Express Recap: City Council Aug. 8 2019

A recap of items discussed and presented at the Aug. 8 Winters City Council meeting.

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League of California Cities visits Winters

The City of Winters, along with council members, recently hosted a delegation from the League of California Cities (LCC). Council members reflected on the July 26 visit during which league members received a tour of Winters and were entertained at Berryessa Gap Winery.

“I think the League of Cities people like that part the most,” Council Member Jesse Loren said of the stop at the tasting room. Loren will attend the annual conference as Winters’ delegate Oct. 16.

Traffic speed

Resident Tina Lowden spoke during public comments about fast traffic on Niemann Street. “It would be nice to get some police presence there,” Lowden said. “Again—fast traffic—too fast. We got a lot of kids.”

Lowden also raised concerns about how potential development in North Winters would affect traffic. “Our concern is also what’s going to happen with more homes in North Winters.”

Thanksgiving in September

City council members approved an amplified sound permit for the organizers of the Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner’s fund-raising event to be held Sept. 7. The event at the City Park will feature music, food trucks and beverages supplied by companies like Green River Brewing and Taproom, and proceeds will go towards funding the Thanksgiving Day event.

Foxglove flood victims file claims

Ten claims filed by eight residents or their agents against the city in regards to property damage caused by the Jan. 16 flood on Foxglove Circle were denied by council members and referred to Yolo County Public Agency Risk Management Authority (YCPARMIA). The claims, one of which estimates over $100,000 in damage, refer to damage caused by the overflow of a retention pond in the area and dealt with damage to residential properties, possessions and vehicles.

Public agencies in Yolo County partner with YCPARMIA, which functions like an insurance company. According to City Attorney Ethan Walsh, the city asserts developer Homes by Town is liable for the damages per an indemnification clause in its contract with the city.

City comes to collect

Winters citizens with delinquent utility bills had until 3 p.m. Tuesday to resolve their accounts ahead of the city council’s resolution to place allow for the placement of liens on properties associated with delinquent accounts.

General Plan sustainability update

A recent California state law, SB 379, gives local jurisdictions until January 2022 to incorporate consideration of climate goals into General Plans. Sarah Emerson, a CivicSpark fellow, gave council members a presentation on the Yolo Resilience Collaborative and associated “toolbox” to assist in the implementation of state policy mandates.

Airbnb ordinance comes before city council

City planning staff, Airbnb hosts and city council members held debated the Airbnb ordinance recommended for approval by the Planning Commission this June. Discussion covered the ordinance in general as well as specific points like the potential exclusion of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) from operation as short-term vacation rentals. The second public hearing for the ordinance, during which council members can choose to adopt a version of the ordinance into city municipal code, is slated for the Aug. 20. 

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