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10/15/2020 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

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10/14/2020 Zoom Meeting Info

Teleconference via Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84446742058?pwd=ZVBsSk1PYUhSV28yWGdGcnIQNWdLUT09

Or Dial In On Mobile Phone @ 1-669-900-6833 - Meeting ID# 844 4674 2058

Passcode: 064408

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Friday Update 10/02/2020

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Wow, it is already October.  I would say Fall is in the air, but, it isn’t.  It is still hot outside, and the nice clean air from last Friday has been replaced with smoky air this week.

This week our fire crew that was deployed to OES in Fresno has returned home safely and are back staffing the Fire Station.  Our Fire Chief is deployed to the Zogg Fire up around Redding helping with the strike teams up there.

We moved from the Purple Tier to the Red Tier on the Covid-19 scale this Tuesday.  This is the State of California’s way of letting us know what rules we have to follow for dealing with Covid-19.  This is some encouraging news, although still frustrating for all our businesses and residents. What does this mean?

  • Restaurants can open indoors with 25% occupancy
  • retail can open with 50% occupancy
  • fitness and gyms can open with 10% occupancy
  • places of worship can open with 25% occupancy.
  • Playgrounds have new guidelines that were released by the State of California last week, and the guidelines are posted at our playground areas now.
  • Still no events
  • Still no gatherings
  • Masks are still required

You can go to the link below to see a more exhaustive list of what is allowed and not-allowed in the Red Tier in Yolo County: https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/novel-coronavirus-2019/roadmap-to-recovery

A new fire started in the Napa County this week, and Napa County let everyone from Napa, Solano, Yolo and Sacramento Counties know that there was an extreme fire danger.  Unfortunately, this is what happens when a WEA alert goes out instead of using the more targeted Alert systems.  My understanding is that there is very little control over who gets the WEA type alerts and so it can be pretty widespread and inaccurate.

Yolo and Solano County both had to send out an Alert to all those enrolled in their particular programs that the Napa County Alert was not meant for anyone outside of Napa County.  Lucky me, I got all the alerts from everyone, because, since I am so close to Solano County here in Winters, I signed up for Alert-Solano after the LNU complex fire and I was already signed up for the Alert-Yolo system.  Yolo County doesn’t usually send out the “not Yolo” alert, but the Napa County Alert was so wide spread, that Yolo County OES made the decision that it was needed in this case.

Don’t forget, if you are a small business in the City of Winters there is a Small Business Grant Program in place funded by CARES Act Funding. Applications for Small Business Grants from Yolo County are open until October 4, 2020 at 5pm (yes I know that is a Sunday, but, that is what Yolo County said). Find all the information about the program and how to apply here https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/novel-coronavirus-2019/small-business-grant-program

On the City Manager search front, interviews were held today for the first round.  I don’t know much more than there were 2 panels of interviewers.

The October 6, 2020 City Council meeting items include:

  • Amendment to Contract with BBK for City Attorney Services
  • Irrevocable Offer of Dedication of Road Right of Way
  • Project Budget Sheet and Amendment to West Yost Agreement for WWTF Influent Screen Phase 2
  • Public Sidewalk Easement for Blue Mountain Terrace
  • WasteWater Treatment Facility Monitoring Services Contract
  • Climate Action Plan Extension of Term
  • Contract with James George Designs
  • Introduction of new Permit Tech, Kelsey Bean
  • Update on Invasive Mosquito Found in Winters by Gary Goodman
  • Update on Finance and HR software implementation
  • Update on Building Permit Software Implementation
  • Creation of a fundraising Commission for Furniture and Fixtures for the soon to be constructed Senior Center.
  • Authorization for Agenda Management and Video Streaming Services Software
  • Proposal to Cancel the November 3, 2020 City Council Meeting.

A lot of things are going on in Winters, and hopefully we can remain strong and get through this pandemic successfully together.   If we (Yolo County) can continue the good work of the past few weeks and months, hopefully we can look at the Red Tier in the rearview mirror in about 3 weeks and move into the Orange Tier which will be much better for our businesses and our residents.

Shelly Gunby
Interim City Manager
Director of Financial Management

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September 15, 2020

Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@FIGHTtheBITE.net

--Aedes aegypti mosquito found in Winters

Elk Grove, Ca. -- The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that it has detected the invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti in Yolo County. The adult female mosquito was found in a trap near East and Main street in the city of Winters. This is the first discovery of invasive mosquitoes for the 2020 season within District boundaries and the first detection ever in Yolo County. “As part of our ongoing surveillance program, we have been setting traps looking for invasive mosquitoes,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “Finding this mosquito for the first time likely means it could possibly be established anywhere. We will continue to work diligently to look for and identify locations where these mosquitoes can be breeding,” emphasized Goodman.  In August of 2019, invasive mosquitoes were found for the first time in Citrus Heights, however, they have not been found anywhere in Sacramento County this season.

Aedes aegypti are small, dark mosquitoes that lay eggs above water in small containers such as flower pots, pet dishes, bird baths, tin cans, tires and other containers as small as a bottle cap that are commonly found in backyards. The public plays a key role in helping to control the spread of this mosquito because their behavior makes them very difficult to find. “We need your help! If you are being bitten throughout the day or notice more mosquitoes in your yard, please give the District a call to request a free inspection,” indicated Goodman. All residents are also urged to inspect their yards daily and drain all sources of stagnant water.

In response to the new detection site, the District will enhance surveillance efforts by setting up additional traps in surrounding neighborhoods that will help assess the spread of the infestation. Field technicians will conduct door to door inspections looking for potential mosquito breeding sites, conduct appropriate treatments as necessary and talk to residents about preventive measures around their home.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is not native to California; it is an aggressive mosquito that prefers to bite people during the day and has the potential to transmit serious diseases including Zika, dengue and chikungunya. These mosquitoes are now permanently established throughout the state and were recently found for the first time in Sutter and Shasta counties. Neighboring San Joaquin County had initially detected these mosquitoes  last year and found them again this past July.

Residents experiencing mosquito bites during the day should report them immediately by calling 1-800-429-1022 or requesting service at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

For additional information regarding invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes visit the

California Department of Public Health:   https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Aedes-aegypti-and-Aedes-albopictus-mosquitoes.aspx

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09/15/2020 City Council Meeting

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

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

To Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 847 2217 2999

Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters

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Help for Those Affected by NorCal Wildfires — Assistance Available

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Property status hotline for residents - as of August 26, 2020

Solano County residents impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire can call the phone number provided to learn the status of their property in the fire zone. This hotline will be staffed by the Solano County Office of Emergency Services until 9pm, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Please call 707-784-1624

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See below for FEMA Assistance


FEMA Assistance Available:

August 25, 2020

Help for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties

 FEMA Assistance Available -- Apply Now

On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the White House approved California's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state's emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and support impacted residents in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties.

This declaration helps people in those counties through support and services that includes:

  • Crisis counseling
  • Housing and unemployment assistance
  • Legal services

If you sustained losses from the Northern California fires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo Counties, you can now apply for assistance. 

To begin the process:

1. Apply online with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


2. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).

We encourage you to apply online whenever possible. 

Important! If you have insurance, FEMA's process may designate you "inelgible" for benefits even though they may rightfully be yours. If you receive a denial letter, you may appeal/reapply within 60 days to keep your file open with FEMA while you settle your claim with your insurance provider.

  • FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but may be able to help where homeowner's insurance did not.
  • You have up to 12 months from the date you apply with FEMA to submit your insurance settlement records for review. If your settlement has been delayed longer than 30 days from the time you filed your claim, you may write FEMA to explain the reason for the delay. Any funds you get from FEMA would then be considered an advance and must be repaid when you get your settlement.

When applying, you will be asked for information that includes your:

  1. Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Qualified Alien
  2. Annual Household Income
  3. Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
  4. Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
  5. Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

*If you would like to review your application status online, you must provide an email address. If you do not provide an email address, you will have to contact FEMA to get updates on the status of your application. 

Undocumented immigrants may be eligible for resources and services

For information, download the Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians (English / Spanish) from the California Department of Social Services website.

Organizations: Help us spread the word. Please share this information with your networks.


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City of Winters City Manager Recruitment Community Input

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Opportunity for Community Input
Recruitment of City Manager
City of Winters


The City of Winters has retained the executive recruitment services of Peckham & McKenney, Inc. to conduct the search for the next City Manager.  The firm’s President, Bobbi Peckham, will personally conduct this search process.  The initial step in the recruitment is the creation of a Candidate Profile that will be used to actively recruit potential candidates.  The Candidate Profile includes information regarding the community, organization, position, and process of applying.

To ensure a timely process, Ms. Peckham has met with members of the Winters City Council to obtain their input on the Profile, and a marketing brochure has been created and is available at https://www.peckhamandmckenney.com/city-manager-city-of-winters-ca.

While the recruitment process has begun, and Ms. Peckham is actively recruiting potential candidates, the City Council invites members of the community to also provide input regarding the Candidate Profile via a survey.  Information obtained from this survey will further assist the City Council and Ms. Peckham in the screening of applicants.  The City Council thanks you in advance and appreciates your time and thoughtful response to the survey.


What exactly is a City Manager?

The City Manager is appointed by and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council.   They are responsible for making sure that basic services such as utilities, sanitation, and road maintenance are provided efficiently to citizens in the community. These highly trained, experienced women and men are committed to meeting these challenges each and every day, 24 hours a day. The job involves working with a range of individuals involved in public safety, public works, economic development, and dozens of other service areas to move the community toward a common goal and respond to problems efficiently and effectively.

The City Manager provides the expertise of a highly trained, nonpolitical, experienced professional who has the experience, administrative qualifications, and education to produce results.  They also provide accountability to citizens through the City Council, who hires the City Manager as an “at-will” employee and who can fire that person at any time through a majority vote. Professional City Managers are typically members of the International City/County Management Association (http://www.icma.org) and subscribe to a stringently enforced Code of Ethics that governs not only their professional but their personal actions as well.


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