedule/. Lane capacity has doubled. You must reserve a space and then can pay at the gate or use one of the new passes. Passes are also available at City Hall.

We are finalizing plans for the Winters Swim Team and swim lessons, which we hope to announce early next week through an eBlast. Once those programs are folded into the schedule and lifeguard certifications are completed, we’ll add in open recreation swim. Please note there will be changes to the open swim so that children 12 and under are accompanied by a sibling 16+ or an adult for safety reasons.

 

Upcoming Council Meeting

The City Council adopted the FY 21-22 budget Tuesday night, which should be posted to our website next week. The budget is now formatted in a new platform (OpenGov) for easy navigation and drill down. We are no longer producing a budget “book” as all the same information will be available and more accessible in this new electronic format.

The next Council meeting is June 15.

Woot Woot!

This week’s staff Woot! Woot! goes to Diana Tafolla for working so hard to organize our pool offerings this year, along with several new aquatic professional partners, Joedy Michael and Ricky Silva, and our new and returning pool staff. Together the team is pulling together new programs with best practices and swimmer safety in mind. While this year has been a transitional one in so many ways, we are very excited to begin to bring recreational programs and special events back.

And another Woot! Woot! goes out to the Winters community, and all the donors who generously donated to support so many hard working local nonprofits that support our community members. 98 Yolo nonprofits raised $1.5 million!!! A 15% increase from 2020 and a 75% increase from 2019. This last year was devastating to so many, and the generosity that sprang forth to help was tremendous. So hats off to you all.


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05/28/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
May 28, 2021

Greetings, all. On this eve of Memorial Day weekend, I would like to recognize all the people who serve, and have served, our country and our communities. Our deepest respect to the families and friends of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we may enjoy the freedoms and liberties they helped protect. May they live forever in our hearts. Semper Fi.

COVID-19

We remain in the Orange Tier because one of our metrics trended upwards last week, so the earliest we can leave Orange is June 6, remembering that the Governor has announced the tiers will be gone as of June 15.….

    The County’s vaccination clinics are regularly posted on the County’s website here. Or visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ , a national pharmacy chain location, or your medical provider network. Fully vaccinated people won’t need to wear masks in public after June 15. If that isn’t an incentive, according to the news, you might win a million dollars or some other prize!

Please Note:

   LAP SWIM WILL OPEN TUESDAY, JUNE 1!! Woot! Woot!  We are so excited to be able to take this initial step. To manage occupancy, all lap swimmers must reserve their time slot online, link here. Payment will be taken at the pool entrance (credit / debit cards only or a pass). We have doubled the number of people per lane. While school is in session (until June 10) lap swim will be in the evenings. All information is on the page linked above.

   We are onboarding lifeguards and a new pool manager, many of whom need to renew or obtain lifeguard certifications. Once that work is done, we will be able to phase in the swim team (June 21), swim lessons and open recreational swim time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this process and look forward to seeing you on the deck. We’ll have more updates each week.

 In the whoops category, please note that there will be no water feature in the new park under construction in the Winters Highland subdivision. It was removed from the design because of cost.

   The City’s draft Housing Element has been released. Documents are available at the library and at the Community Development Counter at City Hall. It is also available electronically on the City’s website here. The draft will be open for public comment until June 30th. Any questions or comments can be submitted in writing via email to maguire@cityofwinters.org or contact Dan at (530) 794-6718.

Don’t Miss Out!

This week’s section includes inspirational programming that will feed the heart, soul and mind…

   2021’s annual Juneteenth Celebration, themed “Still WE Rise,” goes virtual on Sunday, June 6 from 1:15-3:30 p.m. at: https://tinyurl.com/yolojuneteenth2021. This family friendly event will be recorded in Davis on DCTV and will feature a variety of entertainment and educational presentations by people from around the region. This year’s theme was selected by Juneteenth organizers to inspire community members to think critically about the world they live in and that they can make a difference. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, does not coincide with the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, but instead the day when the Proclamation was finally enforced in Texas, June 19, 1865, finally freeing the population of enslaved African Americans in that state.

   Join Yolo County Library’s virtual Summer Reading Program (SRP), themed Reading Colors Your World, from June 1 - August 14. Children, teens and adults can join by logging reading hours, earning prizes, and participating in special virtual programs and activities that will get everyone looking at the bright-colored world with new eyes.

All participants who register for the SRP at: https://yolocountylibrary.org/summer/ will receive a free book and themed activity bag and everyone who completes their summer reading challenge by earning 1,000 points will receive a free book and prize, plus an entry into a final drawing for additional prizes. In addition, adults who complete the SRP challenge can choose to have up to $10.00 in late fees that accrued before April 1, 2021 removed from their account in place of their finisher prize.

   The spirit of community collaboration and mutual aid thrives in Winters, as it does throughout the County. Taking care of each other, and understanding our interconnectedness makes Yolo County a special place to live and work. Please see the Palladium Group article here about the County, community-based groups, farmers and volunteers who came together to vaccinate the ag worker population.

Upcoming Council Meeting

We have a Council meeting on Tuesday, June 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda packet is linked here. There are a number of items on the consent calendar.  Under discussion staff will provide an update on potential funding for pedestrian and bicycle improvements to the I-505 overcrossing and Council will consider adopting next fiscal year’s operating budgets.

Woot Woot!

Friday, May 29, is Chaplain Robert Duvall and K9 Kepi’s last day as a volunteers with the Winters Police Department. Robert served nine years as a Chaplain and six years with K9 Kepi as the Winters Public Safety Crisis Intervention Team, the first such team sponsored by a law enforcement agency in the United States. Kepi’s special skill is to detect PTSD and people in extreme distress. Robert brought his passion for community service and the welfare of first responders across the State as an emergency responder at disaster sites and major fires. He was much appreciated by the Winters Police Department, Winters Fire Department, and our neighboring agencies, not to mention the 100’s of firefighters he met on the fire lines. Robert and Kepi will be recognized by the City Council at the July 20 Council meeting. Thank you, Robert and Kepi, for your service.

   Congratulations to all the graduates of the Solano Community College Fire Academy as they graduate Friday evening! We were happy to host the academy at the Public Safety Facility. Please join us in wishing all the graduates the very best as they launch their careers in public service. And a special congratulations to Aaron Mendoza, a current volunteer and son of Winters Fire Captain Art Mendoza and his wife Mary Lou who works as an accountant for the City of Winters. Public service runs strong in the Mendoza family!


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05/21/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 21, 2021

Greetings, all.

On the COVID-19 front, vaccination clinics continue around the county, as does speculation about state-wide COVID-19 regulations after June 15, when the Governor has indicated the State can fully re-open and the colored tiers go away. Here’s what we do know:

    • The State has not offered any indication what the mask mandate will be after June 15,
    • CalOSHA has delayed making a decision on the recent guidance from the CDC about how to balance vaccinations, masks, and workplace safety; and
    • Masks are still mandated inside (except when eating / drinking) and in all workplaces.

So unfortunately, we remain on hold awaiting guidance for the future. In the meantime, we keep moving forward on returning to normal activities based on current regulations, like….

In-person Council meetings! We expect to return to the Council Chambers for the July 6 Council meeting, AND incorporate Zoom participation to ensure everyone can participate as they prefer. We are working through the technology issues but expect to have those worked out by then. We will also work with the City’s various advisory committees and commissions to ascertain how best to transition committee work following June 15, so please stay tuned for more information.


Please Note:

The “Garage Sale of the Rich and Famous” is back on for Saturday, June 19th!! Yes, that’s Father’s Day weekend…Coordinated by Bruce Guelden, he has reserved some space at City Park for that Saturday and coordinates all the advertising. So, if you want to maximize your garage sale earnings, schedule your garage sale for June 19.  If you would like to reserve one of the few spots at City Park, contact Bruce Guelden at 530-795-4919.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

The Yolo County Resource Conservation District (YCRCD) has been working with the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services to start a countywide Yolo County Fire Safe Council (YCFSC), which will support local Fire Safe Councils; while the Solano Resource Conservation District has been working on the ground with local landowners affected by the LNU Complex Fire to start a Solano County Fire Safe Council; both are actively collaborating.

Working with the Winters Fire Department, we are holding a meeting at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 26 on Zoom.  At this meeting, we’ll give an update on the Yolo County FSC, and work being done by Solano RCD, and then move into “breakout rooms” based on location so that attendees can meet others in their area who wish to work together to start a local Fire Safe Council.  Breakout sessions will be moderated by RCD and California Fire Safe Council Staff.  Solano County/Pleasants Valley area residents are welcome to attend this meeting, although our main focus will be the Greater Winters Area.

To register for the meeting, please email Tanya Meyer, program manager at YCRCD, at meyer@yolorcd.org, and include your name and property location.

History buffs should check out the Friends of the Yolo County Archives and the wonderful programming they produce, like “Creating Neighborhoods in Historic Woodland.” I suspect this will offer great insights into how communities evolve through the generations, a process that never really stops…Visit their website at friendsyca.org and who knows what historical treasure trove you might learn about Winters…

Presentation Zoom link:
https://yolocounty.zoom.us/j/94353493531

 

In Other News…

Construction is moving along at Phase I of the future Three Oaks Park, which is being constructed by Homes By Town as part of the Winters Highland subdivision. A flyover was recently done and is available here. Phase I will offer a variety of amenities, including small and large dog parks, basketball court, picnic facilities, play structure, and water play feature. Once completed, the landscaping needs 90 days for establishment.

 

Aquatic interviews are under way and we are excited to see new and returning pool staff! Adult lap swim should open Tuesday, June 1, and we are working on options for the Swim Team, swim lessons and recreational swim times. The schedule will be posted soon, and it’s likely that programs will be added incrementally. The aquatic program is going through a transition, like much of City Hall, so we appreciate your patience.

 

Woot Woot!

This week’s Woot! Woot! goes out to our public safety employees for their professionalism and outstanding service given this week’s emergency activity…

A vegetation fire started Sunday evening north of Moody Slough Road at County Road 88 during gusty winds, which drove the grass fire toward a lone residence. Major kudos to Ofc Letterman and Sgt Hermosillo for their quick action to evacuate the residence, and the Winters Fire Department, Cal Fire and multiple responding agencies whose 30 fire fighters contained the fire to 17 acres in about an hour. We are happy to report the home was spared and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The rapid response is a testament to the value of mutual aid networks and preparedness.

Our public safety teams responded to two significant Hwy 128 accidents this week. The WFD responded to an accident involving a motorcycle and pick-up truck on the Napa side of the Monticello dam; unfortunately, the motorcyclist did not survive despite attempts on scene. And closer to town yesterday, a driver lost control of her vehicle, crashed, and was ejected into the adjacent canal. WFD, WPD, AMR and a nearby passerby worked to retrieve the individual out of the canal. She survived and was transported with serious injuries. Many thanks to the teams that responded to these incidents. The outcomes aren’t always positive but we are thankful for their efforts.

Winters PD was just notified that they expect to receive a $106,000 grant under CHP’s Impaired Driving Section, Cannabis Grants Unit, which will fund additional education about and enforcement for impaired driving. We haven’t been successful in recent years for this grant because of low incident rates in the City; however, last year saw three fatality accidents all of which included alcohol or drug-related impairments as either primary (2) or contributing (1) factors. Sadly, these tragedies have led to our successful application this year. So the Woot! Woot! goes to Sgt Hermosillo for his grant writing skills and WPD’s ongoing efforts to make Winters a safer community for all. Stay tuned for more information on the importance of safe and unimpaired driving…

Lastly, today’s Woot! Woot! goes to Public Works employee Adrian Garcia who fished a set a keys from a 2’ deep post hole at the dog park this morning, using an improvised line and hook. He fished out the keys allowing mom, kids, and dogs to continue their day. Public Works employees are often our unsung heroes, working with public safety at major incidents, keeping our critical facilities and infrastructure operational, and retrieving objects and small animals from holes and drains and out of trees (wait, maybe Fire still does that here…). A big shout out to the Winters staff that help make Winters a wonderful place to live, work and play.

 

 

 


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05/14/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 14, 2021

 

Greetings, all.  We have a Council meeting on May 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We are still Zooming while we work toward conducting a hybrid meeting that allows both in-person and Zoom participation. Cities are finding that participation in public meetings has increased with remote platforms, and we would like to be able to accommodate both options as we return to a new normal. Stay tuned as we figure out how to integrate our current cameras, new Granicus agenda platform and Zoom…

I would also like to highlight that the City Council will conduct a budget workshop for the FY 21-22 budget. Our current projections are that we will close out this fiscal year on June 30 in the positive, with revenues over expenditures by approximately $64,000. This is the first year in the last five that we do not expect to use reserves to close the books.

The expected budget surplus is due to several factors: the deep cuts that were made going into the current fiscal year in response to the pandemic and holding the line against unplanned expenses, balanced by accelerated housing construction that exceed projections by over $200,000 and higher property tax revenue.

The good news is that the economic recovery is happening faster than expected a year ago, although full recovery for sales taxes is not expected to achieve pre-pandemic levels for another year. Staff is proposing a balanced budget for FY 21-22, including a 5.7% increase in General Fund operations, prior to allocations to the Enterprise Funds. Staff is recommending the addition of two positions: a police officer position (to replace the sergeant position that was left vacant and unfunded as a budget saving for this year’s budget) and a new senior planner position. The current part-time planner is retiring this summer, and the full-time planner would oversee all planning, land use development and housing functions (blending the previous part-time planner and full-time housing and economic development manager positions). More detailed information is available in the staff report, which is available here.

 

COVID-19

  • The Pfizer vaccine is now available for children 12+. Yolo County residents 12-17, can get the Pfizer vaccine at any county-run clinic. There is a clinic Saturday at Holy Cross Church in West Sacramento (10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1321 Anna Street) and on Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Harper Junior Hight in Davis (4000 E. Covell Blvd). Sign up through MyTurn, or just show up; no appointment necessary.

 

  • The debate continues: Mask or no mask? We are all so anxious to be done with the pandemic, and just as quickly as the regulations changed going into and through the pandemic, there seems to be just as much conflicting regulatory language and guidance coming out of it. It mostly hinges on if people have been vaccinated, which is the most effective way to stop COVID-19. Currently, masks are required by the State and the County indoors except when eating and drinking. However, the State is considering the new CDC guidelines (note: not regulations) that the vaccinated can stop wearing masks, while the unvaccinated should wear them. County health officers update local regulations following updates from the State. The counties cannot be less restrictive than the State, but they can be more restrictive if local conditions warrant it.

In addition to State and County health orders, workplaces are required to follow OSHA (and CalOSHA) regulations, which currently require COVID Prevention Plans, which again mandate mask wearing indoors. CalOSHA is reconsidering its regulations next week. Stay tuned.

The morale of the story?  Please be patient as the rules change; please be considerate of others and wear a mask if required; and please remain vigilant against COVID-19. The virus is still here, and people are still getting sick. The last thing any of us want is to slide backwards.

 

Please Note:

  • Yolo County is looking for residents to participate in County Advisory Boards. Public involvement is essential to good governance; and joining an advisory body is an excellent way to get involved and learn more about local government, policy development, and the balancing act between resources and services. For more information on advisory bodies, specific vacancies, and to submit an application, visit: yolocounty.org (go to Government > Advisory Bodies) or call the Clerk of the Board’s office (530) 666-8195.
  • Please see the link below for the 1.5 hour webinar presented 4/26 by the Green Valley Fire Safety Council in Solano County and the Yolo County Fire Safety Council.  The presentation had a lot of really useful information and should be shared with anyone living in a fire-prone area. https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AKX18p4EtjcniNM&id=B52A9B6568F8CBEC%21217144&cid=B52A9B6568F8CBEC
  • As part of our wildfire fire prevention efforts, please get those weeds knocked down, and do so safely. Never mow or weed whack during windy conditions. Those activities are best done early in the morning during calm conditions. The City is proceeding with its weed abatement process. A public hearing will be held on May 18 for those parcels that have not abated their weeds, permitting the City to proceed with that abatement process and charge property owners through the property tax roll.
  • The Fire Department has issued its monthly newsletter for April, available here. The newsletter includes statistics, updates, news briefs, and more introductions to the many volunteers that devote their time serving the greater Winters community.


Upcoming Council Meeting

There is a Council meeting next Tuesday, May 18. The link to the packet is here. Please note the new format (Granicus platform) that provides links to various items and attachments, which makes navigating to items of interest that much easier. In addition to the budget, the City Council will conduct a hearing to declare certain parcels a nuisance as part of the annual weed abatement process, and continue the process for levying the annual assessment for the City’s city-wide maintenance assessment for landscaping and lighting. Finally, the current salary schedule for City employees will be amended to reflect my salary. The FY 21-22 schedule for all employees and any new positions is scheduled for June 1 when the final budget is considered for adoption.

Thanks to City Clerk Ashley Bussart for her work to upgrade our agenda management process. With two clicks she can publish the packet. We are still working on the streaming and video indexing piece and how that integrates with Zoom. Stay tuned for those features.

 

Woot Woot!

 A big shout out the Winters Fire and Police Departments for responding to a swift water rescue operation on Wednesday that ended successfully when the woman was plucked out of the creek by a CHP helicopter crew. Multiple agencies were involved in responding to and covering the City of Winters while our team was at the creek. Personnel and agencies that responded included Winters Fire (Chief Lopez, Captain Baumgart, and firefighters Justin Rominger, Miguel Zaragoza and Brett Peterson) Winters Police (Chief Miller and Officer Shadman), AMR medic unit, Yolo Sheriff’s Office,  CHP H30 Helo, Vacaville City Fire, Vacaville Fire Protection District, Dixon Fire, Yocha De He Fire and UC Davis Fire who provided coverage for the City of Winters.

The woman had been kayaking and was swept downstream until she was caught on a tree hanging across the creek. Thankfully, she was wearing a lifejacket and wasn’t severely injured. Please see the

link below for the news video that aired on Fox 40. https://fox40.com/news/local-news/first-responders-rescue-woman-stranded-in-putah-creek/

  • It’s National Police Officer Week when we commemorate the service law enforcement personnel provide to our communities. Officers put their lives on the line for the residents they serve every day, and two in California were killed in the line of duty last week. We honor them and their families, and all the sworn, non-sworn and volunteers in law enforcement that work hard every day on our behalf.

While discussions regarding reforms, social justice, racism and implicit bias continue, it is important to remember that generalizations and stereotypes aren’t appropriate toward any class, characteristic, community or profession. We also remain committed to ensuring interactions between the public and law enforcement are handled professionally, without bias, and with everyone’s safety the number one priority. In my short time here, there have been several situations that could have escalated but didn’t; and I would like to recognize Chief Miller and his team at the Winters Police Department for their dedication and hard work. They are a diverse group of men and women committed to the community’s safety and wellbeing. Thank you for your service.


September 2021

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Events for October

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-Calendar
-City Clerk
-City Council
-City Council Agendas
-City Council Meeting Recordings
-City Manager
-City Manager's Update
-Community Development
-Human Resources
-Fire Department
-Police Department
-Website Posting Requirements
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