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Friday Update for February 16 2018

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Friday Update for February 16 2018

All,

This weeks update is an overview of the items we discussed at our weekly staff meeting this week.

Meetings Next Week:

Downtown Parking Report- Public Workshop

Topics to include:

  • Paid Parking
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Business Improvement District and Assessments
  • Lighting
  • Employee Parking restrictions
  • Zoning and Urban Design
  • Others

City Council Agendas:

February 20, 2018

  • Street Closure Request for Coffee Festival, Saturday, March 24
  • Presentation by Yolo Emergency Communications Agency
  • Budget Discussion and Department Reorganization of Admin. Services, Human Resources, and City Clerk Functions
  • Staff Promotion to Mid-Management Position
  • Final Acceptance of Public Improvements for Roundabout on Grant Ave. (SR 128) at Walnut Lane
  • Resolution in Recognition of Putah Creek Council’s 30 Year Anniversary

February 21, 2018

  • City Council and Planning Commission Joint Workshop for the Winters Downtown Parking Plan; September 2017 Draft Report being presented by Kimley Horn.

March 6, 2018

  • Street Closure Request for Monthly Car Shows Sponsored by The Buckhorn Steakhouse
  • Public Improvement Agreement & Final Map for Olive Grove Phase 1 Project

March 20, 2018

  • Final Acceptance of Starbucks?

Department Updates:

 

Public Works:

  • Repaired sewer main line on E. Edwards and sewer lateral on Edwards due to root invasion.  Would like to budget to camera the mainline prior to slurry sealing.
  • Tony is changing registers on meters.
  • 24 yards of DG delivered to finish the area between the futsal court and the play structure at City Park.  Irrigation is being re-routed due to the futsal court.
  • Staff is working on graffiti removal, starting at the trail.  Also watering elderberry bushes, cleaning any debris along the trail, and removing gravel and debris along the sidewalk and edges of the car bridge and along the edge of the roundabout.
  • Will rent lift next week to trim trees.
  • Staff is spraying weeds along the highway 128 and will finish on the west side of town.
  • Meeting today with Alan regarding Rule 20A.
  • Working on the projects list and scheduling a date for the piano drop.
  • Will submit comments to SACOG for MTIP (Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program) projects that include the I-505 overpass.
  • A draft amending the Martinez Putah Creek Farms agreement has been sent to Ethan for review.
  • Yolo Resiliency Workshop scheduled for 2/23, 8am-12pm, to look at big climate issues, ie: heat and heat-related emergencies and how departments can work together.
  • Residents on Hillview want an extra street light.
  • Talking with the folks from the cat trap/neuter/release program, who would like to provide this service free of charge to the residents at Yolo Housing and are looking for ways to transport the cats and their owners to receive this service.
  • Ice pigging is scheduled for March 28th to clean the water lines.

 

Planning:

  • Meeting today with a representative of the Valadez property.
  • Signed off on Starbuck’s for now until new construction begins on the Chevron station.
  • Working on a staff report for the 2/27 Planning Commission meeting regarding a monument sign for Chevron, Starbucks and Fairfield Inn that is similar to the ARCO, Burger King, Taco Bell sign; will check the sight distance.

 

Police:

  • 30 people attended Movie Night last weekend; it was a good joint group effort with the Fire Department.
  • The PD may receive $1,500 back from the probation department from the Kershner DUI cost recovery.
  • In the past, the PD has been reimbursed by the State for training, but this isn’t the case anymore.  POST requires that officers stay current on their training and one solution is to hold POST trainings in the EOC/Training Room at the Public Safety Facility, where two officers will be able to attend at no cost.  Some classes have already been scheduled, including Interview & Interrogation and Taser classes.  CHP also offers several free training opportunities at their facility in W. Sacramento.
  • In response to the shooting at a Florida high school, CSO/Detective Gonzalez emailed the Winters Superintendent and principals to let them know the department is available for anything they may need.  Gonzalez was present at the high school and McCoy distributed stickers at Waggoner today.
  • PD is working with schools to provide a teacher guide that includes red and green pages to display in their window to indicate to those outside whether a classroom is safe or not.

 

Fire:

  • The FD is using lunchtime recess out on the playground to interact and re-engage with the kids.  It is the desire of the FD to provide public safety within the community, but regarding the school shooting scenario, they have to be prepared for not if, but when.
  • FISH FRY IS TONIGHT!!!
  • Engine 26 is back in service and is doing well.
  • An OES standard annual inspection will take place on 3/13.
  • Fire Management meeting is being moved to once a month instead of bi-weekly.  Brad will send John an invite to the next meeting.
  • Fire Commissioner Jack Thomas passed away on February 9th.  Services will be held at St. Anthony’s on February 20th.

 

City Engineer:

  • Callahan (Crown Homes) is calling for a meeting to coordinate the infrastructure with Winters Highlands (Homes by Town).  The Main Street Pump Station is being built by Homes by Town, so Crown Homes is waiting.
  • Working with CalTrans on a possible u-turn at Grant & Matsumoto to access Starbucks.  A median will be installed on Grant to prevent left turns other than the left turn lane.  Drivers will be able to enter Starbucks drive-through from Matsumoto once the Chevron construction begins.
  • The Winters Starbucks location has just been added to the Starbucks app.

City Manager:

  • Working on budget items.
  • Will review the Capital Projects section of the upcoming Fiscal Year Budgets with the City Council at the March 6 Council Meeting.

Finally, a couple comments on the school shooting in Florida.

The need for the City and School District to coordinate on active shooter scenerio’s is critical and needs to be ongoing. The City and WJUSD went through a comprehensive planning and scenario exercise in 2014 but the reality is that most in that training have moved on. Time for another training.

The situations of active shooting events are almost unfathomable from a tragedy standpoint. Both victims and first responders are affected for their lifetimes. How we deal with the situations needs to be planned and calculated so as to effectively deal with those affected. It is a delicate balance and a part of the business we are in as a City.

Over the years, Winters has seen many tragedy’s on the small scale, yet very similar in nature, whether it be shootings, car crashes or drowning. The effects on our personnel are often traumatic and we have mechanisms in place to respond to the tragedy to counsel both families and our first responders. I will share that there are some folks who have moved on after some incidents, choosing other careers.

Emotion, empathy, shock and sadness are absolutely critical elements of dealing with the worst situations. They are signs of strength which need release during incidents. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very real thing, which needs to be dealt with immediately to help the psyche of those who have found themselves in horrible situations. Trying to internalize or be callus simply does not work and is something which we avoid.

At the City, we have multiple levels of address for various situations. Our leadership promotes an active debrief for all moderate and major incidents; we have our Chaplain Program (with K9 Kepi who is trained to sense PTSD); we have a professional psychiatric firm on 24 hour call to meet with our staff. We have learned to not take any situations lightly.

I will share that my instruction to our Chief’s is that in the event of a traumatic situation, once stabilized and secured, that we limit the exposure of our personnel to traumatic scenes. I have a very firm belief that “not everyone needs to see the crime scene”.

Without question, the tragedy in Florida has rocked that entire community beyond measure. We need to keep those families and first responders in all of our thoughts. There were many hero’s on Wednesday and I know so many of them drove vehicles with light bars and sirens. I give thanks every day for those who have taken the call of public service who sometimes find themselves in the worst situations imaginable. I am grateful for those who risk lives and save lives.

John


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02/20/18 City Council Meeting


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Downtown Before and After

Downtown Before and After (pdf)

A little perspective on the evolution of Downtown Winters through capital projects done through our revitalization efforts. The goals of the Downtown Master Plan were to provide for a more pedestrian orientation, with people having an opportunity to walk through the core and experience the charm. Parking has been viewed to be on the periphery and improvements were made to create a sense of arrival and “place” for people and cars. Kind of a fun look at the evolution.


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Friday Update on February 9 2018

All,

Last week, I attended the State-wide City Manager’s Department Meeting which gives me a chance to get up to date on critical issues and items affecting cities and  the State. Here is a review of some of the key issues and a brief sense where the City of Winters is affected for each.

Some of the major topics hitting California cities include pension costs, housing, transportation and homelessness.

Pension:

Unquestionably, the ballooning deficit for the funding of public employee pensions is an issue which stands to cripple municipal services in the coming years. The combination of reduced investment earnings at PERS, the increased contributions needed to fund pensions from member cities and the long term sustainability of employee pensions will become an enormous impact to how services are provided to the communities in California.

As forecasted, the incremental increase of PERS contributions for cities and counties will see median increases of almost 89% over the next 7 years with a typical city in California seeing an median dollar increase of near $2.3m per year in contributions. The percentage of pension costs to payroll shows that the median is almost 42%. In Yolo County, both Davis and Woodland will see over 50% of their payroll cost being pension related and Yolo County- 38% and West Sacramento seeing 39%.

For Winters, we are forecasting that our pension costs will increase from the current 22% of payroll to 27% in FY 24/25, an increase of almost $400k annually. To address this, Staff is looking at assigning a dedicated funding line item in our budget which is strictly pension related. Over time, the amounts will incrementally increase over time to develop a funding source to eliminate future increases so as no one year of shifts in pension costs will cause. The goal is sustainability for pension obligations, a smoothing mechanism to alleviate the peaks and valleys and a solid plan which will help the City over the next 30 years deal with this issue.

Housing:

 

Without question, the California housing market has become unaffordable for many folks, especially young families and persons seeking rental housing in both metropolitan and rental areas. The California Legislature and the Governor have made the “streamlining” of permitting a priority in many of their policy prognostications, but the reality is that they are doing very little to move the ball on helping address the situation, especially when it comes to affordable housing.

A perspective– Two summers ago, someone associated with Winters City Hall found himself between rental housing, downsizing into his own apartment from a shared one. As he left one, waiting for the word on another, he found himself on the verge of becoming homeless and needing to live in his car. Anyone with a millennial child can absolutely relate to this situation because of the tight supply of rental properties everywhere.

Some key factors inhibiting housing production include:

  • Environmental Review- The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a complicated, process driven morass of consultants, attorneys and advocates which by its nature is meant to slow and discourage development. It adds huge costs to projects and makes even the most positive and desirable projects subject to litigation and outright extortion from many groups. Neither the Governor nor Legislature, which control the elements of CEQA have taken any steps to cure some of the reforms needed and it is nowhere on their radar. The facts are that powerful groups which profit immensely from CEQA (attorneys, consultants, environmental groups and unions) stand in the way of any types of reforms. Don’t look for anything soon.
  • Labor Supply- The economic downturn and recession of 2008 significantly reduced the number of contractors and skilled carpenters, electricians, etc. The construction industry has literally become an enormously tight scheduling exercise where subcontractors and the various trades are lined up to build. Any deviation from the scheduling “window” for a trade whether it be weather, supply or any number of variables can result in significant delays if that window is missed. The ability to get any contractors for even home renovation projects can be difficult.
  • Approvals- Cities can be extremely slow to review and approve projects, taking months, if not, years to consider even the most basic subdivisions (see CEQA above). The 2008 downturn witnessed a huge reduction in planning professionals who help process applications dwindle and the many consultants (traffic, environmental review, habitat, etc) also has been reduced. It is tough to find qualified professionals and it may take years for the supply to return.
  • Financing- The loose lending of the early 2000’s which gave rise to the 2008 “mortgage” crisis has resulted in extremely tight lending criteria from underwriters. This means that even the most successful builders in the hottest markets can typically only get funding for a handful of units (5-10) at a time. Combined with the shortage of contractors and labor/material supply, it really slows things down.

A perspective on the Winters real estate market is as follows:

  • The supply of available units for sale or rent is practically non-existent. There are very few units and those that hit the market are purchased immediately.
  • As of today, we have close to 550 units approved and entitled to build and we will see two of those subdivisions (Stone’s Throw and Callahan Estates) under construction now with the first units for sale beginning the summer of 2018. We expect the construction timeline for these units to be 6-7 years.
  • Winters desperately needs rental housing. The need for quality, market rate apartments in town is huge.
  • Senior Assisted- Older folks hit that point where they need assisted living arrangements and we currently have zero. Some of our longest term residents live out the last days of their lives in Woodland, Davis or other points east and west. Population often dictates the development of assisted living facilities, so we will need to see an increase in population to make this side of the of the housing market work.
  • Affordable Housing—The lion share of housing production in Winters over the past 10 years has been affordable. The Orchard Village, Winters Apartments II and rehabilitation to Winters I and Almondwood have all been positive!
  • Senior Housing—The proposed and approved Blue Mountain Terrace Apartments will be 63 Senior Affordable Units on East Baker Street behind the Yolo Credit Union. This project has been stalled for almost 2 years as we work on gaining funding.

Winters falls into the region controlled by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) which serves as the regional transportation and planning agency. Each “planning area” like SACOG has a requirement to develop a “regional housing needs allocation (RHNA)” which essentially established housing development goals and estimates for each city and county. Also known as the RHNA number, it is very controversial and draws the ire of many people, especially the slow to no growth community. The California Department of Housing and Community Development recently released a report “grading” communities on their housing availability and production in direct relation to meeting the RHNA “goals”. Good news for Winters, where we received a passing grade while some other communities did not fare as well.

Bottom line, we have single family housing production in our future but we still have a need for rental, affordable, senior and assisted living. We will see!

Transportation:

Anyone travelling in metropolitan or toward even the most remote suburbs can relate to the growing traffic congestion which is engulfing our roadways. As the supply and availability of housing has been pushed into remote areas without a correlary of jobs in the same areas, commutes are longer and gridlock is occurring for extended durations.

Amongst cities in metropolitan California both north and south, the issues are chronic.

How is this affecting Winters:

  • From a traffic count perspective, we know that the vast majority of working Winters leaves the City between 6:30 and 7:00 am each weekday. We know that the majority of folks return home sometime between 6-6:30 pm. The vast majority of folks go south toward the Bay Area. We also know that the commutes are starting earlier (morning rush hour in Winters used to begin closer to 7:15) , meaning that can surmise that as people head to work, they need more time for travel due to traffic.
  • Our evening traffic on Grant Ave is increasing on evenings. These are not people from Winters or Lake Berryessa, they are Sacramento bound commuters seeking relief from the congestion of Highway 80. A key factor are our “smart phones” with both “Maps” and “Ways” guiding people off of Highway 80 to 128 which guides them through Davis to save some time. Next time you are at Berryessa Brewing on a Friday night, watch the traffic passing going east. It is an eye opener!
  • Smart technology is completely changing traffic patterns. The algorithms of Ways and Maps are sending cars through residential and rural areas versus the previous highways and arterial roads. In metropolitan areas, once quiet residential streets are effectively becoming cut thru’s for persons leaving congested arterials.

While Winters does not have congestion and our biggest issue seems to be people trying to figure out how to negotiate the new “roundabout”, we can still expect to collectively experience what is rapidly becoming one of our State’s largest issues.

Homelessness:

I shared last week my shock at the number of homeless I saw in Southern California. It was an absolute disaster and something which seems to be spinning out of control. The largest attended session at the City Manager’s Conference was the Homeless Session and there was standing room only to get in.

I grew up in the Los Angeles area (Pico Rivera) and lived in Orange and San Bernardino Counties. The amount of homeless “everywhere” was stunning.  I was personally shocked by the numbers of people literally living on, under and around bridges as we drove through the region.

As I visited with my peers from many cities, it is clear that some level of collective intervention is needed. Law enforcement personnel have become mostly social workers and psudo-psychologists in dealing with persons living on the streets whose biggest crime seems to be simply trying to live in an untenable situation. The police and sheriff deputies have few resources at their disposal except to just push folks from one location to the next. Most have a shopping cart and a dog with all their belongings just piled in a heap.

Who are the homeless- literally every demographic……. from young to old, male and female, families, they are all there. Homeless are not just people with “issues”, they are people with no way to find housing

A noted urbanist and someone I have worked with in the past is Chapman University Professor Joel Kotkin the often controversial urbanist who once predicted that Los Angeles would become the “Calcutta” of the United States” based on the broadening income and economic disparity which will ultimately divide the classes. He points to the reduction in certain safety net programs (mental health is one) as fueling the divide. His prediction seems to be materializing.

In Yolo County, the problem is becoming pervasive. I will share that our Yolo Manager’s Group (Each City Manager and the County Manager), homeless are a regular topic. Woodland, Davis and West Sacramento all have HUGE issues with very little relief or answers in sight. Caltrans will tell you that their facilities are becoming extremely impacted by homeless seeking shelter. Because of climate, northern California issues pale in comparison to Southern California, but they are still very real.

For Winters, our homeless population is practically non-existent. This is mostly due to the lack of shelter and social services due to our very rural nature and population size. Our homeless population is either very temporary and is transient or they are the offshoot of family problems which have people more kicked out of homes for various durations.

A lot of heavy issues with no immediate or easy answers.

John


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02/21/18 Joint Workshop of City Council and Planning Commission


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Friday Update on February 2 2018

All,

A couple items for the week.

·         A very light City Council Agenda with two presentations. The First will be on the Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency Annual Report (these are the folks who bring us ambulance services) and Yolo Transportation will be discussing the County Wide Capital Improvement Program. Short and easy!

·         The Winters Police Department released a couple press releases this week on a couple issues. The first included a juvenile arrest regarding the break in at Berryessa Sporting Goods. The second involved a alert citizen who reported some strange folks dumping a stolen car in a neighborhood (both were arrested on car theft charges). The Police also arrested a suspect who was found with stolen items from a car burglary. In each case, information was reported by alert citizens.

·         PG&E is installing the utilities to Starbucks, so that double macchiato latte is just around the corner for some lucky person!

·         I attended the State-wide City Manager’s Conference this week in Southern California. The consensus on the top issues facing cities are Pension Liabilities, Housing, Transportation and Homelessness. The State is an absolute wreck in each of these areas and there does not seem to be a clear path on any of it.

·         The State Department of Housing and Community Development has released its report card on affordable housing production for cities. In Yolo County, both Winters and West Sacramento received passing grades while Davis and Woodland landed on the naughty list. A good sign for us with pending legislation coming down which will result in State mandates for those not meeting certain housing goals.

A big take away from the City Manager’s Conference was the struggle that many communities are facing with homelessness and vagrancy in their communities. In many places it is epidemic and in Southern California it is everywhere. Downtown Los Angeles is practically one giant 10 block homeless encampment and the freeway overpasses literally have folks living on them.

The problem has many causes which need address. These include but are not limited to the following:

·         Lack of affordable housing in the urban and suburban areas. People in need and on the streets will congregate near social and safety net services, which means the more populated zones. When affordable housing is not present, they simply live on the streets, inside storm culverts, under/on bridges or any place they can find.

·         Mental health help in California is really under-funded. Many of those on the streets are dealing with mental and substance issues. Many of these folks used to be housed in prisons and were released under AB109 with the promise that there would be increased funding toward mental and health programs. The State has not followed through on these safety net assistance programs and these people are left to fend for themselves.

·         Basic economics and a vast divide in income levels. There really are the haves and have not’s in our society and those who cannot afford housing are fending for themselves. Many families end up living in their cars which includes children.

There are many contributing factors including the shear lack of housing production following in the economic collapse of 2008 and the end of programs such as community redevelopment agencies which were the key production vehicles for local affordable projects.

It was a very eye opening topic for me at this conference and a struggle which California will be dealing with for some time.

John


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WM street pile green waste pick up resumes Mon., Feb. 12, 2018

WM is back to monthly street pile green waste pick up. The next street pick will be on Monday Feb. 12th. Residents are encouraged to use their green waste/compost bins with brown lids, which will be serviced next week and every other week after that. Please do not leave green waste out on the street for more than a couple of days prior to street pick up. Refer to your WM service calendar for ongoing details.


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02/06/18 City Council Meeting


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Friday Update on January 19 2018

All.

A couple project updates:

·         Staff is working with Caltrans to add signage along I505 to encourage visitors to exit Putah Creek Road to come straight into Downtown. Both Ways and Maps already direct people off at this location, but we are looking to bolster additional advertising for Downtown. When you put in $5m in creek improvements, build a new $15m bridge and have a vibrant Downtown it is nice to be able to show it off. This is a very impressive gateway into our town.

·         The Planning Commission will be reviewing modifications to the setback requirements for the Callahan Estates subdivision at their Tuesday, January 23 meeting beginning at 6:30.

·         The Downtown Hotel is going “vertical” which is a really good sign for things. The construction management seems to be dialing things in and hopefully we will see a busy construction season.

·         Starbucks is still waiting for PG&E to install the utilities for their Grant Ave location. The anticipated opening date is still early February.

·         Plans and a deposit have been brought in for the Marriot Fairfield Inn at the freeway. Very good news!

·         Project Playground is back at City Park installing the final slide, fence posts and the zip line. Things look absolutely amazing out there and it is worth it to stop by for a look! The zip line should be in operation in about a week.

·         Supervisor Don Saylor is hosting his annual Soup’s On event to benefit a local charity. The event is next Thursday, January 25th from 6-8pm at St. James Church in Davis. Winters will be well represented with Mayor Wade Cowan’s mouth-watering famous clam chowder, German Potato soup from Buckhorn, wine from Turkovich at the event, and Berryessa Gap wine tasting in the silent auction. 100% of the funds this year benefit Family Hui, a non-profit that has served families in Winters and throughout the County.

·         Winters made the front page of the Los Angeles Times on Thursday in regards to our rural connections program and partnership with the WJUSD, Yocha de He and many parents. The Program was spearheaded by then Mayor Cecilia Aguiar Curry (now Assemblymember) who was relentless in helping close the digital divide. Click HERE to go to the article. As someone who was front and center for all of this, I will tell you that it is something our community can be extremely proud of and it is making a huge difference for our students and families.

·         Winters Police have released the attached press release (pdf) with an image of someone wanted for breaking into vehicles in our town. Take a look at the photo and if your recognize the person, please contact the Winters Police Department.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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01/23/18 Planning Commission Meeting

  • 01/23/18 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet) pdf

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Friday Update on January 12 2018

All,

A super busy week but really quiet:

  • City Council agenda for January 16 includes a number of items including Flood Safety Planning, Putah Creek Phase 3, Electric Car Charging Stations, Call for the Consolidated Election in June, Building Inspection Services Contracts, Animal Services and Crossing Guards.
  • Also on the Agenda is a swearing in ceremony for new Sergeant Kelly McCoy, recognition for outgoing Sergeant Kelly Schroeder, a presentation by Police Chaplain Robert Duvall and a Senior Services Update.
  • The Winters History Committee will also be at the meeting to discuss their vision for a Winters Museum. Past Mayor Woody Fridae will return to talk about a very ambitious concept to keep the History of Winters alive!
  • Look for upcoming announcements regarding the Downtown Parking Study and Report. We are working to reschedule the cancelled December meeting. This meeting will be a joint workshop with the City Council and Planning Commission along with the members of the Parking Committee.
  • Look for the Economic Development Committee to be re-established and operating in February!
  • January 1 kicked off a year long Interim Fire Chief Program which will allow our current captains to serve in four (4) month rotations as Interim Fire Chief. This is meant as a professional development program for the leadership of Winters Fire. In the past two weeks, it has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made as City Manager in Winters. The leadership throughout the organization is blossoming and we can expect some amazing results throughout the organization!
  • Congratulations to Chief Brad Lopez who will serve as Chief through April.
  • If you are on Facebook, hopefully you are following all three of our social network sites- City of Winters, Winters Fire and Winters Police. We really work to be informative and include pertinent information. Special recognition to CSO Gail Jimenez from our Winters Police Department who does an amazing job with the site. Really good stuff.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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01/16/18 City Council Meeting


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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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