Just a couple items this week:
· City Council is really short with the main items being an update to the North Area Flood calculations; and an easement with the Downtown Hotel for a grease interceptor (no parking issues). The meeting should be done in record time!
· The Planning Commission approved a façade upgrade to the Downtown Hotel. Click HERE to go to the packet and see the project.
· The City Park Playground Committee had a wonderful meeting on Wednesday at Shirley Rominger School. More than 300 turned out to see some preliminary design elements and to start the momentum to getting this project built in October, 2017. A wonderful turnout and stay tuned for more information on what is happening. Go to their City of Winters Playground Rehabilitation Committee page by clicking HERE.
· City Council members Pierre Neu and Jesse Loren will be representing the City at the League of California Cities Annual Conference next week in Long Beach. This is the largest educational conference for local elected officials and a chance for the Council to get updated on a wide variety of topics related to what we do.
· Winters is one of 5,200 communities in 20 countries who hold a Relay for Life event on behalf of the American Cancer Society. The Winters Relay for Life 24-hour event is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 28th at 6pm. Winters Relay has 19 teams consisting of 101 registered participants who have raised $11,741.50 (so far!) The funds raised go to cancer research and to provide services to cancer patients and their caregivers. At the Relay event, team members take turn walking around the track for the 24-hour period because if cancer won’t take a break, neither will we! There will be food, games, contests, and fun throughout the 24-hour event, so come out and join us!
· Please go to www.relayforlife.org to register as a member of an existing team or start a team of your own! We’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer, in our community and everyone else’s. It’s time to get your purple on!!
· Congratulations and Kudo’s to the Hispanic Advisory Committee for an incredible Festival de la Communidad and Carnitas contest! Great entertainment, food and fellowship for our community. This group is working to sponsor a variety of activities to support the Hispanic community and they are doing an incredible job!!
Finally, two Sunday’s ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a media tour sponsored by the Root’s to Wine Group and the Yolo Visitors Bureau. It was a phenomenal effort and enough cannot be said for the participants. It genuinely represented the excellence we have in Western Yolo County, Winters and the Capay Valley.
The morning began with a wonderful reception at the Turkovich Wine Room in Downtown. Then a short trip to Berryessa Wine Tasting Room on 128 and an incredible presentation on the history of wine grapes, root stock and the harvest/press process. We then went to the Turkovich Winery where Chris and Luciana Turkovich talked about wine chemistry and demonstrated “fermentation and punching down the grapes”. Then out to Park Winters for a 5 star lunch which included wine pairing with each course and a selection of every wine from the region. We then went to Seka Hills in Brooks and learned about grafting the rootstock and visited their olive press operations. Finally, we ended up at Capay Valley Vineyards to see how the really small, boutique wineries produce incredible vintages. It was a day beyond anyone’s wildest expectation.
A big shout out to Tracy Rios from Turkovich and Corinne Armstrong from Seka Hills along with the team from Yolo Visitors Bureau for their coordination. They really showed that you do not need to go anywhere beyond our own backyard for a world class experience! A few shout outs:
· Chris and Luciana Turkovich were absolutely amazing in their demonstration on fermentation. Click HERE to go to the Turkovich Wines website.
· Corinne Martinez and Nicole Salengo from Berryessa Gap provided a wornderful overview on rootstock and the wine making process. Their staff provided a first class experience which you can find practically every time you stop in. Go HERE to get to their website.
· John and Rafael from Park Winters showed what 5 star really means! For that special occasion, click HERE to see their place.
· If you have not seen the Seka Hills Olive Mill, it is 25 minutes from Downtown Winters. Go there and enjoy an incredible experience of wine, oils and balsamics.
You do not need to go far to experience the best the world has to offer.
Meeting will keep the next two Friday Updates off the wire!
Have a nice weekend.
One of the most amazing feats in the history of our community was the volunteer construction of the wooden playground structure at City Park. It took the tremendous effort of many volunteers and community members to create one of the coolest playgrounds around. That was 1989!
On what is about the 25th anniversary of that playground construction, it is time to begin preparing for new generations of kids and a new structure.
An incredible group of parents are stepping forward to begin that process and the Design Night will be on September 28 from 6-8 at Shirley Rominger School. The evening will include an opportunity to have input on design elements and to become a part of an important group setting the stage for the future for our kids.
Attached(pdf) is the flyer and I encourage folks to attend!
A couple items and some events:
Have a nice weekend.
Short yet informative (my Friday is absolutely crazy so I am sending this a little early)!
“EPA’s stated view on potable water—that it is affordable if it costs less than 2.5% of small community Medium Household Income- MHI—influences the perceived affordability of combined water and wastewater bills. Specifically, it is commonly inferred that EPA would consider a combined annual water and wastewater bill of less than 4.5% of MHI to be affordable (2.5% for water, plus 2% for wastewater services and CSO controls).”
“Winters is a small community per EPA definition, meaning current combined water and ww rates would be ‘affordable’ in Winters as long as they do not exceed about $220/month…easy to say sitting in D.C.”
“In CA, under current funding program guidelines, there are no favorable terms based on water rate affordability until local water rates exceed 1.5% of community MHI.”
It is amazing that the view of these regulators is so callused that they cannot consider the impacts on seniors and low income persons and families. Imagine being a senior on a fixed income of $600 a month suddenly seeing your utility bills go from $78 per month to $220 (more than 30% of your income!). You still need to pay electricity, phone, tv and other living expenses. Not to mention food………. From the City Staff standpoint, it is simply mind boggling trying to work this issue.
Finally, I went to Calle’s Carnival last Sunday at Creekside Park and it was awesome!! The friends and supporters of Leslie Pinkston made a very special fundraising event which did out community proud! There are many things which show the kindness of living in a small town, and this was truly special!
WHS Plays Dixon High School this Friday at Dr Sellers Field. JV kickoff is at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:30!
Have a nice weekend! Go Warriors!!
One of the most traumatic events in Winters over the past number of years was the event surrounding the death of Leslie Pinkston.
Leslie left her beautiful daughter Callie West. In an incredible display of community support, a number of folks from Winters established “Callie’s Carnival”, an annual event to help provide a college fund and support to her as she grows. It is always a great day!!
Callie’s Carnival will be this Sunday, at Creekside Park (just across the car bridge behind the old Creekside Bar 4513 Putah Creek Rd) from 12-5. The event should be a lot of fun with food from the Buckhorn (and others), carnival games, a petting zoo, photo booth and raffle prizes. The day is something for the entire family.
For more nfo, contact Calliescarnival@gmail.com
A couple items this week:
· The City Council Meeting had a number of business items which will start us moving forward on some key initiatives. Traffic Master Plan, Fee Studies, groundwater monitoring, pump efficiency testing and high tech crime! A real party!
· Look for activity to begin REALLY ramping up at the PG&E Gas Operations Training Facility. The delivery and assembly of the crane to start raising the walls is imminent and the actual raising of the building will occur sometime around the end of the month and things will begin taking shape in a very real way. To keep track of the action at the project, click HERE and you can watch it from your desk top!
· A notice will be in the paper for the Downtown Hotel before the Planning Commission on September 27. The changes for the hotel will include a revision to the frontage and Facade on Railroad Avenue.
· Concrete was poured at Walnut Park this week and it is starting to take shape. Attached is a plan view of what it is going to look like. The irrigation is dug and the improvements will begin shaping the actual look of the park. This will be the City’s largest park. Walnut Park Plan PDF
Lot’s of AYSO soccer this weekend with inter-play beginning with Davis, Colusa, Antelope and Rio Linda.
Thanks and have a nice weekend.
Have you ever wondered where mystery writers get their ideas
or if a work of fiction mirrors the author’s real life? Find out while supporting
a great organization and partaking of some of the area’s tastiest beer!
Award winning, best-selling, and new local authors Steve Ackley, Kelly
Hess, Jesse Loren, Beth McMullen, Lisa Nalbone, Lorraine Rominger, Tamsen
Schultz, and Spring Warren join folks to chat over a brew and sell books with
proceeds supporting the Winters Friends of the Library.
City of Winters Special Projects:
A review of the upcoming City Council Agenda which has a lot of business items which are extremely important yet less glamorous: (If you want to read all the staff reports, click HERE to get the entire packet)
Also on the agenda will be presentations from the Police Department on the Cadet and Reserve Programs.
Finally, when you see our Economic Development and Housing Manager Dan Maguire, give him a “big atta boy” for delivering great projects which will come to fruition in the next 12 months. Dan is the person leading our efforts on Walnut Park, Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments and the Downtown Hotel. We are blessed with an incredible staff and Dan is a key player in making all this stuff happen!
Winters Warriors are in town tonight with the JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:30 at Dr Sellers Field.
Go Warriors and have a nice weekend!
Enjoy: Local Food and Local Music
Field Trips: Free Shuttle to Lake Solano
Activities: Face and Fish Painting, Trout Derby, Fly Casting and More!
Learn: About our salmon and projects to restore Putah Creek spawning areas.