Winter Storm Warning Yolo County / State of CALocal Weather Alerts

Winter Storm Warning
...significant Mountain Snow Today Into The Weekend... .a Significant Early Season Storm Is Forecast To Bring Snow And Wind To The Mountains Of Interior Northern California Through Saturday Evening. A Couple Of Feet Of Snow Are Possible Above 6000 Feet By Saturday Night Over The Higher Elevations. Motorists Planning Travel Into The Mountains During This Time Frame Should ...Read More.
Effective: November 3, 2017 at 2:53pmExpires: November 4, 2017 at 11:00pmTarget Area: West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada; Western Plumas County, Lassen Park

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 11 Pm Pdt Saturday... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions Especially Over The Passes. Total Snow Accumulations: Above 7000 Feet 1 To 2 Feet With Localized Higher Amounts. Between 6500 And 7000 Feet 5 To 10 Inches With ...Read More.
Effective: November 3, 2017 at 2:47pmExpires: November 4, 2017 at 11:00pmTarget Area: Greater Lake Tahoe Area

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 5 Am Pdt Saturday To 4 Pm Pst Sunday Above 7000 Feet... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations Of 3 To 5 Inches, With Localized Amounts Up To 10 Inches, Are Still Expected. * Where...sierra Nevada Mountains From Yosemite To Kings Canyon ...Read More.
Effective: November 4, 2017 at 5:00amExpires: November 5, 2017 at 5:00pmTarget Area: Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon

April Community Conversations

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April Community Conversations

(click center of page for more information)

To RSVP, contact Jenny Tan:  jenny.tan@yolocounty.org.
For questions regarding the ‘Community Conversation’ process, contact Jen Sweeney: jksweeney572@gmail.com.


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03/21/17 City Council Meeting

03/21/17 City Council Meeting (pdf)  Agenda / Packet


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Grant Avenue/Main Street Signal Improvement Project No. 16-01 Notice to Contractors and Addendum

Change in Bid Opening Date – Bids To Be Opened On:  March 14, 2017, @ 2:00 p.m.
Contract Documents for  CITY OF WINTERS, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, GRANT AND MAIN SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS, PROJECT NO. 16-01.
ADDENDUM NO. 1, Issued: February 15, 2017 (Open Document/pdf)

City of Winters, CA – GRANT AVENUE/MAIN STREET SIGNAL IMPROVEMENT – PROJECT NO. 16-01 – NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS (Open Document/pdf)

 


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Friday Update on March 10 2017

All,

I think everything is happening this weekend March 10, 11 and 12! Some key events:

  • Coffee Festival this Saturday at Rotary Park from 12-5.
  • Fish Fry this Friday from 5-8.
  • “Rumors” play by the Winters Theatre Company at the Community Center.
  • Rotary Charter Night from 6-8:30 at Yolo flyers.
  • Shamrock 10K (Saturday) and Shamrock Half Marathon (Sunday).
  • Winters AYSO Select Three teams in either Davis or Concord.

Others items.

City Council Agendas:

March 7, 2017 – All Items Approved

  • Cal Fire Grant Award Acceptance – Golden Bear Pre-Plan
  • CAFR – Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
  • SACOG MOU and CalTrans Agreement for I-505 Overpass Study Report

March 21, 2017

  • Tim O’Halloran – Yolo Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation Update
  • Waste Management Contract
  • Budget Adjustment for Open Purchase Orders as of June 30, 2016
  • Water Management Update
  • Swearing-In of Reserve Level 1 Police Officer Jeff Stanton
  • Recognition- Gail Jimenez – Officer of the Year

April 4, 2017

  • Winters Highlands Public Improvement Agreement
  • Authorization to Bid – Grant & Walnut Roundabout
  • Award Signal Contract

A couple heads up on things:

  • Parcel map for the Marriott, Starbucks and Chevron expansion has been signed and is off to be recorded. Look to be drinking Starbucks by the early fall.
  • Staff filed a declaration with the Judge overseeing the Chromium 6 issue on the economic impacts of the new regulations. Pretty incredible!

Have a nice weekend!

John


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Winters Fire Fish Fry Friday March 10 5:00-8:00

All,

Just a reminder about the Fish Fry this Friday from 5:00-8:00. $15 pre sale and $20 at the door. Winters Fire Department 2017 Annual Fish Fry.  Online Tickets Available at https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/22712

Click HERE for the flyer on Facebook or click on the photo below to open in a new window.

The culinary event of the year and an incredible Winters tradition.

John


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More Trees Available

More Trees Available

Winters Friends of the Library have more bare Root Fruit  trees for sale and they can be found in front of City Hall this week.

There is an assortment of Peach, Apple, Pear, Plum, Almond, Cherry and Nectarine and are $10 each and can be paid for at the cashier in City Hall.

For more information call Carol at 530-794-6715.


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Friday Update on March 3 2017

All,

 Back from a week south of the border! I made it back and was glad they did not get the wall up before we crossed. I would tell you that we had horrible weather but instead, it was absolutely perfect! A couple items this week:

 ·         City Council Agenda is a little light this week with the Comprehensive Financial Report, SACOG MOU for Safe Streets, Acceptance of a CalFire Planning Grant for Golden Bear and the approval of Street Closure for the Car Shows.

·         Sewer laterals throughout the town are becoming an issue. We suspect ground saturation is playing a role from the weather!

·         Public Works is putting the final touches on the Little League Field. It is in great shape and we are excited for a really god year!

·         Heavy storms put our storm drain system to the test and we think we passed! We plan to do some camera inspection of the lines to make sure everything came out OK!

·         Staff is ramping up to work with Project Playground who are looking to do a community build playground at City Park. We will be meeting with their team in the next week to start putting plans in place.

·         On Thursday, the City sold Tax Allocation Bonds as a refinancing of existing debt from our former Community Development Agency. In total, we sold approximately $13.5m in bonds and achieved a savings of almost $2.3m which will be distributed over time to taxing agencies. To the City, it means an increase in revenue of about $58,000 each year!

·         The draft of the Fee Study and Cost Allocation Plan has arrived. Look for this to come before the City Council in April.

·         Pool Manager and Lifeguards are being hired for the summer. The pool opens on April 1for lap swim!

·         Walnut Park had a walk through with the contractor. The picnic shelter needs to be erected and the contractor will redo the hydra seed for the grass.

·         Officer Morgan Hatcher has been selected for the Yolo County Crisis Intervention Team! This is the group who coordinates crisis negotiations and care. A big honor for Morgan and a real feather in the cap for Winters PD!

·         Heroin is becoming an issue in Yolo County and something out Police Department is dealing with! They will be coordinating information with Winters Fire!

·         Chief John Miller was recently appointed to the Yolo County Community Care Board.

·         AB 109 money is now at a deficit in the State, meaning the City will no longer be reimbursed for monitoring paroled inmates into Winters!

·         Deputy Fire Chief Ron Karlen was recently dispatched to the incident response team for the Oroville Dam spill incident.

·         Winters Fire will host its annual Fish Fry next Friday, March 10 starting at 5:00! One of the best events in town in support of our volunteer fire department!! Tickets are available at the Fire Station.

·          City Attorney is working on an ordinance for businesses looking to sell recreational marijuana!

·         Next Saturday March 11 is the Coffee Festival in Downtown starting at 10:00!

·         Winters Friends of the Library will be holding their annual Fruit Tree Sale at the corner of Railroad and Edwards starting at 8:00 a.m.. Get there early (before 8) if you want citrus or the type of tree you are looking for. They will be there until they run out!

 Finally, the Winters community lost an incredible leader with the passing of Alfredo Rodriguez who served at the Regional Commissioner and a coach for the Winters AYSO organization for almost 13 years. I would argue that Alfredo was one of our key Hispanic leaders and someone who has left an incredible legacy in our community.

 A little about Alfredo.

Alfredo was immensely respected within the AYSO soccer community for his knowledge of the game, perspective on dealing with the issues of youth soccer and the ability to quietly run the largest  youth organization in Winters (460 players, 60 coaches and 25 referees). He was a very unassuming leader who could convince folks to give their time and energy to the cause of serving people. The immense respect Alfredo had from those who competed against his teams was incredible to see.

 I worked with Alfredo in running Winters AYSO and cherish the memories of showing up at the school on Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. to see Alfredo’s car already in the parking lot and seeing the lone person in his sombrero (or that Dodgers hat) behind a paint sprayer marking out the fields. He genuinely felt the kids deserved to play in a quality environment and put his all into making it the best he could. Equally, I would spend time with him at the end of the day picking up the trash and putting away the flags. He gave it his all.

 As a coach Alfredo set an incredible example for so many young men in Winters, teaching the life skills of discipline, commitment, hard work and how to both win and lose with class. As a coach, he taught the players about life within the metaphor of soccer. Players experienced some of their greatest individual success within the team game. They also learned that there are negative consequences for bad actions, with Alfredo pulling some of the best players from a tight game when they misbehave to set the standard for the rest of the team. Whether they realized it or not, they had a tremendous role model coaching them who instilled values and principles which they can take with them for a lifetime. Probably Alfredo’s most important contribution!

 I will celebrate the excitement of Alfredo’s teams going to 18 kicks from the mark in a semi-final and then taking the Davis World Cup in a 2-1 final. Amongst my most cherished possessions of Alfredo and Winters AYSO is a Davis World Cup first place medal and a picture from the Winters Express of a victorious team with the Davis coach sitting in the middle of the champions photo. Equally, I will love the memories of the losses and Alfredo not complaining but rationalizing why “we deserved to lose” and just moving on.

 Mostly, we will celebrate a friendship from a man who was an incredible friend to so many people. He was a genuine HERO of Winters whose love of people, community and others made him as unique a man as you can every hope to experience in your lifetime.

 They say, the wealth of a man is never measured by money or possessions, it is the legacy that they leave behind by the effect that they had on others in a meaningful way. Alfredo leaves this world probably the richest man we have ever known, through his effect on those around him.

 May heaven have a crappy soccer field with a half broken paint sprayer and a need for someone to squeeze two soccer fields into a space where only one will fit. They now have the right guy there!

 Winters lost an incredible member of our community named Alfredo Rodriguez!

 Have a great week.

John


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03/07/17 City Council Meeting Agenda/Packet/CAFR

03/07/17 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet / CAFR


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PTA E-Waste Drive: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9am-1pm

PTA E-Waste Drive

Save the Date!  Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9am-1pm
Winters Combined PTA has partnered with Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) to recycle collected e-waste.
SRCC is a CA State approved Collector of Electronic Waste.

PTA will be at the corner of Grant & Railroad/Mariani Parking Lot in Winters CA on Saturday, February 25, from 9AM – 1PM, to help you unload your recyclable goods.

We encourage you share this fundraiser with friends, neighbors, even area businesses that might be looking to donate items.
We are more than happy to schedule a possible date beforehand for a large amount of E-Waste that might warrant a special pickup.

We will accept: monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital cameras, zip drives, telephones, cell phones, printers, copiers, laser and multifunction scanners and fax machines, small household appliances such as toasters, mixers & blenders, vacuum cleaners with the dust bag removed.

We cannot accept: large household appliances (i.e. refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.), furniture, microwaves, hazardous household waste including batteries, solar panels, car batteries, paint, pesticides, used oil, cleaning supplies, fluorescent light bulbs, water heaters, tires etc.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Winters PTA at winterspta@gmail.com


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Friday Update on February 17, 2017


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City Council Meeting 02/21/17 Agenda/Packet

02/21/17 City Council Meeting (pdf)  Agenda  /  Packet


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Friday Update on February 10, 2017

All,

A productive week:

 ·         The big item on the City Council Agenda this week involved discussion of a contract renewal with Waste Management. The issues mostly surrounded moving toward containerized green waste, street pickup and street sweeping. Carol Scianna and the Waste staff did a fine job of reviewing the various options. Council direction was given regarding looking at more frequent street sweeping, community concerns regarding large green waste pickup (core area) and leaf season. Overall, a good discussion and direction.

·         The Hispanic Advisory Committee met on Monday and the main topics surrounded questions related to national immigration policies. The meeting had a good attendance, including Chief John Miller and Officer Jose Hermosillo from the Winters Police Department. The direction from the HAC was to identify community questions and concerns and possibly host a community workshop to bring greater understanding to what is actually happening.

·         The leadership shown by folks on the HAC was amazing!! They quickly assigned tasks for members to begin identifying questions within the community and to determine accurate sources to help folks find answers. It was clearly one of the best meetings for the HAC and demonstrated leadership from the members.

The national debate on immigration and the role local governments play has erupted nationally. This is a FEDERAL issue and our national leaders are the ones responsible and accountable for getting information to residents. It is also their role to deal with the ramifications of what is happening. While cities are the most accessible for residents, the issues being brought are simply out of our purview.

It was important that the Winters Police Department was well represented at the HAC Meeting. Some basic questions which were discussed included how local law enforcement works with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Here are some basic facts:

 ·         Police do NOT interface with ICE on issues which are not criminal in nature. The police are not agents of ICE and never have been.

·         Police do NOT randomly check documentation of folks (without cause) and only ask for identification in criminal matters. We do not stop people on the street asking for documentation.

·         Police and State Agencies do NOT share data bases on immigration issues. On criminal issues, when persons are wanted for crimes, they are included in the same data sets as anyone else. Wanted criminals go into criminal data bases for wanted criminals. If people are not wanted for a crime, they have nothing to fear from contacting the Winters PD.

·         Cities do NOT defend or get in between ICE and persons in relation to documentation status issues. There are many groups who do that, but not cities (maybe San Francisco, but they could be another country) J.

·         In California, law enforcement will tell you that they absolutely supports the licensing of all drivers, regardless of documentation status. ALL drivers are required to have a drivers license and insurance, regardless of immigration status. It is the law.

·         The State DMV is not in the business of working with ICE on immigration issues. Its just not in their business.

 The interface between local law enforcement and our residents is critical to keeping Winters safe. It would be counter productive for local law enforcement to put a barrier to people reporting crimes, especially undocumented folks who are often selected targets. Anyone, including undocumented people, who are the victims of crimes should always feel comfortable reporting when a crime occurs. Victims are victims and crimes should always be reported.

The Winters community is an incredible place because we are safe, diverse and collaborative on issues which are within our purview. Regardless of race, religion, gender or socio-economic status, folks in our town are residents first. Winters is Winters because we are a place where people are welcome and accepted.

If people have immigration issues, they should deal with those with the applicable agencies. The City has no role in that but individuals do. If you know of someone with immigration issues, they need to deal with that and get it resolved because it is the law. The HAC has had forums on the topic to get information out and I expect more is to come.

 Summary, Winters Police are not in the immigration business, we are in the business of keeping all residents, regardless of immigration status safe. The federal agencies have their job and we have ours.

 ·         This week, I attended the League of California Cities City Manager’s Department Meeting which was held in Monterey. The hot topics discussed were Cannibus, Sales and Use Taxes, Affordable Housing and the California Economy. A couple takeaways.

·         The passage of Prop 64 creates as many questions as it cures. Marijuana is now legal to use, but the business of marijuana, cultivation, the manufacture of products and distribution still has many issues to resolve.

·         A fun fact on cannabis is that there are in excess of $1.2b in “proposals” for permits in cities to build marijuana facilities. That is a lot of brownies!

·         Tackling how sales taxes are distributed is a big topic. The internet market place and who and where the taxes should go is a big question. They estimate that over $1b in sales taxes are simply lost under the current system.

·         Affordable Housing has major issues. Flatly, there is no money for it when it is needed most. That State readily acknowledges that housing is one of the critical issues facing California residents and affordability is one of those, but the Governor is not ready to deal with it.

Finally, the best news in many years was the signing of the concession contract with John and Linda Frazier for Markley Cove. This is a critical move for a business and location which is important to Winters as the “Gateway to Lake Berryessa”.

 The over 15 year odyssey of Lake Berryessa and the failed revitalization plan of the Bureau of Reclamation is hopefully over for John and Linda. They have been a very important business to our community both because of the economics and their generosity in supporting many groups and organizations. The way the Frazier’s (and practically all of the former resorts owners) were treated should never happen again.

The Frazier’s and the entire Markley Cove team have kept their dignity during what must have been the most difficult of times. The decimation of the Lake Berryessa economy, the national recession, combined with the illogical actions of a federal agency could not have been more daunting for John and Linda. During it all, the Frazier’s were absolute class acts and models of persistence in trying to preserve their rights and property interests. Even when the BOR gave away Markley Cove, then re-bid, selected the Fraziers, then pulled it away again, they never gave up.

The Fraziers are absolute symbols of class and role models for people dealing with adversity. They are important to Winters and their business will serve as a foundational element to the eventual re-birth of Lake Berryessa.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update on February 3 2017

All,

A couple items:

February 7, 2017 City Council Agenda

  • Waste Management Contract Options
  • Reject All Bids for Walnut Avenue Roundabout on St. Hwy. 128  (Grant Avenue)- The project is under some revisions and will to out again very soon,
  • On-Call Storm Drainage Engineering Services Contract with Wood Rodgers (Renewal/update of contract)
  • Proclamation Celebrating June 3, 2017 as Elder Day in the City of Winters (1st Sat. in June)
  • Resolution to reimburse certain Capital Expenditures made to the City Water System
  • Public Hearing- Second reading and Adoption of Ord. 2017-01 – Second Residential Units
  • Introduction of Ord. 2017-02 – Affordable Housing Interest Rate Requirements
  • Reso. 2017-07 Adopting Tax-Advantaged Bonds Post Issuance Compliance Procedures
  • Reso. 2017-06 Adopting Continuing Disclosure Compliance Procedures
  • Successor Agency – Authorization for issuance of Tax Allocation Refunding Bonds

 Other items:

 ·         Data for the Parking Committee is starting to come in and it is amazing stuff. On December 3, we did an all day count of parking turnover in the Downtown which generated over 48,000 pieces of data. We are now crunching the data and many of the results are telling us about trends which will help in recommendations on improving the availability and efficiency of parking in the Downtown. The core of our Parking Committee includes Sandy Vickery, Gino Mediati, Chris Turkovich, Peter Hunter, Pierre Neu, Wade Cowan, Bill Biasi, Nicki Chapman, Dan Maguire, Kate Frazier and Devon Vickery. These folks have done an incredible job in helping work on parking issues and are making a real difference in improving the business climate for Winters! These folks are really stepping up to help our town.

·         Special recognition to Karla Jenkins at City Hall who input all the data. A really difficult task and she really did a superior job in putting it all together!

·         Congratulations to the  Solano Resource Conservation District (Solano RCD) which was awarded one of 12 2016 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) for its excellence and leadership in conducting environmental education programs in Solano County. Chris Rose and his staff do incredible environmental work in our area and this award is well deserved recognition for the education and environmental stewardship they do to benefit our region. We have some real stars in the area and the Solano RCD is one of those agencies. HERE is the article on the award.

·         Our Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar Curry (former mayor of Winters/West of 505) had dinner on Wednesday night with the Governor and new Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Hopefully the conversation surrounded Chromium 6! Cecilia always talked about getting Winters “at the table” and when that table has the governor in one of the chairs, we have hit a high point. Kudos to Cecilia!

·         Last weekend, Winters Fire hosted practically every major public safety organization for training in Putah Creek and the Monticello Dam for a variety of swift water, rapelling, helicopter and search and rescue training. The accolades have been coming in with comments attributable to “Winters Regional Leadership”, “incredible coordination”, “very professional” and “an incredible training opportunity for all the agencies”. Our entire staff did an amazing job of developing and implementing training over a two day period which benefitted agencies both large and small.

 I have always been proud of my association with Winters Fire and the work of our paid, reserve and volunteer staff who really shined last weekend. The men and women of Winters Fire serve our community with an incredible sense of pride and commitment which is second to none. The Department is doing things at levels today which are as complex and advanced as any fire agency in our State. The idea that we are a “regional leader” in the professional development of other fire personnel is a high point. This week brought moments which made me as proud as I have ever been of our staff and where the Department is today!

 I have had the pleasure of knowing the Fire Chiefs from the past 50 years of Winters Fire. They came from a time where finances were frugal and things were tight and required ingenuity to make things happen. They formed a sound foundation which still sets the tone for how the Department operates today. Chief’s Vernon Bruen, Dave Kidder and Scotty Dozier helped lead a committed volunteer force who brought incredible pride and personal sacrifice to making Winters a safe place. The were/are all men of high integrity and were role models for the fire staff. The community has also benefitted from an incredible Fire Board which has been led by the likes of Tony Turkovich, Don Rominger, Jack Thomas, Bob Bell, Kathy Gilpen and Gloria Lopez. I will share that Tony Turkovich who has chaired and led the District Board for the last 30 has served as a fiduciary to the community in positioning Winters Fire for success from a business standpoint. His leadership has been amazing and the community, both District and City, owe where we are today to his stewardship.

 I personally credit both Tony and Scott with getting the Department to where it is today. I wish Scotty was here last weekend to see the leadership of his firefighters with the other agencies. I know he would have been especially proud.

 Finally, last weekend, my wife Kathy and I were honored as Citizens of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce at their “Year in Review” along with Chris Turkovich (Theodore Winters award for service to Winters), Gino Mediati and the staff at Ace Hardware (Business of the Year) and Sharon and Wally Pearce who were named Senior Citizens of the Year. The event at Park Winters was incredible and the entire Board led by new Board President Megan Curry, Past President Kathy Cowan and Executive Director Carrie Green deserve a huge applause for their efforts.

Kathy and I were very honored for the recognition but mostly we are grateful to live in Winters. We both feel that the community has been a blessing on our family.

In reality, the recognition is less about us and more about us representing the many groups and activities we have had the pleasure of being involved with over the years. Winters AYSO, Youth Day, Rotary, Winters PTA and schools, Winters High School, Girl Scouts, Winters Fire, Relay for Life, March of Dimes all have incredible core groups which help make Winters the place it is. These volunteers are the every day heroes who coach our kids, present incredible events and donate time unselfishly to keeping things going in our small town.

 Winters is full of folks who are “all in” putting the community first, perpetuating kindness, service and making it a place people proudly call their home. There are many “couples” whose daily and weekly routines include some form of service to Winters as part of the lives. It is the soul of that commitment which gives our town the strength.

 Winters is especially blessed by the Winters Express led by Charley Wallace, Newt Wallace and an incredible staff who write our story each week, record our history and remind us of the past. They really are the glue which binds both the old timers and newcomers. We genuinely believe the town owes the Wallace Family considerable gratitude for what they have done for Winters. Debra takes a lot of heat for her opinions, but few do more than her to perpetuate the things which make our community special.

 Kathy and I view being Citizens of the Year as a reminder of our obligation to keeping committed to serving our community. Our lives are tremendously enriched by the people who have become as much family as friends. We feel blessed and are thankful for all we have here.

 Have a nice weekend!

 John


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02/07/17 City Council Meeting


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2017 Temporary Waste Management Collection Schedule

The City is negotiating a new agreement with Waste Management for collection services, this calendar will be updated once final agreement is in place.
Please note Palm Fronds Leaves and Stumps are no longer acceptable as green waste.

2017 Temporary Waste Management Collection Schedule (pdf)


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