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09/12/2022 Climate Action 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. The Climate Action Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of each month via Zoom. Please contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.com for additional information.

To join this meeting via Zoom, 6:30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83530726822?pwd=dXlFc1EvaFV6bUJ2LzJqMUJYMHpsQT09

Meeting ID: 835 3072 6822
Passcode: 159247

 


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09/07/2022 City Facilities Using Backup Power

The California Independent System Operator has requested that we convert facilities to use backup generator when possible, during this week’s high heat days. The City of Winters transitioned to back up generator power where possible during yesterday’s peak hours and will be doing the same today.  This action is only made to help take facilities off grid power grid to the degree possible and to help avoid rolling blackouts.


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Extreme Heat Today, 09/06/2022

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

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

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

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

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

Best, Kathleen


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Extreme Heat Preparedness Information

Good afternoon, everyone. As we are all aware, we are entering into a period of extreme heat for the next few days, with temperatures peaking on Monday upwards to 111 based on my phone app. As a result, the ISO electrical grid has issued flex alerts advising people of the potential for rolling brown outs between the hours of 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. beginning today.

Please note the following:

Heat Illness Prevention:

  • Please avoid physical outdoor activities during high heat, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Stay inside or in the shade to the degree possible; drink lots of water; avoid direct sun; and wear sunscreen, loose fitting clothing, and a wide brimmed hat if you are outside.
  • Know the symptoms of heat stress, heat exhaustion, and what to do; click here. Heat stroke can be fatal. Please be careful.

Places to Cool Down (highest temperatures will be Sunday – Tuesday):

  • Sunday: Bobbie Greenwood Pool: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. FREE. All fees are waived.
  • Monday: Bobbie Greenwood Pool: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. New hours. FREE. All fees are waived.
  • Tuesday: Winters Community Library: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • The pool and library are co-located at 708 Railroad.
  • PLEASE NOTE: For those who are thinking about taking a dip in Putah Creek, portions of the Creek have a very quick current and lots of tree roots that can entangle swimmers who are swept away. Do not enter areas of the creek you are not familiar with. Use the buddy system. Never swim alone. You swim at your own risk.

Rolling Brown Outs:

  • According to our PG&E liaison, brown outs may occur between 4 – 9 p.m. and most likely between 5 – 7 p.m. and will not last more than one hour. More info here.
  • To sign up for a flex alert, go to www.flexalert.org.
  • Please conserve power as much as possible to help avoid these black outs. www.flexalert.org. Big ones include turning up the thermostat to above 78, closing windows and blinds, using major appliances early in the morning, turn off unused appliances and lights.
  • Charge up phones, devices, etc before 4 p.m.

Portable Chargers for Medical Equipment

If anyone needs a portable charger for medical devices, please come by the City Hall Conference Room, Abbey Street entrance, between 3 – 4 p.m. on Thursday. Chargers will be signed out on a first come / first served basis for the heat wave and can be returned later next week. The chargers can be charged with a car or plugged in at home prior to an outage.

Please stay safe over the next the week; check in on elderly neighbors or those living alone or without A/C, and call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Our County Librarian has responded that the Winters Library will be open Sunday and Monday from 1 – 5 p.m. for additional cooling opportunities. Thank you, County staff!

Best, Kathleen


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Festival de la Comunidad 2022

2022 Carnitas Cook-Off
Saturday, September 24, 2022

4:30-10:30pm
Rotary Park

Carnitas served from 5:00pm - 7:00pm or until they run out.

Food and Drinks, Carnitas Cook-off, Live Music, Folklorico, Vendors and Children's Area.
Fun for the whole family.

 

  • To participate in the carnitas cook-off competition, Applications are available through the link HERE.
  • To apply as a Vendor,  food truck and non-profit information tent location,  Applications with One Day Business License link is HERE.
  • Applications should be returned to our PO Box address : Festival de la Communidad, PO Box 751, Winters, CA, 95694
  • Booth Applications are due Tuesday, August 30, 2021. (Cookoff applications do not have a deadline)
  • You can pre-order tickets for carnitas on a limited basis by clicking HERE

For more information about participating as vendor or carnitas cook, please contact Irene Goya-Tweedt at (530) 304-9423 or at irenegtsfg@gmail.com.
Para obtener información en español, por favor comuníquese con Irene Goya-Tweedt at (530) 304-9423 o a irenegtsfg@gmail.com.

 


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WJUSD Superintendent Search Engagement Sessions (08/24/2022)

Apologies for the late notice, all; however, I thought I would forward an engagement opportunity with the WJUSD to participate in the selection of the next school district superintendent. A community meeting with the executive recruiter has been scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. More information below.  There is also a survey in English and Spanish below soliciting input on what qualifications the next superintendent should have.

Best, Kathleen


wjusd

Winters Joint Unified School District

Raena Lavelle posted in Winters Joint Unified School District, Winters JUSD Community Partners

Superintendent Search Engagement Sessions

Hello!

Tomorrow, Winters Joint Unified School District is inviting you to participate in the Superintendent Search Educational Partners Engagement sessions. Consultants from the search firm McPherson and Jacobson will facilitate the conversation. The purpose of these sessions is to allow comments and feedback regarding skills and qualifications of our future superintendent.

The following date/time has been reserved for community members. The meeting will be held at the District Office Board Room located at 909 W. Grant Ave.
Wednesday, August 24 9:00-10:00 AM

The following date/time has also been reserved for parents of students with special needs. The meeting will be held at the District Office Board Room located at 909 W. Grant Ave.
Wednesday, August 24 2:00-3:00 PM

We hope you will be able to attend and provide feedback to the consultants. If you are unable to attend but still wish to provide feedback, please complete the survey using the link below.

Please do not reply to this email.

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Take Part in the County-Wide Mass Notification Test by Registering for Yolo Alert – Press Release 8.18.22

Good morning, everyone. Happy Monday.  Please see below and attached information from Yolo County about a mass notification test on August 25th at 10 a.m. This is also a good time to sign up for Yolo Alert if you haven’t already. Yolo Alert is managed by the County in cooperation with local emergency commanders to provide emergency notifications during critical incidents. More information is below.

Best, Kathleen


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact: John Fout
August 18, 2022                                                         Email: John.Fout@yolocounty.org

Take Part in the County-Wide Mass Notification Test by
Registering for Yolo Alert

 (Woodland, CA) – On August 25th at 10:20 AM, Yolo County will participate in a tri-county mass notification exercise. We urge residents and businesses to use this opportunity to prepare for the many hazards that threaten our community and to take proactive steps to ensure you receive timely information during those emergencies.

"Emergency exercises play an important role, allowing emergency responders throughout Yolo County to practice and be ready for future emergencies," said Yolo County Emergency Services Manager Dana Carey. "On August 25, Yolo County will hold two emergency exercises – testing the emergency alert system and responding to a delta flood scenario."

These past winter seasons are reminders of our flood threats in the area, and we currently see the danger posed by wildfire and grassland fires throughout the state. Both wildfires and storm flooding occur rapidly, forcing evacuations and road closures in neighborhoods. Yolo Alert, the County's mass notification system – built upon the Everbridge® Platform – is a critical link for residents to learn immediately of any required actions, like evacuating their homes during an imminent fire. Yolo County and city partners rely heavily on this communication tool to warn you of potential hazards and the actions you and your family can take to remain safe.

On August 25, 2022, Sacramento, Yolo, and Placer County residents will receive a call to exercise the Sacramento Region Emergency Alert Notification System. The drill will replicate a large-scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across the Sacramento tri-county region.

The distinctive feature of Yolo Alert is the ability to register more than one contact method at a specific address. Registrations of cell phones and alternate numbers dramatically increase the ability to reach a significant number of community members within minutes. This enables landlines, cell phones, and email addresses to integrate into a single notification system.

The newest system feature is the Everbridge® "App," which will send push notifications based on your smartphone's location during an emergency. The alert can warn you of evacuation areas, flooded road conditions, police emergencies requiring shelter in place, and much more. App downloads are available from the Apple Store for iOS devices and the Google Play store for Android.

Residents can do their part to prepare for emergencies by registering for Yolo Alert. The time is now to self-register cell phone numbers and email addresses and download the App to be a part of the regional Exercise.

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers or email addresses, visit https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611271/login

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John Fout
Public Information Officer
625 Court Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Office: 530-666-8042
Cell: 530-908-0186
He/him
Learner | Ideation | Context | Strategic | Relator

www.yolocounty.org


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Delinquent Water User Update

The State of California water shutoff moratorium, Senate Bill No. 155, has ended, and the City of Winters will resume its normal payment and water disconnection policy on September 1, 2022.

What does this mean for delinquent customers?

If you have a delinquent account, you will receive a Water Shut-Off Notice with an overdue balance amount and a payment deadline to avoid service interruption. If you cannot pay the past due account balance in full, you must contact the City of Winters Utility Billing Department to arrange a deferred payment plan before the shut off date listed in the notice, to prevent water shutoff.

Bills for water and sewer service are due on the 15th of each month and subject to discontinuation of service if not paid within ninety (90) days from the date of the bill. For Utility Billing concerns or questions, please call 530-794-6711.


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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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04/27/2022 City of Winters/WJUSD 2×2 Meeting

CITY OF WINTERS/WINTERS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
2X2 MEETING
VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
*5:00 PM*
The meeting will be held via Zoom.
https://wintersjusd-org.zoom.us/j/93690776652
Meeting ID: 936 9077 6652


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TIME SENSITIVE: Power Outages in Solano county impacting Winters

Good afternoon, everyone. Please see the PG&E notification below regarding power outages due to a fire near the Vaca Dixon Substation. - Kathleen

https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/

FYI, there is a fire occurring right now close to PG&E’s Vaca Dixon substation.  In the interest of public safety, local fire officials have asked us to de-energize power lines until that fire has been cleared.  Customers in Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun, and Winters are currently being impacted.  Letting you know in case you hear from your constituents.

As I hear more, I will keep you informed.

Many thanks,

Clay Merrill | Local Government Relations Representative
Yolo, Solano, and Colusa Counties
Pacific Gas and Electric Company


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02/25/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.

Tidbits Here and There:

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

 PG&E Updates

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

Upcoming Council Meeting

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

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

Woot Woot!

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

GOOD LUCK!!

 


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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
Passcode: 545067
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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83024337394?pwd=VitJeThjbEZzNDRTamxmdFJsd2w2UT09
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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81749997969?pwd=RFpWZVQxdmxCRlNxTVZmcG5FTVZOdz09

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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Yolo County Covid-19 Updates