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08/05/2022 City Manager’s Update

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08/05/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
August 5, 2022

Greetings, all. Don’t forget Shakespeare under the stars, beginning this weekend, produced by the Winters Theater Company. Thursday night live music in Rotary Park continues through August, courtesy of the Downtown Business Association. And Main Street is still poppin’ with live music on Friday nights. Music begins at 7 p.m. both nights.  And don’t forget to put Fourth Fridays on your calendar for more activities and programs downtown.

Don’t Miss Out!

This Saturday, August, 6, from 6 – 8:00 p.m. is Root Beer Floats with a Cop at Pizza Factory, 108 Main Street. Come by to meet our local officers who help keep Winters safe and peaceful. Thank you, Chuck, for hosting.

Please Note:

  • Yolo County has reported the first human case of West Nile Virus in the County, which is caused by a bite from infected mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, bodyaches, nausea, vomiting and something swollen lymph glands. The best way to prevent mosquito borne illnesses is to drain any standing water, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors in areas with active mosquitoes or wear repellent, and make sure open doors or windows have screens. For more information, visit fightthebite.net.
  • The City of Winters is looking for one more commissioner for the Winters Senior Commission on Aging. The commission focuses on programming and resource opportunities for seniors and will assist with developing the list of furniture and fixtures needed to outfit the new senior center. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m. More information is here. To apply, click here.
  • Work at Three Oaks Park has picked up steam. Trees have been replaced and are being inspected by our consulting arborist. Irrigation continues to be addressed. Final lighting fixtures have been installed, and some concrete repair should soon be completed. We’re beginning to get ready to start final punch list items and work out a warranty agreement for newly planted trees. Once the park is officially “accepted” as meeting standards, the 90 day period will begin.
  • Work at Shandalla Estates (LDS / Crowne Communities) has been put on hold while the framing crew has been transferred to Arizona to complete a project. They should be back in September. This project will provide slightly smaller one-story homes (1,500 – 1,850 square feet) on smaller lots, making them more “affordable by design.” Click on the link for more information.
  • For those of you who have been tracking the senior center project, we are finally making some good progress on obtaining the rights to the construction plans. We met this week with the architect and again with State HCD to iron out some complicated questions regarding architectural rights and services under the approved grant. The complications related to the senior center project being initially combined with the adjacent Blue Mountain Terrace project and then split out and returned to the City. We’re finally optimistic we may be on a path to move forward. At the risk of prematurely sharing news, we hope to bring a purchase agreement to Council in September to obtain the rights to the plans.

Did You Know?

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council approved an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with NeighborWorks (NW) to kick start the self-help affordable housing project in Winters Highlands, once again. 24 lots are earmarked for moderate income applicants (80-120% AMI) who can devote time to help construct their homes. NW will submit an application to USDA in September to help fund construction. Once funding has been secured, we’ll actively encourage income eligible people to apply.

Are you looking for resource referral information, related to health, housing, food, legal assistance, and any number of other services? 211 Yolo is a joint service with Sacramento County that refers residents to over 1,600 providers. You can dial 2-1-1 or email info@211sacramento.org to connect with an operator.

  • Did you know that downtown Winters is listed on the National Registry of Historic Districts? Curious about the downtown buildings?  Check out hmdb.org. You can click on the “Near You” button to find more fun facts or plan a historic scavenger hunt. Even easier if friends and family visit, book a tour through Yolo 365 Tours. Bites, tastings, and tours ~ a great way to decompress, enjoy good company and savor the moments.

Upcoming Council Meeting

No Council meeting on August 16 to allow for some vacation and family time. The next Council meeting will be September 6, via Zoom and in-person. We continue to work on addressing audio issues; we fix one side of the equation and seem to be pushing problems to another side. We’ve ordered a new sound board that we hope will stabilize audio inputs and outputs.

Woot Woot!

A huge shout out to Fire Chief Brad Lopez who, after nearly thirty years of service to the Winters community, has accepted the Fire Chief position with Suisun City. Chief Lopez first began as a volunteer with the Winters Fire Protection District, was hired and promoted, and then crossed over into the City’s Fire Department in 2011 when the City took over as lead service provider for the town and the 80 square mile district. He was promoted to chief three years ago. Brad is the consummate fire professional: dedicated, calm, experienced, thoughtful, and committed to the community’s public safety. He will be sorely missed at the Fire Station and City Hall, but we’ll still see him around town. Please thank him for his service and wish him all the best. His last day with us will be August 21st. Yup, that’s a Sunday. He begins in Suisun City that Monday. Thank you, Chief.


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08/08/2022 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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08/10/2022 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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08/02/2022 City Council Meeting

Meeting Information
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87456623496?pwd=K0g1SE5TVUFaYTFQSUVMM01DZS9wdz09
Meeting ID: 874 5662 3496
Passcode: 053836
or in person at City Hall located at 318 1st St., Winters, CA 95694.


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07/29/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.  The weather is glorious out, not too hot by Yolo standards. What a great time to stroll downtown. Don’t forget to check out upcoming events and activities in all the usual places.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Theater Company is back with Shakespeare in the park and under the stars! Don’t forget to get your tickets, grab your lawn chair and pack your snackies. Performances of Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Community Center amphitheater are scheduled for August 5, 6, 12, and 13. Tickets are $10 for 13 years and older.
  •  August 6 is Tire Amnesty Day! Residents can take up to 9 tires to the Yolo County landfill (9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Up to 20 tires can be accepted with an approved exemption. For more information, please call 530-666-8856.

 Did You Know?

Paving has begun in the Hideaways (Phases 3, 4, & 5) of Winters Highland. This is the extension of Scotty Way.  For all of our newer residents who aren’t familiar, this road is named in honor of Scotty Dozier, who passed in 2014. Scotty served as the Chief of the Winters Fire Protection District and was the City’s first Fire Chief when a municipal department was formed in 2011. Scotty spent 36 years working on behalf of greater Winters and was a legend locally and throughout the Yolo Fire community. He led the modernization of our Fire Department from a volunteer force to a 24/7 operation. So, when you drive down Scotty Way, please send a thank you his way for his dedicated service.

  • The State of California, through SB 1383, requires organic recycling. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste inlandfills emits 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma. Reducing organic waste that goes into the landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. Please consider getting rid of your food scraps in your green waste bin or through back yard composting.

  Please Note:

  • Starting July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number has transitioned to an easy to remember 988 Like 911 to call in emergencies, 988 is the number to call for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis. You can also text 988 or chat at Lifeline (www.988lifeline.org) and connect with trained counselors. Mental health, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide are real problems facings hundreds of thousands of people and their families across the country. If you need help, please reach out. If you suspect someone is at a breaking point, please contact Suicide Prevention of Yolo County.
  • The contractor for Homes By Town is making good progress at Three Oaks Park. About 40+ trees have been or will be replaced by the end of next week, and irrigation repaired in various areas. Any deficient plants will also be replaced. If progress continues at this recent pace, our goal is to have the park enter into its 90-day maintenance period mid- to late August, which means the developer will still be responsible for park maintenance. The newly planted trees and landscaping will need time to establish before wear and tear from the public, so we will still request that the public remain out of the park until it is accepted later in the fall.

In discussions with the landscape architect, the dog park areas were planted with native grasses, which are not intended to be irrigated once established. The grass goes dormant without irrigation and regerminates with cooler weather and rain fall. The grass is intended to serve as erosion control since both dog parks also serve as a retention area and storm drain inlet (hence their bowl designs). The City will authorize that irrigation to be turned off once we’re satisfied the grass has substantially taken root.

  • Installation of new pathway lighting for Blue Oak Park will be completed next week.
  • The undergrounding of utilities along Newt’s Expressway is progressing. The recent work stop due to COVID will set the schedule back a week or two. When PG&E is done, they will cut the tops of the poles off along the alley. We do not yet have a schedule for when AT&T will return to pull their wires into the new underground conduit. Wave / Astound will need to remove their facilities, at which point that block of Main Street will not have access to Wave services. Once AT&T is done undergrounding, AT&T will remove the poles.
  • Link21 is a long-range transportation program to transform passenger rail in the 21-county Northern California mega-region. Link21 is creating an Equity Advisory Council (EAC) to provide a forum for meaningful community collaboration to advance equity throughout the Program’s development and implementation. If you’re interested in regional transit and social equity, this could be for you. For more information, please click here. Applications are due August 21st.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our agenda management system is hiccupping badly today, across the Cloud, so we are posting the packet the old-fashioned way as one scanned copy. https://www.cityofwinters.org/city-council-meetings_/ Please scroll to the bottom to find Tuesday’s packet, which will be posted by tomorrow at 5 p.m. We’re hoping Granicus fixes its issue and the usual agenda packet with hyperlinks will be available before the meeting.

Items of interest include: appointing Eleanor Yeatman to the Senior Commission on Aging, adoption of the new Grading Ordinance, Downtown Fall Festival Main Street closure request, adoption of amended construction standards, agreement with Wood Rodgers for the design of the I-505 bridge widening project, a public hearing to consider a new grading permit fee, consideration of an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with NeighborWorks for the self-help housing project, and a requested loan deferral for the Cradwick Building.

Woot Woot!

We are excited to introduce the City’s Pre-Approved ADU Program. Approved by Council and grant funded, the City has acquired three sets of accessory dwelling unit (ADU) construction plans to offer to Winters residents at no cost. Staff has created this Pre-Approved ADU Program to assist property owners interested in constructing an ADU on their property. The models range in size from 496 to 749 square feet. More information is on the City’s website at https://www.cityofwinters.org/pre-approved-adu-program/.  Please note the plans are at no cost; however, there may be additional costs associated with energy code compliance, fire sprinklers, and solar. A big thank you to Senior Planner Kirk Skierski for getting this new program over the finish line. For any questions, please review our new landing page and then contact Planning at (530) 794-6718.

 

 


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07/22/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all. Tonight is Fourth Friday downtown beginning at 6 p.m. Live music by Mike Blanchard and the Californios begins at 7 p.m. Thank you, Downtown Business Association and Discover Winters, for coordinating. And don’t forget Thursday nights in Rotary Park ~ live music begins at 7 p.m. Bring your chairs and snackies and let the kids run free. Next Thursday is Latin rhythms with Afincao, sponsored by Winters Friends of the Library.

Don’t Miss Out!

Shakespeare returns beginning August 5th with Midsummer Night’s Dream at the amphitheater behind the Community Center. Produced by the Winters Theater Company, tickets are $10 for 13 and older. The actors and producers are buzzing as they get ready for show day!

The 4th annual Winters Healthcare Dinner on the bridge will be held Saturday, September 10 on the historic trestle bridge. Come and mingle with your neighbors and community members while enjoying a beautiful late summer three-course plated dinner, live music, local beer and wine, and a raffle!  Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online here. Early bird pricing ends July 31st. For questions, please contact Lilly Steward at lsteward@wintershealth.org or by calling 530-795-4377, ext.1057.

Did You Know?

  • Visit Yolo is a regional partnership funded by a special tax paid by guests at local hotels. The funds help promote tourism bringing people into town, which not only helps the hotel but local businesses as well and the City. Sales tax and Transient Occupancy Taxes are critical general fund revenue sources for the City of Winters. Through Visit Yolo, Winters was recently highlighted in a Bay Area newspaper. https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/07/19/wine-tasting-itinerary-wine-hikes-and-bites-in-winters/. So if you’re looking for a great weekend already planned out for you, or are not sure what to do with those out of town weekend guests, Visit Yolo has great experiences at the ready.PG&E
  • The summer season has been relatively -uiet locally (we’re not allowed to say the Q word in public safety). However, it’s always best to be prepared for potential power outages due to weather or fire that can interfere with transmission lines. To sign up for outage alerts, please click here. PG&E weather monitoring and fire information is here. Live feed for wildfire cameras in the area is available through Alert Wildfire here.

Please Note:

  • Work is on hold with Newt’s Expressway until at least Tuesday. Several members of the construction crew have COVID. We wish them a speedy recovery.
  • The nomination period has opened for local elections. As candidates pull papers, we will post that information here. Information about running for office is provide on the City’s landing page here.  The nomination period closes on August 12th, if no incumbents pull papers, the nomination period is extended to August 18th. If you are interested in running for Council, please contact cityclerk@cityofwinters.org to schedule an appointment. If you are interested in signing a nomination form for a candidate, please note the following:
    • You must be a registered voter within the City limits.
    • You may only sign once per candidate.
    • With three seats open you may not sign for more than three candidates.
  • The Winters Unified School District has kicked off its search for our next superintendent. More information about the process is here. The target start date is November 1.
  • The Sacramento Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District (SYMVCD) continues to collect an invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti in Winters. This mosquito causes yellow fever. An effective way to control the spread of this mosquito is through aerial spraying, which has begun in the Winters area. To receive notifications, click here. For updates, here.

COVID-19

  • Healthy Yolo Together (HYT) has stopped providing local genome testing of COVID-19 and instead has pivoted to a wastewater testing program to monitor levels of COVID-19 variants in the waste stream. The City of Winters participates in this sampling program along with several other facilities in the County. Testing data for Yolo County, including Winters, is available at https://healthycvtogether.org/. The data looks a bit like the Swiss Alps with ups and downs.

 Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is August 2nd. Please note there will be no meeting on August 16 so Council and staff can take a summer break.

Woot Woot!

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, we ceremonially swore in new officers and a community services officer who have joined us in recent months; a big shout out to them and all the staff that have recently joined the City of Winters. We have a number of new employees as the organization has transitioned in recent years; and each of them works hard every day to serve the community.

If you would like to get to know our police staff, please swing by Pizza Factory on August 6 between 6 – 8 p.m. for a slice of pizza and a root beer float.


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07/15/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Tis the season for Shakespeare! Winters Friends of the Library is back with The Tempest in City Park. Free Performances are Friday and Saturday (7/15 & 7/16) at 8 p.m. at the corner of 4th & Main. The stage is none other than the most impressive wooden play structure in California. Bring your chairs and snackies, and watch youth ages 13-19 launch their acting careers.
  • Mark your calendars for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, offered by the Winters Theater Company. Four performances are scheduled in August (5,6, 12, 13) at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center. Tickets are $10; children under 12 are free.
  • The Alberino Wine Stroll is August 6th. For more happenings, visit Discover Winters and your favorite local destinations for food, fun, and sun.
  • Please note! PG&E will turn off power along Newt’s Expressway next Tuesday, 7/19 at 9 p.m. until 5 p.m. as part of the undergrounding project. PG&E will be done with their work around August 4. AT&T willPG&Ethen follow. The poles cannot be removed until AT&T completes their work and Wave removes their lines from the poles. Then AT&T will remove the poles.
  • Election season opens on Monday. If anyone is interested in running for City Council, a candidate must be a resident of incorporated Winters, 18 years of age, and a registered voter residing within the City limits at the time nomination papers are pulled. Candidates will need to schedule an appointment to obtain nomination papers by emailing cityclerk@cityofwinters.org. The nomination period closes August 12th. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information by calling 530-794-6702 or via email at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org. For detailed information about running for elective office, and to view information regarding candidates, please visit the Winters Election page at  http://www.cityofwinters.org/elections/

Please Note:

  • Natural Resources Commission meeting on Monday, July 18, is cancelled due to lack of quorum.
  • The WJUSD is offering counseling for anyone in the community needing support following recent youth tragedies. Marcella Heredia will be at the High School on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. if anyone would like to talk. In addition, the School District continues to work with RISE to offer services to those in need. Please contact Alejandra Flores at (530) 797-4110 or via email at aflores@riseinc.org. Mental health is serious and there are services for those in crisis. For you, a friend or anyone who needs immediate assistance, please call 911. In addition, Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential coordination platform provide by the School District. To access services, please call 888-515-0595 24/7 in any language.
  • Homes By Towne continues to work on Three Oaks Park to address landscape, tree, and irrigation issues. The 90-day maintenance period cannot begin until the park meets installation standards. While it looks much better from the street, and progress has been made, there are still items to be addressed. Thank you for your patience.
  • In other development related news, work continues on Walnut 10 and in Winters Highland. Construction is still strong on the residential side; Fairfield Inn is making progress although there is no firm opening date; the owner hopes this fall. The proposed Grocery Outlet at the southeast corner of E. Main and Grant is still in the concept development process to address traffic circulation impacts with SR-128, which is Caltrans controlled. The Farmstead project is likewise going through site plan concept review. Staff continues to work on obtaining the rights to the Senior Center plans. We are reviewing a development proposal from NeighborWorks regarding the self-help housing project on Taylor in Winters Highland that is back in the hopper with a new non-profit team. We anticipate bringing an item to Council in August to discuss terms. Related to major planning efforts, we have kicked off the update to the Water Master Plan, which includes drought contingency planning, as well as the Downtown Visioning project. Consultants are getting up to speed. When we’re ready to engage in public input, we will share when and how.

Upcoming Council Meeting – July 19

The agenda packet for next Tuesday’s Council meeting is available here. Items include three new job classifications and salaries, a new transitional kindergarten after school program along with a recommended budget adjustment, the Final Map for Stone’s Throw in Winters Highland, introduction of a new grading ordinance, an update from the Downtown Business Association regarding the seasonal Main Street closure schedule, an update on the Grand Prince Odeum, and two public hearings for liens associated with delinquent utility and Waste Management account.

Woot Woot!

Kudos to the students and artists involved with the Winters Participation Gallery for their work on the mural at the post office. I must not turn into downtown from Railroad very often because I just noticed how much they had painted today.  These murals enliven the town, promote its history, and encourage youth to engage in art. A village that paints together, stays together. 😊


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07/08/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all. The weather was pretty phenomenal this last week. Perfect for Music in the Park on Thursday nights, beginning at 7 p.m. Winters Friends of the Library are sponsoring the July series. For more things to do, check out www.discoverwinters.com and your favorite destinations for activities, music, libations and food. Downtown Winters is popping on the weekends!

Please Note:

  • The utility contractor for Walnut 10 has been given permission to work on Saturday to complete the installation of a water main. Work is not to begin before 8 a.m. Labor and material shortages have plaguedthe builders, along with every industry, so we are accommodating fluctuating schedules to help builders manage timelines and costs.
  • The Yolo County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Advisory Committee seeks committee members interested in the delivery of IHSS. The IHSS program helps eligible persons with disabilities remain safely in their homes, helping pay for authorized domestic and personal-care services. The committee has current openings for four consumers and two residents; applicants may live in any part of Yolo County. The Board of Supervisors appoints members to four-year terms. Applications can be found and submitted at yolocounty.org/government/board-of-supervisors/advisory-bodies.
  • Calling all history buffs ~ The Friends of Yolo County Archives have issued their latest newsletter https://www.friendsyca.org/news/newsletter, highlighting the Blowers Family “Fruit, Family, and Leadership in Farming”, and the Capay Valley Telephone Company. The Winters Museum exhibit “Remembering Monticello” is also featured. If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit, it’s well worth a visit and some thought about whether public benefit supersedes private property rights. The Winters Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. at 13 Russell Street.
  • Several individuals will be cited for illegal fireworks last weekend. As someone shared with me, not only are animals terrified by fireworks and homemade M-80s, veterans with PTSD are jolted by trauma every time an unexpected blast goes off. And we can’t ignore the risk of injury or fire. Despite the “we’ve always done it,” let’s hope next year the only fireworks are those shot by professionals during the event.

Did You Know?

  • Your Ride from Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) provides low cost on-call door-to-door service between Winters and El Rio Villa to Davis and Vacaville Monday through Saturday. More information is at yolobus.com/yourride/.

COVID-19

  • Omicron sub-variants B.4 and B.5 are proving to be highly contagious and have the ability to re-infect individuals who have already had COVID. Testing and isolating when contagious are important to minimize exposing others. Masks are strongly recommended, particularly indoors, for people who are immune compromised or just don’t want the inconvenience of having to isolate for 1-2 weeks.
    • The school district continues to provide free community COVID testing. Click here for more information. Thank you, WJUSD.
    • Free rapid tests are available at the Winters Library. Thank you, Yolo County.
    • Retail pharmacies have home antigen test kits available for purchase, and insurance companies, including Medicare and Medi-Cal, are required to reimburse each member for up to eight tests each month. Many pharmacies bill insurances directly so customers pay nothing out of pocket.
    • All U.S. households can order three rounds of free COVID antigen test kits through the US Postal Service at COVID.gov/tests for home delivery.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is July 19, via Zoom and in-person. An interesting note, the public mostly continues to participate remotely with some staff and councilmembers attending in-person. Remote access to public meetings has increased public participation in local governance in Winters and elsewhere, which is a positive outcome from the pandemic. State legislators are discussing if and how to amend the Brown Act to allow remote participation beyond the pandemic emergency declaration. We are closely monitoring potential regulatory changes.

Woot Woot!

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to make the Fireworks Show a success: The Mariani Family who allowed us to use their dirt parking lots for paid parking and the School District for the same. To Taylor Buley, the volunteers and lifeguards who worked the parking lots and gates, collecting payments and donations. To the Public Works team for setting up, cleaning up and working the event. To Police and Fire who kept us safe and traffic moving. To all the attendees for keeping the field family friendly and cleaning up after themselves. And to all the food trucks and popup vendors who offered amazing food for the thousands of people at and around the field. And most of all, to Fireworks America for an amazing show and those extra shells ~ the grand finale was spectacular. We raised approximately $12,000 toward the $20,000 event costs. Thank you, everyone!

 


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07/11/2022 Climate Action Commission Meeting

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

Meeting ID: 835 3072 6822
Passcode: 159247


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Counseling Services Available through WJUSD

Good morning, all. The recent tragedies involving local youth have been heartbreaking. Please see below the link to a message from WJUSD Acting Superintendent Phoebe Girimonte regarding counseling services and other support available through the school district and other providers, like RISE. If you or anyone you know is struggling with these tragedies, please do not hesitate to reach out. Services will be available this week from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (530) 787-4110 or email Alejandra Flores at aflores@riseinc.org.

Our deepest sympathies to all who have lost a loved one and friend in these tragedies, and to the family and friends of Eduardo Fierros as the search for his whereabouts continues. You are all in our hearts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Kathleen


Winters Joint Unified School District

Counseling Services Available

Please click the link below to read a message from Acting Superintendent Phoebe Girimonte regarding counseling services available to the community this week.

English and Spanish can be found in the same link.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11nwo1YVx70H_2Y8qH6zCubyuB7VdQ4Qf/view?usp=sharing

 

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07/01/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

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

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

    show to clear the traffic.

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

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

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

Illegal Fireworks:

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

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

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

Did You Know?

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

Upcoming Council Meeting – July 5th

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

Woot Woot!

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


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07/04/2022 Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting Cancellation

Cancellation (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting of Monday July 4, 2022 is hereby cancelled.
The meeting is being adjourned to the Special Meeting of the Hispanic Advisory Committee on July 7, 2022.


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3rd of July 2022 Fireworks – Parking/Event Map

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Gates and parking attendants will start at 5pm. Lots 1-2 will be card payment only. Lots 3-5 will be cash. The safety zone will be blocked off and security guards and volunteers will be monitoring the no entry areas. Bags will be checked at entry; guest are welcome to bring snacks and pop ups to enjoy a picnic on the field. Food trucks and vendors will be ready to serve guests starting at 5pm.


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06/24/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Did You Know?

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

COVID-19

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

Upcoming Council Meeting

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

Woot Woot!

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

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


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06/22/2022 City of Winters/WJUSD 2×2 Meeting

CITY OF WINTERS/WINTERS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
2X2 MEETING
VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCE
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
5:00 PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87247914413?pwd=VTdMeFQwdDQ2Mm9abEd5c3YxYzZwdz09
Meeting ID: 872 4791 4413
Passcode: 750914

AGENDA (pdf)


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06/17/2022 City Manager’s Friday Update

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

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

COVID-19

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

Don’t Miss Out!

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

Please Note:

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

 Upcoming Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 21

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

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

Woot Woot!

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


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06/20/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting cancellation

Notice of Cancellation (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Natural Resources Commission Meeting of Monday, June 20, 2022 is hereby cancelled.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing Notice of Cancellation for the regular meeting of the Natural Resources Commission was posted on the City of Winters website at www.cityofwinters.org and Natural Resources Commission members were notified via email of its availability.

A copy of the foregoing Notice of Cancellation was also posted on the outside public bulletin board at City Hall, 318 First Street and made available to the public during normal business hours.


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