Benefits Appreciation Month (February) continues and today we are highlighting Liesl of the Winchester Department of Social Services. Customer service is a top priority, and Liesl fills a newly-created role that processes expedited SNAP and Medicaid applications the same day. Liesl said: “The process of applying for benefits can be stressful. I want our clients to know that I understand this and want to make their experience as pleasant as possible. A smile and a few kind words show people you care and can change their day. I'm lucky to be a part of that.” ... See MoreSee Less
Today, the Winchester EDA authorized a purchase and sale contract for the 0.36 acre lot on the corner of N. Cameron and Piccadilly Streets (former Winchester Towers site) to Lynx Acquisitions, LLC. Lynx is hoping to redevelop several parcels in this area for a transformative project...but please be patient as these large projects take many years to complete. However, this sale is a positive step forward. ... See MoreSee Less
Winchester will more than recoup the $ over the long haul through increased tax revenue. This was a very smart decision by Winchester City. People need to look at the big picture.
Thanks for the update, just a few questions though
Exactly how much tax revenue was spent on this effort?
1. To buy the property from the previous owner?
2. To tear down and clean out the property?
3. Where does the EDA get the $800k spent to buy the property from the city?
4. How much did Lynx pay?
Nice transaction! Buy for $1M+ sell for $325,000 plus give a$3M tax break. Hershberger needs to be working the back of a trash truck!
Please be community futsal courts 😂
Is this the Winchester Towers site that the city took an $858k net loss on the transaction?
Finally something done with the lot, looks awful sitting there alone. Hopefully they’ll do something good with it and not let it sit there empty like the city did
Has the city put any guide lines or thought into these apts turning into just another towers? If so, what are those measures?
Wouldn't parking be a problem?
Do the taxpaying citizens of Winchester, VA ever get a say, and if they do get a say, does it ever really matter?
The City Manager's Week In Review report for week ending February 14, 2020 is available online: winchesterva.gov/week-review. Check it out for an overview of department accomplishments and services over the previous week. ... See MoreSee Less
George Washington may have been the first, but he certainly wasn't the last. Do you know how many U.S. presidents have been in Winchester and which ones? Enjoy your Presidents Day holiday with a quick bit of history. 🇺🇸Listen to the latest Winchester 101 with Tim Y the History Guy! www.winchesterva.gov/rouss-review... See MoreSee Less
¡Bienvenidos! Did you know that the Winchester Department of Social Services has bilingual Benefits staff? They do - and the team has grown! February is Benefits Appreciation Month. Today we honor our dedicated bilingual staff who help meet the needs of Winchester’s Spanish-speaking community, and always with a smile on their faces. 😄 ... See MoreSee Less
I’ve always thought there should be an exit where Chuck E. Cheese is to help alleviate traffic. A lot of people go to that Walmart 🤷🏻♀️
My understanding is that VDOT will not build a new exit because it would be too close to existing exits. But I agree, that would help a lot.
I can tell you what they will do. Those 6 green dots that dont have signals yet? Yeah.. get ready, because I bet you at least 2 of them get new signals. And they will not be synchronized. More traffic signals are always the answer. 🙄
Right turns at a minimum at all lighted intersections-decent ones so the whole lane does not have to stop when several cars need to turn.
Cork St intersection-PV right lane needs to be right turn only going towards the park and out to the County.
Some of those 6 green dots are not needed, there are so many other ways to get into those stores that the roads don't need to exist to get on pleasant valley
Add an exit for 81!
81 needs another exit, coming off the rt50 exit (twds PV) gets ya caught in lights for 30 minutes. The lights there arent quick enough. They leave you stranded on the exit ramp bc you cant make a right on red, then the light is only green for 20 seconds and you have to wait another 10 minutes for it to change.
The route 50 exit needs to be addressed more than Tevis and pleasant valley.
Better north/south traffic options would alleviate a lot of traffic off this road. Finish the 37 loop on the east side and add some more options and I feel traffic in this area would be greatly improved.
Adding an exit off of 81 to the southern Pleasant Valley shopping area (Target, Michaels, Home Depot) I feel would really do a lot. Shopping traffic coming in on Rt 7 would be able to bypass Pleasant Valley entirely (including the jumble that is the Jubal Early intersections). This would even provide a more convenient "back way" into the mall, so the traffic coming in on the Jubal Early exit would largely be reduced. The Tevis extension and 81 overpass are already going into place to make this doable. Reducing the overall traffic on Pleasant Valley will increase safety and make Winchester a nicer place in which to live and travel.
HEY EVERONE!! Instead of griping here, follow the link and TAKE THE SURVEY. That's what this whole OP is about.
Patsy Cline Blvd at Chick-Fil-A should be made right turn only. Many options that lead to a stop light. There are always cars trying to left there and it is not a safe spot to do so unless there is zero traffic.
I'm so glad to hear this. Evening traffic backs up crazy starting shortly after the park entrance all the way to National Ave. I'd really like to see the project extended to the National Ave, Barryville Pike area!
Based on experience it's going to temporarily reduce traffic until the volume catches up
Sounds like a roundabout study....
Wouldn’t be bad if EVERYONE went the speed limit, it’s 35 mph from Tevis way until mill wood ave which turns into a 40, but EVERYONE wants to do 30 below
❗️Holiday Closures: City offices, WinTran, the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, the Joint Judicial Center (courts) and the Old Town Welcome Center will be closed on Monday, 2/17 in observance of Presidents Day. ♻️ Monday's recycling collection is moved to Wednesday, 2/19. ♻️ (Note: This and several other holiday closures were not included in our 2020 information calendar due to the timing of Council's approval of the new schedule vs printing deadlines). ... See MoreSee Less
It's official! New neighborhood park named Ruth Jackson Memorial Park in honor of beloved owner of Ruth's Tea Room, Ruth E.P. Jackson.At last night's meeting (2/11/2020), City Council approved a resolution naming the new neighborhood park on the corner of S. Kent and E. Cecil Streets Ruth Jackson Memorial Park as recommended by the Parks Advisory Board. Ruth E.P. Jackson was the original owner of Ruth's Tea Room which was located on the site from 1925-2005. Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions!! Ruth's story: www.winchesterva.gov/new-neighborhood-park-named-honor-local-business-owner... See MoreSee Less
Today is Charles Broadway Rouss Day in the city. Each year, we honor one of Winchester's great historic figures and generous benefactors on his birthday, February 11! Happy birthday Charley! 🎂 Learn more about C.B. Rouss and all he did for Winchester in the late 1800s at www.winchesterva.gov/rouss. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s interesting that the actual public comments were taken out of this video. Many comments from the public brought to light, not only the fact that the WFRD is grossly understaffed, but also the fact that the city manager had specific misleading questions placed on the survey. This was according to the ESCI folks who, when asked why the questions were worded in this manner stated that the “client” specifically asked to have the questions placed on the survey with the specific wording. When asked who the “client” was they stated simply, “the city manager”.
ESCI also stated that the national standard of the minimum number of Firefighters required to effectively put out a single family home, house fire is 18 certified firefighters. The City of Winchester regularly has only 12 firefighters in the entire city. Not even enough to meet this national standard for one call for help. God forbid the city ever gets more than one fire at the same time. And at least 6 of those firefighters are on the ambulances, that last year ran 4,707 EMS calls. So in order to even get 4 firefighters on the scene of a house fire (which is what is required nationally for firefighters to go inside to put the fire out) all 4 fire trucks in the city (there are only 4 trucks that are in service each day) have to be on scene. This is absolutely outrageous! Lives are at risk!
We're hiring Family Services Specialists for the Winchester Department of Social Services. It's more than a job and our team is more than just social workers. They protect, care for and help local children in need. They are ready at a moment's notice to serve our families when they need it most. The team is devoted to their clients, our community and each other. Join our team of everyday heroes and help make a difference 🦸♀️🦸♂️: agency.governmentjobs.com/winchesterva/default.cfm... See MoreSee Less
The VA Department of Forestry has deployed an Urban Forest Strike Team to collect area data of the invasive spotted lanterfly (SLF) between February 10-14. The Team will identify and mark tree-of-heaven throughout the SLF infested area (62 square miles primarily in eastern Frederick County, and parts of the City of Winchester and Clarke County). Team members will wear high-visibility vests and use handheld electronic tablets to conduct assessments of trees within the infested area. www.winchesterva.gov/virginia-department-forestry-deploys-urban-forest-strike-team-combat-invasiv...... See MoreSee Less
Refuse and Recycling Manager, Michael Neese, aka Michael Recycle of the City of Winchester Service League, was featured in a Virginia Recycling Association article as a VRA Member Spotlight. Check it out...whether at work or in superhero action, Michael is always thinking green! ♻️💚 ... See MoreSee Less
In honor of Benefits Appreciation Month this February, we honor two new members of the Winchester Department of Social Services' Benefits team, Sunshine and Jen. The WDSS Benefits team administers the various state and federal programs that assist local residents in need and help them work towards self-sufficiency. ⭐️ We are grateful to Sunshine and Jen and all our Benefit Workers for all they do every day to serve our great community. ⭐️ ... See MoreSee Less
Register now for the Winchester Police Department's one-day TEEN Citizen Academy to see what it takes to be a police officer and get an inside look at the Department. Academy will be held on March 7 from 8-5 pm. 👇See below for more info.Ever wonder what it's like to be a police officer? You have the opportunity to take an inside look at the Winchester Police Department during its Teen Academy! Sign up now with the easy online form. www.winchesterva.gov/teen-citizen-academy
The February 11, 2020 Council meeting agendas have been added to our online portal: winchesterva.civicweb.net/Portal/. Council will hold a Special Meeting at 4:30 pm with the regular meeting and work session at 6 pm or immediately following (City Hall Council Chambers). Watch live on the portal or on Comcast cable channel 6. Open to the public. ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome to our Agenda and Minutes Portal. This portal provides easy access to meeting agendas, minutes, videos and more for City Council and the Planning Commission. More City boards will be added soo...
📢 Today's issue of CitE-News is now available online: winchesterva.gov/enews/archives. Check it out and stay informed about City of Winchester news, events and more. You can also subscribe to have CitE-News delivered to your inbox every Wednesday at the above link. ... See MoreSee Less
Updated: The VA Employment Commission will host a JOB FAIR for 2020 Census Interviewer positions on Monday, February 24 from 9 am-1 pm at 419 N. Cameron St. (2nd floor). NOTE: There are requirements to complete prior to the event. Visit www.vawc.virginia.gov and search for job #1781271. ... See MoreSee Less
Winchester Fire and Rescue Department February is Heart Month! The Winchester Fire & Rescue Department achieved a 38.10% resuscitation rate in 2019, nearly ten percent higher than the national average last reported in 2016. CPR saves lives! Learn how to do hands-only CPR in under a minute.
Popular songs to time your Hands-Only CPR to (to achieve the 120-BPM compression rate) include "Staying Alive" and "Baby Shark." ... See MoreSee Less
Check out today's issue of CitE-News for current news, events and more:http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=230480&f=10474&s=11884&m=841593&t=168638b44e426983819123a71a359c3cbbe6922207e5d4515fb38346992e5ab2 ... See MoreSee Less
Winchester Police Department's first True Crime Podcast, "Defrost," will premiere on March 11. Listen to the hosts discuss what to expect!
Winchester Police Department DEFROST: Winchester's True Crime with Behan & Smith will premiere March 11. Hear what to expect from the podcast's hosts, Winchester Police Lieutenant Amanda Behan and Detective Craig Smith! ... See MoreSee Less
Beginning this week through April 10, 2020 (weather permitting), VDOT’s contractor 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. More info and list of streets: www.winchesterva.gov/vdot-conduct-traffic-counts-city... See MoreSee Less
Agendas for City Council's regular meeting and work session on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 are now available online: winchesterva.civicweb.net/Portal/. Open to the public or watch live online (at above link) or on Comcast cable channel 6. ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome to our Agenda and Minutes Portal. This portal provides easy access to meeting agendas, minutes, videos and more for City Council and the Planning Commission. More City boards will be added soo...
TRAFFIC REMINDER FOR #I81 – Brief closures (30 min or less) overnight on Monday, 1/27 and Wednesday, 1/29 nights. Traffic stoppages allow placement of bridge beams near MM312 in Frederick County. The county has details on the project here: bit.ly/30SkzDr. ... See MoreSee Less
The Winchester Fire & Rescue study public input session has been rescheduled for Monday, February 10 at 6-8 pm in the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center Social Hall. This is a structured program led by the consultant. There will be an opportunity to take the survey and ask questions.The WFRD's Public Input Session that was previously scheduled for January 21 has been rescheduled for Monday, February 10 from 6-8 p.m. and will be held in the Active Living Center at Jim Barnett Park. Read the original story here: www.winchesterva.gov/winchester-fire-and-rescue-department-host-public-input-session... See MoreSee Less
FYI: I-81 lane closures are scheduled for Crossover Blvd bridge construction starting on Monday, January 27.IMPORTANT NOTICE: I-81 LANE CLOSURES AND SLOW ROLLS WILL BE PART OF CROSSOVER BOULEVARD BRIDGE WORK. Watch for road signs to be posted. Read the full release: ow.ly/4UgU50xXoGm... See MoreSee Less
2020 Census: DID U KNOW? The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. It cannot be shared with anyone...including other government agencies.The Census Bureau keeps your personal information safe and secure. By law, it cannot be shared with other government agencies, law enforcement, or landlords.... ... See MoreSee Less
Today's CitE-News issue has arrived. Check it out and stay informed. Want CitE-News delivered to your inbox every Wednesday? Subscribe online and view archive issues at www.winchesterva.gov/enews. ... See MoreSee Less
Coming soon! New true crime podcast from Winchester Police.‼️Attention, true crime podcast lovers ‼️ Lt. Amanda Behan and Detective Craig Smith of the Winchester Police Department have an important message for you - starting in March, they'll be hosting their very own true crime podcast titled DEFROST that will cover Winchester's cold cases!
“We’re very excited to produce this new podcast,” stated host Lt. Amanda Behan, who researched cases and played an integral role in developing show content. “It will provide our listeners with popular true crime content that they can feel attached to as residents. More importantly, it has the potential to help the WPD reopen cold cases and find new information that can bring closure to both the cases and the families of the victims.”
Stay tuned for details and listen to the show on the Rouss Review SoundCloud/iTunes accounts starting in March!
The City Manager's Week In Review report for week ending January 17, 2020 is now available online. Check it out for an overview of activities and services provided by City departments over the past week. www.winchesterva.gov/week-review. ... See MoreSee Less
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on January 15th and MLK Jr. Day on the 20th, local historian and City Planning Director Tim Youmans (better known in the podcast world as Tim Y the History Guy) dedicated his Rouss Review segment (week of 1/15/2020) to important Civil Rights leaders in Winchester. Take a listen to the Winchester 101 segment now!
You can also listen to Tim Y's ever-growing catalog of history lessons on The Rouss Review's SoundCloud account or stream on Apple Podcasts. Fresh episodes of the Rouss Review are uploaded each Thursday at 5 p.m. following the Tuesday night City Council meetings. More info @ the 🔗 www.winchesterva.gov/rouss-review... See MoreSee Less
The Planning Commission will hold a site plan public hearing for the old hospital redevelopment project on Tuesday, January 21 (3 pm, Rouss City Hall, Council Chambers). The purpose of the public hearing and discussion at the Planning Commission meeting is to determine if the developer has complied with the Council-approved Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Once that has been determined, then City staff will sign off on final plan review and the plan will be signed by the Planning Director as done with all site plans. It will not have to go back to City Council for discussion or approval. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rouss Review podcast has officially returned. In our first episode of 2020, host Barry Lee chats with Public Works Division Manager Justin Hall about the City's snow removal process, snow plan activations, and the difference between primary roads, secondary roads, and snow emergency routes. PLUS! We debut the next hero in The Service League - The Snowman! ❄️
Also in this episode: • Winchester 101 - Tim Y the History Guy is back! Today's segment details the efforts of local Civil Rights leaders in Winchester. • Council BLUF - covers the first Council meeting of the new year held on January 14. • Upcoming Events & Programs - the usual rundown of a full schedule of events plus a special guest - Chief William Garrett of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department. • Now U Know - get some facts about the City's performance measures of 2019.
Our Emergency Management Department is keeping an eye on the predicted hazardous weather headed our way this weekend. Snow accumulations are now expected to be under 1,” temperatures will dip into the mid-20s, and wind chills will dip into the teens. Temperatures are expected to rise Saturday night into the mid to upper 30s with Sunday being a partly cloudy day. (Source: National Weather Service) ... See MoreSee Less
The Rouss Review podcast kicks off its second season tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. 😎 We've got a full show for our season premiere! As always, stream on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts. More info @ winchesterva.gov/rouss-review... See MoreSee Less
A true public servant is always willing to help others, no matter the need or how simple the task. He/she instinctively serves, leads by example and inspires others to do the same. *** Following last night's Council meeting, Winchester Police Department Officer C. Slonaker stepped up to help JKES staff put away over 300 chairs. After a few minutes, others followed her lead and helped out with the task. Officer Slonaker personifies the WPD motto: "Service. Integrity. Teamwork." 💙
⚠UPDATE (1/17/2020): The public input meeting on 1/21/2020 has been postponed. See WFRD message below. *** FYI: Winchester Fire and Rescue Study public input session is scheduled for January 21 at 6 pm in the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center.
Winchester Fire and Rescue Department ‼ ⚠ UPDATE: At the request of the consulting firm, the site visit from ESCI and subsequently the Public Input Session scheduled for January 21 has been POSTPONED providing additional time for the consultant to analyze year-end data. We will notify the public once a new date has been set (survey coming soon). ⚠ ‼
Reminder: The City Council meetings location on Tuesday, January 14 (6 pm) has been moved to John Kerr Elementary School, 427 Meadow Branch Ave. Use our new portal to review the agenda packet: winchesterva.civicweb.net/Portal/. Mayor Smith will also be presenting his annual report video and 2019 Excellence Awards at this meeting. ... See MoreSee Less
Just remember, it was great getting approval for the to a resolution from the city but then again she’s not elected Official, so I’m not sure why it was up to her. There will be elections in the future so keep that in mind for these individuals who don’t act or care about your rights And for those who fail to do any action or in action in regards to the Fire Chief. There seems to be a lot of inefficiencies coming out of the city manager office that are making some of these city council members look like idiots.
UPDATE: Power at the Rec Center has been restored. Services (except the indoor pool) will return to normal at 3:30 pm. *** FYI: Power outage at Jim Barnett Park has closed the indoor pool and some services. See below.UPDATE (3:15 pm): Power has been restored and services will return to normal at 3:30 pm. Indoor pool will remain closed today. *** An auto crash has caused a power outage in and around Jim Barnett Park. Until power is restored, the indoor pool and some services will be limited. Please call 540-662-4946 for an update before heading to the Rec Center. We'll post when power is back on and services return to normal. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to area officers for all you do to keep our community safe. 💙
Winchester Police Department Happy National Law Enforcement Day to all of the law enforcement officers out there. We're grateful for each and every one of our amazing officers that serves the beautiful city of Winchester! ... See MoreSee Less
Today's issue of CitE-News has arrived. Check it out to day up to date on City of Winchester news, events, services and more. You can also subscribe to have CitE-News delivered to your inbox every Wednesday at www.winchesterva.gov/enews. ... See MoreSee Less
Updated: City of Winchester government offices are opening on a two-hour delay. Rouss City Hall will open at 10 am. Jim Barnett Park Rec Center and their No School Day program will open at 10 am. WinTran routes are on schedule. ... See MoreSee Less
UPDATED: City facilities will close at 1 pm today (1/7/2020) due to inclement weather. The last WinTran buses will run at 1 pm and then close at 1:30 pm. Jim Barnett Park Rec Center will close at 1:30 pm (child care at 2:30 pm). Call Park programs scheduled after 1:30 pm are canceled. Be safe! ... See MoreSee Less
♻️RECYCLING collection change♻️: Due to weather, the recycling crew has had to stop collection activities today. The areas that were not collected today will be collected tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 8). As of now, yard waste collection (and undecorated Christmas tree curbside collection 🌲) is on schedule for this Wednesday. ... See MoreSee Less
Snowing hard in Old Town Winchester! ❄️ Stay informed and sign up for the City’s notification system to receive a text, email or phone message when the City activates a Snow Plan, closes facilities/offices/services due to weather, and more. Create an account and opt in under “subscriptions” at www.winchesterva.gov/getalerts. ... See MoreSee Less
Snow will begin mid-morning today (1/7) & last thru late afternoon. Temperatures will remain around freezing. Expected snowfall total: 1”-2” (snow could come in heavy burst at times). Overnight temperatures will be in the low 30’s with windchill in the low 20’s. Wednesday: high 30’s, gusty winds, no precipitation. ... See MoreSee Less