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The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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While a debate over a complaint filed against the Burlington City Council’s use of executive session dominated Monday evening’s meeting, a number of other items were on the agenda.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the meeting included an update on the stalled downtown redevelopment project.

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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Protesters in Burlington have been calling for the firing of police officers involved in use of force incidents and larger police reforms. The Burlington City Council’s Public Safety Committee and the Police Commission held a joint meeting Thursday evening to discuss some potential initiatives.

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The Burlington City Council called a meeting this week to hear from protesters who have been camping out across the street from the police station in Vermont’s largest city for nearly three weeks and try to determine how the city might meet their demands.

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The Burlington City Council met for a  special session today to consider an emergency measure put forth by the mayor to regulate the size of gatherings and the hours that liquor can be sold in the city.  The new restrictions are being considered as colleges in the city are welcoming students back to campus.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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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.

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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.

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

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.

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Burlington, Vermont city councilors approved the 2021 budget Tuesday night with less than two hours to spare before the new fiscal year.

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After members and supporters of a racial justice group spent three days filibustering, the Burlington city council has begun its review of the proposed 2021 city budget.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger presented his proposed 2021 city budget Monday. His presentations focused on changes to the city Police Department budget and enhancing racial justice financing at a time when city revenues will be sharply lower.

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During their most recent meeting, Burlington city councilors postponed a vote on a resolution calling for charter changes to balance inequalities among residents of the city.

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Burlington, Vermont City Councilors received an update this week on a stalled downtown development project and also considered a resolution to move the community away from natural gas.

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The Burlington City Council had a number of items to consider this week during its virtual session.

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The Burlington City Council had transportation issues on the agenda this week as it reviewed upcoming construction projects planned for the summer — and how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect them.

Burlington City Council meets virtually to hear budget projections from Mayor Miro Weinberger
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The requirement that people stay at home and businesses close or reduce hours is effecting finances for business, government and individuals alike. Municipalities face a loss of sales tax, parking fees, tourism income and other revenues. Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger provided a “bad case” budget scenario to the city council this week.

Vermont Air Guard F-35 does a fly-over before landing at Burlington
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The Burlington City Council passed a resolution this week asking Vermont’s governor to stop Air National Guard training flights and divert all Guard resources toward the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Monday evening was the first meeting of the new city council elected by Burlington, Vermont residents on Town Meeting Day in March.  The new council met electronically to elect a new council president, conduct COVID-19 related business and hear Mayor Miro Weinberger’s annual State of the City address.

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Burlington, Vermont officials held a number of meetings on Monday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak. The regular meeting of the City Council was attended virtually to comply with social distancing recommendations.

Tuesday was Town Meeting Day and Vermont voters had a number of local ballot items to decide.  In the state’s largest city, there will be changes on the Burlington City Council after two incumbents lost their reelection bids.

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At the most recent Burlington City Council meeting (on Tuesday Feb 18th) the agenda included a report on community policing practices.

Keep Burlington Telecom Local supporter holding sign during 2017 debate over sale
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In 2017 and 2018 leaders in Burlington, Vermont debated what company it would sell the then-municipally owned Burlington Telecom to. It was a contentious decision with many residents wanting the city to maintain ownership.  It was eventually sold to Schurz Communications. The City Council this week voted against reinvesting its proceeds of the sale in the utility.

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The Burlington City Council had a number of items on its agenda Tuesday evening that kept it working into the early morning hours.  But a resolution that will not be considered for another two weeks brought protesters to the council chambers and led to more than an hour of public comment.

The Vermont Lake Monsters plan to open the 2020 season in June at Centennial Field in Burlington
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Major League Baseball is proposing eliminating 42 minor league teams when their contracts expire at the end of 2020. That has caused an uproar and concern among host communities including Burlington, Vermont — home of the minor league Lake Monsters.

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Independent auditors presented their review of Burlington, Vermont’s finances to the City Council this week.  A key weakness is delays in reporting from the city’s clerk-treasurer’s office.

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The Burlington City Council has made its final decisions on whether three charter changes will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot.  One will not be forwarded to voters.

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The Burlington City Council met on Tuesday this week, its regular session delayed one day due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  City councilors had a full agenda that included a review of items that will appear on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

Colchester Chief of Police Jennifer Morrison
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The Burlington City Council confirmed an interim Police Chief Monday evening.  The move comes after the previous chief resigned after admitting using a fake Twitter account to criticize a police department critic. An acting chief was then removed for using a fake Facebook account.

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The Burlington City Council met for the last time in 2019 on Monday and debated whether three proposed charter changes should appear on March’s Town Meeting Day ballot.

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