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06/17/2022 City Manager’s Friday Update

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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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06/10/2022 Message of Support to the Community

WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)

Good evening, all. Please see below and attached a message from Superintendent Jimenez regarding counseling and supportive services that are available to the community following yesterday’s tragic loss.
There is also a community-coordinated candlelight vigil planned for this evening at the high school football field beginning at 8 p.m. Candle lighting will begin at 9 p.m. Please bring candles for yourself and others.

Kathleen


Good evening Community Partners,

In light of yesterday's tragic event, attached you will find our message to the community that shares our counseling and support response and additional resources.
We would appreciate it if you would share this information with the community.
Thank you for all you do to support our scholars and families.

Diana
WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)
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Diana M. Jiménez
Superintendent
Winters Joint Unified School District

 


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06/10/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
June 10, 2022

Greetings, all.

Fireworks Show~ July 3rd

  • We’re looking for volunteers to help us with the July 3rd Fireworks Show: parking attendants, food truck wranglers, welcome team at the football field gates, and a pick-up crew the next day. More information is here. To register as a volunteer, visit https://bit.ly/fireworkheroes. A big thank you to Taylor Buley for coordinating the volunteers again this year! It’s a great way to spend time with neighbors and friends and contribute to a much-loved community event.dollar icon
  • A related tidbit, Hotel Winters will offer a weekend promotion for the July 3rd fireworks show that will include a rooftop viewing party for the event. Watch their social media and website for more information. Last year we estimated approximately 5,000 people came out to watch the show. The rooftop lounge at Hotel Winters should be the best spot in town for this event, after the football field, of course.
  • If you would like to donate to support the fireworks show, please drop a check into the payment box in front of City Hall – or mail it in – marking “fireworks show” on the memo line. We’re hoping to raiseabout $16,000. The total cost of the event is about $20,000, including $18,000 for the actual fireworks show.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Looking for weekend adventures? It’s sunflower time! Sunflower Experience Passes are available through July 15.
  • Thursday nights June – August is Music in the Park at the Gazebo, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring your deck chairs and snackies, and let your kids dance like no one is watching. The Winters Friends of the Library sponsor the month of July while the Downtown Business Association and other non-profits help coordinate June and August.
  • Calling all businesses! Visit Yolo is offering two free virtual workshops with Miles Partnership to provide hands-on assistance with optimizing business presence on Google, Yelp and Trip Advisor. Online business profiles are the single largest source of organic (non-paid) exposure to customers. Learn more by clicking here or contacting Tiffany Dozier at tiffany@visityolo.com.

Please Note:

  • The City has authorized an early start to weekday work for construction in the tracts. When temperatures are forecasted to reach 95 degrees or higher, work may begin at 6 a.m. We’ve asked that back up beepers be turned off to the degree possible in the early morning. We’ve also authorized Saturday work for the next 4 weeks beginning no sooner than 8 a.m. for outside construction. The extra day will help the infrastructure teams complete their work before the rainy season (fingers crossed we have one) and to help catch up for labor shortages and COVID delays.
  • Waste Management is releasing the next service schedule for July 2022 – June 2023. Please note the City will be divided in half by Grant Avenue for brush collection and street sweeping so there will be a schedule for the north side of town and a different schedule for south of Grant.
  • Also, waste collection and disposal costs will also be going up. Effective July 1, 2022, the annual rate increase for WM services will be approximately 3.5%. Notifications will be included in the next billing cycle.
  • For a little good news, the new control panel for the pool heater is scheduled to be installed on Tuesday. Fingers crossed.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is June 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Via Zoom or in-person in the Council Chambers.

With Deepest Sympathies

The tragic accident yesterday afternoon that claimed the lives of two Winters teen-agers has weighed heavily. The unimaginable grief for those families and friends is heartbreaking.  As the community comes together to support them and each other, I would also like to recognize the heroic efforts of the first responders from Winters, Vacaville and the California Highway Patrol. These are extremely difficult calls. Thank you for your service. Our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these young lives so tragically lost.
WJUSD Message to the Community (pdf)


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06/13/2022 Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting

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

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06/13/2022 Climate Action Commission Meeting Cancellation

Cancellation (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Climate Action Commission Meeting of Monday June 13, 2022 is hereby cancelled.
The meeting is being adjourned to the next Climate Action Commission Meeting held on Monday July 11,2022.


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06/03/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 

June 3, 2022

Happy Pride Month, everyone. Celebrating our diversity and inclusivity in one great community.

COVID-19

  • Public health officials recommend masking, vaxing, boosting, and testing. COVID continues to surge around us. If you are sick, please stay home and test to make sure you don’t inadvertently spread the virus. The labor shortage is extremely difficult for everyone, and quarantining for COVID is contributing to staffing challenges.
  • The OptumServe site at 2780 E. Gibson Road, next to the Juvenile Detention Center, offers rapid testing, a health screening if positive, and anti-viral medication if medically necessary. More information about testing and vaccinations is available here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Music in the Park has started early this year! The Downtown Business Association is underwriting three months of music every Thursday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic, your blanket and chairs, and let the kids dance their hearts out. It doesn’t get much better than Rotary Park on a Thursday night with your neighbors and friends.
  • The Fireworks Show is coming together for July 3rd at the football field, beginning around 9:15 p.m. This year we will have more vendors and food trucks for another family-friendly event. Please no alcohol on school grounds. Donation inserts have been included in June’s utility billing to help contribute to the $20,000 overall program cost. Approximately $4,300 remain in the fund from last year.

Please Note:

Please do not use illegal fireworks. Doing so may result in a $1,000 fine. The Safe & Sane fireworks booth is being managed by Little League this year (thank you!), splitting the proceeds with the Winters aquatic program. Please visit the booth for your sparkler needs and keep it Safe & Sane this year. Your neighbors and pets will appreciate it!

  • Downtown parking enforcement will begin shortly to enforce timed parking as downtown activities are ramping up. Please be aware of two-hour parkingdollar iconlimits. Employees should park in the Railroad lots. Even better if you can walk or ride your bike to work! Please note, an additional ADA parking stall will be returned to the Community Center lot adjacent to the door and crosswalk across Railroad.
  • Graffiti in the alleys seems to be picking up. Please remove / paint over the graffiti as quickly as possible to not encourage more tagging. Crossing out tags is never a good sign – it’s like dogs lifting their legs marking turf. Taggers will lose incentive if their marks are consistently and quickly painted over.
  • The Downtown Visioning project is kicking off at the staff level with the consultants. The team will need some time to evaluate previous planning and parking studies. Stay tuned as community and business engagement meetings are developed to receive input. To be included in the distribution list for project information, please email clerk@cityofwinters.org.
  • As many are aware, the City will need to obtain the rights to the senior center plans. Staff recently received information regarding prior commitments to pay Domus, the original developer, for ongoing services to design the facility. That final cost is approximately $136,000 as audited by the City’s grant administrator. The legal team is preparing an agreement to pay for these services in exchange for the rights to the plans so that the construction process can proceed. That agreement will go before the City Council. Staff is also working to secure the services of the original architect to assist with finalizing plans and supporting the construction process.
  • The dreaded pool heater is still not working. The new control panel (covered by warranty) is inbound. However, the pool temperatures are still hovering around 75 degrees in the morning; therefore, the start of swim lessons has been pushed back to June 13. Partial refunds will be processed. Swim team is still on schedule and will begin next week. SASO operates both our swim team and swim lesson The SASO coordinator is communicating directly with registered participants. Links are on the City’s landing page and highlighted above.
  • The annual water quality report will be in June’s utility billing.

Upcoming Council Meeting – June 7

This meeting is available via Zoom or in-person in the Council Chambers, Abbey Street entrance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Staff will present the FY 2022-23 operating budget and a new Capital Improvement Program for FY 22-27. Other items include the Engineer’s Report for the city-wide maintenance district, the appointment of Cathy Mathews as City Treasurer, a general services agreement to replace the HVAC system at the Community Center, and the final adoption of the speed limits on W. Main and Niemann. There is also a public hearing to correct several Planning Fees. The packet is posted here.

Woot Woot!

The Big Day of Giving raised $13.4 million for 718 local non-profits in the Sacramento Region. Most donations were between $15 - $50, showing that even small contributions can make a big difference. Thank you, all, who contribute financially, with time, and in-kind to all of the service organizations and causes around town. Together we all help make the village.


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06/06/2022 Hispanic Advisory Commission Meeting Cancellation

Cancellation (pdf)

Notice is hereby given that the Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting of Monday June 6, 2022 is hereby cancelled.
The meeting is being adjourned to the Special Meeting of the Hispanic Advisory Committee on June 13, 2022.
Kathleen


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06/08/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

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05/27/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 27, 2022

Greetings, all. On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor service men and women across the armed forces, past and present, who have dedicated their lives in service this county and other countries around the globe, and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It’s also important to recognize those families and friends who help sustain those service members and each other so the mission can go on… Semper Fi.

Please Note:

  • Congratulations to all the Solano Academy graduates! The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station. The City of Winters partners with Solano Community College to host the fire academy, which helps us recruit volunteers and generates rental income for the City. And we could use more volunteers, for local coverage and state-wide wild fire response. Fore more information, please visit https://www.wintersfire.org/volunteer-program/.
  • Residents love Winters for its historic charm and family friendly environment. However, crimes of opportunity still occur, so please remember to lock your cars and don’t leave valuables in sight. A recent example of “I wish I hadn’t done that” ~ someone left a car running and someone else drove it away. The driver crashed the car in Solano County and was booked by Solano SO.
  • Construction along Newt’s Expressway will begin the week of June 6. Please avoid walking and driving down the alley during construction. Once PG&E is done, AT&T will follow, and the new EV charging station at the corner of the parking lot against First Street can be installed.
  • Home construction work has been authorized in the tracts for Monday, after 8 a.m. Most work should be relatively quiet. The supply chain shortages have been incredibly impactful for new construction, prompting the City to issue temporary certificates of occupancies for new homeowners as long as one bathroom is functional and a stove has been installed. People are moving in without kitchen cabinets, garage doors and all bathrooms completed. Craziness.

Don’t Miss Out!

  •  Tonight is Fourth Friday downtown! Come one, come all! Food, music, family and fun ~ beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Yolo County Library invites residents to attend its free Juneteenth Holiday Celebration on Sunday, June 5th, from 11 am to 5 pm at the UC Davis Conference Center and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The event will honor Black artists and artisans, performers, elders, and musicians. The family-friendly celebration will include live entertainment, educational presentations, art displays, activities for youth, giveaways, artisan vendors, food trucks, sponsor tables, and more. Residents can learn more by visiting: https://www.yolojuneteenth.org.
  • Yolo Works will host an in-person Job Fair on June 16from 10 am to 2 pm at the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Up to 60 participating employers are recruiting job seekers for job opportunities in Customer Service, IT, Healthcare, Sales, Food Service, Manufacturing, Trucking, Warehouse, & Hospitality. More information is at yoloworks.org.
  • Don’t forget to VOTE! You can mail in or drop off your ballot at multiple locations across the County, click here. You can also vote in person at the Public Safety Facility, 702 Main Street, beginning Saturday, June 4. This site will be open through Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

  • The Sacramento Area Council of Governments is working toward a six-county regional trail network for walking and biking. Want to get out and explore the region on foot or bike? Click here or visit readysettrails.com.
  • For Gardeners ~ Free compost is available at the Yolo Landfill. More information is here.
  • Yolo County is now offering a monthly payment service for property tax payments.

COVID-19

Yup, COVID is still surging, although the good news is that hospitalizations remain low. At work or home vaccination for any dose is still available through the County by calling 530-902-3230.

Upcoming Council Meeting

June 7 is the next Council meeting, which will be hybrid for the public, staff and Council. You may either Zoom in via the link or participate in person. Masks are optional, although recommended given the recent surge in COVID. If you are sick, please do not attend in person.

Woot Woot!

Sharing some more photos of the mulch spreading and updated staining of the phenomenal play equipment at City Park; a big shout out to the Project Playground team and Josh Colter for his discounted staining service. If you’re new in town and don’t know the history of the best playground in the California, check out this story in the Winters Express or visit https://www.projectplaygroundwinters.com/. This playground was paid for, built and is maintained by the community. The City of Winters could not do this on its own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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05/20/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
May 20, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s a’blowing out there. Please secure those garbage cans and patio chairs, and check fence gates to avoid lost dogs. Stay safe out there and have a good weekend.

To monitor CalFire for Fire Updates, like the current Dunnigan Fire, click on the links. To register for Yolo County emergency alerts, click here. For Solano County emergency alerts, click here.

COVID-19

  • COVID is surging again, creating the usual disruptions in its wake. Please test often, stay home if you’re sick, and mask up if you’re trying to avoid spreading germs or catching them. The FederalGovernmentis again offering free kits – 8 this time, click here. While these home kits are convenient, they are less sensitive and require up to 5 days to incubate enough virus load to register a positive result. In the meantime, a false negative could mean an infected person is spreading the virus. This subvariant of Omicron is more contagious than last winter’s variant, so please respect public health guidelines and follow the protocols for direct exposure and infection.

Please Note: Development Tidbits & More

  • As we move into the very warm weather, for worker safety staff has authorized a 6:00 a.m. start for subdivision work when temperatures are forecasted to reach 95 degrees or above. That does not mean theworkday will be extended, just that a contractor may begin one hour earlier at 6:00 a.m. subject to the site supervisor’s discretion. This will allow work to be completed before peak heat is experienced. When starting at 6:00 a.m., we’ve asked contractors to turn off back up beepers if they can (depending on work) and to avoid loud work to the degree possible.
  • We have authorized 2 Saturdays for utility work for Meritage in Winters Highland, which cannot begin before 8 a.m. These two extra days will help get the schedule back on track given significant delays thatare being experienced overall in the construction industry – labor shortages and material shortages / delays are having a big impact. And as we enter fire season, PG&E will become less available to close out electrical infrastructure work.
  • Drilling is done for Well 8. The sound walls withheld today’s high winds. The driller will demobilize next week. Thank you, neighbors, for your patience and understanding, and thank you, crew, for your professionalism and consideration.
  • Please do not enter active construction sites, which are private property. These sites are potentially dangerous for those not authorized to enter, and trespassers may be cited. Three Oaks Park remains closed while the developer’s contractor continues to work on bringing the landscaping up to standards and complete punch list items.
  • Public Works had to remove two trees in Rotary Park this week. Internal rot was apparent when the limbs came down. As a result, the trees were deemed end of life and hazardous, and were removed.tree-icon
  • Don’t forget to obtain a business license if you conduct business in the City. More information is available here. A Home Occupation Permit is also required if you work out of your home, linked here. The Municipal Code related to business licensing is here.
  • We are responding to an increasing number of accidents on Hwy 128 and rural county roads, some of which are related to impaired driving. Please slow down, don’t imbibe and drive, and do not violate hands-free driving laws.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The City’s social media gurus are really getting a new vibe going. Please follow the City of Winters, and the Winters Police and Fire Departments, on Instagram and Facebook for City Hall and community updates. Thank you to the team that is taking our presence to the next level!
  • The library summer reading program is kicking off June 1. Participants who register at https://yolocountylibrary.org/summer will receive a free book and welcome bag, and earn points for prizes at the end of summer.
  • Yolo County is offering microbusiness COVID-19 relief grants for small, underserved businesses that earned less than $50,000 in 2019. More information is here. Grants are awarded first come, first served.dollar icon
  • PG&E is offering STEM scholarships to students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering and math. 20 scholarships of $10,000 and 20 scholarships of $2,500 are available. Applications close June 1. Click here for more information.

Did You Know?

  • Following a traffic engineering speed study, the City Council adopted an ordinance at the May 17 meeting establishing a 25 mph speed limit on W. Main Street and a 30 mph speed limit on Niemann Street. These speed limits comply with State law and will be radar enforced. For those random hot shots out there who have been exceeding the posted speed limits, please note a citation may be in your future if you don’t slow down. Your neighbors would appreciate if you please would.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is June 7.  The Planning Commission meets Tuesday; the packet is here and includes the City’s first Capital Improvement Program, which must be reviewed by the Planning Commission for General Plan consistency. The complete CIP budget and operating budget will be presented to the City Council on June 7.

Woot Woot!

A big shout out to the community coordinators who help maintain the wooden play structure at City Park and to those volunteers who braved the heat one morning to spread the new chips around. It takes a village and we at City Hall certainly appreciate the partnership to help this treasured community asset stay in pristine condition.


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05/13/2022 City Manager’s Update

May 13, 2022 (pdf)

Greetings, all. It will be glorious out this weekend. Looking for things to do? Visit Yolo tracks events and deals as does our own local visitors bureau Discover Winters. If you have never been to Park Winters, oh my goodness – join the garden tour on Saturday at noon.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The History Museum has a new exhibit ~ Remembering Monticello. The museum is open 1 – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday at 13 Russell Street. The Historical Society is also looking for volunteers if you have a love of history, fascinating memorabilia and just like hanging with a stuffed bear and random visitors. For more information, historicalsocietyofwinters.org.
  • The State of California Department of Housing & Community Development is hosting a virtual job fair on May 24. To register, please click here.
  • Yolo County is offering an information session about the Pre-Apprenticeship training program for the trades that will begin in June. More information is in the press release.
  • We’re looking for vendors to participate in the July 3rd Fireworks show ~ food trucks, tents, informational booths, merchandise. Please contact tafolla@cityofwinters.org for more information. To donate to the fireworks fund, checks can be made out to the City of Winters / Fireworks fund. This year’s show will cost about $20,000.

Did You Know?

  • A bear was recently sighted in the Putah Creek orchards area southwest of the city. For more information regarding the sighting and links to bear safety tips, please follow the link to the Winters Police Department Facebook page. Links are provided to English and Spanish resources.
  • Here’s a new reuse - recycling opportunity…The Central Landfill is now accepting textiles for reuse and recycling to meet SB 1383 mandates. Textiles are the 6th most prevalent material type in the overall landfill waste stream, and the experts indicate 95% of it is reusable or recyclable. Who knew?? For more information, click here. I’m guessing there might be some creative folks out that might be inspired by that tidbit…

Please Note:

  • Final depth of Well 8 in Winters Highland is 803 feet. Well construction is going smoothly. Thank you to a great team out there.
  • COVID testing continues at the WJUSD parking lot, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. https://school.covidclinic.org/ . Covid infection rates are escalating due to a new Omicron sub-sub-variant. For more information about testing and vaccination opportunities, please click here.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 17th, via Zoom

The packet for Tuesday’s Council meeting has been published here. It’s include an agreement for a new audit firm, a recommended appropriation to close out the Blue Oak Park improvements, the appointment of a new assistant city attorney, two agreements with Eco Green for upgraded facility lighting, and the second reading of the social host liability ordinance and administrative citations for use of illegal fireworks. The County will provide an update on animal services and the Natural Resources Commission will present their annual work plan. The only discussion item relates to a speed study conducted for W. Main and Niemann Streets and the establishment of a 25 mph speed zone for W. Main and 30 mph  for Neiman. The staff report is here.

As a reminder, public comment may be provided during the Council meeting or submitted in advance by emailing the cityclerk@cityofwinters.org.

Woot Woot!

May 15 – 21st is Public Works Week!! These crews maintain roads, parks, and facilities; they provide water and treat wastewater. They are the backbone of any community, the unsung heroes in emergencies and disasters next to Police and Fire. They come with big trucks, drive big equipment and have big hearts. They pull puppies out of storm drains and fish keys from yucky places. So please thank our local Public Works employees when you see them out and about in the community.

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Please join us in recognizing Peace Officer Memorial Day on Sunday, May 15, honoring law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or been injured in the line of duty. More than 800,000 law enforcement officers serve at the local, state and federal level. Locally, Yolo County will recognize its fallen officers on noon at May 19 at the old courthouse in Woodland, 725 Court Street. Winters Police Department will host this year’s event. The guest speaker is Officer Kadi Griess whose father, CHP Officer Kirk Griess was killed in 2018 on Interstate 80 in Fairfield. Our hearts go out to Officer Kirk Griess’ family and to all those who lost loved ones in the line of duty, including Davis Officer Natalie Corona who was killed in 2019 while investigating a traffic accident.


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05/18/2022 Winters/Yolo County 2×2

Yolo County/City of Winters

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

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05/16/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

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

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05/06/2022 City Manager’s Update

 City Manager’s Update (pdf)
May 6, 2022

Greetings, all, and a Happy Mother’s Day out there to all those moms, caregivers, aunties, and co-parents who together help raise our children and nurture the village! And what better way to share a special moment or find gift than to visit downtown with that special someone.

Don’t Miss Out!

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  • The Garage Sale of the Rich & Famous is tomorrow. Most activity will be at City Park, beginning at 8 a.m., or in driveways around town.
  • Want to walk to work? Local businesses are hiring! Wednesday, May 11, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. swing by 2 Main Street and visit with local employers. They need you! The community needs you!
  • Wednesday, May 18, visit the Yolo Central Landfill at 44090 County Road 28H, Woodland between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for National Public Works Week! There will be lots of activities for kids and heavy equipment demos.
  • Registration is open for summer camp through RISE. Designed for children and teen agers 4th to 12th grade, two sessions are available at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School over the summer months. For more information, please call (530) 794-6000, stop by 200 Baker Street, or email brandon@riseinc.org.

Did You Know?

  • Things are popping in downtown Winters with several new businesses opening up.
  • Yolo 365 Tours, which offers unique tour & tasting experiences.
  • Eight Six Zero Salon joins Zen Terra and Yolo 365 Tours at Hotel Winters.
  • L’Apero les trois at 22 Main Street – an aperitif tasting lounge – opens this afternoon.
  • The De Vilbiss Room, a new bar & lounge at the Buckhorn will open in May, 12 Main Street.

Please Note

  • Boring at Well 8 in Winters Highland has reached its approximate depth of 800 feet. Well construction will begin tomorrow. Those sound walls are doing a magnificent job muffling the construction noise. Thank you, well team!
  • No lap swim this weekend to accommodate additional lifeguard certification and training.
  • The Newt’s Expressway Utility Undergrounding Project will begin soon! Staff, PG&E, and the contractors met with adjacent property owners on Thursday. The project will be accomplished in phases. Phase I for PG&E will take 2-3 months to install conduit in a trench, pull electrical through, remove overhead wires and then cut the poles down to the AT&T lines. We anticipate a several month break before Phase 2 – when AT&T initiates work to pull their lines through the conduit. AT&T will remove the poles once WAVE (now Astound) removes their lines. Stay tuned as dates are confirmed. The alley will receive its final paving when the work is complete.
  • The first Climate Action Commission meeting kicks off on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The first meeting will focus on an introduction of the Climate Action Plan, Brown Act training, and selection of officers. The packet is available on the City’s website here.
  • Utility bills are trapped at the Post Office in a classic “tail wagging the dog” government scenario. We are trying to unstick them so they can be mailed out. We apologize for the delay.

Wildfire Preparedness

  • The Yolo County Fire Safe Council (YCFSC) and Office of Emergency Services have partnered to offer two new programs: free highly reflective address signs and a free chipping program for residents who live in a high fire zone in the rural areas of Yolo County. To learn more about the Neighborhood Chipper Pilot Program or the Reflective Address Sign, residents can reach out to permann@yolorcd.org or fill out a Request Form at yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council. You can also follow @YoloCountyFireSafeCouncil on Instagram and Facebook or learn more about YCFSC on Yolo County RCD’s website: www.yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council.
  • It’s weed abatement time! It’s important to keep those weeds knocked down, especially on large parcels and in the rural areas.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 17, via Zoom

We tested the hybrid platform at the May 3rd meeting, and it worked great! We also debuted our new streaming service, so Council meetings will stream live on the City’s website here. Moving forward recordings for Council meetings will now be archived with agenda packets and minutes on the same Council meeting landing page. Make sure you click on the + sign for Council meetings to open the archive list. Recordings will now be indexed by agenda item, making it easier to playback only what you would like.

Woot Woot!

The Winters High School Robotics Team competes in World Competition in Texas today! Just a Wow! Wow! Wow! to those kids. They have already won in our book. Congratulations to the competitors and their families.

  • A big thank you to Deputy City Clerk Ellena Branson, who is bringing City Hall back into the social media world. She joins Diana Tafolla and Gail Jimenez at PD who post updates on Instagram and Facebook for Police, Fire, Swim, City Hall and other community happenings.
  • On Monday, May 2, five Sacramento area law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty were honored at the California Peace Officers’ Memorial, including Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona. Our service men and women put their lives on the line every day for our communities and for this country. We honor them for their dedication, commitment and contributions.

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05/11/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

To join this meeting via Zoom 5:30pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88098197361?pwd=Ty8rclVVckxhZkpWclJ6V2M4ZzhrQT09

Meeting ID: 880 9819 7361
Passcode: 991915


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04/29/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

duck derby

Greetings, all. It’s Youth Day Weekend! See you at the Trestle Bridge tonight at 6:00 p.m. to see which ducks floated the fastest! You can still buy ducks up to 5 p.m.

winters youth day

And don’t forget breakfast at the Community Center, sponsored by Rotary and the volunteer fire fighters. Proceeds go to their favorite charitable activities supporting local youth and families. The celebration schedule is here.

COVID-19

  • Our least favorite topic, COVID. A new sub-variant is on the rise, most notably at UC Davis, although it is expected to spread exponentially given its high transmissibility. The WJUSD is still offering community COVID testing in the District Office parking lot; info here. New users of this service, please register here to save some time at the site.

Please Note:

  • The utility undergrounding project for Newt’s Expressway is set to begin! Potholing will start next week, followed by construction a week or two later. Staff has coordinated an in-person meeting for adjacent business and property owners with the contractor and utility representatives for Tuesday, May 3rd, at 1 p.m. in the Abbey Street Conference Room. Work hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The undergrounding construction is expected to last through July. For questions or concerns related to construction activity, please contact Alex Sands of West Valley Construction, (925) 542-0648. The joint utility trench will include PG&E and AT&T. Any Wave accounts will need to be transferred to a new provider as Wave elected to not participate in the project, so that service will cease when AT&T removes the poles.
  • The drilling for Well #8 is going well. The sound walls have been very effective. Overnight work should finish up quickly. As of Wednesday, the borehole was at 275’.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The half court at Blue Oak Park is ready for play time!
  • The pool is opening on Monday for lap swim! The heater still needs a part; however, with the cover on overnight, temperatures are hovering around 78 degrees. All passes will be available. More information is here.

Upcoming Council Meeting – May 3rd via Zoom

The agenda packet is linked here. Items include the 2nd reading for a mandated Miliary Equipment Use Policy (we have none), a presentation by the Mosquito & Vector Control District; award of contract for the Downtown Visioning Project and a proposed ordinance related to social host liability and administrative citations for the use of illegal fireworks.

We will also be testing new equipment for a hybrid participation platform; if all goes well we expect to allow in-person participation at public meetings in the very near future.

Woot Woot!

A round of applause for all those volunteers out there helping to make this weekend’s Youth Day celebrations a smashing success.


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05/02/2022 Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting

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

Join Zoom - 6:30pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85702410568?pwd=RHFVL1VHUzFQa2FMOHJyZFRHd2lLQT09
Meeting ID: 857 0241 0568
Passcode: 024567


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