The City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 2 will have two parts:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sorry for any confusion.
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We are moving the ball on a number of fronts and this week was absolutely crazy on a variety of projects. Here is an update of things coming before the City Council in the coming meetings:
· Waste Management Franchise Agreement which includes modifications to green waste pickup and an expansion of the organics waste program.
· Winters Highlands Public/Subdivision Improvement Agreement.
· Sustainable Groundwater Management Agency– participation of the City in the new Agency.
· City-wide Assessment District.
· Public Hearing on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Agency.
· Hotel- Transient Business Improvement District (TBID)- Participation by City hotels in a Yolo County Tourism assessment.
· The new conference room in the former Police Department is mostly completed, with the last areas of concrete being poured and things going up on the walls. This was an incredible project by our Public Works Staff. A great team effort.
· Next weekend is Youth Day. The day will kick off at 6:30 with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast, followed by the parade at 10:00, the events at City Park beginning at noon, then an evening concert in Downtown with the Terry Sheets Band. The full schedule will be included in the Winters Express this week.
· The Parking Committee will be holding a community forum on the Downtown Parking Master Plan on May 3, 2017 beginning at 6:30 at the Winters Fire Department 700 Main Street. More information and the agenda next week.
· The Big Day of Giving (Big DOG) will be on Thursday, May 4. Local organizations participating this year will be the Winters Friends of the Library, Putah Creek Council, Winters Healthcare Foundation, Winters Theatre Company, Winters Education Foundation and the Center for Land Based Learning. Each of these organizations provide immeasurable services and benefits to our town. Click here to get to the WFoL donation page and into the main system for donations to the other organizations. Give early and often.
· The three “rock stars” for the Big DOG are Winters residents and WFoL members Sally Brown, Lisa Nalbone and Linda Springer. By my estimation, they will easily clear the cumulative $100,000 mark for Big DOG for the past few years in this fundraising drive. The local programs over the years at the library have included expanded hours, literacy, the neighborhood library boxes, incredible speakers programs and outreach to children. They certainly have made a difference in our community and I know that this year they are planning to help the Project Playground by helping sponsor a new stage for the WFoL Shakespeare Workshop Program held each summer. I know they work really hard at what they do and our community is much better for their efforts in this area. Good job, ladies!!
Finally, the City Council on Tuesday adopted a Proclamation outlining some of the key attributes which make our community what it is during this time of a lot of discord in the public debate. I have attached a copy (pdf – HERE).
The comments from the 25+ people who attended the meeting were very well put and sincere in helping define some basic tenants on how people should be treated and what defines our community. Winters is a great place to be because much of what is ruining other communities is simply not accepted within the parameters of how we interact in our community. The culture of Winters is simply more kind and deeper than those places where people are more faces and less names.
Mayor Wade Cowan and the City Council really handled things pretty well on a very sensitive topic. The #1 attribute which makes our City Council Meetings effective is the collegiality in how things are addressed. The discussions are honest and frank, hard on the issues and soft on the people; but mostly, they represent a climate where people feel free to express their views in a manner where disagreement is accepted, input is acknowledged and collaboration is essential.
Many who spoke at the meeting asked for inclusion of a couple key points not in the published version. They were articulate and passionate in their comments with the final version including additional words which made the statement even more effective. In the end, the collaboration made the Proclamation better and hopefully more meaningful. At the end, Mayor Wade had Councilwoman Jesse Loren read the final version and it was an incredible way to cap the evening.
Truly what Winters is really about.
Have a nice weekend.
A little more detail this week:
· The April 18 City Council has a lot of business items this week. On the Agenda, we have the Walnut/Grant Roundabout Bid, the purchase of a vehicle for Public Works, permit for the June 23-24 Guitarfest Festival, Caltrans Agreement for the Roundabout, a lease with Martinez Orchards for the use of WWTF land, sale of property for the Downtown Hotel, Youth Day Parade Permit and money for the Senior Foundation use of the Community Center, swearing in of a new reserve Police Officer and consideration of a proclamation of Community Values and Affirmations of the type of place Winters is. See the entire packet by clicking HERE.
· Staff has made inroads with PG&E regarding the undergrounding of the poles in the “Newt’s Expressway” alley behind the north side of Main Street. We have found a funding source and are working on a strategy to get the utlility lines undergrounded. It will take a little time, but we have advanced the project a bit.
· The bid for the Roundabout Project at Grant/Walnut will go to bid on Wednesday. Light a candle in church this weekend for the project to come in near budget!
· The Notice to Proceed has been issued for the Grant/Main Traffic Signal and we will hopefully see things start moving on the project in May.
· All the civil plans are in for the projects at the freeway which will include the remodel and expansion of the Chevron, Fairfield Inn and Suites and Starbucks. The plan check for the Starbucks has been completed and we are told that they want to be open by the end of the summer.
· Look for construction activity to get really busy in front of the PG&E Gas Training Facility. There is some pretty intensive work which will need to occur in the roadway and expect some delays at times.
· The Winters Ranch Subdivision has really turned out to be an incredible addition to Winters. The first occupancy of the two story (smaller models) should be soon. Overall, the project really looks GREAT!
· Mariani Nut has a significant expansion of their Buckeye Processing Facility. Approximately 250,000 sf of storage, office, shop and processing is at the County. Yolo County is the easiest place to do business anywhere. According to their planning folks, the Mariani Expansion only requires a ministerial permit (over the counter).
· Congratulations to the Hispanic Advisory Committee on their Immigration Forum. To see the entire forum, go to the City’s Facebook. A HUGE success for the Committee with some really good information.
· The Parking Committee will be holding a community meeting on Wednesday, May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Public Safety Facility at 700 Main Street. Lots of information and a chance for input.
· Good news from the State Legislature which the passage of Highway and Road Funding to fix streets and highways. The City will see the doubling of our road funds to a little over $400k per year which will provide money to do some maintenance on our streets. Big kudos to both Assemblywoman Extraordinaire Cecilia Curry and Senator Bill Dodd (who was an original author of the legislation). Anyone who has driven our highways and then gone to another state can attest that there is a huge difference between driving the wonderful highways and then coming back into California where our roads are completely trashed. Good for California!
· The Winters PTA will hold their Third Annual “Spring into Action” Fitness Festival and Fundraiser on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Dr Sellers Field at Winters High from 6-8! Dance, walk, run, hop or skip to beats of DJ Marcus as we raise money for PTA. It’s super easy to participate – and attendance is FREE! PTA is challenging Waggoner and Rominger students to get family, communities and friends to sponsor them. $15 in pledges will earn them a super cool “Spring into Action” T-shirt; adults shirts are $20. All of the money we raise goes toward our annual efforts to enrich our young people through educational activities, experience and community. In addition, Project Playground will be selling Buckhorn tri-tip sandwiches to benefit their efforts. To get more details about the fitness fundraiser and how you can support Winters Combined PTA, please visit us at our website, www.winterspta.org, Facebook at winters Combined PTA, or feel free to contact Winters PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dust off your sneakers and we look forward to seeing you moving your body for the students of Winters.
Finally, for those of a religious persuasion, this weekend is one to celebrate either resurrection or liberation. A very happy Easter and Passover to all.
Really short this week:
· The City of Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee will host a workshop to address questions, rumors and concerns about immigration issues, community policing and the impacts of recent Federal orders regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The workshop will include representatives from the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation who will provide resources and information on legal assistance for those who may have immigration status issues. Representatives from the Mexican Consulate will also be in attendance.
The goal of the meeting is to provide information to Winters residents who may have questions and concerns with much of the rhetoric being spread through many sources about immigration. Representatives from the Winters Police, Winters JUSD, CRLAF and the City will be there to make brief presentations on some of the most popular issues and to help answer individual questions people may have. The workshop will include small groups and individual meetings where people can ask questions.
The workshop is open to all Winters residents, and will take place on Friday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at St. Anthony Parish Hall.
To watch the meeting at home or on your mobile device, watch it live on the City of Winters Facebook Page.
Have a nice weekend.
LPCCC Members and Alternates,
The April meeting of the LPCCC has been cancelled. I look forward to seeing you at our May 11 meeting in Davis.
Rich Marovich, Streamkeeper
Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee
Solano County Water Agency
Sorry for the delay from last week. It was a monster week and when I left the office late Friday night, it just was not there. Here is an update for this and last week.
Finally, this weekend was the AYSO Western States Soccer Championships held in Carson City, Nevada and included soccer teams from Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington vying for titles in a number of age groups. I was there as part of the referees selected for the tournament. For the Under 12 Boys All Star Division, the Winters Boys U12 under the leadership of Coach Tavo Correa represented AYSO Section 2 (Northern California) in a 4 team playoff. While they lost both of their games, they represented both Northern California and Winters extremely well. The Tournament Director commented to me that their semi-final game was probably the best game of the tournament.
Our community has a lot to be proud of and one of the most important are the opportunities we give our kids. While we are a small town, we are certainly mighty and this weekend proved that with Winters being in the top 4 out of literally thousands of soccer teams to make this tournament.
I cannot express how proud I was to see the kids and parents trek to the fields in Carson City from Winters on a cold Sunday morning and take the field against communities which have 10 times as many players and teams as we do. Our players showed a lot of heart and class competing against the other teams, with folks impressed that such a small community could make such a prestigious tournament. Our kids were upset when they lost the games, but I will argue that you sometimes gain as much in a loss as you do in a win.
On the sleeves of the kids jerseys, they had a tribute to Winters AYSO Regional Commissioner Alfredo Rodriguez (who died last month) printed to dedicate the tournament to him. I know Alfredo would have been extremely proud of those players. The fact that Winters was even in the tournament is a tribute to the legacy that Alfredo has left our community. The impact he has left will last for many generations, one tournament at a time.
Have a great week!
The pool will be open for Adult Lap Swim on Saturday, April 1st.
The pool will be open for evening and weekends for Adult Lap Swim only.
Evening swim will be from 6:30pm-8pm, and weekends 9am-10:30am.
The cost will be $5.00 per day or $50 per month. Daily passes will be sold at the pool only and monthly passes can be purchased at the pool or at the City Hall (Finance Office).
For more information, please contact Karla Jenkins at 530-795-4910 ext. 100.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. As someone of Irish heritage and a citizen of Winters I give you the following irish blessing (slightly modified for context):
May the Winters hills caress you.
May her lake and creek bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you
Now the update:
· Groundwater will be the big issue at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday with a presentation by Tim O’Halloran from the Yolo Flood Control District on the Yolo “Sustainable Groundwater Management Authority” (SGMA). I have attached some information on the Authority, its membership and what they are working on (click here). Some really good stuff and YES, I am leading off with information about an Irishman on St. Patrick’s Day.
· HERE is a link to the balance of the City Council Agenda.
· Good news this week with the opening of bids for the Main/Grant Traffic Signal. The bid ($928k) is under the Engineers Estimate of $950,000. I will share with you that about four years ago, I went ballistic when we built the Matsumoto Lane signal at $600k and the fact that signals now come in at close to a million dollars is just incredible!
· Yesterday was like Christmas in the City Manager’s Office when I received in the mail two permits from Caltrans for both the Walnut/Grant Roundabout and the Main/Grant Traffic Signal. Kudo’s to the Public Works and Engineering teams (and Caltrans) for getting these projects lined up. By the end of August, both improvement should be in and/or under construction. Getting permits like that is like hitting the lotto twice in a single day. Not easy to get!
· Last week, we made the moves to get the Walnut/Grant Roundabout moving. In total, the project funding we have lined up will be about $1.4 million. A lot of money, but an equally important project.
· The Hispanic Advisory Committee is working on a forum regarding immigration issues for April 7, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall. The entire community is welcome and it should be a great opportunity for people to get the straight scoop on what is happening on the immigration front. Kudo’s to the entire Hispanic Advisory Committee, Councilmember Jesse Loren and Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar Curry (and her staff) for putting this together to get some good information out there.
· The Winters Police Department Cadet’s are holding a fundraiser to help support the goal of the Winters PD to initiate a K-9 Program. They are selling raffle tickets to win ½ of a pig purchased through an FFA program (win/win for everyone but the pig). Click HERE for information on where and how to get tickets.
· Congratulations to Winters Fire on a very successful Fish Fry. As someone who works in the back, I will tell you that the organization was excellent, the fish was terrific and it all goes to an amazing cause! Well done by all!
· Our Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar Curry (Winters own) and State Senator Bill Dodd are working hard on the Chromium 6 regulation to help save our community from a devastating hit from the expense of trying to comply with a regulation 9X lower than the Federal level. I know they are hard at work trying to help us and they are working with the Governor to come to a solution. We have some incredible representation by these two legislative leaders on this (and other) issues. Stay tuned on this and give them an atta girl and atta boy when you see them! Strong representation is what California needs and both Cecilia and Bill are the real deal!
Finally, the Hispanic Advisory Committee (HAC) and others in the community are working hard to address the concerns of the many immigrants who are an extremely important base group of the Winters community. There are a lot of rumors and politics flying around about immigration raids and threats to children and legal immigrants which are simply not true. The April 7 workshop at St. Anthony’s will be an important resource for immigrants, employers and the general public to get some accurate information.
An important concern we are dealing with at the City is the negative depiction of law enforcement in this entire political debate between the immigration policies. It is completely unwarranted and harmful, especially for those who are vulnerable. The Winters PD and law enforcement in Yolo County have nothing to do with the implementation of immigration policy. If someone gets pulled over for speeding or is interviewed in relation to an incident, the Winters PD DOES NOT ask for documentation status. The only time immigration and law enforcement cross is when a wanted criminal is apprehended with an ICE warrant. Period!
People who have legal immigration status and are not committing crimes have no reason to be concerned. If someone has issues regarding their immigration status, they need to address them and there are resources to do that. The current administration (same as the past number of administrations) is bringing light to illegal immigration. The rhetoric from the recent election is absolutely toxic and doing absolutely nobody any favors, from either side of the debate. April 7 will help bring answers and resources.
One thing the HAC and the City Council are dealing with is messaging to try and calm the fears and anxiety of folks in our community. Immigrants have and always will be an important part of the Winters and our nation. They make us strong!
Winters is an incredible community because it is inclusive and diverse. We are safe because we know each other and we achieve great results because of the collaboration, input and engagement which happens every day. Winters is a place where our children grow and thrive because of the incredible values they learn from our small town. People of all cultures and persuasions make up Winters, California and the many issues which seem to be swirling in other cities and the media does not exist here because it is not accepted. The differences we all bring makes our town stronger and special.
Much like the paella on Fourth Friday’s, the combining of diverse ingredients and spice makes an incredible meal. Winters and our nation really is one big paella feed and we need to support that!
Hopefully the meeting on April 7 can dispel some of the myths and rumors, give us a chance to help some folks who are scared from the misinformation and genuinely help and support those who need it.
Have a nice weekend. Everyone is Irish today, thus all beer is green, so off to Berryessa Brewing to share the cheer of the day.
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)