City Manager’s Update (full doc/pdf)
March 10, 2023
Greetings, all. We have another round of storms ahead of us with a strong potential for flooding downstream of the Sierra Nevada. Flooding is NOT supposed to be like the floods of 1997. For those of you who weren’t here then, like me, click here. Rain begins again tomorrow… click here for the forecast. Flood watch through Sunday morning in the Sacramento Valley.
Don’t Miss Out!
- The last Open Mic night at the Opera House is March 16 beginning at 6 p.m. Wear your green for St Patty’s Day. Beginning in April, Open Mic Night will occur on Saturday nights on Main Street in the closure area. For more information, please visit https://wintersopenmic.org/.
- The Winters Senior Foundation speaker’s series is back! On Thursday, March 23, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Community Center, topics include “Matter of Balance / Fall Prevention,” and “Lift Strong and Safe.” The session is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
- Youth Day is selling ducks! Buy bulk ~ become a sponsor ~ increase your chances of winning one of the jackpots. Click here for more information. The Duck Derby is Friday, April 28, at the trestle bridge. Saturday festivities kick off with a Rotary pancake breakfast at the Community Center and then the parade, the best hometown collection of cars, floats, walkers, and kids.
- It’s Women’s History Month, and Yolo County Library’s exhibit “Herstory 1 & 2: The Legal History of Chinese American Women,” is available at County libraries through May. The curator Dr. Chiu Chang will discuss her books and the exhibit at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the Davis Branch Library. For more information, visit yolocountylibrary.org. The event is free.
- Related to Women’s History Month, Winters’ residents Gloria Lopez and Corinne Martinez will share stories and recipes from the book “American Paella,” on Saturday, March 18 beginning at 11 a.m. in Woodland. Tickets are $20. More information is here.
- March 25, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Senior Commissioner Mark Rowan is coordinating a litter clean up event as part of the CalTrans’ Adopt a Highway program and his volunteer effort Beautiful! Winters. Supplies are provided; bring gloves; you must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Volunteers should be agile, enthusiastic, and able to carry a garbage bag with trash. Please join Mark at 9 a.m. in the Lorenzo’s parking lot. 18 years and older please; no minors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to rsvp.
- The Yolo County Community Services Action Board is seeking input on how to better address the needs of low-income individuals and families that reside in Yolo County. The feedback provided will help establish service priorities for the 2024-25 Community Services Block Grant funding cycle. Examples of currently funded services include emergency food and shelter, housing, and homeless prevention. To provide input on service priorities, Yolo County residents are invited to participate in following survey: English survey is linked; or Spanish is here.
- The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has notified the City that it may spray larvicide and / or adulticide applications to waters of the US. To sign up for spray alerts, please visit fightthebite.net.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Yolo County is looking for a board member to represent the Winters area. For more information on this wonderfully supportive organization, please visit namiyolo.org and the board recruitment packet here. NAMI advocates, supports, educates, and increases public awareness related to mental illness, helping individuals and families build better lives.
- Yolo County is offering FREE compost at the central landfill March 1 – April 30. Residents need to show proof of residency and bring their own bags and shovels. More information is here.
- The Yolo-Solano Air Quality District is sponsoring an art contest for school aged children (K-12) in support of the 2023 Clean Air Contest. Submissions are due March 31st, and should illustrate on of the four themes for this year related to Walking & Biking to School, Turn the Key and Be Idle Free, Spare the Air – Leave your Car at Home, and Clean Air is Important to Me Because…More information is here.
Public Health Information
Winters participates in wastewater testing for communicable diseases. The below table shows recent changes in disease levels in regional wastewater. For those data geeks our there…
Upcoming Council Meeting
The next Council meeting is March 21st, 6:30 p.m. in the Chamber. Zoom is offered as a convenience to the public.
The City Council is also meeting on March 22nd for goal setting, which will have identify priorities, near and long term for the City. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the large conference room at City Hall, Abbey Street entrance.
Our Public Works employees are out rain or shine, even when many of us get to stay warm and dry inside. Our crews were out recently in the pouring rain jetting sewer lines because they had rented the equipment and needed to get the work done. A hearty thank you to these employees who work hard every day maintaining our utility systems, picking up trash, mowing lawns, fixing irrigation, digging trenches, saving puppies from storm drain pipes and fishing keys, phones, rings and all sorts of things from places many of us don’t want to stick our hands. Thank you, Public Works!