Hello Winooski, at the last City Council meeting, we spent much of our time hearing about an unfortunate dog bite incident that happened on the Riverwalk. This is a good time to remind everyone that all dogs must be on leash everywhere in Winooski except for the fenced-in dog park on West Allen Street or your own private yard. The field at Casavant Natural Area is not an off-leash dog park. See our leash law and dog license requirement here: www.winooskivt.gov/1475/Licenses-and-Permits.
We also approved a permit for a block party on Manseau Street happening Saturday, July 31. We encourage neighbors to host block parties throughout the city to get to know each other. City staff can support those who wish to organize events, just reach out.
Staff provided an update on the Main Street Revitalization Project. We are on track to start work next summer, 2022. The current project cost estimate has gone down from the original $23 million estimate to about $20 million and we’ve secured $5 million in grants, further reducing the cost to taxpayers. We have also applied for another large federal grant and hope to continue lowering the cost of this work.
Speaking of finances, I'm pleased to share that the tax increase required to support next year's City budget, approved by 75% of voters on Town Meeting Day, will only result in a 1.42% increase to the municipal tax rate. We had been projecting a 1.83% increase, so this is good news, especially as the State has increased the education tax rate more significantly. This will result in an increase of about $36 to the municipal portion of the average Winooski home’s tax bill.
Lastly, we finalized our priorities for the coming year – the projects and initiatives we will focus on in addition to the regular operations of cleaning streets, providing public safety, managing records and permits, etc. Some priorities to highlight include supporting All Resident Voting at Town Meeting Day 2022, completing an equity audit of some of our policies, and creating a traffic calming policy, just to name a few. See the full list and other meeting materials at www.winooskivt.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07192021-830?html=true
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. Remember, you can sign up for our meeting notices and news updates here: https://www.winooskivt.gov/list.aspx.
Mayor Kristine Lott
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