Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum: 2017-10-02

Dear Neighbors,

I hope that you all had a good summer and wishing you all a great fall season in our great city and state. Like many of you, our thoughts and prayers with the people of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. I was very proud to learn of the amount of support our governor and the people of Vermont provided to support those in need in our country and beyond.

Locally in the Queen City, we have so much work happening simultaneously. In almost every part of town good projects are taking place, from new construction downtown, UVM Medical Center, Cambrian Rise on North Avenue, not to mention updated infrastructure, such as sidewalks, water pipes on Ethan Allen and more. I know it is not easy with school in session, but I am glad that these projects are moving forward in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding, patience in sharing the road, and being flexible for the greater good.

We are working on some other issues such as the future of the memorial auditorium, the redevelopment of Burlington Town Center, and implementation of the Walk/Bike Master Plan and mobility infrastructure recommended by my constituents in the New North End.

The Burlington Greenway paving work on the bike path is nearing completion on the northern segment from Shore Road to Winooski River edge.This entire section is scheduled to be open the first week of October, 2017. Chapin Spencer, Director of Public Works, and his team are doing an incredible job in order to meet the timeline.

Congratulations to the Burlington Police Department for their recent accomplishment in fighting the opioid crisis by addressing it from its roots.

The Burlington City Council alongside the mayor are working tirelessly on the final phase in choosing the best bidder to keep on operating Burlington Telecom. We encountered some hiccups along the ways around transparency and communication. As there were four final bidders, one rescinded their application due to conflict of interest. Despite the attempt to encourage them to continue their bid, ZRF decided to withdraw their bid. There are three bidders remaining: Ting/Tucows Inc., Schurz Communications Inc., and Keep Burlington Telecom Local (KBTL).  I truly value the many emails, calls, and requests I have received on this issue.  Thank you for sharing your voice and engaging in this process!

On this Monday, October 2nd, there is a City Council meeting at 7:00pm in City Hall with an important discussion about the Letters of Interest (LOI) from the three final bidders for Terry Dorman. Public forum will begin at 7:30. I hope to see you there!  The vote to narrow the bids to two will take place at the City Council meeting on October 16th.

The New North End Councilors (Harnett, Write, and Dieng) are cordially inviting you to join us for an information and feedback session about the sale of Burlington Telecom on Thursday, October 5th at the Robert Miller Community Center at 5:30 pm. Looking forward to see you there!

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