I thought up some rather clever announcements for this week’s update to try and prank everyone on April Fools, but I decided to go straight and avoid needing to correct the vicious rumors I would saddle myself with.
Finally, yesterday was the observance of Cesar Chavez’ birthday. He was truly a California Hero and one of the most influential people in the history of our great state!
Over the years (in high school and college), I had an opportunity to meet Cesar Chavez and I was always amazed at what a gentle, yet confident man he was. His advocacy for farmworks was just part of a legacy which really represented empowerment on many levels including social, economic and the advancement of basic human rights and principles. In the nonviolent model of Martin Luther King, Jr., he demonstrated a civil disobedient approach to the empowerment of people and the ability to generate economic opportunity for thousands of California families.
The most amazing aspects of Cesar Chavez is that he led his life by an extremely high moral and ethical code. The principles which guided him made him a role model and someone whose legacy lives on today.
Have a nice weekend!
Mission Statement: We strive to provide a fun, safe and successful program for students to learn and grow during the summer. We will provide each student with the opportunity to improve academically, socially and physically while minimizing summer learning loss.
2016 summer registration begins: Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Packets will be available at City Hall, Waggoner Elementary School front office, Shirley Rominger Intermediate School front office and ALL Winters After School Program classrooms.
Serving: students going into 1st grade – students going into 6th grade (for the 2016-17 school year) no exceptions.
Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm, with breakfast served at 8:30am, gates open at 8:15am.
Days of Operation: Monday-Friday and closed for July 4, 2016.
1st Session: Monday, June 6-Friday, July 1, 2016. 2nd Session: Tuesday, July 5-Friday, July 29, 2016.
Breakfast, Lunch and PM Snack is included.
Tuition: $200 per child per session or $100 per child per session for those qualifying and turning in a Free/Reduced Lunch Letter from the district; no multiple child discount; payment plans available.
Daily attendance is not required; parent must notify staff of child’s attendance schedule ahead of time.
MSC does take students to and from swim team daily.
Daily Schedule includes: Academics, Reading, Enrichment, Recreation, Free Play and Nutritious Meals/Snack.
Weekly Schedule includes: Field Trips – Town Pool, City Park, Town Library, Music and Drama Lessons.
Summer Schedule includes: Four out of town field trips and end of the year Carnival.
Volunteers: High School or College volunteers are welcome and needed. One volunteer per class is needed through the whole day; we do split schedules for volunteers.
This program is funded and operated through community contributions as well as minimal tuition. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please make donations payable to: City of Winters- Munchkin Summer Camp. Please send donations to: City of Winters-MSC, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694
Pre-Proposal Telephone Conference for Parking Consultant Services – Request for Proposals
April 4th at 2:00 pm
City Council Chambers
318 First Street, Winters, CA
To phone in and participate,
Access Code: 6878546
The City of Winters desires to hire a consulting firm to serve as the City Engineer. The City Engineer will become adjunct to staff, working with the City Manager and various departments to develop and deliver various programs and projects associated with: private development projects, capital improvement projects for water, wastewater, streets, drainage, traffic engineering, parks and public facilities. The City is looking for consultants that:
-Coordinate the City’s Engineering Function
-Understand City facilities and operations
-Efficiently develop and deliver programs and projects
-Work with staff, City Council and private developers in the development and implementation of projects
-Have a depth of staff available with advance notice
(RFQ – City Engineer Services – pdf)
No matter where you sit on the religious or government spectrum, I still think one coolest old school things about the City of Winters is that we give our staff a half day off for Good Friday! Only in a small town!!!
This update covers a lot of details currently working in each of the City Departments.
A letter to the editor in the Winters Express expressed disappointment regarding the lack of public participation in the selection of the next Police Chief. A couple notes of response:
I will tell you that the selection of the “right person” is my highest priority as City Manager. I specifically keep politics out of the selection process for any of our staff. The next Chief will be someone who will be the right fit for the Winters organization and community, someone who will lead Winters PD, mentor and train our officers and represent our goals within the community with integrity and respect.
A couple more notes:
Happy Easter to everyone!
The City of Winters (City) is seeking proposals from qualified firms/individuals (Consultant) to conduct a parking analysis focused on the downtown area of Winters. The primary objectives of the analysis include
– Assessing the need for additional public parking, based on current and future development
– Identifying sites (both public and private) that would be well suited to shared use on a daily basis as well as overflow sites for event parking.
– Designing a distinctive and clear signage model to direct motorists towards parking options.
– Analyzing a variety of funding strategies to support parking infrastructure in Winters, including, but not limited to special downtown parking business improvement district (PBID), downtown business assessment district, metered parking, enforcement, in lieu fees for new development as well as re-purposing existing downtown buildings.
This study and its recommendations will help inform the future development of a parking master plan for the downtown area.
This week has been crazy busy and I am uninspired, so here are a few highlights.
· The dedication for the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument will be on Saturday, March 19 at 10:30, at “Cowboy Camp” along Highway 16. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell with be there along with Smokey the Bear. This is a huge day to celebrate!
· Things are in the works for a Salmon Festival, November 1-5. It will include a week of various activities including a salmon feed on the Friday and a big day of activities on the Saturday. Sorry, no fishing contest!! Stay tuned as this develops.
· The commercial project proposed for the Northeast corner of Main/Railroad was delayed at the City Council meeting as parking issues are still in need of resolve. This is a really nice project and we will work through some of the issues. Stay tuned.
· Kudo’s to the Parking Committee and their RFP which will be released next week to work toward the development of a long range parking plan. Lot’s of work went into it and the members should be congratulated for their efforts. They are helping move downtown into the next phase as it evolves into that truly premier destination.
· Congrats to the Winters Senior Foundation on their trip to Reno this week. 30+ people went and they had a GREAT time. Look for future events from this emerging and dynamic group!
· The Hispanic Advisory Committee will be holding a planning meeting on Monday, March 21 at City Hall beginning at 6:30, this will be chance for persons to become active, provide input and help chart a course for the coming year.
Finally, a reminder for a couple items:
· The Fourth Friday Downtown Festival begins next week.
· Calendar Girls continues this weekend at the Community Center. Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 and the Sunday finale beginning at 2.
Have a nice weekend!
Join Us for Your
Every Kid in a Park*
Saturday, March 26
Lake Solano County Park Nature Center
11 A.M. Guided Tour
12 P.M. Scavenger hunt
1-3 P.M. Children’s Activities
* 4th Graders, earn your Every Kid in a Park Pass for Federal Lands!
For Release On: March 14, 2016 (PRESS RELEASE – pdf) —
Reclamation, Lake Solano County Parks and Putah Creek Council to Host an Every Kid in a Park Feature Event
WINTERS, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, Lake Solano County Parks and the Putah Creek Council will host an Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) Feature Event on Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Solano County Park’s Nature Center. The park is just west of Winters at 8685 Pleasants Valley Road. For directions, please visit http://www.co.solano.ca.us/depts/rm/countypark/dd/default.asp.
Parking at Lake Solano County Park is $6 for the day. Participation in this event is otherwise free of charge, and no registration is required.
The day’s events will begin with a guided tour at 11 a.m., continue with a scavenger hunt at noon, and conclude with children’s activities from 1 to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The guided tour is limited to 15 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please contact Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Jennifer Onufer at email@example.com or 707-966-2111, ext. 112 (TTY 800-877-8339).
The Department of the Interior’s EKIP initiative aims to introduce every fourth grader in the country to their national public lands in 2016, the year of the National Park Service Centennial.
As part of this event, local fourth-grade students will be able to earn their free “America the Beautiful EKIP Pass” which offers the students and their families free access to federal public lands managed by Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Until Aug. 31, 2016, these agencies will waive admission to public lands, including Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks.
More information on EKIP may be found at https://www.everykidinapark.gov/.
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Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov.
Attend a workshop to learn about the
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
and what it means for Yolo County
6:00 PM Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Yolo County Farm Bureau, 69 W. Kentucky Ave., Woodland
6:00 PM Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Winters Community Center 201 Railroad Ave., Winters
6:00 PM Thursday, March 31, 2016 Clarksburg Community Church 52910 Netherlands Ave., Clarksburg Groundwater Meeting
Yolo County Farm Bureau & Water Resources Association of Yolo County (WRA)
➢ Review of SGMA: the intent, requirements, and timeline of the law and what is being done locally to address it.
➢ Review of Yolo County’s water system and the groundwater conditions.
AGENDA 6 PM to 8 AM
Part 1: SGMA Overview & Requirements: Q&A
Part 2: SGMA Outreach & Implementation: Q&A
Part 3: Open Discussion
Part 4: Next Steps
This week’s update is a focus on some of the real leadership we see happening within the City’s organization. It is absolutely amazing.
The Winters Public Works Department are the unsung heroes of our City organization. They are the ones who work behind the scenes making little things like the water and wastewater systems happen and keep certain areas of town from flooding! A couple highlights on recent accomplishments.
In Winters, the main emphasis I give to our Staff is that we need to be a reflection of what is clearly one of the best communities, anywhere. Winters is great, because the culture of people living here is made up of people who really care and are deeply invested in the outcomes.
This update does not include all of the projects we have in the works, but there are MANY. As City Manager, I am amazed at all of the things which are happening in Winters. The key ingredients for our organization are TEAMWORK and mostly HARD WORK. We really are blessed with people throughout the organization who really work hard to make things happen.
I can tell you that I feel I have the coolest job in the world being able to see quality people who step up and make things happen!
Finally, a couple reminders.
Have a nice, rainy weekend.
A lot going on and a super busy week:
· A reminder that the Winters Friends of the Library WFoL will be holding their annual fruit tree sale this Saturday, March 5 on Railroad Ave across from the post office. Members get in at 8:30 and non-members get in at 9. The bare root trees are of extremely high quality and are a bargain at $10. I have 10 in my yard and relish the return on my investment almost every day with fruit smoothies and jams!
· Congratulations to Officer Jose Hermosillo who was named the 2016 Officer of the Year for the Winters Police Department. Jose has done an outstanding job representing the Department in the community and was recently given an acting promotion to Corporal within the Winters PD.
· The City Council approved moving forward on some potential Cap and Trade Grant Funds for Senior Transit Services, so stay tuned on seeing if we cannot get funding for a dial a ride system in town.
· 5 more building permits were issued for the Winters Ranch Subdivision and we expect more next week. Those houses are selling really well!
· Winters Fire Personnel just returned from haz mat and terrorism training in Alabama. It is amazing how times are evolving to where even small town departments are getting training is these types of issues. Expect a presentation before the City Council on what was learned.
· The Bureau of Reclamation has rejected bids from companies who bid on the recently released prospectus to manage sites up at the lake. This is a major setback to almost 4 years of recent planning and the almost 12 years since BOR shut down most of the resorts at Lake Berryessa. A very sad and solemn meeting was held on Wednesday at the Spanish Flat Senior Center. Go to Save Lake Berryessa 2016 on Facebook to follow efforts to revitalize the Lake or try the Bureau of Reclamation website by clicking HERE
· The drill rig in the north part of the City is probing for Water Well #8 in support of the Winters Highlands Subdivision.
· Look for the final design items on the Downtown Hotel to be on the Planning Commission in April.
· The Police Department has two programs they are advertising. The first is a Citizen’s Academy (Click HERE) and the other is a advertisement for police volunteers (click HERE). This is an exciting time for the Winters Police Department, so spread the word on both of these.
· The Adult Lap Swim has opened a month early at the Bobbie Greenwood Swimming Pool from 6:30-8:00 Monday through Friday and 9-10:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Time to stretch into that swimsuit and get into summer shape early.
· Congrats to the Winters High School Varsity Girls Soccer on their third consecutive Northern Section Championship by defeating Pierce High School in Arbuckle last weekend. We are really proud of our athletes for their hard work and determination in getting that third section title!
Have a nice weekend.