City Manager’s Update (pdf)
November 18, 2022
Greetings, all. We have a new basketball league! Please check out the information below.
And we have holiday weekend updates below. Please monitor social media, the Winter Express, Friday Updates and www.winterstractorparade.com for more information about December 2nd and 3rd activities, and please click on the website tabs for more detailed information about entertainment, parade participants, etc.
This year we have added more activities to the holiday weekend to help fund event costs and to encourage visitors to come earlier and stay later in order to help manage traffic in and out of the city. We’ve also hired a coordinator since the event has grown beyond the ability of volunteers and staff to coordinate on our own. Steven Restivo of Bay Area Pop Up Events and his team have taken the lead. Please see information at the bottom of the Update for more detailed route maps, and street closure times. Click here for entertainment information. Notices will be delivered to businesses and residences along street closures on November 30. Check your front doors, please.
Don’t Miss Out!
- The City has started a new youth basketball league program, partnering with the National Academy of Athletics. Registration is open here for the season that begins January 21. Scholarships are also available for qualifying families. This is a new partnership. If this winter’s season is a success, we can continue to build upon youth sports opportunities. The City’s landing page will be updated shortly with league information.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND TREE LIGHTING
New this year is a holiday marketplace in Rotary Park (2 – 9 p.m.) with different activities, music, and holiday gifts. The downtown businesses are also coordinating a hot coco crawl and elf hunt (4 - 7 p.m.) AND we will have bouncy houses and a petting zoo on the 100 Block of Main Street. Caroling at the gazebo with middle and high school students is scheduled from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. The tree lighting is 6 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa until 9 p.m.
Main Street will be closed from 12 noon from the Rotary Park Driveway to Second Street until 10 p.m. HOWEVER, the Railroad & Main Street intersection will be closed beginning at 3:30 p.m. and reopen as soon as it is safe for pedestrians to cross safety unassisted.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD TRACTOR PARADE
Saturday will be busy with lots of options! The Winters Friends of the Library have returned with their Family Holiday Festival at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The holiday marketplace in Rotary Park resumes at 10 a.m. Children’s activities (jump houses and petting zoo) open at 2 p.m. at City Park.
Street closures will begin at noon in the downtown core and radiate out to accommodate tractor staging and pedestrian traffic. Food trucks, vendors and portapotties will be located along side streets to help serve parade watchers along the entire route from Haven to Morgan.
Property owners along Main Street: Please do not tape off the street in front of your property for your exclusive use. Everyone is welcome to set out chairs to reserve a spot along the public street. Please do not block sidewalks.
Main Street Pergolas: The City is renting pergolas on Main Street to help fund event costs. If you are interested in having your name entered into a drawing to rent a pergola for $1,500, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on November 23. Renters will likely need to bring tables and chairs for their use since the furniture in most of the pergolas are owned and maintained by adjacent businesses.
- Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, November 30, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Community Center (Rotary Park) to learn more about the potential development of 183 acres north of Moody Slough / primarily west of Road 89 inside the City Limits. Informally dubbed the Winters-183 project, the property owner’s representatives and city staff will present information and answer questions. The property location is bookmarked here and is at the end of the update.
- It’s leaf season. Just a friendly request to dispose of leaves in green waste cans first before putting them in piles in the street. It is taking the drivers longer to collect from the street than in the cans and sometimes they can’t complete the route in one day. Thank you.
- AT&T will start work in Newt’s Expressway next Monday & Tuesday; portions of the alley will be blocked over the two days. This first stage includes minor trenching to make connections to aerial facilities at either end of the alley.
- The large dirt pile at the Meritage location next to Taylor Street will be removed and transported to a city-owned sports park site north of Moody Slough beginning on Monday. The Meritage contractor will spread the dirt and grade out the existing mound to facilitate future development of this site. The site has been identified as a future sports park, albeit without adequate funding for development at this time.
- We’re looking for commissioners! 2 seats on Senior Commission and 1 for Planning Commission. The senior commission is helping to prepare for the senior center and coordinate services and activities for the 55+ age group, and the Planning Commission supports the City Council in land use planning and permitting. Joining a commission is a great way to get involved and learn more about local governance and community service. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
- Home builders have been given permission to work on Friday, November 25. They are pushing hard. On a related note, Meritage is opening their sales office tomorrow with a grand opening from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Info here. Location: corner of Valley Oak & Niemann.
Council Meetings & Election Update
The next meeting is December 6, which will include business items. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 13 to thank Wade Cowan, Pierre Neu and Harold Anderson for their years of service on the City Council and congratulations to three new councilmembers who will be seated that night. December 13 will be primarily ceremonial as part of the council reorganization. The new council will select their mayor and mayor pro tem. Cake and punch will follow the council meeting, so come on by to congratulate everyone. The December 20 meeting has been cancelled. Happy Holidays, all!
The election results are still not final. Please click here for updates from the Yolo County Elections Office. As of Tuesday evening, there were still 15,729 ballots left to process. The next posted election update will be Friday at 4:30 p.m. This reminds me of the old Heinz ketchup ads “anticipation.”
WINTERS 183 PROJECT LOCATION IN RED BOX BELOW