In an effort to provide opportunities for open dialogue, Vice-Mayor John Hill and Councilor Kim Herbstritt will hold several community informational meetings at various locations. The entire community is invited to attend the meetings to hear the presentations (where applicable), ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and/or discuss community issues/concerns.
Due to retirement systems restrictions, Winchester Fire and Rescue (WFRD) Interim Chief Frank Wright will step down from his post on Tuesday, May 7th. Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed Emergency Management Coordinator and former WFRD Assistant Chief Scott Kensinger to fill the Interim Chief position until the recruitment and hiring process for a permanent Chief is completed.
Old Town Winchester’s popular KidzFest returns Saturday, May 18th. This free, family-friendly event to be held on the Loudoun Street Mall from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, features over 50 exhibits highlighting education, art, music, sports and more. The festival is also a great opportunity to discover upcoming summer activities in the region.
The City’s Percy D. Miller Water Treatment Plant received the 2018 Virginia Optimization Program Gold Award for its high-quality drinking water treatment from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Drinking Water. This is the highest possible ranking in operations excellence for water utilities and is based on a 12-month analysis of data. This is the first time the plant has achieved the gold award (2012-2017: Silver Award).
The City’s 2019 Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 27 will honor the City’s 37 years as a Tree City USA with a tree planting at 11 am and the fourth annual Spring Greening stream cleanup at 1 pm. Local residents are encouraged to take part in both events.
The Arbor Day Celebration will be held at Frederick Douglass Park on Smithfield Avenue. A free lunch will be provided by Weed Control Inc. and kids can enjoy free face painting provided by Winchester Parks and Recreation.
The Old Town Winchester Farmers Market at the Taylor Pavilion off the Loudoun Street Mall will open for its fifth season on Saturday, May 11 offering local produce and products each Saturday from 9 am–1 pm through September 28.
On April 22, 2019 at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) was dispatched to a structure fire at 325 East Piccadilly Street. The first units arrived on scene at approximately 4:22 p.m. and observed fire and smoke coming from a second-story window facing the street.
Crews entered the home and extinguished the fire, which was located in a bedroom on the second floor. The fire was mostly contained to the room. Smoke alarms were present and working.
As of today, Winchester Parks and Recreation’s Dog Park in Jim Barnett Park is open and free to the public. To use the dog park in the past, owners were required to maintain an annual membership which provided a key for access. Now, the locks have been removed, and anyone can use the two dog park areas seven days a week, dawn to dusk. NOTE: The Dog Park is closed for routine maintenance every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-3 pm.
The two areas in the Dog Park consist of the following:
City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed Winchester Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Kensinger as the City’s new full-time Emergency Management (EM) Coordinator. Assistant Chief Kensinger is currently transitioning into this new role.
All dogs four months and older that are located in the city are required to wear a dog tag. Tags for each year go on sale April 1st and must be displayed on the dog by May 1st. The Treasurer’s Office has mailed dog license renewal applications to dog owners that are currently in the system (over 2,400 dogs). New residents must license their pets within 30 days of moving to the City of Winchester.