Mayor Miro WeinbergerNovember 2013
I write to you at the end of a
week marred by a major fire in the steeple of the College Street Congregational
Church. I am thankful that our Fire
Department was able to overcome many challenges – powerlines and burned out
stairs blocking access to the building, dangerous falling slate, and
coordination with the Police action underway in the building – to subdue the
fire quickly before it did more damage, and for the church leaders who I
witnessed on site early Wednesday morning taking important steps towards recovery
before the flames were fully extinguished.
BTV IGNITE: New England’s Gigabit City
Innovative companies are starting
and growing in Burlington because of many factors, including: the City’s openness
and tolerance, its entrepreneurial and engaging spirit, the lifestyle possible
here, the concentration of academic institutions and established tech companies,
and our tremendous fiber-optic infrastructure.
By supporting this trend we not only strengthen the City’s economic
future, but also we create community and educational opportunity as well.
To that end, in October, Burlington was named
a US Ignite partner, and I announced the local initiative “BTV IGNITE: New
England’s Gigabit City.” US Ignite is a
national, non-profit organization set up with inspiration from the National
Science Foundation and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. BTV IGNITE is an accelerator group dedicated
to leveraging our resources to make Burlington a great tech city. The BTV
IGNITE Advisory Group includes leaders from the private sector, local
government, our public schools, and our academic and civic institutions. The group has been meeting since August and
is working on both immediate efforts and a plan for Burlington’s digital future
to be released this spring. You can follow
this effort by visiting www.BTVIGNITE.com.
Pension Summit on Tuesday, November 5 from 5:00–8:00pm at City Hall’s Contois Auditorium
This Summit, a joint effort of the
Administration and City Council, is intended to be an educational discussion
about the City’s retirement system, its importance, its history, and its
financial problems and potential solutions.
I will be joined at the event by State Treasurer Beth Pearce, Elizabeth
Kellar from the DC-based Center for State and Local Government Excellence, City
Councilors, speakers from all the unions that represent City employees, and
many others for this important conversation. I hope you will consider joining us too. Refreshments will be provided beginning at
your children from lead poisoning
The Centers for Disease Control states
that Lead Poisoning is the biggest environmental threat children face. Exposure to lead may result in
brain damage, lower IQ, ADHD, behavior issues,
and be linked to high school drop outs and incarceration later in life. Last month, CEDO’s Burlington Lead Program
sponsored a special screening of the new documentary “MisLEAD: America's Secret
Epidemic” as part of its Lead Poisoning Prevention Week activities. Tamara
Rubin, the documentary’s director and an Oregon mother whose sons were poisoned
by lead, joined a panel discussion after the screening with experts in lead
poisoning prevention. If you – like
10,000 other households in Burlington – live in an older home, there are steps
you can take to protect your family and CEDO’s federally funded lead program
has the tools to help. Go to the CEDO
web page or call 865-LEAD.
ahead as we start November, my thoughts are with the women and men who have
served or are serving in our Armed Forces.
This Veterans Day please consider honoring them by attending the annual ceremony
in Battery Park hosted by the VFW Howard Plant Post 782, or the unveiling of
recently rediscovered WWI memorial plaques at Memorial Auditorium. Both events will take place Monday, November
11 at 11:00am, the date and time that will forever be remembered as the end of the
major hostilities of WWI.
to hold in-person conversations and updates weekly from 8:00-9:00am at the
Bagel Café in the New North End, and elsewhere at other times. Information
on these meetings and much else underway in Burlington is now available on the
very active Mayor’s Facebook page. I
hope to see you soon, and wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving