Council applauds heroic actions, approves landscaping ordinance


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The City gave kudos to Winters firefighters and paramedics at the Feb. 1 City Council meeting.

Fire Chief Brad L. Lopez advised of successful lifesaving efforts by the department’s firefighters and American Medical Response (AMR) paramedics. Lopez said a patient collapsed in his home and was given advance life support treatment by firefighters and paramedics before being transported to the hospital where he was later reported to be conscious and talking.

Lopez said this was a great outcome and testament to the great frontline responders that Winters is fortunate to have.

“Kudos to our team and our partners out there, it’s really good to hear this person has another chance,” Lopez said.

City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa added that the three firefighters who responded to the call were all volunteers, while Mayor Wade Cowan thanked the fire department for “saving the life of one of our citizens.”

Efficient landscaping
Ordinance 2022-01 was approved, amending the city’s municipal code regarding compliance with the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). By doing so, it imposes water efficient landscape requirements on new and rehabilitated landscaping projects for public and private development projects requiring a permit. The MWELO’s main change reported is that the ordinance also applies to single-family residential projects.

City finances
The 2020-21 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) was prepared by the City’s finance department after an independent audit performed by the auditing firm, Van Lant and Fankhenal, LLP, was received by council.

Highlights from the City’s 146-page financial report were:

  • Assets and deferred outflows of resources exceeded liabilities and deferred inflows at the close of the most recent fiscal year by $53,558,323 (net position). Of this amount, ($4,875,447) is unrestricted net position. A nominal or negative unrestricted net position does not mean that the City is facing financial disaster, but rather, that it has invested in projects or long-term assets not reflected on the Statement of Net Position.
  • As of the close of the current fiscal year, the City of Winters governmental funds reported combined ending fund balances of $15,094,289 an increase of $4,843,998 in comparison with the prior fiscal year. Approximately 6.6 percent or $998,459 is available for spending at the government’s discretion (unrestricted fund balance).
  • At the end of the current fiscal year, unrestricted fund balance for the general fund was $1,142,222 or 19.60 percent of total general fund expenditures.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

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