Council wraps up 2021 city business

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The Winters City Council took action on upcoming development street names, repurposing grant funding and other business items at their last meeting of 2021 on Dec. 21.

Councilmembers discussed street naming through Resolution 2021-90. In 2005, city staff and council determined it was in their best interest to maintain control over street naming. At that time, the council directed staff to create a street naming committee and a street name list.

The committee created a list, although it was never formally adopted. With new developments coming to Winters, Contract Planner Kirk Skierski said the 2005 street name list is adequate for the upcoming year or so.

Councilmember Jesse Loren suggested adopting the current list and revisiting the matter again in 2022, or later. Mayor Wade Cowan strongly recommended that the Winters Historical Society be involved with any future street naming committees.

Council agreed and a motion to accept the current list of street names was unanimously adopted.

Community design grant
In 2018, the city was awarded a $100,000 Sacramento Area Council of Governments Community Design grant for the “City Limits” plan. The grant was approved prior to the passage of Measure A which created an urban growth boundary and eliminated the need for the “City Limits” specific plan.

The grant is to expire on Dec. 31 unless repurposed for a qualifying project like Paseo Park. Council agreed and authorized repurposing the $100,000. community grant toward the Paseo Park project.

Gunby retiring
Council members and City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa each took a moment to express their gratitude to Director of Financial Management Shelly Gunby, who after 25 years of employment with the City of Winters is retiring effective Jan. 17.

Council members lauded Gunby for her assistance and service. Cowan stated, “you’ve done so much taking care of our finances for so many years … we all appreciate your hard work so much.”

A replacement for Gunby has yet to be found. Council unanimously approved a $26,000. professional services contract to Peckham & McKenney in Resolution 2021-88 to recruit a replacement.

Council items
Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2021-05, moving back the date of the election for city council members from June 2022 to the date of the statewide general election in November 2022.

Ordinance 2021-06 passed increasing the Winters City Council’s monthly stipend from $150 to $300. The resolution passed by a margin of four to one with the lone “no” vote coming from Mayor Pro Tem Bill Biasi. Biasi told council he did not believe they should be giving themselves a raise. The raise does not go into effect until after the November 2022 election.

The Jan. 4 City Council meeting has been canceled. The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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