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November 10, 2020 •  Local Government News Direct to You 

Mask Donation

Local students Sierra Rainey and Reese Gordon, both 12, donated tie dyed masks to our public safety team. What started as a rainy day activity became a donation to protect our first responders. (Read story below.)

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It Takes a Village

by Donna Kinville, City Clerk

It takes a village……

I love being your City Clerk and the main reason is because of our citizens.  When people heard that there was a nationwide shortage of poll workers, we were overwhelmed with people coming forward offering to help out in any capacity that they could whether helping out in our office or at the polls.  This election would have been almost impossible without their assistance.  So, a HUGE thank you to everyone who contacted our office looking to volunteer.  We used our volunteers to do the early pre-processing of ballots and those who on election day held open the doors to reduce the spread of germs, to our front check-in people, those who stood by the tabulator and those who helped us sort through all those 12,820 ballots at the end of the night looking for voter intent.  I am truly humbled by your generosity of time and support. 

The 2020 Election season is finally over and our staff has been working on elections almost non-stop since mid-April.  Due to COVID-19, each election has had its own unique set of challenges to deal with and November’s election was no different.    For the November election, the total number of early ballots returned to our office was 10,036 which is almost the same number of voters that we had in total in 2016!   We normally process between 2,000 to 3,500 early votes for a presidential election and our office was scrambling to keep up. Those people who came to the polls or dropped their early ballots off at the polls totaled just shy of 2,800 making this the biggest election that South Burlington has ever had with 12,820 people casting a ballot.

Small Business Saturday

South Burlington Small Business Saturday

November 28, 2020

City Council has proclaimed Saturday, November 28, 2020 as Small Business Saturday. They urge consumers to support the businesses of South Burlington on this day.

Read more.

Public Art - leaves - 180 Market Street

PUBLIC ART—180 Market Street

Not everything is happening on-site at 180 Market Street.  In Randolph, Phil Godenschwager is working in his studio: putting together glass color combinations on his light board, cutting them out, and fitting them together.  Artist and owner of Atlantic Art Glass and Design, Phil’s piece “A Time for Every Season” (working title) is the public art piece selected for the South Burlington Public Library and City Hall. 

Read more.


Stolen ATM

On November 6, South Burlington Police responded to 108 Dorset Street for a reported theft. The complainant reported that two male suspects had entered the Anchorage Inn and stole the ATM machine located within the hotel. The complaint provided a description of the involved men and the vehicle they used to flee the scene.

Read more.

Kimball Ave Bridge

Kimball Ave Bridge—Condition and Status

The bridge connecting South Burlington to Williston on Kimball Avenue is once again in poor driving condition. Please use caution when crossing. Signage is up to warn drivers. A plan for improving the surface for the winter is in progress.

Read more.

O'Brien Farm

Interim Zoning Bylaw EXTENDED

The City Council voted 5-0 at their most recent meeting to extend the City’s Interim Zoning Bylaw for a period of six months. The Bylaw places a temporary prohibition in certain parts of the City on new subdivisions, planned unit developments, and principal buildings not previously while a series of studies and amendments to the City’s permanent Land Development Regulations are completed.

Under the bylaw, applicants within the applicable areas may seek approval from the Council to proceed if certain criteria are met. All projects in applicable areas also remain subject to the current Land Development Regulations.

Read more.

Across the Fence

Spotlight: Stormwater Management

Tom DePietro, Deputy Director of Enviromental Services, was featured on Across the Fence. He shares why stormwater management is important and explains the City's history and structure of the  stormwater utility.

Watch the interview here.

Mask Donation

Rainy Day Activity Turns to Donation

Two students from South Burlington Middle School have donated masks to the Fire and Police Departments. What started as a rainy day activity for the two best friends quickly became an opportunity to contribute to the community. Sierra Rainey, 12 and Reese Gordon, 12 donated tie dye masks to help protect our first responders. 

The girls have become entrepreneurs also. They are selling their masks through their private label "Simply Heart Made" for $5 each. The proceeds will be used to fund their soccer trip to Holland in 2022.

Thank you, girls!


South Burlington School District FY22 Budget Community Forums 

November 10

December 8

January 5

All forums will take place via Zoom and run from 6-7:30 pm. Links to agendas and participation information will be posted at

City Council Meeting Slide

Watch the City Council Meeting on YouTube

Want to see what happened during the latest City Council meeting? Can't attend the live session online?

We've got you covered. You can watch the recorded November 2 meeting here.


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

Library Board of Trustees 
Thursday, November 12  | 5 pm  | Virtual


Meeting ID: 890 3369 2051
Passcode: 134639
Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee

Thursday, November 12 |  5:30 pm  | Virtual

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Phone (audio only):  (571) 317-3122
Access Code:  964-059-677

Monday, November 16   |  6:30 pm | Virtual

  • UPDATE: Green Mountain Transit
  • UPDATE: Winooski Valley Park District
  • UPDATE: Climate Change & CCRPC 
  • UPDATE: Kimball Ave Bridge Work
  • UPDATE: Sewer Capacity
  • UPDATE: Dog Park
  • UPDATE: Dorset St Traffic Signals
  • October Financials

Full agenda and meeting minutes

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: 
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Phone (audio only): (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 780-717-693

Development Review Board

Tuesday, November 17  |  7 pm  | Virtual

Full agenda & packet

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Phone (audio only):  (786) 535-3211
Access Code:  233-816-925


Veterans Day Story

The South Burlington High School has traditionally hosted a community wide Veteran’s Day Ceremony that welcomed the greater community into the school during an assembly of speeches from their students, which was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Pathway of Honor at Veteran’s Memorial Park. 

Due to the restrictions during this pandemic, we have had to switch our focus of this traditional gathering event and create a more passive opportunities for the community to access in their own time.  The Pathway of Honor will be decorated with the traditional bunting and a donated wreath by the DAR, which will provide a focal point for anyone who chooses to visit for private reflection. 

Additionally, we will be placing some links on our website (and send out through social media) for some local and national speeches, as well as music links that our community can access to help bring focus to the day.  Please be sure to check out the Recreation and Parks website for more details.

Senior Meal - October

Senior Meal Drive Thru Success

What a treat it was to be able to see so many of our community members at the Trunk or Treat Senior Meal Drive Thru.  While we couldn’t share in a cup of coffee and conversation, it was great to say a safe hello and be able to share in a moment of personal connection.

We want to extend a special thanks to Age Well for covering the cost of the chicken dinner meals, as well as some extra money for the goodie bags.  We were able to send registrants away with a hearty and nutritious meal as well as a goodie bag loaded with treats to include Halloween themed masks, pumpkin stress balls, Halloween cookies, loaves of pumpkin bread as well as chocolate, lip balm, hand sanitizer and more!

While the capacity of this event filled at 60, we are doubling registration numbers for our next drive thru meal delivery event in November, so be sure to get your name on the list for your Turkey Take Out on November 18th.  To register, call Recreation & Parks at 846-4108.  

Glow Walk at Market Street

Glow Walk on Market Street

Glow sticks, blinking lights, spooky music, Halloween themed lawn inflatables, hot chocolate and goodie bags highlighted this first ever event; though it truly is the people that make the event a success.  While a chilly night, we were thrilled to be able to share in making memories with over 400 members of our community in this safe and socially distanced way and are already looking at upcoming engagement opportunities at this site for the winter months! Our Recreation and Park Staff did a phenomenal job pulling off two weekends of festive and fun Halloween events for all multitude of ages and interests.

South Burlington Public Library

SoBu Public Library - puzzle

First Jigsaw Puzzle Swap!

NOVEMBER 18   |   3-6 pm

If you'd like to participate, please bring any 250+ piece general adult puzzle(s) that you would like to trade in for gently used new ones, to the library in the University Mall on Wednesday, November 18, between 3–6 PM.

  • Each puzzle to be traded must:
  • Be complete, with no missing pieces
  • Be placed in a zip-lock plastic bag within each box, envelope or container
  • Include an image of the completed puzzle--picture on box, poster or large photograph

We will ensure social distancing by allowing just one individual or family to browse the Puzzle Swap table at a time. Thank you for wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times while in the library.

Recipe cards

Library Cook Book

The South Burlington Public Library is creating a community-sourced cookbook of “comfort food” recipes, and we want yours! If you are a hunter, a forager, a gardener, or just someone who enjoys the bounty of Vermont’s landscape, please send your  recipes to or drop them off at the library before December 9.

Read more.

Library Hours

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

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