Burlington City Council Work Session for Moran & Meeting
November 22nd, 2004
Work session on YMCA/Moran development
City Hall 5:30PM
- President Montroll calls the session to order.
- Montroll asks the council if they would like to continue or backdown?
- How the city and YMCA’s religious non-descrimination clause… is that an issue? Joe, the president of the YMCA board says no – majority of members are women.
- Clavelle sees project as a win-win situation
- Carlton: Why the moran plant for relocation? Wishes citizens would be more vocal The YMCA has outgrown the existing building, no other is as good as the Moran location
- Blais: If approved, what is the next step in development? The YMCA will place the existing property at college street for sale, and they estimate it will cost them more than $10million for the project, they would like the council’s enthusiastic approval for the project
- Ellis: Who exactly is the ‘party’ mentioned in the development agreement? The city council and the Parks & Rec. Dept delegate the Moran property.
- Who is a Burlington resident? (ie are students residents?) Any person that is able to vote within Burlington.
- Membership fees? Based on scholarship, no one is turned away from them even if they are unable to pay the fees.
- What happens if there is an extra cost or problem? It will be on the YMCA’s dollar. The YMCA board members mention their fundraising black-out dates of September to November because of the United way partnership.
- City of Burlington currently owes $425,000 on Moran; estimated value is at $2.5million. An estimated $526,000 to tear the building down.
Work session adjourned – scheduling another work session for December 6th, 2004
City Council Meeting
Contois Auditorium 7PM
Agenda for meeting:
- Progress review presentation of City market, Onion River co-op
- Public forum
- Consent agenda: Taxing owner-occupied duplexes under act 68
- Winter operations presentation of Public works dept
Public Forum on the YMCA/Moran project comments
- Adam Stone and Davin (UVM & Johnson state’s Student Government Association)
- Adam: Personal freedoms of the students are ignored; seen as immature; no represenation of the students in the city government
- Davin: There is a lack of community within Burlington; council isn’t getting the student’s view of things about the city (Council didn’t really listen; no response given)
- (Curley)Taxing owner-occupied duplexes under act 68: the tax would increase in the non residential more than the commercial & would affect Northgate differently than other properties (passed 13 to 1: Bushor opposed)
- Loan of $10million for the telecommunications project expansions within Burlington an additional $2million is needed (opposed by Curley)