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City staff are working to fill multiple seats across three of the city’s active commissions.

The City of Winters is currently accepting applications for the Natural Resources Commission, Winters Senior Commission on Aging, and the Climate Action Commission. There is currently one seat available on both the Natural Resources Commission and Winters Senior Commission on Aging.

Natural Resources Commission
Commissioner Kate Laddish said they consider and promote the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of natural resources that are important to the City, and provide expertise to the City Council, other commissions, and staff.

“Through work on topics such as Putah Creek, street trees, groundwater, air quality, light pollution, and vegetation management, the Commission taps into a lot of core assets that affect all of us,” Laddish said.

City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa has described the Commission as being a “force multiplier,” contributing technical knowledge in an array of fields to projects, and without substantial increased cost to the City.

“Because our mission allows us to proactively identify topics and projects, the Commission can address specific, practical, immediate needs and also do the deep dives necessary to articulate larger-scale considerations that may help the City Council, Planning Commission, and 

when proposals come to the City in the future,” Laddish said. “Resource decisions can have long-lasting impacts. Having a commission focused on natural resources can help maintain and enhance quality of life now and into the future.”

The commission meets on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. via zoom (until in person meetings are permissible). The term of the open seat expires this August, but the appointed individual will serve a four-year term through August 2026.

Winters Senior Commission on Aging
A seat on the Winters Senior Commission on Aging opened up when Commissioner Dawn Van Dyke resigned.

The Winters Senior Commission on Aging serves as an advisory body to the City Council by taking action and making recommendations on all things related to the wellbeing of older adults residing in Winters. This includes: working to define the unmet needs of Winters seniors, identifying and exploring how to improve standards and new services for the aging, share information with the older adult population about various activities and services available, and discuss and recommend appropriate action on all legislation that would have an impact on aging adults.

The Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. via zoom (until in person meetings are permissible). The term of the open seat expires June 1, 2023.

Climate Action Commission
The City began accepting applications for the Climate Action Commission in December. Due to a lack of applications to fill all seats, the Climate Action Commission recruitment has been reopened.

The Climate Action Commission assists with implementing and overseeing the goals of the recently adopted Climate Action Plan. The City is looking for people with expertise in environmental sciences and/or with a passion for addressing climate change.

The commission is scheduled to meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. via zoom (until in person meetings are permissible).

Details for each commission and the Application for Appointment to City Board and Commissions is available on the City of Winters website at http://www.cityofwinters.org/commissioner-recruitment/.

Applications can be delivered or mailed to the City Clerk at City Hall, or sent electronically via email to cityclerk@cityofwinters.org.

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