A couple items:
· The City Council Meeting went through a review of the City Budget. Overall an interesting meeting and we will continue some of the discussion on May 17.
One of the big stories on the budget is the fact that we are forecasting substantially less revenue for the next fiscal year, thus spending is actually being reduced. Even though the City has the most building activity in its history, most permits for the big projects have already been paid and the benefits to the tax base will not be seen for almost two years. Things are lean for next year, but we have anticipated that and have adjusted spending accordingly. Other impacts on revenues include reduced gas prices which have hit our budget hard.
Our budgeting and fiscal management policies mandate that structural spending only be increased when recurring (tax base) revenues increase over a foreseeable future. One time revenues (permits and fees) can spike during any one year and provide a false sense of prosperity. The cities who find themselves in trouble are the ones who forecast that one time (non-recurring) revenues will go for a duration, they increase certain fixed costs (adding personnel or facilities) and then when the revenues decline, they have a huge structural problem.
The proposed budget has delayed hires in both Police and Fire until the second half of the 2017-18 fiscal year. This will keep our fiscal outlook solid and reduce deficit spending!
· This Saturday is the Winters Garage Sale! This year’s theme is “The best stuff ever”!! Come out and buy merchandise from other peoples garages to be taken to be stored in your garage! Sales will be at City Park and many houses throughout town.
· The dedication of the Putah Creek Car Bridge is Friday at 3:00 behind the Community Center. This is an amazing project and come and see history in the making. The next replacement/dedication is scheduled for May 2216!
· This year’s Big Day of Giving had a number of technical glitches which slowed some of the fundraising. From my sources, the Winters Friends of the Library raised $28K, Winters Theatre $2,500, Putah Creek Council $7K, Center for Land Based Learning $58K and Yolo Housing $2k. If you got caught in the computer mess and could not donate, drop a check in the mail to these critical Winters organizations. They really are what helps make Winters the wonderful place it is!
· The Winters Citizens Academy continues on Monday, May 9 with the topics covering Internet Crime and DUI Enforcement. All are welcome to this really good program!
Tonight is Cinco de Mayo and I am heading to Berryessa Brewing where Chris, Lori and their crew will highlight “La Fuerza” a Mexican style lager. A classic style beer and a couple of taco’s will take me back to my East LA roots on this important national holiday!
Caution on your beer consumption tonight or get a designated driver!
Feliz Cinco de Mayo
First, a big thanks for everyone who came out to the Youth Day Rotary Pancake Breakfast on a windy day. Also, a big thanks and congratulations to Mike Sebastian for his service to the Community over the years and his retirement as Chairman for the event.
A couple items for the week:
Here is the list of organizations from Winters which you might consider:
These organizations bring so many benefits to Winters and they need your support. Giving starts at midnight tonight and runs until midnight tomorrow. There are incentives (prizes of enhanced donations from the sponsor of Big DOG) to these organizations for early giving, so give early and often.
This is short and sweet as I am working on Youth Day stuff for the big day tomorrow.
• The Duck Derby begins tonight at 5:00 behind the Community Center with the Opening Ceremonies following.
• Kids Movie Night is at 8:00 in the Community Center Amphitheatre.
• The Rotary Youth Day Pancake Breakfast begins at 6:30 in the morning. $2 off during the first hour.
• Kiddie Parade is at 9:45
• Youth Day Parade begins at 10:00.
• City Park Fair begins at 12:00
• Free Concert (Terry Sheets Band) starts at 7:00 at Creekside Bar!
Look for an extended update on Monday.
A couple items this week:
A couple reminders:
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,
“Notice to Contractors” for Walnut Park – Phase 2 (pdf)
Bids are required for the entire work as described below:
The work, in general, to be done under this contract consists of; the demolition and removal of an existing concrete curb; the construction of; playground concrete slide and sand play area, sidewalks and decomposed granite paths; street improvements along Walnut Lane and the installation of a steel shade structure, ranch style vinyl fences with aluminum gates, a recessed turf field, site drainage system, site furniture, drinking fountain, path bollards, bike racks, handicap parking stall striping, site lighting, irrigation, planting, boulders and logs and all within the confines of WALNUT PARK in Winters, California.
Lot’s going on….
City Council Agendas:
April 19, 2016
- Budget Workshop at 4:30
- Wallace-Kuhl Agmt. for the Continuation of Monitoring Services at the Former Landfill
- Recycling Grant Application for Payment Programs
- Proclamation Declaring May 3rd as the BIG Day of Giving
- Water Well Maintenance Contract for Well #’s 2 & 6 with Suez dba: Utility Service Group
- Bid Issuance for Construction Improvements for Phase II Construction at Walnut Park
May 3, 2016
- Formal review of the FY 2016-17 and 2017-18 City Budget
- Initiate Proceedings and Preliminary Approval of the Engineers Annual Levy Report for the City-Wide Maintenance Assessment Dist., FY 2016-2017
- Purchase of Wastewater Emergency Generator
May 17, 2016
- Callahan Estates DA
- Street Naming Recommendations for Winters Highlands
- Budget Adoption
- Staff visited the City of Yountville and viewed their bar screen and would like to install a similar self-contained unit at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- Repaired water leak on Hemenway.
- Some bad spots on Main Street are being repaved.
- New sidewalk was poured from 4th Street through City Park to the bathrooms, and will be followed by a sidewalk from the new play structure to Main Street. Lights like those on the creek path will illuminate the new sidewalks and DG will be installed in various places.
- A new Jacobsen mower has been purchased. The older Jacobsen mower will be kept as a secondary unit to run simultaneously, if needed.
- Pool inspection scheduled (and passed) for today and staff will perform a sand filter enzyme treatment next week.
- Working on the landscape plans for Winters Ranch public right of way.
- YFCU has requested to deliver clean fill dirt to landfill.
- Staff will erect signs for the May 6th Winters Putah Creek Car Bridge Dedication.
- City-wide striping will commence, weather permitting.
- Mulch is being spread on the elderberry plantings at the creek.
- Cr6 or Chromium 6 – pilot people have offered a different method of treatment utilizing a 53’ trailer housing system to perform a more detailed pilot study. Ionex also wants to come back and do some more work.
- Working on two bike rodeos with Winters Police Department and Winters PTA.
- Working on budgets – reviewing expenditures and asking questions regarding revenues.
- Quilt Show will be on Saturday, June 18 – looking for volunteers to set up at the Community Center on 6/17 and on the sidewalks on 6/18.
- Pool is gearing up with 15 new and returning lifeguards.
- Recreation swim is scheduled to begin in May.
- School Board approved an agreement for janitorial services for the ASP & Munchkin programs.
- Winters Theater Company board approved the replacement of the stage floor at the Community Center. The board will work with the Community Center schedule and Gary Schroeder will be working with the City staff on the repairs.
- Fire reserve orientation will take place on 4/22 for 5 recruits (still waiting for two medical reports). Fire indicated they will be going back out for additional reserves.
- Attended a Yolo County Planning Commission meeting today with Council Member Cowan regarding Ag Tourism.
- Parking Consultant RFP responses are due on Monday, April 18th.
- Walnut Park will go out to bid on 4/20, if approved by City Council on 4/19.
- Affordable Housing Steering Committee (AHSC) met on 4/13 regarding moderate ownership covenant and the recommendation was unanimous to shorten the covenant from 45 years to 10-15 years.
- Staff taught a planning class to preschoolers at The Treehouse, which included a treasure map of downtown and a stop at City Hall.
- Planning Commission meeting on 4/26 and the agenda will include Callahan, Downtown Hotel, and a noise study session.
- Street naming meeting was held last week, with JoAnn Larkey to provide a narrative description of the names chosen.
- Winters resident is pursuing a permit for a bike/petty cab.
- Winters is a hot bed for filming crews, with filming taking place on 4/23 at the Public Safety Facility. The need for an ordinance/permit will be on the to do list.
- Will be receiving an updated status on Starbucks.
- Staff is continuing to work on a nuisance ordinance.
- Issued the final for two houses on Mermod and the Certificates of Occupancy (C of O’s) are ready to pick up.
- Received an alert from the FBI for thieves who are stealing truckloads of almonds, walnuts and pistachios, with farmers losing $4.5 million dollars a year (oh nuts!)
- Citizen’s Academy will begin on Monday, 4/18 and continue on Monday’s through 5/16. Class topics include community policing, local government and the fire department, gangs and street narcotics, internet safety and DUI information and crime prevention.
- Planning structure training burns in Dixon and will include Winters Fire staff as part of a 2-day certified class.
- Multi-agency swift water rescue training will be held on 4/23.
- Staff will be participating in wild land fire refresher training.
Have a nice weekend.
Over a 5 week period, the Winters Police Department will be hosting a Winters Citizen’s Academy to educate the community on a number of key issues. These will include:
Each of the sessions will be held (from 6:30-8:30) at the Public Safety Facility. This will be an incredible opportunity for residents to get a great overview of public safety issues in our town.
The Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting scheduled for this Thursday, April 14, 2016, is Cancelled.
A couple items for the week:
· Overall, a good City Council Meeting on a number of fronts. Fire Grants, another discussion on fountains and the Comprehensive Financial Report.
· To read the City’s Comprehensive Financial Report, click HERE . This literally tells you everything about the financial situation for the City and provides some interesting statistical data on the City. Great reading for nerds and interested people alike.
· The Downtown Hotel is off and running again with the finish grading happening now. Look for construction to start in May. Really good news!!
· On Thursday, the City hosted a group of capital investors seeking information on opportunities within Winters. The momentum of the many projects happening in town is getting a ton of attention amongst those with money. Good News!!
· Staff is working with the Yolo Habitat Conservancy on a number of issues as they move toward adoption of the Habitat Plan later in 2016. To view their plan, go to their website by clicking HERE.
· The Winters Combined PTA is getting ready for their “Spring Into Action” Fundraiser in the coming weeks. They have a concept of virtual activities to get everyone active and a chance for people to sponsor activities for the schools. Go to their website by clicking HERE.
· Munchkin Summer Camp registration is still going, so please encourage your students to sign up!! We currently have 9 students in 1st grade, 16 in 2nd, 12 in 3rd,4 in 4th, 15 in 5th and 6 in 6th. Come to City Hall for sign ups before the classes fill for summer. Click HERE for more information.
· This Saturday is an Autism Awareness Event /walk starting at 8:00 behind the Community Center. The walk with be along Putah Creek and will benefit Logan Kruen’s Capstone Project for her senior year.
· My hot tip on beer is “Rain Dog” which has just been released by Berryessa Brewing. Think Separation Anxiety and Double Tap have a love child and you get Rain Dog. Chris Miller is such an incredible brewer and I guarantee that this will be one of his master pieces! Also, they still have Station 26 which is an incredible drinking beer and is Chris’ homage to Winters Fire!
· Winters AYSO has 3 teams in the AYSO Section Tournament this weekend! Go Warriors!
Finally, today I had an opportunity to participate in Woody Fridae’s 5th grade Civil War Program as a “Visitor from the Past” (I play General Ullyses Grant). The visitors also include Abraham Lincoln (played by Rich Rominger) and Michael Barbour who plays General Robert E. Lee. If you have never seen Rich as Lincoln, you need too, it is absolutely incredible!!! Woody is Lt Fridae.
The performance is a part of the Angel Island Civil War Program where 5th grade students learn about life as a soldier, the mid 1800’s and the program culminates in a two day trip to Angel Island.
At Angel Island, the students live a couple days in the life of a soldier. They learn a variety of skills, do marching, bread making, signaling, rifle work, with the day ending with a hike to the top of Mt Livermore and the view of the San Francisco Skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. The program also includes a number of parent chaperones who accompany the various squads of soldiers.
The evening culminates with Lt Fridae playing guitar, peach cobbler, popcorn and singing songs from the past. The soldiers then take turns “on watch”(protecting the barracks and the gold) which means none of them really sleep for the two days.
It is truly an experience which these students will remember for their entire lives. It is that good!!
Woody and Rebecca Fridae were honored as Citizens of the Year for many reasons, but their school programs are incredible (Rebecca spearheads the 6th grade Camp Loma Mar Outdoor Program). As a community, the impacts we have on the lives of children will set the framework for their entire lives. Programs like Angel Island and Camp Loma Mar are two of the most special programs I have ever personally seen (in Winters we have the Center for Land Base Learning which does similar programs for the inner city). To watch the joy and learning in the eyes of the students is absolutely magical.
Kudo’s to Lt Fridae and his troops as they get ready to head to Angel Island to protect the nations gold supply for a couple of days!
I’m headed to Berryessa Brewing for a Rain Dog and to buy my wife a favorite glass of wine!
Have a nice weekend.
04/14/16 Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda (pdf)