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Extreme Heat Today, 09/06/2022

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Extreme Heat Today, 09/06/2022

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

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

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

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

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

Best, Kathleen


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09/02/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Where does the time go?? With this heat, fall does not feel around the corner….

Places to Cool Down and Chill Out

  • Winters Community Library
    Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
    Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Expanded Hours!
    Monday 1 – 5 p.m. Expanded Hours!
  • Bobbie Greenwood Pool
    Friday 5:45 – 8:45 p.m.
    Saturday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. FREE!
    Monday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. FREE!

Tips to Stay Safe

  • Do not leave pets or kids in cars!
  • Stay in the shade or place with A/C.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and coffee.
  • Wear sunscreen, a wide hat, loose light clothing.
  • Do not overexert yourself physically; listen to your body.
  • Check on neighbors without A/C or who live alone.
 

Heat Illness is dangerous. Know the symptoms and call 911 if heat stroke is suspected. More information is here.

Flex Alerts for Rolling Brown Outs are expected through Tuesday evening. Sign up for alerts at www.flexalert.org. If ordered by the ISO, they will occur between 4 – 9 p.m. for one-hour blocks of time. Tips to prepare for an outage are here.

Conserve Energy by unplugging unused appliances, turn of lights, cover windows, turn the thermometer to 78+, use major appliances in the morning, charge important devices before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. and unplug those electric cars before 4 p.m. or when done charging.

Don’t Miss Out

  • Warm up those vocal cords! Open Mic Night downtown is September 17 beginning at 6 p.m. Sign Ups start at 5 p.m. wintersopenmic.com
  • The Carnitas Festival is back! September 24 downtown Winters will be popping, dancing, cooking, and eating, all in celebration of the community’s Hispanic heritage. Any last minute carnitas chefs shouldCarnitas Festival logoreach out to organizers, info here.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree Corner

Carla and Mel Wroten’s daughters have taken a liking to the Friday Update, (thank you, Carmella and Gianna). Attached is their community column, called I Love IT! which may appear randomly. As budding journalists, they might one day contribute to the Winters Express as they no doubt will contribute to the greater community good, much like their parents of Steady Eddy fame.

Please Note:

  • We need you! Families need you! The City is looking for more instructional aides to support our after school enrichment program at Waggoner Elementary School. New this year at the School District’s request is a new T-K classroom. More information about WASP is linked. To apply, click here.
  • The federal government will stop supplying free COVID test kits in the mail effective this Friday. The dispensing machine next to City Hall still has kits, which the County restocks weekly.
  • City Hall is closed Friday (regularly scheduled) and Monday for Labor Day. For a public safety emergency, please call 911. To reach non-emergency dispatch for Police, Fire or Public Works,City of Wintersplease call (530) 795-4561.
  • Avian Influenza has been detected in a wild bird in Yolo County. HPAI can infect domestic poultry, other birds, animals, and humans, although the risk to the general public is very low. People should avoid direct contact with wild birds. More information is here.
  • Tragically, there is now an International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) created to raise awareness of overdose prevention and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. Accidental overdoses continue to skyrocket with the proliferation of fentanyl, which is lethal in small doses and undetectable to users. The County has partnered with others to encourage residents to carry Narcan and act quickly if an overdose is suspected. Our officers and firefighters do, and we can, too.
  • To apply for a job at the Fairfield Inn, please click here. Most businesses in town are looking for help so reach out to your favorite ones and walk to work! Save on gas, help benefit the environment.

Did You Know?

Community members report that yesterday’s helicopter buzzing overhead was PG&E doing line inspections…This lovely image was posted online using flightradar24.

 Upcoming Council Meeting – September 6, hybrid

There are a number of consent calendar items: purchase of a Fire command vehicle, annual Animal Control Contract with Yolo County, appointment of Karen Croley to the Senior Commission on Aging, MOU with the Firefighters, Main Street Closure for Carnitas Festival, and the updated work plan for the Natural Resources Commission. There are two presentations: a proclamation recognizing Fire Chief Brad Lopez for his 30 years of service and from SACOG regarding Blueprint 2024. The only discussion item relates to the Community Center emergency generator bid and alternative options for the OES grants. The Main Street closure for the High School Pep Rally was rescheduled to September 20 by the School District.

Woot Woot!

A group of dedicated Winters community members have been working hard on the campaign to fundraise for the new senior center. And while this project seems so close and yet so far, we continue to work toward obtaining the rights to the plans, which has been far more complicated than we anticipated given grant funding requirements, HCD back logs, the architectural firm that closed, and the separation of the senior center from Blue Mountain Terrace project in 2016.

In the meantime, for those hard at work helping to make sure the new center is outfitted with furniture, dishes, supplies, and the like and to those who have contributed already, and are thinking of donating, we thank you. This center will provide a space for seniors to come together for social, mental, physical, and nutritional well-being. It will nurture the bonds that keep this village together.

To donate, please visit https://www.wintersseniorcenter.com/ or reach out to Marlene Bell, Karen May, Sandy Vickery, or Taylor Buley for more information. Naming rights are still available for significant contributions, which they will be happy to share. Many thanks to this lead team for their efforts!

SEE ATTACHED PDF FOR THE I LOVE IT! COMMUNITY EDITION...


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09/05/2022 Hispanic Advisory Commission Meeting Cancellation

09/05/2022 Hispanic Advisory Commission Meeting Cancellation

Notice of Cancellation pdf

Notice is hereby given that the Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting of Monday September 5, 2022 is hereby cancelled.
The meeting is being adjourned to the next Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting held on Monday October 3,2022.


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Extreme Heat Preparedness Information

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

Please note the following:

Heat Illness Prevention:

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

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

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

Rolling Brown Outs:

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

Portable Chargers for Medical Equipment

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

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

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

Best, Kathleen


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08/26/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
August 26, 2022

Greetings, all. It’s Fourth Friday tonight. If you’re not at the football game in Dixon, hope to see you downtown!

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Yolo County Library and its Friends are sponsoring a classic car show in Yolo, 5 minutes north of Woodland, on Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Carnitas Festival logoThe Carnitas Festival is September 24! The organizing committee is looking for cooks who want to participate in the carnitas competition and vendors for the festival. The festival is co-sponsored by the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee and Winters Community Corazón. For more information, please click here. The deadline to participate as a cook is August 30.
  • Pop with a Cop is Sunday, September 4th at City Park, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Come out and meet our local officers and enjoy a popsicle.
  • The Fairfield Inn is getting ready to open this fall! And they are hiring for all positions. Applications and walk-in interviews are available every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Woodland, 2100 Freeway Drive.
  • Yolo County Housing will accept online applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Project Based Voucher Programs. If you or someone you know needs housing assistance, please visit https://www.ych.ca.gov/. The application period closes September 7 at 5 p.m.
  • Yolo County Resource Conservation District & Office of Emergency Services has been working on developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The collaborative and strategic plan is designed to identify and mitigate fire risk. A community workshop to gather input for the West Yolo County area is scheduled for September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Guinda at the Grange Hall. Future workshops will be scheduled closer to Winters. For more information, click here.

Please Note:

meals on wheels

  • Timed parking enforcement will begin again in the downtown area. Please be aware of time zones and other restriction, such as handicap parking and EV charging.
  • PG&E is just about done with the work along Newt’s Expressway. AT&T will need to pull their wire through the new conduit next and Wave will need to remove their wire as they decided to discontinue service for that block. Anyone who has wave on that side of Main Street adjacent to Newt’s Expressway should select another provider. Once that work is done, AT&T will remove the poles. We’ll share the schedule for this remaining work once we have it.
  •  PG&E has been flying helicopters to inspect lines today and will finish tomorrow, in case you were wondering who was flying around in the countryside…
  • New drought regulations require that institutions turn off irrigation to turf areas, which the City has done around City Hall and the Community Center. Bubblers are still on for the trees. For water conservation information , please visit Save Our Water.

COVID-19
Please note we have several outbreaks of COVID in higher density housing with communal spaces. COVID is still here in the community, spreading and highly contagious. There are free test kits outside City Hall’s side door and free masks in the library. Free testing is also available through the School District. If you have a runny nose, bad head aches or allergy like symptoms, please test. COVID may not knock everyone flat, but it could be more harmful to immune compromised, the elderly or others with underlying health conditions. If positive, please isolate away from others and follow health guidelines here.

Upcoming Council Meeting
The next meeting is September 6, hybrid.

Woot Woot!
Good luck, Warriors, at tonight’s High School Playbook Game of the Week at Dixon this evening! The game begins at 7 p.m. at Dixon High School. https://www.kcra.com/article/high-school-playbook-preview-dixon-takes-on-rival-winters-downey-looks-to-keep-momentum/40992384

 


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Festival de la Comunidad 2022

2022 Carnitas Cook-Off
Saturday, September 24, 2022

4:30-10:30pm
Rotary Park

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

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

 

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

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

 


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

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

Best, Kathleen


wjusd

Winters Joint Unified School District

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

Superintendent Search Engagement Sessions

Hello!

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

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

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

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

Please do not reply to this email.

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

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

Best, Kathleen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.yolocounty.org


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08/24/2022 City of Winters/WJUSD 2×2 Meeting

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
*4:30 PM*
[Please note change in start time for this meeting only.]
The meeting will be held via Zoom. (Different Zoom Meeting info for this)

ZOOM MEETING:
https://wintersjusd-org.zoom.us/j/91486723581
Meeting ID: 914 8672 3581

See Agenda for meeting instructions.


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Delinquent Water User Update

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

What does this mean for delinquent customers?

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

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


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08/12/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Sadly, I feel compelled to recognize that Winters lost another teenager this week in a motorcycle accident on Grant Monday evening. It feels like the community needs to give itself a huge collective hug and stay tight to help these families find their footings after so much tragedy. A 4th death and 5th tragic accident in as many weeks. Take care, everyone, and please look out for each other. Big hug.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • Last weekend’s opening night of Midsummer Night’s Dream was a success! If you haven’t seen it, tickets are available here for final shows Friday and Saturday, August 12 & 13. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thank you, Winters Theater Company, and all the actors and support crew who made this event possible.

 

Please Note:

  • We have been hearing a lot about Monkeypox of late. This virus is related to smallpox and is transmitted through close physical contact or contact with bodily fluids, even on linens and towels. While the virus has circulated primarily through the gay and bi-sexual male community, anyone can become infected, especially within the same household. For more information, please visit the Yolo County Monkeypox landing page here.
  • School is back in session so the pool schedule has changed; please click here for the schedule through October. Because the pool is on school property, we are unable to run public programs during school hours. Open and lap swim times are available throughout the week.

Did You Know?

COVID-19

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Good news ~ COVID concentrations in our local wastewater have come down dramatically in Winters, although county-wide transmission is still considered high. Please note, the dominant variant BA.5 does have the ability to reinfect, even if vaccinated, boosted, or previously infected with BA.5. Health officials strongly recommend wearing masks indoors, particularly if anyone is immunocompromised.

  • Anyone over the age of 50 or immune-compromised is eligible for a second booster, which is also strongly recommended to minimize the risk of serious illness. The CDC is also evaluating opening up second booster to anyone 18 years or older later this fall.
  • Beginning in the fall, boosters will be formulated specifically to help prevent BA.5 infection; however, health officials advise to not wait and to getboosted now if eligible.
  • Free masks are available at the Winters Library. Free testing is still available at the Winters Unified School District headquarters. And the City of Winters is partnering with the County to host a free COVID test kit dispensary machine, which is located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. Finally, Winters Healthcare is an excellent option for testing and vaccinations. No appointments necessary.

Upcoming Council Meeting

The next Council meeting is September 6th. And the new sound board is in!

Woot Woot!

A happy 25th anniversary to Sgt. Albert Ramos! Sgt. Ramos was raised in Winters, graduating from Winters High School in 1989. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Sgt. Ramos worked as a clerk at Yolo County Traffic Division and later joined the Winters Police Department in 1997.  He was recognized as the “Officer of the Year” in 1998. In 2004, he received his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and promoted to Corporal. In 2016 he promoted to Sergeant and in 2020 received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, also from Ashworth College.  He is married with four children and has always felt blessed to work and raise his family in Winters. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, listening to music, watching movies, taking walks, and spending time with family. For more information about Sgt. Ramos and our other Police staff, please visit Behind the Badge on the Police Department landing page.

In other public safety news, please congratulate Fire Captain Matt Schechla on his appointment as Acting Fire Chief effective August 22nd following Chief Lopez’ departure to Suisun City. Captain Schechla will do a great job juggling shift duties as Acting Chief. Together with our excellent team of paid and volunteer fire personnel, the Department will continue its mission of excellence during the Fire Chief recruitment, which should be posted soon. Thank you, all!

 

 

 


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08/15/2022 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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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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