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Downtown Visioning

Downtown Vision and Policy Plan 
City of Winters

Downtown is the heart of the Winters and is a deeply important place for community members to socialize, do business, and reside. Attractive public spaces improve the quality of life for residents and help support local businesses. The City of Winters is identifying ways to create more vibrant spaces and improve access to and around Downtown. The project will result in a Vision and Policy Plan to make real improvements to the day-to-day lives of the people who work, live, and play in the City.

Project Objectives:

  1. Understand the existing conditions and community perceptions of Downtown Winters.
  2. Develop strategies to make existing assets serve the community and create vibrant spaces for gathering and outdoor dining.
  3. Collaborate with residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to imagine ways of improving access, wayfinding, and walkability.

Get Involved:

This project will develop a community vision and policies for Downtown Winters, shaping the use of existing infrastructure, including outdoor dining areas, gathering places, parking, and alley spaces. Everyone living in, working in, and visiting Downtown Winters is a key partner, and there will be several opportunities to get involved and help shape the final recommendations.

Share your feedback and influence our work by taking our community survey, see below!

So far, we’ve completed:

  • Downtown Business/Property Owner Meeting
  • Downtown Business/Property Owner Survey
  • Fourth Friday Table & Outreach (September 23, 2022)

Project Schedule:

Summer 2022: Assessment of Existing Conditions

Summer-Fall 2022:  Collaboration with the Community to Create Recommendations

Winter 2022/23: Community survey and stakeholder meetings

Early Winter 2023: Finalization of Downtown Vision and Policy Plan

Remaining Process:

Stakeholder meeting – January 2023
Community Workshop – January/February 2023
Final presentation of Downtown Vision and Policy Plan – March 2023

 

 

 


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01/06/2023 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 6, 2023

Greetings, all, and welcome to 2023! From all of us at the City of Winters, we wish you a healthy, happy and joyous New Year. And it’s starting off to a be a wet one.

So far the town has handled the weather relatively well aside from the usual Road 89 ditch overflowing, ponding in low spots, and plugged drains due to leaves and debris. The soil is so saturated, please help monitor trees closely for signs of uplift, unusual leaning, etc. We did have one tree topple during the New Year’s storm and the news is certainly showing plenty of flooding, downed trees and lines, and other sorts of damage. Three more atmospheric bomb storms are headed are way so during the break, unplug drains and gutters before the next wave hits beginning tomorrow…Forecast is here. Thank you, PG&E, for hardening our utility service!

To report safety concerns on public property or in the right of way:
• For non-emergency items (no immediate threat), please call City Hall at 530-795-4910.
• For critical items that need to be addressed in a timely fashion, during business hours, please call City Hall. After 5 p.m. please call dispatch at 530-795-4561.
• For emergencies (immediate threat to life or property), call 911.

As a reminder, City Hall is open Monday – Thursday and every other Friday. We are closed today as a point of reference. The 2023 schedule will be posted shortly on the City’s website.

Sand bags are available outside the Public Works Corp yard at the north end of East Street, next to the Yolo Federal Credit Union.

Don’t Miss Out!
◊ The Winters Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Toast of Winters! Annual awards include Citizen of the Year, Chamber Business of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, and a recipient for the Theodore Winters Award. For more information or to nominate someone, please contact the Chamber directly by emailing director@winterschamberofcommerce.com or calling 530-795-2329. The deadline is this weekend so don’t hesitate to contact the Chamber.
◊ The City issued a community survey last month to gather input on downtown visioning related to trash management, outdoor dining and gathering spaces, the community center, and parking. We’ve received over 130 responses. The survey closes Sunday night so please complete a survey if you haven’t already. More information is here. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
◊ The Yolo Fire Safe Council has launched its own website at www.yolofiresafe.org. The draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) has been posted here. The Council welcomes public comments on the draft by Monday, January 9.
◊ The Winters History Museum has a new exhibit, “The Wide World of Winters Sports,” showcasing local phenom athletes. The Museum is a treasure, and is open Thursday – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 13 Russell Street. It’s well worth a visit.
◊ CalFire has recently updated its Fire Hazard Severity Maps and has scheduled 57 public hearings throughout the state. The current revision to the maps is only for unincorporated, rural areas, which are referred to State Responsibility Areas or SRAs. More information is at Fire Hazard Severity Zones (ca.gov). CalFire is accepting public comment on the proposed revisions through February 3rd. The public hearing in Solano County is January 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Solano County Event Center, 601 Texas Street in Fairfield. Local Contact Person: Marshall Turbeville (707) 877-1770 marshall.turbeville@fire.ca.gov. Updates to the hazard maps for incorporated areas will be released later this year.

Please Note:
◊ Monday’s Climate Action Commission has been cancelled due to a lack of quorum. Two seats are vacant on this commission so if you have an interest in climate change, please contact cityclerk@cityofwinters.org for more information and an application.
◊ Monday’s special meeting of the Natural Resources Commission meeting has also been cancelled and rescheduled to January 23rd.
◊ The City also has vacancies on the Planning Commission and Senior Commission on Aging. If you have an interest, please let us know and watch for more information. Recruitments will be posted soon.
◊ Yolo County has appointed a new County Librarian. Diana Lopez hails from the City of Richmond where she is currently the Deputy Director of Community Services for the Library. She has 20 years’ experience serving diverse populations and is a highly skilled librarian. She begins on January 30. Welcome, Diana, to Yolo County!
◊ Three Oaks Park has finally entered its 90-day maintenance period, beginning mid-December. If all goes well, we anticipate opening the park to the public mid-March. The developer has also provided a $10,000 deposit to fund the replacement of any newly planted trees through June 30. During the maintenance period, the developer’s contractor is responsible for maintaining the park in a satisfactory condition. Provided it meets standards, it will be turned over to the City in March.

Upcoming Council Meeting – January 10, In Person Only
The next regular Council meeting is January 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is in-person only while we address software interface issues with our hybrid platform. The packet has been posted here. The consent calendar includes appointing Mark Rowan to the Senior Commission on Aging; Rich Marovich, Melanie Ellison, and Eric Jepsen to the Natural Resources Commission; and a proclamation recognizing our sister city Almogía, Spain. Discussion items include a rate increase by Waste Management to pass through an 8.44% increase in County tipping fees at the central landfill, and councilmember appointments to various local and regional committees, commissions, and boards.


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09/16/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 16, 2022

Greetings, all. There are a lot of upcoming events! Please see below…

Don’t Miss Out! Special Event Alert

  • 9/18 – Porch Fest is this Sunday, from 12 – 6 p.m. primarily at City Park and on Main Street, although don’t miss the porch at Third & Russell! Food trucks and lots of music.
  • Carnitas Festival logo9/24 is the return of the Carnitas Festival. Get ready for carnitas and a celebration of Hispanic heritage! Advance tickets for carnitas are available here. The event is 4:30 – 10:30 p.m.
  • 10/7 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. is the high school pep rally (subject to the street closure request being approved by Council at Tuesday’s 9/20 meeting). Main Street will be closed at Railroad beginning at 10 a.m. The intersection of Main & First will be closed with traffic detouring through the alleys during the rally.
  • 10/12 Winters is hosting the high school track meet from PG&E Way along the nature park trail. Watch out for runners, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Rotary Park will be busy beginning at 2:30 p.m.
  • 10/14 the Rotary Club’s Food & Wine Gala returns at Hotel Winters. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at Ace Hardware, First Northern Bank or from any Rotarian. Proceeds support Rotary’s community programs.
  • 10/30 is the return of the Spooktackular 10k/5k/Fun Run. Open to all runners and walkers, the 5k/10k route begins at Rotary Park, loops around Main & Abbey Streets west of Railroad and then through the neighborhoods east of Railroad. The intersection of Railroad & Main will be closed for about 30 minutes as the race starts to allow runners to clear the intersection (beginning at 8 a.m.). Please note: the race course will be noticed as no parking on the shoulder to allow space for runners. Signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. The 1 mile monster dash begins at 10 a.m. along the Putah Creek trail. Please sign up at the link above. Proceeds support the High School Cross Country & Track team. There should be plenty of great costumes!
  • The Salmon Festival is back! 11/5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Rotary Park. Booths, vendors and food trucks will be on site. Activities for youth. Start watching from the trestle bridge for the salmon!
  • The Winters Volunteer Firefighters are also bringing back their famous shrimp feed on 11/5 for dinner. Mark your calendars and watch for updates!

 

Seniors on the Move!

  • Introducing a new section to share senior related activities and programs, offered by the Winters Senior Commission (WSC) and the Senior Foundation (SF).
    - Every Wednesday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Yoga. St. Anthony’s, follow the signs. (SF)
    - Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. – NEW! A walking group will meet at the Community Center parking lot doors. Distance and route TBD based on participants. (WSC)
    - Every Thursday 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Socialization & Game Day. St. Anthony’s, follow the signs. (SF)Please Note:
  • Businesses: if you have not yet ordered your organics or green waste recycling bin, or filed for an exemption at City Hall, please expect a letter from Waste Management. The City is required under SB1383 to enforce organics recycling so you will need to either schedule service or obtain an exemption. For more information, please contact Waste Management at (530) 406-4330.
  • Walker Consultants is helping with the Downtown Visioning project. A landing page has been created here and will be updated regularly. The consultants will be at Fourth Friday on September 23rd to solicit input from residents and visitors, and a community survey will be linked to the landing page soon. Downtown businesses – watch for an email about a business workshop on September 23rd and business survey. A community workshop is scheduled for later in the fall, stay tuned.
  • City of WintersThe City of Winters is actively recruiting for a senior accountant, fire chief, community center attendants and after school instructional aides. If you’re interested, please click here and join a great team of dedicated, fun-loving employees who believe in community service and good governance.
  • As we approach Veteran’s Day, the exhibit, “Honoring the Dead of WWI: A Photographic Exhibition Commemorating the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Yolo County Fallen,” opens October 7 through November 29 at Gallery 625, Erwin Meier Building, 625 Court Street. Curated by Yolo Arts, guided tours are available, no reservations required.
  • A Design Review Committee meeting to discuss the latest site plan for the Farmstead project is being scheduled for October 7 during business hours. Time will be confirmed next week. This meeting will be open to the public given the scale of the project and community interest. This meeting is for senior staff, the applicant and designated representatives from Council and the Planning Commission to discuss the latest proposed site plan for the project. The public will have an opportunity to provide comment. This is a high level look at the project. Once the proposed site plan is sufficiently confirmed, then additional engineering and environmental work can proceed, which may and often does result in modifications for a final site plan. The meeting will be in person in the large conference room at City Hall, Abbey Street entrance.

Upcoming Council Meeting – September 20
This meeting has items from September 6 as well. It is a full agenda. The packet will be available on the City’s landing page here. Items of interest include (but not all) Main Street closure requests for the pep rally and Carnitas Festival, appointing Karen Croley to the Senior Commission, the purchase of a Fire command vehicle and $50,000 grant to support PD’s impaired driving enforcement efforts, an easement to extend Valley Oak Drive into Winters Highland, amending the Winters Highland Development Agreement, rejecting the bid for the emergency generator at the Community Center, and modifying the underground utility district for Newt’s Expressway to maintain overhead wires on First Street.

Also, please note that on Monday evening, September 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Natural Resources Commission will hear a report about replacing the temporary 2” gas line on the trestle bridge with a permanent 4” line. The packet will be posted here. The meeting will be remote.

COVID-19

  • Free test kits are available in the vending machine next to City Hall’s side employee entrance. The County stocks the machine and has noticed low usage so we’re trying to get the word out.
  • Bivalent boosters that target the original COVID strain and Omicron variants are now available from Moderna and Pfizer at pharmacies, public clinics and through health care providers, including Winters Health Care which serves anyone at no cost to the patient. More information is here.

A Moment of Reflection…
I’ve thought about whether to share this or not and am taking the leap into the more personal….I don’t know how other people feel, but 2022 came in hard with Omicron, and the challenges have just kept coming. This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for the City team with more staffing transitions, COVID disruptions, supply delays, and whatever else has bombarded the community in general. We want to be out of the pandemic, but we’re still struggling with its impacts. There are a lot of balls in the air, projects in various stages, events and reservations to process, fires to fight and bad folks to chase; no shortage of things to get done, not all of which can be done at the same time. The pool heater and deck operations have been the bane of our existence this season, and it is likely the pool will close early as a result…We’re getting quotes for a new heater and assessing whether more band-aid repairs are worth it. Stay tuned.

I want to recognize the City team for their hard work and perseverance. Please thank our staff as you see them out and about. A kind word and moment of appreciation means a great deal, especially to those who choose to serve others, whether it’s at the City or your favorite restaurant. A relatively new resident called on Tuesday to say he had lost his house in Paradise and then again in Napa due to wildfires. He rents here in Winters and shared how much he appreciates this community and the City for our collective efforts to serve others. I took a moment to think about life from his perspective and reset my expectations on what is positive and not so much. His small gesture was the highlight of the day for several of us.

I would also like to give us here at the City some space and grace to catch our breaths and prioritize what is most important for ourselves, the organization and the community. We apologize for any delays in service or work in progress, and thank you for your understanding and patience.


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07/15/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
July 15, 2022

Greetings, all.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Tis the season for Shakespeare! Winters Friends of the Library is back with The Tempest in City Park. Free Performances are Friday and Saturday (7/15 & 7/16) at 8 p.m. at the corner of 4th & Main. The stage is none other than the most impressive wooden play structure in California. Bring your chairs and snackies, and watch youth ages 13-19 launch their acting careers.
  • Mark your calendars for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, offered by the Winters Theater Company. Four performances are scheduled in August (5,6, 12, 13) at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center. Tickets are $10; children under 12 are free.
  • The Alberino Wine Stroll is August 6th. For more happenings, visit Discover Winters and your favorite local destinations for food, fun, and sun.
  • Please note! PG&E will turn off power along Newt’s Expressway next Tuesday, 7/19 at 9 p.m. until 5 p.m. as part of the undergrounding project. PG&E will be done with their work around August 4. AT&T willPG&Ethen follow. The poles cannot be removed until AT&T completes their work and Wave removes their lines from the poles. Then AT&T will remove the poles.
  • Election season opens on Monday. If anyone is interested in running for City Council, a candidate must be a resident of incorporated Winters, 18 years of age, and a registered voter residing within the City limits at the time nomination papers are pulled. Candidates will need to schedule an appointment to obtain nomination papers by emailing cityclerk@cityofwinters.org. The nomination period closes August 12th. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information by calling 530-794-6702 or via email at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org. For detailed information about running for elective office, and to view information regarding candidates, please visit the Winters Election page at  https://www.cityofwinters.org/elections/

Please Note:

  • Natural Resources Commission meeting on Monday, July 18, is cancelled due to lack of quorum.
  • The WJUSD is offering counseling for anyone in the community needing support following recent youth tragedies. Marcella Heredia will be at the High School on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. if anyone would like to talk. In addition, the School District continues to work with RISE to offer services to those in need. Please contact Alejandra Flores at (530) 797-4110 or via email at aflores@riseinc.org. Mental health is serious and there are services for those in crisis. For you, a friend or anyone who needs immediate assistance, please call 911. In addition, Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential coordination platform provide by the School District. To access services, please call 888-515-0595 24/7 in any language.
  • Homes By Towne continues to work on Three Oaks Park to address landscape, tree, and irrigation issues. The 90-day maintenance period cannot begin until the park meets installation standards. While it looks much better from the street, and progress has been made, there are still items to be addressed. Thank you for your patience.
  • In other development related news, work continues on Walnut 10 and in Winters Highland. Construction is still strong on the residential side; Fairfield Inn is making progress although there is no firm opening date; the owner hopes this fall. The proposed Grocery Outlet at the southeast corner of E. Main and Grant is still in the concept development process to address traffic circulation impacts with SR-128, which is Caltrans controlled. The Farmstead project is likewise going through site plan concept review. Staff continues to work on obtaining the rights to the Senior Center plans. We are reviewing a development proposal from NeighborWorks regarding the self-help housing project on Taylor in Winters Highland that is back in the hopper with a new non-profit team. We anticipate bringing an item to Council in August to discuss terms. Related to major planning efforts, we have kicked off the update to the Water Master Plan, which includes drought contingency planning, as well as the Downtown Visioning project. Consultants are getting up to speed. When we’re ready to engage in public input, we will share when and how.

Upcoming Council Meeting – July 19

The agenda packet for next Tuesday’s Council meeting is available here. Items include three new job classifications and salaries, a new transitional kindergarten after school program along with a recommended budget adjustment, the Final Map for Stone’s Throw in Winters Highland, introduction of a new grading ordinance, an update from the Downtown Business Association regarding the seasonal Main Street closure schedule, an update on the Grand Prince Odeum, and two public hearings for liens associated with delinquent utility and Waste Management account.

Woot Woot!

Kudos to the students and artists involved with the Winters Participation Gallery for their work on the mural at the post office. I must not turn into downtown from Railroad very often because I just noticed how much they had painted today.  These murals enliven the town, promote its history, and encourage youth to engage in art. A village that paints together, stays together. 😊


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06/03/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 

June 3, 2022

Happy Pride Month, everyone. Celebrating our diversity and inclusivity in one great community.

COVID-19

  • Public health officials recommend masking, vaxing, boosting, and testing. COVID continues to surge around us. If you are sick, please stay home and test to make sure you don’t inadvertently spread the virus. The labor shortage is extremely difficult for everyone, and quarantining for COVID is contributing to staffing challenges.
  • The OptumServe site at 2780 E. Gibson Road, next to the Juvenile Detention Center, offers rapid testing, a health screening if positive, and anti-viral medication if medically necessary. More information about testing and vaccinations is available here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Music in the Park has started early this year! The Downtown Business Association is underwriting three months of music every Thursday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic, your blanket and chairs, and let the kids dance their hearts out. It doesn’t get much better than Rotary Park on a Thursday night with your neighbors and friends.
  • The Fireworks Show is coming together for July 3rd at the football field, beginning around 9:15 p.m. This year we will have more vendors and food trucks for another family-friendly event. Please no alcohol on school grounds. Donation inserts have been included in June’s utility billing to help contribute to the $20,000 overall program cost. Approximately $4,300 remain in the fund from last year.

Please Note:

Please do not use illegal fireworks. Doing so may result in a $1,000 fine. The Safe & Sane fireworks booth is being managed by Little League this year (thank you!), splitting the proceeds with the Winters aquatic program. Please visit the booth for your sparkler needs and keep it Safe & Sane this year. Your neighbors and pets will appreciate it!

  • Downtown parking enforcement will begin shortly to enforce timed parking as downtown activities are ramping up. Please be aware of two-hour parkingdollar iconlimits. Employees should park in the Railroad lots. Even better if you can walk or ride your bike to work! Please note, an additional ADA parking stall will be returned to the Community Center lot adjacent to the door and crosswalk across Railroad.
  • Graffiti in the alleys seems to be picking up. Please remove / paint over the graffiti as quickly as possible to not encourage more tagging. Crossing out tags is never a good sign – it’s like dogs lifting their legs marking turf. Taggers will lose incentive if their marks are consistently and quickly painted over.
  • The Downtown Visioning project is kicking off at the staff level with the consultants. The team will need some time to evaluate previous planning and parking studies. Stay tuned as community and business engagement meetings are developed to receive input. To be included in the distribution list for project information, please email clerk@cityofwinters.org.
  • As many are aware, the City will need to obtain the rights to the senior center plans. Staff recently received information regarding prior commitments to pay Domus, the original developer, for ongoing services to design the facility. That final cost is approximately $136,000 as audited by the City’s grant administrator. The legal team is preparing an agreement to pay for these services in exchange for the rights to the plans so that the construction process can proceed. That agreement will go before the City Council. Staff is also working to secure the services of the original architect to assist with finalizing plans and supporting the construction process.
  • The dreaded pool heater is still not working. The new control panel (covered by warranty) is inbound. However, the pool temperatures are still hovering around 75 degrees in the morning; therefore, the start of swim lessons has been pushed back to June 13. Partial refunds will be processed. Swim team is still on schedule and will begin next week. SASO operates both our swim team and swim lesson The SASO coordinator is communicating directly with registered participants. Links are on the City’s landing page and highlighted above.
  • The annual water quality report will be in June’s utility billing.

Upcoming Council Meeting – June 7

This meeting is available via Zoom or in-person in the Council Chambers, Abbey Street entrance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Staff will present the FY 2022-23 operating budget and a new Capital Improvement Program for FY 22-27. Other items include the Engineer’s Report for the city-wide maintenance district, the appointment of Cathy Mathews as City Treasurer, a general services agreement to replace the HVAC system at the Community Center, and the final adoption of the speed limits on W. Main and Niemann. There is also a public hearing to correct several Planning Fees. The packet is posted here.

Woot Woot!

The Big Day of Giving raised $13.4 million for 718 local non-profits in the Sacramento Region. Most donations were between $15 - $50, showing that even small contributions can make a big difference. Thank you, all, who contribute financially, with time, and in-kind to all of the service organizations and causes around town. Together we all help make the village.


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04/29/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
April 29, 2022

duck derby

Greetings, all. It’s Youth Day Weekend! See you at the Trestle Bridge tonight at 6:00 p.m. to see which ducks floated the fastest! You can still buy ducks up to 5 p.m.

winters youth day

And don’t forget breakfast at the Community Center, sponsored by Rotary and the volunteer fire fighters. Proceeds go to their favorite charitable activities supporting local youth and families. The celebration schedule is here.

COVID-19

  • Our least favorite topic, COVID. A new sub-variant is on the rise, most notably at UC Davis, although it is expected to spread exponentially given its high transmissibility. The WJUSD is still offering community COVID testing in the District Office parking lot; info here. New users of this service, please register here to save some time at the site.

Please Note:

  • The utility undergrounding project for Newt’s Expressway is set to begin! Potholing will start next week, followed by construction a week or two later. Staff has coordinated an in-person meeting for adjacent business and property owners with the contractor and utility representatives for Tuesday, May 3rd, at 1 p.m. in the Abbey Street Conference Room. Work hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The undergrounding construction is expected to last through July. For questions or concerns related to construction activity, please contact Alex Sands of West Valley Construction, (925) 542-0648. The joint utility trench will include PG&E and AT&T. Any Wave accounts will need to be transferred to a new provider as Wave elected to not participate in the project, so that service will cease when AT&T removes the poles.
  • The drilling for Well #8 is going well. The sound walls have been very effective. Overnight work should finish up quickly. As of Wednesday, the borehole was at 275’.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The half court at Blue Oak Park is ready for play time!
  • The pool is opening on Monday for lap swim! The heater still needs a part; however, with the cover on overnight, temperatures are hovering around 78 degrees. All passes will be available. More information is here.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 3rd via Zoom

The agenda packet is linked here. Items include the 2nd reading for a mandated Miliary Equipment Use Policy (we have none), a presentation by the Mosquito & Vector Control District; award of contract for the Downtown Visioning Project and a proposed ordinance related to social host liability and administrative citations for the use of illegal fireworks.

We will also be testing new equipment for a hybrid participation platform; if all goes well we expect to allow in-person participation at public meetings in the very near future.

Woot Woot!

A round of applause for all those volunteers out there helping to make this weekend’s Youth Day celebrations a smashing success.


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03/18/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager's Update (pdf)
03/18/2022

Greetings, all. Have a lovely weekend out there. Fingers crossed we get enough steady rain for a good soaking…

Please Note:

  • As the weather warms, the Sacramento Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reminds residents that mosquito breeding season will begin soon. Please make sure to not leave standing water around in old pots, tires, or other containers. Visit fightthebite.net to request a mosquito inspection or sign up for spray notifications. SYMVCD staff will present its annual update to Council on May 3rd.

winters youth day

Youth Day needs volunteers! https://www.wintersyouthday.com/ Please help this wonderful community tradition come alive again for 2022 ~ Saturday, April 30. Rotary and the Fire Department volunteers will kick off the day with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade down Main Street that I understand is one of the best, and a day of activities in City Park. The duck race on Putah Creek is Friday. Stay tuned for more details on how to buy a duck, which helps fund the event and scholarships for local youth.

  • The Natural Resources Commission will receive a presentation from the City’s water consultants at its Monday evening meeting related to the City’s historic water consumption and the Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan. The Commission will also consider a staff-initiated project to update the 2007 Water Master Plan. The packet is available here.

Green River Tap Room is completing its new stage, which is oriented away from downtown Winters. The stage should be ready in the next couple weeks. The goal is to reduce the outside amplified noise levels from coming across the creek into town. While some sound will still be heard, fingers crossed this investment will produce a noticeable reduction in sound. To provide feedback to the owner, please email jn@oldgreenriver.com.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • We have increased the starting part-time salaries for the summer aquatic program and for our after school and summer camp programs. New staff will start at $18 per hour! The aquatic staff are seasonal and must be lifeguard certified. The City will pay for new lifeguard certification; training is scheduled for the week of March 28. Instructional aides work year-round up to 20 hours per week and must pass a proficiency test. More information is here. Please help us spread the word!
  • A lifeguard certification program is being offered at the Bobbi Greenwood Swim Center on 3/26, 3/27, 4/2 and 4/3 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost is $175 or free to City of Winters lifeguard applicants. To apply for a Winters pool position, please click here. All others, please register by emailing ventures-mca@gmail.com.
  • This is the last weekend for the History Museum’s “Lost Japanese Community of Winters” exhibit. The Lost Community of Monticello will open Thursday, April 7. For all the newcomers in town, that was the tiny community that existed where Lake Berryessa is now. It was vacated when the dam was built.
  • The Chamber-sponsored Toast of Winters is Friday, April 8, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Winters Community Center. The event will honor 2021 & 2022 Citizens of the Year, Businesses of the Year, Senior Citizens of the Year and two Theodore Winters recipients. Help celebrate all of the outstanding community contributors who help make Winters a village. Tickets are $80. More information is here.

Did You Know?

  • We are finishing the scope of work for the downtown visioning project, which will go before Council in April. If you want to be included in the distribution list for updates, please email cityclerk@cityofwinters.org and include your name, property address, and business name (if applicable). It is really important to get all the downtown property owners, managers, and businesses on our list so please email Ellena with your information.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Next Council meeting is April 5th, at this point, via Zoom. However, we are getting closer with our hybrid platform. Items thus far include a pool rental and services agreement with SASO Swimming, establishing fees and creating a scholarship program for youth on free or reduced fee lunch program

Woot Woot!

A big thank you to everyone who responded to the Hay Kingdom fire on Tuesday night. Multiple agencies responded as well as our very own paid and volunteer Winters Fire Department staff. Yocha Dehe, UC Davis, Vacaville City, Vacaville Fire Protection District, West Plainfield and Yolo Fire Protection District all rolled for this incident. Regional mutual aid is a significant resource multiplier and especially vital for rural communities like ours so thank you to all those first responders who kept the fire blocked in its building of origin. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.


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02/25/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
February 25, 2022

Greetings, all.

Tidbits Here and There:

  • Healthy Yolo Together provides COVID testing at the community center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Thank you, Yolo County, for funding that service).
  • In addition, the WJUSD continues to provide COVID testing for the community at the District Office: M, W, F 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and at the Library: T, Th 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. Thank you, WJUSD!
  • The Senior Center fundraising team is happy to report that the Yolo Community Foundation has received almost $42,000 to help outfit the center! Every dollar helps. Please visit https://www.wintersseniorcenter.com/ or reach out to Marlene Bell, Karen May or Sandy Vickrey for more information. Feel free to contact me if you need assistance getting connected.
  • City staff is working to finalize the scope of work and budget for Council’s consideration of a consulting agreement related to the Downtown Visioning Project, which will address outdoor dining policies, use of the public right of way, parking, and trash management. These very practical policies and procedures will help set the stage for envisioning what downtown Winters means to all of us. If you would like to be included in an email list to receive project updates and meeting announcements, please email cityclerk@cityofwinters.org and ask to be included in the Downtown Visioning distribution list. A significant part of this project includes community engagement in both English and Spanish so that we hear from business owners, property owners, residents, and visitors alike.
  • City staff has recently developed a Short-term Vacation Rental Permit Program consistent with the ordinance Council adopted in 2018. For more information, please contact Kirk.Skierski@cityofwinters.org for more information.  Information will be added to the City’s website shortly. In addition to the short-term vacation rental permit, the City will require a Business License and the collection of Transient Occupancy Taxes, which conveniently occurs when properties are listed on AirBnB.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • TK and kindergarten enrollment packets are available at Waggoner Elementary School, 500 Edwards Street, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The registration deadline is March 18.

 PG&E Updates

  • PG&E is finalizing a new “Report It” safety mobile app that allows customers to submit photos of non-emergency potential safety concerns related to the electrical system. For more information, please visit pge.com/reportit. Currently the app is in its beta stage for residents in high fire zone areas and users must be accepted; therefore, you may be required register through the Join the Waitlist feature.
  • With active fire season upon us ~ did it ever really end…~ don’t forget to register here for PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) alerts, which occur when heat, humidity and wind conditions create high risk for wildfire events.
  • In addition to planned PSPS events, PG&E has also implemented Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) as part of infrastructure that has been rebuilt due to wildfire damage. The EPSS includes highly sensitive sensors that detect items making contact with power lines in order to immediately de-energize the lines to avoid any arcing or event that could cause a fire. These EPSS events can occur in windy conditions, if poles tip or any other reason that adds tension to or breaks a line. Before the lines are energized, a PG&E crew does a safety inspection.
  • To view outage information, please go to https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 1. Items include appointing Patrick Wall to the Natural Resources Commission, the extension of the grading moratorium and a discussion regarding re-instating the weekend Main Street closure program, which also includes an update on special events, including a new proposed spring festival for March 25-27 that has not yet been approved.  We’ve also included an update on the significant projects and Council approved strategic initiatives that staff have been working on as an informational item. The packet is linked here.

And last call for the manual distribution of the agenda packet. If you are interested in receiving either the Planning Commission or City Council agenda packets, please make sure you register through the Granicus platform here to receive an automatic alert that a packet has been posted.

Woot Woot!

A huge shout out to the 7!! Winters High School and Middle School Robotics Teams that are going to State in early March! What an amazing achievement for those students.

GOOD LUCK!!

 


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Resolutions (pdf)


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12/09/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
December 9, 2022

Greetings, all. Last weekend’s holiday festivities were wonderful, and the tractor parade was phenomenal! Thank you to all involved!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Thursday, December 15, the Winters Senior Foundation is coordinating a holiday party at the Community Center, from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Live Music, no host bar. Tickets are $35. Please contact Joe Tramontana at 707-592-2721 or at tramontana@att.net. A donated children’s gift will go to the Fire Department’s Gifts for Kids program.
  • Winters Open Mic Night is a “monthly gathering of musicians, poets and creatives,” held the third Thursday of the month (December 15) at 13 Main Street, upstairs in the Opera House. Open to all!
  • Friday, December 16, beginning at 5 p.m. is a community sing-along at the Rotary Park gazebo.

Please Note:

  • Downtown Vision and Policy Plan Community Survey - The City is gathering input from the Winters community relating to the Downtown Vision and Policy Plan. We would like to hear from you on several topics involving the future of Downtown Winters, including parking, outdoor gathering/dining, weekend street closures, etc. There is an English version and Spanish version of the community survey. Please take the survey and help us spread the word! The Community Survey will be open until January 9, 2023. For more information, check out our Downtown Vision and Policy Plan webpage here.

English - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WintersDowntownVision
Spanish - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EncuestaComunitariaWinters

  • Last week the City issued a temporary certificate of occupancy clearing the Fairfield Inn to open; however, they are still working on some items and may not have opened yet. Keep referring those family and friends, though, as they should open any day!
  • City Hall will close for the holidays, beginning Friday, December 23 – Monday, January 2nd. Please plan accordingly. Building inspections must be coordinated in advance by emailing building.division@cityofwinters.org or (530) 794-6708.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Next Tuesday, December 13, the City Council will reorganize as the new council is seated. This will be the last meeting of 2022. The new Council will have its first meeting on January 10, 2023 (a special meeting since the January 3rd meeting is cancelled due to the holiday closure).

Woot Woot!

The Fire Department’s Gift for Kids program will support over 90 needy families in Winters this holiday season. A huge heartfelt thank you to the Fire Department staff and volunteers, their families and everyone who contributed funds and toys to help bring some added cheer to local families this holiday season. The Fire Department runs the program with the help of their own families to wrap all the gifts and coordinate with the families. One of the outstanding traits of the Winters community is how much and how often the people step up to support others.


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Friday Update on April 12 2019

All,

The City Council on April 16 will include the following:

April 16, 2019

  • Presentation by Yolo County Office of Emergency Services – Winters Evacuation Plan and Community Outreach Meetings in May
  • Planning Commission Vacancies- Three positions terms are up for renewal.
  • Reduction in City Impact Fees and Housing Trust Fund Loan Authority for Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments Project
  • SB1 Road Rehabilitation Presentation – Fiscal Years 2019/2020
  • Downtown Merchants Trash Enclosure Proposal
  • Purchase of Recycled Content Patio Furniture for Library Garden Project
  • Amplified Sound Permit Application – Liliana Bermudez
  • Climate Action Plan and Resiliency Update

A busy week on a number of key projects:

  • The City engineering project team met with representatives from the Stone’s Throw subdivision to discuss a number of infrastructure issues including the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond, the linear park and the West Main Wastewater Pump Station. The developer has also prepared plans for the public improvements on “Phase II” of the project which will facilitate the need for construction of a number of improvements including the completion of the Moody Slough roadway, two phases of the linear park and mediation for storm drainage issues.
  • Phase 1A of the Stones Throw development will include a smaller lot/home product to be built by KHonanian Homes. They were at the Planning Commission in February and should begin construction in June. Once we have information of their sales, we will let people know.
  • Electricity has been pulled and is operational in both the Stone’s Throw and Heartland subdivisions.
  • The City and Yolo County will have a “2X2 meeting” on Tuesday, April 16 starting at 4:00 in the City Hall Downstairs Conference Room. The 2X2 is an information sharing meeting with 2 City Council Members and 2 members of the Board of Supervisors on issues of mutual interest. The agenda will include discussion of the I-505 Overcrossing Pedestrian Improvements, Mattress Recycling, County Annexation Procedures and the Fires at Hay Kingdom.
  • Staff is working on scheduling the presentation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee’s Report and Recommendations for late April. Look for an announcement next week.

Specific Plan Overview:

From last week’s update, I have received a number of questions about “what is a specific plan”, how does it play a role in relation to the City’s General Plan, annexation and eventual development. Here is an overview.

The purpose of a Specific Plan is to provide a vehicle for implementing the City’s General Plan on an area-specific basis. A Specific Plan is both a policy and regulatory document. It must be consistent with the City’s General Plan.

The most important aspects of a specific planning process includes:

  • public outreach/engagement and participation in the development of the plan
  • scoping to ensure conformance with existing plans
  • environmental review
  • economic and fiscal review analysis and consistency with community goals and visions.

The following framework is a draft guide the City Staff has developed with the goal of creating effective, efficient, and statutorily complete documents that share a common outline countywide. The content of a Specific Plan must meet the requirements of California Government Code Section 65451.

Here are some of the key components of a specific plan document:

  • Introduction and Summary: This would include a summary of the plan, key features, the background and history of its generation, the community involvement program, legal authority references, any related documents- specifically the relationships between the General Plan, Master plans, zoning, development standards, environmental documents, financial analysis and design standards. The plan must show consistency with the General Plan.
  • Project Visioning and Setting: The plan must outline a vision for the area including the purposes for the plan, desired outcomes and key principles to be implemented. The Plan must establish the setting for consistency with the region, site characteristics, surrounding land uses, the boundary and acreage and any off-site components (if any).
  • Land Use and Community Character: The plan outlines the overall goals and defines the land use through maps, descriptions and tables. This section also coordinates with other City land use documents like the form based codes, master plans and design standards. The plan outlines things like parks, open space, public facilities and schools.
  • Circulation: The plan defines and establishes circulation and traffic goals and design standards for the planned area along with key amenities such as the street cross sections, bike and pedestrian models, trails and walking areas, traffic calming and bus service.
  • Public Utilities: The plan includes updates to key master plans to outline the utility requirements for key areas such as water, sewer, storm drainage, energy, broadband and flood control. The plan also updates and forecasts for financing and funding mechanisms for the implementation of utility plans.
  • Public  Services: The plan identifies the key goals and implementation for the development of parks, schools, public safety and other key government services. It sets benchmarks along with funding concepts for accomplishing the goals.
  • Jobs and Housing: A key element is coordinating how jobs will accompany the housing which is proposed. The Plan merges with Economic Development and Affordable Housing Strategies. The plan expands on how to target key industries, local versus regional businesses, incentives for attraction and a focused plan and strategy. The affordable housing component includes an overall implementation plan, inclusionary housing and income eligibility.
  • Environmental Resources and Open Space: The establishment of goals and policies regarding Environmental Resources, Climate Change, Biotic Conservation, Agricultural Land Mitigation/HCP Coordination and general standards for insuring maximum environmental compliance.
  • Sustainability: Insuring that the building and construction will maximize benefits to the environment including water conservation, energy efficiency, green building, VMT Reduction, recycling, food miles, GHG reduction and other.
  • Implementation and Financing: The Specific Plan will include a plan for phasing and sequencing the overall development, market absorption, fiscal impacts and facility financing and an overall capital improvement program.
  • Administration: The plan will include an overall implementation program to include administration, compliance with the overall plan along with benchmarks and key milestones.

Thanks and have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update on October 19 2018

All,

A really short update but some good stuff.

  • Staff met with representatives for the Downtown Hotel. They are shooting for an opening around the start of summer. They are developing their website and marketing materials which should be available before the first of the year. Frankly, it was the most positive meeting we have had on the project in the past few months.
  • As inspections are commencing, the hotel is starting to become very real. Some members of the City team have been onto the roof top bar which has some amazing views of the Creek, hills and the amazing farmland which surrounds us. Many of us can hardly wait for the project to open.
  • A good job by Winters Fire this week for the fire in Putah Creek. The good news is that it cleared out a lot of debris which will benefit the creek during the winter. The bad news was the loss of an excavator and an entire day of smoke enveloping the City.
  • A busy City Council Meeting. The City Council approved moving forward with an App for the City, gave direction regarding scheduling sessions for Strategic Planning and had a very positive discussion on some general plan stuff. Overall, a good meeting.
  • Planning Commission Meeting on Tuesday will include the City’s Circulation Element, Food Trucks and an update to the City’s Emergency Plan Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • A nice presentation on recommendations for Senior Services. To get a copy of the Winters Senior Resources Guide click HERE.
  • For people interested in getting an update on the City’s General Plan, go to HERE.
  • The WintersJUSD will be having a visioning workshop at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School next Thursday,  October 25, 2018 beginning at 6:00.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Community Dev. Reports

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Historical Preservation Ordinances:


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Community Development

The Community Development Dept. is located at 318 First Street, and is closed during the noon hour.

The Building Division counter hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Due to limited staff availability, we recommend you call ahead to assure a staff member will be available to assist you with your specific question or project.

For Inspection Requests please contact Building and Code Enforcement Division, at 530-794-6708.

  • You may request either an AM or PM inspection timeframe, please call at least 24 hours in advance of requested inspection time.

Community Development – Historical Structures:

City of Winters Business Development Resource Listing

City of Winters Business Licenses and Permits
https://winters.hdlgov.com/

Yolo County Business Licenses and Permits
www.yolocounty.org

Economic Demographics –
For information regarding state and local economic demographics
www.census.gov

Small Business Administration
www.sba.gov

Greater Sacramento Small Business Development Center
916-563-3210 www.sbdc.net

Yuba Community College District Small Business Development Center
530-822-0140 www.yubasbdc.org

Solano County Economic Development Corporation
707-864-1855 www.solanoedc.org

Service Corps of Retired Executives – Sacramento
916-635-9085 www.sacscore.org


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