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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  http://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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07/01/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
July 1, 2022

Greetings, all. We’re all about the July 3rd FIREWORKS SHOW today! Click on the link for more information.

The show will begin Sunday after 9:15 when it’s completely dark. Launch site is from the High School; field gates open at 5 p.m.

  • Alcohol is prohibited on school property; no glass on the field, please. Bags will be checked at the gates.
  • Food trucks and pop-up tents will be on Hemenway and behind the bleachers – we have A LOT this year!
  • Pre-show music is provided by local DJ Barnett through a generous contribution from the Winters Volunteer Fire Fighters. Thank you!
  • We anticipate heavy traffic in and out of town. Please do not walk in streets; stay on the sidewalk. Please cross Grant Avenue at traffic signals.
  • To facilitate traffic leaving town after the show, PD will place all Grant Avenue lights on flash and allow only right on right for the side streets. This will allow departing traffic to clear more quickly; we appreciate your understanding this temporary inconvenience for drivers trying to cross Grant to head to the north side of town. Please give PD about an hour after themeals on wheels

    show to clear the traffic.

  • PARKING: The dirt lots on Railroad will be paid parking, $10 cash. Thank you, Marianis! The high school lots on Railroad will be paid parking $10 – cards only. These fees help offset the cost of the show. Parking on the east side of Hemenway adjacent to the field is for food trucks, vendors, and event coordinators.
  • FUNDING: The event will cost approximately $20,000. The show itself is $18,000 for July 3rd and would have been more for July 4th – since people have asked. We’ve raised about $5,000 indollar icon

    donations and vendor fees thus far. Plus the $4,600 in the fund. We expect parking fees and gate donations to generate about $3,000. We are still short about $6,000 plus to fund this event. To donate, please click here.

  • CORPORATE SPONSORS: It’s not too late to donate! We’ll acknowledge your minimum donation of $1,000 throughout the event, on our website and with a certificate of appreciation at Council. Please email trepa@cityofwinters.org for you would like to donate $1,000 or more. Thank you!
  • VOLUNTEERS: We appreciate everyone who has signed up to help support this community event at a gate or a parking lot entrance. We pay staff to fill in if we don’t have enough support. A huge thank you to Taylor Buley for his help coordinating volunteers. If you have signed up to volunteer, please come to the football field at 4:15 p.m. Hemenway Gate.

Illegal Fireworks:

  • Please don’t shoot them off. They are dangerous, cause fires, disturb others, and scare pets. Violators could be cited $1,000.
  • The City recently launched the Nail'em" App for mobile devices; created by TNT Fireworks, the app is a tool to report anonymously the sale and use of illegal fireworks. By downloading the application to your iPhone or Android (links provided below), you can report the use of illegal fireworks. Sending a report through the Nail' em" App, will NOT solicit an immediate response from PD or Fire. The information will be sent to and reviewed by our Code Enforcement Division. A $1,000.00 administrative fine may be assessed to homeowners and hosts of gatherings if sufficient documentation has been provided.

We also encourage you to report illegal fireworks, by calling our non-emergency dispatch number at 530-795-4561. They will need as much specific information possible, such as location. Please help your First Responders ensure our community celebrates safely this year by using only approved Safe and Sane Fireworks!

For more information about this app, please watch the video at: https://fb.watch/dX7EQ94Z2I/
Android Users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPtXmUrP_IA
iPhone Users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTo2LFeuPio

Did You Know?

  • The animal shelter is full of adoptable dogs, cats and kittens! The Friends of Yolo County Animal Services are looking for forever homes, foster parents, volunteers and donations. Please visit friendsofycas.org or visit County Animal Services.

Upcoming Council Meeting – July 5th

The packet is linked here. The consent calendar includes appointing a delegate to the League of California Cities Annual Business Meeting, approving the city-wide maintenance district annual assessment, and the adoption of the new tow ordinance. Discussion items include an update to the Emergency Operations Plan and a discussion regarding site coverage.

Woot Woot!

Hotel Winters received a 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award from Trip Advisor! Joining an elite group of hotels, Hotel Winters has been a tremendous economic partner for the City of Winters and the downtown businesses. The hotel also generates transient occupancy tax (TOT) that goes into the City’s General Fund, which helps fund general operations. Hotel Winters is a critical part of the Yolo Countryside event business, providing lodging for people who attend weddings and events at beautiful facilities in the country. People shop and dine while they are here, helping to support our local businesses. So congratulations to the Hotel Winters’ team, and thank you for your community support.


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06/24/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
June 24, 2022

Greetings, all. Discover Winters is a great place to check out wonderful weekend activities and adventures, right here in our own backyard.  This Saturday has a number of different events, noted below. It will be a busy weekend ~ enjoy!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • If you’re interested in running for a City Council seat (3 seats are open in November), please join us Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. in the large conference at City Hall – Abbey Street entrance. Staff will present general information about the role of the City Council and an overview of the election process. Two Councilmembers will also be on hand to answer questions. The forum is expected to last about two hours, depending on how many people participate and the number of questions. Please visit our elections landing page for more information. This site will be updated when the nomination period opens on July 18.
  • Don’t let the heat discourage you from attending the garden talk and tour presented by the Master Gardeners of Yolo County at the Winters Library Teaching Garden (708 Railroad Avenue,flowerWinters) on June 25thfrom 10:00 am to 12 noon. Enjoy the summer warmth, sip a cool drink, and learn how to create a garden with year-round blooms and vital food sources for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The Master Gardeners will be available to answer all your gardening questions, and you can attend the talk at 10:30 am, Pollinators and their Plants for All Seasons. Take this opportunity to see pollinator plants in bloom and ask questions about which plants will work best in your garden.
  • Winters Farm to School event is Saturday, June 25 beginning at 11:30. A crowd favorite, tickets are still available online.
  • The Winters Elder Day Council is hosting a birthday celebration for residents 90 years of age and older at the Community Center on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 2 p.m. Happy birthday to all those wise ones!
  • Surprise! The State is still looking for employees. YoloWorks!, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, and the Yolo County Workforce Innovation Board, in partnership with the Californiadollar iconDepartment of Housing and Community Development (HCD), are hosting a Virtual Diversity Career Fair on June 28. This diversity virtual career fair provides job seekers the opportunity to connect to three divisions at HCD to discuss available opportunities.
  • And, yes, our local businesses need help, too! Please consider working local to save on gas, reduce vehicle emissions, and get your steps in! There is no better way to get to know your community.
  • The July 3rd Fireworks Show is going to rock out this year. Music by DJ Barnett will be sponsored by our volunteer fire fighters and staff has lined up twice as many food trucks and pop up tents behind the bleachers. Check out the City’s Instagram and Facebook accounts for vendor information. I’m heading to the lobster truck for a New England lobster roll! Gates open at 5 p.m. To volunteer to support the event, please click here. We need assistance at the gates to the football field and at the paid parking lots. Once the lots are full (a couple hours), volunteers can leave. The shift for gate greeters is about 4 hours. Thank you for helping!

Did You Know?

  • There are so many interesting people who live in the Winters area. My newsfeed revealed another, Craig McNamara, who recently published his memoir “Because our Fathers Lied” about the Vietnam War….This town has such an amazing mix of people.

COVID-19

  • The school district continues to offer COVID testing at the District Offices, 909 W. Grant Ave.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is July 5th, hybrid: in person and via remote.

Woot Woot!

https://kcra.com/article/vegetation-fire-burns-near-winters/40383915

A big shout out to the Winters Fire Department and other fire agencies for their quick response to the Wintu Fire yesterday. The Winters Department is hybrid volunteer department with full-time paid management and an engineer. This small and mighty team puts in an extraordinary amount of overtime working to protect the community and respond to fires across the State. And we need more volunteers! For more information, please contact the Fire Department. More information is here.


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06/17/2022 City Manager’s Friday Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
June 17, 2022

Greetings, all. Don’t miss out on the live music downtown all summer long. Thursday night Music in Rotary Park begins at 7 p.m. and live music on Main Street begins at 7 p.m. on Fridays. More information is posted at https://www.discoverwinters.com/events . Join your neighbors and come get your groove on!

COVID-19

  • And it is still spreading. New more highly contagious sub-variants have evolved that can evade prior infection and immunization. Please consider your health risks and others when in public.

Don’t Miss Out!

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  • The Fire Works Show is July 3rd. More information is at 3rd of July | City of Winters, including a link if you would like to donate to the event fund. The team has secured food trucks and vendors tosupport the family-friendly event at the Football Field. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show begins around 9:15. Please NO ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.
  • Safe and Sane Fireworks will be available for purchase at a booth located in front of Lorenzo’s later this month. Proceeds support Little League and the City’s youth aquatic program. Please consider volunteering at the booth by contacting Kathy Cowan directly or emailing kathleen.trepa@cityofwinters.org and I’ll forward your information along.
  • Want to learn more about serving on the City Council? The City is hosting a Candidates Forum on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 9 a.m. to noon in the large conference room, Abbey Street entrance. Information will be posted here. At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Council will adopt a resolution calling for the election and requesting that the local election consolidate with the General Election on November 8. The nomination period will open July 18 and close in August.
  • The Winters Participation Gallery (WPG) is gearing up for its next mural.  The new mural will be located on the north side of the Winters Post Office.  The board of the WPG is looking for more students to participate in the project.  The project is set to begin on June 20th.  Any middle school and high school student can join the project.  Interested students should contact Liz Coman at lcoman@wintersjusd.org.  For more information on the mural project, please visit https://www.wintersparticipationgallery.org/.

Please Note:

  • Thank you, Yolo Resource Conservation District, for eradicating a patch of silver leaf night shade along the Nature Park trail near the Community Center. This invasive weed is difficult to control once established.
  • Yolo County is partnering with other agricultural counties to coordinate a pesticide collection event to safely dispose of these chemicals. To determine what service levels are necessary, please pre-register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/legacypesticides. More information is here.
  • The School District is coordinating a project to replace the flooring in the restrooms at the Bobbie Greenwood Swim Center. Thank you!

 Upcoming Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 21

Items include the adoption of the FY 22-23 operating and Capital Improvement Program budgets; a fee for Carry Concealed Weapons Permits recently delegated to local agencies from the Yolo County Sheriff; an update to the City’s Conflict of Interest Code to reflect new staff titles; an introduction of new Police initiated tow ordinance; a contract extension for Bureau Veritas; and a resolution calling for a local Council election. The packet will be posted here by the end of the day.

As a reminder, you can participate via Zoom or in-person at the Council Chambers. If you are sick, please do not attend in person. You may also watch the live stream of the Council meeting on the City’s website at the same link above.

Woot Woot!

Congratulations to the Winters 50/70 Little League team on their recent championship win following a three-day tournament! The final score against Davis was 11-1 in the last game. Kudos for all the hard work from the players and the many family and community members that support the League.


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06/10/2022 Message of Support to the Community

WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)

Good evening, all. Please see below and attached a message from Superintendent Jimenez regarding counseling and supportive services that are available to the community following yesterday’s tragic loss.
There is also a community-coordinated candlelight vigil planned for this evening at the high school football field beginning at 8 p.m. Candle lighting will begin at 9 p.m. Please bring candles for yourself and others.

Kathleen


Good evening Community Partners,

In light of yesterday's tragic event, attached you will find our message to the community that shares our counseling and support response and additional resources.
We would appreciate it if you would share this information with the community.
Thank you for all you do to support our scholars and families.

Diana
WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)
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Diana M. Jiménez
Superintendent
Winters Joint Unified School District

 


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06/10/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
June 10, 2022

Greetings, all.

Fireworks Show~ July 3rd

  • We’re looking for volunteers to help us with the July 3rd Fireworks Show: parking attendants, food truck wranglers, welcome team at the football field gates, and a pick-up crew the next day. More information is here. To register as a volunteer, visit https://bit.ly/fireworkheroes. A big thank you to Taylor Buley for coordinating the volunteers again this year! It’s a great way to spend time with neighbors and friends and contribute to a much-loved community event.dollar icon
  • A related tidbit, Hotel Winters will offer a weekend promotion for the July 3rd fireworks show that will include a rooftop viewing party for the event. Watch their social media and website for more information. Last year we estimated approximately 5,000 people came out to watch the show. The rooftop lounge at Hotel Winters should be the best spot in town for this event, after the football field, of course.
  • If you would like to donate to support the fireworks show, please drop a check into the payment box in front of City Hall – or mail it in – marking “fireworks show” on the memo line. We’re hoping to raiseabout $16,000. The total cost of the event is about $20,000, including $18,000 for the actual fireworks show.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Looking for weekend adventures? It’s sunflower time! Sunflower Experience Passes are available through July 15.
  • Thursday nights June – August is Music in the Park at the Gazebo, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring your deck chairs and snackies, and let your kids dance like no one is watching. The Winters Friends of the Library sponsor the month of July while the Downtown Business Association and other non-profits help coordinate June and August.
  • Calling all businesses! Visit Yolo is offering two free virtual workshops with Miles Partnership to provide hands-on assistance with optimizing business presence on Google, Yelp and Trip Advisor. Online business profiles are the single largest source of organic (non-paid) exposure to customers. Learn more by clicking here or contacting Tiffany Dozier at tiffany@visityolo.com.

Please Note:

  • The City has authorized an early start to weekday work for construction in the tracts. When temperatures are forecasted to reach 95 degrees or higher, work may begin at 6 a.m. We’ve asked that back up beepers be turned off to the degree possible in the early morning. We’ve also authorized Saturday work for the next 4 weeks beginning no sooner than 8 a.m. for outside construction. The extra day will help the infrastructure teams complete their work before the rainy season (fingers crossed we have one) and to help catch up for labor shortages and COVID delays.
  • Waste Management is releasing the next service schedule for July 2022 – June 2023. Please note the City will be divided in half by Grant Avenue for brush collection and street sweeping so there will be a schedule for the north side of town and a different schedule for south of Grant.
  • Also, waste collection and disposal costs will also be going up. Effective July 1, 2022, the annual rate increase for WM services will be approximately 3.5%. Notifications will be included in the next billing cycle.
  • For a little good news, the new control panel for the pool heater is scheduled to be installed on Tuesday. Fingers crossed.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is June 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Via Zoom or in-person in the Council Chambers.

With Deepest Sympathies

The tragic accident yesterday afternoon that claimed the lives of two Winters teen-agers has weighed heavily. The unimaginable grief for those families and friends is heartbreaking.  As the community comes together to support them and each other, I would also like to recognize the heroic efforts of the first responders from Winters, Vacaville and the California Highway Patrol. These are extremely difficult calls. Thank you for your service. Our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these young lives so tragically lost.
WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)


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06/03/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 

June 3, 2022

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

COVID-19

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

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

Upcoming Council Meeting – June 7

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

Woot Woot!

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


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05/27/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 27, 2022

Greetings, all. On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor service men and women across the armed forces, past and present, who have dedicated their lives in service this county and other countries around the globe, and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It’s also important to recognize those families and friends who help sustain those service members and each other so the mission can go on… Semper Fi.

Please Note:

  • Congratulations to all the Solano Academy graduates! The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station. The City of Winters partners with Solano Community College to host the fire academy, which helps us recruit volunteers and generates rental income for the City. And we could use more volunteers, for local coverage and state-wide wild fire response. Fore more information, please visit https://www.wintersfire.org/volunteer-program/.
  • Residents love Winters for its historic charm and family friendly environment. However, crimes of opportunity still occur, so please remember to lock your cars and don’t leave valuables in sight. A recent example of “I wish I hadn’t done that” ~ someone left a car running and someone else drove it away. The driver crashed the car in Solano County and was booked by Solano SO.
  • Construction along Newt’s Expressway will begin the week of June 6. Please avoid walking and driving down the alley during construction. Once PG&E is done, AT&T will follow, and the new EV charging station at the corner of the parking lot against First Street can be installed.
  • Home construction work has been authorized in the tracts for Monday, after 8 a.m. Most work should be relatively quiet. The supply chain shortages have been incredibly impactful for new construction, prompting the City to issue temporary certificates of occupancies for new homeowners as long as one bathroom is functional and a stove has been installed. People are moving in without kitchen cabinets, garage doors and all bathrooms completed. Craziness.

Don’t Miss Out!

  •  Tonight is Fourth Friday downtown! Come one, come all! Food, music, family and fun ~ beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Yolo County Library invites residents to attend its free Juneteenth Holiday Celebration on Sunday, June 5th, from 11 am to 5 pm at the UC Davis Conference Center and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The event will honor Black artists and artisans, performers, elders, and musicians. The family-friendly celebration will include live entertainment, educational presentations, art displays, activities for youth, giveaways, artisan vendors, food trucks, sponsor tables, and more. Residents can learn more by visiting: https://www.yolojuneteenth.org.
  • Yolo Works will host an in-person Job Fair on June 16from 10 am to 2 pm at the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Up to 60 participating employers are recruiting job seekers for job opportunities in Customer Service, IT, Healthcare, Sales, Food Service, Manufacturing, Trucking, Warehouse, & Hospitality. More information is at yoloworks.org.
  • Don’t forget to VOTE! You can mail in or drop off your ballot at multiple locations across the County, click here. You can also vote in person at the Public Safety Facility, 702 Main Street, beginning Saturday, June 4. This site will be open through Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

  • The Sacramento Area Council of Governments is working toward a six-county regional trail network for walking and biking. Want to get out and explore the region on foot or bike? Click here or visit readysettrails.com.
  • For Gardeners ~ Free compost is available at the Yolo Landfill. More information is here.
  • Yolo County is now offering a monthly payment service for property tax payments.

COVID-19

Yup, COVID is still surging, although the good news is that hospitalizations remain low. At work or home vaccination for any dose is still available through the County by calling 530-902-3230.

Upcoming Council Meeting

June 7 is the next Council meeting, which will be hybrid for the public, staff and Council. You may either Zoom in via the link or participate in person. Masks are optional, although recommended given the recent surge in COVID. If you are sick, please do not attend in person.

Woot Woot!

Sharing some more photos of the mulch spreading and updated staining of the phenomenal play equipment at City Park; a big shout out to the Project Playground team and Josh Colter for his discounted staining service. If you’re new in town and don’t know the history of the best playground in the California, check out this story in the Winters Express or visit https://www.projectplaygroundwinters.com/. This playground was paid for, built and is maintained by the community. The City of Winters could not do this on its own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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05/20/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
May 20, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s a’blowing out there. Please secure those garbage cans and patio chairs, and check fence gates to avoid lost dogs. Stay safe out there and have a good weekend.

To monitor CalFire for Fire Updates, like the current Dunnigan Fire, click on the links. To register for Yolo County emergency alerts, click here. For Solano County emergency alerts, click here.

COVID-19

  • COVID is surging again, creating the usual disruptions in its wake. Please test often, stay home if you’re sick, and mask up if you’re trying to avoid spreading germs or catching them. The FederalGovernmentis again offering free kits – 8 this time, click here. While these home kits are convenient, they are less sensitive and require up to 5 days to incubate enough virus load to register a positive result. In the meantime, a false negative could mean an infected person is spreading the virus. This subvariant of Omicron is more contagious than last winter’s variant, so please respect public health guidelines and follow the protocols for direct exposure and infection.

Please Note: Development Tidbits & More

  • As we move into the very warm weather, for worker safety staff has authorized a 6:00 a.m. start for subdivision work when temperatures are forecasted to reach 95 degrees or above. That does not mean theworkday will be extended, just that a contractor may begin one hour earlier at 6:00 a.m. subject to the site supervisor’s discretion. This will allow work to be completed before peak heat is experienced. When starting at 6:00 a.m., we’ve asked contractors to turn off back up beepers if they can (depending on work) and to avoid loud work to the degree possible.
  • We have authorized 2 Saturdays for utility work for Meritage in Winters Highland, which cannot begin before 8 a.m. These two extra days will help get the schedule back on track given significant delays thatare being experienced overall in the construction industry – labor shortages and material shortages / delays are having a big impact. And as we enter fire season, PG&E will become less available to close out electrical infrastructure work.
  • Drilling is done for Well 8. The sound walls withheld today’s high winds. The driller will demobilize next week. Thank you, neighbors, for your patience and understanding, and thank you, crew, for your professionalism and consideration.
  • Please do not enter active construction sites, which are private property. These sites are potentially dangerous for those not authorized to enter, and trespassers may be cited. Three Oaks Park remains closed while the developer’s contractor continues to work on bringing the landscaping up to standards and complete punch list items.
  • Public Works had to remove two trees in Rotary Park this week. Internal rot was apparent when the limbs came down. As a result, the trees were deemed end of life and hazardous, and were removed.tree-icon
  • Don’t forget to obtain a business license if you conduct business in the City. More information is available here. A Home Occupation Permit is also required if you work out of your home, linked here. The Municipal Code related to business licensing is here.
  • We are responding to an increasing number of accidents on Hwy 128 and rural county roads, some of which are related to impaired driving. Please slow down, don’t imbibe and drive, and do not violate hands-free driving laws.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The City’s social media gurus are really getting a new vibe going. Please follow the City of Winters, and the Winters Police and Fire Departments, on Instagram and Facebook for City Hall and community updates. Thank you to the team that is taking our presence to the next level!
  • The library summer reading program is kicking off June 1. Participants who register at https://yolocountylibrary.org/summer will receive a free book and welcome bag, and earn points for prizes at the end of summer.
  • Yolo County is offering microbusiness COVID-19 relief grants for small, underserved businesses that earned less than $50,000 in 2019. More information is here. Grants are awarded first come, first served.dollar icon
  • PG&E is offering STEM scholarships to students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering and math. 20 scholarships of $10,000 and 20 scholarships of $2,500 are available. Applications close June 1. Click here for more information.

Did You Know?

  • Following a traffic engineering speed study, the City Council adopted an ordinance at the May 17 meeting establishing a 25 mph speed limit on W. Main Street and a 30 mph speed limit on Niemann Street. These speed limits comply with State law and will be radar enforced. For those random hot shots out there who have been exceeding the posted speed limits, please note a citation may be in your future if you don’t slow down. Your neighbors would appreciate if you please would.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is June 7.  The Planning Commission meets Tuesday; the packet is here and includes the City’s first Capital Improvement Program, which must be reviewed by the Planning Commission for General Plan consistency. The complete CIP budget and operating budget will be presented to the City Council on June 7.

Woot Woot!

A big shout out to the community coordinators who help maintain the wooden play structure at City Park and to those volunteers who braved the heat one morning to spread the new chips around. It takes a village and we at City Hall certainly appreciate the partnership to help this treasured community asset stay in pristine condition.


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05/13/2022 City Manager’s Update

May 13, 2022 (pdf)

Greetings, all. It will be glorious out this weekend. Looking for things to do? Visit Yolo tracks events and deals as does our own local visitors bureau Discover Winters. If you have never been to Park Winters, oh my goodness – join the garden tour on Saturday at noon.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The History Museum has a new exhibit ~ Remembering Monticello. The museum is open 1 – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday at 13 Russell Street. The Historical Society is also looking for volunteers if you have a love of history, fascinating memorabilia and just like hanging with a stuffed bear and random visitors. For more information, historicalsocietyofwinters.org.
  • The State of California Department of Housing & Community Development is hosting a virtual job fair on May 24. To register, please click here.
  • Yolo County is offering an information session about the Pre-Apprenticeship training program for the trades that will begin in June. More information is in the press release.
  • We’re looking for vendors to participate in the July 3rd Fireworks show ~ food trucks, tents, informational booths, merchandise. Please contact tafolla@cityofwinters.org for more information. To donate to the fireworks fund, checks can be made out to the City of Winters / Fireworks fund. This year’s show will cost about $20,000.

Did You Know?

  • A bear was recently sighted in the Putah Creek orchards area southwest of the city. For more information regarding the sighting and links to bear safety tips, please follow the link to the Winters Police Department Facebook page. Links are provided to English and Spanish resources.
  • Here’s a new reuse - recycling opportunity…The Central Landfill is now accepting textiles for reuse and recycling to meet SB 1383 mandates. Textiles are the 6th most prevalent material type in the overall landfill waste stream, and the experts indicate 95% of it is reusable or recyclable. Who knew?? For more information, click here. I’m guessing there might be some creative folks out that might be inspired by that tidbit…

Please Note:

  • Final depth of Well 8 in Winters Highland is 803 feet. Well construction is going smoothly. Thank you to a great team out there.
  • COVID testing continues at the WJUSD parking lot, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. https://school.covidclinic.org/ . Covid infection rates are escalating due to a new Omicron sub-sub-variant. For more information about testing and vaccination opportunities, please click here.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 17th, via Zoom

The packet for Tuesday’s Council meeting has been published here. It’s include an agreement for a new audit firm, a recommended appropriation to close out the Blue Oak Park improvements, the appointment of a new assistant city attorney, two agreements with Eco Green for upgraded facility lighting, and the second reading of the social host liability ordinance and administrative citations for use of illegal fireworks. The County will provide an update on animal services and the Natural Resources Commission will present their annual work plan. The only discussion item relates to a speed study conducted for W. Main and Niemann Streets and the establishment of a 25 mph speed zone for W. Main and 30 mph  for Neiman. The staff report is here.

As a reminder, public comment may be provided during the Council meeting or submitted in advance by emailing the cityclerk@cityofwinters.org.

Woot Woot!

May 15 – 21st is Public Works Week!! These crews maintain roads, parks, and facilities; they provide water and treat wastewater. They are the backbone of any community, the unsung heroes in emergencies and disasters next to Police and Fire. They come with big trucks, drive big equipment and have big hearts. They pull puppies out of storm drains and fish keys from yucky places. So please thank our local Public Works employees when you see them out and about in the community.

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Please join us in recognizing Peace Officer Memorial Day on Sunday, May 15, honoring law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or been injured in the line of duty. More than 800,000 law enforcement officers serve at the local, state and federal level. Locally, Yolo County will recognize its fallen officers on noon at May 19 at the old courthouse in Woodland, 725 Court Street. Winters Police Department will host this year’s event. The guest speaker is Officer Kadi Griess whose father, CHP Officer Kirk Griess was killed in 2018 on Interstate 80 in Fairfield. Our hearts go out to Officer Kirk Griess’ family and to all those who lost loved ones in the line of duty, including Davis Officer Natalie Corona who was killed in 2019 while investigating a traffic accident.


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05/06/2022 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 6, 2022

Greetings, all, and a Happy Mother’s Day out there to all those moms, caregivers, aunties, and co-parents who together help raise our children and nurture the village! And what better way to share a special moment or find gift than to visit downtown with that special someone.

Don’t Miss Out!

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  • The Garage Sale of the Rich & Famous is tomorrow. Most activity will be at City Park, beginning at 8 a.m., or in driveways around town.
  • Want to walk to work? Local businesses are hiring! Wednesday, May 11, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. swing by 2 Main Street and visit with local employers. They need you! The community needs you!
  • Wednesday, May 18, visit the Yolo Central Landfill at 44090 County Road 28H, Woodland between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for National Public Works Week! There will be lots of activities for kids and heavy equipment demos.
  • Registration is open for summer camp through RISE. Designed for children and teen agers 4th to 12th grade, two sessions are available at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School over the summer months. For more information, please call (530) 794-6000, stop by 200 Baker Street, or email brandon@riseinc.org.

Did You Know?

  • Things are popping in downtown Winters with several new businesses opening up.
  • Yolo 365 Tours, which offers unique tour & tasting experiences.
  • Eight Six Zero Salon joins Zen Terra and Yolo 365 Tours at Hotel Winters.
  • L’Apero les trois at 22 Main Street – an aperitif tasting lounge – opens this afternoon.
  • The De Vilbiss Room, a new bar & lounge at the Buckhorn will open in May, 12 Main Street.

Please Note

  • Boring at Well 8 in Winters Highland has reached its approximate depth of 800 feet. Well construction will begin tomorrow. Those sound walls are doing a magnificent job muffling the construction noise. Thank you, well team!
  • No lap swim this weekend to accommodate additional lifeguard certification and training.
  • The Newt’s Expressway Utility Undergrounding Project will begin soon! Staff, PG&E, and the contractors met with adjacent property owners on Thursday. The project will be accomplished in phases. Phase I for PG&E will take 2-3 months to install conduit in a trench, pull electrical through, remove overhead wires and then cut the poles down to the AT&T lines. We anticipate a several month break before Phase 2 – when AT&T initiates work to pull their lines through the conduit. AT&T will remove the poles once WAVE (now Astound) removes their lines. Stay tuned as dates are confirmed. The alley will receive its final paving when the work is complete.
  • The first Climate Action Commission meeting kicks off on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The first meeting will focus on an introduction of the Climate Action Plan, Brown Act training, and selection of officers. The packet is available on the City’s website here.
  • Utility bills are trapped at the Post Office in a classic “tail wagging the dog” government scenario. We are trying to unstick them so they can be mailed out. We apologize for the delay.

Wildfire Preparedness

  • The Yolo County Fire Safe Council (YCFSC) and Office of Emergency Services have partnered to offer two new programs: free highly reflective address signs and a free chipping program for residents who live in a high fire zone in the rural areas of Yolo County. To learn more about the Neighborhood Chipper Pilot Program or the Reflective Address Sign, residents can reach out to permann@yolorcd.org or fill out a Request Form at yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council. You can also follow @YoloCountyFireSafeCouncil on Instagram and Facebook or learn more about YCFSC on Yolo County RCD’s website: www.yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council.
  • It’s weed abatement time! It’s important to keep those weeds knocked down, especially on large parcels and in the rural areas.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 17, via Zoom

We tested the hybrid platform at the May 3rd meeting, and it worked great! We also debuted our new streaming service, so Council meetings will stream live on the City’s website here. Moving forward recordings for Council meetings will now be archived with agenda packets and minutes on the same Council meeting landing page. Make sure you click on the + sign for Council meetings to open the archive list. Recordings will now be indexed by agenda item, making it easier to playback only what you would like.

Woot Woot!

The Winters High School Robotics Team competes in World Competition in Texas today! Just a Wow! Wow! Wow! to those kids. They have already won in our book. Congratulations to the competitors and their families.

  • A big thank you to Deputy City Clerk Ellena Branson, who is bringing City Hall back into the social media world. She joins Diana Tafolla and Gail Jimenez at PD who post updates on Instagram and Facebook for Police, Fire, Swim, City Hall and other community happenings.
  • On Monday, May 2, five Sacramento area law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty were honored at the California Peace Officers’ Memorial, including Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona. Our service men and women put their lives on the line every day for our communities and for this country. We honor them for their dedication, commitment and contributions.

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04/29/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

duck derby

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

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

COVID-19

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

Please Note:

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 3rd via Zoom

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

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

Woot Woot!

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


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04/22/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all. We will have a fireworks show on July 3rd! Thank you to the School District for once again hosting the event at the football field. Costs have gone up significantly so we will begin the fundraising to help support the event. Donation envelopes will be included in an upcoming utility billing. Any and all contributions are welcome. The fireworks fund currently has about $4,500 in the account and we are anticipating costs of approximately $20,000 for the show, security guards and portapotties.

The show at the football field will once again be family family. If you would like to participate with a food truck, be a vendor, or have an informational booth, please contact Diana Tafolla at diana.tafolla@cityofwinters.org. If you would like to volunteer to assist day of, please contact Taylor Buley at buley@outlook.com. Stay tuned for more information.

Please Note:

  • Drilling for Well #8 at Winters Highland will begin on Monday. The drilling operations requires 24/7 work to ensure the casing remains clean and the well meets the City’s standards for optimal efficiency. Sound walls have been erected to minimize noise. Overnight lights will be directed to the work zone and back up beepers will be turned off. We understand this work may create disturbances and appreciate your understanding. For any concerns, please contact the project overseer – Scott Lewis – at slewis@lsce.com or by cell phone (916) 240-0230. He will be on duty 24/7 during this phase of the drilling operation.
  • Please do not enter or use Three Oaks Park while it is fenced and closed to the public, including the dog park. Homes By Town and its contractor are working to bring the landscaping into satisfactory condition before the landscape maintenance period can begin, as well as addressing punch list items. Unfortunately, the park opening will be delayed by several months as a result. Our goal is to ensure the park landscaping and amenities meet specifications prior to taking over maintenance. Homes By Town was conditioned to build the park under the approved Development Agreement and is responsible for its construction.
  • The City is partnering with Little League, who will manage one joint fireworks booth with proceeds split between Little League and the City’s youth swim programs, including a new scholarship program tosparker - fireworkthose families who might need a little extra assistance. Please consider volunteering at the fireworks booth and reach out to Kathy Cowan if you would like to help. Swim families – please help maintain this partnership. Sign ups will be available on the deck during orientation. Thank you, Kathy and John Rodriguez, for your support!
  • A word about illegal fireworks – Please don’t use them, anywhere. Illegal fireworks cause fires and injuries, terrify animals, and disturb others. Please be considerate of your neighbors, the community and our public safety staff and don’t use illegal fireworks. Violators will be cited and fined $1,000.
  • Pool Update! We are still waiting for a part that is on order but have the heater working again. We will open the pool for lap swim beginning May 2nd using day passes or the 10-pass punch card; no monthly passes at this time so we don’t have to process refunds if the heater goes down again. We are hoping the new part will arrive in time for the opening. The City’s website will be updated next week to reserve lap swim time slots. Passes may be purchased at City Hall or at the pool during lap swim.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Children’s Day at the Winters Community library is Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free, multi-cultural program for the whole family will feature storytelling and a special performance. Participate in fun activities and receive a FREE book!
  • The Big Day of Giving is May 5! Donations are now open.

Click here for more information on how to support our community-based organizations that give so much and make Winters the magical place it is.

 Did You Know?

  • Yolo County has announced the selection of a new County Administrator, subject to Board approval on April 26. Gerardo Pinedo comes to us from Los Angeles County with over twenty years of experience in county administration. He is scheduled to begin June 20. The press release is here. A hearty welcome to our new County Administrator!
  • Cache Creek is hiring! A job fair is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Meet with managers, interview, and get hired on the spot! Translators will be available. Please bring your ID and resume. Transportation to and from is available from Lorenzo’s Marketplace at 121 E. Grant. The shuttle departs at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Yolo County Archives newsletter is out for Spring 2022, available here. The history available in these newsletters and through the archives is a treasure trove.

 Upcoming Council Meeting – May 3rd

The meeting will be via Zoom, although we hope to test our hybrid platform with staff and the mayor.

Woot Woot!

Happy, Earth Day, everyone. Today is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day. Begun in 1970, Earth Day is the beginning of the modern environmental movement. As I was researching Earth Day, I came across this website www.earthday.org/history/ and noticed the reference below:

THE IDEA FOR THE FIRST EARTH DAY

Senator Gaylord Nelson, the junior senator from Wisconsin, had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States.  Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a teach-in on college campuses to the national media, and persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair.  They recruited Denis Hayes, a young activist, to organize the campus teach-ins and they choose April 22, a weekday falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, to maximize the greatest student participation. 

Pete McCloskey and his wife Helen reside here in Winters, having moved into town from the Capay Valley about a year ago. Along with many others, their contributions to environmental awareness and sustainability helped launch a better understanding of how we collectively impact our place on this planet.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

In honor of Earth Day, I’m pleased to announce that five members of the community have come forward to serve on the newly formed Climate Action Commission and were appointed to the City Council on Tuesday evening: Ken Britten, Gar House, Patrick Wall, Woody Fridae, and David Springer. Stay tuned for more on their efforts as they are seated and establish a work plan overseeing the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is available online here.


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04/15/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.  May 5th is the Big Day of Giving through the Sacramento Community Foundation. In its tenth year, this event garners some of the most significant support our local non-profits receive. And there are so many worthy causes that cross any number of different interests and passions. Please click here for more information and consider supporting a registered, community-based organization that helps make Winters so special.

Please Note:

  • Yolo Food Bank needs volunteers. To register for a local or regional event, please visit https://yolofoodbank.org/volunteer/. The Yolo Food Bank delivers nearly 12 million pounds of free, fresh food peryear, including at Winters High School distribution events, which supports approximately 170 local families a year.
  • UC Davis is conducting a survey of Latina, Latino, and Latinx college bound and college age students. They want to better understand how students are making decisions about attending community college. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win Solano Community College sweatshirts and t-shirts, four $25 gift cards, and two $50 gift cards. The 15- minute survey is available here. For more information, please contact Dr. Marcela Cuellar at marcuellar@ucdavis.edu.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • On Saturday, April 16, Winters Friends of the Library will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winters Library Teaching Garden, 708 Railroad Avenue. More information is available here via a Winters Express article. Visit the pollinator garden, buy some plants, and check out a book! Cash or check only for the plant sale please.
  • The Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, will offer free compost to all Yolo County residents from April 1 – 30, excluding landscapers. No appointment is needed; however, proof of residency with a driver's license or utility bill is required. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, from 6:30 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 8 am – 4 pm. Please bring a shovel and bags to load the compost yourself because loading equipment is not allowed. Customers needing a large quantity of compost may inquire about purchasing compost after this free event ends or by checking it with front office staff.
  • The Winters Theatre Company is celebrating Spring with a live Pop Up of five short lighthearted plays by new playwrights. Live musical interludes by the Yolo Ramblers will fill out the program. The event is Saturday, April 23 at 8pm at the historic 1886 Winters Opera House in Downtown Winters. What a great opportunity to get upstairs if you haven’t been before.  Reserved tickets can be purchased at winterstheatre.org. Limited tickets will be available at the door on a first come first basis.  All seats will be $12.  Call 530-795-4014 for more information.
  • Saturday, May 7, is the annual Garage Sale of the Rich and Famous. Over 80 homes will participate. The majority of activity will be located in City Park. To reserve a free spot for your treasures, please call Bruce at (530) 795-4919. Come early; the event is generally over by noon.

 Did You Know?

  • UC Davis with Healthy Yolo Together has been monitoring COVID in wastewater at several wastewater treatment facilities, including Winters’. The graph below was recently shared showing levels of COVID in sewage, which coincides with the surge of infections we experienced last winter. Healthy Yolo Together has now expanded to include the Central Valley. More information about the expanding partnership is available at https://healthycvtogether.org/.

 

Upcoming Council Meeting – April 19, 2022

We have a very full packet for Tuesday night, which is available here. The consent calendar includes appointing Karen Conerly to the Senior Commission on Aging, an update to the Senior Center naming opportunities, and the street closure request for the Youth Day Parade. Discussion items include reallocating grant funds for an emergency generator at the Community Center and general discussion about long term use of the Center, the Final Map for Walnut 10, affordable housing plan for the LDS subdivision, a military equipment use policy for the Police Department, and a general discussion regarding sports watering ballot initiatives. There will also be two presentations regarding regional and local groundwater usage as part of the background information for a staff recommendation to update the 2007 Water Master Plan, develop a drought contingency plan and compile condition assessment information for the water production and distribution system.

The meeting will be held via Zoom. The link is in the agenda packet. The upgrade to the Council Chamber A/V system is making good progress. New cameras have been installed, the wiring and connections simplified, and the noisy server for the streaming service is now nicely and quietly enclosed. We have a few more items on order and hope to test the hybrid platform in May.

Spring Cleaning

We want make sure the town is looking spruced up for spring. Please report graffiti on public property or utility boxes to Public Works at (530) 795-4291 and leave a message with the date and specific location of the graffiti. For private property, we appreciate it if owners would please remove graffiti within 48 hours. Many thanks.

Happy weekend. Happy Easter.


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04/08/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, everyone. It’s warming up! Have a glorious weekend. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Toast of Winters tonight at the Community Center, beginning at 5:00 p.m., to recognize 2020 and 2021 community leaders. More information is here.

Calling All….

  • Volunteers! The Winters Historical Society operates its museum with volunteers. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. As a volunteer docent, even one shift a month would help this dedicated team. A volunteer meeting will be held at the Museum at 13 Russell Street on Thursday, April 14th at 5:30 PM. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact wintersmuseum@gmail.com.
  • Camp Counselors! The City operates Munchkin Camp during the summer months and needs instructional aides to coordinate programs, activities, and academic support for eager, fun loving kids. More information is here. To apply as an instruction aide, click here. Bring your energy, crafts, and/or parenting skills to make a difference in a child's life. Starting salary: $18/hr.
  • Future CPUC Employees! The California Public Utilities Commission is hosting a virtual open house on April 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. allowing job seekers to connect with six departments at the CPUC. Open positions include internships, analysts, engineers, administrative law judges, attorneys, managers, IT specialists, customer assistance, and more. Professional development, telework opportunities and competitive benefits packages are available. Your future begins here.
  • Local Employees! Just about every business in town needs help. Want a summer job, contact your favorite businesses. Volunteer if you just want to help out, get the blood flowing, meet your neighbors. There are no shortages of opportunities within the Winters community to help us grow and thrive.

Pool Updates:

  • The dreaded heater needs a new part, which is on order. Until the heater is fixed, the pool remains closed. We apologize for the delay in opening the pool. When the heater is fixed, we will open online reservations and begin selling passes. Stay tuned for more information.
  • We have filled our lifeguard spots. Thank you, new team members! We look forward to getting you certified and on the deck!
  • Youth swim programs will begin June 6. Sign ups for swim team will open the week of April 18 and swim lessons the week of May 2. There will be a tiered fee schedule by skill group for swim team. Also new this year is a scholarship program to assist students who participate in free or reduced meals within the Winters School District. A reduced fee of $75 will be available for all families who provide a copy of their eligibility for the District’s subsidized lunch program. In keeping with Bobbie Greenwood’s legacy, the scholarships will be funded with the Winters Swim Team funds, which Council approved at its April 5 meeting. More information for swim team and swim lessons will be available here.
  • The Winters Swim Team funds are primarily funded by proceeds from firework booth sales. In collaboration with Little League who will manage one large booth, the proceeds will be split between both programs. Swim parents – we need your help at the booth! Please volunteer for a two-hour shift to help support youth swim programs and scholarships. Information will be available on the deck during program orientation. Please watch for more information or reach out to Cathy Cowan.

Please Note….

  • Speaking of fireworks, City staff are finalizing arrangements for the fireworks show. The vendor is confirmed. Stay tuned for more information. We will seek donations to help cover the increasedcosts.
  • Winters Fire logoFire season is upon us. Please weed abate large parcels of land by April 11. Live in the Wildland Interface Zone and worried about fire risk? For a free inspection to learn more about defensible space, please contact Fire Marshal Art Mendoza at mendoza@cityofwinters.org. To learn more about hardening your home for wildfire, visit the California Fire Safe Council website here or www.readyforwildfire.org.
  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is looking for nominations for its Hall of Fame, honoring graduates, former employees and major contributors who have positively impacted the WJUSD family through their contributions in scholarship, athletics, student activities, career, community service, or to the school community as wjusd a whole. Nominations are due April 22.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The opening of the “Remembering Monticello” exhibit begins Friday, April 8, at the Winters History Museum. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. 13 Russell Street. For all you newcomers, the village of Monticello was purchased and inundated to create Lake Berryessa, forcing 250 residents to find new homes. A recent article is here. For more information about the Winters History Museum, please visit historicalsocietyofwinters.org.
  • The Winters High School Car Wash is scheduled for April 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Fire Station. Please support the senior class and swing through the car wash!
  • Youth Day Festivities are upon us! The return of the duck derby is Friday, April 29, beginning at 5 p.m. To help support Youth Day activities and scholarships, sponsor a duck! More information is here.
  • On Saturday, April 30, beginning at 7 a.m. Rotary and the Volunteer Fire Fighters will host a pancake breakfast at the Community Center. Then the Youth Day main parade will kick off at 9:45 a.m. followed by the kiddie parade at 10 a.m. Street closures on Main will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will lifted after the parade passes. Please watch for the No Parking Signs and ensure cars are moved out of the parade zone by the appropriate time. Activities are planned all day in City Park. More information is atwinters youth daywintersyouthday.com. To participate in the parade, please contact info@wintersyouthday.com.
  • Mark your calendars - the Garage Sale of the Rich & Famous returns on Saturday, May 7! Get your treasures ready for sale; more information in next week’s Friday Update about reserving a free spot at City Park. Or host a sale in your own driveway and take advantage of all the drive by traffic looking for treasures.

Upcoming Council Meeting – April 19th, via Zoom

City staff is working with a retired network engineer to stabilize the A/V system in the Council Chambers in order to provide in person and remote participation options for public meetings. We’re getting closer! Parts are on order. As soon as the work is completed, and we’ve been able to test the system, attending Council meetings in person will be available.

The April 19th agenda is quite full. We’ve scheduled presentations on municipal and regional water usage as part of a recommended update to the City’s Water Master Plan.  January – March 2022 have been the driest first three months of any year in California’s recorded history.  Water conservation measures will become increasingly important as we enter six plus months of heat and little to no rain on the horizon…

Woot Woot!

I would like to introduce our new Administrative Services Director, Cathy Mathews, to the Winters community. Cathy comes to us from the private sector, including entertainment, private education, and manufacturing. She is a credentialed human resources professional and has years of experience overseeing human resources, finance, IT, recreation, and maintenance operations. As a result of her experiences and skills, we will do a little reorganizing in the general government side of City Hall to leverage her background. Cathy began on Monday, and we are thrilled to have her on board. She can be reached at cathy.mathews@cityofwinters.org.


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