This was an absolutely awesome week for Winters! Lots of ground breaking and ribbon cutting to help shape what is to come in 2016.
· The PG&E Gas Operations Technical Training Facility Groundbreaking on Monday was a momentous occasion. Click HERE to watch a video from PG&E. Just a very happy occasion after 2.5 years of hard work. Congratulations to all who participated in the process.
· The grading for the Downtown Hotel has begun! Look for a lot of activity to be happening for the next 16-18 months.
· On Thursday, the ribbon cutting occurred for the Winters Ranch Subdivision and the models are now open for view. The homes are beautiful and available for purchase. The homes will mostly likely sell quickly!! Click HERE for a link to the website on the project. The models will be open each weekend for public viewing.
· Monday marked a three week closure for the Putah Creek Car Bridge. Look for the bridge to re-open sometime around Thanksgiving.
This weekend is the Winters AYSO Regional Tournament. Come on out and see some awesome soccer all day Saturday.
Have a nice weekend. ~ John
Water Use Goes Down in September
Despite going up a little in August, we are still at an impressive 33.5 percent reduction over two years, exceeding the Governor’s call for extreme water use reduction. Homeowners have figured out the secret, and it shows up in yellow lawns and water-wise landscapes all over town, just like in many neighbor-ing communities throughout the area.
In September we used 22,794,552 gallons (30,474 units), down from 41,068,940 gallons (54,905 units) in September 2014. So far this year, we’ve used 264,257,872 gallons, down from 353,231,000 gallons during the same period in 2014. Your water bill is in units, with each unit being one hundred cubic feet, or 748 gallons.
Everything is a go for the groundbreaking. The tent is up, the rain has stopped and things are looking really good.
A couple tips:
The shuttle will be available at the Community Center Parking Lot beginning at 9:30 and running until about 10:45. This is the best and easiest way to get out there.
Things will kick off at approximately 11:00 sharp! Everything is in an amazing tent. They have really gone the extra mile for this event.
The program begins at 11 and will end around 12. The food and celebration begins directly following.
See you there. ~ John
Have a nice weekend. ~ John
The Bridge Project crews are working on their last big push to complete the bridge and get the bridge open to traffic. In order to facilitate this process the bridge will be closed beginning Mon., 11/2, at 9 am, and will remain closed until approximately Sat., 11/21. Please use Putah Creek Road to Hwy 505 as a detour during this time.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation during these last few weeks as we work to complete the project before the rains begin. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Scianna, 530-794-6715, firstname.lastname@example.org
With El Nino and fierce winters storms coming, residents along Dry Creek may experience erosion that needs to be addressed. Please watch for the Dry Creek Citizens Group, who will be circulating a petition through neighborhoods bordering Dry Creek in order to gain support to apply for grants funding to help people address the erosion issues they may face. Households who sign will receive booklets that help educate about the creek system and what restoration efforts might provide.
The group will be partnering with the City of Winters to devise a plan for the entire creek system and to provide planting and structures that will prevent erosion behind houses. By signing the petitions, citizens will show their support for grant applications that will be able to be reviewed by the public before being submitted to funders. Previous grants have already addressed severe erosion issues shared by some creek owners.
If any one would like to see actual restoration sites or if you would be interested in helping with the petition effort, please contact Valerie Whitworth (530-795-2009).
First, a couple reminders of things happening:
· The City and Waste Management will be holding a bulky item/e-waste/Household Hazardous Waste drop off this Saturday October 24 from 9-1 at the City Corp Yard on East Baker Street. Bring a utility bill or a picture ID with your address along with all your junk. Click HERE for the details.
· Tonight is the last Fourth Friday Feast in Downtown! It should be a beautiful evening to celebrate what is really cool about Winters and support our local merchants.
· The WJUSD is hosting a Vision/Mission Workshop on Monday, October 26, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Margaret Parsons Community Room at the Winters Community Library. The Board and Interim Superintendent Todd Cutler have been working really hard to put together a positive direction for the District. This is a great opportunity to provide input into the future of our District.
· PG&E will be hosting the groundbreaking of the Gas Operations Technical Training Center on November 2 beginning at 11:00. Shuttle services will be available from the Community Center Parking Lot or you can drive out to the location at Grant Ave/505. It should be really good.
A couple more items:
· Construction (mostly earthwork) on the Downtown Hotel Winters will begin next week. The parking area across from City Hall will be Closed for most of the week. Look for this area to be mostly closed during the duration of the construction which will take the good part of 12-16 months. This is an infill project which needs a construction staging area and this is the most logical location.
· City Hall will be building an employee parking area in a lot adjacent to City Hall to take about 10 cars off of the street. Business employees are encouraged to park in either the Community Center, Railroad or along West Main Street near second street. In total, the walk from any of this parking adds up to about 1 city block to the furthest business. Try doing that in Sacramento, San Francisco or any larger city!
· The Putah Creek Car Bridge will see a two week closure from November 2-16 for the construction of the roadway. This will require detour via 505 as they install bricks and the roadway section.
· The Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartment Project cleared another financing hurdle this week and we are now looking for construction to begin in 2016.
· The Walnut Lane Roundabout actually got a response from Caltrans and we are now looking at a spring 2016 construction date. Because we are trying to work with Caltrans, who really knows!
Have a nice weekend. ~ John
**ALL YOU CAN EAT** PEEL & EAT SHRIMP Pasta, salad, bread
Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Winters Fire Dept.
700 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694
Cocktails – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dinner Served – 6:00 pm
$25.00 per person
Purchase Tickets Online:
Only 350 presale tickets available
Bulky Items, Household Waste and Electronic Waste Drop Off Event: Sat., 10/24/15, 9am-1pm
You are cordially invited to the groundbreaking of
PG&E’s Gas Operations Technical Training Center in Winters
Monday, November 2, 2015, 11am–1pm
Location: Intersection of Interstate 505 & East Grant Ave in Winters, CA
Parking Options: Rotary Park, 201 Railroad Avenue, Winters, CA
Shuttle bus will be available; Rotary Park will serve as Pick-up location.
The last shuttle bus will depart from Rotary Park at 10:45 a.m.
Note: A short walk, including some non-paved areas, will be required. If you need special access or assistance, make sure you let us know in your RSVP.
Attire: Please wear comfortable shoes.
Community celebration immediately following Groundbreaking
Please RSVP to Laura Gonzalez at email@example.com.