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South Burlington City News

June 17, 2022   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

Message from City Manager Jessie Baker

Hello South Burlington,

I’m excited to share with you that Chief Steven Locke, currently the Fire Chief in Burlington, will join the South Burlington Team on July 11th as the Incoming Fire Chief.  Chief Francis will retain operational control through August 14th.  On August 15th, Chief Locke will take over as Chief of Department and Chief Francis will become the Fire Marshal overseeing construction permitting, inspections, and fire prevention.  This transition allows us not only to continue to bring the best to South Burlington but also retains the expertise of Chief Francis.  I’m very thankful for Chief Francis’ leadership during this transition and I look forward to his abilities being focused on our growing community into the future. 

Chief Locke has served as the Fire Chief in Burlington since 2016.  Prior to that, he served as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain and then Fire Chief in Hartford, VT.  He also served as the Interim Town Manager in Hartford and the Interim Chief Administrative Officer in Burlington.  He has a Master of Science in Fire Service Leadership and currently serves as the Treasurer for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (with a membership of over 10,000.)  He has both EFO (the National Fire Academy’s - Executive Fire Officer) and CFO  (Chief Fire Officer) certifications.  And he has hands on experience responding to calls, serving on and working with union teams, and leading professional fire and EMS organizations.  He has a proven track record of making data driven decisions, implementing significant innovations, and working with managers and elected officials to make change.  He will be a great addition to our Team!

The City of South Burlington faces the same staffing challenges that many organizations across our country are facing.  We have a number of vacancies and encourage you, your family, and friends to check them out here.  And, in addition to Chief Locke, we have some other exciting new team members that we look forward to introducing to the community in the month to come! 

As always, if you have questions or ideas to share, please feel free to reach out to me at or at (802) 846-4100.

My best,


Steven Locke to Serve as Fire Chief for the City of South Burlington

Steven Locke

After more than six years of service to the City of Burlington, Chief Steven Locke has accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of South Burlington.  South Burlington Fire Chief Terry Francis, after giving 48 years of service to the fire profession, will move to the position of Fire Marshal overseeing construction permitting, inspections and fire prevention.  

Chief Locke started at the City of Burlington in 2016 after 23 years of service in the Hartford Vermont Fire Department. Chief Locke also served as Interim Chief Administrative Officer in Burlington during a transition period in 2019 and 2020. He has served as a board member since 2016 and as treasurer since 2019 of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, representing more than 10,000 members.


Designing Workshop

East West Crossing: Design Workshop 1

You are invited to the first workshop to inform the design of a bicycle pedestrian bridge over I-89 south of Williston Road/US Route 2 (Exit 14)! When:  Thursday, June 16

5:30 - 6:30 PM -Open House with Design Team and light dinner

6:30 - 8:30 PM     Workshop

In Person: South Burlington Public Library and City Hall      

180 Market Street 

South Burlington, VT 05403

Virtually: (note: if inputting manually, use all lower case) Phone:  (646) 558-8656 Access Codes Meeting ID: 830 1878 8129  Passcode: 963443   

Learn More 

Thank You To All That Participated

Memorial Day

Thank you to all who participated in and attended our Memorial Service at Veteran’s Memorial Park on May 27.  It was very meaningful to have a moment to pause and remember with members of our community.  We welcome you to visit the Pathway of Honor and spend time for your own personal reflection as you are so moved.  The monuments are illuminated at night and with dimmed pathway lighting.

Share Your Ideas For The Regional Walking and Biking Plan

Regional Active Transportation Plan

The Chittenden County Reginal Planning Commission (CCRPC) is updating the regional walking and biking plan, and we need your help. What makes walking or biking difficult? What connections are missing?

Learn More


Don’t Let Your Vehicle Be A Target

Car Theft

South Burlington Police Department offering Tips on how to Prevent your vehicle from being Broken Into or Stolen


Simple tasks to help keep you and your property safe:

  • Lock all doors with windows up
  • Keep valuable out of public view
  • Don’t leave your car running
  • Activate your vehicle’s alarm system
  • Keep your car visible

Learn More

Protecting Your Home -Smoke Detector and CO Safety. 

Co Smoke Detector
  • Photo-Electric Detectors
  • One in each bedroom
  • One on each floor common area
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms In every sleeping area.  Install alarms on every level of the home.

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Season's Out of Time - Clock Dedication

Clock Dedication

Monday, June 6, the South Burlington Public Art Committee hosted the dedication for Season’s Out of Time, the public art piece commissioned for the South Burlington Public Library and City Hall at 180 Market Street. 

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VA Telehealth Now Offered at the Library

VA Telehealth

Starting Monday, May 16, 2022, area Veterans will be able to access Veterans Affairs (VA) Telehealth at the new South Burlington Public Library (SBPL), located at 180 Market St. in South Burlington. 

Through a partnership with the White River Junction VA Healthcare System, the library offers a private, comfortable space designated for Veteran use. The space is fully equipped with an iPad that allows easy access to VA Video Connect, the application used by VA for virtual health care appointments. The new space includes medical equipment that may be required for some visits and offers enhanced privacy features. The Library is ADA accessible.

Learn More Here

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?


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.

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

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School Board Meetings

June 29, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Regular Meeting


Agenda and participation info on the District website under Announcements


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Access agendas and minutes.

Monday, June 20, 2022  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • Approve the mailing of ballots to all “active non-challenged voters” . For November
  • Warrant for unlicensed dogs and cats
  • Interviews with applicants for appointment to City Boards and Committees

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 552-695-645

Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

Virtual 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 June 6, 2022 meeting here.


SoBuPlay Spring 2022

SoBu Play

The Spring Issue is now LIVE!

Check it out!

Good Morning Yoga

Wednesdays | June 15-August 31 | 7:30 am | Veterans Mem. Park

Morning Yoga

Start your day off right with Good Morning Yoga in the beautiful surroundings of Veterans Memorial Park. 

Come one, come all and the journey inward to align the body, mind and soul. Instructor Rose Bedard will guide you through an hour of Vinyasa yoga that will be centered around mindfulness, breath and celebrating all that our bodies can do. Come as you are in wearing whatever you feel most comfortable moving in. Layers are suggested. Meet at the Bandshell. 

The fee for all 12 meetings is $156 or you may choose dates a la carte for $13 each. This is a pre-registration recommended program, but will accept drop-in registrations.

Click here to register


Summer Camps

Register Now for Summer Camps

It's hard to believe that Summer is just around the corner. Our Summer camps are filling up and most have limited spots, so make sure to check out our offerings and register before they are full. We continue to add new camp opportunities to our registration platform, so be sure to browse the offerings for the most up to date selection.

Summer Camp Offerings



Great American Camp Out!

June 25-26th| 5PM - 9AM| Veterans Memorial Park

Registration Not Required

Camp Out

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or want to try camping for the first time! We would like to have you and your family join us for an overnight at Veterans Memorial Park!

Get ready to kick off National Parks & Recreation Month by getting OUT and joining us for our 4th Annual SB Community Campout Event. 

Set up camp*, play family games, have a campfire to roast those marshmallows and enjoy a Movie in the Park! We'll not only tire the kids out, but the parents too!

*Tents Only


Thursday Night 2022

Thursday Night Take-Out - TNT

For the Months of May and June we will have food trucks back at Veterans Memorial Park, every Thursday evening from 5-8 pm. This event is a build-up to our food truck and music series, SoBu Nite Out, that starts in July. Follow our social media accounts to see what food trucks will be in the park each Thursday night.

Learn More Here


SoBu Nite Out Thursday Night Summer Series Starts - July

SoBu Night Out Summer Series

Thursdays in July & August | 5-8 pm | Veterans Memorial Park

Who's ready for another summer of great food and great music? WE ARE!

Cancel your plans on Thursday nights starting July 7th until August 25th and join us at Veterans Memorial Park to indulge in some of the best food trucks in Vermont. We also have some amazing bands playing this year, see the schedule below. Bring the kids, friends, neighbors, and even the dog (on leash please).

  • July 7 - Grippo Funk Band
  • July 14 - The Hitmen
  • July 21 - A House on Fire
  • July 28 - Barbie-N-Bones
  • August 4 - Quadra + Fireworks display
  • August 11 - B-Town
  • August 18 - Devon McGarry Band
  • August 25 - Sticks & Stones

Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center

Location:   First floor,  180 Market Street 

Tai Chi

Mondays & Wednesdays (June July and August) 10-11 am - Wheeler Homestead

Ages 18-99

Learn More Here


Brushstrokes & Brews Rescheduled

 Friday June 24th 

1:30 - 3:30 PM  - $15.00

Brushstrokes and Brews

This month's painting has been rescheduled to Friday, June 24th. Same time, same place. Click here to register.


June Senior Activities

June Senior Center Activities Guide

All planned June activities in the Senior Center are listed on its calendar via the link below.

June 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 a meal.

If you have any questions about the programs, please contact Rebecca at 923-5545 or email at


Acapella Performance

Friday, June 17 | 12-12:30 pm | Senior Center


Acapella Performance

Come join us for an acapella harmony from the Johnson State College Alumni Men's Ensemble during our normal Friday lunch. Make sure to sign up by Monday, June 13th If you want to join us for lunch.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Rebecca at 923-5545 or email at





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

Sky Blue Boys Show

Sky Blue Boys Show

On Saturday, May 28, The Sky Blue Boys closed out the Friends of the Library Spring Concert Series with a rousing performance of bluegrass, old-time, and traditional songs. 

Brothers Dan and Willy Lindner, who also founded the celebrated band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, entertained 55 attendees with their expert musicianship and captivating storytelling. Though the Spring Concert series is over, the library has a free summer concert, generously sponsored by Mascoma Bank, coming up on June 30 at 6 pm. Mikahely, a singer-songwriter who moved to Vermont from Madagascar, will play his original songs influenced by traditional Malagasy sounds. After that, the community can look forward to attending the 2022-23 Friends of the Library Winter Concert Series.


Library Aspire Campaign - YOUR GIFTS MATCHED!!


The SB Library Foundation is very close to meeting its Aspire Capital Campaign goal. Thanks to a contribution through the Vermont Community Foundation, any contribution, however large or small, will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 to help create a spectacular ending to our campaign. 

Read More

Oceans of Possibilities

Oceans of Possibilities - June 1st - July 29th

Discover, play, and learn all summer long with the South Burlington Public Library! Whether you're a kid, teen, or adult, we've got a summer reading challenge for you! Join in by reading or listening to books and attending library programs from June 1st through July 29th. You'll earn raffle tickets for exciting prizes, while preventing the loss of reading skills! Sound fun? Read on to see which challenge is right for you and your family!



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.