Volume 3, Issue 23
                November 17, 2010

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Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, November 16
8:00 am
Economic Development Auth.
City Hall, Council Chambers
 
3:00 pm
Planning Commission
City Hall, Council Chambers
 
Wednesday, November 17
4:00 pm
Tree Commission
City Yards, 231 East Cork Street
 
Thursday, November 18
8:00 am
Community Development Committee
OHND, 107-C N. East Lane
 
8:00 am
Tourism Board
CVB, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd
 
4:00 pm
Board of Architectural Review
City Hall, Council Chambers
 
5:30 pm
Natural Resources Advisory Bd
City Yards, 231 East Cork Street
 
Monday, November 22
6:30 pm
Parks & Recreation Board
Jim Barnett Park, War Memorial Bldg.
 
Tuesday, November 23
5:30 pm
City Council Work Session
City Hall, Council Chambers
 
Thursday, November 25
City Offices CLOSED
 
Friday, November 26
City Offices CLOSED
 
Tuesday, November 30
4:00 pm
Social Services Advisory Bd
DSS, 24 Baker Street
 
*North End Citizens and South End Citizens Associations are private organizations whose meetings are open to the public and are listed as a convenience to the public. Their listings are in no way an endorsement by the City of Winchester of the specific activities of the organizations.

Upcoming Events 

Magic Lantern Theater presents "The Secret in Their Eyes" (Rated R)
Wednesday, November 17
7:00 pm
Saturday, November 20
2:00 pm
Handley Library Auditorium
This 2010 Argentine thriller drama was this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. In Spanish w/English s/t.  Contact 678-0963. magiclanterntheater.org
 
14th Annual Shenandoah Potter's Guild
November 27-28
Jim Barnett Park, War Memorial Bldg.
10:00 am-4:00 pm
2 day holiday pottery sale  
 
 
Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony & Outdoor Holiday Movie Showing
Monday, November 29
Movie: 5:30 pm
Parade: 6:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony: immediately following the parade
Movie: immediately following the tree lighting ceremony
Old Town Winchester
Celebrate the fun and excitement of the holiday season in Old Town.  Enjoy an outdoor showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" before and after the parade on the Civil War Museum lawn. Bring a chair or a blanket.  All these Christmas events are FREE and open to the public.
 
Winter Workshop (Ages 4-12)
Friday, December 3
(register by 11/24)
6:30-10:00 pm
Jim Barnett Park, War Memorial Bldg.
Need some extra time to complete your holiday shopping without the kids?  Bring them to the Winchester Parks & Recreation's Winter Workshop so they can make gifts for friends and family members while you run errands. $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child.  Next Winter Workshop date is 12/17 (register by 12/10). Call 662-4946 to register.
 
Victorian Candlelight Ball
Saturday, December 11
6:00-10:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
116 S. Loudoun Street
This FREE family-friendly event gives everyone the chance to dance and be merry!  This will be a "teaching ball" and no dance experience is needed.  Members of the Victorian Dance Ensemble will demonstrate and teach many traditional Victorian dances to the magical sounds of the Susquehanna Travellers.  Period, casual or formal attire.  There will also be caroling, holiday treats and plenty of dancing.  Sponsored by the George Washington Hotel, Village Square Restaurant, Union Jack Pub and Piccadilly Public House.  Call WPRD at 662-4946 for more details. 

Announcements

1. 2nd Half 2010 Real Estate Bills and 2010 Business Personal Property/Furniture Fixtures and Machinery and Tools bills are due December 6th. Postmark of December 6th will be considered timely.

You may pay in person, by check or on-line:
 
  

Helpful Links

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Next CitE-News Issue

Wednesday, December 1
 

Holiday Schedule for City Offices, Transit and Refuse and Recycling  

1. The City of Winchester local government offices will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.  Offices will reopen Monday, November 29 at regular business hours (8:00 am).
 
2. The Winchester Transit system will not be running on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. The regular schedule will resume on Saturday, November 27.

3. The City’s Refuse and Recycling schedule for the week of November 22 is as follows:
- Thursday’s refuse collection is rescheduled for Wednesday, November 24.
- Citywide Yard Waste Collection is cancelled on Wednesday, November 24.
- Friday’s (November 26) refuse collection will take place on the normal schedule.
4. All street parking in downtown Winchester is FREE Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28.  Parking in the autoparks will also be FREE courtesy of the Old Town Winchester Business Association.
 
5. Winchester Parks and Recreation Department has the following holiday hours:
Thursday, November 25
Active Living and Recreation Center: 8:00 am-Noon
Indoor Pool General Swim: 8:00 am-11:30 am
Friday, November 26
Active Living and Recreation Center: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Indoor Pool General Swim: 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Saturday, November 27
Normal schedule resumes

6. Don't forget the Old Town Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Holiday Movie and on the Mall (see events listing on the right) on Monday, November 29.


Scheduled Overnight Work on Water System  

The City of Winchester’s Public Utilities Department is planning a temporary 6-hour shutdown of the Percy D. Miller water treatment facility beginning at 11:00 pm on Wednesday November 17, 2010.
 
This shutdown is necessary for the contractor to make a new connection to the existing 30” water transmission main at the treatment plant. The connection is part of the water treatment plant upgrade that is currently underway and expected to be complete in the spring of 2012. Some customers will experience lower than normal water pressures during the overnight hours. The work should be completed and water pressures back to normal by Thursday morning. If you have any questions, please contact Public Utilities at 540-869-1699.

Two Winchester Projects Receive Awards

Two projects from Old Town Winchester were honored by the VDDA in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

The Downtown Winchester Renaissance and Improvements Project was honored in the Commercial Revitalization Plans and Streetscapes category.  The project saw the following work completed downtown over the course of 18 months:  replacing water utility infrastructure; installing brick sidewalks, decorative streetlights, meter posts and crosswalks; converting Cameron and Braddock Streets to two-way traffic; the construction of the George Washington Autopark; the installation of wayfinding signage and artscape banners; the relocation of the Winchester Department of Social Services to the Our Health Campus; revisions to the city’s Zoning Ordinance to streamline and facilitate the development of upper-floor apartments in buildings; and installing shade trees downtown and in new medians along Cameron Street.

The Lovett Building Project (163-165 N. Loudoun St.) was nominated by the Old Town Development Board and honored in the Building Development and Improvements category.  The project included the development of five upscale apartments on the building’s upper floors and 1,630 square feet of retail space on the first floor, now occupied by Espresso Bar & Café.

Karen Helm, Executive Director of the Old Town Development Board, was quoted in the November 8 issue of the Winchester Star saying, “…as we’re pulling out of the recession now, our city looks ready to do business.”


Elderly Tax Relief Changes 

Below are a few changes to the existing elderly tax relief procedures as approved by City Council:

- In determining qualification for tax relief, the City will consider the income of all true contributing members of the household, in accordance with State Code. This closes a loophole whereby we were considering only the income of the applicant and relatives of the household. Now we will also consider the income of non-relatives living in the dwelling, with the exception of bona fide tenants or caregivers. This helps us to level the playing field for qualification and offer assistance to those who truly need it.

- The deadline for filing remains April 1, but the City may accept, up until April 15, late filings due to illness or hardship, provided that the applicant provides a sworn affidavit from a licensed medical doctor or other documentation deemed satisfactory by the Commissioner of the Revenue.

- Applicants who are filing for the first time because they have purchased a residence in the City may apply for tax relief at the time of purchase.

If you have any questions about the above changes or the elderly tax relief opportunity, please contact the City's Commissioner of the Revenue's office at 667-1815.


New Winter Hours for Jim Barnett Park Facilities  

DOG PARK (Now - March 31, 2011)

Monday-Friday       6:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday                 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday                   Noon-5:00 pm
 
Note: The only entrance to the dog park during the winter months is through the gates near the Kiwanis II shelter.  This gate at will lock at 5:00 pm.
 
NEW DOG PARK MEMBERSHIPS

If you are not a member of Jim Barnett Park's Dog Park yet, new memberships for the 2011 calendar year will be available starting January 1, 2011. Proof of registration and vaccination is required when purchasing a membership.  Maximum of three dogs per membership.
Yearly Fee (First Dog): $18 R    $24 NR
Yearly Fee Per Additional Dog:  $6 R   $8 NR

INDOOR POOL  (Now through February 28, 2011)
 
Adult Lap Swim (18+)   
M,W,F      7:15-8:45 am
Tu,Th       6:30-8:45 am
M-F          10:30 am-Noon
M,W          6:00-7:00 pm
 
Open Lap Swim**        
 Sa           5:00-6:00 pm
Su            1:00-2:00 pm
 
General Swim*          
M-F          Noon-1:00 pm
Tu,Th       7:00-7:45 pm
Sa*          1:00-5:00 pm
Su            2:00-4:00 pm
 
Senior/Therapuetic (A quiet time for people 55+ or those who could use the pool for therapy.)
M-F          1:00-2:00 pm
 
*Lap space available but not guaranteed during this time for adults 18+.
*Lap lanes reserved for private swim lessons.   
**Three lanes available.
 
Sign up for the Winchester Parks & Recreation's monthly electronic newsletter, ActivitE-News, for important park information, coupons and access to the Activities Guide before the booklet is distributed each season.  Visit www.winchesterva.gov/parks to subscribe (it's free)!

City of Winchester Continues to be Green Government Certified

In May 2008, the City of Winchester accepted the Virginia Municipal League’s “Go Green Challenge” and began efforts to reduce the City’s carbon footprint and overall environmental impact in order to create a more sustainable and responsible community.
 
This year marks the third consecutive year the City of Winchester was certified as a Green Government.  The City’s green efforts over the years have included re-using natural materials, energy efficient changes to buildings throughout the City, low-maintenance street medians, the creation by City Council of the Natural Resources Advisory Board, just to name a few. 

Did you know that leaves and yard waste collected throughout the year are composted by the City?  It’s true and you can learn more about the City’s green initiatives by visiting www.winchesterva.gov/gogreen.


Mailboxes for Letters to Santa Coming Soon  

Jim Barnett Park will be transformed into Santa's post office later this month. 
 
Santa has asked the Park to set out several of his mailboxes so local children can send him the letters he loves so much.  Be sure to include a return address so Santa can send your child a handwritten note in response. 
 
Dates mailboxes will be available:
11/28-12/10
 
Mailbox Locations:
1. War Memorial Building, Jim Barnett Park, Winchester
2. City Hall, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester
3. Winchester-Frederick County Visitor's Center
4. Santa's Headquarters, Old Town Mall (see below)
5. Full Frame Photography on the Old Town Mall

Other opportunities to get photos with Santa or to give him a letter:

1. Santa's Headquarters
Friday, December 3
5:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, December 4
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Godfrey Miller Center, 28 South Loudoun Street
 
2. Cookies with Santa
Wednesday, December 8 (register by 12/1)
6:30 pm
Jim Barnett Park, Activie Living & Recreation Center
Call 662-4946 to register.  Only $5 per child.