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Friday Update for October 11 2019

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Friday Update for October 11 2019

 

All,

The City Council Meeting for October 15 will include:

  • Public Hearing on Vacation Rental Ordinance
  • Fire Hydrant Ordinance
  • Community Choice Aggregation Ordinance
  • Resolution requiring Planning Applications with Annexation to be approved by City Council
  • Hotel Winters Pubic Improvements Acceptance
  • On-Call Map Checking and Surveying Services
  • Surplus Property Approval- Fire Truck

This week was full of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). A couple highlights:

  • The key infrastructure for the City performed pretty well. There were no issues with water and sewer services which proceeded uninterrupted. We had an incident with one generator, but traffic services went without issues and overall execution was well done in our overall response.
  • Downtown lost all power for almost 24 hours. The businesses get a gold medal for working together on refrigeration of food and overall collaboration.
  • The City had Yolo OES in our staff meeting this morning and they will be using the efforts by our business community as a model for future business response in other communities. The use of a refrigeration trailer and the overall coordination get an A+ and will be used in future PSPS incidents.
  • Kudo’s to the local PG&E folks who coordinate the local lines for getting the City with power. Our understanding is that it was the locals who re-routed circuitry to get most power on before 6 am and the balance of the City on by the evening. There is a lot to this and unquestionably, the women and men in the field who do all the work had our residents back on things. Lots of appreciation to those workers in an impossible situation for them.

This Sunday, October 13, Berryessa Brewing will celebrate their 8th Birthday Party at their location on 128. This is a highlight of the year for an incredible local business who have put us on the national beer making map! Help celebrate 8 years of production, 7 years of tap room fun! Doors open at noon sharp! A day of specialty beers, live music of Dead Winter Carpenters, Achilles Wheel, and The Casual Coalition with special guests! Climbing wall, food trucks and art booths make for a great day for the entire family! $20 in advance guarantees entry and comes with a 16oz double walled stainless steel souvenir cup. 10% of door proceeds are donated to Winters Schools Music Boosters. Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or cash only at the door while they last. Outside pouring stations and door charge are cash only so be sure to bring cash.

Lori and Chris Miller came to Winters with an incredible vision for brewing great locally crafted beers and they have more than set the standard for excellence in our community. Their creation of a destination business brings people from all over the west coast to sample award winning beers in an amazing location with a vibe which is second to none. They are a business which is very generous to our local organizations, sponsoring music, the arts and our local fire efforts to name a few.

Have a nice weekend and see you there.

John


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PSPS Update and Playoff Game Invite

No Power- Come watch the Dodgers/Nationals Game at the Fire Station Tonight

For those residents who do not have power or a place to watch tonight’s Game 5 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Nationals, folks can come by the Public Safety Facility and into the Fire Apparatus Bay to watch the game with the Fire Department Staff.

All you need to do is bring a soccer chair and your own drinks, the Fire Department will supply the popcorn. The game starts at 5:37 so come on by.

PSPS Update on October 9 2019 at 12:00

As of now, approximately 2/3 of the City has power with the core area of town, including the Downtown without power.

In our discussions with key folks with OES and PG&E, they have said that if your power is off now, you will be off for the duration of the event which is Thursday in the afternoon. If your power is on, there is a very good chance you will stay on through the duration. It looks like they have tightened the maps and vulnerable areas to refine the shut offs.

The height of the wind event is predicted to occur Wednesday (today) afternoon into Thursday afternoon. The potential for additional shut offs will continue.

The Community Resource Center has been set up on the corner of E. Abbey and Railroad Ave in Downtown. If persons have need for charging, water or air conditioning, that will be the place.

Water and Sewer services have operated without interruption and we expect that to continue without issue.

Stay tuned for further updates.


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10/15/19 City Council Meeting


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PSPS Update on October 8 2019- Community Resource Center Location

 

PSPS Update at 5:00- Community Resources Center- Winters

A Community Resource Center will be available on the property located at the corner of Railroad Ave/E. Abbey Street in Downtown Winters, starting Wednesday, 10/9 at 8:00 am to 6:00 pm until the PSPS event has concluded. Available will be: restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging, A/C, seating for up to 100 people.

Thanks

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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PSPS Update on October 8 2019 at 4:30

 

All,

In preparation for the planned power shut off, the City has implemented as follows:

  • Here is a map of the area affected by the Public Safety Power Shutdown https://yolo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5951a87cddb84b3ab684014dc3dd5456/
  • We do NOT foresee any issues with either Water or Sewer Services. We have backup generators which will power the City facilities which we expect to run normally.
  • The City is working with the Yolo Office of Emergency Services and PG&E for a “Community Resource Center” (CRC) to be located in town. These are air conditioned locations where people can also power up their devices and get a little power. Stay tuned for a confirmed location which will be in town
  • For residents who live in the country areas around the City (Golden Bear, Positas, Yolo and Solano County Areas) we will have a fire hydrant at the corner of Valley Oak and 128 with a hose for folks to get water. For residents in Golden Bear and the flatter area, Winters Fire will offer water deliver for folks with large animals. Go to this Google document to make a reservation https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexQRkxsWFGg-H0JVEZ5rqh34QcoCJsemn_zhnJ4geMpIzc9g/viewform?usp=pp_url
  • No water deliveries will be available to Positas or Solano County but those residents can get water at the Valley Oak/128 location.
  • City Hall will relocate our operations to the Public Safety Facility, 700 Main Street beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 9. Building Permit pick up and utility bill drop off will be available. For those just dropping off bill payment, the City Hall drop box is still available.

Thanks and stay tuned.

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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PSPS for tonight is ON!

City Manager Update
All,

Both through a conference call and direct notification from the PG&E spokesperson, they have made the decision to shut down power for Winters. Plan for power to be off early in the morning on October 9.

Stay tuned for more updates.

John


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Possible Public Safety Power Shutdown- October 8 thru 11 2019

City Manager Update
The City of Winters has been notified of the possibility that a Public Safety Power Shutdown may occur as early as the late evening of October 8, 2019, affecting the entire City of Winters, Golden Bear Estates, Positas and Winters areas in both Yolo and Solano Counties. The plan is also expected to impact other Yolo County areas west of the I505.

The outages are based on wind events which are predicted to come into the area beginning at 4:00 am on Wednesday, October 9 and last into Friday, October 11, 2019. Power may be out for as many as five (5) days.
The City is mobilizing our operations to facilitate water and wastewater operations, public safety and the possibility of the City being without power for a couple days.

Information from the City will be via the City of Winters Facebook Page as well as the Winters Fire and Winters Police. Folks can get information via the PGE Website by clicking HERE .
To get information directly to your cell phone, sign up for YOLO Alert by clicking HERE.

We will be updating our social media pages and sending emails through our distribution lists regularly as information becomes available, so please check back with us.

Thanks.

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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10/10/19 Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting

Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting


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Friday Update on October 5 2019 – Being the Best – Buckhorn Steakhouse Edition

 

All,

Today’s update is simply about being the best!

We produce some of the finest food in the world in Winters, California. We are a leading edge area for agricultural production, innovation and excellence in the products which are produced and delivered throughout the world. Our economy is the “Pacific Rim”, we are international because our quality surpasses even the most rigid standards among nations. Nuts, oils, wine, rootstock, tomatoes and seed. Nobody compares to what we do around here!

Last week the Buckhorn was awarded the “Legendary Steakhouse” award while attending the annual Certified Angus Beef Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. An amazing award and accomplishment.

The Buckhorn embodies pride, care and excellence in how they conduct their business. Few restaurants have their own in house butcher or train their staff to the levels done in Winters. Few care about the quality which is experienced on every single plate. Its happening every day at 2 Main Street in Winters.

Check out this video on the Buckhorn. https://www.facebook.com/CertifiedAngusBeef/videos/583166725553169/UzpfSTEwNTAxMDA1Mjg3NjU4MjoyNjMxMTc1MTU2OTI2NzEz/?q=buckhorn%20steakhouse&epa=SEARCH_BOX

We are truly blessed by what goes on around here.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update on September 27 2019

 

All,

A bunch of information for a busy couple of weeks:

City Council Agenda for October 1:

  • Bus Sharing Agreement with the Hotel Winters
  • March General Election
  • Senior Commission Appointments
  • Salmon Festival sound permit
  • Traffic Engineering On call agreement
  • GHG Analysis with Yolo County Region
  • Subdivision Improvement Agreement- Stones Throw Phase II
  • Utility Easement- Callahan Estates
  • Community Dinner Seed Money.

Discussion Items will include:

  • Fire Hydrant Distance Modifications from 15 feet to 5 feet
  • Lease Agreement for the John Rodgers Building
  • 2019 Planning Work Program
  • Valley Clean Energy Membership
  • Rotary Spooktacular 10k/5k/Fun Run on October 27, 2019

A presentation from the District Attorney’s Office on Elder Abuse will also be on the meeting. Get the entire City Council Agenda and Packet here http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019_1001CityCouncilPacket.pdf

A couple notes on things in the works:

  • Staff participated in a meeting with Yolo County and Caltrans to discuss the environmental review for projects associated with a $250,000 SACOG Grant for the I505 overcrossing, Russell Blvd Pedestrian Improvements and the City’s Complete Streets Program along Grant Ave. A really productive meeting which was facilitated by Supervisor Don Saylor’s Office. Really good partnerships are occurring and Caltrans is an important part of all of it.
  • The same meeting also discussed pedestrian concerns on Grant Ave in relation to WJUSD students crossing grant as well as other pedestrians.
  • Staff met with folks from the State Housing and Community Development Department regarding our unsuccessful grant application for the construction of the Senior Center. In the application period, they received 15 construction project applications and only funded 1. In 2020, they will be combining 2019 and 2020 funds into a single “over the counter” application process which will favor “shovel ready” projects which will be more conducive to the Senior Center application. This is good news and we will pursue this opportunity with vigor!
  • Staff participated in Yolo County Meetings on Homelessness, with the release of recommendations on streamlining and creating a more effective governance network for addressing this issue County-wide. Overall some really good stuff and the prospects for moving forward on what is becoming one of the biggest and most critical issues in California.
  • The Planning Commission met regarding the Air BnB Ordinance and revised part of their recommendations which will be forwarded back to the City Council. We have a stellar group on the PC who come prepared and provide some insightful review and recommendations. A real business atmosphere with people who are representing the town well.

Saturday is the Carnitas/Festival de la Communidad starting at 4:00. A real family event with music, information, food and festival. A first class event for everyone!

See you there.

John


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10/01/19 City Council Meeting

10/01/19 City Council Meeting (PDF):Agenda/Packet


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09/24/19 Planning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting
09/24/19 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet) -pdf


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City Council Meeting Cancelled

City Council Meeting
There will be no City Council Meeting held September 17, 2019.


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2020 Yolo County Census

2020 Yolo County Census

click for external website


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Friday the 13th Update for September 11 2019

 

All,

An early edition as I am dealing with a number of things over the next few days and next week.

A couple items:

  • Staff met with some folks this week regarding planning, growth and big picture issues and it was a really good meeting. Staff is working on an overall plan for community engagement, education and the ability for folks to get involved in some key projects like the upcoming Housing Element Update, Climate Change and General Plan Stuff. You can get the gist of what we are working on from the August 30 Friday Update or look for the initial staff report which will go to the City Council on October 1, 2019. Here is the link to the August 30 update (<click)
  • Disappointment last week when the City was notified that we were not awarded a grant for the construction of the Senior Center Project. We will apply again in Spring, 2020!
  • The Hotel Winters enjoyed a “soft” opening the weekend of September 6-9 where they had 3 wedding parties and almost 80% occupancy. The Hotel looked amazing and the staff were excellent representatives of our town. Reservations for the coming week can be gotten at www.hotelwinters.com .
  • As hotel guests arrived, the flow of people into the Downtown was very evident. I was in two establishments on Friday and the customer service from our restaurants and tasting rooms was simply first rate. It just warms my heart when I see our town shine! The excellence we have in Winters is beyond reproach and it showed last week.
  • Getting some complaints about construction on the weekends from the new subdivisions. We are working with the developers to get a handle on both time and days for the many subcontractors.
  • Lots of discussion among businesses and groups on insurance requirements and the viability of events. We are scheduling a meeting with key stakeholders and we are going to figure all of this out. Not need to worry about any of the events in town not happening. We just need to work together on all of this!
  • This morning I participated in the 9/11 observance at the Public Safety Facility with members of Winters Fire and Police. It was a very respectful observation of an amazing occurrence. Our public safety personnel paying tribute to the more than 3,000 people who died on that fateful day was simply beautiful. The passion, commitment and loyalty to service is an amazing thing to see. Thanks to both Winters Fire and Police!

Last week I shared a little bit about my first year working for the City and mentioned that 9/11 was my second day on the job. A little more on that fateful day.

I watched the second plane go into the second tower of the World Trade Center when I was getting ready to come to work on that Tuesday morning at my brothers apartment in Sacramento. He had the Today Show on and mentioned a plane crashing into one of the buildings. We watched in horror as a news camera picked up the second plane roaring through Manhattan and exploding into the second tower.

I jumped into my City car, fumbled with the radio and found a talk radio station which was talking about the attack. On the ride to Winters I heard about the attack on the Pentagon and that they were shutting down all air traffic around the Country. Simply surreal.

When I arrived at City Hall, I ran into the building looking for a television. It was janitorial day and the two people looked at me like “who the heck are you” when I asked them for a tv. I spent a couple minutes trying to convince them that I worked here. Finally I showed the one guy that I had a key to my office and he bought that I was a new employee! The City only had a single, 13” television, no cable with a really cheap antenna with only a 2’ cord on it. I put the tv on a chair, found a bay area news station and got a horrible, but watchable picture and things unfolded.

Staff began to arrive to work that morning a little before 8. We all gathered in the upstairs conference room and watched the news reports and the eventual collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. What I remember most about the moment of the first collapse was our Recreation Coordinator Gloria Marion grabbing and holding on to my hand as the first building went down. We all stood there in silence, me and Gloria holding hands as the massive dust cloud erupted like a volcano on the New York Skyline. The ghostly figures walking from the streets, covered in grey ash in utter shock. We all had a tear in our eye and nobody really said anything.

Later that morning, our Police Chief, Steve Godden came to my office. He told me that all the government offices in the area were closing as a security measure against terrorism. I told him, that being the new guy, I had to ask why Winters would be a target for international terrorism. He mentioned the dam and we talked it out a bit and decided that we would keep the doors open for folks to come by with any questions.

Gloria Marion was one of the most social people I had ever met. From the theatre productions to her side job styling hair, she seemed to know everybody (and she did). That day it seemed like hundreds of people stopped by City Hall to check in. Most of the people were older, many just looking for someone to talk and visit. I think many were as in shock as all of us and just looking for a little reassurance to share some sorrow. Gloria had an incredible personality and a deep, assuring voice. I can only imagine the number of people she gave solace to that day but it was awesome. She and Nanci Mills held court downstairs and made a difference for many.

Because it was a Tuesday, the town was basically closed during the evening. The Buckhorn was open but nobody was there. Downtown was very different that night than people see it today with the Buckhorn and Tienda Liquor Store being the only businesses open in Downtown. The place was just empty.

We had turned off the little City Hall tv and I remember working late into the evening. I called my wife Kathy and we decided that we did not want our kids to watch the television of what had occurred, so she read to them that evening.

As I got into the car to head to my brothers apartment in Sacramento, I ran into Gloria walking up the street from a hair appointment she had with a customer. I pulled over to offer her a ride (she lived only a block from City Hall but I did not know that) and she politely declined. I thanked her for being there for so many people who visited City Hall that day. I also thanked her for holding my hand that morning as things unfolded. She looked at me and said “You looked scared”. We both smiled at each, laughed and I proceeded to drive off. I knew at that moment that I would really like working with Gloria. And she was right, I was scared!

The warmth of a small town sometimes comes out in different ways. When horrific events happen, its nice to know that we have the type of place where when people have some fear and need comfort, they know they have a place to come.

Thanks,

John


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2019 Carnitas Festival

2019 Carnitas Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2019
4:00-11:00pm
Rotary Park
Food and Drinks, Carnitas Cook-off, Live Music and Entertainment and Dancing.
Fun for the whole family.
(See flyer below-click to open pdf)

For more information about this event, please contact Dagoberto Fierros at (530) 794-6760 or dagoberto.fierros@cityofwinters.org


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09/12/19 Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting

Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Meeting
09/12/19 Meeting Agenda


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Friday Update on September 6 2019

City Manager Update Friday Update on September 6 2019
All,

Just a few items this week:

  • The City Council meeting this week had a focus on Valley Clean Energy (VCE) and the possibility of the City participating in their Community Choice Aggregation plan which allows local authority in the purchasing of power and energy. Lot’s of discussion and I encourage people to view the meeting on the City’s YouTube Channel. http://www.cityofwinters.org/live-city-council-meetings/ For more information about VCE and their programs, go to https://valleycleanenergy.org/
  • Lot’s going over the next few weeks, so the City Council decided to adjourn to October 1, 2019 as the next meeting, so no meeting on September 17.
  • Warriors are at home tonight against St. Helena and it will be a tough one!

So, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 will mark my eighteenth (18) year as the City Manager of the City of Winters. It was an exciting week because the terrorist attack on our nation was the following day, September 11, 2001! For those who do not know my background, I grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and that area is a little different than there!

A couple remembrances to share about my first year in town after these 18 years which give me perspective to this day about Winters, California………………..

  • The week following 9-11 was a town hall meeting at the Community Center which was organize in part by Debra DeAngelo and the churches in the community to bring everyone together about the attack. The place was packed with standing room only on to the rear patio. The community had come to share and unite in what had happened to our country. We had a number of speakers including me. The most memorable part of the evening for me was all of the volunteers of Winters Fire lining the back of the room. Many of the speakers talked passionately, but the thing I remember most was the standing ovation for the Fire volunteers in recognition of their service to our community. It was an amazing introduction to me of what was important about the little town of Winters, the volunteers and commitment to community.
  • The mayor of Winters at the time was Tom Stone. Not only is Tom a really great person, but he was highly influential and politically connected in Yolo County (I think he put up more signs for political candidates than anyone). My wife Kathy and I moved our two kids to a double wide mobile home in the middle of a walnut orchard two miles west of town. One of the kindest things is the entire City Council brought us dinner the evening that we arrived. It was one of the kindest gestures we could have ever imagined as our Welcome to Winters.
  • The week after Kathy and the kids arrived was Halloween, one of the most important holidays of the year for kids. Living in the middle of an orchard is not a great location for kids aged 5 and 7, so what the heck to do about trick or treating. I am in my office with long time City Attorney John Wallace talking City business when he looks at me and asks where my kids were going to trick or treat. I explained my dilemma and he proceeds to give me an address on Main Street where Bruce Guelden lived and said to be there with my kids at 6 p.m. and suggested I bring an appetizer and a bottle of wine. It was an amazing night, the kids went out trick or treating with a bunch of other kids from “the country” and it was a chance to for me meet some of the most influential and community minded people in Winters. John saving the day is something I will remember forever. One of the nicest things anyone could have done for a new family in town. If I learned anything from John and Winters is a very home spun perspective that it’s the little things in peoples lives which make all the difference with trick or treating being really important.
  • In March of 2002, we had an election which completely changed the City Council. The original Council who hired me included Chris Calvert, John Frazier, Tome Stone, Harold Anderson and Jiley Romney. In March, the City Council now included Robert Chapman, Dan Martinez, Bruce Guelden along with Harold and Jiley. Three new bosses who did not hire you can be intimidating for a “new” city manager and I was freaked out! I insisted that we have a “strategic planning” meeting for us to get on the “same page” in regards to the direction they wanted me to take the City. We met in the “green room” at the Community Center and the Staff in the meeting included me, Nanci Mills, Police Chief Steve Godden, Shelly Gunby and Fire Chief Scotty Dozier. I had pried a white board off the wall of my office and I asked them to list what was important and what they wanted me to focus on. This included a very measured and strategic approach to growth, Downtown revitalization, Putah Creek, public safety, a new library, working with the WJUSD, solid infrastructure and working to keep Winters as an incredible place to raise your children.

If I learned anything during my first year in Winters, it was about perspective and priorities. Volunteers and community values are critical, the importance of little things (being neighborly and caring about others) and mostly, the inherent goals of the community to move it forward yet maintaining a sense of place, identity and being unique.

In Winters, I have met some of the nicest and sincere people I could ever imaging knowing. I give thanks for the blessings of raising my kids in a town which really does care and the giving I have been able to do in return. 18 years is a while, but I still remember that Halloween at Bruce’s House as if it were yesterday. I’m a lucky guy!

Go Warriors.

John


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ATTENTION ALL SWIMMERS!

parks and recreation lap swim

ATTENTION ALL SWIMMERS!
There is a good chance the pool will remain open for lap swim through the end of October. As in previous years, 15 lap swim October passes will need to be purchased before September 30th in order for this to continue, if that does not happen, lap swim will end on September 29th. Monthly passes are $50 and can be purchased at City Hall or at the Bobbie Greenwood Community Pool during Adult Lap Swim.


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