By Councilor Amy Lafayette
Hello, Neighbors! Through my role as City Councilor, I act as the Administrative Council Liaison. Here is a high-level snapshot of some of the items we worked on last month:
Passed a resolution declaring November 30th as “Small Business Saturday.” This celebrates our local small businesses and encourages the community to support them on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.
Joined the Mayor’s Challenge to pass a resolution and proclaim November as “End Veteran Homelessness Month,” encouraging Chittenden County Vermont agencies to allocate resources and programs to End Veteran Homelessness.
Received a great economic vitality update on yearly goals and all are on track. Some highlights are that wayfinding is progressing and should be completed by March, the City submitted a grant application to support hiring a consultant to conduct a historic resource inventory, and staff are actively working on a Legacy Campaign for when our City turns 100 in just a few years.
Received a presentation on the East Allen Street Scoping Study and the various traffic, crosswalk, and road changes that the group was considering to improve safety and reduce congestion. As a Council, we endorsed changes to Focus Area 1 of Cascade Ways/Barlow that included a flashing crosswalk at Barlow and East Allen, and the potential for on-street parking along East Allen, keeping in mind future businesses. We also endorsed a signalized intersection at Focus Area 2 of East Spring Street and East Allen. Finally, for Focus Area 3 between Manseau and the Interstate, we endorsed a two-way center turn lane along East Allen and two turning lanes to enter the Interstate for westbound traffic. It’s important to note that these discussions serve as a roadmap for future work, but given the many municipal infrastructure projects we have at the moment, we do not yet have plans to begin this East Allen work.
Received an annual presentation from Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and learned the many ways CCRPC is supporting our community, including an 11:1 return on our city’s investment. In FY 19, CCRPC conducted a Winooski River Bridge Scoping Study, an East Allen Street Scoping Study, and worked to implement a new Winooski transportation impact fee, among many other initiatives.
Approved a contract with Omnes for up to $32,000 for the development of a Parks and Open Space Plan for the City of Winooski (paid for by grant funds the City was awarded). The consultant will conduct a series of public outreach events, so that all Winooski residents can weigh in on the future of our parks and open spaces.
Approved the Community Services Scholarship Program Policy and Guidelines. As the City of Winooski believes in equity as a core value, The Community Services Department has established a scholarship program to minimize barriers for residents seeking to register for Community Services programs (including Recreation and Parks, Thrive, Senior Center, Community Gardens, Library). The policy can be found here and the application here.
Thank you and please feel free to reach out with questions regarding this update: Councilor Amy Lafayette – email@example.com