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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: May 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] A Message from Jessie Baker, City Manager

Jessie Baker

Dear Neighbors,

Today is my last day as City Manager of Winooski. It has been the honor of my career to serve this community with our team of professional staff, committed elected officials, and strong community partners. As I look back on the last four years, I’m humbled by how much we have accomplished. Through community conversations, goal setting, and the use of municipal best practices, together we have:

  • Adopted a new comprehensive plan for the City, setting the course for the next five years guided by our shared community vision.
  • Focused on equity and inclusion efforts to ensure that we provide services in an accessible way to all and that we move toward a future where those making community decisions accurately reflect the demographics of our community.
  • Supported our growing business community by creating the Winooski Small Business Loan Program and strengthening our partnership with Downtown Winooski.
  • Modernized our Wastewater Treatment Plan with our Headworks Rehabilitation Project.
  • Completed construction on the Myers Memorial Pool scheduled to open this June!
  • Embarked on the Main Street Revitalization Project set to start construction in 2022.
  • Embedded caseworkers in our Police Department to ensure that residents receive mental health and substance use services quickly and efficiently through the Community Outreach Team.
  • Implemented a Local Options Tax and brought in over $12M in grants and low-interest loans as a step to diversify our revenue streams and lower the burden on taxpayers.
  • Created a path forward to fully retire the Tax Increment Financing debt in 2024 and return $1M in revenue to the City’s General Fund.
  • Re-branded, launched a new and improved website, increased our communication channels, and established new ways to engage our residents.
  • And we have weathered COVID-19 and are poised to come out of the pandemic stronger than ever.

I am so thankful for the trust you placed in me and your collective efforts to implement these community improvements. I want to especially thank Mayor Seth Leonard, Mayor Kristine Lott, and the ten City Councilors I have worked with over the years. Each of you has given of yourselves to guide me and the community through changes and big decisions. I’m thankful for your counsel, your commitment to Winooski, and your service to make Winooski an even better place.

Every day I have learned from staff, elected officials, and residents of Winooski and am a better manager for these lessons. Winooski is an incredibly special place.  I’m thankful to each of you who choose to call Winooski home and make it a bit brighter and stronger for your involvement in the community. I look forward to continuing to live in Winooski and look forward to seeing you around town from time to time!

- Jessie Baker

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