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September 29, 2020 •  Local Government News Direct to You  

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Local Government News Direct to Your Inbox

Welcome to the first edition of the South Burlington Times, a bi-weekly newspaper dedicated to providing residents of South Burlington with current information on City government and soon, School District government as well.  Read more.

Why The South Burlington Times is important

From Barb Sirvis

"So, recently I found myself asking, “What happened to our ‘community newspaper’?”  Since Judy Kearns and Lee Kahrs left, the content has changed.  The articles are less relevant and some at least likely the result of shared articles from other papers.  I realize revenues are affected by the pandemic.  However, I’m guessing more copies are now in recycling having not been opened because information about our city is no longer there."  Read more.  

From Jennifer Kochman

I am thrilled to learn that City management and City Council are proposing to create an electronic South Burlington newsletter. We are an active and engaged community. We should have access to information on city work consistently, thoroughly, and inclusively. I’m hoping that this newsletter will fill the vital role of offering news of continuing City business.

Why is this important?

It’s important to have the work of city departments, and city boards and city committees summarized in one place. The work of these groups is interconnected. Scattered reporting does not allow the general public to see interconnection without a great deal of investigation. Read more.

Kimball Ave Bridge Repairs

The Kimball Avenue Bridge is receiving much needed repairs this week. The temporary bridge surface is being repaired and repaved. Read more.

Energy Committee Calls for Climate Action Plan

The South Burlington Energy Committee presented their annual report to the City Council noting progress that has been made by the City on saving money from energy efficiency and conservation improvements in City facilities but calling on the Council to develop and adopt a Climate Action Plan.  The report of the Committee can be found here.

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Council Hears from Land Trust on Sewer Allocation

The South Burlington Land Trust presented a proposal to the City Council to amend the so-called “Sewer Ordinance” to direct the allocation of sewer capacity to areas where the Planning Commission and Council want to see growth. 

The amendment would call for the establishment of Sewer Service Areas that are “designated by the City in which sewer capacity may be allocated.”  The amendment would direct the Department of Public Works to develop a five year Capacity Allocation Plan and develop certain priorities for where allocation should be committed as well as a process governing how allocation should be awarded.

Read more.

I-89 2050 Study

Progress on Interstate 89 Corridor Study

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is conducting a major study that takes a long term look at needed improvements and capacity expansion along the entire length of I-89 in Chittenden County. 

CCRPC Executive Director Charlie Baker appeared before the City Council to give an update on the Study.  The priority for the planning group at this time is to determine what interchanges along the corridor need to be upgraded to allow for a more efficient flow of traffic. 

As South Burlington has the most interchanges along this route much attention has been focused on improving capacity at exits 13 and 14 and the potential for a new interchange at Hinesburg Road.

To see the full presentation, click here.


For a complete list of meetings & events, please visit the calendar at

Monday, October 5   |  6:30 pm | Virtual

  • Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Budget Overview

Full agenda and meeting minutes

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
Phone (audio only):  (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 429-958-877

Tuesday, October 6  | 7 pm  | Virtual

Full agenda & packet

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Phone (audio only):  (571) 317-3122;
Access Code: 435-228-229

Starts October 28 (4 sessions)

Registration Required. 

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Jack OLanterns


Halloween Spooktacular will look different this year. This year's series of events will include:

  • Night Hike at Wheeler Nature Park
  • Pumpkin Carving, City Hall lawn
  • Glow Walk at Market Street pond
  • Community Decorating Contest

Join the fun and learn more.

Library Hours

The South Burlington Library current hours. To see a list of programs, visit the website.

FREE Senior Meal Drive Thru Program

Wed Oct 28         “Trunk or Treat”

Wed Nov 18       “Turkey Take Out”

Wed Dec 2          “Honk for the Holidays”

Sign up for just one or sign up for all three. 

City Staff will be on site to festively wave and greet you as you drive down through Veterans Memorial Park and pick up your meal in the turnaround; there will be signage indicating where to go. 

All staff will be fully masked and precautions will be taken to promote safety.  No need to get out of your car, simply pull up, pop the trunk and we can place the bags for you.  Read more.

Fire Department - new FF - September 2020

Three fire department employees received the rank of Firefighter after a year of training. FF Gabe Cummings, FF Jonn Rafoss, and FF Alexis Fojo received their shields after taking their oaths of service.