Council approves Main Street closure, hears storm drain plan update

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The Winters City Council met on March 15 to decide the Main Street event closure, storm drain master plan update and sixth cycle housing element before dedicating the meeting to the memory of Jack Graf.

The council unanimously approved the Winters Downtown Business Association’s (DBA) proposal to close Main Street to present the Spring Festival. On Friday, March 25 the closure will extend between Railroad Avenue and First Street to host Meeting Under the Stars and music. On Saturday, March 26 Main Street will be closed from Railroad Avenue to Second Street to present the Spring Festival Craft Show.

DBA President Chris Turkovich thanked city staff for working with them to put this together in a short period of time. With the additional street closure, he said, they would be featuring a fashion show in front of the Winters Collective on Friday evening to enhance that portion of the block and then a craft show on Saturday.

Storm drain plan
Council took action to approve Resolution 2022-22, authorizing, among other things, the update and adoption of the Storm Drain Master Plan and schedule of drainage impact fees. 

The City’s drainage master plan was developed in 2005 and included the Moody Slough sub-basin seasonal flooding assessment during storm events. During these events, flood water in the northwest section flows toward I-505 where drainage is hindered and directed south.

Flood water then flows toward Putah Creek, the region’s main drainage feature, creating possible flood situations near the I-505 corridor and on the city’s main throughfare, Grant Avenue. Controlling these flows to avoid flooding is necessary, especially considering new proposed development projects. The new drainage impact fees charged to developers will permit the city to improve infrastructure to avoid flooding situations.

Additionally, council approved Resolution 2022-23, clarifying “minor revisions” to the sixth Cycle Housing Element as identified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). These amendments to the Implementation Housing Program were required to comply with the State Housing Element Law. Council approved with one member, Councilmember Harold Anderson, opposing for unstated reasons.

In memorium
The meeting was closed and dedicated by Mayor Pro Tem Bill Biasi to the memory of John Richard “Jack” Graf who died on March 9.

Graf graduated from Winters High School in 1948 and then attended Santa Clara University where he majored in political science. After college, Graf was commissioned in the Marine Corps as a first lieutenant and upon returning home obtained his teaching credential from Sacramento State University and a master’s degree in Education from the University of the Pacific.

Graf spent 39 years in public education, rising to Superintendent of Schools for Yolo County. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marge Graf, his five children, 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many friends.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for April 5  at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

Friday update
In her City Manager update on March 18, Trepa announced the City increased the starting part-time salaries for the summer aquatic program and for the after school and summer camp programs. New staff will start at $18 per hour. 

The aquatic staff positions are seasonal and must be lifeguard certified. The City will pay for new lifeguard certification and 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 on the “Open Positions” page on the City’s website, www.cityofwinters.org.

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