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County-Run Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics The Week of 05/24/21

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County-Run Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics The Week of 05/24/21

See below for flyers for the County-run clinics happening this week. This info is also available on the County’s vaccine page at: https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.

Some info about each clinic:

 

 

 


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05/21/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 21, 2021

Greetings, all.

On the COVID-19 front, vaccination clinics continue around the county, as does speculation about state-wide COVID-19 regulations after June 15, when the Governor has indicated the State can fully re-open and the colored tiers go away. Here’s what we do know:

    • The State has not offered any indication what the mask mandate will be after June 15,
    • CalOSHA has delayed making a decision on the recent guidance from the CDC about how to balance vaccinations, masks, and workplace safety; and
    • Masks are still mandated inside (except when eating / drinking) and in all workplaces.

So unfortunately, we remain on hold awaiting guidance for the future. In the meantime, we keep moving forward on returning to normal activities based on current regulations, like….

In-person Council meetings! We expect to return to the Council Chambers for the July 6 Council meeting, AND incorporate Zoom participation to ensure everyone can participate as they prefer. We are working through the technology issues but expect to have those worked out by then. We will also work with the City’s various advisory committees and commissions to ascertain how best to transition committee work following June 15, so please stay tuned for more information.


Please Note:

The “Garage Sale of the Rich and Famous” is back on for Saturday, June 19th!! Yes, that’s Father’s Day weekend…Coordinated by Bruce Guelden, he has reserved some space at City Park for that Saturday and coordinates all the advertising. So, if you want to maximize your garage sale earnings, schedule your garage sale for June 19.  If you would like to reserve one of the few spots at City Park, contact Bruce Guelden at 530-795-4919.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

The Yolo County Resource Conservation District (YCRCD) has been working with the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services to start a countywide Yolo County Fire Safe Council (YCFSC), which will support local Fire Safe Councils; while the Solano Resource Conservation District has been working on the ground with local landowners affected by the LNU Complex Fire to start a Solano County Fire Safe Council; both are actively collaborating.

Working with the Winters Fire Department, we are holding a meeting at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 26 on Zoom.  At this meeting, we’ll give an update on the Yolo County FSC, and work being done by Solano RCD, and then move into “breakout rooms” based on location so that attendees can meet others in their area who wish to work together to start a local Fire Safe Council.  Breakout sessions will be moderated by RCD and California Fire Safe Council Staff.  Solano County/Pleasants Valley area residents are welcome to attend this meeting, although our main focus will be the Greater Winters Area.

To register for the meeting, please email Tanya Meyer, program manager at YCRCD, at meyer@yolorcd.org, and include your name and property location.

History buffs should check out the Friends of the Yolo County Archives and the wonderful programming they produce, like “Creating Neighborhoods in Historic Woodland.” I suspect this will offer great insights into how communities evolve through the generations, a process that never really stops…Visit their website at friendsyca.org and who knows what historical treasure trove you might learn about Winters…

Presentation Zoom link:
https://yolocounty.zoom.us/j/94353493531

 

In Other News…

Construction is moving along at Phase I of the future Three Oaks Park, which is being constructed by Homes By Town as part of the Winters Highland subdivision. A flyover was recently done and is available here. Phase I will offer a variety of amenities, including small and large dog parks, basketball court, picnic facilities, play structure, and water play feature. Once completed, the landscaping needs 90 days for establishment.

 

Aquatic interviews are under way and we are excited to see new and returning pool staff! Adult lap swim should open Tuesday, June 1, and we are working on options for the Swim Team, swim lessons and recreational swim times. The schedule will be posted soon, and it’s likely that programs will be added incrementally. The aquatic program is going through a transition, like much of City Hall, so we appreciate your patience.

 

Woot Woot!

This week’s Woot! Woot! goes out to our public safety employees for their professionalism and outstanding service given this week’s emergency activity…

A vegetation fire started Sunday evening north of Moody Slough Road at County Road 88 during gusty winds, which drove the grass fire toward a lone residence. Major kudos to Ofc Letterman and Sgt Hermosillo for their quick action to evacuate the residence, and the Winters Fire Department, Cal Fire and multiple responding agencies whose 30 fire fighters contained the fire to 17 acres in about an hour. We are happy to report the home was spared and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The rapid response is a testament to the value of mutual aid networks and preparedness.

Our public safety teams responded to two significant Hwy 128 accidents this week. The WFD responded to an accident involving a motorcycle and pick-up truck on the Napa side of the Monticello dam; unfortunately, the motorcyclist did not survive despite attempts on scene. And closer to town yesterday, a driver lost control of her vehicle, crashed, and was ejected into the adjacent canal. WFD, WPD, AMR and a nearby passerby worked to retrieve the individual out of the canal. She survived and was transported with serious injuries. Many thanks to the teams that responded to these incidents. The outcomes aren’t always positive but we are thankful for their efforts.

Winters PD was just notified that they expect to receive a $106,000 grant under CHP’s Impaired Driving Section, Cannabis Grants Unit, which will fund additional education about and enforcement for impaired driving. We haven’t been successful in recent years for this grant because of low incident rates in the City; however, last year saw three fatality accidents all of which included alcohol or drug-related impairments as either primary (2) or contributing (1) factors. Sadly, these tragedies have led to our successful application this year. So the Woot! Woot! goes to Sgt Hermosillo for his grant writing skills and WPD’s ongoing efforts to make Winters a safer community for all. Stay tuned for more information on the importance of safe and unimpaired driving…

Lastly, today’s Woot! Woot! goes to Public Works employee Adrian Garcia who fished a set a keys from a 2’ deep post hole at the dog park this morning, using an improvised line and hook. He fished out the keys allowing mom, kids, and dogs to continue their day. Public Works employees are often our unsung heroes, working with public safety at major incidents, keeping our critical facilities and infrastructure operational, and retrieving objects and small animals from holes and drains and out of trees (wait, maybe Fire still does that here…). A big shout out to the Winters staff that help make Winters a wonderful place to live, work and play.

 

 

 


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05/25/2021 Planning Commission Meeting

Meeting Instructions - May 25, 2021

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor's Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting.

To Join Zoom Meeting on PC: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85726550636?pwd=SVlRNmFzRUlOUHcxOFVnbTd2SGxtZz09

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-OR- Dial In by Phone 1-669-900-6833

  • 05/25/2021 Planning Commission Meeting (Packet-pdf)

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Vaccine clinics week of 5/24/2021

Here are the clinics we have scheduled this week:

  • Tuesday, 5/18 Davis Joint Unified School District from 2 pm - 7 pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson). This clinic is only for DJUSD students and family members of DJUSD students. Click here to read the DJUSD announcement and access the google form that DJUSD is using for sign-ups.
  • Wednesday, 5/19 inside the Walker Room in the HHSA Bauer Building from 5 pm - 7 pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) The flyer for this clinic is attached.
  • Thursday, 5/20 for those attending the River Cats Game from 5 pm - 10 pm. (Johnson & Johnson). This clinic is inside the stadium, not in the parking lot.
  • Thursday, 5/20 at La Superior in Woodland from 6 pm - 7 pm. (Johnson & Johnson). This is primarily a second dose Pfizer clinic, but we will also have Johnson & Johnson on hand for people who have not received a first dose yet.
  • Saturday, 5/22 at Nugget Fields in Davis from 10 pm - 2 pm. (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) The flyer for this clinic is attached.

You can schedule an appointment for the Wednesday HHSA clinic through https://myturn.ca.gov/  but all of these clinics accept walk-ins with no prior appointment.

We have consent forms available for those who are under the age of 18 and cannot attend the clinic with their parent or guardian. For consent forms in English, click here. For consent forms in Spanish, click here.

Frank Schneegas
Latino Outreach Specialist – Yolo County
COVID-19 Response Operations Center


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05/14/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 14, 2021

 

Greetings, all.  We have a Council meeting on May 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We are still Zooming while we work toward conducting a hybrid meeting that allows both in-person and Zoom participation. Cities are finding that participation in public meetings has increased with remote platforms, and we would like to be able to accommodate both options as we return to a new normal. Stay tuned as we figure out how to integrate our current cameras, new Granicus agenda platform and Zoom…

I would also like to highlight that the City Council will conduct a budget workshop for the FY 21-22 budget. Our current projections are that we will close out this fiscal year on June 30 in the positive, with revenues over expenditures by approximately $64,000. This is the first year in the last five that we do not expect to use reserves to close the books.

The expected budget surplus is due to several factors: the deep cuts that were made going into the current fiscal year in response to the pandemic and holding the line against unplanned expenses, balanced by accelerated housing construction that exceed projections by over $200,000 and higher property tax revenue.

The good news is that the economic recovery is happening faster than expected a year ago, although full recovery for sales taxes is not expected to achieve pre-pandemic levels for another year. Staff is proposing a balanced budget for FY 21-22, including a 5.7% increase in General Fund operations, prior to allocations to the Enterprise Funds. Staff is recommending the addition of two positions: a police officer position (to replace the sergeant position that was left vacant and unfunded as a budget saving for this year’s budget) and a new senior planner position. The current part-time planner is retiring this summer, and the full-time planner would oversee all planning, land use development and housing functions (blending the previous part-time planner and full-time housing and economic development manager positions). More detailed information is available in the staff report, which is available here.

 

COVID-19

  • The Pfizer vaccine is now available for children 12+. Yolo County residents 12-17, can get the Pfizer vaccine at any county-run clinic. There is a clinic Saturday at Holy Cross Church in West Sacramento (10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1321 Anna Street) and on Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Harper Junior Hight in Davis (4000 E. Covell Blvd). Sign up through MyTurn, or just show up; no appointment necessary.

 

  • The debate continues: Mask or no mask? We are all so anxious to be done with the pandemic, and just as quickly as the regulations changed going into and through the pandemic, there seems to be just as much conflicting regulatory language and guidance coming out of it. It mostly hinges on if people have been vaccinated, which is the most effective way to stop COVID-19. Currently, masks are required by the State and the County indoors except when eating and drinking. However, the State is considering the new CDC guidelines (note: not regulations) that the vaccinated can stop wearing masks, while the unvaccinated should wear them. County health officers update local regulations following updates from the State. The counties cannot be less restrictive than the State, but they can be more restrictive if local conditions warrant it.

In addition to State and County health orders, workplaces are required to follow OSHA (and CalOSHA) regulations, which currently require COVID Prevention Plans, which again mandate mask wearing indoors. CalOSHA is reconsidering its regulations next week. Stay tuned.

The morale of the story?  Please be patient as the rules change; please be considerate of others and wear a mask if required; and please remain vigilant against COVID-19. The virus is still here, and people are still getting sick. The last thing any of us want is to slide backwards.

 

Please Note:

  • Yolo County is looking for residents to participate in County Advisory Boards. Public involvement is essential to good governance; and joining an advisory body is an excellent way to get involved and learn more about local government, policy development, and the balancing act between resources and services. For more information on advisory bodies, specific vacancies, and to submit an application, visit: yolocounty.org (go to Government > Advisory Bodies) or call the Clerk of the Board’s office (530) 666-8195.
  • Please see the link below for the 1.5 hour webinar presented 4/26 by the Green Valley Fire Safety Council in Solano County and the Yolo County Fire Safety Council.  The presentation had a lot of really useful information and should be shared with anyone living in a fire-prone area. https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AKX18p4EtjcniNM&id=B52A9B6568F8CBEC%21217144&cid=B52A9B6568F8CBEC
  • As part of our wildfire fire prevention efforts, please get those weeds knocked down, and do so safely. Never mow or weed whack during windy conditions. Those activities are best done early in the morning during calm conditions. The City is proceeding with its weed abatement process. A public hearing will be held on May 18 for those parcels that have not abated their weeds, permitting the City to proceed with that abatement process and charge property owners through the property tax roll.
  • The Fire Department has issued its monthly newsletter for April, available here. The newsletter includes statistics, updates, news briefs, and more introductions to the many volunteers that devote their time serving the greater Winters community.


Upcoming Council Meeting

There is a Council meeting next Tuesday, May 18. The link to the packet is here. Please note the new format (Granicus platform) that provides links to various items and attachments, which makes navigating to items of interest that much easier. In addition to the budget, the City Council will conduct a hearing to declare certain parcels a nuisance as part of the annual weed abatement process, and continue the process for levying the annual assessment for the City’s city-wide maintenance assessment for landscaping and lighting. Finally, the current salary schedule for City employees will be amended to reflect my salary. The FY 21-22 schedule for all employees and any new positions is scheduled for June 1 when the final budget is considered for adoption.

Thanks to City Clerk Ashley Bussart for her work to upgrade our agenda management process. With two clicks she can publish the packet. We are still working on the streaming and video indexing piece and how that integrates with Zoom. Stay tuned for those features.

 

Woot Woot!

 A big shout out the Winters Fire and Police Departments for responding to a swift water rescue operation on Wednesday that ended successfully when the woman was plucked out of the creek by a CHP helicopter crew. Multiple agencies were involved in responding to and covering the City of Winters while our team was at the creek. Personnel and agencies that responded included Winters Fire (Chief Lopez, Captain Baumgart, and firefighters Justin Rominger, Miguel Zaragoza and Brett Peterson) Winters Police (Chief Miller and Officer Shadman), AMR medic unit, Yolo Sheriff’s Office,  CHP H30 Helo, Vacaville City Fire, Vacaville Fire Protection District, Dixon Fire, Yocha De He Fire and UC Davis Fire who provided coverage for the City of Winters.

The woman had been kayaking and was swept downstream until she was caught on a tree hanging across the creek. Thankfully, she was wearing a lifejacket and wasn’t severely injured. Please see the

link below for the news video that aired on Fox 40. https://fox40.com/news/local-news/first-responders-rescue-woman-stranded-in-putah-creek/

  • It’s National Police Officer Week when we commemorate the service law enforcement personnel provide to our communities. Officers put their lives on the line for the residents they serve every day, and two in California were killed in the line of duty last week. We honor them and their families, and all the sworn, non-sworn and volunteers in law enforcement that work hard every day on our behalf.

While discussions regarding reforms, social justice, racism and implicit bias continue, it is important to remember that generalizations and stereotypes aren’t appropriate toward any class, characteristic, community or profession. We also remain committed to ensuring interactions between the public and law enforcement are handled professionally, without bias, and with everyone’s safety the number one priority. In my short time here, there have been several situations that could have escalated but didn’t; and I would like to recognize Chief Miller and his team at the Winters Police Department for their dedication and hard work. They are a diverse group of men and women committed to the community’s safety and wellbeing. Thank you for your service.


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05/17/2021 Winters Putah Creek Committee Meeting

05/17/2021 Agenda

Topic: Winters Putah Creek Committee Meeting
Time: May 17, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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05/18/2021 City Council Meeting

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please do the following:

  • 1. You are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council meeting
  • 2. Please see below for Zoom Meeting credentials.
  • 3. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  • 4. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.
  • 5. If you are watching/listening to the live stream of the City Council meeting and wish to make either a general public comment or to comment on a specific item as it is being heard, you may also submit your comment, limited to 250 words or less, to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

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Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters, 6:30pm

 

 


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Big Blue Barn – May 14 and 15

This is your event reminders for May 2021.  The May event at the Big Blue Barn will be held on Friday & Saturday, May 14th & 15th, between the hours of 9am and 3pm.  Yolo County continues to be in the Orange tier for the State’s Blueprint For A Safer Economy.  What this means to us is, face coverings continue to be required, as does social distancing.  No appointments required.  Please come, shop, support our efforts to increase diversion and upcycling; while finding some great bargains of course.

See you this coming Friday and Saturday!!


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05/12/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging

To join this meeting via Zoom:
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Meeting ID: 880 9819 7361
Passcode: 991915


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05/07/2021 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 7, 2021

Greetings, all. More beautiful weather out there! And just in time for Mother’s Day. To all those moms, aunties, and ladies that care and nurture our youth, a heartfelt thank you for all that you do. Happy Mother’s Day! It certainly takes a village in my book.

Still looking for things to do and give on Mother’s Day? Our local businesses are offering a range of experiences, treats, and gifts.

 

COVID-19

The State issued new mask guidance on May 3, linked here, which Yolo County adopted.

    • Fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask outdoors except in a crowd.
    • Unvaccinated people still need to wear a mask outdoors if they can’t maintain 6 feet of social distance.
    • With few exceptions, masks are required indoors (unless eating and drinking).

Yolo County’s update: cases rates are holding steady, the more infectious variants are gaining traction, specifically the B.1.1.7 (UK) and P.1 (Brazil). These variants are more contagious and can cause more severe illness.

According to health guidance, the best way to help slow the spread of COVID-19, is to get vaccinated, get tested, wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and avoid large gatherings. We are so close to getting ahead of the virus, it’s important to not let our guards down too soon.

Free Covid testing is still available on Friday’s at the Community Center, no appointment necessary. Vaccination clinics are posted on the County’s website here.

 

Please Note:

Yolo County is working with large landowners to develop a grant funded Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) to promote the use of controlled burns in Yolo County.  The primary goal is to reduce the risk of wildfire. The PBA will be a landowner-led organization that will allow association members to pool their knowledge, people-power, and equipment to help others in the association conduct prescribed burns. The County resolution can be found here and the Scope of Work can be read here.

It is weed abatement season! Please get those weeds knocked down and follow best practices by NOT mowing, discing or weed whacking during windy conditions. A spark can easily start a fire, which has already occurred this season.

 

Don’t Miss Out!

The Winters Museum is opening Saturday, May 8! And will resume its regular schedule of Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Their grand re-opening exhibit “The Lost Japanese Community of Winters” will open in June. I wondered about the beautiful mural on the side of the building… The museum is located at 13 Russell Street, which is also the home to the Historical Society, a historic bar and print shop, and more memorabilia you can absorb in one tour. It’s worth a visit.

Don’t forget! We have summer jobs available! Lifeguards, a pool manager, an HR manager, and more. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/CITYOFWINTERS.

The Senior Commission on Aging and Planning Commission have seats opening up on June 1 and July 1, respectively. More information is on our website at cityofwinters.org – click on the commission landing pages.


Did You Know?

The Sacramento Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District monitors and controls unwanted bugs for the region. Their specialty: mosquitoes, especially those that spread West Nile and Zika Viruses. For more information, please fightthebite.net. On occation the District contracts for aerial spraying to combat the presence of dangerous mosquitoes. Spray alerts are listed at https://www.fightthebite.net/media/spraying-updates. You can also sign up for email alerts on the Services tab.  To report mosquito bites during the day, please call SYMVDC directly at 1-900-429-1022, which helps track the potential presence of invasive mosquitoes.

The City of Winters relies exclusively on well water for its water supply, sharing that resource with agriculture and private wells. In drought years if more water is drawn out than is returned back through rain percolating down into the underground aquifers, eventually the basins can shrink and permanently lose storage capacity (called subsidence). As counties declare drought conditions following a dismally dry winter throughout the State, water conservation becomes critically important, both inside and outside. As we enter the dry summer months, please watch for articles on water conservation, or forward them. We’ll happily share tips and updates through the Friday Update and social media.


Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is May 18, which will include a presentation on the proposed FY 21/22 budget.


Woot Woot!

A shout out to the Public Works team who recently installed the new trees at the City parking lot on First Street. The trees have irrigation.

The planter bed adjacent to the street will be landscaped once some additional work is completed. Two EV charging stations will be installed near the alley, which will receive power from a new transformer that PG&E will install as part of undergrounding utilities this summer. And a new private trash enclosure is planned for mid-frontage to support the hotel and businesses along Main Street as part of an alley beautification and activation plan.


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Yolo County Public Vaccine Clinics This Week 05/03/2021

There are several COVID-19 vaccination clinics around the County. Please share with family and friends!

Attached are the flyers for the County-run vaccine clinics this week. Please share! Here is some additional info about the clinics (in case you get asked).

  • La Superior Clinic (Woodland) (Spanish-pdf)
    • Date: Wednesday, May 5 from 5-8 pm
    • Address: 34 W Court St, Woodland, CA 95695
    • No appointment needed; walk-ins only.
    • Vaccine: 200 Johnson and Johnson
    • Flyer in Spanish only

 

  • Winters Community Clinic (English-pdf) (Spanish-pdf)
    • Date: Thursday, May 6 from 5-7 pm
    • Address: 201 Railroad Avenue, Winters
    • No appointment needed; walk-ins only.
    • Vaccine: 400 Johnson and Johnson
    • Flyer in English and Spanish

 

  • HHSA Bauer Building in Woodland
    • Date: Thursday, May 6 from 5- 8 pm
    • Address: 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland
    • No appointment needed; drive thru only.
    • Vaccine: 200 Johnson and Johnson AND 200 Pfizer
    • Flyer in English and Spanish

 

  • UC Davis Parking Lot 1
    • Date: Friday, May 7 from 3 - 8 pm
    • Address: Visitor Parking Lot 1 (by Mondavi Center)
    • No appointment needed; drive thru only.
    • Vaccine: 200 Johnson and Johnson
    • NO flyer but on our County website (https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine)

 

  • Holy Cross Church in West Sacramento (English-pdf) (Spanish-pdf) (Russian-pdf)
    • Date: Saturday, May 8 from 10 am – 2 pm
    • Address: 1321 Anna Street in West Sacramento
    • No appointment needed; drive thru only; If person can sign up, visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/ (Already on MyTurn website)
    • Vaccine: 400 Pfizer AND 200 Johnson and Johnson
    • Flyer in English, Spanish and Russian

 


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Free Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic May 6, 2021

A FREE walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic is scheduled at the Community Center this week on May 6th. No appointment necessary / just walk in!  Please see attached flyer and share with others!

Brad L. Lopez
Fire Chief
Winters Fire Department


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04/30/2021 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update (pdf)
April 30, 2021

 

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

Yolo County has experienced a slight increase in our COVID-19 metrics, which means that we will remain in the Orange Tier until at least May 12.  While the CDC has updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people, Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, the County is waiting for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to update their guidance before making any changes or suggestions for residents in Yolo County.  Please continue to wear masks, get tested, and get vaccinated so we can stay ahead of the virus and stop the variants.

 

Please Note:

Beginning Saturday May 1, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection CAL FIRE Sonoma Lake Napa Unit will require a burn permit for any outdoor open burning in State Responsibility Areas (SRA) in the following counties: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties. The CAL FIRE permit is required in addition to an Air Quality Management District permit and any local fire agency permit. For an online application to obtain a CAL FIRE permit, please visit https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/ . Permits are valid for the calendar year in which they are issued and must be reissued annually on or after January 1st of each year. Please remember to comply with all safety requirements.  Please visit WintersFire.org / permits for more information.


Don’t Miss Out!

COMMISSION RECRUITMENTS! Want to get involved in community affairs related to seniors, land use, and zoning? Both the Senior Commission on Aging and the Planning Commission have terms expiring and are looking for new members. For more information about the Senior Commission on Aging, click here. The recruitment closes May 15. The Planning Commission recruitment closes May 30. Click here for more information.  Applications are available on the City’s website www.cityofwinters.org         or may be picked up / dropped off at City Hall.

STATE JOB FAIR! Administrative Pathways Virtual Career Fair on May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. will provide job seekers the opportunity to connect with over 30 State of California departments that are actively looking to fill administrative positions. Register for the job fair by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/StateofCaliforniaJobFair or by visiting the YoloWorks! webpage. 30 departments are recruiting job seekers for the following positions: Office Assistant; Office Technician; Program Technician; Program Specialist; Staff Services Analyst; Associate Governmental Program Analyst; Staff Services Manager; and all other related general administrative classifications. For more information, please contact Erica Johnson, HHSA Program Coordinator, at johnson@yolocounty.org or call/text: (530) 631-2289. Click here for press release.

Calling all High school and collegiate swimmers! We are still looking for lifeguards and a pool manager for this summer, and will extend the application period. The City will provide lifeguard certification training. What better way to earn money and get involved in the community! Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/CITYOFWINTERS for more information.

 

Did You Know?

The Yolo Community Foundation is promoting the “Big Day of Giving” this May 6! Support local nonprofits that serve our community. Go to http://www.bigdayofgiving.org between now and May 6, and make gifts to support your favorite local nonprofits. Want to drive support for your favorite nonprofit? Participate in the #GiveYolo video contest! Make a short video about why the nonprofit is great, and it will have the chance to win a $500 donation. Details here: http://bit.ly/GiveYolo2021.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, May 4. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The link to the agenda is here. If it looks a bit different, it’s because we have gone live with a new technology platform called Granicus, which allows for a more streamlined agenda packet preparation and better functionality for the public. Hyperlinks to reports and attachments are listed on the agenda. A big thank you to City Clerk Ashley Bussart for her efforts configuring and managing the system.

For May 4, the Council will consider resolutions initiating the weed abatement process and city-wide maintenance assessment process, and a reimbursement agreement with Yolo County for consulting services related to implementing an edible food recovery program, which was mandated under SB 1383. The Council will also discuss establishing two funds with Yolo Community Foundation related to outfitting and operating the new Senior Center. The Foundation will accept and manage donations on behalf of the City.

For the May 18 packet, we will debut the livestreaming function, which means people can watch the meeting via the City’s website, and we’ll record the meeting with Granicus, indexing the video for each item. Which means for video playback, you can jump to any item of interest on the agenda.


Woot Woot!

The City has finally received the contract from the State of California to fund the construction of the new Senior Center using CDBG grant funds!! Now we can begin work to finalize the designs to incorporate a backup generator and any missing sitework or landscaping, and prepare plans and specifications to go out to bid for the construction. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!

 

The Yolo County Fire Safe Council is getting its legs underneath it. Yolo County is the lead agency with operational support by Yolo County Resource Conservation District. At Thursday’s meeting, Fire Chief Becky Ramirez of Yocha De He Fire Department will nominated to serve as Chair and Winters Fire Chief Brad Lopez will serve as Vice-Chair. Our appreciation to both Chiefs for helping to lead this important grassroots effort to help neighborhoods and communities prepare for fire season.

 

Kudos to the Winters Police Department for their response to last night’s altercation on the 100 block of Grant last night. An armed subject barricaded in an apartment exited after negotiations and was safely taken into Winters police custody. Great work by our officers and partners!


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05/04/2021 City Council Meeting

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please do the following:

  • 1. You are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council meeting
  • 2. Please see below for Zoom Meeting credentials.
  • 3. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  • 4. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.
  • 5. If you are watching/listening to the live stream of the City Council meeting and wish to make either a general public comment or to comment on a specific item as it is being heard, you may also submit your comment, limited to 250 words or less, to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 870 1585 3224
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Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters, 6:30pm

 


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Solano County Vaccine Clinics Available /Open to Yolo County Residents (4/29-4/30)

Good afternoon, all. We just received word that there are two Solano County vaccine clinics that have availability if you would like to get vaccinated. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY.  Please see below.

Yolo County residents are welcome to attend the events. The registration information is below and people can walk up for a vaccine too.

April 29, 9am-3:30pm at C.A. Jacobs Middle School (16+, Pfizer)
200 North Lincoln St, Dixon, CA
Sign up at www.bit.ly/sccovax0429d

April 30, 9am-3pm at Mount Calvary Baptist Church (18+, Moderna)
1735 Enterprise Dr Bldg 3, Fairfield, CA
Sign up at www.bit.ly/sccovax0430


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County-Run Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics The Week of 04/26/21

Following is information regarding the County-run clinics happening this week - you can find out more information on the County’s vaccine page at: https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.

Screening Questionnaire for COVID-19 Vaccines (pdf)  - parents/guardians need to fill out for this form for  16 and 17 y/o children to get vaccinated if they cannot be at the vaccine clinic with their child. Parents have to circle the ‘age’ section on page 2 and then sign at the bottom.

Some info about each clinic:

Thursday 4/29 clinic at La Superior in Woodland
-  Spanish (pdf)

    • ♦ Time: 4-7 pm
    • ♦ Address: 34 W Court St, Woodland, CA 95695
    • ♦ INSIDE the market
    • ♦ Pfizer and J&J doses available
    • ♦ Walk ins welcome and no appointment needed.
    • This is targeted just for the Latino population in Woodland, that’s why the flyer is only available in Spanish.
    • ♦ If you do want to sign up, email: puentesdeyolo@gmail.com or call Esmeralda Garza at: (530) 379-3465

 

Friday, 4/30 clinic at HHSA Bauer Building in Woodland
English (pdf) / Spanish (pdf)

    • ♦ Time: 3-8 pm
    • ♦ Address: 137 N. Cottonwood Street, Woodland, CA 95695
    • ♦ Pfizer dose (for those 16+)
    • ♦ Drive thru only; no appointment needed.
    • ♦ If you do want to sign up, go through MyTurn: https://myturn.ca.gov/ (this clinic is already available on MyTurn)

 

Saturday, 5/2 clinic at Harper Junior High in Davis 
English (pdf) / Spanish (pdf)

    • ♦ Time: 10 am – 2 pm
    • ♦ Address: 4000 E Covell Blvd. | Davis, CA 95618
    • ♦ Pfizer dose(for those 16+)
    • ♦ Drive thru only; no appointment needed.
    • ♦ If you do want to sign up, go through MyTurn: https://myturn.ca.gov/ (this clinic will be on MyTurn in the next 1-2 days)

 


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04/23/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager's Update (pdf)
April 23, 2021

Greetings, all. Leading off this week’s update is Tuesday night’s Council meeting. A robust conversation about two important community topics took place: fireworks and the pool. The respectful tone of the public comments allowed different opinions to be shared and considered, so thank you.

Here are the outcomes from Tuesday’s meeting:

♦ The City will move forward with coordinating a fireworks show, subject to School District consideration of the high school site, for either 7/3 or 7/4.

♦ If COVID regulations create too many barriers to having on-site attendance, the alternative is that people can watch from yards and parks around town, again subject to availability and approval for shooting the fireworks.

♦ Fireworks booth sales will continue this year.

Please note only Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed. Illegal fireworks are dangerous and can cause fires. Given extraordinarily dry conditions and recent fire history, please be considerate of the community and do not use illegal fireworks. Doing so could result in a citation or worse, an inadvertent fire.

The Council also received an update on the Bobbie Greenwood Swim Center. The pool will reopen by June 1st. The schedule has not yet been confirmed and all programs will be coordinated consistent with COVID regulations. The Council also took action to set the lap swim fees at $5 / day; $50 / month; and a new 10 use pass for $40.

We are looking for lifeguards and a pool manager! Please see info below.

COVID-19

The State has updated its COVID-19 Tier guidance related to gatherings. Please refer to the handy table here for information related to activities and guidance by tier.

     Yolo County remains in the Orange Tier. Depending on health metrics, the soonest we could move into the Yellow Tier is now May 5. ☹ To help control the community spread of COVID: wear a mask in public, get tested, get vaccinated.

     Please note: there is increasing concern that the variants have arrived in Yolo County, and they are accounting for a greater percentage of COVID-19 infections. To see the video linked here of Dr. Aimee Sisson, the Yolo County Health Officer, she explains why the variants are a concern. The press release is available here.

Please Note:

     The Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has launched a new, consolidated phone line designed to simplify access to HHSA’s many programs for residents. The toll-free phone line is available in English, Spanish and Russian and can be reached by dialing 1-833-744-HHSA (1-833-744-4472) with automated transfer options available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

     The City Council approved a change in Main Street’s closure schedule on Tuesday night. Please note, beginning Friday, April 30, Main Street will be closed from Friday 3:00 p.m. through Monday at 7:30 a.m. to provide a safer pedestrian area during peak times. Additional closures may also be authorized for major holidays, like Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. The closure schedule was approved for a six-month period. Downtown is getting busy! And it is so nice to see the hustle and bustle.

Dog Park Users! Please be considerate of other users and clean up after your dog. And please be mindful that the dog park is shared space for everyone.

City Hall is open Friday 4/23 and closed Friday, 4/30.

Don’t Miss Out!

     The City of Winters is hiring! Join a great team of dedicated professionals. We work hard to provide services to the community and have fun (and potluck!) along the way.

Please check out our listings at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/CITYOFWINTERS

♦  Seasonal lifeguards ($12.25 - $16.25 / hour),
♦  Pool manager ($18.75 / hour),
♦  Human Resources Manager ($82,632 - $100,440), and
♦  Volunteer Reserve Firefighter.
♦  Police Officer position will open soon.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is May 4. Agenda items include establishing an account with the Yolo Community Foundation to support fundraising efforts for the new Senior Center, kicking off the annual weed abatement process for private property, and initiating the city-wide maintenance assessment for landscaping and lighting. We’re also preparing for a budget workshop on May 18.

Just a reminder about Zoom protocols for Council meetings: the chat feature is not intended for public comment or Council / staff interactions, so please remember to raise your “hand” if you would like to share your comments with the Council. Speakers are limited to 3 minutes. Written communication will be summarized and read into the record. The chat thread is preserved as part of the meeting record. If you have any questions, please contact City Clerk Ashley Bussart or me.

Woot Woot!

 JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! The City of Winters, Hotel Winters and many of our local businesses are looking for more employees. To share job listings, please contact the Chamber at (530) 795-2329 or email sue@winterschamber.com so that she can expand this new service at https://business.winterschamber.com/jobs. Also, monitor your favorite Winters businesses on social media for Job Alerts. Hotel Winters posted an alert about a job fair it held on April 21st. For more information to join Hotel Winters or Carboni’s, click here (and search by location for Winters). The Chamber is also coordinating a job fair in May so please watch for more information about participating and / or attending the fair. We are so excited to see all this happy economic activity. The town is pulsating with energy after this last year and the party is just getting started!

A huge shout out to Carla Wroten, who was recently recognized by the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus as one of several Women of Persistence Honorees as part of Women’s History Month. Nominated by Councilmember Jesse Loren, Carla and her husband own Steddy Eddy’s Coffee House in downtown Winters. She is active in the Downtown Business Association, helped launch https://yolo.boutique/ (an online retail venture selling local products to help businesses survive the pandemic), and her day job is helping to run her family business CAL INC and CALINC Training. Read her bio here. I’m not sure when she sleeps so let’s thank her for her hard work, dedication and persistence on behalf of the Winters community.

 

 


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04/27/2021 Planning Commission Meeting

04/27/2021 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda / Packet (pdf)

Meeting Instructions - April 27, 2021

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor's Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting.

To Join Zoom Meeting on PC: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85726550636?pwd=SVlRNmFzRUlOUHcxOFVnbTd2SGxtZz09

Meeting ID: 857 2655 0636
Passcode: 711986

-OR- Dial In by Phone 1-669-900-6833


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Seasonal Positions available at Swim Center

Pool Manager – (18.75)
Supervising Guard – ($16.25 per hour)
Lifeguard – ($14.00 – $15.25 per hour)

The City of Winters is hiring for the following seasonal positions at the Bobbie Greenwood Community Swim Center.

Pool Manager will be responsible for directing the daily activities of the pool facility, inspect and inventory all pool equipment on a regular basis to ensure safety and operability, development aquatic programs, manage senior and junior level lifeguards, and other duties as required and necessary.  Pool managers must be 18 years or older and possess a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a lifeguard/instructor, including assisting in swimming pool management (3-4 years of college preferred). 

 Lifeguards will be responsible for the supervision of pool patrons, maintaining order and enforcing established rules and safety procedures; participate in ongoing training and lifesaving programs; perform First Aid and CPR techniques, and water rescue and safety procedures; instruct and interact with aquatics program participants of all ages; perform facility and equipment set-up, take down, and general housekeeping; the opening and closing of the facilities; maintain a positive attitude in dealing with the public; perform other duties as assigned; and work under the immediate supervision of the Supervising Guard(s).  Lifeguards must be 15 years of age.

 Supervising Guards will be responsible for all duties of a lifeguard as well as in assisting with the scheduling of lifeguards and work under the immediate supervision of the Pool ManagerSupervising Guards must be at least 18 years of age and possess a minimum of two years’ experience in the Lifeguard position. 

♦  City of Winters will cover training costs

 All candidates must possess current copies of the following certificates at the time of employment:  Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22).  To apply, please go to:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/CITYOFWINTERS

Fully completed applications will be accepted through May 16, 2021.

Successful candidates will be required to have fingerprint clearance and pass a TB skin test prior to placement at worksite.  EOE/ADA


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