I want to start my update with a quick note of thanks to Downtown Winooski, City Staff, and the myriad of volunteers who made this year’s Halloween in Winooski a great success! It was another amazing year and I was pleased to see so many community members honoring this beloved tradition.
Speaking of Downtown Winooski, Winooski City Council approved a proclamation that recognizes November 27, 2021, as Small Business Saturday during our meeting on Monday. This annual event highlights the significance of supporting small, independently-owned businesses in Winooski and across the country. The annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop is also in the works! For more info as we get closer to those events, visit https://downtownwinooski.org. Downtown Winooski also made a request for a 5% share of our local options tax revenue. For context, Downtown Winooski provides a lot of support to our local businesses and organizes a number of other community events while also supporting our efforts to secure significant state and federal grant funding. In 2019, voters approved the 1% local options tax on sales, rooms, and meals with the understanding that it would support capital projects and mitigate tax increases. Downtown Winooski will return to our next meeting on November 15th with additional information before we make a funding decision. You can view the agenda materials for this item here.
In other meeting updates, we completed a handful of approvals - including a liquor license for Wicked Wings (coming to Main St. this winter), a historic marker application for Hood’s Crossing, and a grant application to plant a Centennial tree at Richards Park and replace some trees downtown to mitigate invasive species. Council also updated our Grant, Scholarship, and Fundraising policies! Many thanks to our Finance Director, Angela Aldieri, and our Finance / Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commissions for supporting this effort.
The City Manager Search process also continued, where we evaluated four recruiter firms, one of which will help us extend the hiring process. We narrowed the choices down to two firms - Councilor Jim Duncan and I will lead the interview process of these firms to bring a recommendation back to the rest of City Council. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Wendy Harrison, our newly appointed Interim City Manager!
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Mayor Kristine Lott
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