City Manager’s Update (pdf)
April 15, 2022
Greetings, all. May 5th is the Big Day of Giving through the Sacramento Community Foundation. In its tenth year, this event garners some of the most significant support our local non-profits receive. And there are so many worthy causes that cross any number of different interests and passions. Please click here for more information and consider supporting a registered, community-based organization that helps make Winters so special.
- Yolo Food Bank needs volunteers. To register for a local or regional event, please visit https://yolofoodbank.org/volunteer/. The Yolo Food Bank delivers nearly 12 million pounds of free, fresh food peryear, including at Winters High School distribution events, which supports approximately 170 local families a year.
- UC Davis is conducting a survey of Latina, Latino, and Latinx college bound and college age students. They want to better understand how students are making decisions about attending community college. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win Solano Community College sweatshirts and t-shirts, four $25 gift cards, and two $50 gift cards. The 15- minute survey is available here. For more information, please contact Dr. Marcela Cuellar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Miss Out!
- On Saturday, April 16, Winters Friends of the Library will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winters Library Teaching Garden, 708 Railroad Avenue. More information is available here via a Winters Express article. Visit the pollinator garden, buy some plants, and check out a book! Cash or check only for the plant sale please.
- The Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, will offer free compost to all Yolo County residents from April 1 – 30, excluding landscapers. No appointment is needed; however, proof of residency with a driver's license or utility bill is required. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, from 6:30 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 8 am – 4 pm. Please bring a shovel and bags to load the compost yourself because loading equipment is not allowed. Customers needing a large quantity of compost may inquire about purchasing compost after this free event ends or by checking it with front office staff.
- The Winters Theatre Company is celebrating Spring with a live Pop Up of five short lighthearted plays by new playwrights. Live musical interludes by the Yolo Ramblers will fill out the program. The event is Saturday, April 23 at 8pm at the historic 1886 Winters Opera House in Downtown Winters. What a great opportunity to get upstairs if you haven’t been before. Reserved tickets can be purchased at winterstheatre.org. Limited tickets will be available at the door on a first come first basis. All seats will be $12. Call 530-795-4014 for more information.
- Saturday, May 7, is the annual Garage Sale of the Rich and Famous. Over 80 homes will participate. The majority of activity will be located in City Park. To reserve a free spot for your treasures, please call Bruce at (530) 795-4919. Come early; the event is generally over by noon.
Did You Know?
- UC Davis with Healthy Yolo Together has been monitoring COVID in wastewater at several wastewater treatment facilities, including Winters’. The graph below was recently shared showing levels of COVID in sewage, which coincides with the surge of infections we experienced last winter. Healthy Yolo Together has now expanded to include the Central Valley. More information about the expanding partnership is available at https://healthycvtogether.org/.
Upcoming Council Meeting – April 19, 2022
We have a very full packet for Tuesday night, which is available here. The consent calendar includes appointing Karen Conerly to the Senior Commission on Aging, an update to the Senior Center naming opportunities, and the street closure request for the Youth Day Parade. Discussion items include reallocating grant funds for an emergency generator at the Community Center and general discussion about long term use of the Center, the Final Map for Walnut 10, affordable housing plan for the LDS subdivision, a military equipment use policy for the Police Department, and a general discussion regarding sports watering ballot initiatives. There will also be two presentations regarding regional and local groundwater usage as part of the background information for a staff recommendation to update the 2007 Water Master Plan, develop a drought contingency plan and compile condition assessment information for the water production and distribution system.
The meeting will be held via Zoom. The link is in the agenda packet. The upgrade to the Council Chamber A/V system is making good progress. New cameras have been installed, the wiring and connections simplified, and the noisy server for the streaming service is now nicely and quietly enclosed. We have a few more items on order and hope to test the hybrid platform in May.
We want make sure the town is looking spruced up for spring. Please report graffiti on public property or utility boxes to Public Works at (530) 795-4291 and leave a message with the date and specific location of the graffiti. For private property, we appreciate it if owners would please remove graffiti within 48 hours. Many thanks.
Happy weekend. Happy Easter.