City public facilities re-open doors to walk-in traffic

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Winters City Hall’s doors are open to walk-in traffic again following a closure in mid-January.

City Hall and other public facility buildings were closed to walk-in services Jan. 12. City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa said staffing at the city had been impacted by a surge in COVID infections among employees and/or their families and within the community.

Walk-in services at the Winters Fire and Police Public Safety Facility lobby have also resumed.

“We’ve always been here and in-person appointments have always been available; we were just limiting the walk-in traffic to better manage that flow and reduce exposure,” Trepa noted.

ARP mini grants
In her Feb. 11 City Manager update, Trepa informed the community that applications for Yolo County American Rescue Plan (ARP) Mini Grants were being accepted now through March 31. The Mini Grants program allows a localized response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery programs that supports community-based projects in-line with the County ARP funding goals. Mini Grant funding requests range in amounts of $1,000 and $10,000. More information is available on the ARP page on the Yolo County website, www.yolocounty.org/.

Meals on Wheels
Trepa put a community call out for volunteers to assist with the Meals on Wheels Winters program efforts. Meals on Wheels distributes meals twice a week from the Winters Community Center. 

Those who are interested in the opportunity should visit the “Volunteer” tab on at www.mowyolo.org/.

March blood drive
The Winters Lions Club announced in a social media post that the next Winters Community Blood drive was scheduled for Monday, March 7 from 1–6 p.m. at the Winters Community Center. Community members are encouraged to register prior to the event at www.donors.vitalant.org and choose “Advanced Search,” and blood drive code “SMFM164” in the indicated field. An appointment can also be made by calling Vitalant at 1-866-822-5663 and mentioning the same blood drive code. Walk-ins will be welcomed if space allows.

Meeting cancellation
The regular meeting of the Natural Resources Commission scheduled on Monday, Feb. 21 has been cancelled.

The meeting is being rescheduled to occur on Monday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. Commissioners will teleconference via the Zoom platform. The link is available on the City of Winters website.

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