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Walnut Park Prelim. Site Plan Ph. 2

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Friday Update on Labor Day Weekend 2016

All,

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)

Consent Calendar:

  • Item B. Traffic Analysis– Staff is working on an update to the City’s Traffic Circulation Master Plan (General Plan item) and we are entering into a contract with Fehr & Peers who will provide a comprehensive update of traffic calculations, computer modeling and an update to the cumulative traffic calculations for City Streets. This project is important because another project in the works is an update of the City’s Major Projects Financing Program which establishes the major roadway improvements of which the traffic circulation is a critical element in establishing.
  • Item C: Groundwater Monitoring-The City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has both holding ponds and we discharge our water through land based applications such as agricultural irrigation and spray fields. In order to maintain our discharge permit with State agencies, we are required to have a groundwater management plan with a variety of testing and reporting to demonstrate that we are not polluting the groundwater. This is a contract with an outside monitoring firm to do the testing and prepare the reports.
  • Item D. Grant Acceptance– The City has received two grants through the Yolo County Water Resources Agency. The first grant ($15,000) is for stormwater management to analyze potential problems in our system, implement education programs and update our overall plan. The second part of the grant ($16,127) is to assist in our ongoing work in addressing Chromium 6
  • Item E. Safe Routes to School Grant Acceptance-The City has received a grant ($10,367) to assist in helping enhance our “Safe Routes to Schools” Program. The money will be used to implement some traffic calming measures on Niemann Street which will include street striping (narrowing the roadway) and a solar powered radar sign and flashing beacon. Additionally, City and School Staff will be implementing the Active4Me program which will enable parents to be notified via a bar code scanner that their child has safely arrived on campus. The goal is to encourage more kids to ride bikes and walk to school. Both really good programs and collaboration with the WJUSD.
  • Item F: Gathering Shed Walnut Park is under construction and a key element is the installation of a shade structure at the park. This item is a contract with the manufacturer of the structure to also do the installation versus the general contractor. Having the manufacturer installation will save the City $7,000 which will go back into the project.
  • Item G: Service Fee RFP– The City is in the midst of evaluating our service fees and this is a request for proposal for qualified firms to bid to do the study and evaluation.
  • Item H. This item is a contract to do electrical repairs and replace a junction box at our East Street Pump Station inside and adjacent to our wet well which powers the water pumps.
  • Item I. Vision Zero– In September, Councilmembers Neu and Loren will be attending the League of California Cities Annual Conference. Councilmember Neu is the City’s delegate and will be asked to cast a vote on a resolution in support of Vision Zero, a program to have zero traffic fatalities. This item asks the City Council to authorize support for this program.
  • Item J. Well 6 Pump Testing– The City is in the midst of a comprehensive rehabilitation of Water Well 6 (E Baker/East Main). Because of a drop in groundwater depth from the drought, we are in need of efficiency tesing on the pump to maximize the overall effectiveness of the well. This is a contract to do that.

Discussion Items:

  • Planning Commission Appointment– The City Council has interviewed candidates and ranked three candidates for consideration to fill the spot vacated by Bill Biasi’ election to the Council.
  • Parking Consultant– The Downtown Parking Committee has made a recommendation on a consultant to help in formulating elements of a parking plan. The item will include a presentation from the Committee and consideration of both the consultant and funding the study.
  • Remodel/Conference Room for City Hall Annex. This item is to establish a new conference/community room next to the City Council Chamber. The plan includes carpeting, windows and furniture.
  • High Tech Agreement– Police Chief John Miller will be talking about an agreement with the District Attorney and the City for high tech crime investigation. As part of the agreement, the City will provide a reserve to assist the DA in their forensic crime program. Pretty cool stuff!!

Also on the agenda will be presentations from the Police Department on the Cadet and Reserve Programs.

Other stuff:

  • Last week’s Earthquake Festival was absolutely awesome from many points of view. People generally behaved and the load on the law enforcement was low. Both the Terry Sheets Band and the Time Bandits just rocked the place and the merchants and groups in the booths were just amazing. The Chamber did an absolutely incredible job in bringing a fun and high quality event, once again.
  • When you see Wade and Kathy Cowan (Team Cowan), Megan Curry, Donice Woody and Dan Maguire give them a huge thanks for putting on an incredible party. These folks (and the entire Chamber Team) work really hard and deliver way above expectations. The Chamber has a lot of momentum and these folks all play an important role in all the really cool stuff we have in our town.
  • Berryessa Brewing debuted “Earthshake Ale” at the Earthquake Festival. Chris and the entire Team at Berryessa are just tops in what they do and this beer is just delicious. Get some while it lasts!!
  • The Winters Senior Foundation is establishing itself as a new “super group” in town. Their raffle at Earthquake was probably the best I have seen. I know they are working hard to make a difference for the older set in our town and it shows.
  • The Winters Friends of the Library have another neighborhood library kiosk near the corner of Main and Grant (across from the Public Safety Facility). They have two Downtown and now the third. WFOL does so many wonderful things in town and this is just another example. Great work!
  • More Beaver Stuff……….. This week, I received more beaver paraphernalia. Realize I now have beaver traps, furs, stuffed beavers, beaver books, pictures of me with dead beavers and have more links to more websites which deal in beaver products than probably most in America. This week involved “edible beaver”, with someone dropping off a bag of “Canadian Beaver Balls”, which are round, egg shaped chocolate covered jujubes!  When I got the package, I could only think of one person to share them with and that was Winters Express Editor Debra DeAngelo.  I went to their office and we opened the bag of beaver balls and partook (Joe the Butcher also showed up). We all noted that beaver balls are pretty chewy and you could probably lose a filling if eaten too quickly. A very sincere thanks to whomever dropped them off!

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!

John


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09/06/16 City Council Meeting Agenda and Packet

 


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Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals (RFP)
Full Cost Allocation Study
And
User Fee Study
City of Winters, CA
Finance Department
Due by September 30, 2016
(PDF – Click Here)


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Winters Salmon Festival

Saturday, November 5, 2016 • Rotary Park • Winters, CA

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.

More Info…


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Friday Update on Thursday August 24 2016

All,

A week of ups and downs:

  • Earthquake Festival– So when I picked up my Winters Express this week and saw Chamber President Kathy Cowan on the front page (she must hold the record for the most cover photo’s) I knew it was time for something fun. The Earthquake Festival is this Friday starting at 5:00. Food, fun, music for all ages. Both Terry Sheets Band and the Time Bandits will be playing. This is an awesome party and a huge fundraiser for many groups. Have fun but also remember thaearthquakefestivalt it is the largest law enforcement presence on any single night in town. If you plan to drink, walk, designate a designated driver or set up someone to bail you out from Yolo County Jail.
  • As a warm up, Steady Eddies is having a fundraiser on Friday for the Relay for Life. Attached is a flyer (HERE/pdf) and a chance for you to get the caffeine in you to start the night. Acoustic music and a laid back way to begin the evening!
  • Downtown Hotel Update: The project has a major tenant for the downstairs who is requesting some changes and upgrades which will require Planning Commission approval along with structural/foundation changes to accommodate. Look for the project to be before the Planning Commission in September, then a month for a new plan check.
  • Roundabout Update: The Walnut Lane roundabout has the encroachment permits but we have run into an interesting snag. The funding comes from a pot of money which is geared toward reducing traffic congestion (ie traffic should move faster). The most recent traffic analysis shows that the traffic will move slower thus creating an interpretation that it will create “congestion”. The funding agency has approved a new funding source but the actual allocation cannot occur until November. Look for construction after the first of the year.
  • Time to get the pitchforks out and tie the rope…….. Chromium 6 will be the big item on the September 20 City Council Meeting. The full presentation on options and methods for addressing the new State mandate. The projected cost to deal with the new State regulations is somewhere between $24 and 40 Million. As they said in Greece, don’t kill the messenger!

This is an active weekend. Winters Warriors High School Football is home on Friday with JV’s starting at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00. Winters AYSO Soccer begins the season on Saturday.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update on Thursday August 18 2016

All,

 A couple items:

 ·         Winters Fire was deployed to the Clayton Fire in Lower Lake to battle the fire which destroyed almost 200 structures and caused absolute havoc through the Lake County Area. They were released today and are headed back.

·         Items on the upcoming City Council Meeting will include a presentation on the strategy for dealing with Chromium 6, the Walnut Park Picnic Structure, and a presentation from the Police Department regarding the Volunteer and Cadet Programs.

·         PG&E has released its most recent monthly report of key activities. I have attached the report for your information.  (pdf – click here)

·         This week on the PG&E Project, they began the pour of the exterior walls which will be tilted up in the coming weeks. From the City perspective, it has been rewarding working with the team they have assembled for the project.

·         The two largest issues which seem to be sweeping California are Housing and Transportation. As local governments are experiencing homelessness, shortages of available housing both for rental and for sale housing. Expect that these issues will come to the forefront on all levels of government in California in the coming year!!

·         Winters AYSO  Soccer needs some help this Sunday, beginning at 8:30 at Waggoner School. We need to spread dirt and do some leveling of soccer fields. We will have some tractors and drags, but need some bodies with shovels to help spread top soil to help fill holes and level the fields. Bring your shovel out and help for a bit.

 Finally, an editorial in one of the many literary sources I read struck an important thing I have learned in the City of Winters, and that is the importance of the local paper, the Winters Express.

 The most important thing I have learned is how important it is to support the Winters Express and the small town press!

 Over the years, the community has been blessed with a weekly publication which tells the story of our town. Whether it is what is happening at City Hall, schools or the many events, sports  and public interest stories, the Winters Express is the source which both writes and records the history of the community. In a technical age where we expect immediate access to stories and information, it is hard for them to compete, but what we really get is a much higher quality and more thoughtful and researched depiction of our town through their efforts than any blog or facebook comment could ever bring.

The City has been genuinely blessed with some excellent reporters who have covered City Hall and the City Council. They have been some of the most thoughtful and genuine people bringing a balanced and thorough approach to reporting. One of the highest values of small town newspapers is the quest to bring transparency and accountability to how the local government is making policy and spending the taxpayer dollars! The City Hall beat reporters in Winters have been second to none. I know that people read their stories and count on them to keep them in the loop. It’s done exceptionally well in our town.

 Debra DeAngelo as the Winters Express Editor is probably one of the most important factors in telling the story of Winters. She really gets it in telling the story of our town and will go down some day as one of the most important people in our history. Lots of people have an opinion regarding Debra’s opinions, but I will tell you that I have never questioned her ethics or professionalism when she has questioned decisions made by the City. She is absolutely doing her job in working to hold the City of Winters accountable, which is important. In a democratic society, it is the responsibility of the press to inform and bring things to light, and Debra does a very good job in doing so. I will tell you that I do not always agree with Debra, but she is fair and thorough and does her job.

 Charley Wallace and the entire Wallace Family could best be described and the stewards of the cornerstone institution which writes our history. When Newt and Ida arrived in 1948, they took over a newspaper which now binds our community together. Whether people appreciate it or not, the Wallace’s have committed their entire lives to telling the story of Winters and all who live here.  From birth to death, the families of our town have their stories told, accomplishments recorded and arrests made public, whether people like it or not! Our Downtown is considered one of the best examples of a small rural revitalization efforts which actually worked and I will tell you that Charley Wallace played one of the most pivotal roles in saving the town, at enormous personal sacrifice. Newt Wallace is the semi-retired oldest paperboy in America and I am proud to have his autographed picture from the front page of the phone book  amongst my most cherished Winters mementos. The town owes eternal gratitude to the Wallace Family for what they have done and do!

 The time capsule of Winters is updated on a weekly basis and thrown on the driveway of your home or business. In an information age the Winters Express cannot compete with promptness, but few can beat the quality of stories which enrich our lives, hold the City accountable and tell the story of our town in a meaningful way.

 When  you see Newt, Charley, Debra and the entire Winters Express team, let them know how important they are to our town. Most importantly, support what they do through your subscriptions and ads which pay the way to telling our story.

 Have a nice weekend and come out and help me spread some dirt on Sunday at Waggoner School- 8:30.

 John


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Friday Update on August 12 2016

All,

A really busy week, but here are some highlights:

  • After four years of effort, on Thursday, we finally received the encroachment permit for the construction of the Walnut Lane Roundabout from Caltrans!! Look for the construction documents going out to bid and hopefully a fall construction! We plan on etching a copy of the permit in granite to sit in front of City Hall as one of the most significant accomplishments of the City in our history!
  • Cal Fire Incident Management Team 6 has begun their demobilization and is moving out. They are wrapping up the “finances and documentation” for the fire at our public safety facility over the next week. When you see the folks from Cal Fire, honk, waive and show your appreciation for an organization which has really helped Winters over the past few years.
  • At the “transition meeting” on Wednesday, Ken Pimlott, the Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Operations was here to talk with Team 6 and the cooperating agencies. Ken is the Fire Chief of the Fire Chief’s in California, so we had proverbial fire royalty in Winters talking about the incident.
  • The Yolo County Planning Commission dealt a huge blow to agri-tourism in Western Yolo County on Thursday when they denied the application for the Field & Pond event center on Road 29. Field & Pond has become an important resource and beneficiary to the Winters business community in recent years. The conditions which western Yolo County agri-tourism and event centers must follow is now unprecedented and probably infeasible. The ability to advance our “brand” is going to be exceedingly difficult when the urbanites are prevented from actually seeing or experiencing the grandeur of our area.
  • The Downtown Hotel Project is permitted but will see another short delay as they work through a couple configurations to meet the needs of some of the major restaurant and retail tenants. Look for an official groundbreaking in the coming weeks!
  • The issue of the Carter Ranch Detention Pond Trees is evolving a bit. Engineers are looking at some alternatives which will save the majority of the trees if not complete avoidance. Stay tuned!
  • Walnut Park is being graded and is fun to look at. If you have not see the newest and largest park in Winters, you should drive by and take a look. Dan Maguire is the Project Manager if you have any specific questions or inquiries.
  • No City Council Meeting next week and No Planning Commission for August.

For all you would be soccer referees, we will be having referee training at the Fire Station from 9-4 tomorrow.

Have a nice weekend,

John


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Winters Yolobus Service Changes–Kaiser Medical Center and Solano Community College Stops Added

Attached are Yolobus schedules (pdf) and map of the revised route 220 service, effective Monday, August 8, 2016. Both Solano Community College and Kaiser Medical Center in Vacaville will be served. Free rides through the month of August for Route 220 (pdf), except for the weekday commute hour bus to and from UCD.   The 220 bus does not stop at Solano Community College on Saturdays.  (Bus Map, pdf)

In addition to the attached schedule and map, the following is an abbreviated table which focuses on a few stops and the length of stay at the Kaiser Medical Center. It is a good reference guide.

WintersBusSchedule


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Friday Update on August 5 2016

All,

A hot and smokey week so this is really brief and it is late afternoon on a Friday:

  • Unfortunately, this week we experienced the third consecutive year of a major wildfire. The “Cold” Fire has now burned close to 5,000 acres, 1,600 personnel and millions of dollars in costs to fight the fire. Cal Fire has brought in the Team 6 “Incident Management Team” to coordinate the final stages of the fire. Team 6 is an elite fire coordination unit and were here last year on the Wragg Fire. It is amazing to have them here, but we kind of wish it would stop being an annual event.
  • As of this writing, the spread of the fire has stopped, but much of the fire is in areas with heavy growth and is  difficult to access with crews. The reliance on aircraft limits much of the fire fight to daytime hours.
  • A Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 6 at the Winters Fire Station beginning at 3:00 all persons affected by the Fire are invited to attend, especially the residents of Positas and Golden Bear who experienced the evacuation.
  • Kudo’s to both Winters Fire and the Napa CalFire Unit who coordinated the initial response and the first two days of the blaze. They were the ones who facilitated the initial attack on the fire which saved all the homes and assisted most of the people involved. The incident commander was Geoff Baelow from the Napa CalFire Unit and he did an amazing job of coordinating resources. Winters Fire was in command of the units which protected the homes in Golden Bear. Enough cannot be said for the professionalism and effort given from these personnel.
  • Special thanks to the many residents displaced by the fire. The understanding over the years has been amazing. Special recognition to Golden Bear Estates resident Neal Van Alfen who is an incredible advocate for that area.

Again, the third year of a major wildfire which results in activating the emergency operations for the City and County makes this a really difficult week. The most I can say is how proud I am to be associated with the men and women in our public safety who are those first responders. AGAIN, their professionalism and talents saved hundreds of homes and lives through the use of their training and talents to suppress the fire. Napa CalFire and Winters Fire were amazing and I was extremely proud of how they handled the entire situation. Resources are really taxed throughout the State with multiple fires occurring now so our personnel needed to take much of this on their own and they came through.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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August 2016 City of Winters Newsletter

August 2016 Newsletter

The Community Pool will remain open on weekends for Rec Swim from 2-5pm through September.


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Friday Update on July 29 2016

All,

In all, a pretty good week in the City.

  • The City Council on Tuesday will have a pretty routine agenda with the City Conservation Permit Application for the Yolo Conservancy,  Second Reading of the Ordinance for the Freeway Hotel, an appointment for the Planning Commission, an update on the expansion of the detention pond near the cemetery, sound permits for the Earthquake Festival and St. Anthony’s Fiesta, new conference room at City Hall and the lien resolution for delinquent utility bills. Click HERE to look at the Agenda or click HERE for the entire packet.
  • Also at the City Council Meeting will be a presentation on the new Police Cadet Program.
  • Chromium 6 is still the #1 priority for the City. Staff will be finalizing our overall plans and will schedule a meeting with the State Department of Water Resources to discuss the $24-40 million project. It is amazing that the State can put such a huge expenditure on a small community like Winters, which they know will present significant financial burdens on seniors and lower income folks. Just silly!
  • Winters Fire spent most of the week near Santa Clarita helping fight the Sand Fire. All of our staff arrived safely home and will invariably be called to the next big situation. Our firefighters and leadership have built a strong reputation throughout the State for dependability and excellence. We are really proud of how they represent our community and are glad for what they do.
  • Winters Police will be participating in two National Night Out events on Tuesday August 2.
  • Walnut Park Phase II (on Walnut Lane) will begin work over the next month. Look for the dust to start flying in the coming weeks for what is anticipated to be a 3-4 month process.
  • City Hall turns 100 in September and we are preparing for some improvements to make the start of the next 100 even better. In the coming weeks we will begin a thorough power wash, painting and some new carpet.
  • Staff is working on some improvements on Niemann to improve the safety for students walking to school. The traffic before and after school is an issue, so we are looking into speed signs near the school to tell people how fast they are going to bring awareness. Stay tuned on this.
  • The construction company for the Downtown Hotel will be moving in next week, so hopefully they will get things going.
  • The subcommittee for the Parking Committee completed interviews with prospective consultants to assist in a Downtown Parking Plan. The group has culled the consultants to 2 and will begin negotiations on the final choice.
  • Enough cannot be said for the commitment and leadership of the persons on the Downtown Parking Committee. The time and energy they have put into the process has been exemplary. Kudo’s to Sandy Vickery, Gino Mediati, Chris Turkovich, Peter Hunter, Devon Vickery and many others for their persistence and effort. From the City Council, Pierre Neu, Bill Biasi and past councilman Wade Cowan all have given a ton of time to addressing the issues. 5 stars for all!!
  • The Hispanic Advisory Committee is working on the upcoming Festival de la Communidad. The next meeting is on August 1 at 7:00 at City Hall.
  • Hot items coming up for the Planning Department includes a look at the zoning code, expansion for a downtown business and more economic development leads!!
  • Winters Ranch saw six new building permits issued this week. They are closing purchases at a rate of one a week!
  • The City has welcomed our newest employee Dagoberto Fierros who will be working as a Management Analyst in Community Development and Public Works. Dago is from Winters, is a graduate of WHS and recently received his undergraduate degree from Sacramento State. He will be doing professional work in support of both departments.
  • Tonight at the City Pool from 8-10 will be a swim night in support of the Relay for Life and cancer research. $5 for swim and a hot dog dinner! Come out and support this fun event!

Finally, the tragedies in law enforcement continue to occur throughout our nation and hit home to California today. At some point “we all just need to get along”.

Being a police officer is one of the most important and heroic jobs in our country. They bring security to those in danger and are often the first persons someone sees and gains comfort from on the worst day of their life. They do a job most simply cannot and will not do. Much of what they do to keep us safe is unseen.

In many respects, our police officers are truly unsung heroes in today’s society. Some of what they do is viewed as unpopular, but it is universally important (enforcing speed and traffic laws as examples). Police become scapegoats in a society instantly ready to shift blame for personal failures of judgment.

One of the toughest aspects of law enforcement is the two roles they are expected to play. One is to be everyone’s friend, kind, gentle, appeasing and affable (Andy Taylor). That is until the person has a firearm, is assaulting someone or even worst, they have done something truly heinous. Then we want the incredible hulk. There are so many unknowns in today’s society, it is often impossible and indistinguishable for the officers to determine.

In California, the lack of mental health care and the release of thousands of once incarcerated persons makes the job tougher and tougher for our police officers. Police now have to baby sit the once incarcerated “non-violent parolees” who probably were not rehabilitated and to become sidewalk psychologists and deal with those burdened with mental health issues which bring erratic behavior and often violence. In encourage anyone to try and respond to a call about someone acting erratically and try to instantly solve the situation to everyone’s satisfaction under the current situations in society.

Their job is amazingly difficult.

Unfortunately, the past few years has shown a negative light on actions by a small number of law enforcement officers. Should those who commit egregious offenses be held accountable, absolutely!

Winters is a quiet and safe town by its very nature. Most of us know each other, including the police officers responsible for enforcing the law. We have seen that quiet turn instantly in recent years and it is really ugly. We are blessed with officers within our Police Department who are capable of switching those gears to address the bad amongst the mostly good of our community. They represent our town well and are a part of the national law enforcement community who often quietly risk their lives so we can stay safe.

Hopefully people will hear the thousands of voices looking for an open dialogue and reconciliation for how people view our law enforcement personnel. They are critically important to an open and free society. We can only pray that the violence being directed towards our police officers will stop to allow the healing and dialogue to continue.

I can tell you that being a City Manager with a police department brings many sleepless nights as we watch what is unfolding nationally. I know each of our officers, their families and the quality individuals they are. I can tell you that I am very proud of what our law enforcement does for our community given the impossible tasks we give them.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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08/02/16 City Council Meeting Agenda/Packet

08/02/16 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Transportation Needs Questionnaire:

The Winters Senior Foundation are working with the City of Winters to identify ways of improving transportation options for City of Winters residents. We invite you to complete the following online questionnaire.

If at any time you are uncomfortable or do not wish to disclose information, you are free to leave questions blank or discontinue the survey. Your ideas and information will be very helpful for us to explore the transportation services needed.

Thank you in advance.


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Friday Update on July 22 2016

All,

 A couple items this week:

 ·         A very productive City Council Meeting this week. The Council approved the height increase for the Marriot Hotel, adopted both the sign and noise ordinance updates, approved consultants moving forward for the Senior Apartment Project and gave themselves a lot of liaison assignments. The Council was busy and have a lot on their plates.

·         The City will see our new Police Chief, John Miller begin work on Monday, July 25. We will swear him in Monday morning but are in the planning stages for a transition ceremony in the coming weeks. If you see Chief Miller around, welcome him to our town.

·         The City will say goodbye next week to Fire Chief Aaron McAlister who will be taking the position of Assistant Fire Chief for Contra Costa Fire Protection District. Chief McAlister leaves an incredible legacy with Winters Fire, bringing 24/7 service, developing our reserve firefighter program, bringing in almost $3 million in grants for new equipment and expanded training. The most significant accomplishment was his efforts to bring enhanced emergency medical services (ambulance) to Winters. He led the effort to take on the State bureaucracy and the result was the creation of the Yolo County Emergency Services Agency and the location of ambulance service in Winters. Under the leadership of Chief McAlister, we dealt with two of the largest fires in the history of Winters (Monticello and Wragg Fires) and have expanded the qualification and capabilities of our entire department. Winters Fire is blessed with an incredible history of volunteers and fire chiefs who laid a solid foundation for the department. Chief McAlister can easily be considered the Chief who moved the Department into a more modern era. We appreciate all he has done for Winters and wish him the best in his new position.

·         The City will also say goodbye to Chief Joseph Kreins who has served as interim police chief for the past 6 months. Under Chief Kreins, we have seen a very thorough audit of the Police Department, a comprehensive staffing re-organization and some incredible leadership training for our officers. The officers will tell you that Chief Kreins is “a cops cop” and I will tell you that he is an absolute dream for a City Manager. He did an incredible job and we appreciate his service.

·         The PG&E Gas Operations Technical Training Center is really moving and we can get ready to see the buildings coming out of the ground. Click HERE for a complete update on this amazing project. I had a chance to walk the project with the City’s inspection team and the construction manager for DPR Construction, Ian Bollinick this week and it is very impressive. I have never seen such a well run operation and a focus on getting things done. An absolutely first class operation!

·         It looks like the Grant Ave/Walnut Lane Roundabout is moving forwarded. Final plans and maps have been recorded with Caltrans and the encroachment permit will follow. The project will be out to bid and hopefully we will see construction move forward in the fall. The bureaucracy of Caltrans is immense and it is a miracle that we have reached this point! Good news!!

·         The traffic signal for the intersection of Grant Ave/Main St is in design and for an encroachment permit with Caltrans. Look for this project and light to be installed sometime after the first of the year. This is a bit more simple than the roundabout, so hopefully we will see things go a bit quicker.

·         Tell everyone with abandoned, inoperable or unlicensed vehicles that they either need to store them someplace or be prepared to get a citation. The Police Department has been giving warning citation throughout town to vehicles on the street and on private properties for those unregistered. The citations going out now are “warnings” but please be prepared for “real” citations in the coming weeks.

·         The Putah Creek Phase III project will be stalled for another year. The impending litigation from the Winters Friends of Putah Creek and obstacles put up to finalize permits simply will not allow construction within the tight window we have to do the restoration project. Look for all of this to start up next year!

·         The City is accepting applications for the Planning Commission. Click HERE for an application. The deadline for applications is on Monday, July 25 by 5:00.

 Thanks and have a nice weekend.

John


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Applicants Sought for Winters Planning Commission Vacancy

Applicants Sought for Winters Planning Commission Vacancy

The City of Winters is accepting applications to serve on the Winters Planning Commission through July 25. Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the Winters city limits.

Applications of Interest in Appointed Positions can be downloaded from the City of Winters website (click this link/pdf). A resume may be attached to the application form.

The term of service is four years, or until term end. A two-person subcommittee of the Winters City Council will review the submitted applications and select a limited number of applicants to be interviewed. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted and scheduled for their interviews.

Drop completed applications off or mail to City of Winters, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694. Applications may also be e-mailed to nanci.mills@cityofwinters.org.

For more information, call 530-795-4910, ext. 102.


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