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Latest Winooski Update - Friday, 7.10.20

Mayor’s Update

Hi Winooski. We continue to see low numbers of positive community cases of COVID-19 so I’d like to thank everyone for wearing masks, getting tested, and generally protecting each other by following health guidelines.

Speaking of masks, we’ve got many amazing educational resources for wearing masks and face coverings. View here: https://winooskivt.gov/masks. Volunteer Mask Makers are needed! We’ve partnered with Vermont Teddy Bear on their mask-making initiative – they will supply you with a kit of cut fabric and elastic, at-home makers only need a sewing machine and thread. Once completed, volunteers can drop their sewn masks off in the book return at the Winooski Memorial Library. A portion of the donated masks will stay right here in Winooski to support our community! If you are interested in being a Volunteer Home Mask Maker, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Olivia Miller: volunteer@winooskivt.gov / 802 655 1392 - please leave your name and contact information.

Visiting the Winooski Food Shelf? Cloth masks can be picked up for free. The Winooski Food Shelf is located on 24 West Allen Street within the United Methodist Church. Stop by on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month from 2 - 4 PM and on Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 AM.

While cases of COVID-19 may have slowed in Vermont, the virus is still a very real concern around the country. We must keep up our good efforts for some time to come. Pop-up testing for people without symptoms continues in Winooski, please take advantage of these opportunities. Folks with symptoms should call their doctor instead. Learn more and sign up at https://humanresources.vermont.gov/winooski.

The pandemic is still having very real impacts on our health and well-being. If you need help with housing, financial assistance, unemployment, or health and safety, the State of Vermont may have resources that can help you through this tough time. Visit https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/individuals or call 211 on your phone to get connected. It never hurts to try. The state legislature also recently announced a program to support folks who may be at risk of foreclosure or eviction due to unpaid rent or mortgage. At our last City Council meeting, we discussed how to locally support folks to ensure they’re getting connected to resources before eviction or foreclosure happens so we will work to share out the details of the state program once they are available. If you are struggling, we encourage you to contact your landlord or lender to see what leniency they can offer.

At the last City Council meeting, we also set the tax rate and due dates for the fiscal year 2021. When voters passed the city budget on Town Meeting Day back in March, we were projecting a municipal tax increase of 2.45%. I am pleased to share that due to growth in our overall property values, including new developments on East Allen Street and property investment at VT CBD Laboratories on Elm Street, the municipal tax rate will increase only 1.45% this year – about $37 a year per homes valued at $225,000. Note that due to the Vermont State tax filing deadline extension to July 15, Winooski will not mail the first quarter’s tax bill until August this year and the bill will not be due until September 7. The remaining quarters for the year will be due on the regular schedule on the 15th of November, February, and May. You can access the council meeting agenda and related documents here: https://www.winooskivt.gov/AgendaCenter.

In other news, the Winooski Charter Commission recently hosted a question and answer session on Channel 17 about their effort to examine options to present Winooski voters with a charter change that would enable non-citizen residents to vote in Winooski municipal elections. This is a very important discussion for our community, so please watch the recording and share your thoughts with commission members. Recording and contacts can be found here: https://www.winooskivt.gov/1387/Charter-Commission.

As a reminder, we always want to hear from you on any topic of interest in our city. Remote City Council and commission meetings continue online and by phone. I am also hosting an informal virtual meeting at 5:30 PM on Thursdays where anyone is welcome to pop in and ask questions or share your thoughts.

Mayor Kristine Lott’s Weekly Discussion

I’m also always available by email, feel free to reach out any time.

 Mayor Kristine Lott - klott@winooskivt.gov


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