Some items as we get ready for what will be the first pandemically plagued Sunday in probably the last 3,000 years!
Finally, the closure of City Hall from the Covid 19 pandemic will make this a very sad Good Friday!
One of the most charming aspects of working at City Hall and Downtown is the energy which seems to flow on holiday weekends; and Good Friday is one of them. The City observes a half day holiday for Good Friday which is as old school and small town as it gets. A lot of old time Winters folks come by in the morning to wish everyone a Happy Easter. Its always really nice and something I am going to miss!
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and “chag Pesach samekh” to those celebrating Passover. Be grateful and be thankful!
We are in some of the most interesting times in many of our lives with different energies flowing which are not necessarily positive. I always like to stress that it is in the toughest times, peoples true character, integrity and intentions emerge. In these times, I hope all will find time to show some love, respect and kindness to family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers. Light a candle, say a prayer, toast some Turkovich Wine or share a Berryessa Brewing beer. We certainly need it.
Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please do the following:
A couple things for this week.
City Council Meeting:
To watch and participate in the City Council Meeting, go to our Zoom meeting or watch us on the City’s YouTube Channel. If you wish to come to City Hall, the City Council Chamber will be open.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 709 101 228
For the new COVID-19 dashboard visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-dashboard. For information about COVID-19 in Yolo County, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus. For guidance regarding the shelter in place order, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus/shelter-in-place. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.
These are amazing times where you get to see the best and worst of people. The good news is we live in a place where we see some of the best!
I am trying my best to outreach with our business community to find means of assisting them. To a business, each owner or manager I talk with brings up their employees FIRST in every conversation. The reality is our business community are relatively small, family owned businesses who hire local folks. You can see the stress on their faces, mostly centered in the hardship which is being put onto their employees. Our business community is just first rate and has their priorities with the people who make them amazing.
First Northern Bank is advertising a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) which comes from the Federal CARES Act helps business pay their employees through which essentially pays 8 weeks of an employees wages to the employer for their employees versus them filing for unemployment. Keep your eyes out for these programs with the financial institutions online or contact First Northern.
Please observe the orders of our Health Officials. Stay safe and keep your family healthy.
Effective March 23, 2020
FREE! NO FARES CHARGED FOR ON-DEMAND WINTERS
Daily (Mon-Sat) from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Winters and El Rio Villa
residents can call 530-666-2877 to request on demand service within
Winters, as well as to/from Davis and Vacaville for essential trips.
Route 220 EB/WB will suspend service until further notice
Route 220C will operate as scheduled.
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MUNCHKIN SUMMER CAMP
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.
2020 summer registration begins: March 1, 2020.
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.
A couple items:
For updates on City efforts related to the Covid 19 pandemic, go to: http://www.cityofwinters.org/business-resources-for-shelter-in-place/
This week has been pretty quiet at City Hall but also subtly sad as we are winding down the City careers of two of the finest people I have had the pleasure to work with in my career. Both Dan Maguire, the City’s Housing and Economic Development Manager and Carol Scianna our Environmental Services Manager are moving toward retirement. This week will be their last “official” work week and they will go on extended vacation leave through June, when their actual retirement dates will take effect.
Dan and Carol are really models for the City’s efforts to be an integral part of the Winters Community. They are part of a group which I classify as “all in” for Winters with their City position being a small part of their larger participation in their lives as important citizens who make Winters the place that it is. Maybe a share on their community contributions.
Carol is a past “Citizen of the Year” whose involvement in Winters stretches from the Winters Friends of the Library (past president probably 10 times), Winters Putah Creek Committee, Putah Creek Council, a volunteer with Winters Schools and within the business community. I truly think that WFoL is one of our best community organizations and it is because of leadership like Carol’s. During the quest for a new Winters Community Library, I cannot think of anyone who worked harder and was more influential and committed to seeing that project come to fruition. Carol gives her all, literally pulling weeds in the middle of the roundabout a couple weeks ago with the Master Gardners. Without question, her 16.5 years working for the City has been an extension of her labor of love for Winters which is 24/7/365. As she moves into retirement, we can count on her just expanding her community efforts with a reality that she is not really going anywhere!
Dan is also a past “Citizen of the Year” whose involvement with the City began as the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. Dan is a past President of the WJUSD Board of Trustees, a two time President of the Rotary Club of Winters and a Board Member for the Winters Education Foundation providing support for teachers and students. In his position with the City, he works to advance County-wide initiatives to address homelessness and is a key member of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), working to create employment training and opportunities for folks. I first met Dan at 2:00 am following the Earthquake Festival and we worked together taking down the portable light towers. He was worn and tired, but was working tirelessly to make sure that everything was addressed before he went home. That is just the way Dan is!
I have given Dan and Carol a hard time about their well earned and justified retirements, mostly because we simply love working with people of their integrity, perseverance and commitment to our town. Both Dan and Carol have played major roles in the “Winters Renaissance” because they were the core of a group who really made it happen. There are people who you will meet in your life who leave major impressions, who accomplish amazing feats which impact many lives and leave an indelible mark on the community they selflessly serve. Dan and Carol are those people in Winters.
This pandemic will delay our party for them but the reality is that neither of them really cares about recognition, they just care about Winters and our community.
A sincere thanks to both for all the have done, do and will do in the future.
Thanks and have a nice weekend.
Things are just crazy in these unprecedented times. Just some links to more information as we “shelter in place”.
A Special City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:30. The Council will review a single items for Business and Resident Relief- Covid 19. Staff is working the details now so stay tuned.
A couple notes:
Just a final note on the resilience of our small businesses and their commitment to our community and their employees. I am seeing the real heart from many of our businesses, their concern for their employees and attempts to maintain themselves in the most uncharted waters of our time. So many are standing amongst their staffs trying to navigate the many edicts coming down (literally many times a day) and showing the grit, strength and character which defines the renaissance which is Winters.
There are so many unknowns with all of this. The uncertainty is just maddening with peoples livelihoods on the line and real people and families affected. We have dealt with difficult times before and persevered and this is but another massive challenge. I know we will come through this because we are an amazing town and rally with each other during the toughest of times. We will never give up on each other and simply need to support the fact that we have never been just given anything, we earn it all because we are just that type of community. Winters is the best town in the region because of who we are. We are small and mighty with “grit”.
Show your business community that you stand with them by getting a take out meal from the attached list.
Buy a pizza, get Chinese and wash your hands!
The City of Winters Construction Specifications (2016) may be obtained on the City of
Winters website at http://www.cityofwinters.org/pdf/_Winters-Std-Specs.pdf
City Hall Closure and Response to Yolo Health Officer Order
Beginning 5:00 pm on March 18, 2020, Winters City Hall will be closing City run facilities in compliance with the Yolo Health Officers Order related to sheltering in place. These will include City Hall, Community Center, Public Safety Facility Reception Area and the Bobbi Greenwood Swim Center. Our closure will be in place until further notice.
Please note the following:
The City encourages folks to read the directives from the Yolo Health Officer. For detailed information about COVID-19 and further guidance regarding this order, visit the Yolo County webpage at: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus. To see the Health Officer Order, visit: https://www.yolocounty.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=62364. The County will also be releasing a shelter in place 101 document that will be available on the webpage. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.
The City will be encouraging folks to follow the order and encouraging appropriate social distancing. The Police Department will NOT be stopping people on the streets, patronizing our restaurants or those exercising in the parks who are getting fresh air and time outdoors. Please take a common sense approach to all of this.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jenny Tan, Public Information Officer
March 18, 2020
W: (530) 666-8042 ▪ C: (530) 908-0186
Yolo County Issues Shelter in Place Order to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
(Woodland, CA) – On March 18, the Yolo County Public Health Officer issued a countywide health order for residents to shelter in place from March 19 to April 7, unless extended by the Public Health Officer. This order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and is intended to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), protect those most vulnerable to the disease, and preserve local healthcare capacity.
“These are extremely difficult times. The COVID-19 virus continues to spread around the world and in our local communities,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman. “We need to do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable people from the harmful impacts of the virus.”
The shelter-at-home order follows increasing transmission of COVID-19 in California counties, including four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yolo County to date that acquired the disease through travel and community transmission. In response, communities in Yolo County have implemented mitigation efforts to slow the spread of the disease, such as encouraging social distancing and cancelling non-essential gatherings. A similar health officer order was released among the bay area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties as well as the City of Berkeley on March 16 and is in line with best practices seen from health officials around the world.
“The County has issued a health officer order which strengthens our social distancing efforts,” continued Dr. Chapman. “Together we can rise to the occasion to keep the people of Yolo County healthy and safe.”
The order defines essential activities as necessary for health and safety for individuals and their families. Essential Governmental Functions, Healthcare, and Infrastructure are allowed to operate, including law and safety and Essential Businesses, such as those that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life such as: fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses; restaurants and other facilities that prepare food and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out; businesses that supply other essential businesses with support or supplies necessary to operate or ship/deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residents; and any form of agricultural production and processing, including the cultivation of products for personal consumption or use through farming, ranching, livestock, and fishing, including, but not limited to, transportation, manufacturing, chemicals, equipment and services; and the services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. For the full list see section 10 of the order.
“We each must do our part to slow the spread of the virus. It is our individual responsibility to care for one another and our community,” said Yolo County Board Chair Gary Sandy. “We do that by staying home, by maintaining a safe social distance from one another, by washing our hands, and by disinfecting surfaces. Our goal is to safeguard our vital healthcare system from being overwhelmed.”
The order follows the increasing emergence of COVID-19 across the world and nation. The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency on January 30, followed the next day with the declaration of a federal public health emergency by the United States. On March 6, Yolo County confirmed its first case of community transmission of COVID-19. Most recently, on March 12 Governor Gavin Newsom ordered older adults, age 65 and older, to stay home.
For detailed information about COVID-19 and further guidance regarding this order, visit the Yolo County webpage at: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus. To see the Health Officer Order, visit: https://www.yolocounty.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=62364. The County will also be releasing a shelter in place 101 document that will be available on the webpage. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.
MEETING CANCELLED – Given the recent guidance from State and others we are canceling tonight’s WPCC meeting.