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