Crazy busy at City Hall on a number of fronts:
· Tomorrow is a day of service for a variety of volunteer projects in town. Things start at X and you can go to Y to help in a variety of projects including creek planting, work with the red cross and painting. Contact Mark Tippetts who is coordinating the volunteer day by clicking HERE.
· The BIG news is that we should start seeing construction and movement on the Downtown Winters Hotel in the next few weeks. The developer was in City Hall with final paperwork to get things going. The Winters Hotel has been an extremely high priority for the City and it is nice to see things beginning to move.
· The City Council Meeting has a couple key items including discussion on the City Budget, a presentation on an update to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Master Plan, a revision to the Callahan Sudbdivision Development Agreement and selection of City Councilmembers to sit on the interview panel for the new police chief.
· The Police Chief Interviews will be held the week of June 6 and will consist of a panel made up of key City Staff and a panel made up of community members. Both panels will interview the candidates and make recommendations of the top 2-3 for me to interview and select. We have narrowed the search to 6 candidates and I can tell you we have some really good one’s!
· Our Design Review Committee met to do a preliminary review of a project at the freeway which will include a new Chevron (replacing the current one), Starbucks and a Marriot Fairfield Inn. The plans look nice and we expect to see the projects before the Planning Commission this summer.
· Staff, members of the Parking Committee and a number of Downtown property owners met to talk about funding for a parking consultant. The meeting was really good and we are moving a couple things forward.
The Friday Update will be on a hiatus for the next two Fridays!
Have a nice weekend,
A couple items:
· The City Council Meeting went through a review of the City Budget. Overall an interesting meeting and we will continue some of the discussion on May 17.
One of the big stories on the budget is the fact that we are forecasting substantially less revenue for the next fiscal year, thus spending is actually being reduced. Even though the City has the most building activity in its history, most permits for the big projects have already been paid and the benefits to the tax base will not be seen for almost two years. Things are lean for next year, but we have anticipated that and have adjusted spending accordingly. Other impacts on revenues include reduced gas prices which have hit our budget hard.
Our budgeting and fiscal management policies mandate that structural spending only be increased when recurring (tax base) revenues increase over a foreseeable future. One time revenues (permits and fees) can spike during any one year and provide a false sense of prosperity. The cities who find themselves in trouble are the ones who forecast that one time (non-recurring) revenues will go for a duration, they increase certain fixed costs (adding personnel or facilities) and then when the revenues decline, they have a huge structural problem.
The proposed budget has delayed hires in both Police and Fire until the second half of the 2017-18 fiscal year. This will keep our fiscal outlook solid and reduce deficit spending!
· This Saturday is the Winters Garage Sale! This year’s theme is “The best stuff ever”!! Come out and buy merchandise from other peoples garages to be taken to be stored in your garage! Sales will be at City Park and many houses throughout town.
· The dedication of the Putah Creek Car Bridge is Friday at 3:00 behind the Community Center. This is an amazing project and come and see history in the making. The next replacement/dedication is scheduled for May 2216!
· This year’s Big Day of Giving had a number of technical glitches which slowed some of the fundraising. From my sources, the Winters Friends of the Library raised $28K, Winters Theatre $2,500, Putah Creek Council $7K, Center for Land Based Learning $58K and Yolo Housing $2k. If you got caught in the computer mess and could not donate, drop a check in the mail to these critical Winters organizations. They really are what helps make Winters the wonderful place it is!
· The Winters Citizens Academy continues on Monday, May 9 with the topics covering Internet Crime and DUI Enforcement. All are welcome to this really good program!
Tonight is Cinco de Mayo and I am heading to Berryessa Brewing where Chris, Lori and their crew will highlight “La Fuerza” a Mexican style lager. A classic style beer and a couple of taco’s will take me back to my East LA roots on this important national holiday!
Caution on your beer consumption tonight or get a designated driver!
Feliz Cinco de Mayo
First, a big thanks for everyone who came out to the Youth Day Rotary Pancake Breakfast on a windy day. Also, a big thanks and congratulations to Mike Sebastian for his service to the Community over the years and his retirement as Chairman for the event.
A couple items for the week:
Here is the list of organizations from Winters which you might consider:
These organizations bring so many benefits to Winters and they need your support. Giving starts at midnight tonight and runs until midnight tomorrow. There are incentives (prizes of enhanced donations from the sponsor of Big DOG) to these organizations for early giving, so give early and often.
This is short and sweet as I am working on Youth Day stuff for the big day tomorrow.
• The Duck Derby begins tonight at 5:00 behind the Community Center with the Opening Ceremonies following.
• Kids Movie Night is at 8:00 in the Community Center Amphitheatre.
• The Rotary Youth Day Pancake Breakfast begins at 6:30 in the morning. $2 off during the first hour.
• Kiddie Parade is at 9:45
• Youth Day Parade begins at 10:00.
• City Park Fair begins at 12:00
• Free Concert (Terry Sheets Band) starts at 7:00 at Creekside Bar!
Look for an extended update on Monday.
A couple items this week:
A couple reminders:
Finally, on Thursday, I drove the new City bus with a dozen members of the Winters Senior Foundation to drop them off at the UC Davis Arboretum where they had a scheduled tour. I took them to the center which includes Whole Foods in Davis where they went to lunch, then they headed over to the Arboretum. I was then scheduled to pick them up at 3 at the same location.
It looked like they had an incredible time!!!
When I arrived in the bus at 3ish (I was a little late), they were not at the agreed upon location but some of them came hustling across the parking lot to greet me. After the tour, they had gone back to the Whole Foods Center for ice cream and socializing. When they got on the bus, the first request was whether I would mind dropping them all off at Turkovich Winery so they could finish the day! On the ride home, the roar of laughter and conversation from the rear of the bus was incredible. Except for the complaints about me hitting all of the bumps along Road 31, it was a very happy/fun group!
One of the ladies in the group commented (as I helped her off the bus) that she had a “GREAT DAY” and you could really tell! I can tell you that it made my day, too!
The Winters Senior Foundation is helping to establish an important framework for enhancing the overall quality of life for seniors in Winters. Activities and excursions, along with their meetings and programs are starting to make a noticeable difference in town. Their you can see their outreach to many segments of the community is happening. They are open to any and everyone who is interested in joining. Contact Wally Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on their list.
Stay tuned for more announcements on their activities in the Winter Express!
Have a nice weekend,
“Notice to Contractors” for Walnut Park – Phase 2 (pdf)
Bids are required for the entire work as described below:
The work, in general, to be done under this contract consists of; the demolition and removal of an existing concrete curb; the construction of; playground concrete slide and sand play area, sidewalks and decomposed granite paths; street improvements along Walnut Lane and the installation of a steel shade structure, ranch style vinyl fences with aluminum gates, a recessed turf field, site drainage system, site furniture, drinking fountain, path bollards, bike racks, handicap parking stall striping, site lighting, irrigation, planting, boulders and logs and all within the confines of WALNUT PARK in Winters, California.