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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.

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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.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council passed a Public Safety Continuity Plan at Monday night’s meeting. But amendments to the proposal fundamentally changed the intent of the mayor’s proposal.

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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.

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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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The Burlington City Council has failed to override a veto by the mayor that would have placed a question on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking voters if an independent police oversight board should be created.

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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.

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There are four charter changes proposed for the Town Meeting Day ballot that Burlington city councilors had to approve at this week’s meeting in order for the measures to advance to a public hearing process before being voted on March 2.

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The acting chief of the Burlington, Vermont Police Department is speaking out about the current and potential future impacts of a resolution passed by the City Council earlier this year that mandates a 30% reduction in sworn officers.

The 2021 Burlington Town Meeting Day election is taking shape as Progressives and Democrats have now chosen their candidates for mayor and city council seats.

Last week the Burlington Progressive party held a virtual caucus to choose candidates in the March 2nd Town Meeting Day city races. On Saturday, they held another virtual meeting to launch the mayoral campaign and embrace what they perceive as a high level of support for their policies. 

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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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The Burlington City Council reviewed a number of items during their regular session and committee meetings this week.

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The Burlington City Council discussed the legal implications of creating Overdose Prevention Sites in the city during a work session of their regular meeting this week.

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The Burlington City Council meeting earlier this week featured a report on the stalled downtown development project and an update from Burlington school officials on plans to address PCB contamination in the high school building.

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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.

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Police departments across the country have come under increasing scrutiny this year. In Burlington, Vermont, a month-long encampment at a park adjacent to the city police department and nightly marches to City Hall emphasized activists’ demands for changes. While the camp has disbanded, city officials are working on policing issues.  At the most recent Burlington City Council meeting, the panel heard reports on racial equity and policing issues.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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