Community Services Council Liaison Update – January 2019

By Councilor Hal Colston

Greetings friends and neighbors,

I’m pleased to bring you the first Community Services Council Liaison Update.

At the last meeting of the Community Services Commission, an engaged conversation took place to best understand what programming is wanted by the community and how to best offer the most access to these programs.

Ray Coffey, Community Services Director, shared data about the programs that are popular and demanded. The commission wanted to best understand what programs are desired and needed, regardless of ability to pay. It was decided to solicit input from the community through a survey to confirm the community’s desire for programming.

The goal of the Community Services Commission is to offer the best programming for the most residents in the community. Mr. Coffey shared examples from other communities that offer scholarships for programming. It was decided by the commission to create a pool of scholarship funding and put in place a process that provides scholarships based on need. The intent is to make the process simple and least intrusive with regards to financial status so all can participate.

At its next meeting, the Community Services Commission reviewed a proposed scholarship program policy and guidelines. The purpose is to minimize barriers and provide more equitable access for residents to register for programs. The amounts can be up to but not exceeding the cost of the program with no limit to the number of requests in a year. The program is open to all current Winooski residents in good financial standing with the Community Services Department. Scholarship funds will not be awarded to support costs paid by other funding sources. Scholarship requests must be made no less than three business days in advance of a program’s registration deadline. Individuals will have an online account through the Recreation Department where the scholarship can be directly applied.

Feel free to reach out with questions regarding this update:

Councilor Hal Colston –

To learn more about the Community Services Commission and how to get involved, click here.

New: Winooski City Council Liaison Updates

Winooski City Council Meeting on 1/7/19

Join Winooski City Council for their regular meeting:

Monday, 1/7/19 – 6:00 PM @ Winooski City Hall (27 W. Allen Street)

View the agenda for this meeting

Download the meeting packet and documents

Winooski City Council meetings are open to the public – community members are encouraged to participate. Questions regarding this meeting can be sent to Carol Barrett, Winooski City Clerk: / 802 655 6410

VT Air National Guard Night Operations Jan. 8 – 17

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. – The Vermont Air National Guard will conduct night flight operations from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Area residents may see and hear F-16C aircraft taking off and landing from Burlington International Airport during this time. All operations will be completed before 8:00 p.m.

“We are ready to fly 24/7,” said Lt. Col. Nathaniel Smith, 134th Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, “Night flying operations provide crucial training for pilots and aircraft maintainers.”

158th Fighter Wing pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations and utilize times in the year when hours of darkness are earlier.

Download this press release.

Questions regarding this press release can be sent to:

Lt Chelsea Clark, Public Affairs Officer
158 Fighter Wing Vermont Air National Guard / 802 660 5379

Public Safety Commission Meeting on 1/8/19

Join the Winooski Public Safety Commission for their regular meeting:

Tuesday, 1/8/19 – 6:30 PM @ Winooski City Hall (27 W. Allen Street)

View the agenda for this meeting

Access previous minutes, agendas, and documents

Public Safety Commission meetings are open to the public – community members are encouraged to participate. 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.

Questions regarding this meeting can be sent to Rick Hebert, Chief of Police: / 802 655 0221

2019 MLK Day of Service

Join the City of Winooski and the AmeriCorps VISTA program in celebration of the 2019 MLK Day of Service by signing up for one of our volunteer activities:

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Repaint the O’Brien Community Center

10 AM – 4 PM / 32 Malletts Bay Ave.

Our friends at Sherwin Williams have generously donated paint and materials so that volunteers can help make the shared spaces at the O’Brien Community Center more welcoming and vibrant. Come dressed ready to paint – bring a neighbor or friend. Light lunch provided.

Make Greeting Cards for Winooski Seniors

1 PM – 3 PM / Winooski Memorial Library

Head next door to the Winooski Memorial Library to make greeting cards for Winooski’s seniors. This activity is perfect for youth!

The deadline to sign up for an activity is 1/16/18!

To sign up for an activity, email or call our Volunteer Coordinator: / 802 655 6410


Winooski Memorial Library Presents Yoga for Youth

The Winooski Memorial Library and Sangha Studios Present: Yoga for Youth!

Select 2019 Dates: Jan 9 / Feb 13 / Mar 13 / Apr 11 / May 8

1 – 2 PM @ The O’Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave)

This program is free and is perfect for middle and high school aged students on early dismissal days. Move your body, stretch, and relax. Yoga mats will be provided. Drop-ins welcome!

Call or email the Winooski Memorial Library to learn more:

802 655 6424 /

“Sangha Studio’s mission is to provide yoga service initiatives and community outreach programs. Our goal is to make yoga financially affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. Our yoga service programs bring yoga out and into the community!” Learn more at

Open Council Seats & Notice of Last Day to File a Ballot Petition

If you or someone you know wishes to run for Winooski City Council or Winooski School District Trustee a petition of 50 registered Winooski voter signatures is required.  Interested in learning more about Winooski’s Council-Manager form of government, the role of our elected officials, and city operations?

Please contact City Manager, Jessie Baker: / 802 655 6410

The last day to submit your petition to the City Clerk’s Office (Winooski City Hall, 27 West Allen Street) is Friday, February 1, 2019, at 4:30 PM. Petition templates can be downloaded here or picked up at the City Clerk’s Office.

Please note – the City Clerk’s Office asks petitioners to try to acquire more than 50 signatures. Registered voters may not sign more than one petition for the Office of Mayor. One signature per open City Council seat may be given.

Open terms:


2 yr unexpired term for Seth Leonard

Council Members:

2yr term (currently held by Nicole Mace)

2yr term (currently Eric Covey)

1 year unexpired Council term (vacated by Kristine Lott as required by Charter)

School Trustees:

1-2 yr term (currently held by Matt McNeil)

1-3 yr term (currently held by Jenn Corrigan)

Questions regarding governance in Winooski can be sent to Jessie Baker, Winooski City Manager: / 802 655 6410 

Questions regarding petitions can be sent to Carol Barrett, Winooski City Clerk: / 802 655 6410 

Development Review Board Public Hearing on 1/17/19

A public hearing will be held at Winooski City Hall, 27 West Allen St. on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM to consider the following:

Application: Conditional Use

Location: 250 West Allen Street

An application on behalf of the City of Winooski has been submitted requesting approval of a conditional use to construct a headworks facility at the existing wastewater treatment facility located at 240 West Allen Street. The property is located in the Special Flood Hazard Area as identified in the City’s Inundation and Hazard Area Regulations therefore conditional use approval is required by the Development Review Board.

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Development Review Board hearings are open to the public, community members are encouraged to participate. Questions regarding this public hearing can be sent to Eric Vorwald, Planning & Zoning Manager: / 802 655 6410

Winooski City Hall Holiday Closures

Winooski City Hall will be closed for the following:

1/2 Day (7:30 AM – 11:30 AM) – Monday, 12/24/18 (Christmas Eve) 

Closed – Tuesday, 12/25/18 (Christmas Day)

1/2 Day (7:30 AM – 11:30 AM) – Monday, 12/31/18 (New Year’s Eve)

Closed – Tuesday, 1/1/2019 (New Year’s Day)

Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, 1/2/2019 (M – F, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM)

Questions regarding services of the City Clerk’s Office can be sent to Carol Barrett, City Clerk: / 802 655 6410