A couple items this week:
- A very efficient City Council Meeting on Tuesday. Walnut Park is going out to bid, the Council authorized a contract for the rehabilitation of Water Wells 2 (Putah Creek) and 6 (across from Blue Oak Park), and the Downtown Fountain will be simply a concept.
- We received 4 proposals for Parking Consultant Services. We have been required to request additional information from the consultants before consideration.
- Staff sent 17 letters to Downtown property owners requesting a meeting to discuss funding the parking consultant and future parking improvements and we have received 0 reply’s. We will try again!
- The City has received 23 applicants for the Police Chief. The recruiting firm assisting in the process will begin screening interviews over the next few weeks and then we will have formal interviews sometime in the May/June timeframe.
- Today, Winters Fire conducted orientation for four new reserve and volunteer firefighters. Welcome to Alex Evenoff, Tony Plesencia, Joel Smith and Tim Robbins. In total, we have 44 reserves and volunteers in our program! Go Winters Fire.
- Watch for extensive tree trimming on Main Street as we trim the canopy over the next week.
- Last week, I attended a meeting at Yolo County regarding a fundraising drive for a new Animal Shelter. It looks like a motivated group is ramping up efforts to find donors. Stay tuned.
- This week, the Winters Police Department conducted “bike rodeo’s” at both Waggoner and Shirley Rominger Schools. A ton of students learning bike safety and having a lot of fun.
A couple reminders:
- Tonight is Fourth Friday in Downtown. I can smell the roasting pig from my office and it smells incredible!
- Next week is Youth Day. The Pancake Breakfast starts at 6:30, Parade at 10 and fun in the park at 12:00. Look at the Winters Express for the entire program in their special issue.
- The Citizen’s Academy continues on Monday night at 6:30 at the Public Safety Facility EOC Room. This week includes an overview of the City and Local Government and a special program on Winters Fire. Here is the future programs and all are welcome.
- April 25th Week Two-Local Government and Fire Department: Participants will learn about the various aspects of local government and the Winters Fire Department utilized by the City of Winters.
- May 2nd Week Three -Gangs and Street Narcotics: Participants will learn about local drug and gang issues and intervention strategies.
- May 9th Week Three-Internet Safety and DUI information: Participants will learn about safety procedures, prevention tips, and laws.
- May 16th Week Five- Crime Prevention: Participants will learn about crime prevention methods followed by a Certificate presentation.
Finally, on Thursday, I drove the new City bus with a dozen members of the Winters Senior Foundation to drop them off at the UC Davis Arboretum where they had a scheduled tour. I took them to the center which includes Whole Foods in Davis where they went to lunch, then they headed over to the Arboretum. I was then scheduled to pick them up at 3 at the same location.
It looked like they had an incredible time!!!
When I arrived in the bus at 3ish (I was a little late), they were not at the agreed upon location but some of them came hustling across the parking lot to greet me. After the tour, they had gone back to the Whole Foods Center for ice cream and socializing. When they got on the bus, the first request was whether I would mind dropping them all off at Turkovich Winery so they could finish the day! On the ride home, the roar of laughter and conversation from the rear of the bus was incredible. Except for the complaints about me hitting all of the bumps along Road 31, it was a very happy/fun group!
One of the ladies in the group commented (as I helped her off the bus) that she had a “GREAT DAY” and you could really tell! I can tell you that it made my day, too!
The Winters Senior Foundation is helping to establish an important framework for enhancing the overall quality of life for seniors in Winters. Activities and excursions, along with their meetings and programs are starting to make a noticeable difference in town. Their you can see their outreach to many segments of the community is happening. They are open to any and everyone who is interested in joining. Contact Wally Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on their list.
Stay tuned for more announcements on their activities in the Winter Express!
Have a nice weekend,