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02/28/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor's Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. Please contact Kristine - 530-794-6760 / Kristine.DeGuerre@cityofwinters.org for additional instructions.

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85727799402?pwd=MVZOWW5mRHVlYzd2WTlGSGlwQ3NBdz09

Meeting ID: 857 2779 9402
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One tap mobile: 1 669 900 6833


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02/18/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update  (pdf)
February 18, 2022

Greetings, all. City Hall will be closed on Monday in observation of Presidents’ Day.

COVID-19

  • Healthy Yolo Together, funded by Yolo County in cooperation with UC Davis, has opened COVID testing at the Community Center Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. No appointment necessary, no cost.
  • Doors are open at City Hall and the Public Safety Facility for walk-in traffic. Although the universal indoor masking order has been lifted, masking is still strongly encouraged especially for the more vulnerable and at risk. Vaccinated individuals may remove their masks inside city facilities. Some employees are choosing to continue to wear their masks regardless of vaccination. Thank you for respecting individual choices and remaining considerate of others.

Aquatic Updates:

  • The heater is being repaired this month – hopefully, the final major investment to essentially rebuild the original equipment over the course of this last year. We’ve also signed a maintenance agreement for the equipment to keep it operating for another 10 years…
  • We’ve posted job openings for lifeguards, a supervising lifeguard and a pool manager. Last year’s lead team is not returning to town (we wish them well!), so we’re looking for new people to step in or up. Please click here for more information. We will conduct lifeguard training during high school spring break: 3/28 – 4/2. Returning lifeguards need to apply and onboard.
  • Lap swim will open beginning of April. We’re working with SASO Swimming to return for swim team and lessons.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL) will host their annual fruit tree sale on March 5th beginning at 9 .m. (8:30 for WFOL members) at the parking lot on the corner of Railroad and Edwards. Trees are $10; proceeds help support WFoL community programming. More information is here.
  • Tk and Kindergarten registration packets are available at Waggoner Elementary School, 500 Edwards Street, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Developmental Bilingual Education (DBE) forms for Kindergarten will also be available. DBE Enrollment is Limited. The deadline to submit a packet is March 18th. For more information, please contact the school office at 530-795-6121 or email Nicole at nbrace@wintersjusd.org.
  • To non-profits and CBO’s ~ if you’re interested in applying for a microgrant from Yolo County for American Rescue Plan funding, the County is offering information sessions and assistance during officedollar iconhours. More information is here. Grant deadline is March 31 at 5 p.m.

Please Note

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  • The Fire Department is getting a head start on private property weed abatement this year. With no rain on the horizon, approximately 50 property owners with large parcels will begin receive courtesy letters explaining the annual process and timelines for weed abate. Given the lack of rain, property owners should expect to have to abate several times before everything stays knocked down…
  • The Winters Chamber of Commerce is preparing a community resource guide for businesses, non-profits and community organizations. If you would like to advertise or be included in the Guide, please contact the Chamber directly at 530-795-2329 or by emailing sue@winterschamber.com or jeff@winterschamber.com. More information is here. Sign up for the Chamber newsletter to receive information about upcoming events, business tips, training opportunities and resources.

  • The City is still interested in receiving applications for vacant seats on the Natural Resources Commission, Senior Commission on Aging and the new, yet to launch Climate Action Commission. Participating on a commission is a great way to get involved in local issues, meet community members, and participate in local governance. More information is here.
  • Speaking, of participatory governance, Valley Clean Energy (VCE) is looking to fill two at-large Community Advisory Committee seats. Ideal candidates possess subject matter expertise / experience or are from professional sectors that intersect with VCE activities. More information is available on VCE’s website (CAC Meetings and Agendas - Valley Clean Energy).

Upcoming Council Meeting – March 1

  • Public meetings will remain virtual / remote for the time being, until we stabilize a hybrid platform for the Council Chambers, which requires integrating older AV equipment with Zoom and our agenda streaming platform. We’re interviewing contractors to help us complete this effort so that elected, appointed, staff and the public have the option of participating in person or remotely to accommodate different needs.

Woot Woot!

After today’s meeting with State transportation officials, a continued thank you to all the community members, advocates, elected officials, and state, county and local staff who have worked tirelessly to advocate for $10 million in funding to widen the I-505 overpass at Route 128 to improve safety and more importantly to reconnect the Rio Villa community that was cut off from Winters when I-505 was constructed. A special thank you to Ponticello Engineering for their efforts to support this project. Our next grant application is due June 15.

And if you’re curious about what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes, check out this I-505 project video…https://www.mizzicafilms.com/dangerous-crossing.


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02/23/2022 City of Winters / Winters JUSD 2×2 Meeting

02/23/2022 Agenda (pdf)

VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
5:00 PM
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Meeting ID: 830 2433 7394
Passcode: 147628


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02/21/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting Notice of Cancellation

Notice of Cancellation (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Natural Resources Commission Meeting of Monday, February 21, 2022 is hereby cancelled .


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02/15/2022 City Council Meeting

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The Winters City Council meeting will be conducted pursuant to AB 361:

  1. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:30pm.
    Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86205973361?pwd=d1YyYmVxeldXcEpjbDUxeFR5MFhoQT09 or dial (669) 900-6833
    Meeting ID: 862 0597 3361 
    Passcode: 036514
  2. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  3. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org .  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

 


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02/11/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all. The City is back to full staffing after a head spinning January, so both City Hall and the Public Safety Facility will be open to walk-in service beginning on Monday, February 14, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

COVID-19

  • And there are big changes on the masking front! As cases rapidly decline, Yolo County has decided to align its masking order with the recent State order, meaning effective February 16 the universal indoor masking order will be lifted in Yolo County! Vaccinated individuals may go mask-free in public places. Universal masking will still be required in specified settings, including public transit, K-12 schools, childcare, healthcare, correctional, shelter, and long-term care settings. Unvaccinated persons are required to mask in all indoor public settings. Fully vaccinated individuals are recommended to continue indoor masking when the risk may be high. More information is available here.
  • COVID testing is still available at Winters Health Care, through the Winters Joint Unified School District and at various pharmacies. There are numerous options to get vaccinated as well. For information, click here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Yolo County has established a micro-grant program for American Rescue Plan funding to support community-based projects consistent with County ARP funding goals. Micro-grants range from $1,000 -dollar icon

    $10,000. For all those non-profits out there, the grant deadline is March 31. More information is available here (micro-grant link is at the bottom). Thank you, Yolo County!

  • This is definitely an employee driven labor market; however, if you or anyone you know is entering the job market or is looking for a change, Yolo County is offering free resources to help people find new, sustainable career opportunities. The County Library, YoloWorks! and Starbucks have teamed up to offer virtual assistance on Thursday, February 24th at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Attendees must register at this weblink to access the meeting: https://tinyurl.com/YoloWorks

Please Note:

  • Calling all volunteers! Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers again to deliver meals to residents in the Winters community. Please visit mowyolo.org if you can help a couple hours twice a week. Meals are distributed from the Winters Community Center.
  • Calling all civic minded, community-oriented residents! The City of Winters is looking for commissioners to fill vacancies on the Natural Resources, Climate Action and Senior Commissions. These working committees serve as force multipliers for the City and work on issues related to environmental sustainability, conservation, climate change, and services to the 55+ population in the greater Winters area. Click here for more information.
  • Water billing was delayed this month. Bills were mailed on Thursday. Thank you for your patience. There will be no late charges.

Did You Know?

Does this photo look a little familiar? Check out the mural on the side of the Winters Museum, 13 Russell Street. Taken by Dorothea Lange, these are Winters residents at the Turlock Assembly Center. Members of the Kato, Kozen, and Esaki families were sent there in 1942, awaiting placement in an internment camp at Gila River, Arizona… 200 Winters residents were forced into internment camps during WWII; only 20 returned. The exhibit will end March 20 to make room for a new one on Montecito, the town lost during the creation of Lake Berryessa.  Museum information is available at www.historicalsocietyofwinters.org. It is so worth a visit.

Upcoming Council Meeting

  • The next Council meeting is Tuesday, February 15. The Council will consider new fees for short-term vacation rental and sidewalk vending permit programs, final acceptance of the Rancho Arroyo Pond improvements, and a professional services agreement for new city engineering services. The Police Chief will also present a report related to the City’s Automated License Plate Reader program. The agenda packet will be available here.

Woot Woot!

An enthusiastic and heartfelt Woot! Woot! to the Waggoner Elementary School PTA, and the teachers and students for helping to decorate local businesses with hearts galore. What a great lesson in placemaking, positive affirmative and civic engagement. The downtown looks spectacular for Valentine’s Day, and the students have reminded us of how much there is to appreciate in this special town, like the wooden play structure in City Park. That was one of the community assets and collaborative efforts that helped attract me to Winters. It takes a village…

Local businesses are ready to help create magical moments and provide special gifts to recognize your favorite people. Come check them out, grab a beverage and enjoy a meal.  Happy Valentine’s Day!


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02/07/2022 Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor's Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. The Hispanic Advisory Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month via Zoom. Please contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.com for additional information.

Join Zoom Meeting - 6:30pm
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Meeting ID: 817 4999 7969
Passcode: 375917

Agendas/Packets/Minutes (pdf):


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01/28/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.

COVID-19

  • COVID case rates were down slightly this last week in Yolo County, which is good news. Fingers crossed they continue to decline.

Please Note:

  • Last weekend the Winters community experienced its own overnight crime spree related to stolen tools and valuables from mostly unlocked vehicles; work trucks were targeted. One window was smashed to steal a toolbox left on the seat. And one unlocked truck was stolen when the thief found the keys inside; it was recovered in Vacaville. These were crimes of opportunity. Please lock house and vehicle doors, and do not leave valuables in vehicles in plain sight, even in our beloved town of Winters.
  • Yolo County is seeking applicants to fill 5 at-large vacancies on its Community Services Action Board (CSAB). The CSAB mission is to combat poverty by promoting health, stability and self-sufficiency and meets the second Tuesday of every other month from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Applicants must represent the low-income population or work for an organization serving this community. For more information, please visit the CSAB webpage here or apply here.
  • The Fire Department’s monthly newsletter is posted here.

 Don’t Miss Out!

  • Congratulations to Anona Gallery at 14 Main Street! They are having a soft opening this Friday, January 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please help support a local artist and swing by to say hello. Public art, galleries, and creative spaces lift our spirits, and help grow our local economy.

Did You Know?

  • A 2.0 earthquake occurred Tuesday evening in South Sacramento. While a small one, it is a reminder that we are in earthquake country. On April 19 1892, the Allendale area outside of Winters was the epicenter of a 6.4 earthquake, and two days later a 6.2 quake. Information on how to prepare for an earthquake, or another disaster, is available here.
  • The City hosts Free Tax Return Preparation services provided by the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Street. Mark your calendars for:
  • Mondays 9:30 to 12:30 AM on February 7 and 14, March 14 and 28 and April 11.
  • Please call (530) 505-1220 to set up an appointment.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next meeting is February 1st. There are only several consent calendar items on the agenda: final adoption of the State mandated Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, a resolution authorizing the submittal of grant applications to CalRecycle to support recycling programs, and the FY 20-21 Annual Comprehensive Finance Report, which has been posted on the City’s website. The agenda will be posted here. Please remember to sign up for an eAlert to receive a link to the agenda packet when it is posted.

Woot Woot!

This has been a “hair on fire” few weeks for the City team (ok me). Staffing shortages have caused interruptions and disruptions in multiple departments as they have across the community in many businesses. I will admit it has been challenging, so I want to give a huge shout out to all the employees and volunteers who work for and support the city. People are pulling together; flushed and feverish employees are remoting in to keep work moving along; they are coming in off paternity leave to staff Fire trucks; they are saving lives and trying their best when ambulances are elsewhere because of call volume and staffing shortages. Consultants are doing staff work to meet deadlines because of overload, and volunteers are trying to keep projects moving forward despite a harried city manager. This small and mighty team and our partners are working so very hard for you and each other. A huge thank you to the Winters team and shout out to everyone doing their very best during challenging times.


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02/01/2022 City Council Meeting

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The Winters City Council meeting will be conducted pursuant to AB 361:

  1. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:30pm.
    Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86205973361?pwd=d1YyYmVxeldXcEpjbDUxeFR5MFhoQT09 or dial (669) 900-6833
    Meeting ID: 862 0597 3361 
    Passcode: 036514
  2. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  3. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org .  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

 


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01/24/2022 COVID Updates

Good afternoon, everyone.

Each Monday I attend a regional call led by the Yolo County Health Officer related to COVID-19. Typically, I include that information in the Friday Update, although today there is more timely information I wanted to share.

  • The County has exhausted its supply of 10,000 antigen rapid kits that were being distributed through a drive through in Woodland and W. Sacramento for anyone with proof of a recent COVID test. There are no more free, County supplied kits available, until they receive another large supply from the State (no estimated delivery timeline).
  • To receive up to 4 free rapid kits from the US Government, please register at www.covidtests.gov. You must have a residential address on file with the US Post Office.
  • The Winters School District is still offering COVID testing to the community. Thank you, WJUSD!
    • District Office, 909 Grant Avenue: MWF 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Winters Library, 708 Railroad Avenue : T&Th 1:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • As of this morning, there are no ICU or surge beds available at either Yolo County hospital. Hospitalizations are rising, and are expected to rise during the next 1-2 weeks.
  • The best protection against Omicron is getting BOOSTED. People 12 and older are eligible for a booster shot if they are five months past their final vaccination shot (or shot for J&J). While vaccinated and boosted people can still catch and spread COVID / Omicron, the boosted are far less likely to get seriously ill.

City Hall and the Public Safety Facility continue to be short staffed so during this surge we remain closed to walk in visitors. You can pay your utility bill and business license renewal online, apply for a business license online and conduct most business with staff through email, phone calls or curbside / outdoor visits. Staff are available on an appointment basis.

Thank you for understanding.

Kathleen

Kathleen Salguero Trepa

City Manager
City of Winters


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01/21/2022 City Managers Update

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

Greetings, all.  The front doors to City Hall and the Public Safety Facility are still closed to walk in traffic because of COVID related staffing shortages and virus transmission. Staff are still working onsite and remotely so please continue to email and call. In person meetings are available with an appointment. Finance and Building are perfecting curbside and window service. We hope to have more people back in the saddle next week in order to catch up.  Thank you for understanding.

COVID-19

  • The Federal Government will send up to 4 free in-home COVID rapid test kits to American households. To order, please visit covidtests.gov. Kits will be shipped at no charge within 7-10 days. Delivery addresses must be registered with the US Postal Service as a residential address. People experiencing address validation problems should file a service request here or call 1-800-ASK-USPS.
  • If you purchase a home antigen (rapid) test, these are now reimbursable by insurance. Click the link for more information.
  • This week’s COVID case rate for Yolo County trended at over 200 cases per day, although there are early signs we may be plateauing. Fingers crossed.
  • The School District continues to host community COVID testing; thank you, WJUSD.
    • District Office, 909 Grant Avenue: MWF 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Winters Library, 708 Railroad Avenue : T&Th 1:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Yolo County continues to provide free in-home or at-work vaccination services (Door Vax!). Please call 530-902-3230.
  • To self-report a positive COVID home test and qualify for a free test kit, please click here.
  • The County’s Covid landing page is here for information about vaccination, testing, and regulations.

 Did You Know?

  • Link21 is a long-range transportation program sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Capitol Corridor) to transform the passenger rail network serving the 21-county Northern California Megaregion, which includes the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay area, the Sacramento area, and the Northern San Joaquin Valley. The project is in its early planning stages and is requesting public feedback on a survey by January 31. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Link21 Service Survey today. For more information, please visit Link21Program.org.
  • The Yolo County Libraries have a New Year’s resolution for you: Read more in 2022. Beginning January 1, the Library will start its first reading program that spans the entire calendar year entitled, 52: a yearlong reading journey. Pick up a 52 reading journal at the Winters library or sign up on Beanstack to join the program digitally. Beanstack is available on mobile devices through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or can be accessed on the library’s website. The program is free. For more information, please visit https://yolocountylibrary.org/locations/winters/ and check out all the great programming our local library and the Winters Friends of the Library provide to the community.

Please Note:

  • The City Council approved a change in local elections to November to coincide with the general election rather than conducting local elections with primaries (which alternates between March and June). Election costs are lower in November because more entities are on the ballot to share in those costs, and voter turnout is historically greater for general elections than primaries. The Yolo County Board of Supervisors ratified this change on January 11th. Three Council seats will be up for November 2022, our next local election.

Upcoming Council Meeting

 

The next Council meeting is February 1, via Zoom.

 Woot Woot!

Public Works has reinstalled the entry sign at the Putah Creek vehicle bridge. It had been knocked down by driver…It is showing some history and looks great with our rustic new tractor! Thank you, Public Works, for reinstalling the sign!

And a big thank you to Charlie Tolley who made a new Free Little Library – take a book, leave a book – that matches the phenomenal play structure at City Park! It’s perfectly situated in front of a bench so you can catch up on some reading while the kids work off their energy.  By the way, for any newcomers in town, if you don’t know the history of how this play equipment came into being, do a quick Google search or better yet ask someone in town. It’s an incredible story of community collaboration…


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01/14/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
January 14, 2022

Greetings, all. We are riding the Omicron wave…I hope people are staying relatively well, bouncing back quickly, and being kind and patient to short-staffed businesses and service providers, like us! We’re experiencing staffing shortages at City Hall and out in the field. If someone hasn’t returned an email or phone call, please check our website at www.cityofwinters.org and reach out to the department or division manager or call 530-795-4910. Thank you for understanding the rapid pivots of the week. We hope to be back on our feet in a couple weeks and appreciate your patience.

COVID-19

  • The WJUSD continues to offer COVID testing for the community. This week’s schedule was disrupted due to staffing shortages. Next week’s schedule is below:
  • District Office (909 S. Grant Ave): Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Winters Library (708 Railroad Ave): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00pm-6:30pm

Given the Omicron surge, schedules are subject to change without notice.

  • Yolo County continues to need volunteers for its COVID-19 vaccine clinics. If you're interested, please complete the brief course offered here. At the end of the course, you can sign up as a volunteer. Questions can be sent to: coordinator@yolocounty.org.
  • As of January 11, Yolo County reports seeing an average of 85 cases per 100,000 residents per day or almost 600 cases per 100,000 residents this last week. Hospital capacity is low; the goal is to be able to maintain care levels which is why individual protections are important. It is primarily the unvaccinated and immune compromised that need hospital care for COVID.
  • In-home vaccinations are still available in Yolo County.  Call to schedule: 530-902-3230.
  • For all vaccination locations including pharmacies and community clinics, visit ca.gov, or call 833-422-4255.
  • The US Government will issue free at home COVID-19 test kits, 4 per household, starting January 19. More information is available at https://www.covidtests.gov/ . The site is available in English and Spanish. Fingers crossed the site doesn’t crash in the first 30 minutes… Please be patient.

Vax’ing, Boosting, Masking and Testing ~ combined are the best strategies

recommended by public health officials for reducing risk, individually and for the community.

 Please Note:

  • City offices will be closed on Monday, January 17, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
  • The local concrete plant is closed for overnight work; therefore, Caltrans has approved rescheduling the night work for the Grant Avenue median in front of the Chevron Station to daytime. Work will begin next week. Please watch out for construction and slow down in the zone.
  • We are proceeding with speed surveys on W. Main Street and Niemann Street in order to provide some feedback to drivers with heavy feet. Please respect local speed limits and watch for children headed to and from school.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Health Education Council has launched a COVID Youth Ambassador Corps, which is a 4-week community health training and PAID community project program for Yolo, Solano and Napa County youth and young adults 17-24 who are interested in promoting vaccination through social media campaigns, art/music, and community / school / homebased events. For any budding journalists, public relations, public health, and / or communications majors, advocates, or peeps out there, this is a great opportunity for you! Please spread the word. Applications close January 18 for the next cohort. More information is available here or by contacting Patricia Guzman at pguzman@healthedcouncil.org.
  • Yolo County jobseekers now have free access to five Grow with Google professional certificate programs to obtain Google Career Certificates. You can participate in IT Support, Data Analytics, Project Management, UX Design or Android Development professional certificate programs without a college degree or prior experience at NO cost. For more information, please go to yoloworks.org / the JobSeeker Tab and Grow with Google. Courses are available in English and Spanish. For more information, please contact Erica Johnson at erica.johnson@yolocounty.org or call/text (530) 631-2289.

 Did You Know?

For all of us newcomers in town, check out this photo Eric Lucero just shared of a prominent corner in town…. What a change!

  • SB 1383 requires organics be removed from the landfill waste stream, meaning please put food scraps in your green waste bins. Food businesses must also separate food waste from their trash containers. To learn more, please visit wm.com.

 

 

 

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is January 18, 2022 via Zoom. There are a number of consent calendar items related to the Winters Highland development and the construction of Well 8 at the west end of Vasey, and various agreements and purchases. The two discussion items relate to the rural recreation grant application and development of paseo park in downtown and a new State mandated Water Conserving Landscape Ordinance.  The agenda is linked here.

To register to receive an auto-notification that a City Council or Planning Commission packet has been posted, please register through our Granicus platform on the City’s website at https://www.cityofwinters.org/granicus/.


Woot Woot!

On Monday, January 10th the Fire Department responded to a medical emergency for a gentleman who collapsed at home ~ cardiac arrest. Captain Schechla, and Firefighters Kitsia Pelayo, Cameron Simental and Michael Curran along with AMR paramedic crews conducted CPR and provided advanced life support treatment resulting in a field save. Kudos to our team and partners at AMR for saving his life!

Please note that the three firefighters who responded to this incident were volunteers! The Winters Fire Department has only 5 paid full-time staff (including Captain Schechla) and is supported by a cadre of dedicated volunteers and reserves. And we need more help. If you’re interested in learning more about joining the Fire Department and getting involved with a strong, community-centric group of people, please check out information  on the Resident/Reserve Volunteer Interest Form.


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01/19/2022 Winters / Yolo County 2×2 Meeting

Yolo County/City of Winters

The 2X2 committee was created to promote intergovernmental communication between the City of Winters and the County of Yolo on issues of mutual interest. This committee is not empowered to make decisions on behalf of the entities its members represent; it has been established for information purposes only.

Note: to view online City documents, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer. Click to visit Adobe's download page (external website).

To Join the Zoom meeting, click on the following link:
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Meeting ID: 830 8379 3732 
Passcode: 234960


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Winters Public Facilities Close Due to COVID-19 + WJUSD Testing Information 01/11/2022

Good afternoon, all.

Unfortunately, due to the surge in COVID infections within the community, and among employees and / or their families, we will close public buildings to walk-in service effective Wednesday, January 12, and follow the same protocols we did last winter. While the doors will be closed, we will pivot to primarily remote service for most activities to help flatten this surge and keep our visitors and employees safer. Please note the following:

Police & Fire: The facility will be closed to walk up service.

  • For emergencies (crime in progress or immediate medical assistance), please call 911.
  • To reach a police officer for non-emergencies, please call dispatch at 530-795-4561
  • To reach an on-duty Fire captain, please call 530-795-4131, press option 6.
  • For Fire Department non-emergencies, please call Fire dispatch at 530-666-8920.
  • For anyone who walks up to the building, there is a call button to speak with staff inside. Press the button and someone will assist you.

Building Division:

  • Please continue to contact building staff by emailing Building.Division@cityofwinters.org or by calling 530-794-6708.
  • Permits can be applied for and issued via email.
  • Inspections are still ongoing.
  • Credit card payments can be made by phone.
  • Curbside appointments for service can be made by calling the building division.
  • To reach Building Official Tom Davis, please email tom.davis@cityofwinters.org or call his cell at 530-864-3377.

Planning Division:

Finance Department:

  • Business license renewals, applications, and payments can be made at https://winters.hdlgov.com/ (a hyperlink with a button at the bottom of the City’s website)
  • Utility payments can be at www.cityofwinters.org and click on either one time or returning customer portal buttons at the bottom of the home page.
  • Payments can be made in a secure payment box in front of city hall, which is checked regularly.

Please visit our website at www.cityofwinters.org for other department and staff contact information.

Can’t find what or who you need from our website, please call the Main Line at 530-795-4910 and follow the prompts or press 0; a staff member will answer.

 If you need to meet with staff, several options are available: Zoom meeting, outside, or by appointment.

 Thank you for understanding the need to limit indoor COVID exposures for the public as well as our employees and their families. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We appreciate your patience.

Also, the WJUSD testing provider has had staffing shortages as well, which has affected the schedule. See this week’s WJUSD testing schedule in the box below.  This is for rapid, antigen testing. Thank you, WJUSD, for offering this service!

 Best, Kathleen

Kathleen Salguero Trepa
City Manager
City of Winters
P: (530) 794-6710
Kathleen.trepa@cityofwinters.org

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01/10/2022 Yolo County Offers COVID-19 Home Tests to Residents Who Have Tested Positive in the Previous 5 Days

Post Date: 01/07/2022 4:43 PM

Press Release (PDF)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

John Fout, Public Information Officer
Phone: (530) 666-8042
Email: John.Fout@yolocounty.org

(Woodland, CA) – On Monday, January 10, Yolo County will begin distributing free home antigen test kits to residents and workers seeking to shorten their isolation period to less than 10 days. Yolo County recently revised its COVID-19 guidance to align with the State of California’s reduced isolation and quarantine period.  The revised guidance allows individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to shorten their isolation to less than 10 days if they have no symptoms or symptoms are improving (including no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicines) AND test negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later. Individuals who end their isolation before day 10 must wear a face mask that fits and filters well over their mouth and nose when around others through day 10.

Either a PCR or antigen test can be used to shorten the isolation period. However, many individuals will continue to test positive by PCR for weeks or even months after their initial COVID-19 infection, even though they are no longer contagious. For this reason, antigen tests are preferred for shortening the isolation period. Due to limited supplies, the antigen test kits being provided by the County are available only for individuals who have tested positive in the previous 7 days. Persons seeking test kits must present documentation of their positive COVID-19 test results at the distribution site. Proof of a positive test can be provided electronically using a smartphone or tablet, or by showing a printout of test results. Home antigen test results are now accepted as proof of a positive test result. Individuals can document their home test result with a photo of the test result, the individual’s name, and the date and time of collection.

Yolo County will host drive-thru home antigen test distribution events in Woodland on Monday January 10th and Friday January 14th from 10am to 3pm at 137 N. Cottonwood St. All individuals are required to be wearing a mask and must show proof of positive test result. If possible, people with COVID-19 seeking a home test should have a family member or acquaintance pick up a test for them while they isolate at home to mitigate the spread of the virus. The drive-thru event will be hosted at this site continuously on Mondays and Fridays until supply is exhausted. The County is also working to make additional drive-thru events available in West Sacramento.

In addition to the upcoming drive-thru distributions, Yolo County is working with community partners to provide tests at other community locations. Healthy Yolo Together testing sites will have home tests available on-site for persons who test positive using rapid tests and for pickup. Persons seeking tests for pickup are required to be wearing a mask and must show proof of positive test result. ORALE will have home test kits available on-site only for persons who test positive using rapid tests. For information on HYT testing sites, please visit, healthydavistogether.org. For information on ORALE COVID-19 testing sites in rural communities, please visit the ORALE COVID-19 website.

Each test kit provided by Yolo County will contain 2 tests. The first test should be used no earlier than day 5 after symptoms began or the initial positive test was collected, whichever came later. The first day of symptoms or the day of the positive test is considered day zero. Persons should wait until their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for 24 hours before testing. If the first test on day 5 or later is positive, the person should remain in isolation and wait until day 7 or later to test again using the second test. If the second test is positive, the person should continue to isolate for the full 10 days.

Please remember to visit our COVID-19 Testing & Quarantine website for up to date information on these events.  For information on the new guidelines and COVID-19, visit https://www.yolocounty.org/covid. The CDC and the California Department of Public Health also offer additional resources on COVID-19.

 

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01/07/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Happy New Year, everyone. May 2022 to bring us all health, happiness, and sustained economic recovery….Top of mind this week is,

COVID-19

As we know, the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire. For many it will result in mild symptoms or less serious illness than the previous variants since it seems to stay within the upper respiratory area and less targeted on the lungs. However, particularly for the unvaccinated or immune compromised, it can present as a serious illness and those that are hospitalized are in the majority unvaccinated. Vax’ing, boosting, testing, and masking are still the recommended mitigation measures to combat the spread of COVID.

  • Health orders changed this week related to quarantining and isolating. Info here. The new order requires a negative test to return to work before the 10 day period (an antigen rapid test would be best since the virus can remain in your system even if you aren’t contagious).
  • The County is working on a plan to distribute free test kits to people who test positive. Watch for more information.
  • The City is working with Healthy Yolo Together funded by the County to open a COVID testing center at the Winters Community Center. Thank you, Yolo County. Stay tuned.
  • The School District is offering free community testing in front of the library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 1 – 6:30 p.m. and at the District Office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; thank you, WJUSD. This is a new service provider and the need is great so expect lines and delays. Pre-register at https://www.covidclinic.org/winters-joint-unified-school-district/ to speed up the process.
  • Testing is also available at Winters Health Care with an appointment and through pharmacies.
  • CalOSHA has updated its order for workplaces; available here.
  • Yolo County has updated its COVID dashboard to make it easier to find information and resources; click here.
  • Given the recent surge, the State just extended the mandatory indoor mask mandate to February 15.
  • If you have symptoms (nose, throat, cough, fever, aches & pains), please stay home. Get tested. If you can’t get a test, stay home until you are no longer sick.

For many, despite the two years we’ve been in pandemic mode, we expect to receive what we want, how we want it, when we want it, and now we can’t get it. Others, I might add, have never had that privilege. Please be patient and understanding of greater community circumstances. Yes, these are frustrating and for many unsettling and scary times, but they also can remind us of what is really important…My list includes family, friends, good moments, helping others, our community bonds, spending time in nature, and furry companions. Humankind is resilient, adaptive, and adaptable. As individuals and as communities, we are ever evolving and this is another, shockingly rapid pivot into a new normal. We will adapt and overcome.

 Final note: Please wear a tight-fitting two-layer mask when you visit City facilities and have it in place before entering the building. We are trying to keep COVID out of our buildings in order to maintain service levels and protect the health of employees and visitors.

City Hall Tidbits:

  • The City’s new business license portal is now live. Renewal notices have been sent out in the mail but can be completed online by clicking a button at the bottom of the City’s homepage or here. The new portal will allow us to transition to rolling renewals rather than only in January. The system is more efficient for us and hopefully our businesses.
  • Water utility billing is slightly delayed; bills will be issued this week and per our COVID practices, no late fees will be assessed. Please note, payments can be made online through another button on the City’s homepage or by clicking here.
  • We will begin a second recruitment to replace retiring Administrative Services Director Shelly Gunby. We are looking for someone with a strong municipal finance background, good supervisory experience, a commitment to best practices, a team player eager to roll up sleeves and jump in at all levels, and a desire to support a small agency which strives for excellent service. We are not for the faint of heart! We are a small and mighty team that dreams big, imagines more, and has a good time doing it. Spread the word!
  • We’ve opened a recruitment for an Executive Assistant / Deputy City Clerk, which is posted here. If you have strong administrative experience, attention to detail, organizational skills, an analytical mind, and a desire to grow, learn, and support community, please apply. Municipal experience is preferred; however, we are trying to grow our administrative staff to underpin operations and will keep applications on file for future opportunities.
  • Monday is the deadline for Climate Action Commission applicants, and we need applicants! Please click here for more information and submit your application asap.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is January 18, 2022, via Zoom.

Woot Woot!

A major Woot! Woot! to Director Shelly Gunby who has overseen the City of Winters’ financial operations for 25 years. Shelly departs on her final vacation next week prior to officially retiring in March. Please join me in thanking her for her steady financial guidance through so many years of community transformation, growth, economic crises, and renewal. She also served a stint as Acting City Manager at the height of the pandemic before my arrival. We wish her well as she heads off into the greener pastures of quilting, traveling, and enjoying unpressured family time. You might find her on a bike in Woodland or the back of a motorcycle traveling the rural roads of Yolo County. Thank you, Shelly, for your service, dedication, and partnership.

As one staffer departs, another onboards! Please help us welcome Sgt Manny Cardoza who joined us this week.  Sgt Cardoza hails from rural roots and has worked for Placerville, West Sacramento, and Marysville. His law enforcement experience includes patrol, field training, motorcycle traffic unit, SWAT, and accident investigations. He also has his real estate license and is co-owner of a brewery in Sacramento. He has a criminal justice degree and is completing his master’s in justice administration this spring. We like well-rounded and diverse experiences here! Please help us welcome Sgt Cardoza!

And finally, an honorable mention to Accountant Mary Lou Mendoza and her able elves who helped decorate City Hall with tractors and the like for this holiday season. The Winters Express shared our grinch who found his tree (once he escaped from the Chief’s car after the tractor parade). It takes a team!


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Community COVID Testing – Starting January 2022

We are pleased to announce that WJUSD has contracted with a new agency, COVID Clinic, that will be providing both school site COVID testing and community COVID testing free of charge.

We will be offering community testing in two locations: District Office and the Winters Community Library.
See below for the flyer with the community testing schedule and registration information.
You are encouraged to preregister; it speeds up the process significantly.

English and Spanish infographic below - click to enlarge:

Winters JUSD Covid Clinic Testing Schedule, English

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Winters JUSD Covid Clinic Testing Schedule, Spanish

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01/10/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor's Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we encourage you to observe the live stream of the meeting. Please contact Kristine - 530-794-6760 / Kristine.DeGuerre@cityofwinters.org for additional instructions.

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85727799402?pwd=MVZOWW5mRHVlYzd2WTlGSGlwQ3NBdz09

Meeting ID: 857 2779 9402
Passcode: 545067


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