Public Services Director Perry Eisenach informed Council of some upcoming changes to the City’s recycling program. In January 2019, the City was notified that its current recycling processor, Southern Scrap, Inc., would no longer be accepting glass and some plastics due to major changes in the global recycling markets. Since then, the City has been notified that the recycling processor will stop accepting all plastics and aluminum as of July 15. The processor also anticipates that they will stop accepting cardboard and paper by the end of 2019.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host its second-annual North End Summer Kickoff event at Frederick Douglass Park, 598 N. Kent Street, from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019.
“We’re excited to bring this block party back for a second year, and we hope to see even more residents attend this summer,” stated event organizer Lt. Amanda Behan. “We want our community members to come out and enjoy the good food, games, music, and overall ‘family reunion’ atmosphere of the event.”
On Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9-11 am, Winchester Parks and Recreation will host a Park Cleanup Day to remove trash and debris from areas in Jim Barnett Park. Registration for participants will begin at 8:30 am outside the Rec Center.
“Jim Barnett Park spans over 100 acres and is a beautiful resource for residents and visitors to our community,” stated Lynn Miller, Winchester Parks and Recreation Director. “Having a park cleanup day provides an opportunity for the local residents to have a direct investment in maintaining their park.”
In honor of Winchester native, WWI veteran and baseball legend Spottswood Poles, a historical marker will be unveiled and dedicated on Friday, June 14 at 6 pm. The location of the marker is in Jim Barnett Park near the baseball fields and central concession stand (to the left of Bridgeforth Field). Following the dedication, Spottswood will be honored during Spottswood Poles Night at the Winchester Royals baseball game (7 pm in Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park).
The Open Public Information Meeting and the below information on the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine is provided by Frederick County.
Open Public Information Meeting
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Public Safety Building
1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester, VA 26022
City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed William A. Garrett as the City’s new Fire and Rescue Chief. Mr. Garrett was selected following an extensive nation-wide search resulting in 57 applications from candidates spanning 20 states. Five finalists were selected who then participated in a rigorous interview process involving representatives of the community, local and regional fire and rescue professionals including representatives from the city’s four volunteer companies, management experts from other localities, and members of the City’s leadership team. Mr.
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the City’s schedule for the week of May 27, 2019 is as follows:
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.