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November 2016 City of Winters Newsletter

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Friday Update on October 28, 2016

All,

 A couple items:

 ·         The upcoming City Council Meeting will include the second readings of the ordinances on Zoning Text Amendments and Nuisance Abatement, the reconveyance of the Railroad Ave Parking Lot to the City from the former Redevelopment Agency, the Bid documents for the Roundabout and the Refinancing of Redevelopment Bonds.

·         On Wednesday, we had some excitement with a car chase through town! Luckily, our law enforcement folks were able to catch the person but it was not a good situation. The suspect driving the car narrowly missed some pedestrians and ultimately crashed into a tree on Highway 128.

·         Tonight is the Relay for Life beginning at 6:00 at Dr Sellars Field. The event will run through Saturday. There are 35 teams who will be selling and doing things to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. Come out and support your neighbors and friends in this important event!

·         A pancake breakfast in support of the Relay for Life will be from 7-10 Saturday morning!

 Have a nice weekend.

John


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11/01/16 City Council Meeting Agenda/Packet

11/01/16 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Friday Update on October 21, 2016

All,

A couple items from this week:

·         At the Council Meeting, the big topics included some Zoning Text Amendments to the Zoning Code, consideration of a Nuisance Ordinance and the Refinancing/Refunding of some Tax Allocation Bonds.

·         The amendments to the Zoning Code were essentially some housekeeping to consolidate some definitions of topics which were in conflict. Also included was an increase in building height to 45’ in the freeway area.

·         The adoption of the Nuisance Ordinance is a major addition. It essentially expands the section of the Municipal Code dealing with code enforcement on properties. Nuisances are typically various aspects of the Building, Housing and Fire Codes, along with State government codes dealing with health & Safety, vehicles and general maintenance issues. The City Council held a public hearing with the second reading coming on November 1.

·         The refinancing of the 2004 and 2007 Tax Allocation Bonds is meant to take advantage of the really low interest rates and provide more revenue to all entities receiving property tax revenues. In all, at current interest rates, the refunding of the bonds will save almost $100k in annual debt service payments and the City of Winters will see an additional $24K in additional property tax revenue. Overall, a basic business move which benefits the City and other agencies.

·         Cannabis is the big topic in California and amongst cities with the upcoming consideration of Proposition 64 on the November ballot. There are many issues regarding everything from cultivation, sales, home use and public use. The Cities and County are looking at a general meeting to determine what everyone is doing and how things will move forward in Prop 64 is passed! Stay tuned.

·         Walnut Park (between Walnut Lane and Dutton Street) is coming to a completion. Look for the hydra seed for the turf to go in over the next few weeks and the fences to come down soon. This is a beautiful project and a real asset to the community!

·         City Hall will be holding an open house on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. Come on by for refreshments and a tour to learn and see one of the oldest structures in the City.

·         The City Park Playground Rehabilitation Committee is fundraising and holding meetings. The goal is to have this project built in October, 2017. Go to their City of Winters Playground Rehabilitation Committee Facebook page by clicking HERE.

·         The Relay for Life is coming up next Friday, October 28 through the 29th . at the Winters High School Track.  To sign up, make a donation or participate, go to www.relayforlife.org .

·         Berryessa Gap is holding their annual Paella Cookoff on November 12 at their facility on Highway 128. Click HERE for more information and to attend.

·         These past two weeks have been especially sad for our farming community with the passing of John Ramos and Bill Biasi. These men were truly the cultivators of our landscape and represented the “old school” of farming and our heritage. Winters is a place where we grow some of the finest food in the world, and it takes farmers like John and Bill to advance that cause. Their services were this week and our community is morning the passing of two really good men! Godspeed to them both!

·         Finally, the past couple of weeks have been a nightmare for California law enforcement. In the past two weeks, four (4) police officers have been killed in the line of duty and two officers in Vallejo faced a horrific situation where a jammed gun prevented a gunman from murdering them as they sat in a Starbucks. The national media coverage seems to put a different spin on their coverage of persons killed in law enforcement incidents versus when law enforcement officers are killed by suspects.

The deaths of the each of these officers occurred in some pretty basic types of calls which our Winters officers respond to routinely. The call in Palm Springs was a “domestic dispute”, the call in Modoc County was a “disturbance” call. The other was responding to a “mentally disturbed” individual. The officers in Vallejo were sitting in the Starbucks having coffee.

In most cases, these incidents and decision making of the police officers happen in fractions of seconds. From nothing happening to gunfire is sometimes 1 second. I watched a video of the Vallejo incident and the officers had less than 3 seconds from the moment the gunman appeared in the doorway to them heroically giving chase to prevent him from killing innocent civilians. The Vallejo officers had every reason to “duck and cover” to protect themselves, but it was amazing to watch them immediately jump into pursue the gunman who was running up the street with the potential of killing people. The Vallejo officers were heroic!

As a City Manager, these incidents are a constant reminder of the harm we send our officers into on a daily basis. It is also a reminder of the commitment to duty these men and women assume every day they put their uniforms on to protect our community from harm. They have an incredibly difficult job with situations which can go from 0-60 in less than a second.

Please keep the officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in your prayers. Also give thanks to those men and women in law enforcement service here in Winters and everywhere for what they do for all of us.

·         Winters Warriors are in Willows this week to take on the Honkers!

Go Warriors!

Have a nice weekend.

John


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10/18/16 City Council Meeting

10/18/16 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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10/13/16 Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting

Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee 10/13/16 Meeting Agenda (pdf)


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Friday Update on September 30 2016

All,

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.

John


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10/04/16 City Council Meeting

10/04/16 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Playground Design Day- September 28 2016

All,

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!

John


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Friday Update on September 23 2016

All,

A couple items and some events:

  • City Council covered a lot of ground at the Tuesday meeting. Chromium 6 comlpliance will move forward with the test drill of Water Well #9 along Putah Creek. They also authorized funding for a Parking Study for Downtown.
  • Planning Commission on Tuesday will cover two key items. The Downtown Hotel has a façade modification which will redo a portion of the Railroad Avenue frontage to meet the requirements of the restaurant tenant considering locating into the hotel. The second big item is consideration of a Nuisance Ordinance for the City. Click HERE for a link to the entire agenda packet.
  • Saturday is the Festival de La Commnidad and Carnitas Festival. Things kick off after 1:00 and Carnitas will be ready around 4. Lot’s of music, food and fun for the entire family.
  • City Staff met this week with the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding our Elderberry Mitigation Area along Putah Creek. Overall, a pretty good meeting!
  • Tonight is Fourth Friday. Come enjoy what will be a cool evening and delicious food.
  • Winters High will be playing Capitol Christian at Hughes Field on Saturday. Go Warriors.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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09/27/16 Planning Commission Meeting

09/27/16 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet)


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09/20/16 City Council Meeting

09/20/16 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Friday Update on Thursday September 15 2016

All,

Short yet informative (my Friday is absolutely crazy so I am sending this a little early)!

  • The Bureau of Reclamation has selected FX10 International, Inc, owned by Winters residents John and Linda Frazier as the concessionaires for Markley Cove. The contract is for a 30 year period and will bring stability and upgrades to our end of the lake. John and Linda along with the Frazier Family have operated Markley Cove for the past 40 years! They are a really important Winters business and have been stalwart over the past 15 very difficult years at Lake Berryessa. The award of the contract to the Fraziers is really good news for our town and the future moving forward in our region! I personally cannot say enough about the Fraziers, they are a class act and kept their dignity during some pretty tough years dealing with the concession re-bid process. This is a good thing for Winters!
  • Carrie Green is the new Executive Director for the Winters Chamber of Commerce. She brings an impressive background and is well in tuned with Winters. I met with Carrie for a bit and I think she is going to do a wonderful job!!
  • City Council Meeting for Tuesday will feature Chromium 6 compliance strategy and authorization, hire of a Parking Study Consultant, funding for the Salmon Festival, Sound permits for WHS Homecoming and the Festival De La Communidad and an update on improvements and future plans for the play areas at City Park.
  • The Chromium 6 numbers are not encouraging. Right now, combined water and sewer will exceed $200 per month (not including consumption). The following is from our consultant regarding the views of State and Federal bureaucrats regarding excessive utility rates in small towns:

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.

  • The Winters Friends of the Library will have another great event this Saturday September 17 from 3-6 pm. Books and Brews will happen at Berryessa Brewing. Local authors will be there to talk about their books, sell some (with proceeds to WFOL). The lineup includes Steve Ackley, Kelly Hess, Jesse Loren, Beth McMillen, Lisa Nalbone, Lorraine Rominger, Tamsen Schultz and Spring Warren.
  • Putah Creek/Coastal Clean-up Day is this Saturday, September 17. Bring gloves, closed toe shoes and a water bottle for a day of cleaning up the creek. Meet at the Rotary Park Gazebo beginning at 8:45!

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!!

John


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Friday Update on September 9 2016

All,

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.

 John


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Books & Brews – 09/17/16 – 3-6pm

Have you ever wondered whebooksre 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.

Download PDF Here


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Calie’s Carnival – Sept. 11, 2016 – Fundraiser

caliescarnivalThe 3rd Annual Calie’s Carnival
September 11, 2016
12-5 pm
The Green River Venue
(Creekside Park) in Winters, CA
Fundraiser benefitting
The Calie West College Fund
Come down to 4513 Putah Creek Road and join us for a day of music by DJ Barnett, food provided by Buckhorn, Kona Ice Truck, carnival games and prizes by John Lopez, a petting zoo, dunk tank and photo booth! Plus vendors and a ton of great raffle prizes to win!
Contact us at caliescarnival@gmail.com


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