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

Winters After-School Program (WASP)

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Winters After-School Program (WASP)

2017-2018 Registration begins: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Packets will be available Monday, May 1, at: City Hall, Waggoner Elementary School front office, Shirley Rominger Intermediate School front office and all Winters After-School Program classrooms.

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: $100 per child per month, FREE for those qualifying and turning in a Free/Reduced Lunch Letter from the district.

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, 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.


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Munchkin Summer Camp (MSC)

summercamp

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.

2016 summer registration begins: Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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.

Serving: students going into 1st grade – students going into 6th grade (for the 2017-18 school year) no exceptions.

7th & 8th Grade Leadership Spaces: these spaces are tuition paid spaces for students going into 7thgrade and into 8th grade.  These students will have leadership roles in the program as well as participating in Academics, Reading, etc. daily.  There are only 12 spots available.

Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm, with breakfast served at 8:30am, gates open at 8:15am.

Days of Operation: Monday-Friday and closed for July 4, 2017.

1st Session:  June 12- June 30          2nd Session: July 3- July 21
Breakfast, Lunch and PM Snack is included.

Tuition: $200 per child per session or $100 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, Recreation, Free Play and Nutritious Meals/Snack.

Weekly Schedule includes: Field Trips – Town Pool, City Park, Town Library, Music and Drama Lessons.

Summer Schedule includes: Four out of town field trips

Volunteers: High School or College volunteers are welcome and needed. One volunteer per class is needed through the whole day; we do split schedules for volunteers.

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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Friday Update on January 27 2017

All,

City Council Agendas:

February 7, 2017

  • Waste Management Contract Negotiation Update
  • Adoption of Ord. 2017-01 – Second Residential Units
  • Introduction of Ord. 2017-02 – Affordable Housing Requirements
  • Successor Agency – Bond Refunding Agenda

February 21, 2017

  • Adoption of Ord. 2017-02 – Affordable Housing Requirements

 Lot’s going on in each of the Departments

 ·         Water Department is valve exercising and flushing is 70% complete. This is a chance to maintain the valves and “flushing” of hydrants helps clean debris from the water system and improves overall water quality.

·         Recent storms has made the creek rise and lots of mud and sediment has been deposited on the lower section of the Putah Creek Trail. PW has been on the trail cleaning up after the flooding.

·         Main & Grant signal project has gone out to bid; bids are due on 2/23.

·         Water Resources Agency WRA is working diligently on the creation of a new Sustainable Groundwater Management Agency (SGMA) as required by the State. Carol Scianna attended a SGMA meeting including all Yolo County water districts.

·         Staff is moving forward on the evaluation of Cr6 analysis for a potential Well #9.

·         Finance and Engineering will be working on a kick off meeting regarding an RFP for Impact Fee Study.

·         Staff is also working on the Compensation Report for State Controller’s office. This details salaries and benefits for all of the staff into a State data base.

·         The Planning Commission unanimously approved ordinance amending Affordable Housing requirements and restrictions on Inclusionary For-Sale units regarding how interest rates are accrued on a promissory note/silent second.

·         The firm interested in a residential project for the Valadez property on Hemenway is working with staff regarding an affordable housing plan which will eventually go before the Affordable Housing Steering Committee.

·         Staff and the City Attorney held a Conference call w/Domas an update on the Senior Center.

  • The Active shooter exercise at WHS on 1/21 which involved several local agencies went very well.
  • The Women’s march on 1/21 was peaceful and well attended. Mostly non political and was an impressive show of support for womens and community wide issues. Well done!
  • Winters PD hosted a taser instructor class for local law enforcement agencies.
  • Police Chief John Miller is working on a Homeland Security grant.
  • The Winters PD has been in the community at various apartment complexes giving bilingual personal security presentations.
  • The next movie night (“Trolls”) will be on 2/4 or 2/10 in the Fire Department Apparatus Bay.

·         Super Police Dog Kepi and her handler Chaplan Robert Duvall were recently on KCRA’s “Common Grounds Program”. Click HERE to see the program. Well done!

·         Monticello exercise will take place this weekend and will include two high angle rescues and search and rescue drills in Putah Creek.  Look for helicopters and four wheelers in the area.

 Finally, tomorrow night is the Winters Chamber of Commerce “Year in Review” where they recognize folks in the community including Citizens, Business, and Senior Citizens of the Year and the Theodore Winters Award. A couple comments on some of the recipients.

Chris Turkovich from Turkovich Wines will be receiving the Theodore Winters Award which recognizes people for their community contributions over the past 5 year. Chris is very well deserving for a number of reasons. His activity with the Downtown business community has been vital to the renaissance and advancement of what is happening, From Roots to Wine, www.Discoverwinters.com ,  Fourth Friday, Highway 128, the expansion of the “parklet” in front of their tasting room has really helped set the “vibe” for our Downtown. Chris has really stepped up to help create Winters as a destination and helped establish a really high bar of expectation for the quality people expect when they are visiting our community. Not only are Chris and Luciana making incredible wine, but they are contributing to the greater good of the entire community. Chris has been a leader in addressing parking issues and he and his wife Luciana has been a active with the City’s Hispanic Advisory Committee. Chris has taken a very positive role in advancing the greater Winters area and is making us look really good.

Ace Hardware is the “Business of the Year” which is really well deserved. Gino Mediati and the entire team at Ace are an institution in our Downtown. Not only do they provide incredible customer service and are an essential resource in town, but they are also extremely generous with the community. They absolutely go beyond the call of duty in helping with fundraising by local groups, sell tickets for the Palms and collaborate with the many other businesses. Gino has become a leader in our business community through his positive contributions to the Parking Committee and in helping with many other events. A very well deserved honor for one of our more important businesses.

Sharon and Wally Pearce are the “Senior Citizens of the Year”. Both have become incredible leaders in advancing issues and activities for the largest growing demographic in our community- seniors. They are founding members of the Winters Senior Foundation, they have helped in the coordination of numerous activities and events, conduct monthly foundation meetings, lunches and  representing seniors with the City Council and within the County. Sharon and Wally are helping change and improve the lives of seniors in Winters today and for years to come!

Congrats to Chris, Gino/Ace and Wally and Sharon. All are incredible examples of the type of people who make Winters a very special place.

Have a nice weekend,

John


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Friday Update on Inauguration Day 2017

All,

 A couple items:

 ·         Winters Police and Fire will be active at Winters High School in a training exercise on Saturday, January 21 in the morning. This will be a full simulation exercise on a couple training goals for the Departments. People will see a considerable amount of activity at WHS but please note that “This is only a drill”!

·         This week, Councilmembers Bill Biasi and Jesse Loren attended the League of California Cities “New City Councilmembers Orientation” in Sacramento. The seminar is a comprehensive look at local government issues, laws and procedures to prepare them for success in navigating the myriad of responsibilities of being on the City Council. I liken it to trying to “drink from a fire hose” with the shear volume of material they are given at the meeting (the notebook is over 700 pages). Both learned a lot and had an opportunity to meet other elected officials from throughout the State. It is really cool with the number of folks who know about Winters and how much the “love” our town! When the Mayor of Palm Desert comes up to you and says she has heard and read about the “good things” happening in our community, you know you are doing some things right!

·         The storm Wednesday night knocked out power to a couple neighborhoods and the East Street Pump Station. The good news was our auxiliary generator immediately kicked (and ran for almost 18.5 hours) on and our staff was immediately notified through our network control systems. It is awesome when things work the way the are supposed to!

·         Russell Street seemed to have taken the brunt of the storm, with lots of trees and debris down, broken power poles and lines along with a really big mess. If you have a friend and a pole saw, go give them a hand this week.

·         Overall, Public Works along with Winters Fire and Police have done extremely well with helping folks impacted by the storms, which seem to be lining up……

·         Special thanks to ESPS neighbors Jill and Josh Nelson and Sally Brown and Jeff TenPas and their patience for listening  to the backup generator on all night!

·         The Winters Music Boosters will be hosting a fundraiser with the show My Funny Valentine on February 4 at the Community Center. Attached is the flyer!

 Finally, today was the 58th Presidential Inauguration which represents one of the most significant symbols and the greatness of our democracy with the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next. It is a view of history which dates back to our founding fathers and includes elements which were mostly established and written by Thomas Jefferson. No matter your political persuasion, the spectacle of  watching the leaders of the three branches of our government, past presidents,  political rivals and ordinary Americans coming together in celebration on this special day is something which should never be missed.

 As a child, my grandparents took me and my brothers to Washington D.C. and we visited the White House. All they talked about was what an honor it was to go to visit the home of the President and how blessed we were to be Americans. The day before, my grandmother took us to a Sears and bought each of us new dress suits, shirts and ties along with shoes for our visit. My Grandfather wore a nice suit and my Grandmother a new dress. We were incredibly excited and they told us we need to be on our best behavior because where we were going was special and symbolic of the incredible history of our nation. They were so right and the visit is something I remember like it was yesterday. It helped instill in us the importance of service, patriotism and gratitude for living in such an incredible country.

 Our nation is the purest democracy in the world and the inauguration is a chance for the entire world to witness why we are the leaders of the free world. It is a special day and something to be celebrated.

President of the United States has got to be the toughest job in the world! Now, former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle are coming to California for a well deserved vacation as he leaves the presidency. Hopefully, they will toast the ultimate task in citizen service and what they accomplished in eight years. Whether you agree with the politics, our nation owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to the Obama’s for bringing class and dignity to the White House, working tirelessly for our nation and setting an incredible example for the next generations. They deserve the vacation and the genuine thanks of our nation. Pray that they find success in their next phase of life.

Equally, President Donald Trump deserves our well wishes and prayers that he can fulfill the pledge doing great things (I already think we are great)! No matter your ideology, he is now our President and this is OUR nation and the thoughts and hope that all people will find success is what matters most.   His inauguration is but a beginning point. And as did President Obama, I am certain that President Trump is going to work really hard.  Hopefully folks can find a way to come together, transcend many of the issues which have created division and focus on the common values of peace, freedom, liberty and the ability of all people to pursue happiness. Everyone deserves a chance and we must give him that opportunity.

Have a nice stormy weekend!

John


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Planning Commission Meeting 01/24/17


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Friday the 13th Update for January, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th!

A couple items from the week:

·         The upcoming City Council Meeting has the Grant/Main Traffic Signal Bid, Water and Storm Drain bid for Downtown, Pension and Unfunded Issues, an Ordinance on Zoning Text Amendment for Second Residential Units, Uniform Compensation Policies for Public Safety and Public Works Personnel and the Obligation Schedule for the redevelopment Successor Agency. It’s gonna be a party!

·         I got a call from Supervisor Don Saylor’s Deputy, Tara Thronson who had some questions as a follow up to an update by the Yolo Emergency Medical Services Agency regarding ambulance and EMS services. She shared an incredible statistic that in 2013, cardiac arrest patients had a 17% chance of survival versus 2016 which saw a 31% survival. Amazing and a tribute to the work in improving ambulance and EMS service throughout the County. Great job and a credit to many folks.

 Winters was a leading reason for the overall improvement of EMS services in Yolo County. In 2013, the City petitioned the State to be declared a “non-exclusive” area in the Sacramento Region which would enable us to break from the established contracting requirements. We received permission and the Cities and County came together to form a Yolo County Agency for EMS Service. The biggest credit for enabling the breakaway needs to go to the many volunteers with Winters Fire over the years who drove the Winters Ambulance and maintained the license from the State. It was because of their service we were able to re-establish the services we receive today. My hero in all of this is Barb Karlen who was one of the drivers working with Chief’s Dave Kidder and Scotty Dozier to save lives. Because of their service, you have a 31% chance of surviving a cardiac event than before.

 ·         City Staff is working on a letter to the Judge who is overseeing the implementation of the new standards on Chromium 6 in regards to the economic impacts of implementing the new MCL. The impacts are significant and need to be known. We also plan on sending the letter to the Attorney General who has been notified about the economic issues.

·         There will be one item on the January 24th Planning Commission agenda to correct an inconsistency:  change language in the Muni Code to assess a rate tied to Local Agency Investment Funds.  Anticipate going to Council on February 7th.

·         Staff met with the Carrie Green, Executive Director of the Winters Chamber of Commerce to discuss joint venture options for economic development and business education programs between the City and Chamber. A REALLY good meeting and a lot of potential for the future!

·         Lot’s happening with the Winters After School Program! Reading, science programs and participation in the Farmers Market. It is amazing the amount of learning, enrichment and support for the WJUSD students. Simply amazing!

·         Staff is working on modifications to the Walnut Lane Roundabout. It looks like we may need to re-bid a modified project.

·         Overall, the City performed extremely well with the big storm from last weekend. Huge kudos for the Public Works Staff who did a lot of preparation during the fall, cleaning storm drains, fixing pipe and clearing ditches, drains and outfalls. No reportable flooding in the town, only the typical closure of Rd 89 which is just based on a lot of volume from the hills. Good job to our team!

 Finally, Monday January 16 will be a holiday to celebrate the life of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest Americans to bless our country. A Baptist minister, orator, father and a real patriot who gave his life in the service of advancing the many freedoms and principles which make our nation the greatest. His press for the inaliable rights of people, non-violent protest and the importance of freedom has led to some of the most profound dialogues and advancement in our history.

 He is probably best known for the 1963 March on Washington and one of the greatest speeches in the history of our nation, best known as the I have a Dream Speech. Click HERE to read the speech or click HERE to watch it. Truly a remarkable day in the history of our country given by an incredible man.

 As we enjoy the privilege of a day off, take some time to reminisce and learn about Dr. King and the blessing he was to the advancement of civil rights for all Americans, all races, all religions and genders.

Have a nice weekend.

 John


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01/17/17 City Council Meeting

01/17/17 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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BID OPENING: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

BID OPENING: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.
1. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR
318 First St, HVAC Upgrade (pdf)
City of Winters Project

2. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR
318 First St, Store Front Windows/Doors Replacement (pdf)
City of Winters Project


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Storm Update on Friday January 6 2017

All,

Lots of questions regarding the upcoming storm and where to get help or find sand and bags. Looks like we might get a little rain this weekend!

A sand pile and bags will be located at the north dead end of East Street (between our Corporation Yard and Yolo Credit Union). The sand is in the street along with bags. For people who need the sand, it is first come to get it. Bring your own shovel and take only what you need as far as sand and bags.

Check our City of Winters Facebook for updates. We will monitor the site to respond to questions and inquiries.

Overall, a January storm is not a bad thing for us. All our storm drains are clean, leaves have mostly dropped and our chain saws are sharp.

Have a nice weekend and try to stay dry!!

John


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Friday Update on January 6 2017

All,

 Happy 2017!!!!! We are busy rolling into the new year with lots of projects and progress.

 ·         Here are the tentative items for the January 17, 2017 City Council Meeting:

·         Yolo County Housing Liaison Assignment

·         Ord. 2017-01 Amending Definitions, Application and Public Hearings, Land Use Regulations/Zoning Matrix, and Second Residential Units

·         Waste Management Contract

·         Pension and Unfunded Liability

·         Updated Project Budget Sheet and Authorization to Bid – Main & Grant Signal

·         Successor Agency Resolution Approving a Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS)

Other items of note:

·         Staff is working on getting the roundabout project back on course. We are meeting with the contractor, Caltrans and SACOG to discuss alternatives, funding and ways to make the project happen.

·         Bid documents are ready for the W. Grant/W. Main traffic signal and should be on the street within the next few weeks.

·         Staff is working on a letter to the judge overseeing the Chromium 6 issue. He has asked the Department of Water Resources to provide information on the economic impacts of the new MCL on communities. The letter will include some of our costs and the economic impacts to low income and seniors. Our plan is to send the letter/information to key parties including the Department of Water Resources, low income advocacy groups and other affected jurisdictions.

·         Residents will see extensive hydrant flushing over the next few weeks. This is a very important part of keeping the quality of the water in our system at high levels and expelling debris in the lines.

·         Public Works will change the pool filter at the Bobbie Greenwood pool next week. This is a big project and the first time it has been done in 6 years.

·         Well #9:  considering moving the well to another location near the 505.  Bids for the well work came in high and are being negotiated.  It will go to Council once the well placement is determined.

·         The crane operator responsible for the two deaths during the construction of the Putah Creek Car Bridge will go on trial for 2 counts of manslaughter in Yolo Court.

·         Buyers are lining up for both the Callahan and Creekside Estates subdivision maps. Interest in development in Winters is high and both of these projects are ready to go. Winters Highlands is also positioning to go, so lots of housing may be on the horizon!

·         Caltrans has denied the addition of a third driveway for the Chevron/Marriot Hotel along Grant Ave. Site plan will be modified to reflect only a second driveway.

·         The State Office of Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) has announced that they are suspending reimbursement to local law enforcement agencies for mandated training classes claiming reductions in penalty revenues. Its amazing that with the national tenure on the need for police training, the State now decides to eliminate funding to help agencies with training! Government at its best!!!

 Who ya gonna call…….. Supercuts???

 Finally, I read an article from the San Jose Mercury News with quotes from UC. Berkeley Professor Emeritus and Sports Psychologist Dr. Harry Edwards in regards to Forty Niner Quarterback Kolin Kapernick’s protest against police and America. In it, Dr. Edwards says  “the average police officer gets fewer hours of training than a cosmetologist doing hair”.  This is a sad exaggeration and is a gross understatement of the types and levels of training!

First, I looked up the qualifications for a cosmetologist and it requires 1,600 hours of training and 3200 hours of apprenticeship. Frankly, I was impressed that it takes 2 full years of training for someone to get a license to cut hair, but I would argue that the demands and scope of the training and their jobs is considerably different. (I really like my barber and think they do a great job with what little hair I have left!)

 A perspective on how someone qualifies to be a police officer in the City of Winters is the following:

 ·         Graduate from a 26-28 week accredited police academy. (1,040 hours-minimum)

·         Go through a hiring process which typically takes 6-8 months. This includes a professional oral board, physical agility examination, life background questionnaire, comprehensive background investigation, polygraph exam, physical exam and a final chief’s interview.

·         Pass a Minimum of 16 weeks of Field Training (640 hours)

·         12-18 month probationary period (3,060 hours).

·         All active police officers then a series of “mandated training” beyond the academy, field training, training bulletins and policy training which includes a minimum of 24 hours per year.

·         All officers are required to maintain “perishable skills” (firearms, driving, defensive tactics and communication) with a minimum of 80 hours every two years. This does not include mandated firearms range training but does include qualification.

·         Advanced officers has enormous amounts of training in investigation, forensics, mental health, psychology and specialty areas of law enforcement.

 The men and women of law enforcement have one of the most important jobs in our society…. they keep us safe. Their training and job skills range from physical agility to being mental health workers, marriage and family counselors to grief counselors. Our police deal with people on the worst days of their lives and to compare their skills, training and abilities to being less than cosmetologists is simply disrespectful and demeaning. Mostly it is unfair and a cheap shot! Our police officers and the people of public safety (dispatchers, fire to animal services) are heroic at times, putting their welfare before their own.

Celebrities and professional athletes live in a cloistered environment,  surrounded by walls, fences and security. They are wealthy and privileged people who have a spotlight and opportunity to influence public opinion.

Next time a crazy fan or criminal decides to take one of these privileged people on, I hope they have the nerve to call Supercuts for help and to report back on how things work themselves out!

Have a nice weekend.

 John

 BTW, kudos to Cosmetologists, also! While police keep us safe, barbers keep us looking good (mostly)!


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Winters Senior Foundation

Winters Senior Foundation Invites You to the January Activity:

Monthly Assembly -Wednesday, January 11, 2017   2 – 4 PM
TOPIC: Social Security
Eric Phillips, Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Region IX, Area 4
Afterward: Conversation, Fun and Refreshments
Location: City of Winters Police/Fire Safety Conference Room   702 Main Street

2017 ACTIVITES:

February 28, 2017 LUNCH for SENIORS
Soup, Salad, Dessert, and more.

March 6 – 8, 2017 2 Day Reno Excursion
via Amtrak

Contact Sharon Pearce for more information: 707.249.7975

WEEKLY EVENTS
Enjoy the Companionship of other Seniors having Fun and Enjoying Refreshments
Thursdays 1- 4 PM
@ St. Anthony’s Parish Hall
Need a ride: Janet 530.219.3950

We are active seniors helping seniors!

To learn more, contact us at:
Facebook: @Winters Senior Foundation
E-mail: winseniorfoun@gmail.com
Wally: 530.771.7265
Janet: 530.219.3950


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Street Sweeping Pile Collection

WINTERS RESIDENTS:
Mark your calendars!
Friday street sweeping and pile collection is changing to Monday.
Your first pick-up will be Jan. 2.

 


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01/03/17 City Council Meeting

01/03/17 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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City Hall Holiday Hours:

Please Note: City Hall will be closed from 12-23-16 thru 1-2-17.


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Friday Update on December 16 2016

All,

Some project updates:

· The SR 128 Roundabout Project bids will go before the City Council on January 3 with a recommendation for rejection. Essentially, the bids came in about $700k over the engineers budget and the City simply does not have the funds to do the project. Staff will be talking with representatives from SACOG and other agencies to see if we can find other funds to go toward the project. Additionally, the engineers will be talking with contractors who bid the project to determine why there was such a huge discrepancy between the estimates and bids.

One reality of doing capital projects is a combination of the increased cost of materials and fewer contractors doing work these days. When the economy collapsed in 2008, so did many construction companies. As the economy has rebounded, the emergence of companies doing work has been especially slow. This means fewer companies which equals fewer bids and the competitiveness for projects is significantly lower, thus the contractors can bid higher which drives costs. Also smaller are the suppliers of materials which also increases costs. This all points to higher costs and dramatically fewer projects in our future.

· Staff is currently in the midst of developing our estimates on the costs of implementing the new Chromium 6 projects and operations. This includes a review of estimated project costs, estimates on operational aspects, debt service to pay for the massive capital expenditures and ultimately what the new rates will be for our customers. This is a high priority project and we will hopefully have some firm numbers in the coming months.

With CR6, a Judge has ordered the Department of Drinking water to provide an economic impact analysis of implementing the new regulations on consumers and water providers. The good news is that someone is finally sobering up and realizing that this is a massive cost and burden to both utilities and ultimately rate payers. The bad news is that the timing of the economic anaylsis may be too late to help everyone. We are still waiting to hear whether the Judge will suspend implementation of the new requirements pending the analysis.

In Winters, we see the requirement adding close to $120 per month ($1,440 annually) to customer bills, taking the monthly water rate for the most frugal water user to over $200 per month! Very low income in Winters is someone with a monthly income of approximately $750 per month. To follow the impact, that means that the water bill alone will now represent 26% of that low income persons monthly income. Deduct a very low income rent of about $350, $50 for sewer, $100 for other utilities (phone, electric or cable), that will leave $50 a month ($1.66 per day) for food, medicine and other expenses. I challenge everyone to try to live on $1.66 per day for the next month and see how you do!

Once we have our firm numbers, I plan on sending the Judge and the folks at the Department of Drinking Water the information for their economic study. Maybe they can compare which benefits more, having an MCL which is 90% lower than 49 states and the federal requirement, or forcing people to live on $1.66 per day. We will see……………….

· The traffic signal at Main/Grant is inching closer to a permit. The final plans are being dropped at Caltrans this afternoon and we are praying for a permit for the signal this Xmas.
· Walnut Park has been hydro-seeded and the recent rains have been a blessing for helping to establish the seeds. A little sunshine will go a long way toward encouraging the turf to grow. I recommend driving by the site to take a look with the caveat that you drive by in 3 years when the landscaping will start taking shape. This is going to be a beautiful park in the coming years.
· The Planning Commission took up two items on Tuesday, including approving a variance for side yard setback for a new home on Russell Street and modifying zoning definitions for second residential units to keep our zoning code compliant pursuant to some new legislation going into effect in January. We have a really good Planning Commission and they are doing well.
· Cannabis is a hot topic throughout Yolo County. The County is working on regulations regarding the regulation of cultivation in the rural areas. The other cities are looking at both distribution and sales. In Winters, we are waiting for the details of Proposition 64 to be released by the new State agency and will follow suit once those are in place. The City WILL be looking at the nuisance issues for personal grows in residential areas which is becoming a problem.
· December 3 was an epic night in Downtown Winters with the tree lighting, Second Annual Tractor Parade and the arrival of Santa. A big congratulations to the coordinators Megan Curry, Kathy and Wade Cowan, Carrie Green and a small but dedicated group of volunteers who pulled off an epic event. These folks really brought an incredible and memorable evening. AND, don’t forget all the farmers and ag folks who were the stars of the evening! A special thanks to the folks from Yolo Balloons for not burning down all the trees with their fiery display on the back of the Turkovich Float!

There will not be a Friday Update next week!

Hanukkah begins next Saturday, Christmas is Sunday and New Year the following weekend. Who can believe it!!

I’d like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. Winters is a community which is blessed with beauty, wonderful people and a spirit which brings and incredible quality of life. As you gather with friends, families and neighbors, give thanks for all we have and pray for an incredible 2017.

Thanks,

John


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12/20/16 City Council Agenda/Packet

12/20/16 City Council Agenda / Packet (PDF)


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Friday Update for December 9 2016

All,

I am providing the minute notes this week from our Management Staff Meeting to give a little insight into the doings of all of the City Departments. First, a couple highlights of things happening on the larger scale:

• We opened bids for the Walnut Roundabout today which had a construction budget of $800k. The bids came it at $1.4m which summarily stops the project. Caltrans took almost four years to review the project and the result was an almost 75% cost escalation. The City has spent literally hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to move this project through the Caltrans bureaucracy. A very frustrating day!
• Welcome back to Wade Cowan to the City Council. Wade will be sworn in at the December 20 meeting. The Council will then select the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.
• Congratulations to Maintenance Staff member Ricky Castro who received his Wastewater Treatment I license from the State Water Resources. This is a big step for Ricky and really adds to the credentials for our Public Works Department.
• The Fire Department is still accepting toys for the Toys for Tots Program. Items can be dropped off at the Fire Station.

Here are the staff meeting notes:

City Council Agendas:

December 6, 2016
• St. Anthony’s Parish Street Closure Request – December 11
• Grant Avenue/Walnut Lane Roundabout Cal Trans Master Agreement
• Construction Engineering for Roundabout Project – Laugenour & Meikle
• Construction Agreement w/Ample Electric – Shade Structure Electrical Work @ Walnut Park
• Project Budget Sheet for Water & Storm Drain Improvements – Hotel Winters LLC (DT Hotel)
• El Rio Villa Sewer Lift Station Pump Replacement was awarded
• Reclassification of Building Permit Technician to Management Analyst
• Recognition for Outgoing Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
• Wade Cowan was appointed to Fill City Council Vacancy

December 20, 2016
• Swear In New City Council Member Wade Cowan
• Main Street Signal Far Western Contract for Archaeological Services
• Roundabout Construction Award
• Selection of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore
• Waste Management Contract Renewal

Department Updates:

Public Works:
• Sprayed weeds, burned off brush in the ponds, removed leaves and cleaned the storm drains before the rain started.
• Water pipe attached to the water tank behind the out-building at the Corp Yard was dug up and will be capped underground.
• Water heater at the Community Center will be replaced due to a water leak in the janitor’s closet. Don’t forget your permit!
• Urinal flush valve at Public Safety Facility leaks; repairs (expensive) are being considered.
• C & D (Construction & Demolition) ordinance is increasing from 50% to 65% of waste to be recycled in 2017.

Finance:
• Fee Study and Cost Allocation Plan meetings began yesterday. Kristine has been very helpful.
• Working on getting the Financial Statements to the State Controllers Office.
• Hope to have the CAFR and Business License renewals out by Christmas.
• Attended Fire District Board meeting yesterday.
• Any change of address should be forwarded to Finance for payroll and the issuance of W-2’s.

Administrative Services:
• Working on policy changes and MOU’s.
• Making final PERS audit adjustment that involve MOU wording.
• Majority of employees want to change dental coverage to Guardian, which would be effective back to December 1st.
• Youth basketball sign ups have ended, with an increase of 60 kids from last year.
• Excused to attend a new legislation personnel law update webinar.

Economic Development/Housing:
• Assisted with the parking count exercise last Friday; collected data for 400 parking spaces in the downtown, which lasted for 14 hours at 15-minute intervals.
• Conference call with Ethan, Lisa Baker and Domas re: property split & the senior development.
• Domas will finalize approval for a diagonal parking plan on E. Baker; City Engineer approved an 11-foot path of travel.
• Meeting with Senior Foundation Board today regarding the planned Senior Center.
• Chamber Board meeting tomorrow.
• Meeting tomorrow with Alan, Eric and Todd Tommeraason re: parking lot and alley improvement sequencing.
• Working with Ethan re: CHOC documents.
• Asphalt has been finished, path and sidewalk fixes and hydro-seeding has been completed at Walnut Park. Shade structure work will commence once Empire has completed their work. Striping is still needed.
• DT Hotel mylar map has been recorded!

Planning:
• Planning Commission agenda packet for the December 13th meeting is ready to go out.

Building:
• PG&E is moving along, although the rain has slowed them down just a bit.
• New homes at Winters Ranch are going well.
• Will be attending a Code Enforcement conference in Santa Clarita the week of January 23rd.
• Will be taking Dago out on code enforcement visits for bilingual services.

Police:
• Traffic control for tractor parade went well and the road closure was a good thing. City Manager would like to set a meeting with WPD and Megan, Kathy & Carrie from the Chamber for after action review and to draw up a memo re: Standard Operating Procedures, including a parking plan, off load plan, and route plan. Moving forward, all entries will need to submit a certificate of indemnification on behalf of the City. There is a need to coordinate with Mariani re: event parking.
• Car pursuit occurred on Monday morning. Driver was apprehended after a 55-minute chase.
• Police Department Fee Schedule meeting is scheduled for today.
• Drafted a general order for DUI cost recovery up to $12,000; details will go to the City Manager for final approval.
• Meeting with the school board tonight re: juvenile restorative project.
• Movie night in the Fire bay on Friday night – the movie will be Finding Dory!

Fire:
• Regarding the upcoming Monticello multi-agency drill, proposing 2 days of training, with Solano County on one day and Yolo County on the other day. Winters Fire Dept. and CHP helicopters would be involved both days.
• Department is looking into values and replacement prices for W26 and W226 water tenders. A grant has been submitted, but is not likely (as per the Fire Chief.)
• Reviewing Emergency Medical Services contract w/EMS Services and the management of penalty funds (if the ambulance arrives late.)
• Pagers are being re-issued.
• Fire Department is preparing for movie night.
• Tractor parade went well, with 15 personnel assisting, including volunteers. There were 2 calls during the parade.
• TOYS FOR TOTS ALERT! Gift-wrapping will be done on 12/14 at 5:30 p.m. and gifts will be distributed on 12/24 from 9am-11am. Santa will be there too!
• PG&E gas line training will take place on 12/28.

City Manager:
• Police & Fire: check with personnel regarding radio upgrades and report any issues with dispatch.
• Attended a YECA board meeting yesterday.
• In light of the Oakland tragedy, code enforcement is a team effort. If anyone from any department sees something, it needs to be flagged. Gene will take the lead.
• Will meet with Police and Fire about mass casualty procedures and a training regimen, including a process for code enforcement issues that are found. Gene will take the lead.

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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