Hello Winters Community,
It’s that time of year to plan our Annual Winters Community Dinner. With everyone trying to get donations for so many needs, we feel it’s very important to feed those in need and home alone on Thanksgiving Day.
The purpose of this dinner is a wonderful opportunity to show our neighbors we care, by serving or delivering a Hot Traditional Thanksgiving meal with dessert. There will also be a sit down meal available at the Community Center for those who come by. The majority of the folks we serve to are seniors, disabled and those home alone on Thanksgiving Day. Last year many families & individuals were served who had nothing to eat on Thanksgiving Day.
We will be cooking the Full Traditional Meal at the Community Center on Thanksgiving Day.
Can you donate funds to help purchase food?? Could you help box up meals to be delivered Thanksgiving day?? Or, maybe serve or deliver a dinner to your neighbor?? You can donate at First Northern Bank under Winters Community Dinner. We can provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes as well.
If you would like to help with preparing or serving meals, please call Marie @ 795-4824 or Gwen @ 795-4444 for more information.
We also will have Red Food Collection Bins around town at Anytime Fitness, Camille’s, Ace Hardware, First Northern Bank and the Community Center to drop off CANNED GREEN BEANS, CANNED CORN & BOXED STUFFING MIX. If you would like to DONATE A TURKEY, please call myself or Gwen to arrange to drop it off at the Community Center.
Thank you for your consideration and Happy Thanksgiving.
Marie Rojo-Heilman and Gwen Pisani
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A couple items this week:
· Staff is working as diligently as possible to get the Main/Grant Traffic Signal turned on. We have hit a couple snags on the technology and the back-up power supplies. We are getting calls about the project and are doing all we can at this point to gain activation. Once allowed, we will be turning the light on versus the idea of a Stop sign at the location on the interim.
· A Parking Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 in the Downstairs Conference Room at City Hall. We will be reviewing the report and recommendations from our consultant Kimley Horn.
· The City Park Playground is open for unlimited use! If you have not seen it, please go see an amazing structure.
Finally, we certainly got panned in social media this week about the roundabout! Lots of feedback and opinions, suggestions and characterizations which are sometimes not as fair as they should be (my favorite was being compared to the guys from Dumb and Dumber- nice).
The roundabout is the result of literally years of considerations to meet Caltrans standards for level of service on Highway 128. Under the old model, we would be installing (and operating) numerous traffic signals, widening the roadway to four lanes and watching congestion increase. The roundabout provides the opportunity to keep the majority of 128 through town as two lanes, keep traffic flowing, slow traffic (without stopping) and keep the main thoroughfare through town attractive. To learn about the entire plan, go to http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/GrantAveCompleteStreetsConceptPlan.pdf .
Have a nice weekend.
A couple items this week:
· The City Council directed that administration for Winters Fire be done internally versus through the Fire Administration Services Agreement with the City of Dixon. In many ways, the Winters/Dixon Agreement has provided many benefits, mostly with the development of our staff in being ready to re-take the reins of running the department. I will be working on an overall transition strategy which I will share in the coming weeks!
· Staff provided some of the final environmental review information for the Marriot Hotel financing folks and the project is expected to be funded and plans submitted in the near future. This is a critical project to support PG&E and our many visitors!
· Downtown Hotel is expected to submit plans within the next few days to commence construction. Keeping our fingers crossed.
· November 1 will be the start of salmon spawning in Putah Creek. The “boards” near the Sacramento Delta will be removed and we should see salmon begin the final migration into our creek. Last year, over 2000 salmon returned. It is amazing.
· The Salmon Festival will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 11:00 to 4:00. Last years event was wonderful and this years event will hopefully see the arrival of the guests of honor in the creek.
· Staff is hitting some bumps on the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments Project. Stay tuned……….
· Last weeks disastrous fires in Napa and Sonoma had the City’s Emergency Management System ramping up. Behind the scenes, there was a ton happening, including contingencies for mass evacuations which would have sent a ton of people our way. I will share that we had business and property owners who helped the City immeasurably with our contingency planning in the event that we got slammed with thousands of Napa evacuees. A special recognition for the folks at Mariani Nut, Vintage Paving and the Dioscese of Sacramento who really stepped up in our preparedness efforts.
· On a “tip”, we were contacted by local television crews about the “City Manager” cancelling the American Red Cross to set up an evacuation shelter last week. The answer to that question was yes for a number of important reasons: first, we were never requested to set up a shelter by any authorities from Solano or Napa and the request to the Red Cross was very premature; second, Yolo County OES and member cities have our own Mass Care and Shelter Division which we use versus the Red Cross; Third, an evacuation Shelter had already been established at Solano Community College for those being evacuated; fourth, a 3 minute drive around town found we had no evacuees in town in need of assistance; and finally, the idea that we would divert precious resources away from those in need would have been irresponsible. Given the massive fires in our hills the past 4 summers and local evacuations, we have become keenly aware of how to evacuate and care for people.
· Emergency Management is a collaborative effort which often involves City, County and State Agencies. People often wonder how literally thousands of fire personnel “suddenly” appear for major fires or incidents. Its all based on a very well established network of agencies which have planned how response can occur and resources are allocated. No one agency can respond in comparison to many.
· During our evaluation of evacuees, I ran into some folks who were evacuated from Lake Berryessa having dinner at the Round Table Pizza. I asked if they need help and the indicated they had just booked rooms at a hotel in Woodland. Nice folks in what had to be a horrible situation.
· In the event of a disaster, the City of Winters, Winters Fire and Winters Police Facebook Pages will be our main source for pushing information. We will also partner with the Winters Express and their social media. To control “rumors” check our social media to get the real scoop!
· To get text and call notification for disasters, emergencies and alerts sent directly to you, go to www.yolo-alert.org and register/download the alert app. Its actually pretty cool!
· The Winters High Football Game versus Willows is a fundraiser to help those impacted by the fires in Napa and Sonoma. Donations will be taken at the gate for both JV and Varsity. Come out to the game and support both WHS and help raise funds for out neighbors across the hills.
Finally, the City was given an incredible gift with the construction of the new playground at City Park. Enough thanks and gratitude will never do justice to the efforts and the results of Project Playground and their Coordinating Committee!
The playground is now emblematic of the commitment to our youth, but also the culture of Winters where neighbors, friends and people who have never met come together to accomplish something great!
The size and scope of the actual playground structure is way beyond anything the City of Winters could ever afford. The combination of volunteer labor and the fundraising to make it happen put it amongst the nicest structures in town. Generations of children and their parents now have amazing place to explore and develop in our town!
The volunteer effort was special and something I will cherish for my entire life. Over the course of about 8 days, I watched folks with tremendous construction skill (the red shirts) work alongside those without (me and many others) to build a miracle before our eyes. The work was hard, but the determination and spirit was motivating and caring. At each meal (we ate pretty well on the project) people who did not know each other became a unified team and our community became a highly effective unit in the playground construction. The spirit was infectious and we were able to watch folks want to do more and more each day. Before last week, I bet a lot of people never used a router, but most are now pretty proficient!
There were a number of folks who were at the build every day, giving 12 hours, leaving tired, but showing up at 7:00 the next morning ready to get back at it. For the many who showed up on any of the days, I watched 110% effort and a lot of hustle!
The real “gift” was the perpetuation of the “Winters Spirit” of neighbors coming together in a volunteer spirit to make our town better. We really are a special place and this project was a spectacular occasion to show people why we are an incredible place to live, raise our families and call this community our “home”.
Mentioning names is tough, but without question we all need to especially thank Project Playground Co-Chairs Emarie VanGalio and Moyra Barsotti for their commitment to making this project spectacular! They thought BIG and more than delivered for our community. I will share that they were incredible to work with on the “business” side of things and they more than delivered when it came time for making it happen. Their efforts were impressive and the results show!
One of my favorite quotes is ……………… “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible”.
Project Playground did an Excellent job and is owed a tremendous sense of gratitude for an incredible gift.
Have a nice weekend.
John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager
Attention all Youth Basketball Players!!
Volunteers Needed for Youth Basketball
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Fire Victims Relief Night (pdf)
Dr. Sellers Field
Winters Warriors vs. St. Helena Saints
Monday October 16, 2017 – 6:00 (Varsity Only)
Please join us for some Monday Night Football and more importantly our Fire Victims Relief Night. Due to the fires that are still raging across the Napa Valley, Friday’s football game has been postponed to Monday night October 16th at 6:00. Winters High School will be joining forces with St. Helena High School and the Winters Fire Department in an effort to raise funds and collect donations for families affected by the devastating fires.
The WFD will have collection bins set up at the gate. We’re hoping to collect clothing and/or toiletry items. All donations will be greatly appreciated as many families lost everything. WFD will also be walking around with a boot for individuals who want to make additional monetary contributions.
We are asking for a $10 general admission donation at the gate which will also get you entrance into the game. (If you prefer not to give a donation, normal gate prices will be in effect. Including free entrance for all WHS Students with an ASB Card).
Lastly, we are asking that everyone wear blue to the game in an effort to recognize and support all of the amazing City and Cal Fire employees that continuously protect our communities, especially in times like this.
This weeks update is more a push and a highlight of an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the Winters Community by participating in the playground build next week at City Park. The Project Playground folks are on the verge of what many communities have tried but few have accomplish, a community/volunteer build of a new playground structure.
Sign up for the Playground Build:
The build starts on Monday. Here is a link to the site to sign up and volunteer. http://www.projectplaygroundwinters.com/the-build/ It legitimately is an opportunity for people to make a genuine and lasting positive impact on the community and the lives of generations of children by helping build an incredible community asset. Think of it as your personnel contribution and sweat equity to the joy and happiness of thousands for years to come.
Winters is an incredible place to raise your children. We have some pretty simple but amazing facilities where children create their memories of a lifetime. These include the baseball diamond at City Park, the Playground, the Community Center Stage and our Community Library. Each of these assets were “community builds” of sorts by resident stepping up to do their share in making a lasting impression.
There are few opportunities in life where you can affect “generations to come” and the build of this playground is one of them. I feel blessed to know many folks in Winters who help shape the lives of children through similar acts. A couple examples of people and projects so many of us know:
And I could go on for pages……………………………
I am convinced that the common thread which makes Winters an incredibly special place is our children and the generations of folks who have made their lives here. At Rotary yesterday, high school English teacher Matt Biers talked about how Winters kids are “really good citizens and nice people”. So much of that comes from the examples and values that we as parents and adults instill in them through our actions. Our actions as adults create the atmosphere and culture which makes good citizens.
October 10-15 is OUR opportunity to perpetuate the soul of our community and set an example for the next generations by helping build a new community playground. We are doing something which most communities cannot accomplish by an all volunteer build. It’s YOUR chance to put a positive mark on our town by contributing to a monument which brings an entire compilation of pride, joy, happiness, kindness and community commitment into a place where generations of children will play.
I hope to see you out there!
Both really REALLY good stuff this week with some tougher elements worked in.
First the good stuff…………..
Now some of the tough stuff:
Thanks and have a great weekend.
A couple items:
· Mayor Wade Cowan and I met with the financing team for the Freeway Hotel Project this week. The group included two banks and a financier from North Carolina. Overall, they LOVED Winters and enjoy what the City is doing. A real good day.
· The Blue Mountain Terrace Apartment Project was the main topic of discussion on Monday morning. We looked at a variety of means for closing the financing gap, some value engineering for both the senior center and the apartments along with some timing issues related to various grants..
· The October 3 City Council Meeting will include an item centering on street projects for the spending of SB 1 gas tax funds.
· City Staff is getting a number of inquiries from people regarding scheduling events at the Downtown Hotel. We have contacted the developer regarding a contact for the marketing and reservations for the hotel.
· PG&E Grand Opening is on Wednesday, September 27. Lots of Winters participation, including Terry Sheets singing the national anthem and our VFW Post handling the flag ceremony. PG&E is looking forward to a huge attendance, then having the folks all come into Downtown for lunch. The event should be spectacular.
Winters High is playing against a top 10 opponent tonight in Christian Brothers from Sacramento. Go Warriors.
A couple items this week:
· The slab is 2/3 poured for the Downtown Hotel with the final pour scheduled for Monday. Good news and things are proceeding on this project.
· Winters Fire returned this week from a ten day deployment to fires throughout the State. They went to the Topaz near Tahoe and the Mission Fire near Fresno. Our staff works really hard on these incidents and does amazing things to help people. They represent our community really well where ever they go.
· The cabinet with the controller for the Grant/Main Traffic Signal is ready for pick up and we may see the signal working before the end of the month. This project has been a roller coaster going from behind schedule, significant delays to now way ahead of schedule. Good news!
· The draft report and recommendations from the consultant on the Downtown Parking Study is due next week. Staff is doing the final parking survey today and data will be to the consultant for the initial draft.
· The Wooden Playground at City Park is but a huge pile of lumber. We have preserved some elements of the structure for future re-use. Kudos to the Public Works crew for some really hard work. For a structure that was “falling down”, it was a tank to try and take apart.
· Project Playground is on their push for volunteers for the re-build October 10-15. They have 3 shifts each day from 7:30 am- Noon, 12-5 and 5-9 pm. To sign up, go here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4fa5aa23a4f49-build
Have a nice weekend.