Feb 2, 2005 – Ward 4 & 7 Steering Committee Meeting

7PM, Lakewood Parkway- Ward 4 & 7 Steering Committee Meeting

**Missing Steering Committee members:
Ward 4: Arthur Hogan
Ward 7: Linda Deliduka & Helen Hossley


Peter Potts called meeting to order, and after sorting through the presentation requests from Let the People Decide, Superintendent Amsden, and Mayor Clavelle / Brendan Kelleher, the committee has come up with the following agenda:

Wards 4 & 7 Neighborhood Planning Assembly
Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 7 p.m.
Lyman C. Hunt Middle School Learning Center


7:00 Welcome, Ground Rules and Announcements

7:10 YMCA/Moran Plant Proposal
Panel Discussion with representatives of the YMCA, CEDO and Let the
People Decide

7:30 Burlington School Budget Proposal
Lyman Amsden, Superintendent

7:40 Burlington Ballot Items
Peter Clavelle, Mayor
Brendan Kelleher, CAO

8:00 Wards 4 and 7 City Council and School Board Candidate Forum

8:45 Recap and Speak Out

9:00 Adjournment


Wards 4 & 7 Steering Committee:

The Steering Committee meets to set the agenda for the next meeting. You are welcome to participate, please contact Peter Potts for more information on the meeting.

Steering Committee members:
Ward 4: Mary Ann Blaisdell, Jim Flint, Margaret Gundersen, Arthur Hogan, Ralph Montefusco, & Peter Potts.

Ward 7: Ellie Blais, Linda Deliduka & Helen Hossley.

Jan 19, 2005 – Wards 4 & 7 NPA Meeting

7PM, Lyman C. Hunt Middle SchoolWards 4 &
7 January NPA meeting

href=”http://www.cedoburlington.org/neighborhoods/npa/wards_4_and_7_npa_agenda.htm”>Agenda
for meeting
href=”http://www.cedoburlington.org/neighborhoods/npa/wards_4_and_7_npa_minutes.htm”>Minutes
from Last NPA

Meeting Minutes

(Next Meeting February 16th)

*Councilors missing: Jean O’Sullivan, Ward 7 and Kevin Curley, Ward 4

Peter Potts called meeting to order, Jim Flint moderating the meeting

Reports from Public Officials:


  • Mark Lawson (Chittenden County State Representative)

    • $70 million deficit in Medicaid Budget
    • Overcrowding at correctional facilities
    • Roads: to repair everything will cost $150million, only $50million allocated
      in budget
    • Federal government providing less money, and Vermont has less taxpayers,
      hence the budget shortfalls


    1. Question: How to get more of the southern Ward 7 residents to
      attend NPA? (The area around Burlington College) Answer: Community
      outreach projects, perhaps a newsletter?
    2. Question: Could Vermont denounce the Federal Govt? Perhaps as a
      state? Answer: Not really possible, Medicare reform bill goes into
      place, the Federal govt would divert pharmacy money elsewhere

  • Ellis Blais (Ward 7 City Councilor)

    • (Appears somewhat nervous) the Taxes rates are going up, some families in
      Ward 7 paying double what they used to, councilors are definately concerned
    • Moran/YMCA: ballot question is simple: do you want the YMCA there?

  • Russ Ellis (Ward 4 City Coucilor)

    • The Borrowing authority of the City and Burlington Electric Department
      increase:

      • City’s current limit at $750,000 per year, increase would raise it to
        $1million per year
      • Burlington Electric’s current limit at $250,000 per year, increase would
        raise it to $1million per year
      • Money would be used for city building maintenance, increase justified
        because of falling rate of dollar and inflation

    • Is the reappraisal going to affect the city tax rate?

      • Residential rates will go down, however the property values increase,
        leading to a higher municpal tax rate

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) & Elections (action
item) by Ita Meno


  • This year is the first in 10 years a decline in Block grant funding from
    Federal Govt
  • Most of the money used on North Street, Recycle North, etc
  • Applications are due by Feb 2nd:
  • Break down of allocation of Block Grant funds:

    • 60% – Burlington Community Land Trust, Recycle North, etc
    • 20% – CEDO for administration costs
    • 15% – Emergency Food shelf, COTS, etc
    • 5%Neighborhood Projects

  • Representatives chosen for Block Grant Boards:

    • Ward 4: Jim Flint and Margaret Gundersen
    • Ward 7: Linda Deliduka and Helen Hossley

Revere Court and Assorted Traffic Issues by Bob Whalen (Parks &
Rec) and Jennifer Ely (WVPD)

Regarding the ending path from the “bridge to nowhere”, the wooden bridge
over Rte 127, owned by the City of Burlington


  • The bridge was required to be built for pedestrian access to the Intervale
    land; however pedestrians and bikers now currently wander into resident’s yards
    on Revere Court, a trail is proposed to stop the trespassers, however the
    127/North Avenue project intersection first needs to be complete before the
    trail will start to be built (earliest would be in 2006/7)
  • Supporting bases for the middle portion of the trail (the steepest section)
    are already in place
  • Trail would only be accessible to pedestrians, not bikers
  • Trail would allow faster access to the Ethan Allen Homestead from North
    Avenue


  1. Question: Not many people on the new 127 bikepath? How do you
    justify a new path? Answer: Many persons attending report they have
    seen several persons on the bikepath.
  2. Question: (Carmen George, running for Ward 7 Councilor)
    Disappointed that the trail would not be open to bikers, also fearful from the
    crime that may spread from the Old North End Answer: There actually is
    less crime than there used to be because there are more persons out and about
  3. Concern: (Pat Kelton, Revere Ct resident) Test path is directly
    below their shed, they were never informed of the test path (though Jennifer and
    Bob claim they work closely with neighbors), They purchased the property because
    of the privacy from the surrounding wetland, they still get intruders, and their
    back yard is greatly eroding (despite Jennifer and Bob’s claims that the ground
    in that area would support the trail)
  4. Question: Why can’t the trail be on the opposite side of the slope?
    Would there be fencing to prevent fall from the sloped area? Answer:
    Would no be feasible, the costs would be substantially greater; For the fencing,
    it would block the wildlife from their access to the area
  5. Concern: (Vern) The trail would discourage wildlife, and can’t
    imagine people being there disrupting wildlife Answer: No, the trail is
    designed by experienced trail-makers, that would not disrupt the wildlife
  6. Concern: (Paula Chardelle) Email was sent after their Sept. meeting
    with Jennifer and Bob to reschedule another meeting,however they have not
    received a reponse; the 45 minute time is not enough, residents voices are not
    being heard Answer: Would be more than glad to schedule another
    meeting, and send them emails or visit their office for a meeting

**Councilor Blais leaves at 8:30PM

Presentation by Amy Mellencamp about Burlington High School Athetic
Complex



    • Current place is not acceptable: 42 year old structure with drainage
      problems, sewage problems, cannot use fertilizer because of the proximity to the
      lake, has had to turn down youth programs because of the degenerative condition
      of the field (right portion of trackis two to three feet lower than left side),
      persons with disabilities unable to use the location as it is, if there is an
      emergency on the field, there’s a delay in response because of the current
      layout
    • The new facility would be used by the school, as well as the public, which
      would help the parks and recreation department
    • Complaints of visiting teams and track events lead to the proposal
    • The finished result would look mostly the same, as most of the work would be
      done underground, aside from the better handicapped access (which the state will
      be helping with funding that portion), and the track would be slightly larger

Mobile Library at Hannaford’s


  • Fletcher currently delivers items to seniors and homebound persons by
    volunteers
  • Fletcher also coordinates with the refugee coordination program to help with
    ESL classes
  • Middle school and High school book lending program, if a book isn’t at the
    school, they may borrow it from Fletcher, leading to new Library cards – 48 new
    cards last month alone from this program
  • For the Mobile Library, it will take place at Hannaford, a few items will be
    stored at Hannaford, and it will be staffed by Americorps VISTA helpers, items
    can be requested and dropped off, and they will visit once per week


Meeting Adjourned 9PM


**Steering Committee meeting Feb. 2nd, 7PM – Contact href=”mailto:%[email protected]”>Peter Potts for more information on
attending


Jan 18, 2005 – City Council Meeting

7PM, Contois Auditorium, City Hall. On the agenda is a discussion of Instant Runoff Voting, BHS Athletic Complex, city’s 1% sales tax, Moran Plant/ YMCA discussion (view project discussion) regarding March vote, so far.

Meeting Minutes

(Next Meeting February 7th)

*Councilors missing: Cheryl McDonough, Ward 2 and Jean O’Sullivan, Ward 7

General City Affairs:


  • Councilor Curley moves #19-23 to be removed from the agenda because of the time constraints
  • Councilor Keogh mentions something about a City councilor polo shirt design?
  • Mayor Clavelle: was in D.C. over the Martin Luther King weekend:

    • Community Development block grant program funds may be cut back
    • Greater Burlington may be forming a grassroots relationship with the Tsunami affected areas

Committee Reports:


  • Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization: Meeting Jan 19th covering vehicular noise and possibly University place
  • Ordinance: Zoning committee isn’t prepared for their work; Smoking ban; outsourcing of jobs

Public Hearing:


  • Instant Runoff Voting:

    • Terry (Blue Ribbon commission)- a waste of money (ie French election); suggests 2 changes to the charter language: -more than 2 candidates for the write in option -shorter language
      (if there is no majority winner, then the votes will be retabulated)
    • Michael McGargin: voters should be allowed to discuss the items more, and it the Iraq resolution has been discussed more than the IRV has, the public is not informed

  • Sales Tax

    • Nancy Wood (Burlington Business Association) they have no official position board meeting on the sales tax; what does the tax mean to the retailers? retailers paying 120% and bars paying the gross tax rate already; what is the hope for the future of Burlington? If Winooski and other surrounding cities had a similar tax, it would help to lessen the proposed tax burden
    • Dawn Francis (LC Chamber) they still need to review the tax in order to make a decision
    • Alan Sousie – any tax is a burden; increase of property and school tax upcoming should include the property tax relief with the wording of the ballot item; the older population of Burlington is on the rise, how would it affect them? State all the detailes and as clearly as possible
    • Vincent Downing – paying enough taxes as it is already

  • Increase in Borrowing authority for the City and Burlington Electric

    • City and the Electric Department issue has no public comments

Action on the Public Hearing:


  • IRV:

    • Councilor Shannon: This was intended to elect persons that people want in office, perhaps sample ballots would help the confusion
    • Councilor Blais: Still confused about how the IRV works (was explained over 5 minutes)
    • Councilor Bushor: Voters should understand how it works; would like the question to be shorter

  • Sales tax:

    • Bushor: How would the money generated from the tax be used if passed? (Would support the measure because most of the sales are from non-residents)

      • It would be applied toward property tax relief

  • Parks and Recreation funding:

    • Gosse court armory revitalization in the upcoming weeks for the New North End Youth center and Leddy Park redevelopments

    *Mayor Clavelle: City will have paid the debt off by 2007


Presentations by Burlington School Department:


  • Superintendent Lyman Amsden regarding School Department Budget
  • Burlington High School Steering Committee regarding Athletic Facility plan

Public Comment on School Items:


  • Joe Delaney (President of the BHS Boosters) -comprised of 15-20 parents, but over 100 contribute to the organization; Contributed $20,000 for the systems at Leddy Park, but this year only have a budget of $30,000
  • Michael McGargin: poor wording of the current question on the ballot item; 85% of the budget is set for the staff; school board also increased the tax for capital improvements without letting the city know
  • Dennis (Director of Youth and Community Empowerment) new organization in Burlington, supports the complex

Public Comment on Moran and Iraq ballot items:


  • Maurice Mahoney: Council members should exclude themselves from the vote if they are members of the YMCA; let the city decide whether or not the YMCA should be there
  • Burlington Anti-war Coalition members: Voters haven’t had a say in the war, let their voices be heard

Items of interest not discussed thoroughly by Council:

**In the proposed amendments to the agenda made by Lori Olberg, Administrative Assistant, consent agenda item #25.12 RESOLUTION: Authorization for Water Tower/Land Lease Agreement (Board of Finance) with the consent action to “waive the reading and adopt the resolution.” (per City Attorney McNeil)

**Ward Three Clerk, Jason Baker, Ward One Inspector of Election, Jessica Oski, and Ward Five School Commissioner, Marissa Caldwell, are all resigning

Meeting Adjourned 11 PM

Jan 3, 2005 – City Council Meeting

7PM, Contois Auditorium, City Hall. City Council meeting. On the agenda is a discussion of city sales tax and Moran Plant/ YMCA discussion (view project discussion) regarding March vote, so far.

Meeting Minutes

(Next Meeting January 18th)

*Councilor missing: Ellie Blais, Ward 7
Councilor late: Cheryl McDonough, Ward 2

General City Affairs:


  • Councilor Russ Ellis (Ward 4): New North End Youth center
  • 73% of Hunt MS Students’ parents both work
  • 63% of 6th-8th graders are alone from 6-8PM
  • Mayor Peter Clavelle: Turner property (off of East Ave) development; Fundraiser on the 16th for Tsunami victims; June 17th 3PM-7PM Taxes done for free, must be under $35,500 yearly income to qualify for the free tax filing

Presentation by Burlington High School Principal about Athetic Complex


  • Current place is not acceptable: 42 year old structure with drainage problems, sewage problems, cannot use fertilizer because of the proximity to the lake, has had to turn down youth programs because of the degenerative condition of the field, persons with disabilities unable to use the location as it is, if there is an emergency on the field, there’s a delay in response because of the current layout
  • The new facility would be used by the school, as well as the public, which would help the parks and recreation department
  • The school board will go into more specifics at their next meeting on Jan. 11th
  • Principal would like to see the complex on the ballot in March; there would be enough
    time for the school board to specify things & for council to hear for ballot vote
  • Councilor O’Sullivan (Ward 7) Believes high school students should not be driving around

Public Forum:


  • New North End Youth Center:

    • Jen: Easy access from Hunt MS, quality of programs are great; keep youth center where it currently is
    • Beth: Youth center encourages the parks and recreation; would like youth center to partner with parks & rec to check about the Gosse Ct armory location

  • Ending war in Iraq:

    • Paul, Peter, Shiela (Burlington’s Anti-war coalition): resistance is growing in Iraq, troops should be withdrawn, supports the resolution, put to vote in March
    • Nancy: a possible public forum should be established for the resolution
    • (Councilor Montroll of Ward 6 grimaces at the remark)

Moran redevelopment:


  • Ethan: will not serve the needs of the whole city; there should be changes at Leddy park, Memorial Auditorium, or the Gosse Ct Armory
  • Kurt Wright/Maurice Mahoney: Moran infrastructure and the lease term should appear on the ballot

Property Reappraisal presentation:


  • Overall property taxes will increase
  • Tax relief will happen through the proposed sales tax and rebate programs
  • The reappraisals will be completed by the end of January
  • Results of the reappraisal would be released in mid-April
  • Public hearings about reappraisals from April 22 – May 17th
  • Appeal Hearings board (Assessors) from May 26 – June 11th
  • Tax bills (with new reappraisals) mailed July 12th
  • Appeal Hearings board (Tax appeals) from August to November
  • Tax burden will shift from commercial to residential and commercial apartments
  • Tax rates still dependent on final grand list, result of the sales tax, PILOT (Burlington), City budget spending levels, and the per pupil cost levels of the school board
  • Municpal tax rate increased
  • Tax relief programs: target the fixed/lower income and senior citizens, possible renter rebate program

Sales Tax:


  • $2,550,000 would be raised from the sales tax (before sharing occurs)
  • Carleton: Why not lower the rates?
  • City needs more money; some of the rates are fixed by the charter (ie Library);
  • General tax rate of around 38% is designated by the charter as well; the reappraisal is not the only thing increasing the taxes: example- grand list
  • Ellis: Are the market values of the residential properties more than the commercial properties? Yes
  • Shannon: Could there be different tax rates for the commercial and residential? No, they are taxed at the same rate, which is fixed in the city charter
  • O’Sullivan: What is the PILOT program? The burlington-based program, not Vermont; incorporates the electric, water, and wastewater; treated as commercial properties, therefore their proportiaon of rate will go down; will lose 700,000 in the municipal budget – council could adjust the rate so money is not lost (as was done in 1994)
  • Ashe: Could the ratio be raised from 100 to 120? The ratio would have to be raised to 137 to make up for the loss in the budget

-Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) to Elect mayor:


  • Problem with the time difference between council approving the IRV and the mayoral elections; IRV will go to the proper committee to determine how to proceed, two public hearings are required to put it in place and then council meeting on Jan 15th, 2005

Public hearings: January 14th at noon and January 18th at the City council meeting

Sales Tax:


  • Clavelle: It would reduce the growth of the property tax; it’s not just a Burlington issue (ie Williston); voters in the past have said they want alternatives to the
    property taxes; there would be an increase in taxes for the middle income home owners and middle income renters of Burlington (ie 20% increase in property tax)

Burlington Electric Borrowing Increase


  • Curley: Burington Electric Department’s borrowing hasn’t kept up with inflation
  • Ellis: Why borrow more money? Increase of cost of improvements to the city facilities (ie Electric dept), maintenance of the city buildings (ie Leddy, memorial), and deferred problems of the existing facilities
  • Bushor: The sales tax will not increase the debt over the long run
  • Passed: 13 votes yes, 1 vote opposed (Curley)

*Councilor Curley leaves

Iraq resolution:


  • Fiermonte: Would like to see it on the ballot in march, and re-wording done on 18th
  • Bushor: Wants to know how citizens feel about the war; it’s more for the community, not for the president
  • Carleton: Would like it to be re-worded in committee
  • Perry: Cannot do anything to further hurt those in our community already in pain (ie families of those overseas, or those killed overseas)
  • O’Sullivan: Would support the subcommittee for the re-wording
  • Ellis: would like all of the ballot questions in a one sentence, not a paragraph

Meeting Adjourned 10:30PM

Dec 20, 2004 – City Council Meeting

7PM, Contois Auditorium, City Hall. On the agenda is a vote to proceed with the Moran Plant/YMCA project. A yes vote will allow the city to proceed in exploring the feasibility of relocating the YMCA to the Moran Plant. Heavenly and Jeremy will be attending the city council meeting. Hope to see you there! (view project discussion)

Meeting Minutes:

Presentation by UVM President Dan Fogle: Student affairs


  • By 2008 2,137 new beds will have been added.
  • Mr. Fogle thinks that moving some students out of Burlington will help the current problems.
  • Any students having problems with authorities are dealt with strongly.
  • BPD and UVM police go out on joint patrols on UVM campus.
  • BPD currently filters out offenders by age range and then sends the information to UVM.
  • Currently UVM states 150 incidents per year average.

Public Forum (Open to all questions/comments)


  • UVM should have a study on parking and traffic for the existing off-campus students
  • UVM should require a course regarding repectfullness of city laws; dorms currently have a lack of the rules; there was an incident earlier this year where there were hundreds of students violiating noise ordinance, and only one officer to ticket them, as a result none were caught
  • Kurt Wright: Proponents of the YMCA shouldn’t dismiss opponents as being selfish (Which is what happened at last week’s Public forum on 12/15/04)

General City Affairs:


  • Mayor Clavelle: Sales tax proposal at the next meeting on Jan. 3rd. Human resources director resigning soon.
  • Moran redevelopment vote by city council: Uninamously in favor of a public reforendum – will be placed on the ballot in march.
  • Hospitality resource committee and the Local Control Committee have a bit of overlap in their duties; discussion between councilors Keogh and Bushor about the noise violations of the bars in downtown area; Councilman Keogh says his committee is on the way to merging violations with indoor entertainment permits.
  • Coding Enforcement: the coding data before 2004 was incomplete or unorganized, there is and was no past performance of reporting; councilors suggest perhaps a complaint system for Burlington should be set up as there needs to be better supervision of the coding enforcement office; CD committee will oversee & develop a citizen oversight committee for the supervision of the office.

Meeting Adjourned 11PM

Burlington City Council Meeting

Burlington City Council Meeting – January 3rd, 2005
7PM Contois Auditorium

(Next Meeting January 18th)

*Councilor missing: Ellie Blais, Ward 7
Councilor late: Cheryl McDonough, Ward 2

General City Affairs:

  • Councilor Russ Ellis (Ward 4): New North End Youth center
  • 73% of Hunt MS Students’ parents both work
  • 63% of 6th-8th graders are alone from 6-8PM
  • Mayor Peter Clavelle: Turner property (off of East Ave) development; Fundraiser on the 16th for Tsunami victims; June 17th 3PM-7PM Taxes done for free, must be under $35,500 yearly income to qualify for the free tax filing

Presentation by Burlington High School Principal about Athetic Complex

  • Current place is not acceptable: 42 year old structure with drainage problems, sewage problems, cannot use fertilizer because of the proximity to the lake, has had to turn down youth programs because of the degenerative condition of the field, persons with disabilities unable to use the location as it is, if there is an emergency on the field, there’s a delay in response because of the current layout
  • The new facility would be used by the school, as well as the public, which would help the parks and recreation department
  • The school board will go into more specifics at their next meeting on Jan. 11th
  • Principal would like to see the complex on the ballot in March; there would be enough
    time for the school board to specify things & for council to hear for ballot vote
  • Councilor O’Sullivan (Ward 7) Believes high school students should not be driving around

Public Forum:

  • New North End Youth Center:
    • Jen: Easy access from Hunt MS, quality of programs are great; keep youth center where it currently is
    • Beth: Youth center encourages the parks and recreation; would like youth center to partner with parks & rec to check about the Gosse Ct armory location
  • Ending war in Iraq:
    • Paul, Peter, Shiela (Burlington’s Anti-war coalition): resistance is growing in Iraq, troops should be withdrawn, supports the resolution, put to vote in March
    • Nancy: a possible public forum should be established for the resolution
    • (Councilor Montroll of Ward 6 grimaces at the remark)

Moran redevelopment:

  • Ethan: will not serve the needs of the whole city; there should be changes at Leddy park, Memorial Auditorium, or the Gosse Ct Armory
  • Kurt Wright/Maurice Mahoney: Moran infrastructure and the lease term should appear on the ballot

Property Reappraisal presentation:

  • Overall property taxes will increase
  • Tax relief will happen through the proposed sales tax and rebate programs
  • The reappraisals will be completed by the end of January
  • Results of the reappraisal would be released in mid-April
  • Public hearings about reappraisals from April 22 – May 17th
  • Appeal Hearings board (Assessors) from May 26 – June 11th
  • Tax bills (with new reappraisals) mailed July 12th
  • Appeal Hearings board (Tax appeals) from August to November
  • Tax burden will shift from commercial to residential and commercial apartments
  • Tax rates still dependent on final grand list, result of the sales tax, PILOT (Burlington), City budget spending levels, and the per pupil cost levels of the school board
  • Municpal tax rate increased
  • Tax relief programs: target the fixed/lower income and senior citizens, possible renter rebate program

Sales Tax:

  • $2,550,000 would be raised from the sales tax (before sharing occurs)
  • Carleton: Why not lower the rates?
  • City needs more money; some of the rates are fixed by the charter (ie Library);
  • General tax rate of around 38% is designated by the charter as well; the reappraisal is not the only thing increasing the taxes: example- grand list
  • Ellis: Are the market values of the residential properties more than the commercial properties? Yes
  • Shannon: Could there be different tax rates for the commercial and residential? No, they are taxed at the same rate, which is fixed in the city charter
  • O’Sullivan: What is the PILOT program? The burlington-based program, not Vermont; incorporates the electric, water, and wastewater; treated as commercial properties, therefore their proportiaon of rate will go down; will lose 700,000 in the municipal budget – council could adjust the rate so money is not lost (as was done in 1994)
  • Ashe: Could the ratio be raised from 100 to 120? The ratio would have to be raised to 137 to make up for the loss in the budget

-Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) to Elect mayor:

  • Problem with the time difference between council approving the IRV and the mayoral elections; IRV will go to the proper committee to determine how to proceed, two public hearings are required to put it in place and then council meeting on Jan 15th, 2005

Public hearings: January 14th at noon and January 18th at the City council meeting

Sales Tax:

  • Clavelle: It would reduce the growth of the property tax; it’s not just a Burlington issue (ie Williston); voters in the past have said they want alternatives to the
    property taxes; there would be an increase in taxes for the middle income home owners and middle income renters of Burlington (ie 20% increase in property tax)

Burlington Electric Borrowing Increase

  • Curley: Burington Electric Department’s borrowing hasn’t kept up with inflation
  • Ellis: Why borrow more money? Increase of cost of improvements to the city facilities (ie Electric dept), maintenance of the city buildings (ie Leddy, memorial), and deferred problems of the existing facilities
  • Bushor: The sales tax will not increase the debt over the long run
  • Passed: 13 votes yes, 1 vote opposed (Curley)

*Councilor Curley leaves

Iraq resolution:

  • Fiermonte: Would like to see it on the ballot in march, and re-wording done on 18th
  • Bushor: Wants to know how citizens feel about the war; it’s more for the community, not for the president
  • Carleton: Would like it to be re-worded in committee
  • Perry: Cannot do anything to further hurt those in our community already in pain (ie families of those overseas, or those killed overseas)
  • O’Sullivan: Would support the subcommittee for the re-wording
  • Ellis: would like all of the ballot questions in a one sentence, not a paragraph

Meeting Adjourned 10:30PM

Burlington City Council Meeting

December 20th, 2004
7PM Contois Auditorium
(Next Meeting January 3rd)

Presentation by UVM President Dan Fogle: Student affairs

  • By 2008 2,137 new beds will have been added.
  • Mr. Fogle thinks that moving some students out of Burlington will help the current problems.
  • Any students having problems with authorities are dealt with strongly.
  • BPD and UVM police go out on joint patrols on UVM campus.
  • BPD currently filters out offenders by age range and then sends the information to UVM.
  • Currently UVM states 150 incidents per year average.

Public Forum (Open to all questions/comments)

  • UVM should have a study on parking and traffic for the existing off-campus students
  • UVM should require a course regarding repectfullness of city laws; dorms currently have a lack of the rules; there was an incident earlier this year where there were hundreds of students violiating noise ordinance, and only one officer to ticket them, as a result none were caught
  • Kurt Wright: Proponents of the YMCA shouldn’t dismiss opponents as being selfish (Which is what happened at last week’s Public forum on 12/15/04)

General City Affairs:

  • Mayor Clavelle: Sales tax proposal at the next meeting on Jan. 3rd. Human resources director resigning soon.
  • Moran redevelopment vote by city council: Uninamously in favor of a public reforendum – will be placed on the ballot in march.
  • Hospitality resource committee and the Local Control Committee have a bit of overlap in their duties; discussion between councilors Keogh and Bushor about the noise violations of the bars in downtown area; Councilman Keogh says his committee is on the way to merging violations with indoor entertainment permits.
  • Coding Enforcement: the coding data before 2004 was incomplete or unorganized, there is and was no past performance of reporting; councilors suggest perhaps a complaint system for Burlington should be set up as there needs to be better supervision of the coding enforcement office; CD committee will oversee & develop a citizen oversight committee for the supervision of the office.

Meeting Adjourned 11PM