May is the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month and the City’s Zoning and Inspections Department is celebrating and educating the community on the importance of building codes to maintain safe structures each week. the theme for week one (May 1-7) is “Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals.”
Due to Shenandoah Blossom Festival activities and road closures, the City offices will operate the following schedule.
City Administrative Offices – Closing early (noon) on Friday, May 5. To make a bill payment (personal property taxes, real estate taxes & utility bills), please visit the City's pay online web page, or place payments in the black box outside Rouss City Hall.
War Memorial Building – Closes early (3:00 pm) on Friday and will be closed all day on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.
The Winchester Police Department is warning residents not to fall for a scam that asks them to pay traffic fines with a credit card. The Department also wants to remind residents they do not issue tickets through email.
On April 26, 2017 at approximately 5:52 am, Winchester Police Department attempted to serve a warrant for a probation violation at a residence in the 900 block of Franklin Street. Shortly after entering the residence, officers discovered that the suspect had barricaded himself in a bedroom. Because he was believed to be armed and was threatening to harm himself and others, they quickly evacuated the home which included two other adults and one child.
Old Town Winchester’s popular KidzFest, presented by Valley Pediatric Dentistry, returns Saturday, May 20. 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 and sports.
KidzFest will also feature live entertainment including interactive music and activities for children of all ages on the lawn of The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (20 North Loudoun Street).
UPDATE (4/25/17): Repaving is now scheduled for April 26-27, weather permitting.
UPDATE (4/24/17): Repaving has been postponed due to weather.
Due to some cost savings realized during the FY17 street repaving program, several streets will get repaved sooner than expected.
The following streets will be repaved Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25 (weather permitting):
This week, crews resumed the City’s FY17 Street Repaving Program and completed Jefferson Street, Prince George Place, and Tennyson Avenue between Jefferson and Harper. Repaving began on Handley Avenue between Miller and Bellview but was not completed.
Next week, in addition to finishing the work on Handley Avenue, the following streets will be repaved:
The City’s FY17 street repaving program began in August 2016 but was delayed due to winter weather. Due to the warmer temperatures expected this week, crews will be repaving the remaining streets this week.
Beginning today, Monday, April 10 Prince George Place (cul-de-sac) and Tennyson Avenue between Jefferson Street and Harper Drive will be repaved. Beginning Tuesday, April 11, Jefferson Street will be repaved from Valley Avenue to the end. Once Jefferson Street is completed, Handley Avenue between Bellview and Miller will be repaved.
The City will hold two public input open houses on April 18 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm to solicit feedback from residents and community partners concerning the next Winchester Police Chief. City residents are invited and encouraged to attend.
The open houses will be held in Rouss City Hall’s fourth floor Exhibit Hall and will be led by representatives from Colin Baenziger and Associates (CB&A), the Florida firm helping with the nationwide recruitment effort. During the two public input sessions, the following will be discussed:
Beginning Monday, April 10, and continuing through June, the City 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 also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.