By Deputy Mayor Hal Colston
On July 15th, 2019, Winooski City Council approved the re-alignment of our commissions with the City's Strategic Vision areas (including updated bylaws and charters). Each commission offers a unique opportunity to engage with residents, to encourage participation in our public process, and to support the municipal services available to our residents and visitors. The Community Service Commission and Public Safety commissions have been re-aligned and combined into what is now the Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission, where members will (as stated in the Strategic Vision Statement): “Foster relationships across generations and cultures by providing a safe and healthy environment and providing opportunities to connect and engage with other residents of the City.”
This commission is currently seeking members. Learn more and apply here.
As Staff Liaison to this commission, I will continue to bring you updates as I did with the previously established Community Services Commission.
Speaking of Community Services, the O'Brien Community Center reorganization process has been successful. Finishing work involves painting, moving in desks and getting space refitted for North End Studios (www.northendstudios.org) that will be managing the space. They have an excellent track record of engaging the full breadth of diverse communities. Ray Coffey, the City’s Community Services Director and his team are very excited about the center to now become economically viable. In addition, volunteers have been sought to support youth who have been dropping in at the O’Brien Community Center this summer. To support this growing demand, temporary staff is being hired to support the large number of youth that are spending their time at the Winooski Memorial Library and at the O’Brien Center.
The Myers Pool rebuild project is underway! The engineers and contractors are on-site working towards a June 2020 completion. The Community Services staff is researching staffing and operational models to provide the best service to residents as the Pool Opens in 2020.
In other “Safe/Healthy” news, the Winooski Fire Department is currently looking to hire part-time Firefighters. To learn more and apply, visit https://www.winooskivt.gov/jobs. To help promote the FD’s positions, the City hired our friends at CCTV to create an amazing recruitment video. You can watch it here: https://www.winooskivt.gov/fire. Also, many thanks to the Winooski Police Department for attending the National Senior Citizens Day event at the Winooski Senior Center! Chief Hebert and Officers were kind enough to donate their time to provide the BBQ for participants.
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