South Burlington City News - 11.24.2020

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November 24, 2020 •  Local Government News Direct to You 

All City offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.


Happy Thanksgiving - blue

Cyber Celebrations: Stay Safe by Hosting a Virtual Thanksgiving

Just because you might not be able to share a table with friends and family this year, doesn’t mean you can’t share in the holiday together. Things make look different this holiday season, but let us see that as an opening for new and creative traditions to bloom. Read on for more ideas from the CDC for how to make your Cyber Celebrations most meaningful.  

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Tips from the Fire Department

Firefighters are terrible unannounced house guests. We don’t bring a pie or favorite beverage. We really don’t mind coming to your house if you need us, but we make a lot of fuss getting to your house.    

See our tips to kepp us from visiting you.

Kevin Dorn - City Manager - headshot

City Manager's Report

by Kevin Dorn, City Manager

With the recent spike in Covid-19 cases I have decided that we need to return to the safety protocols we had in place back in the summer.  This decision was consistent with the Governor’s actions taken during his Covid-19 press conference on Friday, November 13.

City Hall is now shut down to all public visitors except for those who need to view documents in the City Clerk’s office.  Access to the City Clerk’s office is by appointment only at this time.  Virtually all City Hall staff are now working remotely.  So, services are being provided and the work of the City is moving forward in a disbursed manner.

Read more.

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.

December 15

Tax Installment Due December 15

The December 15, 2020 tax installment is just around the corner.  In an effort to help do our part to keep everyone safe, City Hall is currently closed to the public and we are going 100% contactless for the December installment.  What does this mean?

Read more.

180 Market Street - wear a mask

180 Market Street Banner

submitted by
Mike Tighe, Superintendent, Engelberth Construction

The Engelberth construction crew proudly shows off its new banner on the construction site of the new South Burlington Public library Project, with the support of all the crews and companies involved .

I-89 Aerial

REHAB: Waterline under I-89

In October, a water main was rehabilitated under I-89. The aging 12 inch asbestos and cast iron pipe received a fully structural cured-in-place pipe liner.

The work on the 700 feet of pipeline was completed without the traditional dig and replace disruption.

Read more.

Comfort - hands

Annual Report: Community Outreach

The Howard Center has released the Fiscal Year 20 (the year ending on June 30, 2020) Annual Report on the Community Outreach Program.  Community Outreach is a partnership between the municipalities of Colchester, Essex, Winooski, Willison, Richmond, Shelburne and South Burlington with the Howard Center, Vermont Department of Mental Health and the University of Vermont Medical Center that embeds a team of 5 mental health counselors in the police departments of the member communities.

Read more.

Cool dogs

Dog Park Update

Plans to build a new dog park to benefit our furry residents continued with a report from Department of Public Works Director Justin Rabidoux to the City Council. 

Members of various City committees have commented on the proposal to build the park adjacent to the gravel parking lot off of Swift Street extension and across the Swift Street from Veterans Memorial Park.  The various stakeholders have agreed to a plan that will now go to the Development Review Board for review. 

If the DRB approves the project the expectation is that construction will begin in the Spring.

Drug Take Back Detail 2020

Drug Take Back Program

On October 24th, 2020 Detectives Grealis and Palermo participated in the Vermont Drug Take Back program. 

Residents were able to drop of pharmaceuticals and other medications for destruction. Our team collected 136 pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs which helps greatly in reducing the availability of drugs which can become misused and source of a substance use disorder. 

The discarded drugs were transported by the DEA to an incineration facility in New England. 

GMT Annual Report to City Council

Green Mountain Transit Presents Annual Report

Jon Moore, the General Manager of Green Mountain Transit presented their annual report before the City Council on November 16.  GMT provides transit services in South Burlington, Chittenden County and in rural areas of northern Vermont. 

Read more.

Planned unit development

PUBLIC HEARING: Zoning Amendments

December 7, 7:30 pm

The City Council will holding a public hearing to consider a handful of amendments to the City’s Land Development Regulations. The amendments were proposed by the City’s Planning Commission after a public hearing of their own. Following this public hearing, the City Council may adopt the changes to the Regulations.

Read more.

Gavel lawsuit

Lawsuit Filed Against Clerk's Office

On Friday, November 13, the Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company (CATIC) filed a complaint in the Chittenden County, Civil Division, of the Vermont Superior Court against eight Vermont municipalities and their elected or appointed City or Town Clerks. 

The complaint alleges that due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the various municipal clerk’s offices, these municipal clerks are not fulfilling their statutory mandate to allow title researchers to inspect land records during “customary business hours.”  

Read more.

Financial Help - puzzle piece

 Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program

submitted by
Representative Ann Pugh,
Chair, House Human Services Committee

You may qualify for some free funding from a state grant program for overdue utility balances tied to the pandemic. The money can be used for electric power, telephone, water and natural gas balances.

You can learn the details to see if you might qualify for the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP) for information, and to start the application online go to

Apply now! The deadline is November 30, or sooner if all of the funding is given away before that.

 For more information, visit the Department of Public Service’s website or check out the FAQs.

Jug Handle Sidewalk Complete

Jug Handle Sidewalk Construction Complete

Funded by Penny for Paths, the construction of the sidewalk and the installation of bollard lighting, at the jug handle on Spear Street, was completed in November 2020.  There is still lighting work to complete and additional landscaping to install. This work will be done in the spring of 2021. 

Read more.

Police vehicles

Police Detail Assigned to University Mall During the Holiday Season

Officer Greg Short has been assigned to the University Mall during the holiday season. Beginning this weekend, Officer Short will continue the work that the police department has conducted each year during this holiday season.

School District Events

SB School District logo

South Burlington School District FY22 Budget Community Forums 

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

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

Monday, December 7   |  6:30 pm | Virtual

  • UPDATE: City Center development
  • UPDATE: Impact Fees
  • UPDATE: Climate Action Plan
  • UPDATE: Sewer Ordinance Review
  • Preliminary Budge Discussion:
    operations budget for new library
  • Capital Improvement Plan Overview

Full agenda and meeting minutes

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
Phone (audio only): (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 349-233-269

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 17 meeting here.

Affordable Housing Committee

Tuesday, December 1 |  10:30 am  | Virtual

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Phone (audio only):  (872) 240-3311
Access Code:  413-862-733

Energy Committee - Special Meeting

Tuesday, December 1 |  6:30 pm  | Virtual

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Phone (audio only):  (872) 240-3311
Access Code:  329-033-141

Development Review Board

Tuesday, December 1  |  7 pm  | Virtual

Full agenda & packet

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Phone (audio only):  (646) 749-3122
Access Code:  996-489-685

Natural Resources Committee

Wednesday, December 2 |  6 pm  | Virtual

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Phone (audio only):  (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 324-643-061

Pre-Session Legislative Forum

December 8  | 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
via Zoom through the South Burlington Public Library.  The links, including call-in info, will be available on the Library web site.

Your South Burlington State Representatives John Killacky, Martin LaLonde, Ann Pugh, and Maida Townsend, along with Senator Michael Sirotkin and Senator-Elect Thomas Chittenden hope to hear what is on your minds before the Legislature convenes in January. 

What do you want on legislative radar screens?  What would be most helpful as COVID continues to impact all Vermonters and Vermont?  To what questions do you want answers and explanations?  And so on and so forth… a free-flowing conversation, guided by all at the virtual meeting.

Recreation and Parks

Basketball net and court

Without indoor use of the school’s due to COVID protocols, we have spent the better part of two months trying to figure out a way to run a modest basketball program through the early winter months.  We looked a private leased space with clear spans, private clubs and fitness facilities and even local churches to try to piece something together that provided a quality and affordable option for our community. 

As it turns out, our efforts were futile, as the most recent Executive Orders from the Governor prohibit indoor sports. Though the Executive Order currently expires on December 15, we anticipate it may get extended beyond that and into the New Year, which would likely encompass the entirety of our historic season.  For all these reasons, we are having to make the difficult decision and announce that there will be no Youth Recreation Basketball Season with our Department.

Additionally, we will not be able to run Ski and Ride, Fitness or any other in house programs that we would traditionally be ramping up for right now. 

We realize this is not ideal news; we too are disappointed, but willingly make the sacrifice for the opportunity to offer wide and varied programming in the coming months. We hope that you will continue to make time for Recreation into your daily schedule; getting out for a walk or a hike, exploring the woods and the wilderness.  Just remember to be ever mindful of the three “W”s.  Wear your mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands……and as always, leash your dogs.

Recreation Staff Busy During COVID

I am sure many of you are wondering what it is our full time staff will be doing over the next couple of months with no indoor space to program for and no sports or gatherings allowed.  Read more.

Turkey Take Out

Turkey Take Out
Nourished Body and Soul

The Recreation and Parks team was out in festive force this past Wednesday at they handed out 120 meals and goodie bags to South Burlington Seniors who had registered for the free Turkey Take Out event.  Read more.

City Band Shell

SPARK THE PARK: Coming soon!

SBRP is excited to announce that we are partnering with North Country Federal Credit Union in the creation of a new tradition by installing a lights display at Veterans Memorial Park during the winter.  This will be healthy, delightful opportunity for community members to get outside and enjoy our surroundings.  Though we expect the display to grow over time, we will start this year by decorating the bandshell in a gingerbread house theme complete with gumdrops, lollipops, a fireplace and icing.  There will be a lighted archway to lead you to the best viewing/picture taking spot, encouraging everyone to get outside and spend some time enjoying the park.

Once confirmed (pending installation and weather) an opening date will be announced on our website and social media. 

Holiday lights on house


Community Decorating Contest

Who doesn’t enjoy riding around on a clear winter's eve checking out all of the seasonal decorations?  It’s an uplifting and COVID-friendly activity.  From the snowflakes on the lampposts on Market Street, to each and every neighborhood, there’s plenty to see. 

This year we are challenging community members to show their spirit and help to light up South Burlington for all to enjoy.  To encourage this, SBRP is sponsoring a Decorating Contest.  The contest is free to enter into the residential or commercial category.  Similar to the Halloween contest, SBRP staff will travel around the city and judge all entries the evening of Monday 12/21 so show us your spirit!  Though a small prize will be awarded for the winners of both categories, it’s the bragging rights and contributing to the wellness of the community that will be most rewarding.

To enter: Send your name and address by email  to  or by phone 846.4137

Deadline to register is 12:00 pm on Friday 12/18

South Burlington Public Library

Puzzle Swap - Nov 2020

Puzzlers: First Swap Leads to Another!

Eighteen puzzlers enjoyed browsing and selecting new-to-them puzzles on Nov. 18th.  Most of them brought one or more to donate as well. We now are starting with over 2 dozen puzzles for our next swap on Wed. Dec. 9, 3-6pm.

Bring those that you are done with and pick up some new ones! If you don’t have any to leave with us, pick one up anyway and swap it back in January or February. This volunteer organized activity will continue through the winter.

Need a Chess Set? Board Games?

The Library will soon be checking out our collection of games. We've heard that chess boards are in high demand right now due to the recent Netflix sensation "The Queen's Gambit."  You can’t keep it, but you could certainly borrow one of our chess sets for three weeks. Go to our website, select Catalog, search for “Board Games,” and….have fun!

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.

The South Burlington Library is currently operating only curbside service. 

See the current hours.

While the Library is closed to the public, staff will continue to work on your behalf. Patrons may continue to place holds online, or call and email us to renew and request. Bags of surprise books are again available - just give us an idea of what books or topics you've enjoyed recently. These bags were made possible by Hannaford in the spring, and are now brought to you by Target.

Holds and requests are available for pickup M, Th and F 11-3 and Tu & Wed 2-6 in front of the library windows. If you can't come inside, call us from the parking garage and we will bring your items out during those hours. Check your receipts for due dates. Stock up for the holidays! No pickup November 26 & 27.

Additionally, our web site is always open at Under "What Do I Read Next" you'll find web resources and list of book club sets that you can borrow for your private group. You can also reserve Things and kits for pick up. Our virtual programs, including public book groups, are listed under "Events." Explore "Services" for access to free audio books, ebooks and limited movie viewing. Take a peek at "Resources" for free technology training and assistance with job seeking skills.

Call us during pickup hours for more information or to get help with any of the resources on the web, 802-846-4140.