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12/02/2022 City Manager’s Update

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12/02/2022 City Manager’s Update

SEE FULL CITY MANAGER'S UPDATE IN ATTACHED PDF

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

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

www.winterstractorparade.com.

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

COVID-19

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

Upcoming Council Meeting

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

Woot Woot!

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


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11/18/2022 City Manager’s Update

SEE FULL CITY MANAGER'S UPDATE IN ATTACHED PDF

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

Greetings, all. We have a new basketball league! Please check out the information below.

And we have holiday weekend updates below. Please monitor social media, the Winter Express, Friday Updates and www.winterstractorparade.com for more information about December 2nd and 3rd activities, and please click on the website tabs for more detailed information about entertainment, parade participants, etc.

This year we have added more activities to the holiday weekend to help fund event costs and to encourage visitors to come earlier and stay later in order to help manage traffic in and out of the city. We’ve also hired a coordinator since the event has grown beyond the ability of volunteers and staff to coordinate on our own. Steven Restivo of Bay Area Pop Up Events and his team have taken the lead. Please see information at the bottom of the Update for more detailed route maps, and street closure times. Click here for entertainment information.  Notices will be delivered to businesses and residences along street closures on November 30. Check your front doors, please.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The City has started a new youth basketball league program, partnering with the National Academy of Athletics. Registration is open here for the season that begins January 21. Scholarships are also available for qualifying families. This is a new partnership. If this winter’s season is a success, we can continue to build upon youth sports opportunities. The City’s landing page will be updated shortly with league information.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND TREE LIGHTING 

New this year is a holiday marketplace in Rotary Park (2 – 9 p.m.) with different activities, music, and holiday gifts. The downtown businesses are also coordinating a hot coco crawl and elf hunt (4 - 7 p.m.) AND we will have bouncy houses and a petting zoo on the 100 Block of Main Street.  Caroling at the gazebo with middle and high school students is scheduled from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. The tree lighting is 6 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa until 9 p.m.

Main Street will be closed from 12 noon from the Rotary Park Driveway to Second Street until 10 p.m. HOWEVER, the Railroad & Main Street intersection will be closed beginning at 3:30 p.m. and reopen as soon as it is safe for pedestrians to cross safety unassisted.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD TRACTOR PARADE

Saturday will be busy with lots of options! The Winters Friends of the Library have returned with their Family Holiday Festival at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The holiday marketplace in Rotary Park resumes at 10 a.m. Children’s activities (jump houses and petting zoo) open at 2 p.m. at City Park.

Street closures will begin at noon in the downtown core and radiate out to accommodate tractor staging and pedestrian traffic. Food trucks, vendors and portapotties will be located along side streets to help serve parade watchers along the entire route from Haven to Morgan.

Property owners along Main Street: Please do not tape off the street in front of your property for your exclusive use. Everyone is welcome to set out chairs to reserve a spot along the public street. Please do not block sidewalks.

Main Street Pergolas: The City is renting pergolas on Main Street to help fund event costs. If you are interested in having your name entered into a drawing to rent a pergola for $1,500, please email cityclerk@cityofwinters.org by noon on November 23. Renters will likely need to bring tables and chairs for their use since the furniture in most of the pergolas are owned and maintained by adjacent businesses.

Please Note:

  • Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, November 30, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Community Center (Rotary Park) to learn more about the potential development of 183 acres north of Moody Slough / primarily west of Road 89 inside the City Limits. Informally dubbed the Winters-183 project, the property owner’s representatives and city staff will present information and answer questions. The property location is bookmarked here and is at the end of the update.
  • It’s leaf season. Just a friendly request to dispose of leaves in green waste cans first before putting them in piles in the street. It is taking the drivers longer to collect from the street than in the cans and sometimes they can’t complete the route in one day. Thank you.
  • AT&T will start work in Newt’s Expressway next Monday & Tuesday; portions of the alley will be blocked over the two days. This first stage includes minor trenching to make connections to aerial facilities at either end of the alley.
  • The large dirt pile at the Meritage location next to Taylor Street will be removed and transported to a city-owned sports park site north of Moody Slough beginning on Monday. The Meritage contractor will spread the dirt and grade out the existing mound to facilitate future development of this site. The site has been identified as a future sports park, albeit without adequate funding for development at this time.
  • We’re looking for commissioners! 2 seats on Senior Commission and 1 for Planning Commission. The senior commission is helping to prepare for the senior center and coordinate services and activities for the 55+ age group, and the Planning Commission supports the City Council in land use planning and permitting. Joining a commission is a great way to get involved and learn more about local governance and community service. For more information, please contact cityclerk@cityofwinters.org.
  • Home builders have been given permission to work on Friday, November 25. They are pushing hard. On a related note, Meritage is opening their sales office tomorrow with a grand opening from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Info here. Location: corner of Valley Oak & Niemann. 

Council Meetings & Election Update

The next meeting is December 6, which will include business items. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 13 to thank Wade Cowan, Pierre Neu and Harold Anderson for their years of service on the City Council and congratulations to three new councilmembers who will be seated that night. December 13 will be primarily ceremonial as part of the council reorganization. The new council will select their mayor and mayor pro tem. Cake and punch will follow the council meeting, so come on by to congratulate everyone. The December 20 meeting has been cancelled. Happy Holidays, all!

The election results are still not final. Please click here for updates from the Yolo County Elections Office. As of Tuesday evening, there were still 15,729 ballots left to process. The next posted election update will be Friday at 4:30 p.m. This reminds me of the old Heinz ketchup ads “anticipation.”


WINTERS 183 PROJECT LOCATION IN RED BOX BELOW


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11/21/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85727799402?pwd=MVZOWW5mRHVlYzd2WTlGSGlwQ3NBdz09
Meeting Time: 6:00pm

Meeting ID: 857 2779 9402
Passcode: 545067
One tap mobile: 1 669 900 6833


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11/11/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

COVID-19 +

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

Upcoming Council Meeting – November 15

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

Woot Woot!

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

 


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11/14/2022 Climate Action Commission Meeting

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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11/04/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

Upcoming Council Meeting

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

Woot Woot!

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


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11/09/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting
318 First Street, Abby Street Entrance (Downstairs Conference Room)
Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 5:30 p.m.
Agenda / Packet


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11/07/2022 Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting

Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting

Location City Hall Conference Room and via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88422730586
Meeting ID: 857 0241 0568
Passcode: 024567
Monday November 7, 2022
6:30 PM

Agenda (pdf)


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10/28/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note: 

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

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

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

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


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CITY OF WINTERS TRACTOR PARADE/TREE LIGHTING VENDOR FEES

 


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10/21/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

COVID-19

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

Upcoming Council Meeting

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

Woot Woot!

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

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

 


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10/17/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

Monday, October 17, 2022, 6:00pm Via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85727799402?pwd=MVZOWW5mRHVlYzd2WTlGSGlwQ3NBdz09
Meeting Time: 6:00pm

Meeting ID: 857 2779 9402
Passcode: 545067
One tap mobile: 1 669 900 6833


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10/19/2022 Yolo County/City of Winters 2×2 Meeting

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.

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To join the meeting use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84992400204?pwd=Syt4UkorTjBaNVFzRG93ZHFyMUtZUT09
Meeting ID: 849 9240 0204
Passcode: 173334


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10/12/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

To join this meeting via Zoom at 5:30pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84933768985?pwd=SChZOVOrzJRDWMTbgQgALf_tCMylCs.1
Meeting ID: 849 3376 8985
Passcode: 754644


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10/10/2022 Climate Action Commission Meeting

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Meeting ID: 835 3072 6822
Passcode: 159247


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10/07/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

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

Please Note:

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

Upcoming Council Meeting

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

 

 


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09/30/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

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

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

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


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09/23/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

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


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Commissioner Recruitment

APPLICATION OF INTEREST (pdf)

The City of Winters is currently accepting applications for the Winters Senior Commission on Aging.There is currently one seat available on the Winters Senior Commission on Aging with a term ending in June 2023. Please see below information regarding each commission. Applications can be delivered or mailed to the City Clerk at City Hall, or sent electronically via email to cityclerk@cityofwinters.org

The Winters Senior Commission on Aging(the "Commission")shall perform the following functions:

A. Act as an advisory body to the City Council through the research, evaluation,and recommendations of grants and program proposals affecting the well-being of new or existing senior programs in the City of Winters;

B. Work to define the unmet needs of Winters's senior citizens and identify ways to meet those needs;

C. Explore improved standards of services to the aging and explore new services for the aging, through public and private resources;

D. Act as an advisory body to the City Council regarding the design, programs, operation and maintenance of the proposed senior center, when completed, and until a similar task force is formed specifically for the senior center;

E. Identify and keep current the Inventory of various activities and services available to seniors in Winters, both public and private;

F. Disseminate information to seniors regarding the availability and uses of the various activitiesand services;

G. Discuss and recommend appropriate action on all legislative and congressional bills that would affect senior citizens;and

H. Recommend and coordinate senior citizen programs and resources, including but not limited to transportation,health,and recreation

Please see the attached application. More information can about the commission can be found on this page https://www.cityofwinters.org/winters-senior-commission-on-aging/

 


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