I hope you are having a great end of summer and looking forward to the fall season. Happy new school year to all professionals at the Burlington School District as well as parents, guardians and students. As an employee of the BSD, I witness every single day much love, dedication and quality care from teachers, administrators, staff, volunteers and community partners in delivering top notch education of the 21st century and multiple pathways for excellence.
I wanted to take the time today to provide some updates specific to some issues in the New North End, Ward 7 in particular.
1 – Ethan Allen Parkway, next steps
Hope you are all enjoying the newly paved road at Ethan Allen Parkway and James Ave. Thank you to the Department of Public Works for meeting important timelines for project construction. I believe that residents of this great city deserve better in terms of accuracy when it comes to communication and engagement and how road project construction is being handled by contractors.
The repaving of Ethan Allen Parkway also presents opportunities to implement some bikeway improvements and traffic calming to a busy neighborhood school street. We hope that you will join the neighborhood meeting on Thursday, September 12th at 5pm in the Art Room at the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court). The purpose of the meeting is to provide input for the following:
• Replace the small speed bumps with speed humps
• Remove the raised centerline medians and, instead narrow the road with a northbound bike lane from North Ave to James Ave
• Add shared lane markings from James Ave to the Route 127 bike path entrance.
Please consider attending. Snacks will be provided. If you cannot attend, please provide direct feedback any time by September 18th by emailing or calling the Department of Public Works at email@example.com or 802-863-9094 x3.
2 – Gosse Court Traffic Calming Request
On Friday August 30th, I spent some time to connect and hear directly from residents on Gosse Court. Gosse Court is a wide and busy street with a Community Center that hosts community events, senior activities almost daily, a child care center, afterschool, etc, and nearby schools of course. Over 80% of Gosse Court residents signed a traffic calming request petition. Despite making such a request when I was first elected in 2017, it was disappointing to hear the following response from DPW:
“Our traffic calming program is very popular and projects currently move forward on a first in / first out basis. We have several neighborhoods already in the queue and we need to complete our work with them before we begin working with Gosse Court. We estimate a 2-3 year wait before our first community meeting. This may not be the speedy resolution you were hoping for, but our staff capacity and funding only allow us to work on 2-3 traffic calming projects each year. We are wrapping up 2 projects through construction now and starting 2 new projects in the coming months. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work with other neighborhoods who submitted their traffic calming petitions years ago.”
Neighbors, please rest reassured that we will do all in our power to push for a speedier resolution of this important safety matter that contributes to the quality of life of those directly affected.
3 – Updates – Ward 7 Street Projects and timeline: James Ave, Randy Ln, Charity Street, Village Green & Saratoga
We were fortunate to have the attention of DPW Engineer, Laura Wheelock, Senior Transportation Planner, Nicole Losch and Public Information Manager Robert Goulding as well as their support staff. I want to thank them all for taking the time to come down to our neighborhoods to assess and report on a timely manner about next steps on some issues. Please click on link below for the full report. It is important to note that weather or urgent issues can disturb timelines. The needed follow up work on James Avenue has been captured and reported, Nicole will follow up. Thank you to all the neighbors we encountered along the way going around the neighborhoods.
Link: Short term Plan for ward 7 street projects
4 – Starr Farm Dog Park Public Meeting 9/17 at 4:30 pm.
I do not represent people of ward 4 but I am a city councilor who loves the New North end and its people. I received and followed up on several emails in regard to how the dog park may be diminishing the quality of life of certain residents. Personally, I think the best alternative to resolve this matter is to think about the relocation of the dog part in a non-residential area such as Ethan Allen Homestead where dog owners can easily access the park via the greenway, or by car. At the meeting, the City will present action steps geared to minimize the impacts of having the dog park in residential area… We hope to see you there on September 17th at 4:30 pm.
Such an honor to be at your service!