Hello Winooski, please see a few of my updates below covering our recent City Council meeting on Sept. 6th and other community topics of interest.
On September 13, the Champlain Water District (CWD) will be conducting a special election asking voters to approve an $8.7 million bond vote to make infrastructure upgrades, which is not expected to result in a water bill rate increase. Winooski residents are welcome to vote on this item - for ballot and election info, click here. Another regional vote around the corner for Winooski residents to consider is the Chittenden Solid Waste District 'Materials Recovery Facility' bond vote during the General Election in November. Learn more about this initiative here. Speaking of elections, you may have heard that the court case against all-resident voting was dismissed. Click here to learn more.
In other news, our state-mandated, city-wide reappraisal has been successfully underway and will continue through next year. Thank you for coordinating with our Assessors to get this done! Remember, while a reappraisal will increase most home values on record, this does not equal an increase in your property tax bill. To learn more about this process, visit winooskivt.gov/reappraisal.
Similar to the recently launched COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program for businesses, the City Council approved a new grant program for our community nonprofits. Organizations can apply for up to $10,000 - please keep an eye out for the soon-to-be-announced details. On the topic of funding, we also discussed fundraising options to replenish program scholarships provided by our Community Services Department. Did you know that when you register for an official City program, you can request scholarship funds to reduce your cost or you can donate at checkout to support your neighbor's access to programs? To see our current program listings, click here.
In housing-related news, the City Council approved the creation of a new staff position; the Housing Initiative Director will research, develop, and implement housing initiatives that are in line with our Strategic Vision and Master Plan. This focused role will allow us to address growing challenges by monitoring trends, researching policy, and coordinating with partner organizations. In the coming weeks, we'll have a 'Housing Initiatives' page where residents can learn more about local resources and related updates. Soon, that page will be located here: winooskivt.gov/initiatives. Also related to housing, the City Council recently approved updates to our Unified Land Use and Development Regulations that incentivize builders to focus on the identified needs of affordability and housing for larger families. Lastly on the topic, yesterday, I joined the Champlain Housing Trust, Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray, our City Manager, Elaine Wang, and many community partners for the official completion of Butternut Grove! All 20 permanently affordable homes have been sold or are under contract. Please take a moment to read this exciting news.
I'd like to take a moment and mention that the City Council has completed our 90-day review of our new City Manager, Elaine Wang. Elaine is off to a great start and has demonstrated a strong commitment to our residents. If you haven't had the chance to meet her yet, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view a summary of the review here.
As we transition from summer to fall, I want to take a moment to thank Downtown Winooski and everyone involved with the Winooski Wednesdays Summer Concert Series for another amazing season of events. More events are on the way: Winooski's first-ever Pride event is coming up on Saturday, September 17, 5 PM @ Rotary Park. We're also getting excited about Halloween in Winooski 2022! Details for these events will be available soon at downtownwinooski.org.
Lastly, I'd like to invite residents to an open house event hosted by the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) for a remembrance ceremony in honor of those we lost on 9/11. The event will take place at the VTANG base this Sunday from 10 AM - 3 PM. Everyone is welcome - the event will feature displays, demonstrations, and performances and is an excellent opportunity to get to know members of the guard who serve our community and country. Click here for details.
As always, feel free to reach out any time.
Mayor Kristine Lott: email@example.com