This weeks update is an overview of the items we discussed at our weekly staff meeting this week.
Meetings Next Week:
Downtown Parking Report- Public Workshop
Topics to include:
City Council Agendas:
February 20, 2018
February 21, 2018
March 6, 2018
March 20, 2018
Finally, a couple comments on the school shooting in Florida.
The need for the City and School District to coordinate on active shooter scenerio’s is critical and needs to be ongoing. The City and WJUSD went through a comprehensive planning and scenario exercise in 2014 but the reality is that most in that training have moved on. Time for another training.
The situations of active shooting events are almost unfathomable from a tragedy standpoint. Both victims and first responders are affected for their lifetimes. How we deal with the situations needs to be planned and calculated so as to effectively deal with those affected. It is a delicate balance and a part of the business we are in as a City.
Over the years, Winters has seen many tragedy’s on the small scale, yet very similar in nature, whether it be shootings, car crashes or drowning. The effects on our personnel are often traumatic and we have mechanisms in place to respond to the tragedy to counsel both families and our first responders. I will share that there are some folks who have moved on after some incidents, choosing other careers.
Emotion, empathy, shock and sadness are absolutely critical elements of dealing with the worst situations. They are signs of strength which need release during incidents. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very real thing, which needs to be dealt with immediately to help the psyche of those who have found themselves in horrible situations. Trying to internalize or be callus simply does not work and is something which we avoid.
At the City, we have multiple levels of address for various situations. Our leadership promotes an active debrief for all moderate and major incidents; we have our Chaplain Program (with K9 Kepi who is trained to sense PTSD); we have a professional psychiatric firm on 24 hour call to meet with our staff. We have learned to not take any situations lightly.
I will share that my instruction to our Chief’s is that in the event of a traumatic situation, once stabilized and secured, that we limit the exposure of our personnel to traumatic scenes. I have a very firm belief that “not everyone needs to see the crime scene”.
Without question, the tragedy in Florida has rocked that entire community beyond measure. We need to keep those families and first responders in all of our thoughts. There were many hero’s on Wednesday and I know so many of them drove vehicles with light bars and sirens. I give thanks every day for those who have taken the call of public service who sometimes find themselves in the worst situations imaginable. I am grateful for those who risk lives and save lives.
A few items this week:
· Next week’s City Council Meeting will have only a couple items as we head into Thanksgiving Week. Commercial Cannabis Regulation, Street Closures and an amplified sound permit. The City Council Meeting will begin earlier at 5:30.
· A really productive Planning Commission Meeting with the design review and approval for the Callahan Estates Subdivision. The project is really nice and the PC was very thorough in their review. Some modifications to some of the lot setbacks were continued to the December 12 meeting.
· The Grant/Main traffic signal is fully operational. It is very “smart” with sensors for pedestrians, bikes and preemption devices for public safety.
· The Roundabout Project saw a tremendous amount of progress for the one week of closure. Median Islands are in, sidewalks are poured and crossings are done. Grant Ave will be open all week during the Thanksgiving Holiday and we expect closures to resume the week of November 27.
· Fencing for the Futsol Court is going up at City Park. This is turning out to be a really nice project! Lighting will go in within the coming weeks.
· Congratulations to Police Officer Victor Barajas for completing his Field Training and he is now operating solo. His final day of training included a high speed chase through town!
· Staff and the Winters Chamber met to discuss the December 2 Tractor Parade. We expect a very big turnout for the parade this year!
· All are is invited to a free flu shot clinic Monday, December 4 from 3pm to 6pm at the Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue in Winters. Everyone can benefit from a flu shot to prevent the illness that can lead to missed work or missed school days. Prevention is especially important for young children and older adults. Minimum age for this shot clinic is 4 years old.
· Youth Basketball sign ups are under way at City Hall. It looks like we will have more than 350 players in the League!!
· Both Winters Ranch Subdivision and the PG&E Training Facilities received their final inspections this week. Both are exceptional projects.
· Winters Matriarch Bobbie Greenwood turns 100 years old on November 21. She is an absolute institution in the community and someone who has dedicated her life to Winters. From swimming, to the business community, schools and the AFS foreign exchange student program, she has impacted the lives of many from literally all over the world. Congrats to Bobbie and a toast to the next 100!
No Friday update during Thanksgiving. Have a GREAT holiday!