Front Porch Forum - Burlington, VT

Front Porch Forum: 2018-01-12

Dear Neighbors,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a happy holiday and may 2018 bring peace, love & Joy to our world.

Please join me in appreciating the hard work of the Burlington Public Works snow removal team! They have been working hard to help keep our streets and sidewalks accessible this winter.

As you may know, Town Meeting Day is Tuesday, March 6th and fast approaching. There are a few ballot items introduced so far that I wanted to be sure to share with you: 1.) BALLOT QUESTION RE INCREASING AGE TO LEGALLY PURCHASE TOBACCO PRODUCTS FROM 18 TO 21: Shall the voters of Burlington advise their representatives to the Vermont General Assembly to support increasing the age to legally purchase tobacco products in Vermont from 18 to 21 years of age?

2.) BALLOT QUESTION RE FORMATION OF A UNION MUNICIPAL DISTRICT: Shall the City of Burlington enter into an agreement for the formation of a union municipal district to be known as the Chittenden County Public Safety Authority for the purpose of providing regional emergency dispatch?

3.)BALLOT QUESTION RE CLIMATE ACTION: Shall the voters of Burlington urge the Governor of the State of Vermont to: a. Actively pursue more policies and programs that will lead to achieving the goal of 90% renewable energy for all people in Vermont, with firm interim deadlines; and b. Ensure that the transition to renewable energy is fair and equitable for all residents, with additional support for low-income people, people of color, or rural communities?

The Burlington Democratic Caucus was held on Sunday, January 7th with over 250 residents participating. Ward 7 held the largest caucus meeting, where I secured the Democratic endorsement. Many thanks to the approximately 65 Ward 7 residents who braved the cold to come out and vote.

I am writing this message just after my bi-weekly “Dumplings with Councilor Dieng” gathering at Pho Thao Vietnamese Restaurant on North Ave. Today we welcomed and heard from two Ward 4 and Ward 7 School Board Candidates, Martine L Gulick and Monika Ivancic respectively, who shared their platforms and priorities and neighbors asked questions.

Each time we meet people share their ideas, hopes and concerns for our city, and I share updates from the city and the work of the city council. I hope to see you at a future Dumplings discussion!

Many of you are likely aware of upcoming events around MLK Day. But I wanted to be sure to invite you to join me at the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance where Mayor Weinberger will be providing opening remarks, the keynote speaker will be Louis Gossett Jr. and I’ll be doing the closing remarks. This free event is at 3pm on Sunday the 14th at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (more details can be found here:

Whether I see you at the Dumplings discussions, I hear from you via email, I see you at a council meeting, or we chat on the phone, I greatly appreciate each conversation and everyone’s input. Please, let’s keep the conversation going as we seek to build a welcoming, inclusive and thriving Burlington community. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stay warm and dry!

Best, Ali Dieng