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The Burlington, Vermont Board of Finance is composed of the mayor and city councilors. This week the group heard the results of a survey about the proposed city budget and continued discussion about the 2022 proposed budget for the police department.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council had a packed agenda Monday evening.  The council approved a new leader for the city’s Community and Economic Development Office, requiring the resignation of a councilor. It also reviewed a rate increase request from the city electric department.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor discussed the area’s high level of vaccinations during a COVID update Wednesday. He also announced an appointment to a city department — which if approved by the City Council will mean one of its members must resign.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Among the issues the Burlington, Vermont City Council considered during its meeting Monday night were weatherization requirements for rental properties and a resolution to increase councilors’ pay.

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council’s Board of Finance held a special session Monday evening to review two items. The panel reviewed the proposed 2022 budget, which includes some federal COVID relief funds, and discussed the status of a citywide property reappraisal.

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council met this week and approved several routine ordinance changes. Councilors also heard an update on police transformation initiatives and discussed what to do about graffiti in the city center.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (file)
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On Town Meeting Day, Burlington, Vermont voters elected one new city councilor and re-elected three councilors and the mayor. They were sworn in Monday and the mayor delivered his state of the city address, which focused on racial justice efforts.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wins a fourth term on Town Meeting Day 2021
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor has reversed his decision to assign the head of the city’s electric department to oversee an assessment of the police department.

Burlington Police car
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Debate over policing and policies related to the Burlington, Vermont Police Department have been at a boiling point in the city over the past year. During a joint meeting of the Public Safety Committee and the Police Commission this week, tensions between the committees and the mayor intensified after the administration announced a change in how a study would be managed.

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
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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