Strategic Planning Workshops Scheduled- City of Winters
The City of Winters will be holding a series of Strategic Planning Workshops which are open to all members of the Winters Community to attend and participate. The workshops will be topical and include working to establish priorities on key issues which will fold into an overall Strategic Plan for the City to focus on.
The dates and topics are as follows:
The culmination of the work will be a facilitated workshop on March 22-23 which will help take the many issues and help develop the overall Strategic Plan which will be for the next 10-20 years.
All workshops will be held at the Winters Public Safety Facility (700 Main Street) in the EOC Training Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact John.Donlevy@cityofwinters.org
A day early so you can plan your weekend!
City Council Agenda:
A couple items of interest:
Finally, file this under “damned if you do damned don’t” in regards to the City of Winters App. Since going to the City Council for approval, social media and email has brought lots of comments which shows that there are lots of opinions on lots of things! The goal of the App is to put in place an avenue available to folks to dynamically report issues and gain information from the City. Apps have become a common avenue for these types of functions in the modern era and something many cities are turning to as one of the tools to achieve a higher level of responsiveness.
A key reason Staff looked into the App was to quell the issues and answer folks on social media who don’t report issues to the City but can broadcast issues over the various social media platforms instead of calling City Hall to report the problem. An easy link via Facebook or our website for active folks to quickly access the app, report the need and facilitate a response was seen as a means to an end! Uh, not so easy. Part of the budget was to print signs to include in key City locations for easy download and access to the App, including for visitors in the Downtown and future hotels.
An interesting phenomenon are the comments and emails from tech folks who all seem to essentially attack the tech option. The comments on “assessment of citizen engagement needs” from the tech folks essentially recommends steering off the tech option and “exploring” other alternatives than the City App OR waiting for something new to come along. Some experts suggest we assign people to monitor the numerous social media platforms, which is simply not going to happen.
We are working on an implementation plan for the App. If in the end, we can establish another tool for our residents and visitors to communicate issues to us, we will call it a success. We currently have phone, email, snail mail and our City website. One more options should not hurt.
So, damned if we do, damned if we don’t!
Have a nice weekend.
Next week is a fifth week of the month, so no City Council meeting. A couple items being worked on by City Staff:
Have a nice weekend.
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.
2019 summer registration begins: Thursday, March 1, 2019.
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 2019-20 school year) no exceptions.
High School Internships available for 8 responsible students wishing to work with students during the hours of 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday.
Hours of Operation: 8am-5pm, with breakfast served at 8:00am, gates open at 8:00am.
Days of Operation: Monday-Friday and closed for Thursday, July 4, 2018.
1st Session: June 10- June 28 2nd Session: July 1- July 19
Breakfast, Lunch and PM Snack is included.
Tuition: $250 per child per session; discounted tuition is given to children qualifying for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program through the school district when providing the qualification letter. $150 per child per session for those qualifying and turning in a Reduced Lunch Letter and $125 per child per session for those qualifying and turning in a Free Lunch Letter; 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 children to and from swim team daily. Parents must inform MSC staff of the child’s swim team start and finish time as soon as possible. MSC staff does not take children to swim team pictures. Children will not be taken to swim team on field trip days (Wednesdays).
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
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.
Programa de Verano Munchkin
Nuestra misión: Nos esforzamos para proveer un programa divertido, seguro y exitoso para que los estudiantes puedan aprender y crecer durante el verano. Vamos a proveer a cada estudiante la oportunidad de mejorar academicamente, socialmente y físicamente mientras minimizamos la perdida de aprendizaje durante el verano.
La registracion del verano 2018 comienza: Jueves Marzo 1, 2018.
Los Paquetes estaran disponibles en el Ayuntamiento (City Hall), la oficina de la escuela Waggoner, la oficina de la escuela Shirley Rominger y TODOS los salones del Programa Despues de la Escuela de Winters.
Todos los Paquetes de Registracion y el pago de matriculacion TIENEN que ser entregados en el Ayuntamiento (City Hall) que esta abierto de Lunes-Viernes de 8am-5pm.
Servicio: Para estudiantes entrando a 1er grado hasta estudiantes entrando al 8vo grado (para el curso escolar 2018-2019) no excepciones.
Hay 8 espacios disponibles para practicipantes responsables de High School deseando trabajar con estudiantes.
Horas de Operación: 9am-5pm, con desayuno servido a las 8am, las puertas se abren a las 8am.
Dias de Operación: Lunes-Viernes y cerrado Miercoles 4 de Julio, 2018.
1ra Sesión: Junio 11-Junio 29
2da Sesión: Julio 2-Julio 20
Desayuno, Almuerzo y Merienda de la tarde son incluidos.
Pago de la Matriculación: $250.00 por estudiante por sesión o $150.00 por estudiante por sesión para los que califican y entreguen una carta del Distrito de Almuerzo Gratis/Reducido; no hay descuento por tener a varios estudiantes; planes de pagos disponibles.
La asistencia diaria no es requerida; los padres tienen que notificar al personal del Programa de Verano Munchkin con anticipación del horario de asistencia del estudiante.
El Programa de Verano Munchkin lleva y regresa todos los dias a los estudiantes que esten en el equipo de natación.
Programa Diario incluye: Academico, Lectura, Actividades de Enriquecimiento, Recreación, STEM, Realización de Artes, Juego Libre y Comidas/Meriendas Nutritivos.
Programa Semanal incluye: Paseos- Parque de la Ciudad, Piscina Local, Museos, Heladería y Películas.
El Programa de Verano Munchkin incluye: Cuatro Paseos fuera de la Ciudad.
Este Programa esta fundado y operado por medio de las donaciones de la comunidad y los pagos minimos de matriculacion. Por favor haga sus donaciones a: City of Winters-Munchkin Summer Camp. Por favor mande sus donaciones a: City of Winters-MSC, 318 First Street, Winters Ca 95694.
2018-2019 Registration begins: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
(2019-20 Registration begins: Tuesday, May 7, 2019)
Packets will be available Tuesday, April 30, 2018, 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: 1st-5th grade, no exceptions.
Hours of Operation: after school to 6pm.
Days of Operation: Monday-Friday, closed for all holidays WJUSD recognizes. PM Snack is included.
Tuition: $100 a month per student. Discounted tuition is given to those qualifying for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program through the school district. Discounts are as follows: $25 a month for those qualifying for FREE Lunch, $50 a month for those qualifying for REDUCED Lunch. Free/Reduced Lunch letters must be provided to WASP staff to receive the tuition discount. 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, Nutrition, 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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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DESIGN
GOAL: To provide a successful and engaging program for the promotion of a quality education and the enhancement of social skills in a safe environment, both mentally and physically, to all youths of Winters for the betterment of our community.
The City of Winters After School Program commences immediately after the regular school day and is open until 6:00pm.
Students will participate in:
“Committed to empowering children through education and beyond.”
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Programa Despues de la Escuela de Winters
La Registracion del 2018-2019 comienza: Mayo 1, 2018.
(La Registracion del 2019-2020 comienza: Mayo 7, 2018)
Los Paquetes estaran disponibles el Lunes Abril 30 en: el City Hall, la oficina de la escuela Waggoner, la oficina de la escuela Shirley Rominger y todos los salones del Programa Despues de la Escuela de Winters.
Todos los Paquetes de Registracion y pago de matriculacion TIENEN que ser entregados en el Ayuntamiento (City Hall) que esta abierto de Lunes-Viernes de 8am-5pm.
Servicio: Para estudiantes de 1er-5to grado, no excepciones.
Horas de Operación son despues de la escuela hasta las 6pm.
Dias de Operación: Lunes-Viernes, cerrado para los dias festivos que el Distrito escolar de Winters reconoce. Merienda de la tarde esta incluido.
Pago de Matriculacion: Costos de matricula seran cobrado por cada niño inscribido en el programa. $25 al mes por los estudiantes que califican en recibir almuerzo gratis. $50 al mes para los estudiantes que califican en recibir almuerzo reducido y $100 al mes para los estudiantes que no califican. No hay descuentos para familias con mas de un niño en el programa.
Se require asistencia diaria; los padres tienen que notificar al personal del Programa Despues de La Escuela sobre las actividades extra-curriculares del estudiante y asegurarse que el estudiante solamente este ausente en el Programa Despues de la Escuela por alguna de las razones que se encuentran en la Poliza de Salida Temprano.
Programa Diario incluye: Academico (Tarea, Asistencia con la tarea), Lectura, Actividades de Enriquecimiento, Recreación, Juego Libre y Merienda Nutritivo. El Programa Despues de la Escuela NO ofrece tutoria.
Programa Semanal incluye: Ciencia, Presentaciones y Paseos.
Voluntarios: Voluntarios de la High School y el Colegio son bienvenidos y necesarios. Se necesita un voluntario diario por clase.
Este programa esta fundado y operado por medio del subsidio de ASES en cooperación con la Ciudad de Winters y el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Winters y donaciones de la comunidad.
Las donaciones son muy apreciadas. Por favor mande sus donaciones a:
City of Winters-WASP, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.
Para mas información, por favor llame a Nicole Jordan Halley @ 794-6709.
DISEÑO DEL PROGRAMA DESPUES DE LA ESCUELA
META: Proveer un programa exitoso e interesante para la promoción de una educación de calidad y el aumento de las habilidades sociales en un ambiente seguro, mental y físico, para todos los jovenes de Winters por el mejoramiento de nuestra comunidad.
El Programa de Despues de la Escuela de Winters comienza inmediatamente despues del dia regular de la escuela y esta abierto hasta las 6:00pm.
Los estudiantes participan en:
“Comprometidos para fortalecer a los niños por medio de la educación y mas allá“.
De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.
Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.
Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su carta o formulario completo al USDA por:
(1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o (3) correo electrónico: email@example.com.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.
A really short update but some good stuff.
Have a nice weekend.
For those that would like to volunteer, paperwork can be picked up and returned to City Hall. Volunteer paperwork can also be found on the City’s website at www.cityofwinters.org under the recreation tab but will still need to be turned into city hall.
For more information, call Program Coordinator Ruben Valencia at 530-219-0265 or Karla Jenkins at City Hall, 795-4910, extension 100.
Starting October 15th, registration forms will be available at City Hall in the finance office and on the City’s website at www.cityofwinters.org under the recreation tab. The registration fee is $40 for players that do not need a jersey and $50 per player that do need a jersey. This also includes a team T-shirt. There will be late registration but everyone will be put on a wait list. Late registration has a fee of $70 per player.
Drop off your completed participant registration forms and the appropriate registration fee by 5 p.m. on Nov. 9th at City Hall, or mail to City of Winters, Attn: Youth Basketball, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.
For more information, call Program Coordinator Ruben Valencia at 530-219-0265 or Karla Jenkins at City Hall, 795-4910, extension 100.
October 16, 2018 City Council Meeting:
A couple items of interest:
Finally, the Strategic Planning Process Staff is discussing with the City Council has many important parts to it, particularly in relation to the future of the City’s organization as far as who and how we will hire people in the future for key positions. This all relates to much of our discussion on ”succession planning” as key members of our team approach the “red zone” of their careers and plan for retirement.
Amongst small communities in the Sacramento Valley, Winters holds a special distinction for the many accomplishments we have made in the revitalization of our town despite our size and limited resources. Much of this is attributable to our small but very dedicated staff who have been committed to the advancement of Winters. Community loyalty has been a key hiring criteria and a combination of the longevity of many staff along with a keen acumen for completing projects within a long term vision has made all the difference in the world. That longer vision has resulted in projects which some can take credit in marking in the legacy of their careers. They are people who have made a real and long term difference on the Winters Community.
I’d like to highlight two of those individuals who are “stars” of the City staff.
Carol Scianna has been our Environmental Services Manager in the City’s Public Works Department for almost 15 years. Her job entails much of the environmental compliance to the many governmental agencies we deal with and she is the lynchpin in the operation and compliance report for both our water and wastewater enterprises. She is the City’s lead on key climate issues involving recycling and waste management, green house gas reductions, action planning and the many permitting issues involving the restoration of Putah Creek. She has also been the key staff member on critical infrastructure projects including the Putah Creek Car Bridge, Moody Slough Overcrossing Bridge on Road 89, the North Bank Creek Trail, each phase of the Putah Creek Park Channel Realignment, Downtown Restoration Projects and the Grant Ave Roundabout. Carol is also the manager of the City’s mitigation bank areas for elderberry!
I met Carol in 2001 when she was the President of the Winters Friends of the Library (WFOL), which is one of our community’s premier organizations. Her commitment to Winters is extrodinary and the difference she has made our environment will last for decades if not centuries. Dealing within the realm of the environment is not easy because you deal with passionate people who can disagree immensely. People experience Carol’s success literally every day whether walking down the creek trail, watching salmon spawn, driving over any of our bridges or dropping a child off at school.
Dan Maguire is the City’s Housing and Economic Development Manager and is also approaching almost 15 years on the City’s Team. His job entails managing the City’s affordable housing program, working with the various affordable projects in town, serving as the project manager on key new housing projects and working with developers to strategically develop plans for future projects. Dan oversees compliance with key State agencies who deal with housing and is our liaison with a key advocacy group, Legal Services of Northern California. To Dan’s credit, he has been the City lead on the Orchard Village Apartments, the soon to begin construction Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments and the many moderate for sale units in the new subdivisions. In economic development few on the City Staff have played a more important role in the revitalization of Downtown than Dan Maguire. Dan was the manager of the City’s façade improvement program which renovated 27 storefronts, was the key liaison for all three phases of the Downtown Streetscape Program, negotiated the lease assistance program which brought businesses like Arc Guitar and the Turkovich Tasting Room. He is also the project lead on the Downtown Hotel Project and is the City’s liaison to the Chamber of Commerce.
I met Dan at 2:00 one morning trying to figure out how to take down a light tower following an epic Earthquake Festival. I quickly realized Dan was an “all in guy” when he purchased a truck so he could haul all of the things he needed to do community projects he was supporting. Few drive around with a water tank in the bed of their truck to water recently planted trees along the 505, have their own set of “hay hooks” to move hay bails for beer gardens or have their own permit with Caltrans to pick up trash along the highway and a collection of vests, goggles and hard hats required under said permit.
Dan and Carol are representative of what has made the City of Winters successful over the past number of years. They have integrated the community in their own personal and family visions. When disaster has struck, they are always amongst the first to show up and always the last to leave. They have tackled some of our most difficult projects and kept them alive all the way to the finish line. As each of them prepares for retirement in the next few years, they represent the toughest parts of “succession planning” because the transcend professional acumen, there is their commitment to the Winters community and how the City organization integrates into the fabric of the town.
The City has many “stars” who make up an incredible team. Everyday I feel blessed knowing that we have people on our staff who can be counted upon to bring their absolute best to serving an incredible community. A number of years ago, Nanci Mills and I established a fundamental hiring criteria and that was to find really smart people who “loved” Winters with the acknowledgement that we would train the rest of the job to them.
I give members of our team in the “red zone” of their careers a hard time because I don’t want them to retire (mostly based on love and respect). The reality is that each has earned their transition and we need to saver all that they have given and the legacy’s they leave on our community. We have much to accomplish as we move the City forward in the coming years and we need to prepare for the next generation of really smart people who love Winters.
Have a nice weekend.
The City of Winters General Plan can be found by navigating here: Government Departments > Community Development > Community Dev. Reports > General Plan (Heading)
A couple items this week:
Our Winters Warriors have a bye this week, so come Downtown and enjoy a great evening on what is supposed to be a windy weekend.