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Friday Update before Youth Day 2016

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Friday Update before Youth Day 2016

All,

This is short and sweet as I am working on Youth Day stuff for the big day tomorrow.

• The Duck Derby begins tonight at 5:00 behind the Community Center with the Opening Ceremonies following.
• Kids Movie Night is at 8:00 in the Community Center Amphitheatre.
• The Rotary Youth Day Pancake Breakfast begins at 6:30 in the morning. $2 off during the first hour.
• Kiddie Parade is at 9:45
• Youth Day Parade begins at 10:00.
• City Park Fair begins at 12:00
• Free Concert (Terry Sheets Band) starts at 7:00 at Creekside Bar!

Look for an extended update on Monday.

John


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05/03/16 City Council Meeting

05/03/16 City Council Meeting (pdf) Agenda / Packet


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Friday Update on April 22 2016

All,

A couple items this week:

  • A very efficient City Council Meeting on Tuesday. Walnut Park is going out to bid, the Council authorized a contract for the rehabilitation of Water Wells 2 (Putah Creek) and 6 (across from Blue Oak Park), and the Downtown Fountain will be simply a concept.
  • We received 4 proposals for Parking Consultant Services. We have been required to request additional information from the consultants before consideration.
  • Staff sent 17 letters to Downtown property owners requesting a meeting to discuss funding the parking consultant and future parking improvements and we have received 0 reply’s. We will try again!
  • The City has received 23 applicants for the Police Chief.  The recruiting firm assisting in the process will begin screening interviews over the next few weeks and then we will have formal interviews sometime in the May/June timeframe.
  • Today, Winters Fire conducted orientation for four new reserve and volunteer firefighters. Welcome to Alex Evenoff, Tony Plesencia, Joel Smith and Tim Robbins. In total, we have 44 reserves and volunteers in our program! Go Winters Fire.
  • Watch for extensive tree trimming on Main Street as we trim the canopy over the next week.
  • Last week, I attended a meeting at Yolo County regarding a fundraising drive for a new Animal Shelter. It looks like a motivated group is ramping up efforts to find donors. Stay tuned.
  • This week, the Winters Police Department conducted “bike rodeo’s” at both Waggoner and Shirley Rominger Schools. A ton of students learning bike safety and having a lot of fun.

A couple reminders:

  • Tonight is Fourth Friday in Downtown. I can smell the roasting pig from my office and it smells incredible!
  • Next week is Youth Day. The Pancake Breakfast starts at 6:30, Parade at 10 and fun in the park at 12:00. Look at the Winters Express for the entire program in their special issue.
  • The Citizen’s Academy continues on Monday night at 6:30 at the Public Safety Facility EOC Room. This week includes an overview of the City and Local Government and a special program on Winters Fire. Here is the future programs and all are welcome.
    • April 25th Week Two-Local Government and Fire Department: Participants will learn about the various aspects of local government and the Winters Fire Department utilized by the City of Winters.
    • May 2nd Week Three -Gangs and Street Narcotics: Participants will learn about local drug and gang issues and intervention strategies.
    • May 9th Week Three-Internet Safety and DUI information: Participants will learn about safety procedures, prevention tips, and laws.
    • May 16th Week Five- Crime Prevention: Participants will learn about crime prevention methods followed by a Certificate presentation.

Finally, on Thursday, I drove the new City bus with a dozen members of the Winters Senior Foundation to drop them off at the UC Davis Arboretum where they had a scheduled tour. I took them to the center which includes Whole Foods in Davis where they went to lunch, then they headed over to the Arboretum. I was then scheduled to pick them up at 3 at the same location.

It looked like they had an incredible time!!!

When I arrived in the bus at 3ish (I was a little late), they were not at the agreed upon location but some of them came hustling across the parking lot to greet me. After the tour, they had gone back to the Whole Foods Center for ice cream and socializing. When they got on the bus, the first request was whether I would mind dropping them all off at Turkovich Winery so they could finish the day! On the ride home, the roar of laughter and conversation from the rear of the bus was incredible. Except for the complaints about me hitting all of the bumps along Road 31, it was a very happy/fun group!

One of the ladies in the group commented (as I helped her off the bus) that she had a “GREAT DAY” and you could really tell! I can tell you that it made my day, too!

The Winters Senior Foundation is helping to establish an important framework for enhancing the overall quality of life for seniors in Winters. Activities and excursions, along with their meetings and programs are starting to make a noticeable difference in town. Their you can see their outreach to many segments of the community is happening. They are open to any and everyone who is interested in joining. Contact Wally Pearce at denropro@gmail.com to get on their list.

Stay tuned for more announcements on their activities in the Winter Express!

Have a nice weekend,

John


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“Notice to Contractors” for Walnut Park – Phase 2

“Notice to Contractors” for Walnut Park – Phase 2 (pdf)
Bids are required for the entire work as described below:
The work, in general, to be done under this contract consists of; the demolition and removal of an existing concrete curb; the construction of; playground concrete slide and sand play area, sidewalks and decomposed granite paths; street improvements along Walnut Lane and the installation of a steel shade structure, ranch style vinyl fences with aluminum gates, a recessed turf field, site drainage system, site furniture, drinking fountain, path bollards, bike racks, handicap parking stall striping, site lighting, irrigation, planting, boulders and logs and all within the confines of WALNUT PARK in Winters, California.


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PG&E Training Center Update

PG&E Training Center - April 2016 Report (pdf)

PG&E is on its way to construction!! Due to the wet conditions, PG&E will be working through the weekends.


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Friday Update on tax day 2016

All,

Lot’s going on….

 

City Council Agendas:

 

April 19, 2016

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  • Budget Workshop at 4:30
  • Wallace-Kuhl Agmt. for the Continuation of Monitoring Services at the Former Landfill
  • Recycling Grant Application for Payment Programs
  • Proclamation Declaring May 3rd as the BIG Day of Giving
  • Water Well Maintenance Contract for Well #’s 2 & 6 with Suez dba: Utility Service Group
  • Bid Issuance for Construction Improvements for Phase II Construction at Walnut Park

 May 3, 2016

  • Formal review of the FY 2016-17 and 2017-18 City Budget
  • Initiate Proceedings and Preliminary Approval of the Engineers Annual Levy Report for the City-Wide Maintenance Assessment Dist., FY 2016-2017
  • Purchase of Wastewater Emergency Generator

May 17, 2016

  • Callahan Estates DA
  • Street Naming Recommendations for Winters Highlands
  • Budget Adoption

 Department Updates:

 

Public Works:

  • Staff visited the City of Yountville and viewed their bar screen and would like to install a similar self-contained unit at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Repaired water leak on Hemenway.
  • Some bad spots on Main Street are being repaved.
  • New sidewalk was poured from 4th Street through City Park to the bathrooms, and will be followed by a sidewalk from the new play structure to Main Street. Lights like those on the creek path will illuminate the new sidewalks and DG will be installed in various places.
  • A new Jacobsen mower has been purchased.  The older Jacobsen mower will be kept as a secondary unit to run simultaneously, if needed.
  • Pool inspection scheduled (and passed) for today and staff will perform a sand filter enzyme treatment next week.
  • Working on the landscape plans for Winters Ranch public right of way.
  • YFCU has requested to deliver clean fill dirt to landfill.
  • Staff will erect signs for the May 6th Winters Putah Creek Car Bridge Dedication.
  • City-wide striping will commence, weather permitting.
  • Mulch is being spread on the elderberry plantings at the creek.
  • Cr6 or Chromium 6 – pilot people have offered a different method of treatment utilizing a 53’ trailer housing system to perform a more detailed pilot study.  Ionex also wants to come back and do some more work.
  • Working on two bike rodeos with Winters Police Department and Winters PTA.

 

Finance:

  • Working on budgets – reviewing expenditures and asking questions regarding revenues.
  • Quilt Show will be on Saturday, June 18 – looking for volunteers to set up at the Community Center on 6/17 and on the sidewalks on 6/18.

 

Administrative:

  • Pool is gearing up with 15 new and returning lifeguards.
  • Recreation swim is scheduled to begin in May.
  • School Board approved an agreement for janitorial services for the ASP & Munchkin programs.
  • Winters Theater Company board approved the replacement of the stage floor at the Community Center.  The board will work with the Community Center schedule and Gary Schroeder will be working with the City staff on the repairs.
  • Fire reserve orientation will take place on 4/22 for 5 recruits (still waiting for two medical reports).  Fire indicated they will be going back out for additional reserves.

 

Economic Development/Housing

  • Attended a Yolo County Planning Commission meeting today with Council Member Cowan regarding Ag Tourism.
  • Parking Consultant RFP responses are due on Monday, April 18th.
  • Walnut Park will go out to bid on 4/20, if approved by City Council on 4/19.
  • Affordable Housing Steering Committee (AHSC) met on 4/13 regarding moderate ownership covenant and the recommendation was unanimous to shorten the covenant from 45 years to 10-15 years.

 Planning:

  • Staff taught a planning class to preschoolers at The Treehouse, which included a treasure map of downtown and a stop at City Hall.
  • Planning Commission meeting on 4/26 and the agenda will include Callahan, Downtown Hotel, and a noise study session.
  • Street naming meeting was held last week, with JoAnn Larkey to provide a narrative description of the names chosen.
  • Winters resident is pursuing a permit for a bike/petty cab.
  • Winters is a hot bed for filming crews, with filming taking place on 4/23 at the Public Safety Facility.  The need for an ordinance/permit will be on the to do list.
  • Will be receiving an updated status on Starbucks.
  • Staff is continuing to work on a nuisance ordinance.

Building:

  • Issued the final for two houses on Mermod and the Certificates of Occupancy (C of O’s) are ready to pick up.

 

Police:

  • Received an alert from the FBI for thieves who are stealing truckloads of almonds, walnuts and pistachios, with farmers losing $4.5 million dollars a year (oh nuts!)
  • Citizen’s Academy will begin on Monday, 4/18 and continue on Monday’s through 5/16.  Class topics include community policing, local government and the fire department, gangs and street narcotics, internet safety and DUI information and crime prevention.

 

Fire:

  • Planning structure training burns in Dixon and will include Winters Fire staff as part of a 2-day certified class.
  • Multi-agency swift water rescue training will be held on 4/23.
  • Staff will be participating in wild land fire refresher training.

 Have a nice weekend.

 John


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Winters Citizens Acadamy

All,

Over a 5 week period, the Winters Police Department will be hosting a Winters Citizen’s Academy to educate the community on a number of key issues. These will include:

  • Community Policing (April 18)
  • Local Government and Fire (April 25)
  • Gangs and Street Narcotics (May 2)
  • Intranet Safety and DUI (May 9)
  • Crime Prevention (May 16)

Each of the sessions will be held (from 6:30-8:30)  at the Public Safety Facility. This will be an incredible opportunity for residents to get a great overview of public safety issues in our town.

For more information, click HERE for the brochure and click HERE for an application.

For more information, contact gail.jimenez@winterspolice.org or Gordon.brown@winterspolice.org .

Thanks,

John


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LPCCC meeting this Thursday, April 14, 2016, is cancelled

The Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting scheduled for this Thursday, April 14, 2016, is Cancelled.


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Friday Update for April 8 2016

All,

 A couple items for the week:

 ·         Overall, a good City Council Meeting on a number of fronts. Fire Grants, another discussion on fountains and the Comprehensive Financial Report.

·         To read the City’s Comprehensive Financial Report, click HERE . This literally tells you everything about the financial situation for the City and provides some interesting statistical data on the City. Great reading for nerds and interested people alike.

·         The Downtown Hotel is off and running again with the finish grading happening now. Look for construction to start in May. Really good news!!

·         On Thursday, the City hosted a group of capital investors seeking information on opportunities within Winters. The momentum of the many projects happening in town is getting a ton of attention amongst those with money. Good News!!

·         Staff is working with the Yolo Habitat Conservancy on a number of issues as they move toward adoption of the Habitat Plan later in 2016. To view their plan, go to their website by clicking HERE.

·         The Winters Combined PTA is getting ready for their “Spring Into Action” Fundraiser in the coming weeks. They have a concept of virtual activities to get everyone active and a chance for people to sponsor activities for the schools. Go to their website by clicking HERE.

·         Munchkin Summer Camp registration is still going, so please encourage your students to sign up!!  We currently have 9 students in 1st grade, 16 in 2nd, 12 in 3rd,4 in 4th, 15 in 5th and 6 in 6th.  Come to City Hall for sign ups before the classes fill for summer. Click HERE for more information.

·         This Saturday is an Autism Awareness Event /walk starting at 8:00 behind the Community Center. The walk with be along Putah Creek and will benefit Logan Kruen’s Capstone Project for her senior year.

·         My hot tip on beer is “Rain Dog” which has just been released by Berryessa Brewing. Think Separation Anxiety and Double Tap have a love child and you get Rain Dog. Chris Miller is such an incredible brewer and I guarantee that this will be one of his master pieces! Also, they still have Station 26 which is an incredible drinking beer and is Chris’ homage to Winters Fire!

·         Winters AYSO has 3 teams in the AYSO Section Tournament this weekend! Go Warriors!

Finally, today I had an opportunity to participate in Woody Fridae’s 5th grade Civil War Program as a “Visitor from the Past” (I play General Ullyses Grant). The visitors also include Abraham Lincoln (played by Rich Rominger) and Michael Barbour who plays General Robert E. Lee.  If you have never seen Rich as Lincoln, you need too, it is absolutely incredible!!! Woody is Lt Fridae.

 The performance is a part of the Angel Island Civil War Program where 5th grade students learn about life as a soldier, the mid 1800’s and the program culminates in a two day trip to Angel Island.

 At Angel Island, the students live a couple days in the life of a soldier. They learn a variety of skills, do marching, bread making, signaling, rifle work,  with the day ending with a hike to the top of Mt Livermore and the view of the San Francisco Skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. The program also includes a number of parent chaperones who accompany the various squads of soldiers.

 The evening culminates with Lt Fridae playing guitar, peach cobbler, popcorn and singing songs from the past. The soldiers then take turns “on watch”(protecting the barracks and the gold) which means none of them really sleep for the two days.

 It is truly an experience which these students will remember for their entire lives. It is that good!!

 Woody and Rebecca Fridae were honored as Citizens of the Year for many reasons, but their school programs are incredible (Rebecca spearheads the 6th grade Camp Loma Mar Outdoor Program). As a community, the impacts we have on the lives of children will set the framework for their entire lives. Programs like Angel Island and Camp Loma Mar are two of the most special programs I have ever personally seen (in Winters we have the Center for Land Base Learning which does similar programs for the inner city). To watch the joy and learning in the eyes of the students is absolutely magical.

 Kudo’s to Lt Fridae and his troops as they get ready to head to Angel Island to protect the nations gold supply for a couple of days!

 I’m headed to Berryessa Brewing for a Rain Dog and to buy my wife a favorite glass of wine!

 Have a nice weekend.

 John


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National Public Health Week – Yolo County Heatlh & Human Services Agency

ph-week2016In celebration of National Public Health Week, April 4-10, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency invites the community to attend this year’s Public Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 6, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the corner of Beamer and Cottonwood Streets in Woodland. This free, family-friendly event includes bike helmet fittings and traffic safety games, car seat inspections, blood pressure screenings, healthy eating activities and food samples, Sidewalk CPR activities, rides on the smoothie bike, and much more. Residents are encouraged to walk, bike, stroll or roll over to the fair and find out how public health services in Yolo County can help make America the healthiest nation.
More info: https://www.yolocounty.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/28471/2867?backlist=%2fhealth-human-services

En celebración de la Semana Nacional de Salud Pública, el 4 a 10 de Abril, la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Yolo, invita a la comunidad a la Feria de Salud Pública y Bienestar el miércoles 6 de abril de 12:00-3:00 p.m., en la esquina de las calles Beamer y Cottonwood en Woodland. Este evento gratuito y familiar incluye: Inspecciones de casco para bicicletas y juegos sobre la seguridad de tráfico, inspecciones de asientos de seguridad para niños, pruebas de presión arterial, muestras de alimentos saludables, actividades de CPR (Reanimación Cardiopulmonar), y mucho más. Invitamos a los residentes a caminar o llegar en bicicleta a la feria para aprender sobre cómo los servicios de salud pública en el Condado de Yolo puede ayudar a que los Estados Unidos sea la nación más saludable.


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Friday Update on April Fools Day 2016

All,

I thought up some rather clever announcements for this week’s update to try and prank everyone on April Fools, but I decided to go straight and avoid needing to correct the vicious rumors I would saddle myself with.

  • This weeks City Council Meeting includes a Closed Session for Real Estate Negotiations, a FEMA grant to add firefighters, Public Works Stand Specifications, a second look at water fountain designs for the Downtown mid block, investment and fund balance reports and a review of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  • Staff has received a “sidewalk café” permit request from Preserve on Railroad Ave which can be reviewed and approved on an administrative basis. It is in process now!
  • Public Works is beginning street striping around town, so get ready for our annual session of “drivers training” in and around the cones. I am always impressed how people can squeeze the big duly trucks through the tight cone spaces so they can drive through the fresh paint. We certainly have some impressive drivers!
  • The Downtown Hotel will kick into full gear at the end of April according to the developer. The site will need some more dirt, then it will be full scale construction.
  • Groundwater Management was the hot topic in town on Wednesday with an information session co-sponsored by the Yolo Farm Bureau and the Yolo Water Resources Agency (WRA). The State passed legislation requiring the formation of “Groundwater Sustainability Agencies” (GSA) to develop “Groundwater Sustainability Plans” (GSP). There have been three informational meetings which have been held to packed houses. The legislation is loose, but there are significant hammers for those who do not meet the demands. We have an incredible group at the WRA and Yolo Flood Control who are leading the implementation, but they about ready to start kicking over the proverbial hornets nests.
  • Farmers are not happy when people start messing with their water and my guess is that the messing is just about to begin. My prediction is that future meetings will be held at Raley Field or the new Downtown Sacramento Arena. The old adage that “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting” will apply. Get ready because this is going to be ugly!
  • Animal Services is on my agenda and we have some folks in Yolo County looking to lead a fundraising effort for a new animal shelter.

Finally, yesterday was the observance of Cesar Chavez’ birthday. He was truly a California Hero and one of the most influential people in the history of our great state!

Over the years (in high school and college), I had an opportunity to meet Cesar Chavez and I was always amazed at what a gentle, yet confident man he was. His advocacy for farmworks was just part of a legacy which really represented empowerment on many levels including social, economic and the advancement of basic human rights and principles. In the nonviolent model of Martin Luther King, Jr., he demonstrated a civil disobedient approach to the empowerment of people and the ability to generate economic opportunity for thousands of California families.

The most amazing aspects of Cesar Chavez is that he led his life by an extremely high moral and ethical code. The principles which guided him made him a role model and someone whose legacy lives on today.

Have a nice weekend!

John


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Munchkin Summer Camp (MSC)

summercamp*Summer Camp Contract and Forms (fillable) (pdf)

Mission Statement: We strive to provide a fun, safe and successful program for students to learn and grow during the summer. We will provide each student with the opportunity to improve academically, socially and physically while minimizing summer learning loss.

2016 summer registration begins: Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Packets will be available at City Hall, Waggoner Elementary School front office, Shirley Rominger Intermediate School front office and ALL Winters After School Program classrooms.

Serving: students going into 1st grade – students going into 6th grade (for the 2016-17 school year) no exceptions.

Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm, with breakfast served at 8:30am, gates open at 8:15am.

Days of Operation: Monday-Friday and closed for July 4, 2016.

1st Session: Monday, June 6-Friday, July 1, 2016. 2nd Session: Tuesday, July 5-Friday, July 29, 2016.
Breakfast, Lunch and PM Snack is included.

Tuition: $200 per child per session or $100 per child per session for those qualifying and turning in a Free/Reduced Lunch Letter from the district; no multiple child discount; payment plans available.

Daily attendance is not required; parent must notify staff of child’s attendance schedule ahead of time.

MSC does take students to and from swim team daily.

Daily Schedule includes: Academics, Reading, Enrichment, Recreation, Free Play and Nutritious Meals/Snack.

Weekly Schedule includes: Field Trips – Town Pool, City Park, Town Library, Music and Drama Lessons.

Summer Schedule includes: Four out of town field trips and end of the year Carnival.

Volunteers: High School or College volunteers are welcome and needed. One volunteer per class is needed through the whole day; we do split schedules for volunteers.

This program is funded and operated through community contributions as well as minimal tuition. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please make donations payable to: City of Winters- Munchkin Summer Camp. Please send donations to: City of Winters-MSC, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694


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Pre-Proposal Telephone Conference for Parking Consultant Services – Request for Proposals

Pre-Proposal Telephone Conference for Parking Consultant Services – Request for Proposals
(Non-Mandatory)
April 4th at 2:00 pm
City Council Chambers
318 First Street, Winters, CA

To phone in and participate,
Call: 1.877.402.9753
Access Code: 6878546
Host: 5231

– Online link to Parking Consultant Services Request for Proposals (pdf)


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