The Local Government Paralegals Association (LGPA) of Virginia recently named Judy Combs, paralegal for the Winchester City Attorney’s Office, as the 2018 Paralegal of the Year during its annual conference.
The City's North Cameron Street drainage improvements project which will help remedy the significant flooding problems that occur on Cameron Street, north of Piccadilly Street, is currently in the design phase. The estimated total cost of the entire project, which would be completed in phases, is currently estimated to be $5-6 million. A part of the proposed solution will consist of constructing stormwater management ponds that will hold the water from large rain events and release it slowly while serving as public green space.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water, the City of Winchester’s drinking water meets all lead and copper regulations as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Forty different samples were collected at various locations throughout the City’s water distribution system and tested between June 6-8, 2018. To be compliant with the regulations, the Safe Drinking Water Act requires that 90% of the samples taken within the specified time frame (January 2016-December 2018) must be below the action level.
Following a successful implementation of the tourism industry and local knowledge training program in the spring, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be offering a second round of its popular Tourism Ambassador training program on Wednesday, October 3 from 2-4 pm at the Bright Box Theatre.
The City of Winchester's Tree Division has teamed up with Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) and Reading Landscapes, Inc. to create the Right-Tree-Right-Place Street Tree Canopy Program.This program is aimed at creating a safe, healthy, and attractive tree canopy through replacement of over-mature, declining trees in the public right of way that are in conflict with overhead electric lines.
The City of Winchester will begin its annual street repaving program on Monday, September 17 (weather permitting). The Fiscal Year 2019 program includes repaving on 25 different streets with an overall distance of approximately 10.17 lane miles (see list below and map attached). The streets selected for paving are based on an annual review of all streets in the city and criteria that includes the classification of the street, traffic volumes and the current physical condition.
UPDATE: Postponed until October 20 due to weather
Don't miss the City's Green Neighborhood Expo in Old Town Winchester on Saturday, September 15 from 11 am-3 pm. Stop by the Loudoun Street Mall in Old Town Winchester to learn about:
- Sustainability practices
- Energy, soil and water conservation
- Native plants to Winchester
- Tree care
- Much more
There will be educational displays, interactive demos and experts available to answer your questions about green living.
Stop by Bridgeforth Stadium in Jim Barnett Park on Tuesday, September 11 at 8:45 am to honor our local first responders and those that made the ultimate sacrifice during the 9/11 tragedy 17 years ago. May we never forget.
Apparatus that responded to the scene in 2001 will also be on display and Starbucks will be serving beverages onsite.
Free and open to the public.
The City's social media campaign created last year by the Communications Department to enhance public safety personnel recruitment won a City/County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) Silver award for best use of Facebook.
The successful campaign featured several photos of local officers and firefighter/paramedics and the reasons why their service makes a difference in the community or why they chose Winchester. Both campaigns resulted in more applications being received by qualified applicants which filled many vacancies for both new and hard-to-fill positions.
Data released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) reveals that all regions in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year, including Winchester-Frederick County.
Tourism was an important contributor to the local economy in 2017. Tourism revenue for the combined Winchester-Frederick County area reached $259.1 million, a 4.3 percent change over 2016. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 2,456 while local tourism-related taxes were $8.2 million.