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Jug Handle Crossing

Closing the Gaps

September 18, 2020
Work is in progress at the "Jug Handle" between Spear Street and East Terrace to close the gap in the sidewalk connecting the two.  This project is possible due to the Penny for Paths funding, which leverages pennies to invest $3 million on improved Bike/Ped infrastructure in the City.

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Partnering with Audubon Vermont to Improve Bird Habitat

September 15, 2020
The Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership, of which South Burlington is a member, is working with Audubon Vermont to support bird habitat work. A portion of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant will support projects in our region.

Property Taxes

First Tax Installment Due This Week!

September 14, 2020

The first tax installment is due tomorrow—September 15, 2020. You can mail your payment (post marked by 9/15) or drop off at City Hall in the drop box or weekdays from 9-Noon and 1 - 4 pm.

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Time is running out! Complete the 2020 Census today.

September 08, 2020
Your response matters. Financial support for fire and police departments, schools, and even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. But time is running out, so we need your response today!

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Bumpy No More

August 31, 2020
The repaving of Dorset Street from Market Street to Garden Street (corner of Trader Joe’s and Health Living) should be completed this week.  This year’s paving project follows on from the work done on Dorset Street from Williston Road to Market Street last summer. 

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A Smooth Ride at Overlook Park

August 26, 2020
The pavement at Overlook Park on Spear Street has been replaced. You can now smoothly drive in, park your car, and take in the view of the lake and Adirondacks.

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Police Department Policy and Operations

August 24, 2020
South Burlington Police Chief Shawn Burke presented to City Council an overview of police department policy and operations. The presentation shares the department's work through the Pillars of 21st Century Policing.

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Volunteers Get the Weeds Out at City Hall

August 17, 2020
After four months of being closed due to the pandemic, there were many tasks to accomplish around City Hall.  One of which was to weed the overgrown perennial beds. Thanks to a team of volunteers from the Rotary Club, the entrance is neat and tidy—full of color.

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Tropical Storm Isaias

August 04, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to be in our area 4 pm - 8 am. Wind gusts up to 50MPH. Possible tornado activity. Rainfall 1-4". Review your family emergency plans. Plan for possible power outages, DO NOT drive through flooded areas, as you don’t know if the road surface is intact.

Property Taxes

Property Tax Bills Delayed

June 24, 2020

There will be a delay in releasing the new 2020-2021 tax bills. We anticipate that the City Council will establish tax installment due dates at their second meeting in July--July 20. 

Property owners will have 30 days from the date tax bills are mailed to pay the first installment.

For the 2020/2021 tax year only interim tax bills will be mailed by August 15, 2020. First installment will be due Sept. 15, 2020 Second installment Dec. 15, 2020 and the final installment will be March 15, 2021.


Summer Camp Update

June 19, 2020

As you may be aware, there are several issues at play that are impacting our summer camp plans.  They include our loss of facility usage, COVID-19 health and safety concerns along with a general hesitation by families to register/invest in half day specialty camp programs to name a few.

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Resolution Related to the Murder of George Floyd

June 16, 2020
Council passed a resolution related to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the protests and violence that has occurred in the aftermath.

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Resolution Requires Wearing Masks in Public

June 15, 2020

City Council passed a resolution regarding the use of personal protective equipment within City-owned buildings and in places of public access within the City of South Burlington.

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State of City Operations and 21st Century Policing

June 02, 2020
City Manager Kevin Dorn speaks about the importance of wearing masks in public, calling for emergency services when you need them, the state of city operations, and the safety of our drinking water. Police Chief Shawn Burke shares a message about the recent tragedy in Minneapolis and the state of policing in South Burlington, including the department's commitment to 21st century policing.


21st Century Policing: A Message from Police Chief Shawn Burke

June 01, 2020
Our community watched a Minneapolis Police Officer murder a citizen, his accomplices wore the same uniform.  Ambient video was able to finally shine light on an officer with a troubled past, an officer who did not deserve to police, an officer who now sits in a jail cell.   I am outraged by the conduct of this officer and his accomplices; this tragedy should have never happened.

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School Budget Re-vote RESULTS

May 28, 2020
The results are in from today's school budget re-vote. The budget failed with:
35.55% Yes          64.45% No.

4,537 votes were cast.

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Business Occupancy Loads (COVID-19)

May 14, 2020
As the Governor carefully re-opens commerce in the State, he is doing so with restrictions to continue to halt the spread of the Corona COVID-19 virus. Currently, the restriction for business (office) and mercantile (retail) occupancies limit the number of occupants (patrons and employees). 

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Update from City Manager Kevin Dorn

May 13, 2020

Watch City Manager Kevin Dorn's update on City operations. He shares information on city services, measures we are taking for current and FY21 budget, summer events, and the City's reappraisal project.

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School Budget Re-vote:  Absentee Ballots

May 12, 2020
The revote on the School budget is set for Thursday, May 28, 2020. The vote will be held in person at the polling locations. Due to COVID-19, voters can also request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk's office.

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Public Library:  Curbside Service Available

May 11, 2020
The South Burlington Public Library is offering curbside pickup of materials on Monday and Friday 1-3 pm and Wednesday 4-6 pm. How do you get what you want? 


As The Spigot Turns

May 08, 2020

The glass is half full as we see a slow return to play!

This week’s “turn of the spigot“ has allowed for some modest social engagement and slow return to recreational play.  During this phase 1 of return to play, we are now able to provide the following updates for services and amenities. While modest, we hope that compliance will allow for further engagement in the coming weeks and will continue to keep you posted on our various social media outlets. 

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City Meetings This Week: City Council Tonight

May 04, 2020
Tonight's City Council Meeting will be held electronically. you can participate in the interactive meeting online (audio and video) or by phone (audio only).

Sgt. Dubie Retirement

Thanks for 25 Years, Sgt. Dubie!

May 02, 2020
After 25 years serving the City of South Burlington as a police officer, Sergeant Douglas C. Dubie retired Friday. Over the radio, he signed off for the last time outside the Police station on Gregory Drive.

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Status Update from City Manager

May 01, 2020
As the Governor continues to open the state, City Manager Kevin Dorn shares the current status of City operations this week.

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Recreation & Park Director's Message

April 24, 2020
Hello South Burlington!
As you look forward to the weekend and embrace a beautiful weather day tomorrow, please be aware that there may be some changes to the park system that you should be prepared for.  In order to keep our parks open, accessible and safe, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please take a moment and read the below information and updates.


SB Senior Supports

April 14, 2020

As we continue to stay home and stay safe, we wanted to ensure that our senior population, most vulnerable to the damaging effects of COVID-19, are able to access all the services they need at this time.  There are a variety of programs available to support meal, grocery and medication delivery through Age Well and additional supports for other essential service support that you can access calling 211.
Click keep reading below for a full listing of the Age Well services and how to reach them.


Yoga in the Time of Corona

April 13, 2020

I read a quote recently that said, in essence, the beauty of Yoga is not what happens on the mat, it’s what happens when you’re off the mat facing fear, disappointment, conflict, anger, sadness, etc. - AKA right now. The Corona pandemic is only the second time in my half century of life that I’ve been scared about public health and safety. Nine eleven and the following whacky anthrax scare was the other time.  Vermont is nicely insulated from natural disasters like neighborhood erasing tornadoes, mudslides, earthquakes and fires. We’re out of our league here, and what I used to think was restricted to places in Asia I’ve never heard of is now here in our community. “Ten-Hut!!”


NRPA Statement on Playgrounds & Play Structures

April 03, 2020
Nationally, more cities and states have implemented shelter in place orders, closed schools and businesses, and taken crucial measures to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. As these changes in policy and practice have been implemented, many questions regarding the safety of public playgrounds and play structures have emerged.


Tips to Recreate Locally

April 03, 2020
The Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” addendum to the Emergency Declaration still allows us to enjoy Vermont’s outdoors while staying close to home. We thank the public for their cooperation and understanding during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Keeping trails, parks, and other public outdoor spaces open for appropriate public use is challenging with limited staffing and all state and municipal agencies are doing their best to balance the requirements of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order with Vermonters’ need for exercise and stress relief. We want folks to have healthy, close-to-home options and – in part -- the public’s behavior will determine if that remains possible and prudent.


SB Dog Park Closed Until Further Notice

April 03, 2020

Pathways, trails, natural areas and green spaces remain accessible to the public.

Dogs must be leashed at all times on public land!

Maintain appropriate 6 foot physical distance at all times!

Avoid congregating in parks, on trails and in parking lots!

Adhere to all park signage!

Your compliance will allow us to keep the spaces available for public use.  Failure to cooperate my lead to additional restrictions.

Please do your part and BE SAFE!!!


Physical Distancing in Parks

April 02, 2020
We ask that you do your part in practicing physical distancing in parks, by following some tips from the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA). Click "Read More" for a link to more tips and information from NRPA.


Message From the Director

March 30, 2020

Hello South Burlington!
I hope that you are well, and continue to be well through this next phase of social distancing and sheltering in place.  It has been wonderful to keep up with all the creative ways that we are supporting one another as a community, albeit at a distance.  From back yard tea-parties six feet apart, to front window scavenger hunts, grocery and pharmacy deliveries to door steps or just random acts of kindness; we are all looking for creative ways to take care of one another through this. 

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Update from Kevin Dorn, City Manager

March 24, 2020
Watch today's update from City Manager Kevin Dorn. Learn about City municipal services, public meetings, and facilities. He also urges the community to support local businesses as possible—order take out or delivery, or buying local as possible.


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Take a Virtual Tour of National Parks

March 23, 2020
Have you been to a National Park? Which park is your favorite? Haven't been? No problem, take a virtual tour of some of the United States's National Parks. Click the link below to get started.
National Park Virtual Tours

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Our Drinking Water is Safe

March 20, 2020
Champlain Water District (CWD) which supplies the water to our City utilizes a multi-barrier approach to water treatment, including optimized filtration and disinfection. These processes are effective in removing and inactivating viruses, including COVID-19.


Community Resources

March 19, 2020
We are actively compiling resources that may be helpful to you during this time.


SB Recreation & Parks Operation Update

March 18, 2020
Our office is currently closed to public access, though the essential functions of the department remain active via remote access .  We have cancelled all programing, events and field reservation until further notice.


Tonight's DRB Meeting

March 17, 2020
Tuesday March 17, 2020:  Tonight’s DRB meeting will be held at 7:00 at City Hall as scheduled. In addition to our usual YouTube simulcast of the meeting, a remote option has been made available.  The public is strongly encouraged to participate via remote login.  Interested persons participating via remote login will be considered as having the same legal standing as interested persons participating in person.


Programmatic Updates in Light of Social Distancing

March 16, 2020

We are reaching out to keep you apprised of the current status of programs and offerings through our department. 
All programs that had been scheduled to take place in our schools have been cancelled until April 6.  We are working with instructors to reschedule when possible and are providing refunds to programs that have been cancelled.


Tonight's City Council Meeting

March 16, 2020
The agenda for tonight's City Council meeting has been updated. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at City Hall, as scheduled. We broadcast live on YouTube, and have now made an additional remote option available.

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March 16, 2020
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our employees and the public is our top priority. We are implementing measures to help limit exposure and spread.


Corona Virus Recommendations

March 12, 2020
In an effort to provide information around the Coronavirus 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19, we have compiled resources for our community.

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Recount Complete - City Councilor Race

March 07, 2020
Today, the City Clerk completed a recount of the results in the City Councilor race between incumbent Meaghan Emery and candidate Matt Cota.

Results In

Annual Meeting Election Results

March 04, 2020
The results are in! More than 8,000 voters completed their ballots yesterday. Items on the ballot included election of school board members, City Council members, school articles and city articles.

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A Perfect Day In The Snow

March 03, 2020
The Recreation and Parks Department would like to thank everyone who joined us for a wonderful day of snowshoeing and storytelling!

Budget Pie Chart


February 26, 2020
On Tuesday, March 3, voters will be asked to consider the proposed FY2021 City of South Burlington budget. Being sensitive to the overall tax burden of the public, City Council and the administration have worked to keep the impact below a 3% tax rate increase. 

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Annual City & School Meeting Ballots are In!

February 12, 2020
There are 2 ballots this year. One for the presidential primary, and one for the Annual City and School Meeting. Both are now available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall for early and absentee voting. City Hall is open 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Early voting will close at noon on Monday, March 2.

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Senior Spotlight: Meet Millie and Joan

February 11, 2020
Meet Mille Estey and Joan Eldridge!
Each week a group of our own South Burlington Seniors gather together to share in good company, good food and enriching entertainment through our Young At Heart Weekly Wednesday Program.  The program is comprised of a hearty and nutritious meal provided through Age Well, as well as a free program of entertainment ranging from bingo to trivia and everything in between. 

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Accused Murderer Leroy Headley Arrested in Jamaica

February 05, 2020

The manhunt for one of the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives ended Sunday, Feb. 2, after the accused murderer was found and arrested in Jamaica. Leroy Headley, 38, is wanted by the South Burlington Police Department in Vermont for the May 2018 murder of Anako Lumumba, the mother of his two children.

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Presidential Primary Ballots Are In

January 31, 2020
The Clerk's office has received the Presidential Primary ballots however the City ballots will not be available until February 12.


SB Friends of the Dog Park to Host Canine Valentine Event Feb. 8!

January 27, 2020
The South Burlington Dog Park “Friends” group successful organized and celebrated their first event this fall with the Spooky Pooch Parade, and are now looking forward to infusing some winter fun with an upcoming “Canine Valentine Event”.


South Burlington Management Plan Task Force Hosts Kick Off Meeting!

January 27, 2020
Members of City Staff, the Chittenden County Forester and Representatives from both the Natural Resources Committee and the Recreation and Parks Committee met today to kick off the newly formed Management Plan Task Force.  In its initial meeting, the group agreed to focus first on prioritizing the update of the Red Rocks Management Plan.



January 24, 2020

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FY ’21 BUDGET; $54 increase to the average homeowner and $37 for the average condominium. 


The City Council has approved the FY ’21 draft budget presented by City management to be presented to the voters for final consideration on March 3. 

City staff and the City Council worked very hard and with a sharp pencil to keep the increase in the proposed FY ‘21 budget to a bare minimum.  The Council and the administration recognize the impact of rising taxes on residents so we worked hard to hold spending to a barely sustainable level.  In the end the Council approved a 2.98% increase in the tax rate which translates into a $54 increase for the average home owner and $37 for the average owner of a condominium.

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January 24, 2020
The South Burlington Community Center at 180 Market Street is well under construction.  Over 100 concrete columns that form the footings for the foundation have been poured and the foundation itself is going in.


Recreation Department Prepares for 24th Annual Valentine Dance

January 23, 2020

As the Recreation Team begins to check off the to do lists in preparation for the big dance, we pause to take in the longevity and evolution of this magical event and the memories that it holds for all those who have attended and hope that this tradition continues to provide opportunities for meaningful memories for years, and generations to come.  

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Bridge Reopens Between SoBu & Williston

December 31, 2019


Vital Connection Opens for New Year

Today at noon, the bridge connecting South Burlington and Williston reopened. This vital connector between South Burlington and Williston has been closed for the last two months. During the Halloween storm that delivered four inches of precipitation to the City, thousands of cubic yards of soil was washed away exposing the abutments. 

“We appreciate the work of all involved to restore this vital artery in South Burlington,” said City Manager Kevin Dorn.  The City collaborated with the town of Williston and the State of Vermont to ensure that this project was a top priority.

The City expresses its appreciation for the strong and swift support of this project from the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

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Capitol for a Day-SoBu

December 11, 2019

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. 

Join Governor Scott and the State of Vermont Agency of Administration for presentations and resource discussions at the Public Library, 155 Dorset Street (UMall). Open to the public!

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PUBLIC FORUM: White Street Bike Lanes

December 06, 2019
The South Burlington Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will be discussing the topic of possible bike lanes on both sides of the White Street at their regular monthly meeting on December 11th at 5:30 in the Green Mountain Room, South Burlington City Hall and would like to hear from all residents.


Climate Solutions

December 05, 2019

South Burlington Public Forum on

How can Vermont do its part to combat climate change - and why does it matter to you?
Join the Climate Solutions Caucus at a public forum to discuss our priorities and the legislation we’ll work to advance in 2020.
Ask questions, share ideas and learn how we can work together to create a sustainable future for all Vermonters.
6:30 to 8:00 December 9th
Frederick tuttle Middle School
Hosted by John Killacky, Martin LaLonde, Ann Pugh, and Maida Townsend

Co-Sponsored by the South Burlington Energy Committee



Property Value

Why Reappraisal?

November 05, 2019
Revaluation or reassessment is a process for periodically measuring and capturing changes in property values.  It’s a process that takes place in every municipality in every state across the country and it is taking place right now in the City of South Burlington.

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City-wide Appraisal Process Begins

November 01, 2019
The City of South Burlington has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc to conduct a city-wide reassessment project.  The main focus of this reassessment is to correct inequities between similar properties and level the playing field for the tax paying property owners within the City of South Burlington.


Happy Halloween

October 30, 2019
Happy Halloween!  Thank you to all who participated in our Spooktacular Weekend!  We hope that it kicked off a memorable Halloween season for you and that our events become part of the family traditions that you can count on.  We intentionally plan these events early, so that we don’t interfere with the other amazing community supported Halloween Happenings around town, so hope that you have been able to take advantage of those as well.

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Standing up to Domestic Violence

October 24, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:30 pm 
F. H. Tuttle Middle School
The South Burlington City Council will host the second of a two-part series of community forums on domestic violence beginning at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 30. The forum will be held in the cafeteria of the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, 525 Dorset Street, South Burlington and dinner will be served.


Another Successful Soccer Season!

October 23, 2019
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Soccer Season this year. We can't thank the volunteers, coaches, and referees enough for all the time they dedicated. 
Basketball season is right around the corner, so let's keep the energy going and signup now!

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October 02, 2019
Leaders in South Burlington and four neighboring towns have come together to form the Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership. The municipalities of South Burlington, Williston, Shelburne, Hinesburg, and St. George--recognizing that natural resources cross boundaries--have committed to collaboratively conserve and manage land at a regional level.  

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Bike Boxes Have Arrived!

September 20, 2019
If you have been through the Farrell Street and Swift Street intersection, you might be wondering why therare large green boxes painted on the pavement. This intersection is a test site for bike boxes in South Burlington.   


Indoor Active Recreation Center - Take the survey and share your thoughts

August 27, 2019
The South Burlington City Council has approved a study of community needs for an indoor active recreation center. In addition to meetings with stakeholders and the public, a survey is now available to collect data to inform the design of a facility.

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PUBLIC FORUM: Indoor Recreation Facility

August 13, 2019
Mark your calendar and join us for a PUBLIC FORUM on an indoor recreation facility.  We want your input on what types of activities and spaces you would want to see and use in a facility.

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New Police Officers Sworn In

July 16, 2019
Two new officers were sworn in to the police department at City Hall on Monday.  Joanna Morse and Elijah Domasin took their oaths to serve the City surrounded by fellow officers, city administration, and friends and family.

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PUBLIC FORUMS: Interim Zoning -- Open Space

June 17, 2019

All residents are encouraged to attend two public forums hosted by the Interim Zoning Open Space Committee.


5:30 - 7 pm
Green Mountain Room, City Hall, 575 Dorset Street

10 - 11:30 am
Miller Conference Room, SoBu Police Department
19 Gregory Drive

The Committee is tasked with identifying important open spaces in the community and making recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on priority areas to try to preserve. 

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SoBu Speaks:  Consensus Mobile App Launches

May 31, 2019
Your input can inform decision-making. Imagine being able to give input on your smart phone for an upcoming item on a City Council meeting agenda. Quick and easy, the new Consensus community engagement app makes this possible. 

The app launches on Monday with a press conference on Monday, June 3 at 11:30 am at City Hall. Join us in person or watch live on Facebook at

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City Council Approves FY20 Paving Projects

May 21, 2019
At last night's regular City Council meeting, the contract for paving services was approved. This contract is for $900,000 in paving work to be completed before winter. See which roads are on the work order.

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New South Burlington Bike Routes

May 13, 2019

In partnership with the Bike and Ped Committee, the Recreation and Parks department has created three new family friendly bike rides around town. These rides can vary in distance and come attached with both a visual map and a write-up to help you navigate the routes. 



Dog Park Public Forum

May 05, 2019
You are invited to attend a public forum related to dog parks in South Burlington. The Dog Park Committee would like your input!
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7 - 8:30 pm
City Hall
575 Dorset Street, South Burlington

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Accepting Applications for City Committees

April 26, 2019
Each year, City Council solicits applications for residents to serve on committees. Terms of appointment can last from 1 to 3 years, with reappointment possible. We are now accepting applications. Deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019. 


Fun Filled Family Bingo

April 08, 2019

The Recreation and Parks department put together a fun filled evening of bingo and laughs on Saturday evening (4/6). The event was well attended with over 100 people in attendance and Marco’s Pizza was kind enough to bring 13 large pizzas to the event! With over 30 unique prizes to give away, the energy in the room was vivacious.

Results In

Annual Meeting Results

March 05, 2019
The results are in from today's polls.
 City Articles
  • Article I - Tim Barritt and Dave Kaufman were elected.
  • Article II - City budget passed
  • Article III - 1% local option tax was defeated
  • Article IV - Short-term car rental tax passed
  • Article V - Increase the age to purchase tobacco products passed
School Articles
  • Article I - Minier and Lalonde were elected
  • Article II - School budget passed
Approximately 18% of the registered voters cast ballots.
To see the numbers for each article,  Click Here



February 12, 2019
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget has been approved by City Council and is on the ballot for March 5, 2019. Want to learn more?

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Article III: Charter Amendment 1 - 1% Local Options Tax

February 11, 2019

There are 5 articles on the Annual City Meeting Ballot (not to include the school ballot items). The articles include elections for City Councilors, municipal budget, local options tax, rental car tax, and raising the age for purchase of tobacco products. You can view the ballot items here.

Today, we'll focus on additional information on Article III.

ARTICLE III - City Charter Amendment 1 : 1% local options tax


Dog Park Public Forum and Survey

January 29, 2019
We want your input about dog parks in SoBu. 
  • Attend a public forum on Tuesday, February 5 (6:00-7:30pm)
  • Take our survey online.
The gathered information will inform the Dog Park Committee as they prepare a recommendation for the location of future dog parks for City Council to consider in the spring.

Utility Bills

Utility Bill Payment Flexibility Available for Furloughed Federal Employees

January 16, 2019

Today, SoBu City Manager Kevin Dorn announced flexibility in payment arrangements for city utility bills for federal workers who are furloughed. “We will be waiving late fees and suspending water shut-offs. We will work one-on-one with customers impacted by the shutdown,” he said. Employees will need to provide a copy of their furlough letter. Contact South Burlington Water Department for more information at 802-864-4361.

Proposed Recreation Facility

Proposed Indoor Recreation Center & Creative Arts Center

January 07, 2019
At a special meeting on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 pm, the City Council will consider recommendations from the Recreations & Parks Committee for an indoor recreation facility and from the City Center for the Arts Committee on a creative arts facility.

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Fiscal Year 2020 Budget (in Development)

January 02, 2019
By the time a Fiscal Year begins, the City is already looking ahead to budget for the following fiscal year.  See below under Adoption Process to learn how the City budget is considered and approved each year.

City Hall Winter

Public Hearing

December 31, 2018
A public hearing will be held at City Hall, 575 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403 on 1/22/2019 at 7:00pm 

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December 07, 2018

Corporal Brianne Williamson of the South Burlington Police Department has been formally selected to represent Vermont Law Enforcement for the Torch Run leading to the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) scheduled for March, 2019.

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Winter Weather

November 16, 2018
Winter has arrived! Road crews are out and will be working through the storm to keep streets clear.  If you have items in or near the edge of the street, such as basketball hoops or vehicles that can be parked elsewhere, please move them. It makes the snow removal safer for us all!

REMINDER:  City WInter Parking Ban is in effect beginning December 1. (No street parking from midnight to 8 am.)


Open Space Update

October 18, 2018
If you haven't visited one of the Natural Areas, we encourage you to do so.


Joint City Council Meeting with Planning Commission

October 01, 2018

Planning & Zoning Director Paul Conner recently provided the City Council with an update on development trends in the community. This included an analysis of recent and more long-term housing construction and population trends; an assessment of where development has taken place over the past several years, broken out by planning & land use areas in the City’s Comprehensive Plan; historic usage and current capacity of the City’s wastewater treatment facilities; development approved and underway in the City Center area; and a map showing areas that are currently developed, approved or under review for development, conserved or restricted from significant development, or potential future development areas in the southeastern portion of the City.

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Police Chief Trevor Whipple Retires

September 28, 2018

On September 28, 2018 We had a Change of Command in the City of South Burlington


Please welcome Chief Shawn Burke

September 28, 2018

The City of South Burlington welcomes Chief Shawn Burke.

Shawn comes from a family history of Police Officers. His dad retired from the NYPD after 20 yrs. and retiring as a Detective Sergeant. With his father being a detective Shawn always had policing in the back of his mind but never imagined himself becoming a chief, until later in his career at the Burlington Police Department.  Shawn lives in Milton with his wife Stephyne and their two sons, Kayden and Kenyon. He is eager to learn about the community’s expectation of their police force and how we can further refine our operations to meet and exceed those expectations.

One hard thing that Shawn believes he faces in his new role, is recruiting qualified officers to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of tenured officers.  However, he is very excited about leading the professional and committed staff of the South Burlington Police Department at a time of uncertainty in American policing. Many communities are at odds with their police force. South Burlington embraces and supports their police, continued community policing efforts in line with the community’s expectations will be crucial in maintaining what South Burlington enjoys today.

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Financing the Proposed Community Center

September 26, 2018
The projected cost of this project is $21.8 million, with $20.4 million needed in bonding.  The debt issued under this authorization will not raise the tax rate. It will be serviced by two main revenue sources: TIF District Financing and City Center Reserve Fund. There is no additional tax increase needed. 

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Bike Boxes Have Arrived!

September 20, 2018
If you have been through the Farrell Street and Swift Street intersection, you might be wondering why therare large green boxes painted on the pavement. This intersection is a test site for bike boxes in South Burlington.   

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Council Approves Land Conservation Agreement in South East Quadrant

September 19, 2018
The City Council has approved participation in a proposed multi-party transaction that will lead to the conservation of approximately 375 acres of the Auclair Farm in the Southeast corner of South Burlington.  The three parcels of land involved in this conserved area connects with hundreds of additional acres of conserved land in South Burlington, Williston and Shelburne forming a very significant tri-community conservation district.

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City Paving Schedule

September 13, 2018
The City's Department of Public Works is currently running a $1.2 million paving program. Projects will be completed throughout the City over the coming weeks. Check out the current schedule.

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180 Market Street | Library + Senior Center + City Hall

September 06, 2018

The South Burlington City Council has approved a ballot item for the November 6th General Election that asks voters for permission to incur debt for a new Library, Senior Center, Clerk’s Office, Auditorium and City Hall that is planned to be constructed on Market Street.

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PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT: Library+Senior Center+City Hall

September 04, 2018
There will be 2 public hearings tonight on:
  • potential TIF District Financing Plan Substantial Change Request (warned for 7 pm)
  • to continue the hearing regarding the placement of a question on the November ballot regarding the Library+Senior Center+City Hall (warned for 7:30 pm)
The City Council meeting takes place in the Green Mountain Room at City Hall, 575 Dorset Street.

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Lime Kiln Road Temporary Crosswalk Installation

August 07, 2018

The Public Works Department has installed a temporary crosswalk on Lime Kiln Road to test the location of a crosswalk. Your feedback will help locate a permanent crosswalk. The installation and survey will be available until August 31.


RESCHEDULED to AUG 15:  City Center Park Grand Opening

August 06, 2018
Due to threatening weather, the grand opening of the park has been moved to Wednesday, August 15 from 4-5 pm. Please enter via the Barrett Street entrance, which is between 60 & 62 Barrett Street.

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NOTICE: Blasting at Burlington International Airport

July 18, 2018

The City has been notified by the Burlington International Airport Director Of Aviation Gene Richards that blasting will soon commence as part of the ongoing construction on the Airport grounds.  The Airport has worked out a means of alerting both air traffic and the surrounding neighborhoods when blasting is planned and commenced. 


Penny for Paths-Close the Gaps

June 18, 2018

On August 14th, South Burlington residents will have an opportunity to vote for needed funds to fill the gaps in our 24-mile multi-use path, crosswalks, and intersections. On May 7th the City Council voted unanimously to place a “Penny for Paths – Close the Gaps” initiative on the August 14 ballot.  South Burlington's multi-use path, a work in progress begun in 1990, is designed to connect neighborhoods, schools, parks and commercial areas to each other and to the paths of our neighboring communities. However the current path has significant gaps, the closing of which will improve safety and functionality by connecting us with where we want to go by foot, bike, roller blades or skateboard! 

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Vermont Aviation Expo

May 23, 2018
The Vermont Flight Academy is hosting a Career Expo that will highlight aviation careers available in Vermont. An aviation career doesn’t just mean being a pilot. The aviation industry includes aircraft mechanics, aviation specialists and aviation business careers. The 2018 Vermont Aviation Career Expo will take place on Saturday, June 9th from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. The Vermont Flight Academy is located at 3060 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05402.

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Municipal Clerks Week

May 10, 2018

What is one of the oldest positions in local government? The municipal clerk!

The first week in March is nationally recognized as Municipal Clerks week. In recognition of this, our clerks recommitted themselves to the vital work they do by taking the municipal clerk's oath (again).


City Council Resolution on F-35 Basing at Airport

April 25, 2018
On April 16, 2018, the City Council passed a resolution regarding the basing of F-35s at Burlington International Aiport.


SoBu Spaces  - Senior Center

April 18, 2018
Seniors, you are invited to save the date - April 18, 2018
From 12:45 - 2 pm | Green Mountain Conference Room at City Hall
We would like to share with you our vision, as well as gather input regarding things we may have missed, that you would like to see in this space.

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Deputy Police Chief Set to Retire, After 27 Years of Service

April 12, 2018

Deputy Chief Paul A. Edwards has served our community for nearly three decades. Beginning his career as a patrol officer, he rose through the ranks with numerous achievements to his current post as Deputy Chief. DC Edwards has served with the utmost professionalism as a dedicated, loyal leader and mentor.   He will retire from the department on May 15, 2018. 


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City Councilor Patricia Nowak Passes Away

April 02, 2018

It is with great sadness that we share that Councilor Patricia Nowak has passed away.  Councilor Nowak has served the community in an elected or appointed capacity for over 23 years and has served on the City Council for the past five years.  Our thoughts are with Pat’s family and friends as we mourn her passing.   


Underwood Master Plan Presentation to City Council

March 19, 2018
Consultants from the SE Group will be presenting their Master Plan Concept to City Council on March 19, 2018. The presentation will include the concept plan presented to the public a couple of weeks ago along with the public input provided from that meeting.


City Announces Next Police Chief

March 13, 2018

Shawn Burke poised to assume the helm of South Burlington Police Department
The City of South Burlington has reached a tentative agreement with Shawn Burke to be the next chief of police.  Burke will fill the position upon the retirement of Chief Trevor Whipple in January 2019.

“Shawn Burke has the exact profile that we were looking for in a Chief to follow in Trevor’s footsteps,” said Kevin Dorn, City Manager.  “We have one of the premier departments in the state, if not in New England, and we had the opportunity to go out and recruit the very best candidate for this job.” 

Open Space

Significant Invasive Removal at Wheeler

March 12, 2018
Those of you who frequent Wheeler Nature Park will soon see some significant work being done, as our Parks Foreman, Andrew Noonan, embarks on some significant invasive removal at this park.


Help Us Name The Park!

March 12, 2018
In mid-July the City will hold a celebration and grand opening of the City Center park, formerly Dumont Park. Many of us contributed to the design and vision of this park in meetings and on-line comments. The Weed Warriors helped to clear invasive species! The vision has been posted in City Hall, and the work has begun! This park is a unique natural urban space, retaining trees, providing paths, and creating outdoor gathering areas. This gem is close to City Center, Central School, the future Library, and existing neighborhoods.

Results In

Annual Meeting - Ballot Results

March 06, 2018
The results are in!  With nearly 3,400 registered voters casting ballots, we have the results of today's Annual Meeting.


Underwood Public Input Meeting

March 03, 2018
March 3, 2018 | 9:30 - 11 am | City Hall
Please join members of the Recreation and Parks Staff and consultants from the SEGroup to review the current status of the Underwood Parcel Master Plan and provide reflective input that will help shape the future of this natural area.

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SoBu Life - Winter Issue In Mailboxes

February 16, 2018
SoBu Life / SoBu Play magazine has hit mailboxes! Look for your copy and catch up on what's happening in the City.


BALLOT ITEM: Bond leads to First Year Savings and Beyond

February 15, 2018
In March 6, voters will consider authorizing a $2.98 million bond to bring the final piece of South Burlington water infrastructure under city control. The Hadley Road neighborhood project will result in tens of thousands of dollars in cost savings in year 1. By the end of the bond period, this number is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. And, the project is eligible for $1.4 million in grants and credits.

March 2018 Ballot

Absentee ballots are available at City Hall

February 12, 2018
Absentee ballots may be completed at City Hall. You may also request one be sent to you via the City Clerk's office. 
Learn more.


Community Initiative Addresses Unmet Social Service Needs

January 31, 2018

Howard Center and the municipalities of South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, Winooski, Essex, and Shelburne are pleased to announce a new community program which will serve adults, children, and families. 
Community Outreach Specialists will work in partnership with local and regional law enforcement to respond to individuals with unmet social service needs, often due to mental health or substance use issues. This will allow law enforcement to more effectively use resources to address criminal behaviors.

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January 15, 2018
Join us on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 5:30 - 7 pm for a Grand Opening celebration. Remarks and ribbon-cutting at 6 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

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SoBu Spaces 2020 - Library  and City Hall

January 05, 2018

We want your input! Designers are beginning the process for a new civic building in South Burlington – to house the City Hall and Library. The first set of workshops will be held at City Hall in the Green Mountain Room.

(re)IMAGINING SoBu Spaces 2020
Thursday, January 18 at 7 pm
Saturday, January 20 at 10 am


South Burlington Library Moves to City Center

December 07, 2017

After 47 years of sharing space with the City's high school, South Burlington's public library finally has a home all its own.  The doors opened at the newly refurbished University Mall location on Dorset Street in early December 2017, following the relocation of over 45,000 items in the collection.


Jaycee Dog Park Closed

November 21, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 the Dog Park at Jaycee has been officially closed. We ask that you utilize the Dog Park at Farrell Park.


Veterans Day Ceremony

November 09, 2017
A ceremony will be held at SBHS Gym at 10 am on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. There will also be a wreath laying at Veterans Memorial Park at 11:30 am.


Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk-or-Treat

October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 22
12-3 pm
Come join us for some Halloween fun! We will have Trunk-or-Treating outside, while we have carnival games, bingo, and many more activities inside.


Community Pumpkin Carving

October 21, 2017
Saturday, October 21
6 - 8 pm
FHTMS Cafeteria
Bring a pumpkin to carve and some imagination. We will provide the tools and stencils. Leave the mess to us!

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Looking for Volunteers for City Boards and Committees

October 06, 2017
The City Council is looking to fill several open positions on City committees and boards. Applications are due on Thursday, October 26.


Drive In Movie

September 29, 2017
Friday, September 29
6 - 8 pm
FHTMS Cafeteria
Bring your own cardboard box car or create one when you arrive.
Snacks | Lemonade | Themed Activities | and More!


Bikes & Bites

September 14, 2017
Thursday, September 14
5 - 8 pm
Veterans Memorial Park
Featuring Josh Panda


Transmission Received.  Over.

August 17, 2017
Thanks to the $1.1 million communications bond approved last fall, public safety radio communication in South Burlington has taken a giant leap forward.


Behind the Election

August 14, 2017

Most of us do our best to educate ourselves on the ballot items for each election. We make time to get to the polls and cast our votes. Then, we eagerly wait for the results on the evening news.

But there is more to the process. A lot more.

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Colorful Crosswalks Bring Art to the Public

June 13, 2017

Last Saturday, under the leadership of SBHS Senior Ali Barritt and in collaboration with City Hall, students began painting crosswalks in the City.


Beauty and the Beast Tea Party

May 28, 2017
Be Our Guest at this first time fanciful event hosted at the Atrium/Gazebo at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Princes and Princesses grades K-5 are welcome to come dressed to impress as we enjoy a tea and dessert buffet, crafts, Belle Story Hour and more.


Invasive Plant Removal Day

May 20, 2017
Invasive Plant Removal Day coming up this Saturday (May 20th), from 9 am – 12 pm, at City Center Park.


South Burlington Community Chorus Spring Concert

May 20, 2017
For the Beauty of the Earth
May 20th at 7:30pm
McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael's College

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Dog Park to Move to New Digs

May 15, 2017

The South Burlington Dog Park located on Kirby Road in South Burlington will close on June 1, 2017. Designated dog parks will be added within Farrell Park and Jaycee Park—both City-owned and managed. 


Weeding City Center Park

May 11, 2017
In April, volunteers were trained in removing invasive plants in City Center Park. Buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose were on the list for removal. The next removal date is Saturday, May 20th—again, in City Center Park.


Summer 2017 Road Construction Projects

May 05, 2017
The summer construction season is upon us and it is time for orange cones, detoured traffic, and cautious driving. More than 10 major projects will be completed over the season and the roads in and around the City will be impacted, at times.


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Joint City Council Meeting with Planning Commission

Planning & Zoning Director Paul Conner recently provided the City Council with an update on development trends in the community. This included an analysis of recent and more long-term housing construction and population trends; an assessment of where development has taken place over the past several years, broken out by planning & land use areas in the City’s Comprehensive Plan; historic usage and current capacity of the City’s wastewater treatment facilities; development approved and underway in the City Center area; and a map showing areas that are currently developed, approved or under review for development, conserved or restricted from significant development, or potential future development areas in the southeastern portion of the City.

Find both a PDF of the presentation as well as a video of the full presentation here.


It is SNOW Season!

It looks like winter has arrived early this year. While our road crews are already at work plowing, remember that removing items from the roads is important.

Good time to prepare, as the City winter parking ban goes into effect on December 1. 

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Corporal Brianne Williamson of the South Burlington Police Department has been formally selected to represent Vermont Law Enforcement for the Torch Run leading to the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) scheduled for March, 2019.
Corporal Williamson has been a volunteer for Special Olympics Vermont since her law enforcement career began in 2010. She has participated in over 40 events, while volunteering over 700 hours. She has positively impacted the lives of over 500 athletes all over Vermont, as well as thousands of parents, supporters, and fellow public safety officials.  She has participated in fundraising events that have raised over $50,000 for Special Olympics. In addition, she was named the Law Enforcement Torch Run Volunteer of the year in 2011 and inducted into the Special Olympics Torch Run Hall of Fame in 2017.
As part of receiving this esteemed honor, Williamson has initiated a three-month fundraising drive to raise $10,000 to directly support Special Olympics Vermont and the World Games. Williamson will be hosting fundraising events in the local community to include “tip-a-cop” campaigns in some of the local restaurants as well as other fundraising initiatives.
The first “Tip-A-Cop” event will be at Applebees on Friday, December 7. Corporal Williamson will be part of the waitstaff that night and diners can provide tips which will go directly to the fundraising effort.

Corporal Williamson is one of our student resource officers in the school system and has boundless energy when working with others.  We recognize the untiring commitment of Corporal Williamson to the men and women who participate in Special Olympics.

Anyone who desires additional information on Corporal Williamson or her fund drive can go to In addition, anyone who is interested in donating directly to her Special Olympics fund can visit her Go Fund me site listed below:


MLK Jr Day Community Event Flyer -- January 21, 2019

Sixth Annual Teen-Led Martin Luther King, Jr. Day South Burlington Event

Sixth Annual Teen-Led Martin Luther King, Jr. Day South Burlington Event


Bike Boxes Have Arrived!


Tonight's DRB Meeting

Tonight's DRB Meeting

Tuesday March 17, 2020:  Tonight’s DRB meeting will be held at 7:00 at City Hall as scheduled. In addition to our usual YouTube simulcast of the meeting, a remote option has been made available.  The public is strongly encouraged to participate via remote login.  Interested persons participating via remote login will be considered as having the same legal standing as interested persons participating in person.

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Getting the Weeds Out!

With the reopening of City Hall, there are have been many tasks that needed to be completed, after being closed for four months. The flower beds in front of the building had many healthy weeds growing alongside our perennials. Thanks to the Rotary Club for volunteering to removing the weeds, the beds are beautiful!


City Paving Schedule

Over the next 2 months, the City will continue this year's $1.2 million paving program. Check out the calendar of work and the type of work to be performed.