City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 27, 2023
Greetings, all. Loving the sunshine after all the rain!
Don’t Miss Out!
- Yolo County has extended the deadline to apply for a microbusiness COVID-19 grant to May 12, 2023. Eligible businesses must have begun operations before December 2019, had less than $50,000 in revenues in 2019, have fewer than 5 employees, and didn’t already receive a Small Business Relief Grant. Not sure who is left ~ looking for really small businesses ~ please click here for more information.
- Calling parent volunteers! The 2nd–3rd grade boys basketball recreation group needs more parent volunteers. Our league registration fees were based on parents helping to keep score and referee. Please reply to Ben Freeland’s emails if you can volunteer and help contain costs for next year’s registration. Thank you!
- Yolo Pharmacy, 23 Main Street, now offers free disposal of expired and unwanted medications, free mail-back sharps containers for diabetes patients and free prescription delivery to your home. And just a reminder – parking is on the street and not in the park, please. The medicine drop off box at the Police Station is no longer available; it’s at Yolo Pharmacy.
- Good news, upcyclers and thrifters! The Big Blue Barn Thrift Store at the Yolo Central Landfill is now open every Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (44090 CR 28H in Woodland). The barn is also open on the 3rd Saturday of every month for a 50% sale. Mark your calendars for 2/18. Field trip!
- The teachers at Waggoner Elementary and Rominger Middle School need assistance with supplies, please! My daughter is a second grade teacher and I am continually surprised by how much teachers spend of their own money to support their students. Please consider assisting. More information is here.
- Youth Day needs volunteers! Please consider helping to keep this cherished community tradition alive. The event is always the last Saturday of April (4/29 this year). The current chairman of 45 years (WOW!) needs help growing the next chapter of community leaders. Please click here for more information. Thank you, Mike, Carol, Kathy and all the others for your years of dedicated service.
- The Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans for businesses severely impacted by the winter storms. The application filing deadline for physical damage is March 16 and for economic injury is October 16, 2023. More information is here.
- Our local Trauma & Grief Support Program (TAGS) continues to look for volunteers for this very difficult role, helping survivors with unexpected loss. More information is here or if interested in learning more, please contact Sgt Hermosillo at email@example.com /530-795-2261. Training and a background clearance are required.
Upcoming Council Meeting
The next meeting is February 7.
Please note, commission meetings will be in person beginning in March. Meetings will be held in the large conference room, Abbey Street entrance. The Planning Commission will still be hybrid (Zoom and in-person) in the Council Chamber.
Yolo County recently released this chart documenting COVID related deaths through various waves of infection in Yolo County. It’s a tragic reminder that COVID is remains with us as it continues to mutate.
It’s important to remember that people have individual health needs and risks, and determine for themselves and their families whether to mask, vaccinate, and get boosted. While public health officials continue to recommend these measures to maximize community protection, these are now mostly personal choices (depending on employment). Please respect them.
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our new Fire Chief Jack Snyder on February 6. Chief Snyder and his family are returning home after his service as Fire Chief in Elko, NV. He was hired in Elko as Deputy Chief in 2017 and promoted to Chief in 2021. Previously the Chief worked for the City of Vacaville from 2012 to 2017. Chief Snyder is also reserve Fire Chief with the Utah National Guard and a Fire Technology Instructor. He served in the US Air Force as a firefighter, rising to the rank of Battalion Chief. Chief Snyder has two associates, a bachelors and a masters in Fire Science and emergency management. He is highly credentialed and committed to community service. He and his family have strong ties in the area, and we are all eager for him to settle in, as are they. Please join me in welcoming Jack Snyder to Winters!