In observance of the Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 11, 2021, the City will operate the below schedule.
Two City projects, currently approved in the five-year Capital Improvement Plan, are ready for public input prior to further Council discussion. Initial public feedback is currently being accepted via online surveys and Public Services staff are available to meet with anyone who’d like a more in-depth conversation about the projects prior to providing their feedback (Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons). Click here to request a meeting. Deadline to provide feedback is November 19, 2021.
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) - the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years - to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM. This year’s campaign, which runs October 3-9, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Now that the roll-off cart distribution has been completed city-wide, we encourage our customers to reuse their old cans for other purposes (i.e., yard waste or recycling collection, make a rain barrel or composting bin, etc.). However, if they prefer to get rid of their old cans or want to donate them, we are offering two curbside disposal options on the following designated days.
Source: VA Department of Health Press Release (9/17/21)
Innovative drone technology will be tested in various areas of the city during the week of 9/20/21 to determine if the technology could be of use here. The City of Winchester is participating in an Innovative Municipalities initiative to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of using drones for certain services.
On September 9, 2021, the Winchester Police Department’s podcast, DEFROST: Winchester’s True Crime with Behan & Smith, received an Award of Excellence at the 2021 City-County Communications and Marketing Association Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri.
“When this project began, there was an immediate emotional connection to telling this true crime story. The attention the podcast has received is humbling, and I am so grateful for this award our team has received,” stated Deputy Chief Amanda Behan, who extensively researched for, wrote, and hosted the podcast.
As a part of the ongoing Hope Drive Extension Project, a portion of Tevis Street (Bradford Court Apartments to the access road behind Panera Bread from Papermill Road) will close to through traffic beginning Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Since Tevis Street will become a cul-de-sac just east of the apartments, this closure will be permanent.
The City’s vendor, Rehrig Pacific Company, will begin delivering roll-off trash carts to all remaining customers on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and expect to be finished within three weeks (weather permitting). The new carts are being provided at no up-front costs to customers and will be maintained by the City.
The City of Winchester is actively monitoring its drinking water in response to the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) on the North Fork Shenandoah River where the City obtains its water supply. On August 27, City officials received test results from an outside laboratory that showed there are no cyanotoxins in the City’s drinking water at this time and the water remains completely safe to drink and use for all purposes. These results are consistent with results from the past three weeks of testing, which also indicated no cyanotoxins were present in the drinking water.