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Vigilant Guard Statewide Exercise Planning Update 12/17/2015

Local and State emergency responders will team with federal counterparts in a full-scale emergency exercise in Vermont this summer. Operation Vigilant Guard will commence at the end of July and continue for a week. The exercise has been in the planning stages since June, 2013. Christopher Herrick, Director, VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, and Adjutant General Steven Cray, Vermont National Guard, provide details of the exercise.

Burlington Ward 4 and Ward 7 NPA Meeting 12/16/2015

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 4 & 7 meet the third Tuesday of the month. Meeting place: Robert E. Miller Community Center 130 Gosse Court.

More on Redistricting: http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CityCouncil/Ward-Redistricting/

Chittenden Solid Waste District 12/16/2015

Chittenden Solid Waste District's mission is to provide efficient, economical, and environmentally sound management of solid waste generated by residents and businesses within its member towns and cities of Chittenden County. 

Should Vermont Reduce its Reliance on Incarceration as a Response to Criminal Conduct? 12/14/2015

Attorney General Bill Sorrell and others welcome public thoughts and ideas at this forum. “Vermont leaders and legislators have taken many steps during the past two decades, both through policy and legislation, to ease prison overcrowding and minimize the need to send Vermont prisoners out of state,” said Sorrell. “In particular, I would like to hear whether Vermonters are ready to ask the Legislature to commit to a statewide policy regarding sentencing and release decisions that reduces reliance on incarceration or lengthy incarceration in response to criminal conduct.”

Representatives from law enforcement, corrections and human services officials, prisoner rights groups, victim advocates, and others join the Attorney General at this forum.

2015 Chittenden County Municipal Legislative Breakfast 12/10/2015

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission's (CCRPC) 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast.  The event serves as a forum for a short, focused conversation with local legislators and municipal representatives on key issues and high interest topics important to area municipalities for the upcoming 2015-2016 legislative session.

Burlington Ward 2 and Ward 3 NPA Meeting 12/10/2015

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 2 & 3 meet the second Thursday of the month.

Meeting place: McClure Multi-Generational Center 241 North Winooski Avenue

Burlington Telecom Advisory Board: Burlington Telecom Sale Criteria Public Educational Meeting 12/09/2015

The City of Burlington and the Burlington community have a significant investment in Burlington Telecom’s success and interests in ensuring affordable, effective, and responsive fiber optic services for its residents. To that end, the City is engaged in a public process with the residents of Burlington to determine criteria by which the City should be guided in a future transaction involving the ownership of Burlington Telecom.

A survey that allows respondents to rank the relative importance of different community goals in connection with Burlington Telecom is available on the City’s website at http://www.btcriteria.com/.

Minutes from prior public meetings soliciting input on sale criteria are available here: http://www.burlingtontelecom.net/burlington-telecom-advisory-board/.

This is the third of three public hearings on this issue. Watch the first and second hearings:

The first meeting can be found here:   Burlington Telecom Advisory Board: Burlington Telecom Sale Criteria Public Educational Meetings 11/18/2015

Second meeting can be seen here: Burlington Telecom Advisory Board: Burlington Telecom Sale Criteria Public Educational Meetings 11/20/2015

These public meetings and survey are intended to gather feedback from the Burlington community to inform the Burlington Telecom Advisory Board (BTAB). Comments will be considered as the BTAB creates a recommendation regarding these criteria to be presented to the City Council for review and approval. The current schedule, which is subject to change, is for the BTAB to hold a public meeting in early January to review the draft recommendation, which will then be presented (as revised based on public comments) to the City Council for approval at its January 25, 2016 meeting.

Re-Imagining Essex's Planning Governance Part III 12/09/2015

Thoughtful Growth in Action (TGIA) hosts this community-wide workshop to confirm Essex residents’ desire to move toward a shared vision, educate about current planning governance, and engage in a conversation about how people would like to see planning governance improved.  This 3rd Working Group meeting has the goals of determining preferred governance structure scenario(s), determining a prioritized set of ideas on how to improve community engagement, and evaluation of Working Group process.

TGIA is a continuation of Heart & Soul of Essex, a two-year project that engaged residents to identify shared values and a vision for the future of the community. Thoughtful Growth emerged from Heart & Soul as one of the community’s top six values, and TGIA is based on the Heart & Soul belief that the community wants to move toward a shared Essex vision that simultaneously honors and builds on the unique characteristics of the Village and the Town outside the Village.

More information at: www.essextgia.com

Burlington Ward 1 and Ward 8 NPA Meeting 12/09/2015

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 1 & 8 meet the second Wednesday of the month.

Meeting place: McClure Lobby Conference Room, FAHC/UVM Medical Center

Burlington Ward 6 NPA Meeting 12/03/2015

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Ward 6 meets the first Thursday of the month.

Meeting place: Greek Orthodox Church 600 South Willard Street

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