Hello Neighbors, our latest City Council meeting included presentations from three important partner organizations that support our community:
Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission – The CCRPC (whose offices are located right here in Winooski) provides us with a big picture of what’s happening regionally and supports all towns in Chittenden County. Recently, they helped us with the East Allen Street Scoping Study to see what improvements we need on that corridor and will soon be supporting us with a parking study, but they do a lot more. The CCRPC supports regional transportation, water quality, economic development, housing, and public health. It’s great to have this organization looking at things like the affordability of housing across our region, and participating in the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, bringing that regional view to important issues. I encourage you to read their annual report to learn more. View CCRPC's Annual Report.
Green Mountain Transit – GMT shared an update with us on their response to COVID-19 and plans for next year. All buses are still operating fare-free which started in the beginning of the pandemic. Try it out if you haven’t before. They’ve been able to offer their service for free using federal funding from the CARES Act and are currently considering whether to continue fare-free or use the money they received for other improvements. GMT also shared they will be doing a small pilot in Montpelier of on-demand public transit, similar to how Uber or Lyft operate. The pilot could change the way public transit service is provided in the future right here in Winooski. Learn more in their presentation.
Winooski Valley Parks District – WVPD both owns and manages land along the Winooski River Valley. They don’t manage land here in Winooski, but they do provide our staff with assistance in maintaining trails and improvements to our natural spaces at Casavant and Memorial Parks. We pay a contribution to their budget on behalf of our residents, as you may enjoy spaces they manage regionally including the Salmon Hole, Ethan Allen Homestead, and others. See what lands they manage and how they’re helping protect natural areas in our region.
You can watch the meeting recording here
At our next City Council meeting on Monday, November 2, we will have our final public hearing on the charter changes that are on our ballot, receive the latest report from the City’s Treasurer, and an update on our 2020 priorities plan, among other items. Meetings are happening at 6 PM and members of the public are welcome to join by calling in on their phone or using Zoom on their computer.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Mayor Kristine Lott - firstname.lastname@example.org