On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the City’s sidewalk repair program, approved by City Council on January 8, 2019 (R-2018-17), will begin in the City’s North End. The contractor will be grinding down uneven sidewalks to reduce trip hazards and the City’s staff will follow to apply colored asphalt to smooth broken or uneven sections. The city will be divided into sections, similar to the leaf collection process (map), with repairs beginning in Area 7.
Beginning Monday, April 1, 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.
The City has received several inquires about a rumor circulating that someone has contracted intestinal parasites from drinking the City’s water and that there have been 120 cases at the hospital. This claim is completely unfounded. The City’s drinking water is safe and the Winchester Medical Center has stated that they are unaware of any recent diagnosed cases of intestinal parasites. The City has a rigorous testing and treatment process with 24/7 monitoring that provides consistently safe drinking water.
The City of Winchester now offers semi-annual billing for vehicle personal property taxes. This is part of a multi-year transition from the City’s unique billing methods to standard calendar year billing. In this first phase, vehicles newly added to the tax rolls will follow this cycle, but citizens may also transition an existing vehicle by request.
Under the new process, the tax year corresponds to the calendar year (January to December) with semi-annual payments due April 05 and October 05. Taxpayers also have the option to pay the full bill at once.
The City of Winchester is now accepting vendor applications for the fifth season of the Old Town Farmers Market to be held on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm, May 11-September 28, 2019. The popular market, located at the Taylor Pavilion off the Loudoun Street Mall, draws 800-1,000 people each week and is comprised of local farms, artisans and others that offer items such as vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, soaps, handcrafted chocolates, and more. The market is always looking for new vendors and strives to offer a wide variety o
CUP-18-815: Request of Healthcare Development Partners for a Conditional Use Permit per Section 15-2-2 of the Winchester Zoning Ordinance for waivers from area, height, density, bulk, width, and landscaping regulations at 333 W. Cork Street zoned Health Services (HS) District.
As of March 1, 2019, the Winchester Parking Authority will convert the George Washington Autopark, located between North Cameron and North Kent Streets, to capacity parking. This means that certain parking spaces and floors will no longer be assigned to those who lease spaces. Daily users and tenants will be able to park anywhere in the garage and on any floor.
Celebrate the community’s Irish and Scottish heritage at the fourth annual Old Town St. Paddy’s Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 9 from noon-9:00 pm. As always, the festival is free and activities will take place inside Old Town Winchester businesses and along the Loudoun Street Mall (weather permitting).
UPDATED: All City of Winchester administrative offices, the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, the Joint Judicial Center (courts), WinTran public transit, the Visitor Center, and Old Town Welcome Center are closed today, February 20. Today’s cardboard collection is moved to Friday, February 22. For City of Winchester storm response information and updates, please visit www.winchesterva.gov/storm-information.
Please stay safe and off the roads, if possible, to allow snow plows to work efficiently.
At the February meeting of the Winchester Economic Development Authority (EDA) held today, the Winchester EDA voted unanimously to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for redevelopment of the corner of Cameron and Piccadilly Streets (former Winchester Towers site) with Lynx Ventures, LLC for a period of 60 days. The extension of the MOU serves to provide additional time for working through project details as well as negotiations with adjacent property owners.