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Notice of Winooski Housing Commission Meeting on 4/23/18

Join the Winooski Housing Commission for their regular meeting on Monday, 4/23/18 (6:00 pm @ Winooski City Hall / 27 W. Allen Street). Meetings are open to the public – community members are encouraged to join.

The purpose of the Housing Commission is to engage the Winooski community in developing the vision of housing in Winooski in alignment with the Strategic Vision and to assist with making strategic policy decisions to guide staff work.

Click here to view the agenda for this meeting.

For previous meeting minutes and documents, click here.

Notice of Special DRB Meeting on 4/20/18

Join the Development Review Board for a special meeting on 4/20/18 (3:30 pm at Winooski City Hall, 27 West Allen Street). Meetings are open to the public – community members are encouraged to join.

The Development Review Board (DRB) is a quasi-judicial volunteer resident board that upholds the standards and procedures defined in the Winooski Zoning Ordinance. The DRB reviews and makes decisions on subdivisions, site plans, conditional uses, variances, and appeals of the Zoning Administrator’s determinations.

Click here to view the agenda for this meeting.

For previous meeting minutes and documents, click here

Questions regarding this meeting can be directed to: John Audy, Interim Zoning Manager: zoning@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410

Winooski Senior Center New American Lunch & Learn Volunteers Needed

The Winooski Senior Center is looking for New American Lunch & Learn Volunteers!

The Lunch & Learn Program at the Winooski Senior Center connects new American seniors to services and community resources while fostering companionship and celebrating culture. We offer Tai Chi, socializing, arts/crafts, activities, and a delicious lunch.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways to engage visitors! This is an excellent opportunity to help serve our Senior community while learning more about other cultures and City programming.

Click here to view the full volunteer description.

Click here to learn more and apply today!

Call or email the Winooski Senior Center with questions regarding this program:

802 655 6425 / seniorcenter@winooskivt.org

 

Green Up Day 2018

The City of Winooski is proud to celebrate 48 years of Green Up Vermont!

Drop by the O’Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave.) from 9 am to 12 pm to pick up your bags, gloves, and safety information. City staff will help you find an area of need if you don’t already have one picked out. Be sure to grab a coffee to go provided by the Vermont Coffee Company.

There will be a Myers Container Corp. trash receptacle in the O’Brien Community Center parking lot – feel free to drop your Green Up bags here!

NOTE: Please do not dispose of unwanted furniture or household items on Green Up Day. Please donate these items to a local thrift store or dispose of properly at your local trash disposal facility. Click here to view CSWD’s A – Z disposal guide.

Participants may also join the Winooski Tree Advisory Committee for a special tree planting! The Committee will be planting a Black Gum Tree (Nyssa sylvatica) at the West Allen Street Park in recognition of Arbor Day. All are welcome.

9:30 am: Tree Advisory Committee members and volunteers will start digging the hole for the tree. 

10:15 am: Participants will have the opportunity to write and decorate cards and notes of well-wishes and support.

10:30 am: Mayor Seth Leonard will read the Arbor Day Proclamation, and the tree will be planted and mulched. Funding for the tree is provided by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry program.

Click here to join the event on Facebook.

Questions regarding the tree planting can be forwarded to Jim Duncan of the Winooski Tree Advisory Committee: jimduncan4@gmail.com

Questions regarding Green Up Day can be forwarded to our Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator:
volunteer@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410

Notice of Winooski City Council & Liquor Control Board Meeting on 4/16/18

Join Winooski City Council for their regular meeting on Monday, 4/16/18 (6:05 pm @ Winooski City Hall, 27 West Allen Street). The Winooski Liquor Control Board will precede this meeting for regular approvals (6:00 pm – 6:05 pm). Winooski City Council and Liquor Control Board meetings are open to the public – community members are encouraged to join.

Click here to view the Liquor Control Board Agenda.

Click here to view the City Council Agenda.

For previous agendas and minutes, click here.

Notice of Public Safety Commission Meeting on 4/17/18

Join the Winooski Public Safety Commission for their regular meeting on Tuesday, 4/17/18 (6:30 pm @ Winooski City Hall, 27 West Allen Street).  Meetings are open to the public – community members are encouraged to join.

The Public Safety Commission is responsible for strategic planning for the Public Safety Division at the City of Winooski. The Commission will focus on the services and programs provided by the Code Enforcement, Fire, and Police departments.

Click here to view the agenda for this meeting.

For previous meeting minutes and documents, click here.

Public Safety Commission

Winooski Rec. Presents “Telling Our Stories”

The Winooski Recreation and Parks Department is hosting a new class, “Telling Our Stories,” instructed by Peter Burns – a storytelling expert with 30 years of experience and a Winooski resident!

Telling our own story, in our own words, can be a powerful way to come to grips with difficult memories, clarify issues and share our past. This class will help you connect with the stories you really need to tell and show you the most effective way of telling them. Learning simple storytelling techniques will make performing less stressful and increase your confidence. This is a class for beginners who would like to start telling their story to others. There will be an informal performance on the final day of the 5-week class.

• $35 Resident, $45 Non-resident
• May 3 to May 31 (5 Classes)
• Thursdays from 6 – 7 PM
• @ The O’Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave.)
• Registration Deadline: April 27th, 2018

Click here to register today. 

Peter Burns’ work has been featured on National Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio. He is the recipient of 2 Fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council!

Call or email the Department of Recreation and Parks with questions regarding this program: 802 777 1621 / recreation@winooskivt.org

Press Release: Main Street Revitalization Special Election Bond Vote and Citywide Meeting

Main Street Revitalization Special Election Bond Vote and Citywide Meeting

The City of Winooski announces three public events in advance of a Main Street Revitalization Special Election Bond Vote that will take place on May 8, 2018.  The Main Street Revitalization project includes the complete modernization of infrastructure on Main Street between the rail bridge and the City line at Exit 16.  This includes new water, stormwater and wastewater utility infrastructure, improved pedestrian and bike amenities, undergrounding the telecom and cable lines, and rebuilt sidewalks and streetscapes.  The total cost of this project is $23M. This bond vote allows the City to move forward with State and Federal applications for outside funding and will enable the City Council to consider a total financing package before making a final decision on how the project will move forward.

“Infrastructure is the foundational building block for everything else that takes place in our community,” said Mayor Leonard.  “Winooski is grappling with aging infrastructure on Main Street that does not support our community’s priorities around multi-modal transportation, smart growth, and vibrant corridors in our gateway districts. The Main Street Revitalization Project is designed to reflect the Main Street our community envisioned together during recent updates to our zoning and master transportation plan. We have an opportunity to create modern, reliable, and efficient infrastructure that will serve current and future generations of Winooski residents and businesses. On May 8th Winooski residents will have an opportunity to take the next step in a transformational project; we look forward to ensuring voters have access to as much information as we can have available to make an informed decision.”

To provide the public additional information in advance of this vote, the following public events are announced:

Public Event 1: Joint Planning Commission and Public Works Commission Meeting

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 6:30 PM @ Winooski City Hall (27 West Allen Street)

The joint meeting will take place at Winooski City Hall on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM. Community members are encouraged to join. Information will include a project update from staff in advance of the May 8 Special Election meeting for the purpose of taking the $23M Main Street Revitalization Project Bond Vote.

Click here to view the agenda for this meeting.

Click here join the event on Facebook. 

Can’t make the meeting? Click here for the archived video via CCTV.

Public Event 2: Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote Community Dinner

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 6 PM @ The O’Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave.)

The community dinner will be catered by Pho Dang, a popular restaurant located on Main Street in Winooski.  

The agenda for this event is as follows:

  • Buffet-style dinner available @ 6:00 PM
  • Introduction by Mayor Seth Leonard @ 6:15 PM
  • Project overview by VHB (partner engineering firm) @ 6:20 PM
  • Closing statement and Q & A with Winooski Mayor, Seth Leonard, City Manager, Jessie Baker, and Public Works Director, Jon Rauscher @ 6:40 PM

Click here join the event on Facebook. 

Public Event 3: Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote Public Hearing  

Monday, May 7, 2018 – 6:30 PM @ Winooski City Hall (27 West Allen Street)

This Public Hearing is held in compliance with 17 V.S.A. §2680 in advance of the vote to take place the following day (May 8th.)  At this Public Hearing the Mayor and staff will provide an overview of the proposed project and the ballot language.

Click here join the event on Facebook. 

 

Special Election:  Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ the Winooski Senior Center (123 Barlow Street)

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

All Winooski registered voters are invited to the polls between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM to cast their votes. Voting information for the City of Winooski can be found via the City’s website: https://www.winooskivt.org/voting/.  As a reminder, the City offers same-day voter registration.  Additionally, absentee ballots will be available at City Hall during regular business hours (7:30 AM to 4:30 PM) starting on April 16, 2018.   

Click here to view the official warning of the Main Street Revitalization Special Election Bond Vote.

Click here to view a sample ballot.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What does the Main Street Revitalization Project include?

The Main Street Revitalization project includes the complete modernization of infrastructure on Main Street between the rail bridge and the City line at Exit 16.  This includes new water, stormwater, and wastewater utility infrastructure, improved pedestrian and bike amenities, undergrounding the telecom and cable lines, and rebuilt sidewalks and streetscapes.  Click here to view these plans.

These plans reflect the community’s vision as presented during the Form-Based Code community meetings, the development of the Winooski Transportation Master Plan, and the Winooski Corridor Study.  They also include the necessary and inevitable infrastructure improvements needed to the City’s water and wastewater lines – these lines along Main Street are 130 years old.

What does the project cost?

The total cost of this project is $23M. If funded solely by Winooski tax and utility payers, the impact of this project would be a 16% increase in property taxes and a 10% and 25% increase in water and wastewater rates respectively. With State and Federal subsidies that this bond vote allows us to consider, water and sewer rate impacts may be limited to a 2.5% increase. With new revenues streams considered, we have modeled that the property tax and utility rate increases could be contained at increases between 2.5% and 4%.   

Why is this City holding this bond vote now?  

This bond vote allows the City to move forward with State and Federal applications for outside funding and will enable the City Council to consider a total financing package for the project over the summer and fall.  In order to understand the full subsidy the State and Federal partners can offer the City, the funders need to see that the community is behind this project.

What can I do next?

Join us at one of the public events listed above and vote on May 8th. Polls will be open at the Winooski Senior Center (123 Barlow Street) between 7:00 AM and 7 PM on May 8th.  Absentee ballots will be available at City Hall during regular business hours (7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday – Friday) starting on April 16, 2018.  

Who can I contact for additional information?

Jessie Baker, Winooski City Manager –  jbaker@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410

Jon Rasucher, Director of Public Works – jrauscher@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410

Seth Leonard, Mayor – mayor@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410

 

Volunteers Needed: Senior Center “Tech Buddies”

Are you good with technology? Looking to help others through community service?

The Winooski Senior Center is looking for Tech Buddy volunteers to help participants navigate their personal devices (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.) through hands-on support and troubleshooting.

Tech Buddies is a versatile engagement opportunity for both youth and adults of various ages.

Click here to view the full Tech Buddies volunteer description.

Click here to learn more & sign up today!

Call or email the Winooski Senior Center with questions regarding this program:

802 655 6425 / seniorcenter@winooskivt.org

Join the Winooski Trail Crew

The City of Winooski Department of Recreation and Parks is looking for 2018 Trail Crew Volunteers! Do you love the Winooski Parks System? Looking to give back during the Spring and Summer months? Trail Crew Volunteers will assist in building, maintaining, and restoring local trails while enjoying the great outdoors.

The Winooski Trail Crew will meet on these dates:

April 15th, 1:00 PM

April 29th, 1:00 PM

May 5th, 9:00 AM

June 2nd, 9:00 AM

To view the full Trail Crew Volunteer description, click here. 

Click here to apply today!

Call or email the Department of Recreation and Parks with questions regarding this program:

802 777 1621 / recreation@winooskivt.org