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FY17 street repaving program expands due to cost savings

Apr 21, 2017

UPDATE (4/24/17): Repaving has been postponed due to weather.


Due to some cost savings realized during the FY17 street repaving program, several streets will get repaved sooner than expected.

The following streets will be repaved Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25 (weather permitting):

FY17 street repaving program continues next week

Apr 14, 2017

This week, crews resumed the City’s FY17 Street Repaving Program and completed Jefferson Street, Prince George Place, and Tennyson Avenue between Jefferson and Harper.  Repaving began on Handley Avenue between Miller and Bellview but was not completed. 

Next week, in addition to finishing the work on Handley Avenue, the following streets will be repaved:

FY17 Street Repaving Program Continues Today

Apr 10, 2017

The City’s FY17 street repaving program began in August 2016 but was delayed due to winter weather. Due to the warmer temperatures expected this week, crews will be repaving the remaining streets this week.

Beginning today, Monday, April 10 Prince George Place (cul-de-sac) and Tennyson Avenue between Jefferson Street and Harper Drive will be repaved. Beginning Tuesday, April 11, Jefferson Street will be repaved from Valley Avenue to the end. Once Jefferson Street is completed, Handley Avenue between Bellview and Miller will be repaved.

Public Input Open Houses Scheduled Concerning Police Chief Recruitment

Apr 06, 2017

The City will hold two public input open houses on April 18 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm to solicit feedback from residents and community partners concerning the next Winchester Police Chief.  City residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

The open houses will be held in Rouss City Hall’s fourth floor Exhibit Hall and will be led by representatives from Colin Baenziger and Associates (CB&A), the Florida firm helping with the nationwide recruitment effort. During the two public input sessions, the following will be discussed:

Annual hydrant flushing program begins Monday

Apr 06, 2017

Beginning Monday, April 10, and continuing through June, the City will be testing and flushing all of Winchester’s 1,200 fire hydrants as part of an annual maintenance program.  The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity and is necessary to maintain a high quality and reliable water system.  It also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.

Winchester Police Chief to Retire Effective April 30

Mar 13, 2017

Winchester Police Chief, Kevin Sanzenbacher, has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2017. The City will soon begin a national search and will hold public input meetings to solicit feedback about the characteristics the community wants in its next police chief.

Chief Sanzenbacher began his service with the City of Winchester in November 2008 after serving in various public safety leadership positions in Maryland with the last as Director of Investigative Programs in Montgomery County.  His salary is $118.123.20.

Change Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries Too

Mar 07, 2017

Winchester Fire and Rescue encourages the community to get into the habit of changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries during daylight savings time.  It’s a simple and worthwhile habit to start.  When you set your clocks forward one hour Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 am, remember to also change the batteries in these life saving devices.

Second Annual Old Town St. Paddy’s Celtic Fest

Mar 07, 2017

Celebrate the community’s Irish and Scottish heritage at the second annual St. Paddy’s Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 11 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.  This FREE festival will take place inside Old Town businesses and along the Loudoun Street Mall (weather permitting).

City appoints new Development Services Director

Feb 28, 2017

Following an extensive search resulting in 83 applications, Winchester City Manager, Eden Freeman, has selected Shawn Hershberger of Cumberland, Maryland as the City’s new Development Services Director. Shawn currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation.