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2022 hydrant flushing program begins April 4

Mar 23, 2022

Beginning Monday, April 4, 2022, and continuing through October (weather permitting), the City’s Utilities Division will be testing and flushing all of Winchester’s 1,300 fire hydrants as part of an annual maintenance program. The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity and is necessary to maintain a high quality and reliable water system. It is also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.

Winchester Police Department celebrates 200th anniversary

Mar 11, 2022

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.

Parks and Rec offers FREE athletic programs for city youth

Mar 01, 2022

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.

Council to hold special public hearing and open house for Comp Plan Update

Feb 11, 2022

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for February

Feb 02, 2022

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.

Winchester Fire and Rescue Department offering in-home life safety assessments, group presentations

Jan 24, 2022

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.  

Public Meetings Allow Residents to Guide the Region’s Transportation Investments

Jan 24, 2022

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.

Public comments sought for proposed voting ward boundary adjustments

Jan 13, 2022

Notice to the Public: Proposed Adjustment to the Voting Ward Boundaries and Precincts

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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: