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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: November 10, 2022

Mayor's Update 11.10.22

Mayor Kristine Lott

Hi Neighbors, thank you to everyone who voted this week - it was a historic general election! Civic engagement is so important and I'm proud of our community turnout. I want to especially thank the Secretary of State's Office, our City Clerks, election workers, and volunteers who helped make it happen. Speaking of historic events, I also want to extend a huge congratulations to the Winooski School District Boys Soccer Team on their State Championship win!

During Monday’s City Council meeting, we discussed our current ordinance related to political signs in public spaces. We'll continue the discussion at our next meeting before making any official changes, giving residents and candidates more time to share their thoughts. Later, we received an update from the Winooski Hotel Group who presented an overview of their project. We also heard from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission which presented its annual update. You can view the related documents, minutes, and meeting recordings in our agenda center.

Following these items, we spent a good amount of time discussing and approving COVID-19 recovery grant awards for nonprofit organizations. City Council allocated a total of $50,000 to the Winooski Food Shelf, the Somali Bantu Community Association, the Winooski Parents and Students Project, the DREAM Program, and the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity - we hope that these funds help Winooski residents with food security, housing support, health resources, and other vital services. A second round of grant opportunities may be opened after we discuss our annual budget process and needs.

Speaking of which, community members are encouraged to get involved in our fiscal year 2024 budget process! Every year, the City Council discusses with the staff and general public how your tax dollars are to be spent. As per usual, we have a schedule of meetings to cover the different areas of government services, citywide projects, staffing, and costs to the community. We'll have the City Manager's budget available for review in the coming weeks, which you can find with the schedule and meeting info at winooskivt.gov/fy24. Meetings are held on Mondays at 6 PM with virtual and in-person attendance options.

  • Dec 5: Overall Budget Presentation & General Government - join us to discuss elections, billing, cash collection, parking, and more.
  • Dec 12: Community Services - join us to discuss community programs and events, parks, the library, the pool, the senior center, community gardens, and more.
  • Jan 3: Public Works & Overall Capital Improvement Projects - join us to discuss plowing, paving, sidewalks, water/sewer, facilities, and equipment.
  • Jan 9: Public Safety - join us to discuss the Police Department, Fire Department, code enforcement, and rental inspections.
  • Jan 17: Overall Budget Discussion - this meeting may be your last chance to provide your thoughts on the City budget. Is the City spending your taxes the way you want?
  • Jan 23: Final Budget Vote/Approval - Winooski City Council will approve the City budget for the ballot in March. If you have comments on how money is spent or how decisions are made, please attend.

As for other updates, the Finance and Municipal Infrastructure Commissions will hold a joint meeting on November 17th to review the City's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to inform the budget and prioritize our projects. The CIP can include street projects, parks upgrades, fleet and equipment replacements, and other large municipal costs. The Winooski Planning Commission (responsible for our land use and zoning regulations) has been working on incentives for historic preservation, adaptive reuse (reusing an existing building for a different purpose), and parking regulations. Their meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Interested in serving as a commissioner for the City of Winooski? We have many openings. These roles are great ways to give back to your community and bring your perspective to decision-making. Any resident is qualified to serve. Click here to learn more!

Thank you, and as always, contact me anytime.

Mayor Kristine Lott: klott@winooskivt.gov / 802 766 1988

 

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