Traffic and pedestrians main topics of conversation at September 2×2 meeting

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Yolo County supervisors, Winters City Council members and city officials met for a discussions of topics that concern both entities at September’s 2×2 meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12. Supervisor Don Saylor, Supervisor Duane Chamberlain, Mayor Pro Tempore Wade Cowan, Council Member Pierre Neu. City Manager John W. Donlevy Jr. and County Administrator Patrick Blacklock met to discuss future changes to the overpass at Highway 128 and pedestrian crossing along Grant Avenue.

The 2×2 meeting serves as a time when members of the city and county government can meet to discuss issues of mutual interest. They do not have any decision making powers, but this meeting serves as a way to share information.

Any changes to the Highway 128 overpass would involve a large amount of funding, but members of the committee expressed appreciation that it would involve so many different groups with which to work. Going forward with the project would involve not only the City of Winters and Yolo County, but also Caltrans and possibly Yolo County Housing.

Saylor brought up the topic of pedestrian crossing at Grant Avenue, which has caused some difficulty for the Winters Joint Unified School District. Winters’ representatives said that pedestrian crossing at 400 Morgan St. and Grant Avenue is also an important issue for the city. Saylor said that Caltrans has been very responsive to coming to Winters to observe the issues firsthand, and that this is often more effective than going to Caltrans’ Marysville office with a complaint. Saylor said that when he meets with Caltrans on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the issue of school crossing on Grant Avenue will be his first priority.

The committee took some time at the end of the meeting to plan their discussion items for the next 2×2. The county’s representatives requested that future meeting topics include Hay Kingdom and their management of fire prevention, evacuation routes in Winters, an underused Yolo County vaccination clinic and the sale of vaping and flavored tobacco products.

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