The City of Winchester is committed to preserving the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve in its natural form and Winchester Parks and Recreation (WPRD) staff maintain the Preserve according to the City’s Preservation Management Plan. Wetlands are natural areas that need to be maintained so that the rare plants which live in the marsh are not destroyed by trees that can overrun and shade out the marsh creating a swamp. In order to retain the marsh and the rare plants which call the area home, it is necessary to have an active management program.
The Winchester Police Department will host an active shooter preparedness presentation, titled Active Shooter: How Do I Respond, at Shenandoah University on April 25, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Stimpson Auditorium of Halpin-Harrison Hall, located at 600 Millwood Avenue in Winchester.
The Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WFCCVB) has launched their new Tourism Ambassador program and is now accepting applications. This program was created to educate and engage local employees, businesses and attractions so that they can answer questions about the area and stay involved in the area’s healthy and growing tourism industry. This complimentary program will cover tourism information, a highlight of local and regional tourism assets, and front-line strategies on how to engage tourists and answer the question: "what is there to do around here?"
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is hosting a public input session on Monday, April 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm to solicit public feedback on potential boundary amendments to the Winchester Enterprise Zone. The input session will be held in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers located at 15 N. Cameron Street. City staff will be taking recommendations for possible property additions to the program and will be considering which properties to delete from the program.
The City of Winchester has experienced an increase in concerns from the community over individuals panhandling in the city. Panhandling isn’t illegal; however, the City encourages residents and businesses to not give money directly to panhandlers.
Beginning Monday, March 26, and continuing through October (weather permitting), the City’s Utilities Division 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 is also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.
Due to inclement weather, the following are closed/canceled today:
- All City of Winchester local government administrative offices
- Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center
- WinTran (public transit buses will not be running)
- All refuse, recycling and yard waste collection services
- Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Due to inclement weather, the City will close the following facilities and services early today, Tuesday, March 20:
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will demonstrate residential unit fire safety at Shenandoah University on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The demonstration will take place behind the Armory Building, located at 608 Millwood Avenue.
The Winchester Commissioner of the Revenue and Treasurer will hold public input sessions regarding potential options for billing vehicular personal property tax (“car tax”) on the following dates: