In observance of the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, February 17, 2020, the City will follow the below schedule.
The City of Winchester and Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) is working with Emergency Services Consulting International, a consulting firm specializing in assisting local governments, to facilitate a strategic planning process for the City. This strategic plan will establish a vision for the future, a mission, and a set of organizational values for WFRD. The plan will also identify a set of priority goals and strategies, as well as indicators to measure progress toward each goal. By completing this survey, you are helping plan the future of the City.
The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) in partnership with USDA Forest Service, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia Department of Transportation, and USDA-APHIS will be deploying Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) members for rapid data collection of an invasive pest from February 10-14. The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive plant hopper that was found in Virginia in January of 2018.
Old Town Winchester will host the seventh annual Chocolate Escape on Saturday, February 8 from 2:00-5:00 pm. Romance and chocolate will fill the air as attendees stroll from restaurant to boutique, shopping and sampling throughout Old Town. There will be chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, chocolate beers and cocktails, chocolate coffee and tea, chocolate-themed activities, and chocolate treats for everyone to enjoy. For those who enjoy sweet and savory, there will be chocolate bacon truffles as well as chocolate mole chicken wings.
In an effort to keep the community informed, Vice-Mayor John Hill and Councilor Kim Herbstritt will hold eight community informational meetings on designated topics throughout the year. Meetings will be held at various locations from 10 am-noon (unless stated otherwise) with the first meeting scheduled for this Saturday, February 1.
All Winchester residents are invited to attend, ask questions and participate in the open discussions.
The Winchester Regional Airport Authority is proud to announce that STEM Flights, a Virginia-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has selected the Winchester Regional Airport as its headquarters and base of operation for their Cessna 172 aircraft.
Beginning this week through April 10, 2020 (weather permitting), VDOT’s contractor, The Traffic Group, Inc., will conduct traffic counts in several areas of the city. The traffic information to be collected by these counts is important for management of the road network and required reporting of traffic volume information to the federal government.
The City of Winchester Public Utilities division offers the below tips in preventing and dealing with frozen water pipes.
On January 16, 2020, City Manager Eden E. Freeman submitted her resignation to accept a position as Deputy City Manager for the City of Greenville, SC in order to be geographically closer to her aging parents. Her last day with the City of Winchester will be March 16, 2020 and she will begin her service at the City of Greenville, SC on March 23, 2020.
Mayor John David Smith, Jr. presented the first annual Mayor’s Excellence Award to two Winchester residents, Julia Kogut and Cheryl Reames, during the January 14, 2020 regular meeting of the Winchester Common Council.