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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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01/21/2022 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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01/25/2022 Planning Commission Meeting Notice of Cancellation

City of Winters Regular Planning Commission
Teleconference Meeting
Notice of Cancellation (pdf)


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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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83083793732?pwd=UGZ5K2YveHFhZk1UemFJSk4wek9oUT09

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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12/28/2021 Planning Commission Meeting Cancellation

Notice of Cancellation (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission Meeting of Tuesday, December 28, 2021 is hereby cancelled.

The meeting is being adjourned to the next regular Planning Commission Meeting held on Tuesday, January 25, 2021 @ 6:30 PM Teleconference via Zoom.


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12/17/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
December 17, 2021

Greetings, all. In this final update for 2021, a hearty Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us at the City of Winters. May your holidays be bright and merry. Happy New Year!

This & That from City Hall:

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  • Yippee! The replacements parts have arrived for the Blue Oaks Park playground equipment. Fingers crossed the equipment will be open for play next week. Contractors have been identified to install the basketball half court and overhead park lighting, once the weather clears and the area dries out a bit. Hopefully, the added lighting will help deter some of the vandalism to the new play equipment…
  • Security fencing has been installed at Three Oaks Park to help let the landscaping settle in without wear and tear. We are thankful for all the rain; however, the boggy conditions do make the area
  • more susceptible to damage. There is more work to do, followed by a maintenance period. Thank you for helping us protect the park during the rainy season.
  • dollar iconFinance is going live with our new online Business License platform, which will allow for automated renewal notifications, and online applications and payments. Renewal forms will be mailed out before the holiday closure. Look for the account and PIN number in the area “Online Renewals Now Available.” Please let us know if you have any questions by calling (530) 795-4910. Manual renewals / applications will still be available at the counter or by dropping off a completed application and payment in the drop box.
  • People can sign up to receive an auto-notification that the Council agenda packet has been posted by signing up through our Granicus platform here. It’s easy peasy and then you’ll receive something that looks like this. You can unsubscribe or change your email at any time. The agenda will include links to all the items in the packet so you can easily click through to items of interest.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Rumor has it one of our local residents and her brass Downtown Quintet will kick off a roaming performance starting at 5 p.m. tonight, beginning at Railroad & Main next to the holiday tree. Music, some last minute shopping, a relaxing glass next to a heater on Main – sounds like a great way to kick off the evening, especially since we have a break in the weather.

COVID-19

  • The Omicron variant is the cause of a COVID outbreak at a West Sacramento high school. Six people thus far have tested positive. Public health officials are very concerned by the transmissibility of this variant and the combination of cold weather and holiday gatherings, bringing people together indoors. Masks are now required indoors throughout the State until January 15, per a recent state-wide health order. Please vax, mask, boost and / or test – all strategies that help slow the spread and lessen illness. The Winters school district hosts a testing location in the Railroad parking lot at the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Winters Healthcare has walk in service for testing and vaccinations. Stay well.

 Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next meeting is December 21st and we have a lengthy agenda; the consent and discussion sections both have a number of items. The link to the packet is here. Consent items include relocating the PG&E Community Resource Center from the Public Safety Facility to City Hall’s large conference room, creating a new employee classification for Executive Assistant / Deputy City Clerk, appointing the City Manager as City Clerk, awarding a contract for executive recruitment services for the Director of Administrative Services, Annual and Five Year AB 1600 Development Impact Fee reports, repurposing a $100,000 SACOG grant to support the paseo park project, and approving the 2022 Council and City Hall closure schedule. Two ordinances are also on the Consent Calendar for second reading: increasing the Council stipend effective after the next Council election in 2022 and moving Council elections from the primary ballot (alternating March and June) to November’s general election ballot.

Discussion items include the SB 1383 mandated edible food recovery program, introduction of an EV Charging Station Ordinance, Rescindable Notice of Intent to Withdraw from the City’s risk pool, a resolution approving street name lists, and formally establishing the Hispanic Advisory Committee and the transfer of HAC funds to a new community foundation.

Woot Woot!

Each year our public safety team warms our hearts with two programs: Shop with a Cop and Toys for Youth. The Winters Police Department takes children from families in need holiday shopping, not for themselves, but for their parents, helping these children bring joy to the entire family. There is a valuable lesson in there about the gift of giving. The Fire Department staff and volunteers have the children covered. This year they will provide children’s gifts to about 100 families (200 children) in town, unbelievable! Santa helps deliver the gifts Christmas Eve morning. Thank you to everyone who donated, helped wrap, and supported these programs. And thank you, Winters Police and Fire Departments for leading with your hearts.


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12/21/2021 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
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  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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12/20/2021 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

Meeting Instructions

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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12/17/2021 City Hall Closes at noon

City Hall will be closing early on Friday December 17th at 12pm.

Thank you for your understanding.


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12/10/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
December 10, 2021

Greetings, all. HOLIDAY HOOPLA continues! Saturday, December 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. over 100 vendors will set up on Main Street from Railroad to 2nd. Main Street will be closed through 1st Street.  2nd Street will be open for cross traffic.  The vacant lot off Newt’s Expressway will be open for 15-minute parking only so residents can zip in and out of their favorite restaurants and stores. Please come by and support local crafters, businesses and holiday makers!

COVID-19

  • The Omicron variant has been detected in Yolo County. The first case was detected on Thursday by Healthy Davis Together and the UC Davis Genome Center. Vaxing, boosting and masking are strongly recommended by public health officials to minimize COVID spread and serious illness. To find vaccination locations in Yolo County, visit yolocounty.org/getvaccinated, or contact Winters Healthcare – click here for information.
  • Thanksgiving gatherings are producing the expected uptick in COVID case rates. As we enter Christmas and New Year’s, please considering COVID testing, especially if guests or family members are unvaccinated, as a way to avoid the inadvertent spread of COVID. Rapid tests are available in pharmacies and testing locations are available at multiple locations (Winters Healthcare, pharmacies, county sponsored locations, etc).
  • Yolo County is in urgent need of volunteers to work drive through events. Please click here for more information about assisting with events on December 12 in Woodland and December 17 in West Sacramento. Together, we can make a different in our communities.

Please Note:

  • City Hall has several upcoming closures:
    • Friday, December 17 at noon for an employee holiday party. Public Safety and Public Works will still be available for call out, and lead staff by cell phone.
    • December 24 – January 2, subject to Council approval at the December 21 meeting. Public Safety, Public Works, and limited inspections will be available during the closure.
  • Chevron frontage improvement work continues, and the contractor will soon begin construction of a median to prevent crossing Hwy 128 at that location. Median construction will require overnight work with lane shifts for worker safety, next Wednesday & Thursday, depending on weather conditions. Please drive carefully and watch for traffic control information.
  • Public Works provides free sand and sandbags outside of the gate for the Corporation Yard at the terminus of East Street, next to Yolo Federal Credit Union. Bring your shovel!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance is sponsoring a free holiday meal for adults 60 years or older on December 15 at Blue Mountain Terrace and the Winters Senior Apartments. Meals are $10 for under 60. Donations are always welcomed to help support programming. Please see the flyer at the Update for more information and remember to RSVP please!
  • Monday, January 10 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Vitalant will host a blood drive at the Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. IDs and masks are required. To schedule an appointment, call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 and mention blood drive code SMFM164 or you can CLICK HERE to make your appointment online. Remember to eat well and drink fluids prior to donating.
  • The tractors and trees decorating contest, sponsored by the Chamber, is well underway and make for a wonderful evening walk to enjoy the lights and displays. There are prizes so for more information on how to vote, please visit the Chamber website here for more information.
  • Please watch for information from Waste Management regarding the 2022 Bulky Waste Pick Up program. Residents can use a voucher to take bulking items to the landfill AND call for one pick up per year curbside. Vouchers will be mailed to each account so check your mail! More information is here.

Did You Know?

  • The City is recruiting for Climate Action Commission members! This new commission will help oversee and participate in the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Commission. More information is available here. Applications will be accepted through January 10, 2022. If you’re passionate about combating climate change, please apply!
  • The Senior Commission on Aging would like to hear from you! Please participate in a brief survey (click here) about what types of activities and programs you would like available. Seniors represent a sizable portion of the community and we want to make sure our seniors thrive. The Spanish survey is here.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is December 21st. As in years past, Council will consider approving a holiday closure between December 24 – January 2 so staff can enjoy a holiday break with their families during this traditionally quiet time. Emergency services will still be available. All of which means Council will be asked to cancel the January 4th Council meeting for lack of business.

Woot Woot!

Last weekend’s holiday festivities were nothing short of epic, phenomenal, awesome, unexpectedly crowded, surreal and extraordinary. The unofficial estimate was 10,000 people, about double the number of people in 2019. It takes a tremendous effort by many people to organize, implement and work the event so a HUGE thank you to all of those people from the Chamber team, the Downtown Business Association, PG&E, multiple sponsors, the Cowan family, City staff, community volunteers and countless others. THANK YOU!


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12/09/2021 Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting

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