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Posted on: November 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Municipal Infrastructure Liaison Update 11.1.21

Municipal Inf Liaision

Hello, Winooski. As we approach the next meeting of the Municipal Infrastructure Commission (MIC), I want to take a moment to reflect on the discussion from our last meeting. For those that may not know, I serve as the City Council Liaison to the Municipal Infrastructure Commission. This Commission is comprised of six Council-appointed members. In their role, they support the implementation of Winooski’s Strategic Vision as outlined in the 2019 Master Plan. The Commission is charged with helping the City Council and staff "Invest in the City’s municipal infrastructure, including energy resources, facilities and technology; roads and sidewalks; and water, sewer, and storm water lines and facilities.” 

During the last Municipal Infrastructure Commission meeting, (Sept. 30, 2021) we welcomed Bethany Kelly, a Winooski resident, who shared grant opportunities for urban planning projects that incorporate health promotion. Her presentation highlighted several opportunities to leverage funding for infrastructure projects that integrate health and wellness components. From improved pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to increased natural canopy from street trees, tying in health-related project components to infrastructure advances recommendations of the Transportation Master Plan as well as Safe, Healthy, and Connected strategic goals. It was a pleasure to hear from Bethany, and we look forward to having her continued support on the City’s infrastructure priorities. 

Following our conversation with Bethany, our Director of Public Works, Jon Rauscher, provided City updates. We heard from Jon and our Chair, Laura, about the successful tree giveaway event held in early September by the Winooski Tree Committee. There was ample interest from the Commission to hold the event again if possible. Jon then moved to capital project updates. The Main Street Revitalization project is continuing to gather easements to assist with utility undergrounding and placement of access boxes. We heard about the progress on the concrete repair project on the west side of the downtown circulator, about the completion of the Hickock Street watermain replacement project, and the successful re-opening of the Myers Memorial Pool. Jon also provided a summary of the anticipated timeline for AOT projects on East Allen as well as the double diamond interchange at the north end of Main Street. Although AOT’s projects are moving on independent timelines, Public Works and City Council has requested as much coordination with our capital projects as possible. Jon’s informative and thorough summaries are always valued and appreciated by Commissioners. 

The remaining time was dedicated to confirming support to the priority areas for the 2022 planning cycle. Based on the timing of other projects, the Commission will focus on upcoming conversations regarding the 2019 Master Plan energy goals and upcoming American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) pandemic recovery and stimulus funds. Please keep an eye out for public meetings in the coming months to gather input on areas of greatest need, and how to leverage the ARPA funds with additional partnerships, and grant opportunities. 

Our next meeting will be a joint Commission meeting on November 9th at 6 PM with the Finance Commission, and Safe, Healthy, and Connected Commission. The purpose for the joint meeting is to review the Capital plan for 2023, and receive feedback on projects that the community wants to invest in. Please look for the meeting announcements via City email notices (as well as Front Porch Forum and our social channels) for the detailed agenda and how to participate in the conversation.

All Winooski residents interested in topics relating to City infrastructure are encouraged to attend future Commission meetings. The Municipal Infrastructure Commission will meet again in November in a joint meeting with the Finance Committee. Click here to learn more.

Please get in touch if you have comments or questions on the work of the Commission. 

Councilor Bryn Oakleaf, boakleaf@winooskivt.gov

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