South Burlington City News - August 10, 2021

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August 10, 2021   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

Bennington Battle monument

In observance of Bennington Battle Day


Offices will reopen on Tuesday, August 17 at their regularly scheduled times.

The Battle of Bennington, (August 16, 1777), in the American Revolution, was a victory by American militiamen defending colonial military stores in Bennington, Vermont, against a British raiding party. The battle took place in New York, but is so named because the British were headed for a cache of weapons and munitions stored where the Bennington Battle Monument now stands This small battle, which could arguably be noted as one of the most important in the war. 



We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, as the health and safety of our employees and the public is our top priority. We are continuing to employ measures to help limit exposure and spread. Currently, we are encouraging visitors to wear masks in our Public Library & City Hall. See more details about facilities and accessing services.


Public Library & City Hall

Grand Opening Celebration

The new South Burlington Public Library & City Hall was opened to the public on Friday, July 23. 


Helen Riehle and City Council - 180 Market St Opening Ceremony

City Council Chair Helen Riehle led speakers in opening remarks. Speakers included representatives from our federal delegation, the State Librarian, the Vice-Chair of the Public Library Trustees, and the architect and construction partners.


Community Photo - 180 Market Street Grand Opening 2021 - small

Those in attendance at the ribbon cutting were invited to be included in a community photo to mark the occasion.

Download the community photo.


Jessie Baker in Welcome Center

Guests were welcomed in the new lobby by new city manager Jessie Baker.


Kevin Dorn, Helen, Meaghan - Senior Center opening

The new senior center was opened during a dedication ceremony honoring former city manager Kevin Dorn. The space has a warm, inviting living room for folks to gather, have a warm drink in front of the fireplace, and connect with others. A large activity room can seat up to 80 for a meal, large windows letting in natural light, athletic flooring for physical activity, audio/visual equipment for presentations, and a catering kitchen.

Pictured (l-r): Meaghan Emery, Helen Riehle, Kevin Dorn, Kathy Dorn, Emily Dorn



Face painting, food trucks, and games were enjoyed on Market Street.

Come visit us and see the building for yourself ! 

Road closed

Kimball Ave Bridge Replacement Underway

The Muddy Brook Culvert Replacement Project is moving forward and Kimball / Marshall Avenue is closed at the South Burlington / Williston border. At this time all traffic will be detoured on to Williston Road (Route 2). The current schedule anticipates that the road will be re-opened in late November.

Anyone interested in receiving regular project updates can check the project page at: .

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

The Year of the Gypsy Moth

This spring and early summer, throughout Chittenden County and the state, Gypsy Moth caterpillars were a popular discussion topic. We've pulled together some information, including why the noticeable outbreaks and what landowners can do in the future.

Read more.

School District Events & News

SB School District logo

School Board Meeting

August 18   |  7 pm

The agenda can be found at


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

Tuesday, August 17  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • Report on Property Reappraisal
  • Review recommended Policy Priorities and Strategies process and provide direction to staff

  • Establish charter for Climate Action Plan Task Force

  • Continued discussion on South Burlington Land Trust request to warn a special meeting to vote on a short term tax increase to be used by the City for the future preservation of open space

  • Consider a MOU for the conservation easement for the Wheeler property

  • Provide direction to staff on a VTrans recommendation on speed changes along Route 116
  • Approve Council Rules of Procedure

Want to attend the meeting virtually? You can join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Phone (audio only):   (669) 224-3412
Access code:   314-041-317
Here are some etiquette guidelines:
  • Keep your camera and microphone off.
  • During invitations for the public to speak, you should turn your camera on to be recognized.
  • If you are having audio issues using your computer's audio, we find it works best to watch the meeting on your device AND dial in to the phone number directly. 

Watch the Last City Council Meeting Recording

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 August 2 meeting here.

One Degree of Separation

South Burlington Public Art Gallery Open

The South Burlington Public Art Gallery opened with an exhibition of extraordinary photographic portraits by South Burlington artist Todd R. Lockwood on Saturday August 7. The Public Art Selection Committee was thrilled when Lockwood agreed to mount his exhibition in the city’s new exhibit space, a first for the City.  The Gallery occupies the main hall in the South Burlington Public Library and City Hall  The Gallery is operated by the City’s Public Art Selection Committee.

The Gallery may be visited by the public whenever the Library, City Hall, or Senior Center are open, M-Th 8 AM – 7 PM, Fri 8 AM-5 PM, Sat 10 AM-2 PM. “One Degree of Separation” will run through October 14.


SoBu Night Out Summer Series

SoBu Night Out This Week

Join us for another beautiful night in Veterans Memorial Park. The band B-Town will be playing, lawn games will be set up, and food trucks ready to fill your bellies.  See all the dates.


Library - reading nook

The Public Library is open:

Monday - Thursday         10 am - 7 pm
Friday                              10 am - 5 pm
Saturday                          10 am - 2 pm

Fine Free

Did you forget to return a book or video by the due date? Well, don't worry. Just drop by the library and return it. There is no fine!

The City of South Burlington is Hiring!

Looking for a Full and or Part time job?  The City of South Burlington is looking to hire part-time, full-time and summer positions.  We are looking for great people to work here in the City. Our team is focused on keeping South Burlington one of the best places to live, work, and visit.

CLICK HERE for our most current openings.


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