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04/14/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging

Meeting Info
♦  04/14/2021 Agenda / Packet

Teleconference via Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88098197361?pwd=Ty8rclVVckxhZkpWclJ6V2M4ZzhrQT09
Meeting ID: 880 9819 7361
Passcode: 991915

 


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04/09/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
I-505 Overcrossing Project Fact Sheet Final (pdf)
April 9, 2021

Greetings, all. This is an early edition of the Friday Update. Leading off, City Hall will open to walk-in traffic on Monday, April 12! With our health metrics holding steady and more people vaccinated, City Hall’s main entrance and the front lobby of the Public Safety Facility will open at 8 a.m.

We have made a few changes, however, to our schedule to provide more consistent service balanced with building safety.

  • ♦ City Hall hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; however,
    ♦ City Hall will close alternating Fridays, beginning Friday, April 16; and
    ♦ City Hall will close for lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Police, Fire and Public Works Departments will continue their current staffing schedules; a senior staff member will be available in town during the week, including Fridays.

The modified City Hall schedule will allow employees to take the same 9/80 day off and lunch break so that we can provide more consistent service when the doors are open. For years, employees have had the option of working 9-hour days so they can take the 10th day off in the two-week pay period. Most employees alternate their day off on Friday so only a handful of the 8 office staff assigned to City Hall are onsite on Fridays, likewise during the lunch hour. Having everyone take the same day off and lunch break at the same time will allow for more consistent staffing when we are open.

The City Hall closure and City holiday schedule will be posted on the doors and online in English and Spanish. It is available here on the City’s website. We recognize this change may be initially inconvenient; however, my hope is that with more consistent staffing and other improvements underway, given our small size, the community will find our service levels improve.

As always, to reach City Hall by phone, please call (530) 795-4910. Or visit http://www.cityofwinters.org/contact/ for staff contact information.

COVID-19

♦ The State of California has prepared a helpful table of guidelines by color coded Covid-19 tier, which is available here. Yolo County remains in the Orange Tier, which allows for more indoor and outdoor activities. This table will be updated periodically as the State updates its regulations.

♦ If we continue with our downward trend, or hold steady at current metrics, Yolo County could enter the Yellow Tier by April 21! Informal outdoor gatherings can increase to 100 people, just in time for the warm weather and downtown activities. However, please continue to wear masks downtown when others are around, inside, and when not eating or drinking. The more infectious variants are gaining traction and we don’t want to slide backwards….

♦ Covid-19 vaccination FAQ information is available on the City’s website here in English, Spanish and Russian. Please feel free to print, post and distribute. COVID testing, vaccination, mask wearing and social distancing if not vaccinated are all mitigation measures that together will help control spreading the virus.

♦ Finally, the Governor has announced the goal of lifting all color coded Covid tiers on June 15, provided health metrics continue trending in a positive direction. However, mask mandates will likely be required when out in public, and there may be regulations for large public gatherings related to vaccination verification and COVID testing…

♦ Yolo County has opened COVID vaccine eligibility to 50+ years of age and to individuals 16+ beginning April 15. Supplies are still very limited but are expected to increase significantly over the course of the month so please continue to make appointments through local pharmacies, your medical provers, or a public clinic.

♦ COVID-19 testing is still a critical way to control the virus spread among asymptomatic people. Free testing is available at the Winters Community Center on a walk-in basis every Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 201 Railroad.

Please Note:

The Building Division will begin in-person counter hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Building Official will be on-site on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the day. Building Official appointments are strongly encouraged by calling (530) 794-6708 or emailing Division@cityofwinters.org. The team is updating the over the counter permit program, which we hope to roll out in the near future.

To schedule a building inspection, please call (530) 794-6708. That line is answered Monday – Open Fridays. If you need to leave a message, please include your name, contact number, permit number, address for the inspection, day requested, and whether morning or afternoon is preferred. Our City Clerk Ashley Bussart is assisting with phone coverage while the inspector is in the field, so you may reach her if you call the Building Division.

Don’t Miss Out!

♦ Please participate in the survey for the updated Housing Element, which will expire on Monday, April 12. Your input is critically important. More information is available here in English and Spanish.

♦ Friends of the County Archives have some wonderful online programming if you’re looking for remote entertainment from the safety of your front porch or recliner. Please visit friendsyca.org/news/newsletter for more information. There are also recently posted presentations available through YouTube if you would like to learn more about Yolo County’s history and unsung heroes.

♦ Yolo County is looking for interested residents to apply for a variety of different boards and commissions. Joining an advisory body is a great way to get involved and contribute to the region. Please visit yolocounty.org (go to Government > Advisory Bodies) for more information.

♦ Watch for City of Winters recruitments in the near future for Planning Commission and Senior Commission on Aging. Both have seats opening up as terms end for several commissioners. Availability may depend on re-appointment requests.

♦ The City is working to open the pool for the summer season, albeit a bit late due to Covid regulations and limited funding for this fiscal year. We will open recruitments for a pool manager and lifeguards next week so if you or someone you know is interested in a summer pool job, please watch for the announcement. Our goal is to open for adult lap swim by June 1 and to include funding for pool operations in the next fiscal year budget, beginning July 1.

 Did You Know?

  • ♦ The Fire Department’s March newsletter is available online here. Thank you to Mariani Nut for assisting with new training equipment!
  • ♦ Construction at Three Oaks Park is moving along. The landscaped areas require a 90-day maintenance period to get established, during which the contractor will close access to the area. The contractor is required to replace any damaged or unhealthy plants during that time frame. We expect the equipment in and the park to open around the end of July.
  • ♦ The City of Winters and County of Yolo are working hard to secure funding for improving the I-505 overpass at Grant Avenue to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists between the El Rio Villa neighborhood and Matsumoto Lane. This $10 million project is a high priority for the City, County, and Caltrans. Please thank the City Council, Supervisor Saylor, Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry and Congressman Garamendi for their leadership and support to secure state and federal funding for this critical project. We are still short over $9 million dollars to fund the project; however, the significant interest at the State and Federal level to support this project has been very positive. More detailed information follows this update below. The proposed schedule is contingent upon funding.
  • ♦ Chevron is demolishing its existing building to make way for its new storefront. The new store will open when frontage improvements have been completed and accepted by Caltrans. (Grant Avenue / Hwy 128 is a state highway under Caltrans’ jurisdiction).

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is April 20. The agenda will include a request to modify the Main Street closure hours to better align with weekend activities; a discussion regarding the fireworks show and booth sales; and an update on opening the Boobie Greenwood aquatic center.

Woot Woot!

A big shout out to the Police Department and our newest officer, Ofc Shadman, with his keen observation and quick reflexes noticed a double parked car that seemed out of place downtown early one morning . A quick pursuit ended safely, and four people were apprehended for catalytic converter thefts. The one tossed out the window pretty much sealed the arrest. None were local residents. This falls into the category of “Not in My Town!” Well done, Ofc. Shadman and PD!


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04/06/2021 City Council Meeting

Meeting Instructions 04/06/2021 -

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

To join this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89864111276?pwd=LzVJRmlPbWloOUNiY2xsdS9qaWhnQT09

Meeting ID: 870 1585 3224
Passcode: 824850

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

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

 


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04/02/2021 City Manager’s Condensed Friday Update

Good afternoon, all. Please see the condensed version of the Friday update below. City Hall closed at noon for Good Friday and the sunshine is beckoning….Happy Easter!

  • -Yolo County has announced that COVID vaccines are now available through WalMart and Costco. There are limited supplies so the County will focus on underserved and hard to reach populations while the provide providers (pharmacies, medical networks, etc) focus on others.

Check out Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302
Check out Costco: https://www.costco.com/covid-vaccine.html

  • -There is a Council meeting this coming Tuesday, April 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. It will be preceded by a closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations. The open session agenda has a number of items likely of interest to the community, including City Hall’s reopening plan. Given limited onsite staffing, staff is recommending that Council consider a new schedule for employees and City Hall. Currently, most staff work a 9/80 schedule alternating Fridays off, which means very few staff are in the building on Fridays and the phones ring unanswered. The recommendation is that staff modify their schedules so everyone has the same Friday off and City Hall closes every other Friday. This change would not affect Police, Fire or Public Works. I’ve also asked Council to consider a lunch closure from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for similar reasons; only a handful of people are in the building mid-day. The packet will soon be available on the city’s website at www.cityofwinters.org.
  • -Regardless of schedule, City Hall will re-open for walk in service beginning Monday, April 12. The lobby is very small so only one person may be in the lobby at a time; we continue to encourage people to continue to use the drop off box for utility payments and connect with staff via phone and email.
  • -The Building Division will implement new service hours beginning April 12. The Building Official will be onsite Tuesday and Thursdays. He and the inspector will be available at the counter Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9a.m. – 12 p.m. for consultations. The over the counter permit program is getting updated and will be rolled out to the community as soon as it is ready. Building inspections are available Monday – Thursday. Please call 530-794-4708 to schedule an appointment or an inspection. When leaving a message for an inspection, please be sure to provide your name, permit number, the location for the inspection, the date requested, and whether morning or afternoon is preferred.
  • -The Yolo County Friends of the Archives has some great programming. Please follow them at www.friendsyca.org.

Best, Kathleen


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03/26/2021 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager's Update (pdf)
March 26, 2021

  • -Greetings, all. It is glorious out! I hope everyone can soak up the sun this weekend and enjoy the fresh air. And we’re in the Orange Tier! which means fewer restrictions for indoor activities, occupancy levels, and gatherings. For more information, please click here.  On a related note, the downtown area is getting lively. Come visit your favorite shops, restaurants and tasting rooms, and help our local businesses recover from the pandemic.

A quick note: I was off last Thursday and Friday, hence no Friday update. Given next week’s holidays, as noted below, there will be no Update next week.

COVID-19

  • -Yolo County is preparing to extend COVID-19 vaccines to 50+ by April 1 and 16+ by April 15, consistent with the Governor’s recent order. Stay tuned as more information is available. For information about the efficacy of the vaccines and public vaccination clinics, please see the link here. If you’re on the hunt for a vaccine, please register with your medical provider (if you haven’t already) and monitor pharmacies and public vaccination clinics.

Please Note:

  • -Valley Clean Energy (VCE) would like customers to be aware of potential utility bill scams. Customers have reported receiving calls stating that the customer’s third-party energy provider is overcharging them. VCE’s rates match PG&E’s rates on the electric bill, so customers are not being overcharged for electricity. Please be aware that:
  • -VCE will not call you or go door-to-door to ask you for personal information, including your PG&E account number, bank account information or Social Security Number.
  • -Be cautious of people requesting to come into your home pretending to represent a utility company, unless you have booked the appointment and are certain the representative is from the utility company.
  • Contact VCE or PG&E directly for information about your electric account (PG&E for gas), or to pay your bill.
  • -Contact the police for any suspicious activity.

You can reach VCE’s Customer Care team at 1-855-699-8232 Monday-Friday 7am-7pm. PG&E can be reached at 1 (800) 743-5000.

  • -City Hall will be closed Wednesday, March 31, for Cesar Chavez Day. Established in 2014 as a federal holiday, City Hall celebrates the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez on this day and the values of social justice and human dignity for all, values that are imbedded in the Winters community.
  • -City Hall will also close on Friday, April 2, at noon for employees to celebrate Good Friday, an important day in the Christian faith before Easter Sunday.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • -Registration is open for the Winters After School Program, which serves students from Kindergarten to 5th grade, after school until 6 p.m. The program operates from Waggoner Elementary School; children from Shirly Rominger are bussed over daily. The program includes academic assistance, reading, enrichment, recreation and a healthy snack. Tuition varies based on family income, from $120 / month to $50 / month. There is a $25 / month discount per sibling. Reduced fees are subject to documentation from the School District regarding the school lunch program. For more information, please see http://www.cityofwinters.org/wasp-sign-up/.
  • -Munchkin Summer Camp registration has started!  Sign up online at http://www.cityofwinters.org/msc-sign-up/ or pick up a packet in front of City Hall.
  • -2 sessions: June 21-July 9 & July 12-July 30
  • -Monday-Friday 8am - 3pm
  • -Breakfast, lunch and snack included daily
  • -While at camp students will enjoy: academics, enrichment, STEM, recreation, reading and more!
  • -Tuition varies from $250 a student per session to $125 per session for those receiving free lunch (must turn in the 2020-21 school lunch letter to receive the discount).
  • -For more information, please see http://www.cityofwinters.org/munchkin-summer-camp/

 

-The City is updating its Housing Element and needs your input! Please visit the City’s website to review a pre-recorded presentation and participate in the survey, which is available here.

Please note, the Housing Element identifies potential locations for housing development in order to meet the State’s mandated housing production goals for the City of Winters, and establishes policies to help reduce barriers to housing. Any and all development projects would need to follow the appropriate development process, including the area north of Moody Slough that is covered by the voter approved Measure A. Last November 2018 City voters approved a measure that stipulates that no development in the area north of Moody Slough and in the unincorporated City Sphere of Influence may occur until a community-based specific plan is prepared and approved by the voters. At this time, funds have not been identified to support that specific planning process, and work has not yet begun. Therefore, although the northern area is zoned to support housing, any projects would need to wait for a specific plan to be approved first.

  • -The Putah Creek Council is coordinating community creek clean up projects for April 3rd and 10th at Winters Nature Park and Dry Creek. For more information, please visit the Putah Creek Council website at putahcreekcouncil.org and click on the event calendar.

 Did You Know?

  • -As the region begins to explore the creation of a Fire Safety Council, there are excellent resources to help property owners mitigate fire risk, such as the brochure prepared by the California Fire Safe Council available here. Led by the Yolo County Resource Conservation District, more information about creating a local Fire Safety Council is available on the RCD website.
  • -Construction at Blue Mountain Terrace Apartments is moving along. The apartments are expected to open in May and will now include a generator that will power the complex’s community room to support residents in the event of a power shut-off. Blue Mountain Terrace is a 63-unit affordable housing project for seniors 62 and older and disabled adults. For more information or to be placed on an interest list, please visit the City’s website at http://projects.cityofwinters.org/blue-mountain-terrace/ or contact the project manager at (866) 666-0350.
  • -Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) offers free Medi-Cal and Covered California enrollment assistance, which may be particularly helpful for any business owners or employees whose hours have been affected by the pandemic this year. Assistance is offered in English, Spanish, Russian, and Farsi. For more information, please click here or call (916) 572-0560.

 Upcoming Council Meeting

  • -The next City Council meeting is April 6 and will include several topics of interest to the community, including the City Hall reopening plan and an update on funding through the American Rescue Plan for the City of Winters. City Hall will reopen to walk in service on Monday, April 12.

Yolo United Against Hate

My final thoughts for today: On March 24, I listened to a YED talk sponsored by Yolo County officials and stakeholders about racism and xenophobia that continue to plague our communities. The video is available here. The stories shared by people from the Asian American Pacific Islander community were quite moving; please take the time to listen to them.

For those who haven’t directly experienced racism, xenophobia or white supremacy, it might be easy to not realize how racism impacts and undermines institutional structures, community relationships, and even our economy.  However, our community peace, harmony and economic wellbeing depend on stamping out all vestiges of racism, intolerance and discrimination. The City Council passed a resolution in 2017 declaring its support for an inclusive community and did so again this month when it passed a resolution condemning racism, violence and hateful speech against the AAPI community. I am proud to serve a Council and a community that supports and celebrates its diversity as Winters does.


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MEDIA ALERT: Yolo County Moves to the Orange Tier for the First Time March 24

County of  Yolo - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
English (pdf)
Spanish (pdf)

GREAT NEWS, everyone! Who knew orange could be such a welcome relief!

Consistent with health guidance, masks are still required in public except when dining, and social distancing is still a priority, so we don’t see the COVID metrics start to go in the opposite direction as they are elsewhere in the country.

Please monitor vaccine eligibility; the more people are vaccinated, the greater chance we have to stay ahead of the virus’ spread.

Stay safe,

Kathleen

Kathleen Salguero Trepa
City Manager


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City of Winters Planning Commission Meeting Notice of Cancellation 03/23/2021

Notice of Cancellation (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission Meeting of Tuesday, March 23, 2021 is hereby canceled.

The meeting is being adjourned to the next regular Planning Commission Meeting held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 6:30 PM Teleconference via Zoom.


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MEDIA ALERT: Additional Groups Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines in Yolo County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2021
Contact: Jenny Tan, Public Information Officer
Work Cell: (530) 908-0186
English (pdf)
Spanish (pdf) 

Additional Groups Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines in Yolo County

(Woodland, CA) – Following the State of California’s announcement to provide vaccinations to those deemed highest risk, Yolo County will begin expanding its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination efforts on March 15 to include individuals with certain severe health conditions or disabilities, those living or working in high-risk congregate residential settings and public transit workers, including airport workers for commercial airlines. In addition, all janitorial staff, couriers of vaccines and emergency supplies, utility workers who respond to emergencies, massage therapists, social workers, activated disaster service workers, and library staff working on site are eligible for a vaccine under the State’s updated guidelines.

Individuals aged 16-64 will be considered eligible for a vaccination if they have one or more of the following severe health conditions:

  • ♦Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • ♦Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • ♦Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • ♦Down syndrome
  • ♦Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • ♦Pregnancy
  • ♦Sickle cell disease
  • ♦Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathy (but not hypertension)
  • ♦Severe obesity (body mass index greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2)
  • ♦Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

OR if as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability one or more of the following applies:

  • ♦The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
  • ♦Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
  • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability.

The County recommends that residents with these health conditions or disabilities reach out to their healthcare providers first, who already have access to the resident’s medical record, for vaccination options, though the County will be vaccinating these individuals at County clinics where a verification of diagnosis or disability will not be required but residents will be asked to attest that they qualify. Residents aged 16-64 with severe health conditions or disabilities who are homebound may call 211 Yolo or toll free at (855) 866-1783 to sign up for an in-home vaccine.

For individuals who live or work in a high-risk congregate residential setting, site managers should be working directly with Yolo County Public Health for on-site vaccinations. For the other newly eligible groups, please check for vaccination options at the County’s website: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.

“Individuals with certain underlying medical conditions and disabilities are more likely to experience severe COVID-19 or die from COVID-19, which is why they are being prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccines,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “However, it is important to keep in mind that while we are expanding the number of people who are eligible for vaccine, the vaccine supply is not increasing. Not everybody who is eligible will be able to receive a vaccine right away.”

So far, Yolo County has administered 15,798 first doses to residents, including hosting clinics for agricultural workers and childcare providers and even providing in-home vaccines for homebound seniors. Including healthcare providers, such as Sutter Health, UC Davis Health, Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, CommuniCare and Elica Health Centers, more than 44,000 Yolo County residents have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about Yolo County’s COVID-19 vaccine and distribution process, visit https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine. Residents can call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. Follow Yolo County on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YoloCounty or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.

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03/16/2021 City Council Meeting


PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

To join this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89864111276?pwd=LzVJRmlPbWloOUNiY2xsdS9qaWhnQT09

Meeting ID: 898 6411 1276 
Passcode: 750681

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

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

 


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03/12/2021 City Manager’s Update

CITY MANAGER'S UPDATE (pdf)
March 12, 2021

Greetings, all.  As COVID metrics improve, we at City Hall are preparing to open lobby doors by moving staff back into areas to support the public in person. Once open, we will maintain safety protocols by continuing to require masks and social distancing. Only one person in the lobby will be permitted at a time, so appointments will still be encouraged for the Building Division and to see other staff.  We strongly encourage that utility payments continue to be dropped into the drop box while we work toward online billing and payments. Following server and software upgrades, we are configuring our phone system to reflect current staffing to make it easier to reach us by phone.  We appreciate your patience as we organize ourselves to better serve the community.

COVID-19

  • ♦Tracking how our COVID Tiers are assigned has become a more complicated task; the good news is that the Yolo County metrics are trending in the right direction, so we are rapidly approaching entering the Orange Tier, which will hopefully be authorized by the State in the near future. Orange allows for more indoor occupancy, more sports, and more fun. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.
  • ♦While the vaccine roll out is picking up pace, Health Officials at all levels still strongly recommend, and mandates require, mask wearing and social distancing, even if people have been vaccinated. In addition, while research shows the vaccines are highly effective in preventing illness, research is still underway to understand how effective the vaccines are against the spread of virus. Vaccinated people may be asymptomatic and still be able to spread the virus. It is critical that even vaccinated people continue to get tested to help prevent infecting others.
  • ♦Mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing are still the primary ways to prevent the spread of COVID while we collectively work toward a sufficient level of herd immunity to control the virus spread. Please continue to wear masks in public places and avoid indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people or those outside of your household bubble.
  • ♦For more information about testing locations, please see the link here. Free testing is still available at the Community Center on Fridays, no appointment necessary.
  • ♦For information about vaccines, vaccination sites and who is currently eligible, please see the link here.


Please Note:

  • ♦The City’s building and code enforcement division is staffed by Mark C. Woods as interim building official and Dan Cahill who provides inspection and permit technician services. Both are part of the Bureau Veritas team under a contract approved by the City Council to provide services following recent staff vacancies.

Mark is a certified Building Official with over 36 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, including ten years working for small agencies in Sonoma County.  Dan retired in 2018 from Sonoma County following 30 years of service in Building and Code Enforcement. He is a certified building and plumbing inspector and most recently assisted the City of Santa Rosa with post-fire recovery and rebuilding following the Tubbs Fire as part of a Bureau Veritas service contract.

  • ♦The Building Division provides services Monday – Thursday and is currently available by appointment by calling (530) 794-6708 or by emailing division@cityofwinters.org.
  • ♦Help keep Winters blight free! Please report graffiti on public property by contacting Public Works at 530-795-4291. We ask that graffiti on private property be removed / painted over within 48 hours to avoid attracting any more “tags.”


Don’t Miss Out!

  • ♦That State of California will open a competitive grant opportunity to support non-profit cultural institutions impacted by COVID-19 on March 16 for one week only! Funds are through a new relief package that includes a $50 million allocation for non-profit cultural institutions. More information is available at the link here. Information regarding free webinars for potential applicants is available here.

Thank you to the Winters Chamber of Commerce for sharing this information. For more information about technical assistance, grant opportunities and the such, please visit the Chamber website at www.winterschamber.com.

  • ♦Yolo County is hosting a virtual job fair series on March 23 and March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help connect job seekers with potential employers. For more information and to register, visit YoloWorks.


Did You Know?

  • ♦Did you know that Winters’ municipal water supply is from wells? The Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency (YSGA) manages underground water resources and is developing a plan to ensure groundwater sustainability in Yolo County from now until 2042. The plan will describe the current state of the groundwater basin and illustrate how sustainability will be achieved moving forward. The plan is due January 31, 2022.

One of the draft chapters is now available for public review at the link here. YSGA is soliciting feedback on Draft Chapter 2 – Basin Setting – through a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KB7DXYV. The survey will be open until April 12, 2021. Questions, comments, concerns, and general feedback can also be provided via e-mail at info@yolosga.org.

  • ♦The Winters Fire Department has begun a monthly newsletter that provides information on monthly call activity, equipment updates, and staffing information. Newsletters are available at http://www.wintersfire.org/newsletters/ .
  • ♦The Winters Police Department reports recent scam activity by individuals indicating significant sums of money are owed to a government agency. Please do not fall victim to anyone who calls or emails requesting money!


Upcoming Council Meeting

  • ♦The March 16 Council meeting is full of honorary presentations. Please join us to recognize two recently retired staff, Karla Ferguson and Tracy Jensen, who will receive proclamations for their years of dedicated service to the community. The Council will also recognize public safety employees Miguel Zaragoza, Kitsia Pelayo, Sgt. Kelly McCoy, Ofc. Darin Cueto, and Ofc. Thomas Letterman for their exemplary service. New officers Kyle Shadman and Brandon Kennedy and Community Service Officer Andrea Gonzalez will also be sworn in by the City Council. Please join me in recognizing these employees for their service and welcoming our newest staff into the Winters’ family.
  • ♦Under the Consent Calendar, the Council will also consider agreements with Telstar Instruments for well repairs and Van Lant and Frankhanel for audit services, a grand deed for the dedication of Right-of-Way for the Winters Highlands (Stones Throw) subdivision, Phase II, and an amendment to the Conflict of Interest Code reflecting position changes and adding the Building Official. There are no discussion items scheduled.


Woot Woot!

  • ♦A guerilla gardener shared that the Community Center is another location for their flower bombing. The daffodils and tulips are coming up. The daffodil variety is none other than “Trumpets of Hope!” Here’s hoping we can return to some semblance of normal soon!

To learn more about our new officers Shadman and Kennedy as well as CSO Gonzalez, please visit the Departments Behind the Badge landing page at http://www.winterspolice.org/behind-the-badge-who-we-are/


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03/15/2021 Winters Putah Creek Committee Meeting

Agenda:  03/15/2021 / Natural Resources Commission

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Community Garden at Walnut Park Applications

We are accepting sign-ups for our community garden at Walnut Park!

Read carefully the rules and procedures before signing. Understand that failure to follow the rules may result in termination of this agreement and forfeiture of any payments that have been made. Payment is due when turning in sign up form. Make check or money order payable to: Winters Community Garden
Gardener(s) must attend workshops / orientation on the garden procedures, safety, composting, organic gardening before working in the garden and receiving the gate combinations/key.

Lea detenidamente las reglas y procedimientos antes de firmar. Comprenden que si no se siguen las reglas pueden resultar en la terminación de este acuerdo y decomiso de todos los pagos realizados.
El Pago vence con esta aplicación. Hace un cheque o giro postal de pagar a: Winters Community Garden
Jardinero(s) debe asistir a talleres / orientación sobre los procedimientos de jardín, seguridad, compostaje, orgánicos de jardinería antes de trabajar en el jardín y recibir la puerta combinaciones o clave.


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City of Winters Charging Stations Project – Request for Quotes

This post is valid 03/09/2021 to 03/19/2021

City of Winters is looking for companies that are interested in providing a quote on an upcoming project. The project consists of installing a total of four car charging stations at two different locations. Attached is the scope of work that includes design for permitting, a set of plans for one location that is all new and a photo of the existing location that needs to be changed over and relocated.

The City will purchase the chargers from Blink which will include one fast charger and three dual level 2 chargers.

Quotes must all be at prevailing wage.

If you have any questions please email or call Eric Lucero at eric.lucero@cityofwinters.org / 530-681-1529.

See the documents below (pdf) for further information:

♦ Project Scope of Work

♦ Blink IQ200

♦ Blink DC Fast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

♦ Chargers-Location 2


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AB1600 Annual Report

AB1600 Annual Report Development Impact Fees Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2020 (pdf)

Government Code Section 66006 requires local agencies to submit an annual report detailing the status of development impact fees. The annual report must be made available to the public within 180 days of the close of the fiscal year and be presented to the public agency (City Council) at a regularly scheduled public meeting no sooner than 15 days after the report is made available to the public.
This report summarizes the following information for each of the development impact fee programs:
• A brief description of the fee program
• A schedule of fees
• Beginning and Ending fund balances of the fee program
• Disbursement Information

Read more HERE

 


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03/10/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

03/10/2021 Agenda / Packet

Zoom Meeting Info

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Meeting ID# 880 9819 7361
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03/05/2021 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

  • ⇒Yolo County and private partners are working hard to get vaccines into arms. Major kudos to Winters Health Care for their recent drive through clinics and collaboration with St Anthony’s Church. Please visit the County’s COVID Vaccine Landing Page for more information about eligibility and availability, call 211, or continue to check in with your own medical network.  If you work within emergency services, childcare, education, or food and agriculture industries, or are over the age of 65, you are eligible now.


Please Note:

  • ⇒Stones Throw has been granted permission to erect scaffolding at four addresses on Taylor and West Main Street this Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to prepare for the stucco sub-contractor who has been scheduled to begin work next week.
  • ⇒Walk up services will resume beginning Monday, March 8, at the County’s service center at 111 E. Grant Avenue in Winters. More information regarding available services is at the County’s Welfare Services webpage or by calling (855) 278-1594.
  • ⇒Maintenance at Bobbie Greenwood Aquatic Center is underway to repair the pump and ready the pool for use. City staff are reviewing current COVID regulations and outlining operating guidelines and funding options to present to the City Council later in March or April.


Don’t Miss Out!

  • ⇒The City is updating its Housing Element of the General Plan, as required by the State of California every eight years. Staff and the consultant have prepared a pre-recorded video presentation and community survey in English and Spanish to help educate the public on the importance of updating the Element and what is means for Winters. Our own Leticia Quirarte of the Hispanic Advisory Committee provided the Spanish voice over for the presentation.

Please visit the City’s website at http://www.cityofwinters.org/housing-element-update/ to watch the video and take the survey. Your input will help us finalize an updated draft Housing Element, which will be circulated for public review. A second live workshop will be scheduled later in the Spring to present the draft Element. At this point we anticipate that workshop will be a Zoom presentation, depending on COVID guidance. The final draft will be considered by both the Planning Commission and City Council later this spring and summer.


Did You Know?

Senior Alert! The City received a $178,000 Prop 68 Park Grant for various improvements at Blue Oak and Valley Oak Parks. Including the City’s match of $44,500, the funds will be used for a variety of new equipment and park amenities. A portion of the funds have been earmarked to install wellness equipment at Valley Oak Park, which Public Works installed this week. Go, team! The equipment is designed with seniors in mind and includes 4 fitness stations along the perimeter sidewalk that circles the park.

The older play structure for 5 – 12 year olds will also be replaced in the next few months. Valley Oak Park is located at 704 Valley Oak Drive.

At Blue Oak Park, the swing area will be converted to a new half-court basketball court, and the current play structure will be replaced with two structures, one each that is designed for either younger or older children. New swings will be installed as well. The play area will include overhead lights, new BBQs, and a water efficient irrigation controller that allows for remote irrigation programming sensitive to weather conditions. Stay tuned for more information as that work is scheduled.

As the vaccines roll out and the weather warms up, we hope to see people using the new equipment. Please bring your own hand sanitizer or wipes, and remember to wash or sanitize hands after using shared equipment. This is particularly important for children for which vaccines are not available and can frequently be asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus.

  • ⇒For those of you following regional events and governance, Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock is resigning this month to accept a position as the President and CEO of Rural County Representatives of California. Patrick has been the highly regarded County Administrator for 11 years and we wish him well with his future endeavors as he continues to advocate for and serve rural California. The Board of Supervisors recently announced that Assistant County Administrator Daniel Kim will serve as Interim Administrator until a permanent Administrator is selected. Welcome, Daniel!


Upcoming Council Meeting

  • ⇒No Council meeting next week. The next one is March 16 and will include honorary activities introducing new police officers, recognizing stand-out public safety employees, and presenting proclamations to Karla Ferguson and Tracy Jensen. The rest of the agenda is under development.

 

Woot Woot!

Winters Fire Department and AMR personnel responded to a medical emergency Monday evening for an unresponsive elderly woman. Family had already initiated CPR, which Engine 26 and AMR 334 personnel took over when they arrived. After 16 minutes of CPR and advanced lifesaving intervention, they were able to restore a pulse on scene before transporting her to a local medical facility. Two firefighters traveled with the patient to assist with care. Our good thoughts, prayers and crossed fingers are with the family, hoping for a positive outcome. Kudos to Captains Mendoza and Baumgart, Firefighter Mays and the AMR 334 personnel for their heroic efforts to save a life.

The Guerilla Gardeners are an excellent example of Winters’ community spirit and the value of volunteer contributions. These gardeners donate their time and resources beautifying planters at various locations downtown, including City Hall, the Post Office, the Winters Museum, Steddy Eddy’s and the Judy Tree Corner at Main & Railroad.  They recently planted the planters that are part of the Main Street barricades, which really helps set a welcoming ambiance for visitors. You can find the group on Facebook: Winters Guerilla Gardeners. If you would like to donate to this community effort, donations are accepted at First Northern Bank on Main Street. A hearty thank you to all those Guerilla Gardeners!


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OPTUMServe COVID-19 Testing Site March 2021

Covid 19 Testing Sites, March 2021


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Yolo County Vaccinating Education Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2021

Contact: Jenny Tan, Public Information Officer
Work Cell: (530) 908-0186

English (pdf)
Spanish (pdf) 

Yolo County Vaccinating Education Workers

County Partners with School Districts and Dignity Health to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines

Woodland, CA - Yolo County is expediting access to COVID-19 vaccination doses for individuals who work in education. This week, the County reserved 20 percent, or 800 doses, of its current available vaccine supply for education. To quickly distribute vaccines to this industry, the County partnered with the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE), the county’s five school districts, Woodland Community College, as well as Dignity Health Woodland Clinic, one of the nation’s largest health care systems.

Dignity Health Woodland Clinic is operating private clinics February 26 and 27 to vaccinate education workers already in classrooms or on-campus or who will be returning soon. YCOE and the county’s five school districts provided the names of qualifying staff to Dignity Health Woodland Clinic to schedule appointments. Individuals in education qualify for vaccine prioritization based on their occupational health exposure. Individuals already reporting to work on campuses were offered vaccines first, followed by those who are planning to return to campuses in the near future.

“I am really excited about our partnership with Dignity Health Woodland Clinic to quickly vaccinate education workers,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “Getting students back to in-person learning has a myriad of health and educational benefits, and vaccinating school staff will support this group in feeling more comfortable returning to classrooms.”

So far, Yolo County is surpassing Governor Newsom’s goal announced last week that, beginning March 1, at least 10 percent of the state’s vaccine supply would be prioritized for education workers. Yolo County is one of 35 counties actively vaccinating education workers. On February 16, Yolo County expanded eligibility to include all frontline workers in Phase 1b Tier 1 of the State of California’s vaccine prioritization framework, which included individuals who work in education.

Yolo County will continue to prioritize vaccines for education workers in the following order:

  • K-12 education workers already working on school campuses (public, private, and charter)
  • Workers in afterschool programs on already working on K-12 campuses
  • Workers in higher education already working on campuses
  • K-12 education workers not working on school campuses but planning to return soon
  • Workers in afterschool programs not yet working on K-12 campuses but planning to return soon
  • Workers in higher education not yet working on campuses but planning to return soon

“Vaccinations are an important layer of safety for our educators, including childcare providers,” said Yolo County Superintendent of Schools Garth Lewis. “We are grateful to Yolo County and Dignity Health Woodland Clinic for prioritizing vaccine doses for our teachers and classified staff. I continue to encourage all education workers to get vaccinated when appointments are offered to them.”

If you work in education and have not yet scheduled or received your vaccine dose, please contact the Yolo County Office of Education. Yolo County vaccine clinics are posted on the County’s vaccine webpage at www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine, with additional appointments to come. For more information about Yolo County’s COVID-19 vaccine and distribution process, visit https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine. Residents can call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. Follow Yolo County on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YoloCounty or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.

 

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03/02/2021 City Council Meeting

Meeting Instructions 03/02/2021 - City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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

 


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