WARNING CITY OF SOUTH BURLINGTON ANNUAL CITY MEETING MARCH 2, 2021
The legal voters of the City of South Burlington are hereby notified and warned to meet at their respective polling places at the Chamberlin School on White Street, the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School on Dorset Street and the Orchard School on Baldwin Avenue
Application Status and Recently Issued Permits now online
Two new features of the Planning & Zoning webpage:
- Status of current and recent applications under review by the Development Review Board.
- Logbook of recently issued zoning permits
Update on Underwood Parcel
SBFD Will Help with COVID Vaccination
SBFD receives State approval for Community Vaccinator Program
With the announcement of potential new vaccines to slow the spread of COVID-19, the State and Community Fire and EMS leaders began planning for the delivery of vaccines in a mass vaccination program.
Council Approves Ballot Item for Garden Street
Council Approves Ballot Item for Garden Street
The South Burlington City Council has approved placing a question related to the connection of Garden Street to Williston Road on the north and Dorset Street on the west on the ballot for the City’s Annual Meeting on March 2nd.
FY22 City Budget Presentation
As announced in the last edition of City News, the City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Municipal Budget that will now go to the voters for approval. The budget is a 0.98% increase over last year’s tax rate, and an increase of $13.01 for the year to the average condo owner, and $18.76 increase for the year to the average homeowner.
Summer Camp Planning Underway
Although there is still snow on the ground, it is never too early to start planning for warmer weather. Our department has begun planning what will surely be another unique and fun-filled summer camp season. Take a look to see what we have in store!
Registration will begin February 1st
Solar Array Installation Progress
Town Meeting Day & Ballots
Town Meeting Day will be Tuesday, March 2, 2021.Due to the pandemic, the legislature passed a bill which eliminates the need for petitions to be filed in 2021 and instead, candidates must only submit their consent form to the clerk’s office prior to 5:00 on January 25th.
Outdoor Winter Engagement
Public Hearing: TIF Financing for Garden Street
On January 19th the City Council will host a Public Hearing on the question of whether or not the City voters should authorize Tax Increment Financing debt to pay for the connection of Garden Street to Dorset Street on the south and Midas Drive on the north.
Bear Invasion at Fire Station
As in past years, South Burlington Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Offices have been an alternative staging site for Santa’s sleigh, when there are heavy headwinds. Apparently, these winds at altitude made it difficult for Rudolph to make his final approach to the station, and Santa bypassed his usual logistical resupply spot. (it is all about the schedule after all!).
Sewer Upgrade project
Hadley/Farrell Neighborhood Sewer Upgrade Project
Pandemic Program Impacts
Fire District Land Transfer
City Council Approves Mayfair Park Potash Brook Land Transfer
At its regular meeting on Monday, January 4th the South Burlington City Council approved the transfer documents necessary to finalize the conveyance of two parcels from Fire District No. 2 to the City. The land to be conveyed abuts the current Potash Brook natural area south of the Mayfair Park neighborhood which was inadvertently retained by Fire District No. 2 during the original transfer of Potash Brook land to the City in 1970
SB Fire and Planning for COVID-19
Fire Operations During COVID
Last year, the onset of COVID-19 created some new and different challenges for the Fire Department.
SBFD staff began tracking and planning for the potential arrival of what was to identified as the COVID-19 virus in the waning days of December 2019. As part of the City’s all hazards mitigation plan, Staff began ordering additional infectious disease personal protection items in early January.
City Council Adopts FY22 Budget
The City Council, at its meeting on January 4th, adopted the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022). The proposed budget is a 0.98% increase in the tax rate, just under 1%. Based on what is being proposed, what that means to the average taxpayer is an increase of $13.01 for the year on the average condo, and an $18.76 increase for the year to the average homeowner.
Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Project Grant
Airport Parkway Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Project Grant
In 2012 the City completed a $30 million upgrade and expansion project at its largest wastewater treatment facility, located on Airport Parkway. To aid in the funding of this project, the City borrowed over $20 million from the State of Vermont’s Revolving Loan Fund.
Proactive Removal of Ash Trees
In May 2018, staff presented to the South Burlington City Council on the topic of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is an exotic beetle that was discovered in Michigan in 2002 that feeds on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients, resulting in the killing of hundreds of millions of ash trees nationwide. Unfortunately, EAB has arrived in Vermont and Chittenden County.
Council Appoints City Manager Search Committee
Council Appoints City Manager Search Committee
The City Council has appointed a committee to review applications for the position of City Manager. Current City Manager Kevin Dorn will be retiring from the position on June 30th of this year. The Council hopes to have a new Manager named well before that date to allow for a smooth transition.
Mixed Income Residential Building Approved
Mixed Income Residential Building Approved at 105 Swift Street
The City’s Development Review Board approved application #SD-20-37 for a building containing 20 housing units, including 2 perpetually affordable units at 105 Swift Street.
Council Approves MOU on Airport Operations
Council approves three party MOU related to the Airport
The South Burlington City Council has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the Cities of Burlington and Winooski. The leadership of the three communities came together to reach agreement on ways to address concerns related to operations at Burlington International Airport that have an impact on the quality of life of residents in each community.
Planning Projects to be Considered
Council to consider planning project submittals
The City Council will consider submittal of the City’s annual project requests to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) at their January 19th meeting.
Police Gifts Books to Kindergarteners
Miller Family Donates the Remainder of PD Building
Council Honors Resident John Simson
Proposal to City Council to Amend Wastewater Ordinance
Transportation Impact Fee Proposal
Fiscal Year 2022 Draft Budget
An overview of the draft FY22 General Fund Budget was presented to the City Council at their meeting on Dec. 21st. The budget, along with the Enterprise Accounts for Water, Stormwater, and Sewer, will be further discussed at the next City Council meeting on January 4th.
SB Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt
A Winter Walk in the Woods
Public Hearing Set for Garden Street
City Clerk Discusses Annual Meeting
Open Spaces: Red Rocks Improvements
Meeting Needs at the Food Shelf
Planning Commission Briefs Council on Draft Environmental Protection Standards
Preparations in Full Swing to Spark the Park!
Penny for Path Projects - Spring 2021
Doing Your Part to Build a "Paws"itve Dog Community
Creating a Climate Action Plan
South Burlington is a member of the Vermont Climate Communities coalition, a network of cities and towns that have pledged to meet the targets of the State of Vermont and of the Paris Climate Accord. In the time since the City Council adopted this pledge in 2017, the City has hired an energy projects manager and pursued a number of key projects reducing our energy and carbon footprints. The next step is create a climate action plan.
ALERT: Increasing Scams
City Council Briefed on City Center Development
Honk for the Holidays and the Magic of the Season
Coming this winter! #SparkthePark – A winter lights display at the bandshell
Cyber Celebrations: Stay Safe by Hosting a Virtual Thanksgiving
No Programs...What Is A Recreation Staff To Do?
REHAB: Waterline under I-89
In October, a water main was rehabilitated under I-89. The aging 12 inch asbestos and cast iron pipe received a fully structural cured-in-place pipe liner. The work on the 700 feet of pipeline was completed without the traditional dig and replace disruption.
Tax Installments Due Dec 15
Turkey Take Out Nourished Body and Soul
PUBLIC HEARING: Zoning Amendments
Penny for Paths: Sidewalk Construction Complete
Green Mountain Transit: Annual Report to City Council
Lawsuit Filed Against Clerk's Office
City Manager Update
With the recent spike in Covid-19 cases I have decided that we need to return to the safety protocols we had in place back in the summer. This decision was consistent with the Governor’s actions taken during his Covid-19 press conference on Friday, November 13.
City Hall is now shut down to all public visitors except for those who need to view documents in the City Clerk’s office. Access to the City Clerk’s office is by appointment only at this time. Virtually, all City Hall staff are now working remotely. So, services are being provided and the work of the City is moving forward in a disbursed manner.
ANNUAL REPORT: Community Outreach
Rain, Snow, or Shine - Flag Rugby Plays On!
802Rugby President Emily Morgan and Champlain College Men’s Rugby Coach Josh Cameron taught a group of 14 kids what a tough, fast, and fun sport Rugby is this fall. This group bundled up and ran around Veterans Memorial Park each Saturday. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in America. We are excited to begin helping build the base of this great sport here is South Burlington.
Interested in playing? Keep a lookout for our next session coming in the spring!
Recreation & Parks Going Remote
Due to the latest Executive Order from Gov. Scott, the Recreation and Parks Office will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 16. All staff will continue their full time working hours remotely, and have made accommodations to receive voicemails via email. When reaching out to the Recreation and Parks Department, please allow us one business day to respond. We will be checking emails daily Monday-Friday and aim to provide a seamless transition to this remote work.
Many Hands Make Light Work!
Our staff do a remarkable job keeping up with their routine mowing, weed whacking, field preparation, maintenance and trash removal of our thriving park system, but with a growing inventory and thoughtful budgets; there comes a time when we have to meet the need, when really we would like to meet the desire. So how do we bridge the gap? VOLUNTEERS!
Proclamation: Small Business Saturday
Interim Zoning Bylaw Extended
POLICE PRESS RELEASE: Theft
Public Art for 180 Market Street In Progress
Nets Are Down
Tennis/Pickleball nets have been taken down at Szymanski Park and behind SBHS. It is time to give the courts a rest for their offseason. We hope you have enjoyed the playing this season!
Change of Season Doesn't Mean Change of Pandemic Protocols; Please Do Your Part
As the pandemic marches on, please remember that we need to be ever diligent in keeping safe as we use our parks, pathways and outdoor spaces. To ensure that these opportunities and amenities remain open and accessible, we are asking that you please adhere to these three simple rules: 1) Wear a mask 2) Leash dogs at all times 3) Keep a 6 foot physical distance.
Kimball Ave Bridge - Conditions & Status
#SoBu Has Spirit
On Thursday evening our Director Holly and Recreation Specialist Brett toured the city checking out all of the displays by those who entered our Halloween Decorating Contest. It may have been a wet, dreary evening but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit.
Senior Trunk or Treat Success
What a treat it was to be able to see so many of our community members at the Trunk or Treat Senior Meal Drive Thru. While we couldn’t share in a cup of coffee and conversation, it was great to say a safe hello and be able to share in a moment of personal connection.
Soccer Season Finishes Strong!
Back in June, we didn’t know whether we were going to be able to host a soccer league this fall. However, with some token SBRP ingenuity, we were able to fit the puzzles pieces together to create a safe and fun environment for all to enjoy.
Soccer has been a staple of our programming for years. We are excited that we were able to continue this Saturday morning tradition.
Thank you to everyone who participated, refereed, coached, watched and cheered! You made this season one to remember!
BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot
Hydro Turbine to Save $1.4 Million
In 2021, the City of South Burlington is planning to construct a hydro turbine on the outfall pipe of the City’s Airport Parkway Wastewater Treatment Facility along the Winooski River to produce electrical power. Over the expected 30-year life of the turbine, $1.4M in energy savings are anticipated, an average of $47,000 per year.
Judge Hears Oral Argument in Mary Street Litigation
Dorset Meadows Project Denied
Spooktacular Halloween Fun In SoBOO
ENERGY SAVINGS: $500,000 in FY2020
As a result of many energy projects invested in over the last decade the City has recorded $499,653 in energy savings in FY2020! That's enough power to run 71 clothes dryers at the high setting continuously for a year.
Community Hike Series Concludes for Season
The Future of Recreation and Parks: Post Pandemic
Several of our staff socially distanced and joined together to participate in a virtual presentation last week by Neelay Bhatt regarding the Future of Recreation and Parks Post Pandemic. Neelay, a prominent voice for customer service in the recreation industry, describes himself as: “ a servant leader passionate about connecting people in the Sports Business, Government Agencies such as Parks and Recreation or non-profits such as Governing bodies and Sports Commissions, I'm committed to helping clients one agency at a time. Be it sports marketing, master and strategic planning, facility development or business planning, training or speaking on leadership, customer service or brand building, I continue to share and learn from professionals and friends alike.”
#SoBu Sunrise to Sunset
Start your day with a smile by taking an early morning walk along the Wheeler Nature Park trails. Park in the dirt parking lot on Swift Street adjacent to the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Park. As you start out, you’ll have beautiful eastward vistas and will be able to enjoy the sunrise over the Green Mountains including Mt Mansfield and Camels Hump. As you explore the network of trails you will spot old maple and oak trees, a white pine forest, vernal pool and a stream tributary of potash brook.
Access Planning & Zoning Documents Online
EXTENDED: Temporary Permitting Measures for Businesses
This spring, the Planning & Zoning Department put in place a series of temporary permitting measures to allow businesses to adapt to changing circumstances brought by the evolving pandemic. The temporary measures have now been extended through the end of the year.
Progress on Public Library, City Hall & Senior Center
UPDATE: City-wide Reappraisal
Scavenger Hunt Fun; It All Starts In Parks!
#SB3x3x3 Virtual Runs
Need some motivation to get outside during the cooler months? Join us in a virtual running series this winter.
Participants have the chance to win some great prizes donated by Fleet Feet Vermont.
#SpookySoBu Halloween Decorating Contest
Baker Presents CCRPC Annual Report
Airport Master Plan Update: Oct 14 | 5-7 pm
A Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14th 5-7PM virtually at Burlington International Airport.
Draft Airport Noise Compatibility Implementation Plan
Improvements: Community Dr / Kimball Ave
Construction crews are at work widening the corners and approach lanes to the intersection of Community Drive and Kimball Avenue. The current four-way stop at the intersection will also be replaced by traffic signals that are expected to be installed by the end of the year.
PROGRESS REPORT: Building Homes Together
– The Building Homes Together Campaign, formed in 2016 to encourage production of housing in Chittenden County, released its annual progress report that showed continued overall success in new housing being created, but a persistent lack of affordable homes.
Halloween Events 2020
Free Senior Meal Drive Thru Program
We are thrilled to partner with Age Well for a series of three “drive thru” meal delivery opportunities. Age Well is covering the cost of the meals, as well as providing additional funding for some fun goodie bags and give a-ways to bolster the event.
Sign up for just one or sign up for all three. City Staff will be on site to festively wave and greet you as you drive down through Veterans Memorial Park and pick up your meal in the turnaround; there will be signage indicating where to go. All staff will be fully masked and precautions will be taken to promote safety. No need to get out of your car, simply pull up, pop the trunk and we can place the bags for you.
Local Government E-Newspaper Launches
SBRP Fall Soccer
Kimball Ave Bridge Closed for Repairs
The Kimball Avenue Bridge which links South Burlington to Williston will be temporarily closed to facilitate much needed repairs.
Council Hears from Land Trust on Sewer Allocation
The South Burlington Land Trust presented a proposal to the City Council to amend the so-called “Sewer Ordinance” to direct the allocation of sewer capacity to areas where the Planning Commission and Council want to see growth.
Closing the Gaps
Partnering with Audubon Vermont to Improve Bird Habitat
First Tax Installment Due This Week!
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.
Time is running out! Complete the 2020 Census today.
Bumpy No More
A Smooth Ride at Overlook Park
Police Department Policy and Operations
Volunteers Get the Weeds Out at City Hall
Tropical Storm Isaias
Property Tax Bills Delayed
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
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.
Resolution Related to the Murder of George Floyd
Resolution Requires Wearing Masks in Public
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.
State of City Operations and 21st Century Policing
21st Century Policing: A Message from Police Chief Shawn Burke
Business Occupancy Loads (COVID-19)
Update from City Manager Kevin Dorn
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.
School Budget Re-vote: Absentee Ballots
Public Library: Curbside Service Available
As The Spigot Turns
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.
City Meetings This Week: City Council Tonight
Thanks for 25 Years, Sgt. Dubie!
Recreation & Park Director's Message
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
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
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
Tips to Recreate Locally
SB Dog Park Closed Until Further Notice
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
Message From the Director
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.
Update from Kevin Dorn, City Manager
Take a Virtual Tour of National Parks
National Park Virtual Tours
Our Drinking Water is Safe
SB Recreation & Parks Operation Update
Tonight's DRB Meeting
Programmatic Updates in Light of Social Distancing
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
COVID-19 & CITY OPERATIONS
Recount Complete - City Councilor Race
Annual Meeting Election Results
A REVIEW OF THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2021 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
Annual City & School Meeting Ballots are In!
Senior Spotlight: Meet Millie and Joan
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.
Accused Murderer Leroy Headley Arrested in Jamaica
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.
SB Friends of the Dog Park to Host Canine Valentine Event Feb. 8!
South Burlington Management Plan Task Force Hosts Kick Off Meeting!
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FY '21 BUDGET
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.
COMMUNITY CENTER UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Recreation Department Prepares for 24th Annual Valentine Dance
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.
Bridge Reopens Between SoBu & Williston
BRIDGE REOPENS BETWEEN SOUTH BURLINGTON & WILLISTON
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.
Capitol for a Day-SoBu
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
PUBLIC FORUM: White Street Bike Lanes
South Burlington Public Forum on
NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE
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
City-wide Appraisal Process Begins
Standing up to Domestic Violence
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.
NEW REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP FORMS TO CONSERVE AND MANAGE LAND
Bike Boxes Have Arrived!
Indoor Active Recreation Center - Take the survey and share your thoughts
PUBLIC FORUM: Indoor Recreation Facility
New Police Officers Sworn In
PUBLIC FORUMS: Interim Zoning -- Open Space
All residents are encouraged to attend two public forums hosted by the Interim Zoning Open Space Committee.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019
5:30 - 7 pm
Green Mountain Room, City Hall, 575 Dorset Street
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019
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.
SoBu Speaks: Consensus Mobile App Launches
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 facebook.com/SouthBurlington.
City Council Approves FY20 Paving Projects
New South Burlington Bike Routes
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
Accepting Applications for City Committees
Fun Filled Family Bingo
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.
Annual Meeting Results
- 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
- Article I - Minier and Lalonde were elected
- Article II - School budget passed
Article III: Charter Amendment 1 - 1% Local Options Tax
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
- Attend a public forum on Tuesday, February 5 (6:00-7:30pm)
- Take our survey online.
Utility Bill Payment Flexibility Available for Furloughed Federal Employees
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 Indoor Recreation Center & Creative Arts Center
Fiscal Year 2020 Budget (in Development)
CORPORAL WILLIAMSON SELECTED TO RUN
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.
REMINDER: City WInter Parking Ban is in effect beginning December 1. (No street parking from midnight to 8 am.)
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.
Please welcome Chief Shawn Burke
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.
Financing the Proposed Community Center
Bike Boxes Have Arrived!
Council Approves Land Conservation Agreement in South East Quadrant
City Paving Schedule
180 Market Street | Library + Senior Center + City Hall
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.
PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT: Library+Senior Center+City Hall
- 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)
Lime Kiln Road Temporary Crosswalk Installation
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
NOTICE: Blasting at Burlington International Airport
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
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!
Vermont Aviation Expo
Municipal Clerks Week
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).
SoBu Spaces - Senior Center
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.
Deputy Police Chief Set to Retire, After 27 Years of Service
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.
City Councilor Patricia Nowak Passes Away
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
City Announces Next Police Chief
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.”
Significant Invasive Removal at Wheeler
Help Us Name The Park!
Underwood Public Input Meeting
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.
BALLOT ITEM: Bond leads to First Year Savings and Beyond
Community Initiative Addresses Unmet Social Service Needs
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.