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Friday Update on January 5 2018

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Friday Update on January 5 2018

All,

Happy 2018! We spent most of the week coming back from the holiday break, so this week is a short one.

·         The City is quickly moving into “budget mode” and the preparation of our two (2) year budget for Fiscal Years 2018-19 and 2019-20. The current budget was reduced by almost $600k and we are forecasting another tight year for Fiscal 2018-19. Our hope is to see the hotel projects gain occupancy in early 2019 which will change the revenue projections significantly.

·         Brad Lopez has been appointed Interim Fire Chief for Winters Fire where he will serve until April 30. Now is a very exciting time for professional development opportunity in the Department as we will see opportunities for the current Captains to see challenge, and a number of our reserves to serve in acting supervisory capacities. The amount of skill and capabilities within Winters Fire today is impressive and we can expect a really good 2018.

·         Lot’s of lumber being dropped at the Downtown Hotel Project. We are hoping that this is a good sign!

·         Some issues arising at the Walnut Park dog park area with juveniles doing some late night partying and leaving debris and drug paraphernalia. If you see people in the dog park without dogs and they are doing non-productive things, call 911 and ask the Police Department to come check things out.

Have a nice week.

John


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Lopez Appoint Interim Fire Chief for Winters Fire

Press Release- For Immediate Release
Contact: john.donlevy@cityofwinters.org
Lopez Appoint Interim Fire Chief for Winters Fire
The City of Winters has appointed Brad Lopez as the Interim Fire Chief for a 4 month period which began on January 1, 2018. Lopez has served the Winters Fire Department for almost 25 years as a cadet, Volunteer, Firefighter and his most recent position as Captain.
Interim Chief Lopez, along with Captains Art Mendoza and Matt Scheckla will be participating in a year long professional development program where each will rotate as Interim Fire Chief. The program consists of each person assuming the full role of Fire Chief for four (4) months, representing the City within the region, managing the operations of Winters Fire and completing both individual and group projects to benefit the Department.
“The Interim Chief program is the next step in moving Winters Fire into the future” said John W. Donlevy, Jr. , City Manager. “The City gained a tremendous amount from our six (6) year contract with the City of Dixon for Fire Administrative Services, but it is just time for command of the organization to move back within the Winters Fire organization in order for us to move forward”. “I have full confidence that the Captains can provide the leadership to our entire Fire team and that we will eventually be able to select a permanent Chief after the year long program”.
“Winters Fire is an incredible organization and its history of volunteers and the connection with the Winters community is an essential piece of making our town the way it is”. “For more than 100 years, Winters volunteers and paid staff have provided lifesaving services to our residents”. Winters Fire is a pride organization and as we strategically position the Department for the future, we will utilize our long term staff to lead the way”.

Attached is a copy of the entire Interim Fire Chief Program(pdf).
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2018 Munchkin Summer Camp Info

2018 Munchkin Summer Camp Info (English – pdf)
2018 Programa de Verano Munchkin (Espanol – pdf)

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.

2018 summer registration begins: Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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.

All Registration Packets and tuition MUST be turned into City Hall, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Serving: students going into 1st grade – students going into 8th grade (for the 2018-19 school year) no exceptions.

High School Internships available for 8 responsible students wishing to work with students.

Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm, with breakfast served at 8:00am, gates open at 8:00am.

Days of Operation: Monday-Friday and closed for Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

1st Session:  June 11- June 29          2nd Session: July 2- July 20
Breakfast, Lunch and PM Snack is included.

Tuition: $250 per child per session or $150 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 Activities, Recreation, STEM, Performing Arts, Free Play and Nutritious Meals/Snack.

Weekly Schedule includes: Field Trips- City Park, Town Pool, Museums, Ice Cream, Movies

Summer Schedule includes: Four out of town field trips

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.


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Winters After School Program

Winters After School Program Info (English – pdf)
Programa Despues de la Escuela de Winters (Espanol – pdf)

2018-2019 Registration begins: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Packets will be available Monday, April 30, at: City Hall, Waggoner Elementary School front office, Shirley Rominger Intermediate School front office and all Winters After-School Program classrooms.

All Registration Packets and tuition  MUST be turned into City Hall, open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Serving students in 1st-5th grade, no exceptions.

Hours of Operation are after school to 6pm.

Days of Operation: Monday-Friday, closed for all holidays WJUSD recognizes.  PM Snack is included.

Tuition: $25 a month for those qualifying for FREE Lunch, $50 a month for those qualifying for REDUCED Lunch and $100 a month for those not qualifying for the Lunch Program through the School District.  No discounts for multiple children.

Daily attendance is required; parent must notify staff of child’s extra-curricular activities and ensure student is only absent from WASP for reasons listed on the Early Release Policy.

Daily Schedule includes: Academics (Homework/Homework Assistance), Reading, Enrichment Activities, Recreation, Free Play and Nutritious Snack.  WASP does not offer tutoring.

Weekly Schedule includes: Science, Presentations or Field Trips.

Volunteers: High School or College volunteers are welcome and needed. One volunteer per class is needed per day.

This program is funded and operated through the ASES grant in cooperation of the City of Winters and the Winters Joint Unified School District as well as community donations.

Donations are greatly appreciated.  Please make donations payable to: City of Winters- Winters After School Program.  Please send donations to: City of Winters-WASP, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.

For more information, please call Nicole Jordan Halley @ 794-6709.


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Friday Update on December 22 2017

All,

Look for a top 10 summary of City projects in the upcoming Winters Express next week.

This week is just to express gratitude for a wonderful community and to wish all peace and happiness in the coming year.

In Winters, we have much to be grateful for. When you look at the world and even the communities near and far, we need to count our blessings for what is an amazing place to live, work and experience life. A couple things I am grateful for which are the “gifts” I hope we can all cherish.

·         Winters is a unique town where congeniality and collaboration rule the day. Probably one of the highlights of my career and life experience was Project Playground and the construction of a new playground at City Park. An incredible group of people dreamed really big and brought an amazing project forward which will be experienced by generations of children to come. We all had a chance to work side by side with neighbors, friends and strangers on something which is really larger than any one person or group. The work was hard but very enriching. While the end result was a beautiful playground structure, the gift to the community was the coming together of a huge diversity of people to make something special. Project Playground gave us all a gift of a life experience, friendships and most of all, a sense of community in its most basic definition!

·         Winters is safe and friendly. The idea of walking into the local restaurant, hardware store or a simple stroll down the street where you wave at everyone who passes by is something most people never experience in larger communities.

·         Winters is a town which is blessed by people who record our history and tell our story each week at the Winters Express. Debra, Charley, Newt, Maggie, Julia, Donald, Edmund,  Eric and many other contributors bless our town each week with a small town newspaper which is second to none. We can all feel lucky to have the gift of these folks telling out story.

·         Crime is few and far between because we all know each other and few will steal from people they know. I enjoy the idea of being able to walk or jog anywhere feeling safe. Its what most people dream about and we have it here all of the time.

·         Throughout the community, we have people who work really hard to make our town great. Service is important and whether they serve on the City Council, Planning Commission, School Board or the many service, theatre or  other community organization, they make a difference each day. They give us all a gift of commitment to making our town better.

·         At City Hall, I get to work with an incredible group of people! I tell our staff that “we are in the business of where people live, grow up, create childhood memories,  where they raise their families, start businesses, make their livelihoods. People make our town their home, live their lives and eventually die. We have an opportunity to make a difference in peoples lives every day.” We provide the parks where children play, save people’s lives and keep them safe. People cannot start their days without the water and wastewater and they need the streets to drive and sidewalks to walk. We are not perfect, but I am convinced that we do a pretty good job of doing what we are chartered to do. We get to give the gift of a City!

Mostly, I am grateful for the gifts of peace and life we get from living in a small town. “Love” is probably one of the most important words we use. I hear how much people “love” Winters for so many reasons. I think the most important use of love is when people talk about making Winters their home. The place where they spend their life, enjoy their family and friends and find peace and find comfort in a place they know so well.

During this holiday season and as we move into the new year,  I hope you will enjoy the gift of love for a community where we can make a difference, find peace, serenity and enjoy life.

Happy Holidays and see everyone next year!

John


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After School Program to Apply for Grant

The City of Winters After School Program is applying for the 21 Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant in January 2018.


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12/19/17 City Council Meeting


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Friday Update for December 8 2017

All,

A couple items this week:

  • The roundabout project at Grant Ave/Walnut Lane has been paved and the last things needed will be the signage and striping which will occur next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Overall, the project looks really good and it should be operational by the end of next week. Westbound lanes remain closed but Easbound is wide open. The contractors on the project have done an amazing job in cutting overall closure time from 6 to just 3 weeks.
  • Last night, Yolo County held a planning workshop in regards to cannabis cultivation and manufacturing in County areas. It was a fascinating meeting, filled mostly with representatives of the cannabis industry (mostly growers). The tone and content of the meeting was excellent and the growers brought some really good information for use in developing the regulatory framework. Kudos to Supervisor Don Saylor, the County Administrative Office and County Planning for an extremely positive and informative workshop.
  • The Downtown Parking Committee workshop was postponed due to the illness of one of the key consultants. We will avoid the holiday season and reconvene a meeting in January.
  • Congratulations to Winters Mayor Wade Cowan and his wife Kathy who were named the 2017 Citizens of the Year. They are very deserving recipients for all they do including the Tractor Parade, Duck Race, Youth Day, Chamber of Commerce, Schools, Little League, Project Playground, Christmas tree, etc, etc, etc.

Have a nice week.

John


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Friday Update on December 1 2017

All,

Just a couple reminders and opportunities for participation………..

·         For those interested in Cannabis, there will be a Forum with Yolo County Staff and Supervisor Don Saylor at City Hall on Wednesday, December 6 from 6-8 in our meeting room next to the City Council Chamber. An opportunity to come hear what is happening on the County level and to provide input.

·         The Winters Downtown Parking Committee will be hosting a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8 at City Hall to review the recommendations presented by the consultant for the Downtown Parking Master Plan.

·         This week has been a major push toward completing the major construction elements of the project. Thursday and Friday have seen the pour of the center section of the roundabout, including the installation of reinforcing steel and concrete. As of this writing, the concrete has been completed and finishing has commenced.

·         Concurrently, the grinding of the roadway is also underway and paving of new asphalt will occur on wednesday next week. Decorative street lights have been installed and we are awaiting PG&E to complete services.

·         From a project management standpoint, we are thrilled with the progress made this week. To see the project just drive easbound from Railroad Ave (expect delays during the daytime).

·         Detours for the Grant/Walnut Lane Construction will continue through the weekend and into next week to help expedite the opening of the roadway. Paving will occur next Wednesday and opening will occur soon after.

·         All are is invited to a free flu shot clinic Monday, December 4 from 3pm to 6pm at the Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue in Winters. Everyone can benefit from a flu shot to prevent the illness that can lead to missed work or missed school days.  Prevention is especially important for young children and older adults.  Minimum age for this shot clinic is 4 years old.

·         The fourth annual Tractor Parade and Xmas Tree Lighting will happen Downtown on Saturday night. The parade starts at City Park beginning at 6:30. Best advice is to walk and get into town early!! This years event is going to be AMAZING!!

Have a nice weekend!

John


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12/05/17 City Council Meeting


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Roundabout Detour week of Nov 27th

The Roundabout westbound detour at Grant Ave. and Walnut Ln., will resume on Monday 11/27,  beginning at 8am and will be in effect until Friday 12/1 at 3pm.   The Eastbound lane will remain open for all traffic. Walnut Lane access northbound will be allowed to turn left turn off Grant onto Walnut. Traffic heading southbound on Walnut will only be allowed to turn right onto Grant Ave. We appreciate your cooperation during this phase of construction.  If you have any questions please contact Carol Scianna, 530-794-6715, carol.scianna@cityofwinters.org


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11/21/17 City Council Meeting


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Friday Update on November 17 2017

All,

A few items this week:

·         Next week’s City Council Meeting will have only a couple items as we head into Thanksgiving Week. Commercial Cannabis Regulation, Street Closures and an amplified sound permit. The City Council Meeting will begin earlier at 5:30.

·         A really productive Planning Commission Meeting with the design review and approval for the Callahan Estates Subdivision. The project is really nice and the PC was very thorough in their review. Some modifications to some of the lot setbacks were continued to the December 12 meeting.

·         The Grant/Main traffic signal is fully operational. It is very “smart” with sensors for pedestrians, bikes and preemption devices for public safety.

·         The Roundabout Project saw a tremendous amount of progress for the one week of closure. Median Islands are in, sidewalks are poured and crossings are done. Grant Ave will be open all week during the Thanksgiving Holiday and we expect closures to resume the week of November 27.

·         Fencing for the Futsol Court is going up at City Park. This is turning out to be a really nice project! Lighting will go in within the coming weeks.

·         Congratulations to Police Officer Victor Barajas for completing his Field Training and he is now operating solo. His final day of training included a high speed chase through town!

·         Staff and the Winters Chamber met to discuss the December 2 Tractor Parade. We expect a very big turnout for the parade this year!

·         All are is invited to a free flu shot clinic Monday, December 4 from 3pm to 6pm at the Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue in Winters. Everyone can benefit from a flu shot to prevent the illness that can lead to missed work or missed school days.  Prevention is especially important for young children and older adults.  Minimum age for this shot clinic is 4 years old.

·         Youth Basketball sign ups are under way at City Hall. It looks like we will have more than 350 players in the League!!

·         Both Winters Ranch Subdivision and the PG&E Training Facilities received their final inspections this week. Both are exceptional projects.

·         Winters Matriarch Bobbie Greenwood turns 100 years old on November 21. She is an absolute institution in the community and someone who has dedicated her life to Winters. From swimming, to the business community, schools and the AFS foreign exchange student program, she has impacted the lives of many from literally all over the world. Congrats to Bobbie and a toast to the next 100!

No Friday update during Thanksgiving. Have a GREAT holiday!

John


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Planning Commission Meeting 11/14/17


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