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04/18/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

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04/18/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

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04/08/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, everyone. It’s warming up! Have a glorious weekend. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Toast of Winters tonight at the Community Center, beginning at 5:00 p.m., to recognize 2020 and 2021 community leaders. More information is here.

Calling All….

  • Volunteers! The Winters Historical Society operates its museum with volunteers. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. As a volunteer docent, even one shift a month would help this dedicated team. A volunteer meeting will be held at the Museum at 13 Russell Street on Thursday, April 14th at 5:30 PM. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact wintersmuseum@gmail.com.
  • Camp Counselors! The City operates Munchkin Camp during the summer months and needs instructional aides to coordinate programs, activities, and academic support for eager, fun loving kids. More information is here. To apply as an instruction aide, click here. Bring your energy, crafts, and/or parenting skills to make a difference in a child's life. Starting salary: $18/hr.
  • Future CPUC Employees! The California Public Utilities Commission is hosting a virtual open house on April 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. allowing job seekers to connect with six departments at the CPUC. Open positions include internships, analysts, engineers, administrative law judges, attorneys, managers, IT specialists, customer assistance, and more. Professional development, telework opportunities and competitive benefits packages are available. Your future begins here.
  • Local Employees! Just about every business in town needs help. Want a summer job, contact your favorite businesses. Volunteer if you just want to help out, get the blood flowing, meet your neighbors. There are no shortages of opportunities within the Winters community to help us grow and thrive.

Pool Updates:

  • The dreaded heater needs a new part, which is on order. Until the heater is fixed, the pool remains closed. We apologize for the delay in opening the pool. When the heater is fixed, we will open online reservations and begin selling passes. Stay tuned for more information.
  • We have filled our lifeguard spots. Thank you, new team members! We look forward to getting you certified and on the deck!
  • Youth swim programs will begin June 6. Sign ups for swim team will open the week of April 18 and swim lessons the week of May 2. There will be a tiered fee schedule by skill group for swim team. Also new this year is a scholarship program to assist students who participate in free or reduced meals within the Winters School District. A reduced fee of $75 will be available for all families who provide a copy of their eligibility for the District’s subsidized lunch program. In keeping with Bobbie Greenwood’s legacy, the scholarships will be funded with the Winters Swim Team funds, which Council approved at its April 5 meeting. More information for swim team and swim lessons will be available here.
  • The Winters Swim Team funds are primarily funded by proceeds from firework booth sales. In collaboration with Little League who will manage one large booth, the proceeds will be split between both programs. Swim parents – we need your help at the booth! Please volunteer for a two-hour shift to help support youth swim programs and scholarships. Information will be available on the deck during program orientation. Please watch for more information or reach out to Cathy Cowan.

Please Note….

  • Speaking of fireworks, City staff are finalizing arrangements for the fireworks show. The vendor is confirmed. Stay tuned for more information. We will seek donations to help cover the increasedcosts.
  • Winters Fire logoFire season is upon us. Please weed abate large parcels of land by April 11. Live in the Wildland Interface Zone and worried about fire risk? For a free inspection to learn more about defensible space, please contact Fire Marshal Art Mendoza at mendoza@cityofwinters.org. To learn more about hardening your home for wildfire, visit the California Fire Safe Council website here or www.readyforwildfire.org.
  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is looking for nominations for its Hall of Fame, honoring graduates, former employees and major contributors who have positively impacted the WJUSD family through their contributions in scholarship, athletics, student activities, career, community service, or to the school community as wjusd a whole. Nominations are due April 22.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The opening of the “Remembering Monticello” exhibit begins Friday, April 8, at the Winters History Museum. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. 13 Russell Street. For all you newcomers, the village of Monticello was purchased and inundated to create Lake Berryessa, forcing 250 residents to find new homes. A recent article is here. For more information about the Winters History Museum, please visit historicalsocietyofwinters.org.
  • The Winters High School Car Wash is scheduled for April 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Fire Station. Please support the senior class and swing through the car wash!
  • Youth Day Festivities are upon us! The return of the duck derby is Friday, April 29, beginning at 5 p.m. To help support Youth Day activities and scholarships, sponsor a duck! More information is here.
  • On Saturday, April 30, beginning at 7 a.m. Rotary and the Volunteer Fire Fighters will host a pancake breakfast at the Community Center. Then the Youth Day main parade will kick off at 9:45 a.m. followed by the kiddie parade at 10 a.m. Street closures on Main will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will lifted after the parade passes. Please watch for the No Parking Signs and ensure cars are moved out of the parade zone by the appropriate time. Activities are planned all day in City Park. More information is atwinters youth daywintersyouthday.com. To participate in the parade, please contact info@wintersyouthday.com.
  • Mark your calendars - the Garage Sale of the Rich & Famous returns on Saturday, May 7! Get your treasures ready for sale; more information in next week’s Friday Update about reserving a free spot at City Park. Or host a sale in your own driveway and take advantage of all the drive by traffic looking for treasures.

Upcoming Council Meeting – April 19th, via Zoom

City staff is working with a retired network engineer to stabilize the A/V system in the Council Chambers in order to provide in person and remote participation options for public meetings. We’re getting closer! Parts are on order. As soon as the work is completed, and we’ve been able to test the system, attending Council meetings in person will be available.

The April 19th agenda is quite full. We’ve scheduled presentations on municipal and regional water usage as part of a recommended update to the City’s Water Master Plan.  January – March 2022 have been the driest first three months of any year in California’s recorded history.  Water conservation measures will become increasingly important as we enter six plus months of heat and little to no rain on the horizon…

Woot Woot!

I would like to introduce our new Administrative Services Director, Cathy Mathews, to the Winters community. Cathy comes to us from the private sector, including entertainment, private education, and manufacturing. She is a credentialed human resources professional and has years of experience overseeing human resources, finance, IT, recreation, and maintenance operations. As a result of her experiences and skills, we will do a little reorganizing in the general government side of City Hall to leverage her background. Cathy began on Monday, and we are thrilled to have her on board. She can be reached at cathy.mathews@cityofwinters.org.


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04/13/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

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04/05/2022 City Council Meeting

The Winters City Council meeting will be conducted pursuant to AB 361:

  1. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:30pm.
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  3. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org .  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

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04/04/2022 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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TIME SENSITIVE: Power Outages in Solano county impacting Winters

Good afternoon, everyone. Please see the PG&E notification below regarding power outages due to a fire near the Vaca Dixon Substation. - Kathleen

https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/

FYI, there is a fire occurring right now close to PG&E’s Vaca Dixon substation.  In the interest of public safety, local fire officials have asked us to de-energize power lines until that fire has been cleared.  Customers in Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun, and Winters are currently being impacted.  Letting you know in case you hear from your constituents.

As I hear more, I will keep you informed.

Many thanks,

Clay Merrill | Local Government Relations Representative
Yolo, Solano, and Colusa Counties
Pacific Gas and Electric Company


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03/25/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
March 25, 2022

Greetings, all.  The Spring Festival begins tonight on Main Street. Please note Main Street will be closed from Railroad to First Street beginning at 3:30 p.m. The closure will extend to Second Street at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday to accommodate Saturday’s craft show. Main Street will reopen from the mid-block crossing to Second on Saturday after the craft show closes.

Please note this is the first weekend of the Main Street closure season. Beginning today, Main Street will close on Fridays around 3:30 p.m. and open on Mondays at 7:30 a.m. from now until October 31st. The half block closure will allow for additional programming and activities coordinated by the Downtown Business Association to bring people into downtown to shop, dine and play. Please support all of our businesses. Their success helps us all through the collection of sales tax revenue, which funds police, fire, park maintenance, the aquatic program, and other municipal services.

Please Note: Well # 8 Construction

Meritage is constructing the Hideaways at Winters within the Winters Highland Subdivision, within includes a new well (#8) as part of the project. The well will be located at the corner of Taylor and Vasey and is anticipated to be over 700’ deep. As you can imagine, well drillers have been very busy of late, and the driller’s schedule opened up earlier than anticipated. The driller will begin mobilizing on Monday, March 28. A portion of the well construction requires 24/7 work. Sound walls will be erected, overnight flood lights will be oriented downward directly to the boring site, and backup beepers on trucks will be turned off overnight. We understand this work will be disruptive and apologize for any inconvenience to residents.

The geotechnical principal, Scott Lewis of LSCE, is overseeing the well construction. He will host a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m., (click link) to explain the work, overall schedule, and the measures the driller is required to use to help mitigate impacts to the surrounding neighborhood. He will also be available to respond to questions and concerns, and may be reached at slewis@lsce.com or (916) 240-0230. Meritage representatives will also be at the meeting as well as City staff.

Please Note: Three Oaks Park Construction

City staff and consultants have been inspecting Three Oaks Park this week. The City also retained an arborist to inspect the trees. There is additional work that needs to be done to bring the park to satisfactory condition before the maintenance period begins. Unfortunately, the park opening will be delayed by several months as a result. Our goal is to ensure the park landscaping and amenities meet specifications prior to taking over maintenance. The sooner the park meet standards, the sooner it will open to the public. Homes By Town was conditioned to build the park under the approved Development Agreement and is responsible for its construction.

 Please Note: Green River Tap Room

A couple more updates on the improvements that have been made by Green River Tap Room to address noise complaints. In addition to the new stage, the owner has installed a new point-of-sale system that texts diners when their order is ready (no more order pick up announcements!). In addition, the owner is installing new sound equipment that is controlled by the business, eliminating the possibility of sound amplifying speakers and bands turning up the music. Significant investments have been made that hopefully will minimize the noise coming across the creek. To provide feedback to the owner, please email John Neil at jn@oldgreenriver.com.

Don’t Miss Out

  • Yolo County will host three Tire Amnesty Events in 2022 to accept up to 9 tires for disposal at no cost: April 6 at the Esparto Convenience Center, August 6 at the Yolo Landfill and November 5 at the Clarksburg Corporation Yard. No heavy equipment, solid or foam filled tires greater than 60 inches will be accepted. For more information, please call 530-666-8856.
  • We are working on opening lap swim Monday, April 4. Staff has been working hard to get life guards and the pool ready to go. Once the schedule is confirmed, staff will open up the landing page to sign up sessions and purchase passes. The landing page is located under the recreation tab at cityofwinters.org.

 Upcoming Council Meeting

The next meeting is April 5th.

 


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03/18/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager's Update (pdf)
03/18/2022

Greetings, all. Have a lovely weekend out there. Fingers crossed we get enough steady rain for a good soaking…

Please Note:

  • As the weather warms, the Sacramento Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reminds residents that mosquito breeding season will begin soon. Please make sure to not leave standing water around in old pots, tires, or other containers. Visit fightthebite.net to request a mosquito inspection or sign up for spray notifications. SYMVCD staff will present its annual update to Council on May 3rd.

winters youth day

Youth Day needs volunteers! https://www.wintersyouthday.com/ Please help this wonderful community tradition come alive again for 2022 ~ Saturday, April 30. Rotary and the Fire Department volunteers will kick off the day with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade down Main Street that I understand is one of the best, and a day of activities in City Park. The duck race on Putah Creek is Friday. Stay tuned for more details on how to buy a duck, which helps fund the event and scholarships for local youth.

  • The Natural Resources Commission will receive a presentation from the City’s water consultants at its Monday evening meeting related to the City’s historic water consumption and the Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan. The Commission will also consider a staff-initiated project to update the 2007 Water Master Plan. The packet is available here.

Green River Tap Room is completing its new stage, which is oriented away from downtown Winters. The stage should be ready in the next couple weeks. The goal is to reduce the outside amplified noise levels from coming across the creek into town. While some sound will still be heard, fingers crossed this investment will produce a noticeable reduction in sound. To provide feedback to the owner, please email jn@oldgreenriver.com.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • We have increased the starting part-time salaries for the summer aquatic program and for our after school and summer camp programs. New staff will start at $18 per hour! The aquatic staff are seasonal and must be lifeguard certified. The City will pay for new lifeguard certification; training is scheduled for the week of March 28. Instructional aides work year-round up to 20 hours per week and must pass a proficiency test. More information is here. Please help us spread the word!
  • A lifeguard certification program is being offered at the Bobbi Greenwood Swim Center on 3/26, 3/27, 4/2 and 4/3 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost is $175 or free to City of Winters lifeguard applicants. To apply for a Winters pool position, please click here. All others, please register by emailing ventures-mca@gmail.com.
  • This is the last weekend for the History Museum’s “Lost Japanese Community of Winters” exhibit. The Lost Community of Monticello will open Thursday, April 7. For all the newcomers in town, that was the tiny community that existed where Lake Berryessa is now. It was vacated when the dam was built.
  • The Chamber-sponsored Toast of Winters is Friday, April 8, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Winters Community Center. The event will honor 2021 & 2022 Citizens of the Year, Businesses of the Year, Senior Citizens of the Year and two Theodore Winters recipients. Help celebrate all of the outstanding community contributors who help make Winters a village. Tickets are $80. More information is here.

Did You Know?

  • We are finishing the scope of work for the downtown visioning project, which will go before Council in April. If you want to be included in the distribution list for updates, please email cityclerk@cityofwinters.org and include your name, property address, and business name (if applicable). It is really important to get all the downtown property owners, managers, and businesses on our list so please email Ellena with your information.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Next Council meeting is April 5th, at this point, via Zoom. However, we are getting closer with our hybrid platform. Items thus far include a pool rental and services agreement with SASO Swimming, establishing fees and creating a scholarship program for youth on free or reduced fee lunch program

Woot Woot!

A big thank you to everyone who responded to the Hay Kingdom fire on Tuesday night. Multiple agencies responded as well as our very own paid and volunteer Winters Fire Department staff. Yocha Dehe, UC Davis, Vacaville City, Vacaville Fire Protection District, West Plainfield and Yolo Fire Protection District all rolled for this incident. Regional mutual aid is a significant resource multiplier and especially vital for rural communities like ours so thank you to all those first responders who kept the fire blocked in its building of origin. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.


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03/21/2022 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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03/22/2022 Planning Commission Meeting

03/22/2022 Agenda / Packet

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03/15/2022 City Council Meeting

The Winters City Council meeting will be conducted pursuant to AB 361:

  1. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:30pm.
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  2. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  3. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org .  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

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03/11/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all.

Don’t Miss Out!
swimming icon❖ The City is looking for pool staff, and on Tuesday, the City Council will consider increasing the starting pay to $18 / hour. Tell your high school and college students to not miss out and apply soon. The lifeguard certification class for new lifeguards will be conducted the week of March 28. Returning lifeguards will earn $19, and more for supervising lifeguard or pool manager. We need more lifeguards to maintain last year’s programming levels so please consider applying!

❖ Reminder: March 18 is the deadline to register for Kindergarten and TK at Waggoner Elementary. Please pick up your packet during school hours.

flower

❖ The Winters Library is promoting BioBlitz for April, May & June to promote native plants and pollinator gardens. Pick up a free seed packet, attend an informational program, or participate in activities for all ages, beginning next week and through the spring at the Winters Teaching Garden. For more information, click here.

Please Note:
❖ The City is looking for two commissioners to serve on the Senior Commission on Aging. More information is available here. This Commission connects with other senior groups to plan events, activities, and services for the senior community and is quite active in the community. If you’re new in town and looking to get involved, serving on the Commission is a wonderful way to meet people and help support others.
❖ We received our fifth applicant for the Climate Action Commission. The applicants will be considered by the City Council at an April meeting to kick off this new commission later in the spring.

Upcoming Council Meeting
The next meeting is Tuesday, March 15, via Zoom. The packet is linked here. Items of interest include: Accepting a strip of land behind the new Carter Ranch homes and adding that to the City’s Rancho Arroyo Pond area; increasing part-time salaries for the staff in our aquatic and after school and summer camp programs; the Spring Festival Main Street closures for March 25-26; new storm drain fees for the northeast area of the City; amendments to the 6th Cycle Housing Element to address HCD comments; and purchase and sale agreements with eleven properties on Roosevelt to purchase residual portions of the adjacent City canal property adjacent to the Meritage development site.
Please note, public meetings are still via Zoom until we can stabilize our A/V equipment with Zoom and the agenda management platform we use for streaming out meetings. We made great progress last week, thanks to an A/V volunteer and will need to buy some new equipment; however, we are making progress!

Woot Woot!
The public safety team has new volunteers – Tom Williams and Dirci Altamirano – who serve as Trauma and Grief Support (TAGS) volunteers for residents who have lost a loved one unexpectedly. Tom and Dirci help respond to unexpected death calls, provide next of kin notifications, and support Police and Fire first responders on trauma calls. It takes a special person to volunteer to assist other people during such emotional losses, so hands over our hearts to thank Tom and Dirci for their service to the community.

The Winters TAGS program was organized by Catherine Bernstein who has an extensive history creating similar programs and responding to trauma incidents. Catherine created the Davis program in 2018. In June of 2021, Chief Miller and Chief Lopez reached out to Catherine to explore the development of a volunteer TAGS team for Winters Public Safety. Without hesitation, Catherine came to our assistance and took lead to establish a Winters Public Safety TAGS program. Catherine was instrumental in establishing an action plan, assisted in drafting and implementing policy, then recruited and trained our first two local TAGS volunteers. She continued to serve not only Davis, but Winters’ needs during this transition period, responding to unexpected or unattended deaths as well as the unenviable task of making death notifications within our city limits on behalf of the Yolo Coroner’s office.

Thank you, Catherine, Tom, and Dirci for your service, and to Chief Miller and Chief Lopez for their efforts to provide psychological support to those impacted by a sudden loss or traumatic incident. It takes a village to make a community.


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03/04/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all. The weather is glorious out! And we had a bit of rain for lawns and plantitas. Looking for something to do this weekend? Check the websites and social media accounts for your favorite merchants, tasting rooms and restaurants – many host activities, music, and more. And you might have a happy accident along the way, reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, or having random run ins that brighten your day or evening.

COVID-19

  • Let’s hope we’re moving into a new phase of COVID mutating itself into less than it was. Mandatory masking for unvaccinated has been lifted in public places and instead masks are strongly recommended especially for unvaccinated and for individuals more at risk. Employees and workplaces, however, still must follow Cal-OSHA mandates, which includes masking for unvaccinated. Some employers require masking for all employees regardless of vaccination status. A gentle reminder to be respectful of others, masked or unmasked, and to respect signs on the door if masks are still required either for employees or the public. Masks do not define who we are; how we treat each other does.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • March is Women’s History Month. Yolo County Archives and Library are sponsoring a presentation on Dr. Karen Tait’s leadership position in the field of medicine in Yolo County on Wednesday, March 9, at 3 p.m. via Zoom, linked here. Dr. Karen Tait graduated with her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco in 1978 and completed her residency in Family Practice at UC Davis Medical Center in 1981. Dr. Tait later served as the Medical Director at both Yolo General Hospital and the Yolo County Jail and Juvenile Hall, helping to ensure the health and wellbeing of Yolo County residents.
  • The Week of March 6 is also Women in Construction Week. Click here to participate in celebrating women in construction.
  • In honor of Women’s History Month, a huge shout out to women everywhere for their accomplishments every day as we lead, build, beautify, plan, engage, support, nurture, toast, dance, and grow our communities, businesses, and families. Do you see our capes?
  • Speaking of construction, not destined to sit at a desk and prefer to work with your hands? Yolo County in partnership with many groups and trades is offering virtual information sessions for training in the construction and building trades on March 8 and March 16, from 12 – 6 p.m. With the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), a learner can pick up the tools and techniques of Skilled Trades, from plumbing to electrical work to sheet metal and ironwork, under the guidance of master craftworkers. More information is here.
  • Munchkin Summer Camp registration is open! City staff coordinate a day long summer camp for students 1st – 8th Two sessions are offered, June 13 – July 1 and July 5 – July 22. Tuition is $250 per session and free to children qualifying for free and reduced lunch. More information is available here.

We Need People!

Local businesses need employees. Non-profit organizations need volunteers. Our community relies on people giving of their time, pitching in, and helping out. Don’t like limited menus and long wait times at our local restaurants? Encourage your teens to get a job and learn life skills. Enjoy Youth Day activities? Volunteer! Saturday, April 30th, downtown will come alive with a parade, Putah Creek duck derby, and a plethora of activities in City Park. This much beloved historic Winters event needs help. Please give a couple hours to assist.

  • What has impressed me about this community is how much it helps each other out and comes together to create something bigger and better than each of us individually. There are so many wonderful non-profits here, please consider getting involved: Winters Friends of the Library, Rotary, Meals on Wheels, the Historical Society, Youth Day Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Winters St Vincent de Paul Society, Winters Community Corazon, and the Downtown Business Association to name just a few. To verify non-profit status, remember to check the CA Secretary of State website here, CA Charities here and the IRS here before donating funds.
  • The City needs staff for its summer aquatic program! Lifeguards, supervising lifeguard and a pool manager. More information is here. We will train new lifeguards during high school spring break (March 28 – April 3). To be a lifeguard, you must be able to tread water for 2 minutes without using your hands, complete a timed object retrieval from the deep end, and show swimming competency for 200 yards. Beyond that, we’ve worked hard to upgrade our programming and create a fun and supportive environment on the deck for staff and swimmers. For more information, contact Diana Tafolla at tafolla@cityofwinters.org or at (530) 794-6700.
  • Did you know that the City coordinates the Winters After School Program (WASP) at Waggoner Elementary School for both elementary and middle school children? Grant funded to support lower income students at no cost, a team of dedicated employees engage students in STEAM oriented enrichment activities, homework assistance, and outdoor play. Tuition applies for students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunches. More information is available here. As always, we are looking for instructional aides. To apply, click here.

Non-Profit Highlight

Winters Youth Day was founded in 1933 to teach students about local governance and civic engagement. Historically, students were paired with local officials and City staff for a week, which culminated in a parade and day of festivities and activities. Youth Day is a long honored and beloved tradition here and brings former residents and students back into town. This year, Saturday, April 30, the parade and duck derby will return and a day of games and fun are in the plans for City Park. This is a volunteer driven event and they need help! Buy a duck! Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for local youth. For more information, please contact the Committee at https://www.wintersyouthday.com/

Please contact me at Kathleen.trepa@cityofwinters.org if you would like to highlight your non-profits activities and needs in a future Update.

Upcoming Public Meetings

The Hispanic Advisory Committee meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Abbey Street conference room behind City Hall. They are looking for more civic minded volunteers to get involved in community-based activities. The Senior Commission on Aging meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. The next Council meeting is March 15 via Zoom.

Woot Woot!

This afternoon we recognized the Fire and EMS team who helped saved a patient’s life in January after collapsing in cardiac arrest. Only 9% of patients in Yolo County who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive, so today it was truly heartwarming to recognize this survivor’s story and the team who first responded: Captain Captain Mathew Schechla, Reserve Firefighter Kitsia Pelayo, Reserve Firefighter Cameron Simental, Reserve Firefighter Michael Curran, ARM Paramedic Jamie Weeks and EMT Michael Kennedy.


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03/09/2022 Winters Senior Commission on Aging

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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03/07/2022 Hispanic Advisory Meeting

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


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02/25/2022 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
February 25, 2022

Greetings, all.

Tidbits Here and There:

  • Healthy Yolo Together provides COVID testing at the community center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Thank you, Yolo County, for funding that service).
  • In addition, the WJUSD continues to provide COVID testing for the community at the District Office: M, W, F 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and at the Library: T, Th 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. Thank you, WJUSD!
  • The Senior Center fundraising team is happy to report that the Yolo Community Foundation has received almost $42,000 to help outfit the center! Every dollar helps. Please visit https://www.wintersseniorcenter.com/ or reach out to Marlene Bell, Karen May or Sandy Vickrey for more information. Feel free to contact me if you need assistance getting connected.
  • City staff is working to finalize the scope of work and budget for Council’s consideration of a consulting agreement related to the Downtown Visioning Project, which will address outdoor dining policies, use of the public right of way, parking, and trash management. These very practical policies and procedures will help set the stage for envisioning what downtown Winters means to all of us. If you would like to be included in an email list to receive project updates and meeting announcements, please email cityclerk@cityofwinters.org and ask to be included in the Downtown Visioning distribution list. A significant part of this project includes community engagement in both English and Spanish so that we hear from business owners, property owners, residents, and visitors alike.
  • City staff has recently developed a Short-term Vacation Rental Permit Program consistent with the ordinance Council adopted in 2018. For more information, please contact Kirk.Skierski@cityofwinters.org for more information.  Information will be added to the City’s website shortly. In addition to the short-term vacation rental permit, the City will require a Business License and the collection of Transient Occupancy Taxes, which conveniently occurs when properties are listed on AirBnB.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • TK and kindergarten enrollment packets are available at Waggoner Elementary School, 500 Edwards Street, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The registration deadline is March 18.

 PG&E Updates

  • PG&E is finalizing a new “Report It” safety mobile app that allows customers to submit photos of non-emergency potential safety concerns related to the electrical system. For more information, please visit pge.com/reportit. Currently the app is in its beta stage for residents in high fire zone areas and users must be accepted; therefore, you may be required register through the Join the Waitlist feature.
  • With active fire season upon us ~ did it ever really end…~ don’t forget to register here for PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) alerts, which occur when heat, humidity and wind conditions create high risk for wildfire events.
  • In addition to planned PSPS events, PG&E has also implemented Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) as part of infrastructure that has been rebuilt due to wildfire damage. The EPSS includes highly sensitive sensors that detect items making contact with power lines in order to immediately de-energize the lines to avoid any arcing or event that could cause a fire. These EPSS events can occur in windy conditions, if poles tip or any other reason that adds tension to or breaks a line. Before the lines are energized, a PG&E crew does a safety inspection.
  • To view outage information, please go to https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 1. Items include appointing Patrick Wall to the Natural Resources Commission, the extension of the grading moratorium and a discussion regarding re-instating the weekend Main Street closure program, which also includes an update on special events, including a new proposed spring festival for March 25-27 that has not yet been approved.  We’ve also included an update on the significant projects and Council approved strategic initiatives that staff have been working on as an informational item. The packet is linked here.

And last call for the manual distribution of the agenda packet. If you are interested in receiving either the Planning Commission or City Council agenda packets, please make sure you register through the Granicus platform here to receive an automatic alert that a packet has been posted.

Woot Woot!

A huge shout out to the 7!! Winters High School and Middle School Robotics Teams that are going to State in early March! What an amazing achievement for those students.

GOOD LUCK!!

 


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03/01/2022 City Council Meeting

The Winters City Council meeting will be conducted pursuant to AB 361:

  1. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:30pm.
    Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86205973361?pwd=d1YyYmVxeldXcEpjbDUxeFR5MFhoQT09 or dial (669) 900-6833
    Meeting ID: 862 0597 3361 
    Passcode: 036514
  2. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  3. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofwinters.org .  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

 


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02/28/2022 Natural Resources Commission Meeting

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

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

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


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02/18/2022 City Manager’s Update

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

Greetings, all. City Hall will be closed on Monday in observation of Presidents’ Day.

COVID-19

  • Healthy Yolo Together, funded by Yolo County in cooperation with UC Davis, has opened COVID testing at the Community Center Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. No appointment necessary, no cost.
  • Doors are open at City Hall and the Public Safety Facility for walk-in traffic. Although the universal indoor masking order has been lifted, masking is still strongly encouraged especially for the more vulnerable and at risk. Vaccinated individuals may remove their masks inside city facilities. Some employees are choosing to continue to wear their masks regardless of vaccination. Thank you for respecting individual choices and remaining considerate of others.

Aquatic Updates:

  • The heater is being repaired this month – hopefully, the final major investment to essentially rebuild the original equipment over the course of this last year. We’ve also signed a maintenance agreement for the equipment to keep it operating for another 10 years…
  • We’ve posted job openings for lifeguards, a supervising lifeguard and a pool manager. Last year’s lead team is not returning to town (we wish them well!), so we’re looking for new people to step in or up. Please click here for more information. We will conduct lifeguard training during high school spring break: 3/28 – 4/2. Returning lifeguards need to apply and onboard.
  • Lap swim will open beginning of April. We’re working with SASO Swimming to return for swim team and lessons.

Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL) will host their annual fruit tree sale on March 5th beginning at 9 .m. (8:30 for WFOL members) at the parking lot on the corner of Railroad and Edwards. Trees are $10; proceeds help support WFoL community programming. More information is here.
  • Tk and Kindergarten registration packets are available at Waggoner Elementary School, 500 Edwards Street, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Developmental Bilingual Education (DBE) forms for Kindergarten will also be available. DBE Enrollment is Limited. The deadline to submit a packet is March 18th. For more information, please contact the school office at 530-795-6121 or email Nicole at nbrace@wintersjusd.org.
  • To non-profits and CBO’s ~ if you’re interested in applying for a microgrant from Yolo County for American Rescue Plan funding, the County is offering information sessions and assistance during officedollar iconhours. More information is here. Grant deadline is March 31 at 5 p.m.

Please Note

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  • The Fire Department is getting a head start on private property weed abatement this year. With no rain on the horizon, approximately 50 property owners with large parcels will begin receive courtesy letters explaining the annual process and timelines for weed abate. Given the lack of rain, property owners should expect to have to abate several times before everything stays knocked down…
  • The Winters Chamber of Commerce is preparing a community resource guide for businesses, non-profits and community organizations. If you would like to advertise or be included in the Guide, please contact the Chamber directly at 530-795-2329 or by emailing sue@winterschamber.com or jeff@winterschamber.com. More information is here. Sign up for the Chamber newsletter to receive information about upcoming events, business tips, training opportunities and resources.

  • The City is still interested in receiving applications for vacant seats on the Natural Resources Commission, Senior Commission on Aging and the new, yet to launch Climate Action Commission. Participating on a commission is a great way to get involved in local issues, meet community members, and participate in local governance. More information is here.
  • Speaking, of participatory governance, Valley Clean Energy (VCE) is looking to fill two at-large Community Advisory Committee seats. Ideal candidates possess subject matter expertise / experience or are from professional sectors that intersect with VCE activities. More information is available on VCE’s website (CAC Meetings and Agendas - Valley Clean Energy).

Upcoming Council Meeting – March 1

  • Public meetings will remain virtual / remote for the time being, until we stabilize a hybrid platform for the Council Chambers, which requires integrating older AV equipment with Zoom and our agenda streaming platform. We’re interviewing contractors to help us complete this effort so that elected, appointed, staff and the public have the option of participating in person or remotely to accommodate different needs.

Woot Woot!

After today’s meeting with State transportation officials, a continued thank you to all the community members, advocates, elected officials, and state, county and local staff who have worked tirelessly to advocate for $10 million in funding to widen the I-505 overpass at Route 128 to improve safety and more importantly to reconnect the Rio Villa community that was cut off from Winters when I-505 was constructed. A special thank you to Ponticello Engineering for their efforts to support this project. Our next grant application is due June 15.

And if you’re curious about what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes, check out this I-505 project video…https://www.mizzicafilms.com/dangerous-crossing.


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02/22/2022 Planning Commission Meeting

02/22/2022 Agenda (pdf) / Packet (pdf)

ZOOM Instructions
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7095453737
Meeting ID: 709 545 3737

 


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