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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane
                  802.734.0617

 

Mayor Miro Weinberger Statement Regarding Department of Justice Letter Asserting That Burlington’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy May Violate 8 U.S.C. § 1373

 

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement today regarding the Department of Justice letter asserting that Burlington’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy may violate 8 U.S.C. § 1373, a section of federal law related to immigration policy. As the Department of Justice reported in its press release, it is conducting this review as part of a periodic review of jurisdictions that previously certified compliance with this section as a condition of their Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Awards. The City of Burlington certified compliance for its $40,000 Federal FY 2016 JAG Award.

 

“Today I received a letter from the current administration in Washington that I found concerning but unsurprising. I would like to share it with the community. We have long-anticipated receiving a letter like this from the current administration, which is why I called for a review of the City’s policy within weeks of the 2016 presidential election. We have looked at these issues carefully over many months, and contrary to the opinions asserted in today’s letter, we believe the Burlington Police Department is in compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 and we do not believe the Federal law requires us to implement the current President’s draconian immigration policies. Regardless of who populates the administration in Washington, the Federal government has no authority to deputize Burlington police officers to enforce Federal civil immigration laws.

 

“We are a welcoming city, and will remain so regardless of Federal actions that seek to undo the progress we’ve made as a nation. We will be responding to the letter by the deadline and forcefully arguing our case.”

 

* Please see Department of Justice Letter to the City of Burlington

 

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Press Release Date: 
11/15/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane
                  802.734.0617

 

Mayor Weinberger Statement Regarding Council Adoption of New planBTV: Downtown Code

 

 

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement today regarding Burlington City Council’s adoption on November 13 of the new planBTV: Downtown Code:

 

“The City Council’s adoption of the planBTV: Downtown Code this past Monday, after seven years of planning and inclusive public process, represents one of Burlington’s most significant land use policy changes in decades and an important step forward in reducing our energy use and climate impact.  Downtown residents and property owners now have greater clarity about what kind of investment the City wants to see in the years ahead, future buildings will be greener and better-designed, and there will be a clear path for converting parking lots and other under-used lots into job, housing, and cultural opportunities.  In short, we now have a zoning ordinance that supports the community’s vibrant vision for the future.  I want to express my gratitude to Andy Montroll, the Chair of the Form-Based Code Committee and the Planning Commission, for his skillful leadership of this effort, to the entire committee of Councilors and Planning Commissioners for their hard work, and to Planning and Zoning Director David White for his outstanding leadership on this important effort.”

 

* New planBTV: Downtown Code available here

 

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Press Release Date: 
11/15/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 10, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane
                  802.734.0617

 
Mayor Weinberger Statement on the Failure of Ting and KBTL to Reach an Agreement on a Potential Collaboration
 
Burlington, VT – Today Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement regarding the failure of Ting and KBTL to reach an agreement on a potential collaboration:
 
"I appreciate that both Ting and KBTL worked so hard to find common ground over the course of the week.  I also want to thank former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle for stepping into the discussions at the suggestion of Councilor Ali Dieng and working creatively to find a way to combine Ting’s impressive proposal and track record with the benefits of increased local ownership.  While I am disappointed that a Ting proposal to allow the co-op to own up to 20 percent of the new Burlington Telecom — in addition to the previously negotiated City ownership interest — narrowly failed to secure KBTL board approval, the effort speaks well of both organizations. 

"The Council deadlock over its selected finalists and the failure of the collaboration effort put the future of Burlington Telecom and the City’s related interests in a precarious and uncertain position.  I will be working closely with Councilors over the coming days to bring this challenging issue to resolution quickly and responsibly."

 
 
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Press Release Date: 
11/10/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 8, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane
                  802.734.0617

 

Mayor Weinberger, Governor Scott, Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition, Energy Action Network Host
Vermont Energy and Climate Summit

Review Coalition Progress; Assess Where Vermont Stands on 2025 Energy and Climate Goals; Share Climate Action Pledges; Encourage Members to Use Online Climate Pledge Tracker to Record Pledges to Reduce Carbon Emissions

 

Burlington, VT – Today Mayor Miro Weinberger, Governor Phil Scott, members of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition, and the Energy Action Network (EAN) hosted the Vermont Energy and Climate Summit at Champlain College’s Center for Communications and Creative Media. More than 175 individuals from organizations, institutions, and businesses all over the State plus student volunteers attended the Summit, which was promised as part of the launch of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition earlier this year.

The Coalition, created by Mayor Weinberger with Governor Scott’s support and coordinated by the City of Burlington, is intended to help achieve the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement pledge by the United States and to complement State goals established in prior years. Together, Coalition members are working to help Vermont meet the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels from 2005 by 26-28 percent by 2025, and to reinvigorate efforts to reach Vermont’s own more ambitious goal of achieving an 80-95 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. The Coalition has been in contact with the leadership of the Climate Mayors group, formed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, which is also a part of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group, We Are Still In. We Are Still In seeks to serve the function the federal government would have played had the U.S. remained a party to the Paris Climate Agreement.

At the summit, the Coalition and EAN reviewed the Coalition’s progress, assessed where Vermont now stands in relation to its fast-approaching 2025 energy and climate goals, shared action pledges, encouraged new members to use the new, online Climate Pledge Tracker to record pledges to reduce carbon emissions, and pitched policies and ideas that would help ensure that Vermont meets its energy and climate goals.

“The federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement was a historic mistake that has made the generational challenge of addressing climate change even harder, and that must be reversed as soon as possible,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “In the battle against climate change, the job of holding the line now falls to us – State, local, business and civic leaders. Around the country, federal actions have inspired local and state government to rededicate themselves to bold action on carbon pollution. Today in Vermont, we are proud to proclaim that ‘We Are Still In.’”

“The Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition continues to gain momentum and is making a real difference,” said Governor Scott. “It was great to join leaders from towns and cities, non-profits, businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations from all over Vermont at today’s Summit. Our strength has become exponential with the growth of the Coalition. My Administration looks forward to the continued partnership between the Coalition and the Vermont Climate Action Commission to advance our state’s strong climate change goals in a way that drives economic activity while putting Vermonters on a path to affordability without leaving any Vermonter behind.” 

When the Summit date and agenda were announced this past September, the Coalition and EAN launched the Climate Pledge Tracker, available through EAN’s Community Energy Dashboard,  enabling Coalition members to register and track all their climate pledges and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The pledge tracker also is providing great opportunities for organizations that have never created a climate action plan to take significant steps forward. 

“This is both about improving the lives of Vermonters and about setting an inspiring and replicable model of a rural, renewable energy transformation for the other rural, middle-income areas of America,” explained Jared Duval, Executive Director of the Energy Action Network during the Summit’s opening remarks. “Together, we can do this. Let’s listen to each other. Let’s learn from each other. Let’s be inspired by each other. And let’s make the most of the incredible opportunity that this Summit represents to make sure that Vermont takes the high road to our renewable energy future.”

Types of Actions
The Climate Pledge Tracker offers more than 300 possible actions members can take, with detailed descriptions and the ability to create custom actions. One example of an action pledged by Coalition members is becoming a “net zero” energy institution, organization, or business, which requires creating enough renewable energy (or offsetting enough energy use with carbon credits) to equal or exceed the total amount of energy used by that institution, organization, or business across electric, thermal/heat, and transportation sectors. Such an accomplishment often is achieved through a mix of energy efficiency measures, which drive down energy consumption, and renewable energy production.

Other examples of actions pledged through the Pledge Tracker include: reducing total energy consumption; increasing use of solar energy; replacing fossil-fuel burning vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs); improving transportation infrastructure, like providing incentives for employees who walk, bike, or bus to work, installing EV charging stations to promote increased EV use; and taking steps to improve building efficiencies, such as improving lighting, engaging in building efficiency consultations and audits, increasing building insulation, installing ENERGY STAR appliances in commercial kitchens, and adding cold climate heat pumps.

As of early November, the City had collected 54 pledges and 173 actions by 23 organizations. Summit attendees heard from the leaders of the following Coalition members who already have made some of the most ambitious pledges: Champlain College, Casella Waste, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the City of St. Albans, and Vermont State Employees Credit Union. To learn about the details of these pledges, please visit the Climate Pledge Tracker.

“Today’s Energy and Climate Summit demonstrates our State’s commitment – with the help of business, non-profits, local government leaders and others – to achieve the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goal and our target of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050 in Vermont,” said Jennifer Green, City of Burlington Sustainability Coordinator. “The Climate Pledge Tracker, found on the EAN Community Energy Dashboard, is the means by which we’ll track our progress toward and accomplish these ambitious targets as we further establish Vermont as a leader in climate action and renewable energy. If your institution has yet to visit the tracker and pledge its commitment, I encourage you to see what others in your community are doing or have pledged to do by simply clicking on their name—and to get inspired by your neighbors to submit your own actions and pledges.”

Joining the Coalition
The Coalition currently has a membership of more than 30 organizations and encourages all Vermont municipalities, non-profits, colleges and universities, and businesses to join the Coalition and do all they can to reduce carbon emissions. To join the Coalition and learn more about the summit, organizations should email Jennifer Green, Burlington Sustainability Coordinator, at jgreen@burlingtonelectric.com. You can learn more about the Climate Pledge Coalition at www.vermontclimatepledge.org.

Beyond the Climate Pledge Tracker
In addition to the Climate Pledge Tracker, Coalition members will benefit from a robust suite of easy-to-use energy tools already provided by the EAN Dashboard for municipalities, businesses, institutions, and individuals to help them make smart energy choices and track progress on how they use and source their energy (heat, electricity, and transportation) to achieve a more affordable, cleaner, and carbon-free energy future. Thousands of Vermonters already have used the Dashboard to set energy goals, take actions, track progress, map sites, share stories, and learn from trusted neighbors and colleagues. The Tracker further enhances these tools and enables Coalition members to set the pace of progress. 

  

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Press Release Date: 
11/08/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 31, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane
                  802.734.0617

                 

 

City of Burlington Launches BTVStat Dashboard

Portal Offers Public Access to Data Collected by City Departments and Analyzed at Monthly BTVStat Meetings to Improve Delivery of City Services

 

Burlington, VT – Today Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the launch of a new BTVStat Dashboard that will provide the public with access to data collected each month by City Departments as part of its BTVStat Initiative. The BTVStat Initiative was created in September 2016 to gather data to inform City decision-making and to provide leadership and staff with the tools and resources needed to evaluate and improve the work they do to deliver services to the public. City Departments meet on a monthly basis to share, track, and analyze data to determine future policies and projects in line with the City’s strategic goals. The BTVStat effort has already helped the City identify funding available to hire the first new firefighters in 15 years, improve our responsiveness to requests for service, and brought new focus on and improvement to workplace safety.

 

“The City of Burlington is committed to measuring and continuously improving the quality and effectiveness of the services it delivers to residents,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “BTVStat has helped us gather and evaluate data critical to this effort and re-oriented our decision-making towards evidence instead of intuitions. I look forward to the public using the new BTVStat Dashboard to engage with the data we have collected and to track our progress. Thank you to our Innovation & Technology Department, led by Chief Innovation Officer Beth Anderson, and to all of our City Departments for participating in this important initiative.”

 

"We created this tool to provide a platform that helps measure and communicate our progress toward the City’s goals, and that increases transparency into and encourage accountability for the services we provide as we strive toward stronger, data-driven performance improvement,” said City of Burlington Chief Innovation Officer Beth Anderson. “We look forward to feedback on the platform and our work.”

 

BTVStat Dashboard

The public can access the new, regularly updated portal at https://BTVStat.burlingtonvt.gov. The Dashboard includes data about City operations and services, including financial performance, arts and recreation program participation, and street and sidewalk repair. With the Mayor’s focus on data and metrics to determine the City’s success in delivering on its goals, the Dashboard offers the public an opportunity to track the City’s progress, as well as to see new data illuminating the City’s work to provide efficient and effective services.

 

BTVStat Initiative

The BTVStat Initiative was undertaken at the request of the Mayor to ensure achievement of the City’s strategic goals, to assist and then hold Department leadership and staff accountable for the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the services delivered to residents, and to provide the tools and resources needed to evaluate and improve the work City staff does to deliver those services. BTVStat is an evidence-based approach to management. It involves using data and analysis to measure and evaluate the work of City Departments. It requires City staff to:

 

  • Specify organizational goals
  • Collect and analyze data to evaluate performance against those goals
  • Identify opportunities to improve work

 

The foundation of the program is the BTVStat meetings, which provide a forum for discussing and monitoring of the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of City operations and the services each Department delivers.

 

In other cities, this kind of coordinated approach and collaborative culture has improved performance, increased resident satisfaction, and reduced duplicative work. The Mayor believes that this kind of collaborative, team-oriented approach plays to the strengths of Department Heads and creates opportunities for staff to address shared challenges. 
 

* Please access new BTVStat Dashboard at https://BTVStat.burlingtonvt.gov

Press Release Date: 
10/31/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 18, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane, Mayoral Communications & Projects Coordinator, 802.734.0617

                   Rob Goulding, DPW Public Information Manager, 802.540.0846

 

DPW Nears Completion of First Sustainable Infrastructure Plan Construction Season

Unveils ‘Projects Portal’ to Help Public Track Construction Projects and Progress; Work Set to Begin on Upgrading Downtown Water Pipes

 

Burlington, VT – Today Mayor Miro Weinberger joined Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Chapin Spencer, Champlain Elementary School Principal Dr. Dorinne Dorfman, and Dealer.com Senior Manager of Operations Grace Ciffo near the new sidewalk outside Champlain Elementary School to recognize DPW’s progress on its Sustainable Infrastructure Plan projects, and the launch of a new “projects portal” that will help keep residents informed on current and future projects. This work represents the beginning of implementation of the multi-year Sustainable Infrastructure Plan’s reinvestment in the city, approved overwhelmingly by voters in November 2016. This season, DPW has been focused on road repaving, sidewalk reconstruction and upgrading the City’s aging water infrastructure along multiple streets. By the end of the season, DPW will have completed 5 miles of road repaving (compared to a recent average of 3 miles/year), reconstructed over 3 miles of sidewalk (recent average, just over 1 mi/year) and proactively upgraded nearly 3 miles of water main (versus decades of only pursuing reactive replacement of broken pipes).

 

“It has been exciting this construction season to see the will of the voters start to become a reality with the most substantial reinvestment in many years now improving the quality of our core municipal infrastructure for generations to come,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger “Thank you to the Public Works Department and Director Chapin Spencer for stepping up and largely meeting the ambitious first year goals of the new plan.”

 

Champlain Elementary School benefited from the first season of infrastructure work with the completion of a new sidewalk outside of the campus along Pine Street, and a new curb with an ADA-accessible ramp across the street.

 

"Many students and parents walk, ride bicycles, and ride scooters to school,” said Champlain Elementary School Principal Dr. Dorinne Dorfman. “The new sidewalks, curbs, and ramps make coming to school in ways that protect the environment safer and more fun. While the construction presented challenges as the school year got started, we are grateful for the improvements in time for the winter season."

 

Capital Projects Portal

In support of Burlington’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, the Mayor and DPW are proud to announce the launch of a publicly accessible, regularly updated portal (www.burlingtonvt.gov/construction) designed for transparent, timely and reliable information about all public and private construction projects in the city right-of-way. With an increase in capital and maintenance projects around the city as a result of voter-approved bonds in November 2016, this portal will be a useful tool to ensure residents, businesses and all stakeholders can be regularly informed, and has already improved the cross-departmental coordination of municipal projects.

 

The portal features current, upcoming and completed projects, including contact information for project managers or City departments, as well as links to projects pages where available, and other important project details. The project is a broad, citywide initiative, coordinated with the Mayor’s Office and led by the Department of Public Works.

 

Pine Street Relining to Begin This Fall; Resume in Spring 2018

As an important next step in the Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, DPW will begin relining the aging pipes along Pine Street between Main and Maple in late October to benefit residents and businesses by improving water quality and water pressure. These infrastructure investments will increase system reliability, with fewer unplanned disruptions and water main breaks over time. In spring 2018, DPW will undertake another significant upgrade along Pine Street on an integral corridor between Howard and Lakeside.

 

Due to innovations in new and tested technology, the pipes on Pine Street will be relined rather than replaced. This will allow an overall quicker, less disruptive and less expensive project, compared to open dig replacement, while producing better water quality and increased fire flows.

 

While relining projects avoid significant disruptions to water service, the City and its contractor, AquaRehab, will maintain 24 hour emergency telephone help lines. Prior to the beginning of the summer construction season, DPW worked with residents and businesses to ensure that construction avoided significant and celebrated events, including Labor Day weekend, the first day of school, and Art Hop. DPW sent letters to property owners on June 19 and held an informational meeting on June 29 to discuss the project. DPW is also working on plans to minimize parking losses and lane closures and create the safest possible driving conditions for our residents, businesses and visitors. For an updated schedule for all water capital construction projects, including Pine Street, see here: http://bit.ly/CY17WRCapital.

 

This work also precedes the kickoff of the Champlain Parkway Project, scheduled to start in fall 2018. Other complimentary projects near this important stretch of city streets are also in design, underway or completed, including infrastructure upgrades along King Street and St. Paul Street.

 

“The City recognizes that much of this work is occurring in busy corridors and efforts have been made to mitigate the impacts to area residents and businesses,” said DPW Director Chapin Spencer. “While there will be inevitable impacts during construction, one of the pipes to be relined was originally installed in 1894 and upgrades are clearly necessary. The increased funding allows us to be proactive and coordinate our investments like never before. This is the right time to undertake these projects to create resilient streets that serve Burlington for generations.”

 

“We are very focused on creating great experiences for our employees, and every ‘touch-point’ counts. A healthy, sustainable civic environment in Burlington is crucial to Dealer.com’s energy and mission. Mayor Weinberger’s transparency around the Department of Public Work’s Sustainable Infrastructure projects is exciting and appreciated. Dealer.com represents the second largest location of our Parent Company, Cox Automotive, and improvements like these help to further emphasize the value of working in Burlington, VT.” 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Plan Background

In November 2016, the residents of Burlington voted in support of a $27.5 million general obligation bond to fund capital improvement projects across the city over five years (an additional approximately $14 million will be spent from other sources on this infrastructure plan). In return for this investment, residents will see vastly improved streets and sidewalks (sixteen percent of our sidewalk system is in serious to failed condition and 23 percent of our streets are currently in a poor or failed condition), the replacement of two thirds of our fleet of aging fire trucks, a completed Bike Path renovation and enhancement, and much more over the next five years. The Sustainable Infrastructure Plan and the work DPW and other city departments are doing addresses many of the challenges that aging infrastructure presents.

 

In addition, voters supported the $8.3 million Water Systems Improvements revenue bond. Currently, 42 percent of the 110 miles of city water pipes are older than 75 years and 25 percent are older than 100 years. This phase of DPW’s water infrastructure reinvestment project will reline 2.74 miles and replace 1.42 miles of aging water main through June 2018 in stages, and is aligned with the street repaving program in order to save money and time through proactive planning and infrastructure management. An example of this proactive coordination includes the work being done along King Street. While the subsurface drinking water infrastructure was upgraded last year, there are stormwater upgrades, traffic calming and repaving work underway which will create a resilient street and preserve our critical investments.

 

Additionally, DPW considered risk factors including age of pipes, number of breaks and recent break history in determining which streets and sections of main were selected. The decision to reline the majority of aging pipes was made due to innovations in new, and tested, pipe relining technology, allowing this component of the project to be quicker, less disruptive to city life, and less expensive than traditional open dig water main replacement. New technology will also help DPW avoid interruptions to water service as its contractor carries out the relining work. Where necessary, water main sections which need increased flow capacity are being upsized to larger diameter pipe – thus necessitating the open dig replacement approach.

 

Capital Projects Contact Information

To view the Capital Projects Portal, visit www.burlingtonvt.gov/construction

 

For more information on DPW’s Water Resources Capital Projects, including Relining and Replacement Projects, see here: http://bit.ly/CY17WRCapital

 

For issues, questions or concerns about the relining/replacing project, please contact the Water Division at 802-863-4501. Non-emergency inquiries can also be submitted via email at water-resources@burlingtonvt.gov. For those on a temporary water supply and experiencing issues please contact (24/7) Aquarehab: 802-495-6284.

 

For more information on the Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, see here: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Mayor/10-Year-Capital-Plan

 

* Please see slide, “Sustainable Infrastructure Plan Goals for 2017 Construction Season,” for a comparison of past annual infrastructure investments to this year’s infrastructure goals.

 

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Press Release Date: 
10/18/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 13, 2017
Contact:  Jordan Redell
                  802.503.7664

Mayor Weinberger Statement Regarding Homicide of Yogeswari Khadka

 

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement today regarding the homicide at 72 Hyde Street:

 

“After yesterday’s tragic events, my thoughts are with the Yogeswari Khadka’s friends and family. My sympathy lies especially with her young daughter, and her mother, Thulsa Rimal, who continues to receive treatment at the UVM Medical Center. No family should have to endure the pain they are going through. I am grateful for the bravery of her neighbors, who helped to contain a terrible situation, and the remarkable professionalism, courage and decisiveness of the Burlington Police Department officers who responded to this scene.”  

 

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Press Release Date: 
10/13/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane

                 802.734.0617

 

Mayor Urges Council to Advance Top BT Bids That Offer Big Wins for Taxpayers, BT Customers, and City

Notes Positive Impact KBTL Proposal and Engagement Has Brought to Process and Concerns about the Bid’s Viability; Supports Schurz and Ting/Tucows Advancing to Final Round

 

Burlington, VT - Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced his support for the City Council to advance to the final round the Schurz Communications and Ting/Tucows bids to purchase Burlington Telecom (BT).  After careful consideration of the three proposals before Council, as well as the opinions of the Burlington Telecom Advisory Board (BTAB) and the multiple professionals advising the City on this transaction, the Mayor noted that only the Ting/Tucows and Schurz proposals met all of the sales criteria developed by the public and approved by the City Council, and that these proposals offer significant benefits to taxpayers, BT customers, and the City.

 

“I appreciate the hard work of the KBTL Board and other volunteer supporters to present the City with an option for local ownership,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “KBTL’s focus on local issues throughout this process has helped shape the City’s goals and will positively impact BT’s future no matter which bid the City selects. Regrettably, however, the KBTL offer is simply not a viable option for the City to pursue. Selecting it would result in legal action and substantial taxpayer financial exposure, threaten to undo years of BT progress and put Burlington Telecom’s future on very uncertain footing. The KBTL focus on securing local benefits has improved the two very strong proposals from Ting and Schurz. These proposals would secure a bright future for BT, put the days of broadband monopoly behind us for good, lead to substantial reinvestment in our community, return millions of taxpayer dollars, and create the possibility of meaningful City ownership in the future company.”

 

Please see supporting materials below:

 

* Memorandum to the City Council regarding Burlington Telecom Finalists

* Criteria Table Comparing Three Finalist Bids to Council-approved Sale Criteria

* City of Burlington Summary of Burlington Telecom Proposals

 

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Press Release Date: 
10/11/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 9, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane
                   802.734.0617

 

City of Burlington to Welcome Honfleur Sister City Delegation
Delegation of Residents from Honfleur, France Will Visit on October 10

 

Burlington, VT – The City of Burlington will welcome a delegation from its Honfleur, France Sister City, including Mayor Michel Lamarre and citizens of Honfleur, at a press conference on Tuesday, October 10. This will be the second major delegation from Honfleur to visit Burlington, and the first time residents from Honfleur have joined the delegation. The last visit was in 2013.

 

The press conference will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Burlington Boathouse with remarks from Mayor Weinberger. Light refreshments will be served.

 

“Burlington is honored to be partners with Honfleur in furthering bonds of friendship and respect between our two cities, and in emphasizing the importance of building relationships of cross-cultural trust and friendship,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “I am excited to welcome another Honfleur delegation to our beautiful city. Our Sister City relationship provides us an important opportunity to build on the historic bonds that bind our two cities and deepen the cultural ties between us.”

 

Also expected to attend will be Ernie Pomerleau, Honorary Consul of France to Vermont, Dana vanderHeyden, Ambassadrice de Honfleur aux États-Unis named by Mayor Lamarre and coordinator of many trip exchanges, Marc vanderHeyden, former president of St. Michael’s College, and Doreen Kraft, Executive Director of Burlington City Arts, as well as Pierre Jan, Chair of the Twinning Association in Honfleur, and Lise Veronneau, Chair/President of Burlington’s Honfleur Sister City.

 

While in Burlington, the delegation will enjoy an edible history tour, a boat tour by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, visits to Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum, Ethan Allen Homestead, and Burlington City Arts fall exhibition, Of Land and Local

 

Sister City History

  

Burlington’s relationship with Honfleur began in 2009 during the 400th-anniversary celebration of Samuel de Champlain’s visit to the lake named for him. The City of Burlington expanded its international French relationships with the official formation of the Honfleur Sister City on March 21, 2012, and has nurtured that relationship with travels to Honfleur in 2012, welcoming Mayor Lamarre and his delegation from Honfleur to Burlington in 2013, followed by the first youth exchange of Boy Scouts traveling to Honfleur in 2014. Most recently, a Burlington delegation, including Mayor Weinberger, his wife Stacy, and a group of students from Burlington High School visited Honfleur in June 2015. 

 

Committees in Burlington and Honfleur have been working for the past three years to promote and understand our respective cultures and economic development opportunities in mutually rewarding ways.

 

See five year summary of Honfleur Sister City highlights here

 

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Press Release Date: 
10/09/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 4, 2017
Contact:  Katie Vane
                  802.734.0617

City of Burlington and Devonwood Release Draft Development Agreement

 

 

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement today regarding the City and Devonwood’s release of the draft Burlington City Place Development Agreement:

 

“For years, the City and Devonwood have pursued together an effort to bring much-needed housing, jobs, and environmental improvements to Burlington’s downtown and reinvent our failing downtown mall as a vibrant new neighborhood. The agreement has been carefully negotiated to protect the City from financial risk, forward community initiatives, and support the progress of this transformative downtown project. It is time to get this long-awaited project built – I respectfully urge the Council to approve the Development Agreement at its October 16 meeting.”

 

This draft Development Agreement represents one of the final steps of the joint effort prior to the start of construction. The agreement builds on the substantial work completed in the Pre-Development Agreement approved overwhelmingly by the Burlington City Council in May 2016, and resolves a path forward on a number of previously open issues, including:

 

  • Through a series of detailed conditions, requiring the developer to participate in the District Energy System if the City is able to deliver the system in a timely manner and at a competitive cost. A District Energy System is a critical strategy in the City’s effort to become a Net Zero City over the next 10-15 years.
  • Detailing the process for design, bidding, construction, and payment for the public improvements. These details comprise fourteen pages of the document and have been negotiated to ensure that the City secures high-quality public improvements at a fair price and is protected from construction risk and delay.
  • Securing additional funds from the project to support local businesses and expanded communication efforts, on top of prior commitments to support job fairs and other activities to ensure local residents are aware of new opportunities created by the project.
  • Determining the manner in which Devonwood will compensate the City for its development permit fees through a combination of cash and land contribution.

 

* Please see draft Development Agreement

 

 

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Press Release Date: 
10/04/2017
City Department: 
Mayor's Office

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