By Deputy Mayor Hal Colston
Hello neighbors, as you know, I am the City Council Liason to the Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission. Here is my update from our recent meeting held on May 11th.
A discussion took place to elect a secretary for the commission, which will be voted on at the next meeting. We are pleased to see that Thomas Renner and Katherine Lowe have joined the commission after our recent recruitment efforts.
A few notes on public safety items:
A resident-led effort is underway to survey the community to understand how Winooski policing best meets the needs of our community. Stay tuned for more information on that. Our School Resource Officer will be retained for the next year. The Police Department reported that it has an opportunity to hire three officers of color. Chief Hebert is very excited about this opportunity, so the law enforcement staff best reflects the makeup of our community.
Our Fire Chief, John Audy, reported that 4 new firefighters will be hired and trained over the next couple of months, 3 of whom are Winooski residents. Our Code Enforcement team is working to address a few housing complaints to support residents in need and are stepping up to the challenge. Remember, you can always report a housing complaint under the "How Do I" menu on our website. Chief Audy also shared that the Fire Department continues conversations with Colchester Fire and St. Mikes Fire and Rescue around the future of emergency response in Winooski.
The Myers Memorial Pool is scheduled to open for the 2021 season on June 6th. We're currently hiring a Pool Supervisor and a Pool Attendant - if you'd like to learn more and apply, please visit winooskivt.gov/jobs. We're also excited to announce that Little City Creemee will be our exclusive concessions vendor! They're going through a name change, so stay tuned for more information on that. Other than some winterization challenges (a contractor will be onsite to resolve this) we're on schedule to open and will be following the state’s COVID-19 protocols as guidance evolves.
In other news, Yasamin Gordon has started the position of Equity Director. Yas has hit the ground running and is focused on achieving equity in our local democracy. Please join us in welcoming her to Winooski. The Commission also reviewed our priorities that were established in November 2020. Any changes will be forwarded to City Council. The Winooski Partnership for Prevention (WPP) presented to the commission. WPP partnered with the Winooski Police Department for the annual National Drug Take Back Day, where 152 lbs of unwanted and unused medications were collected (adding to the state's 7,000 lb total). WPP hopes to develop a deeper connection with the Commission as our values align, possibly finding ways to share information with the public about health facts and prevention.
The Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commissions meets remotely on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM via Zoom. We encourage you to attend and get involved. To learn more, click here.
Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
Deputy Mayor Hal Colston - email@example.com