Express Recap: City Council (July 16, 2019)

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‘Express Recap’ is a new series designed to help connect citizens with their local government agencies by summarizing meetings. Check your print edition next Wednesday for continued in-depth coverage of city government. Upcoming workshop to address North Area Planning confusion.   FILE: A map outlining land that could be annexed the Winters city limit. Map: City of Winters/Handout Mayor Bill Biasi and City Manager John Donlevy announced a workshop will be held this August to address concerns and confusion over potential residential development in the North Planning Area. The controversial proposal by real estate developer Bellvue North would mean expanding Winters’ city limits and city planning area, and council members have said inaccurate information has spread around town—in part by this newspaper.  Citizen Albert Vallecillo thanked  Biasi for the planned workshop, but was also critical of the lack of public engagement thus far. “It’s happening, and it’s happening without the input of any citizens. The City has exchanged money with the developer in some form,” Vallecillo said. ‘Going’ concerns: two sewage-related items adopted.  A Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Winters and the Yolo County Housing Authority establishes terms for the use of municipal sewer services the county-provided El Rio Villa Housing blank Development. The MOU replaces one established in 2009, guaranteeing 36,000 gallons of waste to be processed by the city each day at the cost of a $67.02 monthly fee per unit. Residents of the 62-unit El Rio Villa Housing Development will be relieved to hear they can carry on with their business as usual. City staff were also authorized to solicit bids for completion of a previously scaled back improvement to the Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF) Influent Screen, which separates solid from liquid waste to allow for processing of municipal waste. Resurrected after receipt of a state grant, the planned mechanized screen will remove the need for manual operation. The project will cost an estimated $957,000, going to the lowest bidder rather than the current contractor by default. Claim against city denied. A citizen’s claim following a May traffic collision with a city employee was denied and will be referred to the Yolo County Public Agency Risk Management Insurance Authority (YCPARMIA), per recommendation by staff. According to the claimant, his vehicle was struck from behind by a city employee while he waited on a red light at the intersection of Grant Street and Railroad Ave, totaling $2885.63 in damages.  Neighborly Advice:   Council members heard a presentation on the Solano Economic Development Corporation’s successful efforts to revitalize the “Corridor” region and affirming hopes of a partnership with Winters. Burris said Bay-Area firms are relocating to Solano County, incentivized by lower cost of living and substantial agricultural, bio-tech and materials industries. Solano EDC inspired Winters’ own Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). The EDAC report will be brought to the city council next month. Three of Winters’ finest honored. Sgt. Jose Hermosillo appears in an undated photograph. Photo: Winters Police Department/Handout Winters Police Chief John Miller presented of letters of commendation to three Winters Police officers:n Officer Alan Pinette for the implementation of a Narcan program, Detective David Gonzalez for the successful prosecution of a serial child molester as a result of his investigation, and Sgt. Jose Hermosillo for his heroic response to a recent house fire. Winters via Solvang City Manager John Donlevy introduced the new Executive Director of the Winters Chamber of Commerce, Sue Moualim. Moualim, who was selected from a group of applicants and began a few weeks ago, previously worked in a similar capacity in the Danish-themed city of Solvang, a popular tourist destination in the Santa Ynez Valley. “The reception here has just been wonderful,” Moualim said. “It’s like I’ve known people here for years, but I’ve only know you guys for like a week.”]]>

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