In an effort to keep the community informed, Vice-Mayor John Hill will host quarterly community informational meetings on designated topics. This session will focus on development services in Winchester (economic development, planning, zoning, and inspections). All meetings are open to the public and will take place from 10 am-noon. Submit questions in advance or topic ideas for future meetings at www.winchesterva.gov/community-meetings.
The Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) will conduct a working smoke alarm canvass in the Linden Drive area of the city during the evening of May 29, 2018.
During its canvass, the WFRD will be hanging informational doorhangers, supplying and installing new batteries for existing smoke alarms, and providing new smoke alarms to residents who are in need of properly functioning equipment.
The Old Town Winchester Farmers Market will kick off the first ever Summer Midday Market on Thursday, June 7. In addition to the Saturday market this June, July and August, the midday market will be held in front of the 1840 Courthouse on the Loudoun Street Mall on Thursdays from 11 am-2 pm.
Over 350,000 Americans fall victim to cardiac arrest every year and administering CPR (even just hands-only CPR) can help keep these victims alive until paramedics arrive, drastically increasing their chances of recovery. The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) is dedicating the month of June to bringing CPR to where residents are with the goal of training as many people as possible. Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, so be prepared to help by learning the easy CPR technique of using only your hands.
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the City’s schedule for the week of May 28, 2018 is as follows:
Old Town Winchester’s popular KidzFest returns Saturday, May 19. 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 Old Town Winchester Farmers Market at the Taylor Pavilion will open for its fourth season on Saturday, May 12 and offer delicious local produce each Saturday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm through September 29. A dozen farms and vendors will offer a wide variety of items for sale including in-season vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and many other items (produce and items for sale vary each week with what is in season).
Under the City of Winchester’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, which is regulated by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the City is required to develop and maintain an accurate map and related information table of the City’s storm sewer system. This mapping will assist the City with managing the MS4 to provide both water quantity and quality protection for City waters. To assist us, we have engaged the services of an engineering and technology solutions firm, Timmons Group, to perform the State-mandated mapping of the City’s storm sewer structures.
For the 26th consecutive year, the City recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its FY18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This award is the “highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting,” stated GFOA in the City’s award letter.