City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 21, 2022
Greetings, all. The front doors to City Hall and the Public Safety Facility are still closed to walk in traffic because of COVID related staffing shortages and virus transmission. Staff are still working onsite and remotely so please continue to email and call. In person meetings are available with an appointment. Finance and Building are perfecting curbside and window service. We hope to have more people back in the saddle next week in order to catch up. Thank you for understanding.
- The Federal Government will send up to 4 free in-home COVID rapid test kits to American households. To order, please visit covidtests.gov. Kits will be shipped at no charge within 7-10 days. Delivery addresses must be registered with the US Postal Service as a residential address. People experiencing address validation problems should file a service request here or call 1-800-ASK-USPS.
- If you purchase a home antigen (rapid) test, these are now reimbursable by insurance. Click the link for more information.
- This week’s COVID case rate for Yolo County trended at over 200 cases per day, although there are early signs we may be plateauing. Fingers crossed.
- The School District continues to host community COVID testing; thank you, WJUSD.
- District Office, 909 Grant Avenue: MWF 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
- Winters Library, 708 Railroad Avenue : T&Th 1:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- Yolo County continues to provide free in-home or at-work vaccination services (Door Vax!). Please call 530-902-3230.
- To self-report a positive COVID home test and qualify for a free test kit, please click here.
- The County’s Covid landing page is here for information about vaccination, testing, and regulations.
Did You Know?
- Link21 is a long-range transportation program sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Capitol Corridor) to transform the passenger rail network serving the 21-county Northern California Megaregion, which includes the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay area, the Sacramento area, and the Northern San Joaquin Valley. The project is in its early planning stages and is requesting public feedback on a survey by January 31. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Link21 Service Survey today. For more information, please visit Link21Program.org.
- The Yolo County Libraries have a New Year’s resolution for you: Read more in 2022. Beginning January 1, the Library will start its first reading program that spans the entire calendar year entitled, 52: a yearlong reading journey. Pick up a 52 reading journal at the Winters library or sign up on Beanstack to join the program digitally. Beanstack is available on mobile devices through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or can be accessed on the library’s website. The program is free. For more information, please visit https://yolocountylibrary.org/locations/winters/ and check out all the great programming our local library and the Winters Friends of the Library provide to the community.
- The City Council approved a change in local elections to November to coincide with the general election rather than conducting local elections with primaries (which alternates between March and June). Election costs are lower in November because more entities are on the ballot to share in those costs, and voter turnout is historically greater for general elections than primaries. The Yolo County Board of Supervisors ratified this change on January 11th. Three Council seats will be up for November 2022, our next local election.
Upcoming Council Meeting
The next Council meeting is February 1, via Zoom.
Public Works has reinstalled the entry sign at the Putah Creek vehicle bridge. It had been knocked down by driver…It is showing some history and looks great with our rustic new tractor! Thank you, Public Works, for reinstalling the sign!
And a big thank you to Charlie Tolley who made a new Free Little Library – take a book, leave a book – that matches the phenomenal play structure at City Park! It’s perfectly situated in front of a bench so you can catch up on some reading while the kids work off their energy. By the way, for any newcomers in town, if you don’t know the history of how this play equipment came into being, do a quick Google search or better yet ask someone in town. It’s an incredible story of community collaboration…