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12/02/2022 City Manager’s Update

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City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
December 2, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s that time of year again! The holiday festivities begin downtown Friday at 2 p.m.  and continue through Saturday evening. For more information about the holiday tree lighting and tractor parade, please see the linked information below:

www.winterstractorparade.com.

There will be road closures on Main Street during the day and the Railroad & Main intersection will be closed both Friday and Saturday night. Please avoid driving through downtown unless you live there or plan on attending events.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Fairfield Inn is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Wow, what a long road that has been. Please help support this new business by referring family and friends who come into town.
  • The Winters FFA is hosting a holiday tree sale at 401 Niemann Street, Friday until 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local delivery is available. Help our future farmers and buy a tree!
  • 2023 registration has opened for Little League, Tee Ball and Girls Softball. Registration is $135 through December 31, and then $145 from January 1 – 15. All skills and abilities welcome, born between September 2018 and August 31, 2009. Register online here.
  • Please join the community for a holiday sing along with brass accompaniment on Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. in Rotary Park at the Gazebo.
  • The Winters Senior Foundation is hosting a holiday party Friday, December 15 at the Community Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. Catered dinner, live music, and no host wine bar and soft drinks. Reservations required by contacting Joe Tramontana at tramontana@att.net or (707) 592-2721. The cost is $35 and an unwrapped child’s gift to support the Volunteer Fire Department Gifts for Kids program.

Please Note:

  • As you may have heard, the Police Department has begun to enforce timed parking limits downtown. Please watch for those signs and don’t overstay your welcome in a timed parking spot. There are no time limits in public parking lots adjacent to Railroad and First Street.
  • Thank you to all who attended the Wednesday evening community meeting regarding the Winters 183 project north of Moody Slough / east of Road 89. About 70 people attended to hear presentations from staff and the property owners’ representatives, ask questions and share comments. Thank you for your thoughtful, respectful participation. To sign up for updates on this project, please email cityclerk@cityofwinters.org and ask to be put on the Winters 183 list.

COVID-19

  • The trifecta of influenza, COVID and RSV are rearing their ugly heads. Free COVID tests are in the vending machine at the side of City Hall. Winters Healthcare offers flu and COVID vaccination services. If you’re sick, please stay home to avoid spreading those germs.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 7, will be the last business meeting of the current City Council and for the 2022 year. The packet has been posted here. Please join us on December 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to thank Harold Anderson, Wade Cowan, and Pierre Neu for their years of service to the community. We will also welcome onboarding councilmembers Al Vallecillo, Carol Scianna, and Richard Casavecchia.

Woot Woot!

This year’s holiday weekend activities would not have been possible without the support of Steven Restivo of Bay Area Pop Up Events and the community volunteers who continue to work hard to bring this special event to fruition. A big shout out to Emarie Van Galio and Carla Wroten for coordinating Friday evening activities, to the Winters Friends of the Library for the Holiday Family Festival on Saturday, and to all the volunteers who signed up to help, especially the PG&E employees who come every year to assist along the parade route. Yes, there have been some changes as the event has grown through the years, and yes, we will still celebrate in the rain. Yes, there will be a ton of traffic in town, especially on Saturday. And yes, we hope lots of people enjoy what is the most phenomenal parade I’ve ever seen and all the activities and shopping the group has coordinated. May you all enjoy the lights, the festivities, the food, and the fun.


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11/18/2022 City Manager’s Update

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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 cityclerk@cityofwinters.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 Note:

  • 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 cityclerk@cityofwinters.org.
  • 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


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11/11/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
November 11, 2022

Greetings, all. A heartfelt thank you to all the veterans, servicemembers, and their families today, and a special recognition for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Please see below for an exhibit sponsored by the Friends of Yolo County Archives in honor of those who died in WWI. Semper Fi.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • A new tradition has popped up in town. Sunday, November 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. is the first “Be Thankful Banquet” Thanksgiving style with all the fixings. The event will be held at St Anthony’s Parish Hall at 511 Main Street and is sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul. This non-denominational, free event is open to the community on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are required and transportation is available by calling Al Calderone at 530-902-8920. More information is in the Winters Express article here. Donations are welcome; St. Vincent de Paul is a 501(c)3.
  • Preparations are in overdrive for the holiday weekend, December 2nd and 3rd for the Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade. More information is at winterstractorparade.com. Street closures associated with the weekend events is going before Council next Tuesday, November 15. See below for packet information / link. Please note, the events have expanded to help spread out traffic (we backed up I-505 last year…) and generate revenue to cover costs. Please watch for more information in the Winters Express and at the event website.
  • If you are interested in renting a Main Street pergola for the parade for $1,500, please email cityclerk@cityofwinters.org by noon on November 23rd and include your name and phone number. Names will be drawn and winners notified that afternoon. Not all pergolas will have furniture so people may need to bring tables and chairs. Proceeds help fund the event.

Please Note:

  • Election results are posted on the Yolo County website here ~ click on the Winters tab. Please note, the posted results are from 10:30 a.m. November 10 when approximately 30% of the ballots county-wide had been counted. The majority of ballots have yet to be reported. The next update will be Tuesday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m. The Council race is too close to call.
  • The home builders were given permission to work today and tomorrow. Given the changing economic climate and the wet weather, we are helping home construction move along when we can.
  • AT&T has provided a schedule to begin its work along Newt’s Expressway. They need several weeks to pull their wire and remove the poles. Work will begin on December 5. Any Wave / Astound customers on that block should make alternative service selections soon…
  • Work continues to install a permanent gas line on the trestle bridge. PG&E should complete the project by the holidays, pending any weather delays. Love that rain!
  • Front yard and parkway landscaping helps beautify the community; however, we have been receiving concerns about tall shrubs, hedges and overgrown trees that are blocking views at corners, making it difficult for drivers to see when entering a street. We will begin reaching out to some property owners as we follow up on site distance concerns. On a related note, we’ve installed a new stop sign at Haven and Main to remind drivers to stop before entering Main. Please watch for families and children entering the park area.
  • The Climate Action Commission meeting is Monday, November 14, via Zoom. The packet is here.
  • As the holidays approach, there are so many opportunities to help families in need. It’s a good idea to check charitable donation status before donating money. Non-profits like Yolo Food Bank feed thousands of families across the County. Then there is the Toys for Tots program, sponsored by the Yolo County Chambers of Commerce (info below or call 530-574-2060) and the Winters Volunteer Fire Fighters also coordinate a gift drive for needy information. Please contact the Fire Department for more information or stay tuned for next week’s Update.
  • Head’s Up! The 530 area code region will get a new area code overlay in 2023, meaning new numbers will be issued with a different area code within Yolo County. More information about area overlay zones is at https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/AreaCodes. Stay tuned for more information.

COVID-19 +

  • Friendly reminder that free COVID test kits are at City Hall in a vending machine in the little parking lot. Public health officials strongly encourage people to be fully vaxed and boosted for COVID and for the flu; it looks as if flu season will be a doozy this year…

Upcoming Council Meeting – November 15

The meeting is hybrid, in person and via Zoom. The consent calendar includes a request to schedule a special meeting on December 13 to seat the new Council and cancel the December 20 meeting as well as a contract to replace the pool heater (and an update on other needed repairs at the pool). Discussion items include a $5,000 contribution toward the Yolo Roadmap to the Future project, an extension for the NeighborWork Tentative Subdivision Map, street closures for the December 2-3 holiday weekend (tree lighting and tractor parade), and a basketball league recreation services agreement with National Association of Athletics.  The packet is here.

Woot Woot!

The Chamber’s tractor and tree decorating contest is back! Help make Winters the merriest place to be this season. Purchase a tractor or trailer cut out from the Chamber by calling 530-795-2329 and pull those holiday decorations out. A huge shout out to everyone, including the staff at City Hall, who decorate for the seasons. It is you all, and these efforts plus so many more that have helped make Winters one of the most charming small towns in California!

 


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11/04/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
November 4, 2022

Greetings, all.  Last weekend’s Harvest Festival was outstanding by all accounts! Thank you, downtown Winters, the track boosters, and everyone involved in a phenomenal weekend. Don’t forget the Salmon Festival tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. in Rotary Park. And if you were lucky enough to get tickets, the shrimp feed at the Fire Department is tomorrow evening.

Speaking of salmon, catching salmon during spawning is not allowed under State regulations. Let’s let them procreate in the creek and admire them without harm. Want to learn more about our salmon, click here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! Tuesday, November 8 is election day. You may vote in person at the Public Safety Facility EOC training room from Saturday, November 5th through the 7th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 8th: 7:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polls close at 8 p.m. You may drop off your ballot at the Public Safety Facility or at Lorenzo’s Market from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. through the 7th or until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. More information is here.
  • Yolo County has 30 days to certify the election, which includes counting electronic, mail in or drop off ballots. To monitor local election results, please visit https://www.yoloelections.org/election-returns/returns#winters. There is also a tab for each agency from local to federal.
  • The City Council will certify the local election results on the same evening as the Council reorganization, which is tentatively scheduled for December 13 at a special meeting, subject to Council approval.
  • This is the final weekend to visit the Winters History Museum’s Remembering Monticello exhibit. It’s an excellent one so if you haven’t seen it already, please swing by the museum at 13 Russell Street, Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Love history? They need more docents…The next exhibit will highlight sports. If you have any historic memorabilia or a good story to share, please reach out to Gloria Lopez or Tom Crisp.
  • Yolo County is hosting a free tire recycling event at the Clarksburg Corporation Yard at 51230 Clarksburg Road. Residents may bring in up to 9 tires free of charge. More info is here.

Please Note:

  • The City Council introduced a new ordinance to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, in the City. Final adoption is scheduled for the December 6.
  • Saturday work has been approved for the Walnut 10 contractor to finish work before next week’s rains.
  • Did you know about the Big Blue Barn thrift store at the Yolo central landfill? The barn is open the third weekend of every month, 50% off on Saturdays. 44090 County Road 28H, Woodland. Where my mom is from, it’s called the Dumptique. Complete a survey about County recycling services and your information will be entered into a drawing for $30 in free disposal.
  • On November 1st, Chief Miller introduced our two trauma and grief support volunteers (TAGS­). This important program provides next of kin notification and emergency psychological response services.They provide critical support to families who have experienced an unexpected loss. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Police Department at (530) 795-2261. And thank you to our volunteers.
  • Holiday drives are getting into full swing to support families in need and seniors this Thanksgiving and holiday season. There are multiple ways to contribute with time, goods, and donations. Before donating funds, please make sure you check for non-profit status through the CA Department of Justice here and the IRS here. To promote your charitable drive, please email trepa@cityofwinters.org.
  • The Special Education Department of Winters Joint Unified School District will be hosting Parent Training Nights on a variety of Special Education topics. During each of these sessions, dinner and childcarewill be provided for children three years of age and older to facilitate your ability to participate. These training sessions will be held at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School. These sessions will be presented in both English and Spanish and materials will be in both languages. Click here to find a list of the training dates along with the topics to be presented at each of these sessions.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is November 15. Tentatively scheduled items include a recreation contract for a youth basketball league, street closures related to Tractor Parade weekend (12/2 & 3), and the extension of the NeighborWorks self-help housing tentative subdivision map. We will also request that the Council schedule a special meeting on December 13 to seat the new City Council and cancel the regularly scheduled meeting for December 20.

Woot Woot!

Congratulations to our WHS Ag Sales Team who competed at the National FFA convention. As a team they placed Silver in their competition, which put them in the middle of the pack of 37 teams. One team member, Allison Aguiar, placed first in the country in the individual competition! Amazing job by all these students. Way to represent Winters and California!


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10/28/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
October 28, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s Harvest Festival time! Tonight is Fourth Friday, Saturday is the Main Street Market from Railroad to Second, and Sunday is the Spooktacular Race. The downtown will be popping! Please watch for pedestrians, runners, goblins, etc.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The salmon have arrived in Winters! See if you can spot any from the bridge. Don’t forget the Salmon Festival is Saturday, November 5, beginning at 11 a.m. at Rotary Park.
  • Our local businesses need you! Are you looking for a full or part-time job to help make ends meet? To just help out? Help save the environment and your gas tank; walk or ride your bike to work. Please swing by your favorite store or restaurant, like Steady Eddy’s and Carboni’s, to apply. Steady Eddy’s offers minimum wage + tips, a great work environment, and the staff there dollar icon help build community. Please email carla@steady-eddys.com for more information.
  • Want to explore the world through the eyes of the Fridaes? Well, you can, through their https://fridae.blog as they travel through Southeast Asia on their current trip, or scroll down and see where they’ve been since 2018! The photos are wonderful. Thank you, Rebecca and Woody, for sharing.

Please Note: 

  • We are hearing anecdotal reports of campaign signs being vandalized or removed. Please don’t do that. An open, unfettered election is core to our democracy and that includes the public’s right to understand the issues before the community and for people to promote and vote for candidates they feel best represent their interests. Please respect people’s freedom of speech and right to participate in the election process. By the way, tampering with signs is a misdemeanor and a finable offense.
  • Property taxes are due November 1st and delinquent if unpaid by December 12. Don’t forget!
  • The sewer contractor for Walnut 10 has been given permission to camera lines on Saturday.
  • The Fire Department Shrimp Feed is sold out. 250 tickets went quickly.
  • PG&E will soon begin replacing the temporary gas line on the trestle bridge with a permanent line, which will require some tree trimming and tree removal on the south side of Putah Creek on the upper bank. Work will be completed by November 24.
  • As the cost of living goes up, the California Public Utilities Commission offers financial assistance related to various utility services for qualified households. More information is here.
  • I just learned about STEAC, a Davis based non-profit that works through other non-profits or government agencies to provide financial support for rent and utilities to prevent homelessness, to help people gain and maintain financial independence, and provide food assistance. Please visit their website and if any of the services are of interest, please reach out to RISE for referral services. They are located at 200 Baker Street, Room 5, 530-794-6000. St. Vincent de Paul Society is another great organization that can help families in need.
  • History buffs, the Fall edition of The Archives Ledger is available here.
  • Mark your calendars, the Planning Commission is holding a special meeting on November 17 to continue the public hearing on the Grand Prince Odeum. The meeting will be hybrid (in person and Zoom access). The packet will be posted the week of November 14. The regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting of November 22 will likely be cancelled ~ no business items.

Upcoming Council Meeting
The November 1st meeting has one discussion item – a proposed ordinance banning flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, within the City of Winters. Consent calendar items included an updated Community Services Officer I/II classification, ratification of emergency repairs to aerators at the wastewater treatment facility, contract amendment with Ample Electric for the EV charging station at the First Street parking lot, and an update on repurposing of the OES PSPS grants. The Police and Fire Chiefs will also provide an overview of this week’s Winter Apartments fire. The packet is here.

Our agenda platform Granicus has been having trouble with video services. We hope the video playback will be restored soon.

Woot Woot!
Tuesday night’s fire at the Winter Apartments was certainly a very scary event that could have had a tragic ending. Thankfully, all the occupants managed to escape with the help of one of the tenants who heard her neighbor’s smoke detector go off in the middle of the night, saw the orange glow out the window and alerted the others. She likely saved their lives. The Fire Department and overnight police officers responded quickly, entering the building to look for occupants. Thankfully, our first responders also were uninjured. And finally a shout out to the apartment manager who is working to relocate those tenants to other vacant units within the complex. The Fire Chief reports she has been outstanding. Red Cross and several community-based volunteers are offering assistance. It certainly takes a village.


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10/21/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
October 21, 2022

Greetings, all. Lots going on around town. Don’t miss the fall festival activities the weekend of October 28 – 30th. Fourth Friday, the Saturday craft show, and Sunday’s road race on the southside of Grant Avenue. Downtown will be busy and runners will be loop through neighborhoods on Sunday. Please be careful. More information is on Discover Winters at  https://www.discoverwinters.com/events.  Also, Waggoner Elementary School will once again do their Halloween Parade on Monday. Please drive carefully and watch for adult chaperones assisting with street crossings.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The salmon are coming! The runoff from last year’s atmospheric bomb storm degraded water quality so much last year we didn’t see many, if any, salmon. However, Putah Creek Streamkeeper Max Stevenson reports the salmon will soon begin their 26-mile journey from the toe drain. We’re hoping the gravel fluffing will encourage spawning. Don’t forget the Salmon Festival is November 5 in Rotary Park.
  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is hosting a free community flu clinic at the District Board Room on Tuesday, October 25, from 3 – 7 p.m., 909 W. Grant. No appointments necessary. Thank you, WJUSD, for this important public health service! Public health officials expect this year’s flu season will be quite virulent.

Please Note:

  • We’ve been notified that a wind event is likely for western Yolo County beginning Sunday 6 a.m. through Monday at 2 p.m. PG&E is planning for a potential PSPS shut down, and reports that approximately 99 Winters accounts are expected to be in the PSPS shut down zone (map below). Please visit PG&E to verify your address and make sure you sign up for alerts. As a reminder, PG&E made a number of changes to the circuits, separating the Winters core from the countryside, as part of reconstruction following the LNU fire. Information is subject to change as weather conditions progress.
  • The Winters Cemetery District is drilling a new well as their previous well ran dry last summer. It’s taken a year to get on the schedule; work begun on Monday. Unfortunately, a portion of the work requires 24-hour drilling and there isn’t enough space to install sound walls. Overnight work is expected to be completed around 10/26. For additional information or concerns, please contact Sheila Carbahal at the cemetery at (530) 795-2475, wcd415@sbcglobal.net.
  • The City’s Design Review Committee comprised of two councilmembers, two planning commissioners and senior staff met with Farmstead representatives to provide additional input on the evolving site plan for this 62-acre project on the northside of Grant Avenue. The environmental work remains on hold while the developer refines the site plan.
  • In other development updates, residential construction continues at the Hideaway and Walnut 10 (both are Meritage projects). Shandalla Estates is proceeding with 6 of their 18 homes and will continue in phases based on sales. Homes By Town has received building permits for new models for alley loaded homes in the Hideaways. Three Oaks Park is coming along nicely, trees are being replaced and the turf has improved dramatically. A portion of park sidewalk needs to be replaced and a final tree inspection, along with some other punch list items, remain before the park can enter its 90-day maintenance period. We know the public is frustrated with these delays, as are we; however, the developer has been making good progress so we’re hopeful we’ll be able to start the final countdown toward an opening in 90 days in the coming weeks.
  • Finally, the Fairfield Inn is moving along with new financing in place; final construction includes a kitchen, the pool, frontage work, and some interior work. Thedeveloper has set an outside opening date of December 15th based on Marriott inspections and the completion of critical items; we hope just in time for the holidays!
  • The City Council candidates forum for five open seats was held on October 13 at the Winters Library. Hosted by the Winters Express and Democracy Winters, the videotapes are now available, links below. The links below are provided for public information purposes only as the City as an agency does not endorse any candidate.
  • Democracy Wintershttps://youtu.be/okVNnxszaag
  • Winters Express: https://youtu.be/AjuFhHYfdeY
  • Unfortunately, another resident learned the hard way to not leave their car unlocked with the keys in it while popping into a store for a quick errand. It was stolen and recovered in Redding the next day. Chief Miller reports this is the sixth car stolen under similar circumstances in his six years here. Please help deter crimes of opportunity and remember to lock car doors when parked anywhere and not leave valuables in sight.
  • PG&E has completed their work for the undergrounding along Newt’s Expressway. They have removed their aerial facilities and cut the tops of the poles along the alley. We are still waiting on AT&T for final design for their work and a schedule. AT&T will remove the poles once they are done, and then the City will follow with the final lift of asphalt on the alley.

COVID-19

  • The Governor announced that the state of emergency for the pandemic will end on February 23, 2023, meaning all emergency regulations will end. Public meetings will be primarily back in person. Remote access will be provided for Council and Planning Commission. Masks are always welcome based on individual need and comfort.
  • Public health officials are strongly recommending that people receive the full suite of COVID-19 vaccinations available based on age group to minimize the risk of serious illness. New variants are evolving and with colder weather on the horizon, a spike in community transmission is expected. The new bivalent booster helps to protect against the Omicron sub-variants and are readily available, including at Winters Healthcare.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is November 1, via Zoom and in-person.

Woot Woot!

Congratulations to Lynne Secrist who was recently named 2022 Yolo County Woman of the Year by Congressmember John Garamendi.  Lynne has supported youth musical education as a teacher in the Winters Joint Unified School District for thirty years and since her retirement continues to be engaged in community service, particularly in musical opportunities and as a guerrilla gardener helping to beautify downtown. See the Winters Express article linked here for more information about her contributions through the years, and thank you, Lynne! This village thrives because of engaged residents like Lynne so if you love Winters and want to contribute, there are no shortage of opportunities.

And congratulations to our inbound WJUSD Superintendent Dr. Rody Boonchouy! The School Board recently announced his appointment following a comprehensive recruitment effort. Dr. Boonchouy will begin November 30 and is coming to us via the Davis Joint Unified School District, so a hearty welcome to Winters! I would also like to thank Acting Superintendent Phoebe Girimonte for her outstanding support and collaboration during her interim role. We look forward to maintaining our ongoing collaborations with the WJUSD into the future.

 


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10/07/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
October 7, 2022

Greetings, all.  I’ll be on vacation next week so no Friday Update for October 14. Have a great week.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Putah Creek Council needs your help! Tomorrow, Saturday 10/8, is Stewardship Volunteer Day at the Native Plant Nursery from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Click here for more information.
  • Winters Community Library is hosting a voter registration drive on Wednesday, October 12 from 1:15 – 3 p.m. Anyone turning 18 by November 8th, can pre-register to vote. For more information about where and how to register to vote, click here.

  • The community is invited to attend a Winters City Council Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 13 from 6–8 p.m. in the Margaret Parsons Room at the Winters Community Library (708 Railroad Ave.) The open, in-person forum will also be live streamed and is hosted in collaboration by the Winters Express and Democracy Winters. All five candidates will be given an opportunity to answer questions curated from community submitted questions and topics of interest. The moderators will be Kate Laddish and Crystal Apilado.
  • The Winters Police and Fire Departments are hosting the 2022 Winters Public Safety Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 700 Main Street. This FREE kid friendly event will be filled with games, free goodies, and special demonstrations from our emergency services agencies. We hope to see you all there!
  • The Master Gardeners and Winters Friends of the Library are holding a plant sale on Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Winters Community Library Teaching Garden, 708 Railroad. Cash or check only, please.

Please Note:

  • Free Covid tests are next to the side parking lot entrance of City Hall.
  • Three Oaks Park is looking good! There are a few more trees to replace. The biggest hold up to enter the maintenance period is to correct an incorrectly installed sidewalk that does not meet ADA requirements, an issue that was identified several months ago.
  • If you are interested in Nor Cal transportation planning and the Link21 Program to connect Northern California by light rail, click here for upcoming community meetings.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting will be October 18. The packet will be posted here on October 13. So far, the agenda is very light – several presentations, a fire grant approval, and a discussing regarding paseo park improvements.

 

 


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09/30/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 30, 2022

Greetings, all. Fall is in the air and lots of seasonal activities are popping up. Don’t miss out on new activities, and as always check your favorite hang outs for local music, activities, and offerings.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The High School Pep Rally is 10/7 mid-day at First & Main. Please note, Main will be closed and there will be detours around the intersection. Please watch for students!
  • The Haunted Forest at Green River Tap Room runs through October 31st. Tickets are $20 to roam through 15 acres of woods and avoid ghosts, goblins and creepy things….
  • On October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo with the Winters Friends of the Library will hold a plant sale at the Winters Community Library Teaching Garden (708 Railroad Avenue.) The cash or check only plant sale will feature plants from Morningsun Herb Farms of Vacaville. The plants provide habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds including a variety of dwarf butterfly bushes, lavenders, ornamental sages, succulents, culinary herbs, and various California native plants plus many more. While supplies last, two types of native milkweed will be free to help increase the Monarch butterfly habitat. WFoL will have their book cart available with proceeds benefiting the Winters Community Library.
  • Harvest Fest is October 28-30! Weekend festivities include Fourth Friday, a Saturday Makers Market on Main from Railroad to 2nd (please note the road closure), and the Spooktackular 5k / 10k / Fun Run on Sunday. The race is a fundraiser for the high school track team. To sign up for the race, click here. Please note there will be no parking along the race route to provide space for the runners. There will be a temporary road closure on E. Main at Rotary Park, and the intersections of Main & Railroad and at First Street will be closed while runners take off at the start of the race. Please watch for runners on the street!

Please Note:

  • We were notified that the grant application for the Rural Recreation Grant to develop Paseo Park was not approved. Our $100,000 SACOG grant expires December 31, 2022, so staff is working to obtain quotes to upgrade electrical in the park to support Main Street and install an ADA pathway through the park. Whatever remaining funds are left will be used to help beautify the area while we plan future improvements. Given the short timeframe, we’ll move ahead with these core improvements and plan outward from there. Unfortunately, the new electrical equipment for the utility undergrounding on Newt’s Expressway was far more impactful visually than anticipated. We’ll need to plan some screening for that equipment. The benches, piano and free book library will all remain. Stay tuned!
  • PG&E is completing their work in Newt’s Expressway, which included upgrading power to those businesses. AT&T is proceeding with their design work to pull their wire in the alley and connect with overhead wires on First Street. AT&T will remove the poles on the alley; we’ll share the schedule once we have it. The City will coordinate the final lift of asphalt for the alley roadway when work is complete.
  • Filming is tentatively scheduled on the trestle bridge November 11 from 6 p.m. – midnight as part of a film school thesis project. No amplified sound after 9 p.m. The production coordinator is required to notify residents within 300’.
  • This Saturday (10/1) construction work from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. has been approved for the Walnut 10 site to allow the developer to catch up after last weekend’s rains. The wet ground has taken some time to dry out.

FARMSTEAD DEVELOPMENT REVIEW MEETING – OCTOBER 7, 10:00 a.m.
Farmstead representatives and staff continue to work on the site plan for the Farmstead project ~ 62 acres north of Grant and east of Lorenzo’s. Given the scope of this project and changes since the scoping meeting for the EIR, staff is coordinating a second DRC meeting. The public may attend this meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in the large conference room at City Hall, Abbey Street entrance. This is a working meeting with staff, the developer and 2 representatives from Council and Planning Commission. The purpose is to continue to provide feedback to the developer from each city department regarding the latest version of the proposed site plan. This is a high-level discussion for overall site plan, which will serve as the basis for environmental review and technical studies. The EIR has been on hold pending finalization of the site plan. We are trying to firm up the starting point for more detailed analysis, which will then inform more detailed site plan design. The public is welcome to listen to the presentations and discussions and provide comment at the end of the meeting. Remote access will not be available.

Upcoming Council Meeting – October 4
We have several items on the agenda, including the adoptions of two ordinances ~ one approving an amendment to the Development Agreement for Winters Highland and the other modifying the definition of site coverage, rejecting a claim against the City, approving an encroachment permit for a gas line on the trestle bridge and a contract extension for Psomas, Inc. Finally, we’ll recognize former Chief Brad Lopez for his 30 years of service to the Winters community. Come on by to thank him for his service. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in person and by Zoom. The packet is here.

Woot Woot!
Fall is a great time to gather downtown, visit with family and friends, do some shopping and get a little exercise walking around. The weather cools and businesses and homes decorate for the season with pumpkins, scarecrows and hay bales. The Chamber sponsors the annual scarecrow festival to encourage people to decorate. The public votes for their favorite locations in various categories. More information is here. A huge thank you to the Chamber for coordinating and all the businesses and homes that participate in helping downtown really get its charm on.


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09/23/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 23, 2022

Greetings, all. Winters has just been recognized as one of the 8 Most Charming Small Towns in California in 2022. WOW!! What a great testament to all the businesses, stakeholders, and invested community members who make this town so special. Congratulations, everyone!

And helping to contribute to our amazing downtown charm is newcomer Upper Crust Baking, which opened this week at the old Lester Farms Bakery, 606 Railroad. And, yes, they do have donuts, which City Hall staff report are fantastic. Drop by and welcome them to the neighborhood.

And don’t miss out on the latest outdoor dining space behind Chuy’s. The Ogandos have created another magical patio. Please enter the restaurant through the front.

Part of what makes this town so special is the care people show to others, particularly those in need. To those seniors coordinating a Pink Out game for breast cancer awareness as a senior capstone project, thank you. To contribute, please purchase a shirt and support the DONNA Foundation, click here. The Pink Out games are October 14.

I’m not sure what beats Hooby’s cornhole tournament on October 20th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, though.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Carnitas Festival logoCarnitas Festival is this Saturday! The downtown will be swirling with baile folklorico, children’s activities, food trucks, carnitas plates, music and lots of dancing. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. It will be hopping.
  • KVIE/PBS will air a segment about the Winters History Museum exhibit about the “Lost Town of Monticello” on Monday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. (KVIE Channel 6). The “Rob on the Road” preview is available here.
  • The Rotary Food & Wine Gala is October 14 at Hotel Winters. Tickets are $60, which will support Rotary’s philanthropic projects. To buy tickets, please click here or swing by First Northern Bank.
  • Yolo County and the WJUSD have partnered to offer a free community flu vaccination clinic on October 25 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the district office, 909 W. Grant Avenue. Thank you! No appointment necessary.

Please Note:

  •  Newt’s Expressway Underground project locations – the electrical crossover will begin on Saturday 10 p.m. Several locations are identified for either 9/27 or 9/29. If you do not receive the schedule, please contact me. The poles in the alley will be topped on October 19.
  • Yolo County Central Landfill is hosting the grand opening of its new composting facility on Wednesday, September 28 from 9 – 10 a.m. 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland. Please RSVP here if you’re interested in attending. The City is obligated under SB 1383 to procure, or have procured in its name, 300 pounds of compost or 600 pounds of mulch, which we don’t use…. We’re working on a compost or mulch give away program for this material. Watch for more information.
  • Solano County Water Agency will be working along 5 miles of Putah Creek between Oct 10 and Oct 21 preparing gravel for spawning salmon. A small backhoe will be used to ‘fluff up’ the gravel. This work isdone under permit from the CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife. The SCWA team will be at the Winters Putah Creek Nature Park for a few hours doing this work. Here is a short video explaining the process https://youtu.be/e9vj1RT6tLc. Please contact Streamkeeper Max Stevenson with any questions at mstevenson@scwa2.com. Let’s hope lots of salmon make it up the creek!
  • Correction: The senior walking group meetings Tuesday (8 a.m.), Thursday (8 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at the Community Center parking lot doors. Don’t forget yoga on Wednesday’s at 9:30 and socialization and games on Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony’s.
  • We are looking for applicants for the Senior Commission on Aging and the Planning Commission ~ that recruitment will be posted soon. For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org or (530) 794-6702.
  • The pool heater is officially on its last legs. We are closing the pool for City programming effective October 3rd. An equipment replacement project is in the works and will be brought forward to the City Council at a future date.
  • First 5 Yolo has announced a grant program to support existing licensed childcare providers or unlicensed providers who would like to become licensed. The lack of childcare has reached a critical state as many people have left the workforce to care for children. For more information, please visit https://www.first5yolo.org/partners/apply-for-funding. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through February 1, 2023.

Woot Woot!
We were just informed that our FY 21-22 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report received a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of America. This is the highest form of recognition for government accounting and financial reporting. Outstanding effort by the team, past and present, for this achievement. Woo Hoo!


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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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Extreme Heat Today, 09/06/2022

Good morning, all. I hope everyone stayed safe over the weekend. It seemed pretty quiet out there…

We managed to squeak through last evening with no rolling black outs, thanks to everyone’s conservation efforts. Today will be a challenge as well so please continue minimizing electrical use, especially between 4 – 10 p.m. this evening. To assist with this effort, the City will go to generator back up for all facilities with emergency power. As I look to this week’s weather, we will still have extremely hot weather although hopefully today will be the peak for the week. Please continue to use major appliances in the morning, close and cover windows, unplug electric vehicles in the afternoon, and do all your electronic charging in the morning. Pre-cool homes and then set the thermostats at 78 or warmer beginning at 4 p.m. We will need power for the late afternoons and evenings.

The library will be open until 8 p.m. tonight if anyone needs a place to cool down. The City’s pool will be open 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. for lap swim. The deck is extremely hot, however, and the lifeguards have had a challenging time. We’ll post on Facebook if we need to close early, which we did over the long weekend for employee safety.

I’ll be away for a conference beginning tomorrow through Friday so there will be no weekly update on Friday. Police Chief Miller will Acting City Manager in my absence.

Have a good week. Temperatures will cool down beginning on Saturday, thank goodness.

Best, Kathleen


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09/02/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
September 2, 2022

Where does the time go?? With this heat, fall does not feel around the corner….

Places to Cool Down and Chill Out

  • Winters Community Library
    Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
    Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Expanded Hours!
    Monday 1 – 5 p.m. Expanded Hours!
  • Bobbie Greenwood Pool
    Friday 5:45 – 8:45 p.m.
    Saturday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. FREE!
    Monday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. FREE!

Tips to Stay Safe

  • Do not leave pets or kids in cars!
  • Stay in the shade or place with A/C.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and coffee.
  • Wear sunscreen, a wide hat, loose light clothing.
  • Do not overexert yourself physically; listen to your body.
  • Check on neighbors without A/C or who live alone.
 

Heat Illness is dangerous. Know the symptoms and call 911 if heat stroke is suspected. More information is here.

Flex Alerts for Rolling Brown Outs are expected through Tuesday evening. Sign up for alerts at www.flexalert.org. If ordered by the ISO, they will occur between 4 – 9 p.m. for one-hour blocks of time. Tips to prepare for an outage are here.

Conserve Energy by unplugging unused appliances, turn of lights, cover windows, turn the thermometer to 78+, use major appliances in the morning, charge important devices before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. and unplug those electric cars before 4 p.m. or when done charging.

Don’t Miss Out

  • Warm up those vocal cords! Open Mic Night downtown is September 17 beginning at 6 p.m. Sign Ups start at 5 p.m. wintersopenmic.com
  • The Carnitas Festival is back! September 24 downtown Winters will be popping, dancing, cooking, and eating, all in celebration of the community’s Hispanic heritage. Any last minute carnitas chefs shouldCarnitas Festival logoreach out to organizers, info here.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree Corner

Carla and Mel Wroten’s daughters have taken a liking to the Friday Update, (thank you, Carmella and Gianna). Attached is their community column, called I Love IT! which may appear randomly. As budding journalists, they might one day contribute to the Winters Express as they no doubt will contribute to the greater community good, much like their parents of Steady Eddy fame.

Please Note:

  • We need you! Families need you! The City is looking for more instructional aides to support our after school enrichment program at Waggoner Elementary School. New this year at the School District’s request is a new T-K classroom. More information about WASP is linked. To apply, click here.
  • The federal government will stop supplying free COVID test kits in the mail effective this Friday. The dispensing machine next to City Hall still has kits, which the County restocks weekly.
  • City Hall is closed Friday (regularly scheduled) and Monday for Labor Day. For a public safety emergency, please call 911. To reach non-emergency dispatch for Police, Fire or Public Works,City of Wintersplease call (530) 795-4561.
  • Avian Influenza has been detected in a wild bird in Yolo County. HPAI can infect domestic poultry, other birds, animals, and humans, although the risk to the general public is very low. People should avoid direct contact with wild birds. More information is here.
  • Tragically, there is now an International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) created to raise awareness of overdose prevention and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. Accidental overdoses continue to skyrocket with the proliferation of fentanyl, which is lethal in small doses and undetectable to users. The County has partnered with others to encourage residents to carry Narcan and act quickly if an overdose is suspected. Our officers and firefighters do, and we can, too.
  • To apply for a job at the Fairfield Inn, please click here. Most businesses in town are looking for help so reach out to your favorite ones and walk to work! Save on gas, help benefit the environment.

Did You Know?

Community members report that yesterday’s helicopter buzzing overhead was PG&E doing line inspections…This lovely image was posted online using flightradar24.

 Upcoming Council Meeting – September 6, hybrid

There are a number of consent calendar items: purchase of a Fire command vehicle, annual Animal Control Contract with Yolo County, appointment of Karen Croley to the Senior Commission on Aging, MOU with the Firefighters, Main Street Closure for Carnitas Festival, and the updated work plan for the Natural Resources Commission. There are two presentations: a proclamation recognizing Fire Chief Brad Lopez for his 30 years of service and from SACOG regarding Blueprint 2024. The only discussion item relates to the Community Center emergency generator bid and alternative options for the OES grants. The Main Street closure for the High School Pep Rally was rescheduled to September 20 by the School District.

Woot Woot!

A group of dedicated Winters community members have been working hard on the campaign to fundraise for the new senior center. And while this project seems so close and yet so far, we continue to work toward obtaining the rights to the plans, which has been far more complicated than we anticipated given grant funding requirements, HCD back logs, the architectural firm that closed, and the separation of the senior center from Blue Mountain Terrace project in 2016.

In the meantime, for those hard at work helping to make sure the new center is outfitted with furniture, dishes, supplies, and the like and to those who have contributed already, and are thinking of donating, we thank you. This center will provide a space for seniors to come together for social, mental, physical, and nutritional well-being. It will nurture the bonds that keep this village together.

To donate, please visit https://www.wintersseniorcenter.com/ or reach out to Marlene Bell, Karen May, Sandy Vickery, or Taylor Buley for more information. Naming rights are still available for significant contributions, which they will be happy to share. Many thanks to this lead team for their efforts!

SEE ATTACHED PDF FOR THE I LOVE IT! COMMUNITY EDITION...


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08/26/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 26, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s Fourth Friday tonight. If you’re not at the football game in Dixon, hope to see you downtown!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Yolo County Library and its Friends are sponsoring a classic car show in Yolo, 5 minutes north of Woodland, on Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Carnitas Festival logoThe Carnitas Festival is September 24! The organizing committee is looking for cooks who want to participate in the carnitas competition and vendors for the festival. The festival is co-sponsored by the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee and Winters Community Corazón. For more information, please click here. The deadline to participate as a cook is August 30.
  • Pop with a Cop is Sunday, September 4th at City Park, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Come out and meet our local officers and enjoy a popsicle.
  • The Fairfield Inn is getting ready to open this fall! And they are hiring for all positions. Applications and walk-in interviews are available every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Woodland, 2100 Freeway Drive.
  • Yolo County Housing will accept online applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Project Based Voucher Programs. If you or someone you know needs housing assistance, please visit https://www.ych.ca.gov/. The application period closes September 7 at 5 p.m.
  • Yolo County Resource Conservation District & Office of Emergency Services has been working on developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The collaborative and strategic plan is designed to identify and mitigate fire risk. A community workshop to gather input for the West Yolo County area is scheduled for September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Guinda at the Grange Hall. Future workshops will be scheduled closer to Winters. For more information, click here.

Please Note:

meals on wheels

  • Timed parking enforcement will begin again in the downtown area. Please be aware of time zones and other restriction, such as handicap parking and EV charging.
  • PG&E is just about done with the work along Newt’s Expressway. AT&T will need to pull their wire through the new conduit next and Wave will need to remove their wire as they decided to discontinue service for that block. Anyone who has wave on that side of Main Street adjacent to Newt’s Expressway should select another provider. Once that work is done, AT&T will remove the poles. We’ll share the schedule for this remaining work once we have it.
  •  PG&E has been flying helicopters to inspect lines today and will finish tomorrow, in case you were wondering who was flying around in the countryside…
  • New drought regulations require that institutions turn off irrigation to turf areas, which the City has done around City Hall and the Community Center. Bubblers are still on for the trees. For water conservation information , please visit Save Our Water.

COVID-19
Please note we have several outbreaks of COVID in higher density housing with communal spaces. COVID is still here in the community, spreading and highly contagious. There are free test kits outside City Hall’s side door and free masks in the library. Free testing is also available through the School District. If you have a runny nose, bad head aches or allergy like symptoms, please test. COVID may not knock everyone flat, but it could be more harmful to immune compromised, the elderly or others with underlying health conditions. If positive, please isolate away from others and follow health guidelines here.

Upcoming Council Meeting
The next meeting is September 6, hybrid.

Woot Woot!
Good luck, Warriors, at tonight’s High School Playbook Game of the Week at Dixon this evening! The game begins at 7 p.m. at Dixon High School. https://www.kcra.com/article/high-school-playbook-preview-dixon-takes-on-rival-winters-downey-looks-to-keep-momentum/40992384

 


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08/12/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Sadly, I feel compelled to recognize that Winters lost another teenager this week in a motorcycle accident on Grant Monday evening. It feels like the community needs to give itself a huge collective hug and stay tight to help these families find their footings after so much tragedy. A 4th death and 5th tragic accident in as many weeks. Take care, everyone, and please look out for each other. Big hug.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Last weekend’s opening night of Midsummer Night’s Dream was a success! If you haven’t seen it, tickets are available here for final shows Friday and Saturday, August 12 & 13. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thank you, Winters Theater Company, and all the actors and support crew who made this event possible.

 

Please Note:

  • We have been hearing a lot about Monkeypox of late. This virus is related to smallpox and is transmitted through close physical contact or contact with bodily fluids, even on linens and towels. While the virus has circulated primarily through the gay and bi-sexual male community, anyone can become infected, especially within the same household. For more information, please visit the Yolo County Monkeypox landing page here.
  • School is back in session so the pool schedule has changed; please click here for the schedule through October. Because the pool is on school property, we are unable to run public programs during school hours. Open and lap swim times are available throughout the week.

Did You Know?

COVID-19

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Good news ~ COVID concentrations in our local wastewater have come down dramatically in Winters, although county-wide transmission is still considered high. Please note, the dominant variant BA.5 does have the ability to reinfect, even if vaccinated, boosted, or previously infected with BA.5. Health officials strongly recommend wearing masks indoors, particularly if anyone is immunocompromised.

  • Anyone over the age of 50 or immune-compromised is eligible for a second booster, which is also strongly recommended to minimize the risk of serious illness. The CDC is also evaluating opening up second booster to anyone 18 years or older later this fall.
  • Beginning in the fall, boosters will be formulated specifically to help prevent BA.5 infection; however, health officials advise to not wait and to getboosted now if eligible.
  • Free masks are available at the Winters Library. Free testing is still available at the Winters Unified School District headquarters. And the City of Winters is partnering with the County to host a free COVID test kit dispensary machine, which is located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. Finally, Winters Healthcare is an excellent option for testing and vaccinations. No appointments necessary.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is September 6th. And the new sound board is in!

Woot Woot!

A happy 25th anniversary to Sgt. Albert Ramos! Sgt. Ramos was raised in Winters, graduating from Winters High School in 1989. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Sgt. Ramos worked as a clerk at Yolo County Traffic Division and later joined the Winters Police Department in 1997.  He was recognized as the “Officer of the Year” in 1998. In 2004, he received his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and promoted to Corporal. In 2016 he promoted to Sergeant and in 2020 received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, also from Ashworth College.  He is married with four children and has always felt blessed to work and raise his family in Winters. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, listening to music, watching movies, taking walks, and spending time with family. For more information about Sgt. Ramos and our other Police staff, please visit Behind the Badge on the Police Department landing page.

In other public safety news, please congratulate Fire Captain Matt Schechla on his appointment as Acting Fire Chief effective August 22nd following Chief Lopez’ departure to Suisun City. Captain Schechla will do a great job juggling shift duties as Acting Chief. Together with our excellent team of paid and volunteer fire personnel, the Department will continue its mission of excellence during the Fire Chief recruitment, which should be posted soon. Thank you, all!

 

 

 


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08/05/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
August 5, 2022

Greetings, all. Don’t forget Shakespeare under the stars, beginning this weekend, produced by the Winters Theater Company. Thursday night live music in Rotary Park continues through August, courtesy of the Downtown Business Association. And Main Street is still poppin’ with live music on Friday nights. Music begins at 7 p.m. both nights.  And don’t forget to put Fourth Fridays on your calendar for more activities and programs downtown.

Don’t Miss Out!

This Saturday, August, 6, from 6 – 8:00 p.m. is Root Beer Floats with a Cop at Pizza Factory, 108 Main Street. Come by to meet our local officers who help keep Winters safe and peaceful. Thank you, Chuck, for hosting.

Please Note:

  • Yolo County has reported the first human case of West Nile Virus in the County, which is caused by a bite from infected mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, bodyaches, nausea, vomiting and something swollen lymph glands. The best way to prevent mosquito borne illnesses is to drain any standing water, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors in areas with active mosquitoes or wear repellent, and make sure open doors or windows have screens. For more information, visit fightthebite.net.
  • The City of Winters is looking for one more commissioner for the Winters Senior Commission on Aging. The commission focuses on programming and resource opportunities for seniors and will assist with developing the list of furniture and fixtures needed to outfit the new senior center. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m. More information is here. To apply, click here.
  • Work at Three Oaks Park has picked up steam. Trees have been replaced and are being inspected by our consulting arborist. Irrigation continues to be addressed. Final lighting fixtures have been installed, and some concrete repair should soon be completed. We’re beginning to get ready to start final punch list items and work out a warranty agreement for newly planted trees. Once the park is officially “accepted” as meeting standards, the 90 day period will begin.
  • Work at Shandalla Estates (LDS / Crowne Communities) has been put on hold while the framing crew has been transferred to Arizona to complete a project. They should be back in September. This project will provide slightly smaller one-story homes (1,500 – 1,850 square feet) on smaller lots, making them more “affordable by design.” Click on the link for more information.
  • For those of you who have been tracking the senior center project, we are finally making some good progress on obtaining the rights to the construction plans. We met this week with the architect and again with State HCD to iron out some complicated questions regarding architectural rights and services under the approved grant. The complications related to the senior center project being initially combined with the adjacent Blue Mountain Terrace project and then split out and returned to the City. We’re finally optimistic we may be on a path to move forward. At the risk of prematurely sharing news, we hope to bring a purchase agreement to Council in September to obtain the rights to the plans.

Did You Know?

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council approved an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with NeighborWorks (NW) to kick start the self-help affordable housing project in Winters Highlands, once again. 24 lots are earmarked for moderate income applicants (80-120% AMI) who can devote time to help construct their homes. NW will submit an application to USDA in September to help fund construction. Once funding has been secured, we’ll actively encourage income eligible people to apply.

Are you looking for resource referral information, related to health, housing, food, legal assistance, and any number of other services? 211 Yolo is a joint service with Sacramento County that refers residents to over 1,600 providers. You can dial 2-1-1 or email info@211sacramento.org to connect with an operator.

  • Did you know that downtown Winters is listed on the National Registry of Historic Districts? Curious about the downtown buildings?  Check out hmdb.org. You can click on the “Near You” button to find more fun facts or plan a historic scavenger hunt. Even easier if friends and family visit, book a tour through Yolo 365 Tours. Bites, tastings, and tours ~ a great way to decompress, enjoy good company and savor the moments.

Upcoming Council Meeting

No Council meeting on August 16 to allow for some vacation and family time. The next Council meeting will be September 6, via Zoom and in-person. We continue to work on addressing audio issues; we fix one side of the equation and seem to be pushing problems to another side. We’ve ordered a new sound board that we hope will stabilize audio inputs and outputs.

Woot Woot!

A huge shout out to Fire Chief Brad Lopez who, after nearly thirty years of service to the Winters community, has accepted the Fire Chief position with Suisun City. Chief Lopez first began as a volunteer with the Winters Fire Protection District, was hired and promoted, and then crossed over into the City’s Fire Department in 2011 when the City took over as lead service provider for the town and the 80 square mile district. He was promoted to chief three years ago. Brad is the consummate fire professional: dedicated, calm, experienced, thoughtful, and committed to the community’s public safety. He will be sorely missed at the Fire Station and City Hall, but we’ll still see him around town. Please thank him for his service and wish him all the best. His last day with us will be August 21st. Yup, that’s a Sunday. He begins in Suisun City that Monday. Thank you, Chief.


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07/29/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.  The weather is glorious out, not too hot by Yolo standards. What a great time to stroll downtown. Don’t forget to check out upcoming events and activities in all the usual places.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Theater Company is back with Shakespeare in the park and under the stars! Don’t forget to get your tickets, grab your lawn chair and pack your snackies. Performances of Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Community Center amphitheater are scheduled for August 5, 6, 12, and 13. Tickets are $10 for 13 years and older.
  •  August 6 is Tire Amnesty Day! Residents can take up to 9 tires to the Yolo County landfill (9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Up to 20 tires can be accepted with an approved exemption. For more information, please call 530-666-8856.

 Did You Know?

Paving has begun in the Hideaways (Phases 3, 4, & 5) of Winters Highland. This is the extension of Scotty Way.  For all of our newer residents who aren’t familiar, this road is named in honor of Scotty Dozier, who passed in 2014. Scotty served as the Chief of the Winters Fire Protection District and was the City’s first Fire Chief when a municipal department was formed in 2011. Scotty spent 36 years working on behalf of greater Winters and was a legend locally and throughout the Yolo Fire community. He led the modernization of our Fire Department from a volunteer force to a 24/7 operation. So, when you drive down Scotty Way, please send a thank you his way for his dedicated service.

  • The State of California, through SB 1383, requires organic recycling. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste inlandfills emits 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma. Reducing organic waste that goes into the landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. Please consider getting rid of your food scraps in your green waste bin or through back yard composting.

  Please Note:

  • Starting July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number has transitioned to an easy to remember 988 Like 911 to call in emergencies, 988 is the number to call for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis. You can also text 988 or chat at Lifeline (www.988lifeline.org) and connect with trained counselors. Mental health, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide are real problems facings hundreds of thousands of people and their families across the country. If you need help, please reach out. If you suspect someone is at a breaking point, please contact Suicide Prevention of Yolo County.
  • The contractor for Homes By Town is making good progress at Three Oaks Park. About 40+ trees have been or will be replaced by the end of next week, and irrigation repaired in various areas. Any deficient plants will also be replaced. If progress continues at this recent pace, our goal is to have the park enter into its 90-day maintenance period mid- to late August, which means the developer will still be responsible for park maintenance. The newly planted trees and landscaping will need time to establish before wear and tear from the public, so we will still request that the public remain out of the park until it is accepted later in the fall.

In discussions with the landscape architect, the dog park areas were planted with native grasses, which are not intended to be irrigated once established. The grass goes dormant without irrigation and regerminates with cooler weather and rain fall. The grass is intended to serve as erosion control since both dog parks also serve as a retention area and storm drain inlet (hence their bowl designs). The City will authorize that irrigation to be turned off once we’re satisfied the grass has substantially taken root.

  • Installation of new pathway lighting for Blue Oak Park will be completed next week.
  • The undergrounding of utilities along Newt’s Expressway is progressing. The recent work stop due to COVID will set the schedule back a week or two. When PG&E is done, they will cut the tops of the poles off along the alley. We do not yet have a schedule for when AT&T will return to pull their wires into the new underground conduit. Wave / Astound will need to remove their facilities, at which point that block of Main Street will not have access to Wave services. Once AT&T is done undergrounding, AT&T will remove the poles.
  • Link21 is a long-range transportation program to transform passenger rail in the 21-county Northern California mega-region. Link21 is creating an Equity Advisory Council (EAC) to provide a forum for meaningful community collaboration to advance equity throughout the Program’s development and implementation. If you’re interested in regional transit and social equity, this could be for you. For more information, please click here. Applications are due August 21st.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our agenda management system is hiccupping badly today, across the Cloud, so we are posting the packet the old-fashioned way as one scanned copy. https://www.cityofwinters.org/city-council-meetings_/ Please scroll to the bottom to find Tuesday’s packet, which will be posted by tomorrow at 5 p.m. We’re hoping Granicus fixes its issue and the usual agenda packet with hyperlinks will be available before the meeting.

Items of interest include: appointing Eleanor Yeatman to the Senior Commission on Aging, adoption of the new Grading Ordinance, Downtown Fall Festival Main Street closure request, adoption of amended construction standards, agreement with Wood Rodgers for the design of the I-505 bridge widening project, a public hearing to consider a new grading permit fee, consideration of an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with NeighborWorks for the self-help housing project, and a requested loan deferral for the Cradwick Building.

Woot Woot!

We are excited to introduce the City’s Pre-Approved ADU Program. Approved by Council and grant funded, the City has acquired three sets of accessory dwelling unit (ADU) construction plans to offer to Winters residents at no cost. Staff has created this Pre-Approved ADU Program to assist property owners interested in constructing an ADU on their property. The models range in size from 496 to 749 square feet. More information is on the City’s website at https://www.cityofwinters.org/pre-approved-adu-program/.  Please note the plans are at no cost; however, there may be additional costs associated with energy code compliance, fire sprinklers, and solar. A big thank you to Senior Planner Kirk Skierski for getting this new program over the finish line. For any questions, please review our new landing page and then contact Planning at (530) 794-6718.

 

 


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07/22/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
July 22, 2022

Greetings, all. Tonight is Fourth Friday downtown beginning at 6 p.m. Live music by Mike Blanchard and the Californios begins at 7 p.m. Thank you, Downtown Business Association and Discover Winters, for coordinating. And don’t forget Thursday nights in Rotary Park ~ live music begins at 7 p.m. Bring your chairs and snackies and let the kids run free. Next Thursday is Latin rhythms with Afincao, sponsored by Winters Friends of the Library.

Don’t Miss Out!

Shakespeare returns beginning August 5th with Midsummer Night’s Dream at the amphitheater behind the Community Center. Produced by the Winters Theater Company, tickets are $10 for 13 and older. The actors and producers are buzzing as they get ready for show day!

The 4th annual Winters Healthcare Dinner on the bridge will be held Saturday, September 10 on the historic trestle bridge. Come and mingle with your neighbors and community members while enjoying a beautiful late summer three-course plated dinner, live music, local beer and wine, and a raffle!  Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online here. Early bird pricing ends July 31st. For questions, please contact Lilly Steward at lsteward@wintershealth.org or by calling 530-795-4377, ext.1057.

Did You Know?

  • Visit Yolo is a regional partnership funded by a special tax paid by guests at local hotels. The funds help promote tourism bringing people into town, which not only helps the hotel but local businesses as well and the City. Sales tax and Transient Occupancy Taxes are critical general fund revenue sources for the City of Winters. Through Visit Yolo, Winters was recently highlighted in a Bay Area newspaper. https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/07/19/wine-tasting-itinerary-wine-hikes-and-bites-in-winters/. So if you’re looking for a great weekend already planned out for you, or are not sure what to do with those out of town weekend guests, Visit Yolo has great experiences at the ready.PG&E
  • The summer season has been relatively -uiet locally (we’re not allowed to say the Q word in public safety). However, it’s always best to be prepared for potential power outages due to weather or fire that can interfere with transmission lines. To sign up for outage alerts, please click here. PG&E weather monitoring and fire information is here. Live feed for wildfire cameras in the area is available through Alert Wildfire here.

Please Note:

  • Work is on hold with Newt’s Expressway until at least Tuesday. Several members of the construction crew have COVID. We wish them a speedy recovery.
  • The nomination period has opened for local elections. As candidates pull papers, we will post that information here. Information about running for office is provide on the City’s landing page here.  The nomination period closes on August 12th, if no incumbents pull papers, the nomination period is extended to August 18th. If you are interested in running for Council, please contact cityclerk@cityofwinters.org to schedule an appointment. If you are interested in signing a nomination form for a candidate, please note the following:
    • You must be a registered voter within the City limits.
    • You may only sign once per candidate.
    • With three seats open you may not sign for more than three candidates.
  • The Winters Unified School District has kicked off its search for our next superintendent. More information about the process is here. The target start date is November 1.
  • The Sacramento Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District (SYMVCD) continues to collect an invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti in Winters. This mosquito causes yellow fever. An effective way to control the spread of this mosquito is through aerial spraying, which has begun in the Winters area. To receive notifications, click here. For updates, here.

COVID-19

  • Healthy Yolo Together (HYT) has stopped providing local genome testing of COVID-19 and instead has pivoted to a wastewater testing program to monitor levels of COVID-19 variants in the waste stream. The City of Winters participates in this sampling program along with several other facilities in the County. Testing data for Yolo County, including Winters, is available at https://healthycvtogether.org/. The data looks a bit like the Swiss Alps with ups and downs.

 Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is August 2nd. Please note there will be no meeting on August 16 so Council and staff can take a summer break.

Woot Woot!

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, we ceremonially swore in new officers and a community services officer who have joined us in recent months; a big shout out to them and all the staff that have recently joined the City of Winters. We have a number of new employees as the organization has transitioned in recent years; and each of them works hard every day to serve the community.

If you would like to get to know our police staff, please swing by Pizza Factory on August 6 between 6 – 8 p.m. for a slice of pizza and a root beer float.


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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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07/08/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
July 8, 2022

Greetings, all. The weather was pretty phenomenal this last week. Perfect for Music in the Park on Thursday nights, beginning at 7 p.m. Winters Friends of the Library are sponsoring the July series. For more things to do, check out www.discoverwinters.com and your favorite destinations for activities, music, libations and food. Downtown Winters is popping on the weekends!

Please Note:

  • The utility contractor for Walnut 10 has been given permission to work on Saturday to complete the installation of a water main. Work is not to begin before 8 a.m. Labor and material shortages have plaguedthe builders, along with every industry, so we are accommodating fluctuating schedules to help builders manage timelines and costs.
  • The Yolo County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Advisory Committee seeks committee members interested in the delivery of IHSS. The IHSS program helps eligible persons with disabilities remain safely in their homes, helping pay for authorized domestic and personal-care services. The committee has current openings for four consumers and two residents; applicants may live in any part of Yolo County. The Board of Supervisors appoints members to four-year terms. Applications can be found and submitted at yolocounty.org/government/board-of-supervisors/advisory-bodies.
  • Calling all history buffs ~ The Friends of Yolo County Archives have issued their latest newsletter https://www.friendsyca.org/news/newsletter, highlighting the Blowers Family “Fruit, Family, and Leadership in Farming”, and the Capay Valley Telephone Company. The Winters Museum exhibit “Remembering Monticello” is also featured. If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit, it’s well worth a visit and some thought about whether public benefit supersedes private property rights. The Winters Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. at 13 Russell Street.
  • Several individuals will be cited for illegal fireworks last weekend. As someone shared with me, not only are animals terrified by fireworks and homemade M-80s, veterans with PTSD are jolted by trauma every time an unexpected blast goes off. And we can’t ignore the risk of injury or fire. Despite the “we’ve always done it,” let’s hope next year the only fireworks are those shot by professionals during the event.

Did You Know?

  • Your Ride from Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) provides low cost on-call door-to-door service between Winters and El Rio Villa to Davis and Vacaville Monday through Saturday. More information is at yolobus.com/yourride/.

COVID-19

  • Omicron sub-variants B.4 and B.5 are proving to be highly contagious and have the ability to re-infect individuals who have already had COVID. Testing and isolating when contagious are important to minimize exposing others. Masks are strongly recommended, particularly indoors, for people who are immune compromised or just don’t want the inconvenience of having to isolate for 1-2 weeks.
    • The school district continues to provide free community COVID testing. Click here for more information. Thank you, WJUSD.
    • Free rapid tests are available at the Winters Library. Thank you, Yolo County.
    • Retail pharmacies have home antigen test kits available for purchase, and insurance companies, including Medicare and Medi-Cal, are required to reimburse each member for up to eight tests each month. Many pharmacies bill insurances directly so customers pay nothing out of pocket.
    • All U.S. households can order three rounds of free COVID antigen test kits through the US Postal Service at COVID.gov/tests for home delivery.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is July 19, via Zoom and in-person. An interesting note, the public mostly continues to participate remotely with some staff and councilmembers attending in-person. Remote access to public meetings has increased public participation in local governance in Winters and elsewhere, which is a positive outcome from the pandemic. State legislators are discussing if and how to amend the Brown Act to allow remote participation beyond the pandemic emergency declaration. We are closely monitoring potential regulatory changes.

Woot Woot!

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to make the Fireworks Show a success: The Mariani Family who allowed us to use their dirt parking lots for paid parking and the School District for the same. To Taylor Buley, the volunteers and lifeguards who worked the parking lots and gates, collecting payments and donations. To the Public Works team for setting up, cleaning up and working the event. To Police and Fire who kept us safe and traffic moving. To all the attendees for keeping the field family friendly and cleaning up after themselves. And to all the food trucks and popup vendors who offered amazing food for the thousands of people at and around the field. And most of all, to Fireworks America for an amazing show and those extra shells ~ the grand finale was spectacular. We raised approximately $12,000 toward the $20,000 event costs. Thank you, everyone!

 


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Counseling Services Available through WJUSD

Good morning, all. The recent tragedies involving local youth have been heartbreaking. Please see below the link to a message from WJUSD Acting Superintendent Phoebe Girimonte regarding counseling services and other support available through the school district and other providers, like RISE. If you or anyone you know is struggling with these tragedies, please do not hesitate to reach out. Services will be available this week from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (530) 787-4110 or email Alejandra Flores at aflores@riseinc.org.

Our deepest sympathies to all who have lost a loved one and friend in these tragedies, and to the family and friends of Eduardo Fierros as the search for his whereabouts continues. You are all in our hearts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Kathleen


Winters Joint Unified School District

Counseling Services Available

Please click the link below to read a message from Acting Superintendent Phoebe Girimonte regarding counseling services available to the community this week.

English and Spanish can be found in the same link.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11nwo1YVx70H_2Y8qH6zCubyuB7VdQ4Qf/view?usp=sharing

 

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