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Burlington City Hall
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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.

Orson Bean
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Actor Orson Bean, a staple guest on game shows in the 1960s died yesterday after a car accident in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. He was 91.

Bean was born in Burlington, Vermont and in 2008, The Roundtable did a remote broadcast from The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington and we included an interview with Orson Bean, who had just turned 80 years old. We aired that conversation today, in memoriam.

The Wood Brothers, with Oliver Wood in the middle.
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One of the best live bands in American music is returning to our region for two gigs this winter. The Wood Brothers will be at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont on February 6 and at the Palace in Albany February 8.

Burlington City Hall
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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.

Burlington City Hall
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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.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The police chief in Vermont's largest city has admitted that he used an anonymous Twitter account to troll a government critic.

Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright
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Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright has been in politics for 25 years and is currently the only Republican on the 12 member panel. But he will not run for reelection. Wright tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he made his decision despite reservations about the direction of the council.

Map of city-owned garages in Burlington with free parking during parking ban
Burlington Department of Public Works

With the first snowstorm of the season arriving in the Northeast, Burlington, Vermont is implementing a parking ban beginning at 10 p.m. Monday.

Diagram of revised CityPlace redevelopment
Brookfield Properties

The developers of a stalled development in the center of Burlington appeared before the City Council Monday night to present a scaled-back plan. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, they gave assurances that the project will move forward.

A "For Rent" sign
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Burlington City Councilors voted on a resolution this week to address reforms intended to alleviate the city’s housing shortage.

Laurentide apartment building in Burlington, VT
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Local and state officials joined housing advocates to celebrate the opening of a new affording housing complex in Burlington, Vermont on Monday.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
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Burlington City Councilors spent more than an hour Monday night debating a resolution that expresses support for the city’s police department.

Burlington's Net Zero Energy sign
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Burlington officials have released a Net Zero Energy Roadmap, a plan that intends to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the Vermont city by 2030.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger opens Housing Summit
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A housing summit was held in Burlington Wednesday evening.  It was a follow-up to a June summit that identified five action areas for the city to create and implement affordable housing policies.

Axe
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This week, Burlington city councilors reviewed an application for a new liquor license. They discussed whether alcohol would appropriately mix with the entertainment the business owner plans at the venue: axe throwing.

Burlington Town Center rendering
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Burlington City Councilors heard an update on a stalled downtown redevelopment project at their meeting Monday evening. They were displeased with the lack of information provided by developers as to when construction will restart on what has become an eyesore in the center of the downtown.

Burlington City Hall
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At their meeting this week, Burlington city councilors approved entering a contract with a private company that would sell the carbon offsets resulting from the planting of trees.

Burlington City Hall
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Earlier today, we reported that the Burlington City Council approved a resolution opposing the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the Vermont Air National Guard Base. It comes a month before the first F-35 fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at the Burlington facility, which opponents fear will be nuclear capable. During the debate, one councilor’s attempt to remove an amendment led to an extended discussion on parliamentary procedure and considerable confusion.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council has approved a resolution opposing the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the Vermont Air National Guard Base. It comes a month before the first F-35 fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at the Burlington facility, which opponents fear will be nuclear capable.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council has approved the creation of a new position to guide the city’s racial diversity work.

Burlington City Hall Park
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In 2011 the city of Burlington formed a task force to begin making long-term improvement plans for the park adjacent to City Hall.  Fencing went up this week to begin renovations. But opponents sought an injunction to stop any work by claiming the permits had expired.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council has approved the city’s roughly $79 million 2020 budget, but not before a new member of the panel attempted to delay the vote.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The Burlington, Vermont Police Department has been criticized recently after some high-profile incidents.  This spring, two lawsuits were filed against the city claiming excessive force by police officers. In another incident, the March death of a man involved in an altercation with an officer was ruled a homicide by the state’s medical examiner.  During a May city council meeting a number of Burlington residents questioned police actions and the department’s transparency. This week, the police chief was up for reappointment — leading to some debate about whether the council should approve his 2020 tenure.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
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Burlington, Vermont City Councilors plan to introduce resolutions at their meeting next week calling for a review of the city police department’s use-of-force policy.  The move comes after two lawsuits claiming excessive force were filed and a man died following a third controversial incident.

Picture of solar panels
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A new report ranks Burlington, Vermont one of the top cities in the country for solar capacity.

Burlington City Hall
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Monday was the beginning of a new term for Burlington, Vermont city councilors as re-elected and new members were sworn in. Mayor Miro Weinberger then delivered his annual State of the City address.

Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright
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On Town Meeting Day, Burlington, Vermont voters shifted the dynamics of the city council.  There will now be six Progressives on the 12-member panel. Some wonder whether that will curb Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger’s agenda.  Voters also approved five of the six questions on the city’s ballot. City Council President Republican Kurt Wright spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the implications of the results for the council and the city.

Joan Shannon
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Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is Tuesday and local elections will be held across the state. In the state’s largest city, a number of candidates are running for four open seats on the Burlington City Council.  In the city’s South District, incumbent Democrat Joan Shannon has served on the council since 2003.  She tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she likes being able to make a difference in the city.

Richard Deane
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There are four city council seats up for election in Burlington on Town Meeting Day on Tuesday.   The Democrat running in the city’s East District race is incumbent Richard Deane. An architect by trade, he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he has deep roots in his community and wants to continue to address key issues facing the city.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces implementation and details of First Steps Scholarship Program
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Officials in Burlington, Vermont have announced an expansion of the city’s Early Learning Initiative aimed at  getting more low-income children into high-quality child care.

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