On behalf of New North End School Commissioners Dr. Ivancic and Gulick and City Councilors Hartnett and myself, thank you for joining us for an informative gathering last Thursday at La Boca Pizza. We received great presentations from Stephanie Yu, a NNE resident and policy analyst at the Public Assets Institute on education financing in our state and also a great presentation on the home appraisal process coming to Burlington soon. Thank you everyone for coming together to discuss and learn more about issues in our community. If you have not yet been to La Boca wood fired pizza, check it out. It has a very welcoming atmosphere and is very family friendly.
Tomorrow, Monday 1/28, we will have an interesting City Council meeting where we expect much community participation specific to the City Hall Park advisory ballot item. The council will decide whether or not it will be placed on the ballot on March 5th.
To be brief, I love the City Hall Park restoration design and would want to see it executed as planned. The current and past city administrations, city councilors along with many city commissioners have worked very hard on this plan since 2011. During 2016-2018 alone the city staff from (Parks and Recreation and Waterfront, Department of Public Works, Burlington City Arts, CEDO) dedicated over 4,600 hours of time to City Hall Park. The hours include time spent organizing and attending over 25 public meetings developing and reviewing multiple iterations of plans, and managing consultants to prepare the contract plans that went to bid in early 2019. I believe the city has done its due diligence while ensuring the necessary steps to gather public opinion throughout the process.
I will be introducing the resolution to have it be on the ballot despite my stand on the issue for three reasons:
1) According to Article 20 of Vermont Constitution citizens of this state have the right to petition their legislators and instruct their representatives;
2) Vermont Law provides that voters may petition to have an article placed on the warning of the annual meeting (town meeting day) by submitting a petition signed by at least five percent of the voters of the municipality;
3) The Keep The Park Green group has submitted a petition with the required number of valid signatures petitioning the Burlington City Council to warn the advisory language on the ballot for a vote on town meeting Day.
Thank you to everyone that took the time to send us correspondences around the City Hall Park issue. I am inviting you to please join us at the Monday’s City Council meeting at 7:30 pm to speak your mind at the public forum.
One thing at a time, so many good things are happening in our great city. I look forward to provide more info around the “Investigation” I started with the delayed much needed crosswalks installation on North Avenue in the near future.