Halloween in Winooski is almost here! During my latest episode of 'In the World of Winooski', I spoke with Meredith Bay-Tyack, Executive Director of Downtown Winooski, about this year's event. Click here to watch the recording via Town Meeting TV. As always, volunteers are needed to make Halloween a success. This is a really fun event that requires a lot of community support and there are many ways to help out, including a brand new pumpkin carving contest! For full details, please visit https://www.downtownwinooski.org/halloween.
During Monday’s City Council meeting, we heard from members of our Centennial Celebration Committee about plans to celebrate Winooski’s 100th birthday on March 7th, 2022, as part of our ongoing Legacy Campaign. We approved funding for a week of events that we hope appeal to everyone in Winooski and offer different ways to engage safely. Some of the ideas shared included an event with food and performances, a photo exhibit, a historic walking tour, local trivia, giveaways, and more! To learn more or get involved, please visit https://www.legacy.winooskivt.gov and attend the next Centennial Celebration Committee meeting.
We also received a report from our Community Services Director on how our first operational season went at the Myers Memorial Pool. We sold many more season passes than expected, both to residents and visitors from other communities. And thanks to a partnership with the Winooski School District and some federal funding, we offered free swim lessons to all Winooski youth. Offbeat Creemee has been a success, too - you can still try their amazing flavors before they close after Halloween. We didn’t see as much rental of the pool's community room as we expected, so if you’re looking for a fun place to host a birthday party or an event next year, please keep this facility in mind. There was a lot of learning while staff fine-tuned operations this year, which will help us prepare for next summer and beyond. View the entire update memo here.
Another big part of our meeting was reflecting on the hiring process for Winooski's next City Manager, and how we will move forward to find the best candidate for the position. We discussed engaging a professional recruiter to expand the candidate pool and advise on our selection process. We will continue to offer opportunities for public input, so please keep an eye out for those announcements.
In a previous update, I shared that the City of Winooski will receive about $2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds over the next couple of years. These funds will be used to respond to the ongoing negative impacts of the pandemic as they relate to economic and infrastructure support. During Monday's City Council meeting, we outlined a process to get as much public input as we can before we decide how to allocate these funds. Over the coming months, the Council will be working with our Commissions and doing outreach at public events to get ideas from community members on what we should prioritize. Your input is strongly encouraged!
As always, feel free to reach out at any time.
Mayor Kristine Lott - email@example.com / 802 766 1988