Nearly 200 trees in the City of Winchester were severely damaged or destroyed during the June 29, 2012 storm. Many of these trees were mature, stately trees located along City streets and in our parks. To replace the lost trees, the City of Winchester is embarking on a new tree planting initiative and is seeking community partners to help with this endeavor. Beginning November 1, 2012, the City will partner with the Winchester Parks Foundation to begin a Plant a Tree, Watch it Grow tree planting campaign.
The City of Winchester will begin the annual program of testing and flushing all of the 1,200 fire hydrants within the City on Friday, March 1, and will continue with this effort through the summer. Customers may notice some discolored water as a result of this program, but no customers will be without water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and minerals that build up in the water mains and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have flushed the hydrants in your neighborhood, please clear the pipes in your
November is National Adoption Awareness Month in the Commonwealth. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. In Virginia, there are 6,086 children in foster care and 1,325 are awaiting adoption. While most children who enter the foster care system are successfully reunited with family, some are waiting for a permanent family through adoption. In Winchester there are currently 32 children in foster care with 2 waiting for a “forever family” through adoption.
The City of Winchester Public Works Department announces a special meeting of the Tree Commission to discuss tree planting species. The meeting will begin in front of the Handley Regional Library, 100 W. Piccadilly Street at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009 and will progress through the downtown two-way project zone. For more information, contact City Arborist at 667-1815, ext. 1489.
The City of Winchester Zoning & Inspections Department recently added a fence regulations document to the City's website in an effort to assist citizens in deciding where to locate fences on their properties. There have been no changes to fence regulations within the Zoning Ordinance.
The City of Winchester Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the promotion of six (6) new Sergeants. These new Sergeants will be shift supervisors in our four fire and rescue stations. These six Sergeants were promoted from within the department and have a combined total of over sixty years of experience for the department. These six Sergeant positions represent the final stage of a department restructuring that was encouraged by volunteer and career leadership as well as City Administration and City Council.
The City of Winchester invites City-wide attendance at Arbor Day activities at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010 on or near the lawn of City Hall 15 N. Cameron Street.