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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: July 2, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Updates

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Latest Winooski Update - Thursday, 7.2.20

City Hall to Open – July 13th 

The City of Winooski is following up-to-date guidance from the CDC and the State of Vermont to reopen a number of municipal services. The City has continued to provide essential services throughout the pandemic. We are pleased to be able to open more services and are thankful to residents for following public health guidelines and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

City Hall/City Clerk’s Office - Starting July 13, City Hall will reopen to the public between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM where:

  • members of the public will be required to wear masks when in City Hall and masks will be available for those without them
  • stanchions, dividers, and standing points will be installed in the lobby of City Hall to facilitate a socially distanced line that may be extended outdoors if needed
  • a log of all individuals coming to City Hall will be maintained by the City Clerk’s Office
  • the land records vault will remain open by appointment only (call 802 655 6410 to schedule)
  • a maximum of two individuals will be allowed in the vault at a time
  • to meet space guidance, no more than ten staff will be present at any one time
  • we encourage residents to do as much business on-line as possible

Police, Fire, and Public Works - Services remain fully operational.

City Council, Boards, Commissions, and Committees – Public meetings will continue remotely/virtually via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Participation information is shared with each meeting warning. If you plan to participate, please view our recently updated Remote Meeting Procedures. If you wish to make a public comment, fill out our Public Comment Request Form.

Parking and Code Enforcement – Parking enforcement will begin on July 6th with two weeks of public education to be followed by enforcement. We encourage people to use the ParkMobile app as much as possible. Parking kiosks will be sanitized daily.

Utility Disconnections – All disconnections due to utility non-payments are canceled for the quarter.

Code Enforcement Residential and Commercial Inspections – Following public health guidance, we plan to restart inspections in the Fall. Housing complaints will continue to be processed.

Zoning Permit Application Submission – To the extent possible, applications for zoning permits including any supporting documents should be sent via email to evorwald@winooskivt.gov. The required application fee will be calculated after the application is received to ensure accurate payment information is identified. The applicant will be notified of the fee and payment options once the application is reviewed. If applications cannot be sent via email, they can be dropped off using the drop box or window at City Hall. Please put the application in an envelope with the words “Zoning Permit Application” on the outside. Properties will continue to be posted for the required 15-day appeal period by the City and zoning permits will be sent to the applicant once it is issued. Questions about applications or submission requirements can be directed to Eric Vorwald, at evorwald@winooskivt.gov.

Building Permit Application Submission – To the extent possible, applications for building permits, including any supporting documents should be sent via email to lkeating@winooskivt.gov. If applications cannot be sent via email, they can be dropped off using the drop box or window at City Hall. Please put the application in an envelope with the words “Building Permit Application” on the outside. The application will be reviewed to ensure complete information is provided. The applicant will be contacted if additional information is needed or to indicate the status of the permit. Once a building permit is approved, the applicant will be contacted to indicate start of construction. The permit card will be sent to the property owner for posting at the property. Questions related to the application or submission requirements can be directed to Captain Liam Keating at lkeating@winooskivt.gov.

Winooski Memorial Library – At this time the Library is closed to the public. We are providing curbside or home delivery services. To request items, please call 802 655 6424 or email the Library: winooskilibrary@winooskivt.gov

Thrive Summer Program – Thrive will start operations at the Winooski School District on July 6th with explicit guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education.

Public Parks - Following State guidance, parks are open for safe, responsible use. As always, if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, please stay home to help keep your neighbors healthy! Also, it is important to remember that physical distancing (maintaining 6 feet of space from people outside your immediate household) and maintaining small group sizes are recommended. We encourage park users to follow the "Arrive. Play. Leave." approach when using our parks, and ask users not to congregate or gather before or after activities, especially in our parking areas. A few parks restrictions remain:

  • The softball field is "open" for informal use by groups of 10 or fewer, however no leagues or organized events will be occurring at this time.
  • We will not be installing portalets at Landry Park at this time due to challenges with sanitation, so please plan accordingly.
  • Our Community Garden program is open for the season, and gardeners are asked to limit group sizes to 10 or less, observe physical distancing when gardening, and wear a mask when in the garden with others. We will not provide access to shared tools this year, so gardeners are asked to bring their own tools as needed.

The City’s many parks and trails remain open, however, the need for courtesy and respect among users is even more important during this pandemic than it is in normal times. Please refrain from gathering or congregating at parking areas or trailheads, and please give each other plenty of space (including on our trails), whether masks and other protective measures are utilized or not. Lastly, per City ordinance, please keep dogs on leashes at all times when they are in public places.


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