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Posted on: September 23, 2022

Mayor's Update 9.23.22

Mayor Kristine Lott

Hello Neighbors,

We had a great City Council meeting on Monday. Below you'll find a recap of agenda items and a few of my general updates. As always, you can watch the recorded video and view the minutes in our agenda center.

To start the meeting, we discussed the City's Fiscal Year 2024 budget planning process and an update on community feedback regarding American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 relief funding. Later, we received a substantial Municipal Infrastructure Goal update from our Director of Public Works, including the following project notes:

  • Main Street Revitalization – we hope to put this project out to bid this fall to begin work next year. While the project has seen pandemic delays, we are pleased that even with construction costs higher than before, we are still projecting this project to stay within the $23 million bond that voters approved. We also have about $5 million in grant money to give us some buffer. If this project is new to you, it includes streetscape, utility, and safety improvements along the entire Main Street corridor
  • East Allen Street - the East Allen Street Scoping Study was completed 4 years ago with community input that led to some of the short term layout changes you've seen. Long-term improvements include a future traffic signal at Hood’s Crossing and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) should soon complete the area work they started this summer.
  • Pavement markings (paint/striping for crosswalks, bike lanes, parking etc.) - while we've been unsuccessful in receiving bids to complete this work the city is coordinating with a contractor to perform a portion of work this year. Street paving (Barlow St. and North St. (Brisson Crt. To north end) will be resurfaced starting in October. Florida Avenue, Reginald, Roger, Bernard, and Gail Streets were originally targeted for this year for resurfacing and sidewalk improvements, but the Department of Public Works discovered the curbs in this area must be replaced to support resurfacing work or sidewalk replacement and the estimated cost for the curb work was $413K, much higher than what was budgeted. We’ll have to consider this in the FY24 budget discussion.

Later in the meeting, we adopted a Traffic Calming Policy and Manual, which you can find here. These documents help support the livability and vitality of residential and commercial areas through improvements for safety, mobility, and comfort. We also recognized October 5 as Energy Efficiency Day with a special resolution that was introduced by Councilor Bryn Oakleaf - keep an eye out for an announcement of this on October 5th. 

Lastly, I'd like to remind everyone that the Fiscal Year 2024 budget planning process is coming up fast. We're going to set our budget goals for staff during our regular meeting on October 17, and as we do every year, will hold individual budget meetings for each department. I encourage you to share your thoughts on how your tax dollars should be spent during these meetings. This will be a unique budget season with considerations of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COVID-19 relief funds and the new revenue we'll see after paying off the remainder of Tax Increment Finance (TIF) debt. 

If you have any questions regarding the budget process, feel free to reach out to any of your Councilors:

Mayor Kristine Lott: / 802 766 1988

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