This week, the City Council approved two grant applications that, if awarded, will support our ongoing equity and inclusion work.
The first is the Working Communities Challenge Grant – through which we hope to fund a new Equity Director position at City Hall. This position will be tasked with connecting marginalized community members to services and engaging them in the local government process. The Equity Director will also staff a new Equity Commission that will review and make recommendations to improve our policies, operations, and services. The second grant is a Municipal Planning Grant – through which we hope to hire a consultant to execute a comprehensive equity audit that would set up a strong foundation for the new Equity Director and long-term improvements. Click here for details on both grants.
If the grants are not awarded, we will continue our equity and inclusion work through other opportunities. At our upcoming special meeting on Tuesday, September 29th, we will hold our first Charter Change Public Hearing. To view the full details regarding these changes, please visit https://www.winooskivt.gov/charter. We’ve also sent out a flyer to each currently registered voter with information on these Charter changes. Please keep an eye out for this! If you can’t make this virtual public hearing, a second will be held on Tuesday, October 13th. Charter change questions will be on your November General Election Ballot! The Secretary of State has begun the mailing process for these ballots – if you are registered to vote in Winooski, you will automatically receive one to the address you have on file. To learn more about this process, visit https://sos.vermont.gov.
In other Council news, at our next regular remote meeting on Monday, October 5th, councilors will discuss our goals for the next year’s budget. It is worth noting that the discussion could include setting a limit for an acceptable tax rate increase while also considering funding priorities. We’ll have a custom Fiscal Year 22 budget page with comprehensive information and remote meeting details very soon so that you may follow along and get engaged in the process. We’ll also review the Parks and Open Space Master Plan. To learn more about this process and to view the most recent draft of this plan, visit https://www.winooskivt.gov/parksplan.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
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