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A row of people carrying Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality signs march down a street with a car in it on a sunny summer day.
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The national reckoning with racial justice and police brutality has led to a conversation about the role of law enforcement in New England communities.

Burlington's CityPlace remains undeveloped in this September 2019 photo
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The Burlington City Council has approved a revised settlement agreement with developers that will allow a long idle multi-million dollar downtown project to move forward.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council postponed consideration of a settlement agreement with developers of a downtown project and also chastised the University of Vermont during Tuesday evening’s meeting.

Vermont Mayors Coalition logo
Vermont Mayors Coalition

The Vermont Mayors Coalition recently announced the issues it wants the state legislature to prioritize this session.

Burlington's CityPlace remains undeveloped in this September 2019 photo
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor announced a settlement today with the developers of a downtown project that has been stalled for years.

Burlington Electric headquarters
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Burlington, Vermont has sourced 100% of its energy from renewables since 2014.  In 2018, the city implemented a Net Zero Energy Plan to eliminate all fossil fuel use in its heating and ground transportation by 2030.  A program that provides incentives for residents and businesses to switch to such renewable energy technologies has been extended.

Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day March 2nd whether Ranked Choice Voting should be used to select city councilors. The charter change question is controversial as advocates say it’s a fairer way to choose city leaders.  But opponents point out the system has been used in the city in the past and discarded.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council met this week and delayed action on one item regarding police department restructuring and voted down another related item.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont voters will choose a mayor on Town Meeting Day March 2nd. Several of the candidates gathered recently for another forum.

Former Gov. Howard Dean
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Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is endorsing Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, who is seeking a fourth term. Dean, a Democrat like Weinberger, served as governor from 1991 to 2003. The field also includes Progressive City Council President Max Tracy and Independent Councilor Ali Dieng. Dean says Weinberger has earned another three-year term.

Dean spoke about his endorsement, ranked choice voting, COVID, the early days of the Biden administration, and the Trump legacy.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council meeting Tuesday evening included a review of items that will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
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An issue that shadowed Burlington, Vermont officials throughout 2020 began at the end of 2019.  As Progressives took control of the City Council, policing issues were targeted. Now the department faces cuts moving into 2021.

Burlington wastewater COVID monitering results released by Burlington Mayor's office
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Burlington, Vermont officials are expressing concern about the first wastewater coronavirus test results since the Thanksgiving holiday.

Burlington street sign
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Burlington City Councilors met this week and while their agenda was not long, the panel spent considerable time discussing a potential charter change to be put before voters.

Max Tracy
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Vermont voters will choose local races in communities across the state on Town Meeting Day, March 3rd.  In Burlington, several candidates have already announced their plans to run for mayor. Two people are seeking the Progressive Party nomination.  Ward 3 City Councilor Brian Pine officially announced his campaign earlier this month, while City Council President Max Tracy is also seeking the Progressive nod. Tracy tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the city of Burlington needs to move in a different direction.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council reviewed a number of items during their regular session and committee meetings this week.

The city of Burlington is celebrating the reopening of a park adjacent to city hall.

Burlington sign
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In September the Burlington City Council invited protesters who had camped out, calling for police reforms, to an executive session. Two days later, the weekly newspaper Seven Days filed a formal complaint claiming the council had violated the state’s Open Meeting law.  The council subsequently agreed and part of the recommended cure for the violation included educating councilors about the law.  During its most recent meeting the council heard from experts about open meeting requirements.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces new policing initiatives
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The mayor of Burlington, Vermont announced a series of initiatives Friday aimed at transforming policing in the city.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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On September 8th the Burlington City Council invited three organizers of a weeks-long protest into their executive session. Two days later, a weekly Burlington newspaper called Seven Days filed a complaint claiming the council had violated the state Open Meeting Law.  During its September 14th meeting the council determined the complaint was valid and asked the city attorney to provide recommendations for a “cure” to the complaint at this week’s meeting.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Burlington City Councilors spent a substantial portion of their meeting Monday evening discussing how they should respond to a complaint claiming the city council violated Vermont’s Open Meeting Law.

Burlington street sign
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger held a COVID briefing Wednesday afternoon during which he presented information on several projects the city is working on. He didn’t mention protests that have been occurring in the downtown for over a week until questioned at the end of his presentations.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Last week, Vermont granted localities, especially college towns, stronger powers to set COVID-19 restrictions.  Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger plans to call a special session of the city council Thursday to pass stricter measures to prevent an outbreak in the city.

Burlington City Hall
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After a nearly month-long break, the Burlington City Council met earlier this week.  Before an executive session there was a short public update on a stalled downtown development project. Also on the Council’s agenda were two items supported by local racial justice advocates.

Burlington City Hall
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A measure to bring ranked choice voting to Burlington will not be on November’s ballot.

Burlington Police car
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A new report finds that Black people were arrested in Burlington nearly four times more often than white people last year.

Burlington's CityPlace remains undeveloped in this September 2019 photo
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Mayor Miro Weinberger has sent a default letter to the developers of a stalled redevelopment project in the center of downtown Burlington, threatening legal action.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council had a number of items on its agenda this week including whether to ask voters to approve a ranked choice voting system for the city.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger leads community declaration that racism is a public health crisis
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor was joined by leaders of the city’s Black community this morning to declare racism a public health crisis.

Champlain College
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A new partnership agreement has been announced between the city of Burlington, Vermont and Champlain College that will allow city residents to take online courses at reduced cost.

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