City Council May 4 meeting preview

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The Winters City Council on May 4 will consider establishing two funds with the Yolo Community Foundation — the City of Winters Senior Center Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Fund and The City of Winters Senior Center Operations Fund.

The council will also consider several resolutions. One resolution initiates the proceedings for the annual levy and collection within the Winters Maintenance District; the approximately $215,000 gained each year is used to maintain the city’s parks, landscape areas and electricity for street lighting. 

Another resolution declares weeds and rubbish on certain lots a public nuisance and issues a request for proposals for weed abatement services. And a third resolution would allow the city manager to execute a reimbursement agreement for costs associated with edible food recovery.

The council will also hear the city’s March 2021 investment and treasurer reports.

Senior Center funds

The city was notified in the summer last year that it had been awarded a grant for the construction of the Winters Senior Center, according to the agenda documents. The grant, however, only funds the construction and does not fund the furnishings for the center. Consequently, the city council established the Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures Committee last fall. The committee received info from the Yolo Community Foundation to establish two separate funds for senior center donations, according to the staff report. 

The benefits of establishing the two funds include additional publicity for the fundraising effort, investment revenue, the ability to accept donations of items other than cash — such as mutual funds, real estate, donations via wills and marketable securities — and that the Yolo Community Foundation will manage the administrative tasks for the committee, relieving city staff of that work, according to the agenda documents. 

The committee has a fundraising goal of $750,000; the city has currently received $10,850 in donations for the fixtures fund and no donations for the operations fund. Donations can be made to help fund the outfitting of the building or the operations of the senior center, which includes costs for utilities, staffing and any repairs or maintenance needed. If donations aren’t specified, they go into the fixtures fund, according to the staff report.   

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