South Burlington City News - April 15, 2022

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South Burlington City News

April 15, 2022   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

backyard burn pile

Spring Clean Up:
Burn Permits Required

Spring is here and you want to clear brush and burn it. You need a burn permit to do so! 

Before you get started, do these things first:

  • Read and become familiar with the City Ordinance (Section 33-Outside Burning).
  • The person requesting the permit must be in attendance at all times, have enough
    help, and have water/tools to control the fire.
  • Only natural materials may be burned.
  • Contact the South Burlington Fire Department non-emergency at 802-
    846-4110 and ask to speak to the Fire Marshal or Officer in Charge to ask for
    a burn permit.

Permits can be issued same day, as long as the weather and wind are appropriate

Should the fire become out of control, contact 911 immediately!

Crosswalk Kennedy Drive Twin Oaks

New Crosswalk Planned for Kennedy Drive/West Twin Oaks Terrace 

In March 2021, the City of South Burlington was awarded $75,000 from the VTrans Small-Scale Bike/Ped program towards construction of a new crosswalk at the intersection of Kennedy Drive and West Twin Oaks.  Since receiving the award, the City has completed design of this new crossing, awarded a construction contract, and is looking to begin construction at the end of April or early May 2022.

Read More


weight limit

City Roads in Springtime 

Weight Limits, Cleaning, & Potholes

South Burlington does not close roads or impose additional weight limit restrictions in the spring. All South Burlington roads use the State’s standard weight limit of 24,000 pounds (defined in state statute). Anything over that weight needs to obtain an overweight permit from the DPW.

The permit can be obtained from the Department of Public Works.  During mud season, we may ask overweight vehicles to avoid certain roads on a case by case basis.

Now that temperatures are rising and the ground is thawing DPW is shifting out of winter mode and getting ready for our normal spring / summer activities. We’re currently taking equipment (street sweepers, line striping equipment, etc) out of storage and de-winterizing it. If the weather holds, you should see our crews out sweeping and striping in the next few weeks. Our highway crew has been filling potholes with cold patch between snow storms all winter. Once the paving plants open in a few weeks we’ll switch over to hot mix, which stays in the potholes much better than the cold patch. Motorists should notice an improvement in road surface conditions.

Fire Highland Terrace

Highland Terrace Fire

Fire Damages New Home

On Friday April 1, the South Burlington Emergency Dispatch Center received multiple calls from the Highland Terrace neighborhood reporting heavy smoke in the area, due to a truck fire.

Read more.

Soil saver compost bin

Earth Day Bin Blowout Sale

CSWD invites Chittenden County residents to celebrate Earth Day with a great deal on a sturdy Soil Saver back yard compost bin or Green Cone back yard digester at this one-day-only special event. CSWD staff will be on site to answer your composting and set-up questions.  

Sale pricing: Soil Saver – $43; Green Cone – $96. Tax included. (Cash, checks and credit cards accepted) 

When: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 23, 2022 ONLY 

Where: 1042 Redmond Rd., Williston, VT 05495 (where Green Mountain Compost is made) 

Limit: Two bins per customer in any combination of Soil Savers and Green Cones 


Video reel

City Meetings Video Archive

City Council, Development Review Board, and Planning Commission

Did you know that the videos of these group meetings are available online?

Fair Housing Month

Fair Housing Month

Each April we celebrate the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act to raise awareness about housing discrimination and the positive role that inclusive, affordable housing plays in thriving communities.

Read more


Phishing & Spoofing 

Tactics to access your personal information and data are on the rise.  Check out this information from the FBI about phishing and spoofing; and what to do to protect yourself.

Learn more.



VT Air National Guard - Night Flights

Vermont Air National Guard Scheduled night flights Wednesday, April 13th and Thursday, April 14th
weed warrior logo

Weed Warrior Program

The Weed Warrior Program was developed to meet the goal of assisting City staff by creating a new corps of trained volunteers focused on removing invasive plants in City parks and natural areas.  This program looks to train volunteers in invasive plant identification and removal techniques, and then engage these volunteers in hands on removal days to gain additional experience.  The end goal is to have empowered volunteers from this program independently, with some guidance, removing invasive plants from City parks and natural areas in order to improve wildlife habitat and native plant biodiversity.

View all Weed Warrior opportunities here.

Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program

Vermont's Homeowner Assistance Program Offering Grants

Now accepting applications
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) is now accepting applications from Vermont homeowners who are behind on their housing expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funded through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, the Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program provides grants for eligible Vermont homeowners for missed payments on their mortgage, utilities, property taxes, and homeowner's or condominium association fees. The program is restricted to expenses related to a homeowner's primary home (other eligibility criteria apply). 

To learn more and apply, visit

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program - LIHWAP

The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) launched the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to help eligible households pay their water and wastewater bills. The program runs from November 2021 through September 2023, with the potential to be extended. LIHWAP is a national program established by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to help families experiencing financial hardship.

Eligible households are those with gross household income below 60% of the state median income based on household size. Priority will be given to households whose water/wastewater has been disconnected or is at risk of being disconnected.

Customers can download/print the application at

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 great people to join our team. Here are a few of the several open positions:

CLICK HERE for our most current openings. We have several!

School District
Events & News

SB School District logo

School Board Meetings

April 14, 2022|  6:00 pm
Regular Meeting

Agenda and participation info on the District website under Announcements

Superintendent Search Committee

Application Deadline April 29,2022

The South Burlington School Board invites you to apply to serve on a Superintendent Search Committee. The Board wishes to appoint a Committee that represents the diverse interests and perspectives of our community. Committee members will serve over a period of up to 6 months and will primarily be responsible for making hiring recommendations to the Board, as well as several support and interview activities. Interested? Please complete this application by April 29th, 2022!



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Access agendas and minutes.

Monday, April 18  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • Award Top Dog and First Feline
  • DRB Appointments
  • Declaration of Inclusion
  • Common Roots Annual Update
  • Opportunity for Councilors and the public to share information and resources on Climate Change.
  • Consider lease of 577 Dorset Street to the South Burlington School District
  • Committee structure discussion
  • Congressional Directed Spending Requests
  • Speed Limits 
  • FY23 Policy Priorities and Strategies Process Discussion

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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 April 4, 2022 meeting here.

Green Up Day

Green UP Day is May 7


Always the first Saturday in May, this year Saturday, May 7 marks 52 years of proudly continuing Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition. Looking to participate or volunteer?  Read MORE


SoBuPlay Spring 2022

SoBu Play

The Spring Issue is now LIVE! Check it out!


Summer Camp Open

This summer we’ll have camps ranging from Science, Safari, Chess, Nature, Rocketry, Pottery, CSI to multiple sport offerings like Track, Baseball, Fishing, Tennis, Soccer and Flag Football.  Visit our website and click on the individual camps to read more about them.  Space is limited, be sure to register early!

swim lessons

Swim Lessons

We are happy to share that we are partnering with The Edge (75 Eastwood Dr, SB) to offer South Burlington residents ages 2.5 - 13 years the opportunity to learn to swim.

Swim Lesson Offerings


Drivers Ed

Spring Driver's Ed 

April 25 – June 3, 2022

Are you looking for a driver's ed class for your child? Look no further. Our class with Paul Dudley, from Dudley's Driving Academy, starts April 25th and registration ends in just a few weeks.

Click here to register

Dog Walking on Leash

Do Our Dogs A Favor and Scoop the Poop

Spring has arrived! But along with it comes reminders of the outdoor fun and exercise our doggies enjoyed this winter.  The snow is gone and now Mother Nature begins her struggle to recover from all of the waste they’ve left behind.  So, here’s the scoop on poop!

Continue reading.

Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center

Location:   First floor,  180 Market Street 

Senior Center Spring

April  Senior Center Activities Guide

All planned April activities in the Senior Center are listed on its calendar via the link below.
April Activities Guide
Please note that some programs are required to be pre-registered for and have fees.
Reminder - Wednesday and Friday lunches must be pre-registered for in advance. Sign up by the Friday before for a Wednesday lunch or the Monday before for a Friday lunch.
If you have any questions about the programs, please contact Rebecca at 923-5545 or email at

April Activities Guide

Yoga for You (Drop-in) 
Thursdays | 9:30-10:30 am | $13

Whether you are an experienced yogi or rolling out your mat for the first time, “Yoga for You” will provide a journey inward to connect with our minds, bodies, and souls.

An all level vinyasa based class, woven with mindfulness and restoration. 

Bee-utiful You

Learn the benefits of Beeswax and create your own unique to you beeswax cream.

Registration required

Spring Senior Lunch

This free meal is open to South Burlington residents 55+.  Register online.




Join us for our popular Jazzercise LO class. Muscles, not momentum, drive this class that is a low impact dance-based and strength training class designed with you in mind.

Click here to learn more


The Public Library is open:

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

Ephraim Schwartz

Artist Ephriam Schwartz - 2nd Floor Library

Come visit the Art Wall on the 2nd floor of the Library to view paintings by South Burlington Artist Ephriam Schwartz.
Handmade Book Display

SB Library Displays Hand Made Books

The Library display cases continue to highlight handmade books, both upstairs and in the Children's Room. 

In April, the Library introduces South Burlington residents to the Mango Languages database.

This fantastic resource helps you to learn over 70 languages and allows non English speakers to become more fluent in English. Accessible on your computer or phone, an app for kids under five, and another for families to learn a language together, is also included.

An added benefit is the translation feature which works between any two of the languages they offer. A great way to make English language flyers accessible to others, or for New Americans to better communicate with neighbors…and Library staff! 

From select Mango Languages from the page of online resources.  Then create an account using your library card.

Seed Library 2022

Seed Library Open for 2022 Season

The Seed Library, housed in card catalog drawers on the second floor of the library, is open for the 2022 season. A wide variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds can be “checked out” for free.

Learn more.



Rent the Auditorium!

Planning a concert, dance recital, debate or play? The South Burlington Public Library Auditorium is now available for public use! Learn more.