On March 11, 2022, the Winchester Police Department’s (WPD) held a luncheon to kick off the Department’s 200th anniversary. A brief program was held beforehand and included remarks from City of Winchester Mayor John David Smith, Winchester City Manager Dan Hoffman, and WPD Chief John R. Piper. In his statement to the audience of City of Winchester employees, volunteers, and police retirees, Chief Piper provided historical Department accomplishments, honored Sergeant Ricky Timbrook and Officer Hunter Edwards, and displayed appreciation for the professionalism of WPD staff.
Winchester city residents can access free athletic programs for their children through a special partnership between Winchester Parks and Recreation and Shenandoah University (SU). This agreement, which spans five years, waives the $50-$61 registration fee for city residents to play basketball, volleyball, flag football, and cheer during the 2021-2022 season.
The public is invited to participate in a brief online survey available through February 28, 2022. This study is being conducted by the Virginia Department of Transportation in partnership with the City of Winchester and the Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The next Comprehensive Plan Update open house and public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at a special meeting of City Council. The open house will be held from 5:30-6:30 pm in the lobby and Zuckerman Room of Rouss City Hall, and the public hearing will begin at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers. At the open house, community members can view exhibits and talk with staff to learn more about the updates prior to addressing Council at the public hearing.
In observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 21, 2022, the City of Winchester will operate the following schedule.
Old Town Winchester has released its official 2022 major events calendar. The schedule includes seven major events and two ongoing programs between February and December and marks the first full year of event programming since COVID-19 public health concerns caused widespread cancellations and a focus on smaller events. The full list of events can be found online at enjoyotw.com.
Area COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in February provided by the Lord Fairfax Health District and Dollar General Stores. Walk-ins are welcome. These clinics will offer first, second, additional primary and booster doses at no cost to the public.
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department’s (WFRD) Community Risk Reduction Division will begin offering in-home life safety assessments and group presentations this month. The team will follow the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults guide that seeks to solve two problems common for seniors – fires and falls.
The Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization (WinFred MPO) scheduled four public meeting options for residents to guide the greater Winchester area’s transportation future. Residents and stakeholders may attend any one of the four meetings, which will inform participants on a recent regional transportation effort to guide decision makers on future transportation projects. The meetings will be an open house format, where participants can drop in at any time between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
Notice to the Public: Proposed Adjustment to the Voting Ward Boundaries and Precincts
TO THE CITIZENS OF WINCHESTER:
Notice is hereby given that the Common Council of the City of Winchester will conduct a public hearing and receive public comment at the Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Regular Meeting, beginning at 6:00 pm, on the following: