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.
A couple items:
· We have gotten a number of inquiries on issues regarding Highway 128 design elements and what types of planning has occurred for the area. Since 2010, a lot of work has gone into what is going on along the Grant Avenue Corridor. The roadway is governed by a comprehensive planning document called the “Complete Streets Plan” click HERE for a link. The entire area is governed by the Grant Avenue Design Guidelines click HERE to check those out.
· To get information on all of the major projects happening in Winters, click HERE to go to our major projects page on our website. It is really impressive!!!
· City Council Agenda for Tuesday has a bunch of items including Marijuana, Blue Mountain Terrace Apartment Funding, a Water Fountain for Downtown, Engineering Services RFQ, Waste Management Contract, a Senior Tranisit Grant Proposal, a Public Improvement Agreement for the Yolo Federal Credit Union Project, the Swearing in of a new Police Officer and Recognition of Nanci Mills for 30 years of service.
· The Waste Management Proposal includes a recommended change to our green waste program, The plan calls for containerized green waste two weeks out of the month and street pick-up once a month. Residents can get 2- 96 gallon containers at the price for one at the beginning rate.
· A big congratulations to Yolo Credit Union on their groundbreaking. A nice ceremony for an important project which has been in the works for years!
· The Winters High School Girls Varsity Soccer will go for their third consecutive Northern Setion Soccer Championship this Saturday at Pierce High School in Arbuckle starting at 12:00. An easy drive to root on our Lady Warriors to victory!
The City Council will be recognizing Director of Administrative Services and City Clerk Nanci Mills at the meeting this Tuesday for 30 years of service to the City of Winters. This will be a very well deserved recognition for someone who has been a very important part of the City for all these years.
I often describe Nanci as the “cornerstone” of our organization. She has coordinated everything from our personnel and risk management operations to recreation, After School Programs and is a key part of the overall management team. She has worked for 4 different City Managers and 30 years of City Councilmembers, Treasurers, Planning Commissioners and others. Her role in the planning and stability of the City is second to none. She serves as “Acting City Manager” when I am away and is someone who can be counted on for watching after the best interest of the City always.
Nanci and Dave Mills have raised their kids here in Winters, Dave has his real estate business here, and both were active in all facets of the town from AYSO Soccer to the Chamber, Rotary, our ag economy and many other activities. Dave and Nanci were the organizers for the Rotary Wine and Food Jubilee for years and helped generate the funds which created the Winters Rotary Foundation. Their generosity and contributions are un-paralleld.
Most of all, Nanci is without question an incredible representative for Winters throughout the region and within the City. She represents us on many boards and committees and is the consummate professional. At City Hall, she has been the core at bringing outstanding customer service to our residents and a genuinely kind heart when people come looking for assistance.
A big congratulations to Nanci for 30 years. The City is blessed to have her service and hope she will stick around for another 30 more!! J
Have a nice weekend.
John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager
City of Winters
318 First Street
Winters, CA 95694
(530) 794-6710 (direct line)
(530) 795-4935 Fax
February 15th – March 11th, 2016 is the filing period for nomination papers. If nomination papers for an incumbent of the city are not filed by March 11, 2016 the filing period will be extended to March 16, 2016. No incumbent may file during the extended period of time.
Please join Assembly Member, Bill Dodd:
WINTERS ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT AND DISCUSS STATE AND
LEGISLATIVE ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE COMMUNITY.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016
4 – 5:30 P.M.
WINTERS CITY HALL CHAMBERS
318 FIRST STREET | WINTERS
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT
Lot’s going on this week.
Finally, a couple more reminders:
Have a nice weekend.
PG&E Gas Operations & Technical Training Center ~Winters, CA
Monthly Project Report – February 2016 (pdf)
I have been in Mexico for the past two weeks but have some dates to try to get out to everyone as reminders.