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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces grant for lead program
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Officials in Burlington on Thursday announced that the city has received a federal grant to help remove lead paint in homes across the city.

Ali Dieng
photo by Stephanie Seguino / Ali Dieng for Burlington Ward 7/Facebook

Ali Dieng, a native of West Africa, has won a seat on Burlington's City Council.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger launch the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
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Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

Burlington, VT Police car
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This week, the Burlington City Council passed a Fair and Impartial Policing Policy that meets a state mandate, but avoids federal designation as a sanctuary city.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council passed a budget Monday evening.  In presenting his formal request for passage, the mayor said the plan includes strategic investments in public safety, infrastructure and sustainability — without resulting in a tax increase.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

President Donald Trump announced on June 1st that his administration would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.  The move was criticized not only by environmental activists but also business and municipal concerns.  Earlier this week more than 200 members of the Climate Mayors coalition signed the U.S. Climate Alliance’s “We Are Still In” open letter to the global community.  Among those in this region committing to support the Paris agreement is Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger.  The Democrat says the letter is consistent with the city’s long-time position on the environment.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

This week, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger celebrated the completion of the first phase of rebuilding the city’s 8-mile Bike Path.  After he cut the ribbon near the Lake Champlain shoreline, he discussed a number of initiatives the city is undertaking including waterfront improvements.

Officials cut ribbon to celebrate completion of Phase 1 Completion of Bike Path
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Officials in Vermont’s largest city marked the completion of Phase One of the rehabilitation of the Burlington Bike Path and provided an update on the next phase of its construction today.

Standing from left as they are sworn in are Joan Shannon, David Hartnett, Jane Knodell and Richard Deane
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Monday evening’s meeting of the Burlington City Council was its “Organization Day” — the time when newly elected and re-elected city council members are sworn-in and a council president is selected.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger delivers State of the City address
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The mayor of Vermont’s largest city delivered his sixth State of the City address Monday night.  Miro Weinberger said Burlington is a strong and vibrant community as he outlined five goals for the next year.

From left:  VT Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, Mayor Miro Weinberger, State's Attorney Sarah George, Dr. Stephen Leffler, Chief Brandon del Pozo
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a series of initiatives Thursday aimed at addressing the opioid crisis in the city.

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Burlington Electric Department

Two energy providers in Burlington are expanding an energy efficiency program to homeowners.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and environmental leaders urge passage of ballot questions
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There are six questions on the city of Burlington’s ballot in November.  Mayor Miro Weinberger and key environmentalists met recently to urge voters to pass four of the questions related to the development proposal for the downtown core.

Transit Center Open banner
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Just around the corner from the decades-old bus station in downtown Burlington, a new state of the art transit center opened Thursday.  City, state and federal officials celebrated the new downtown hub.

Rendering of redeveloped One Burlington Square
Burlington Mayor's office

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced Friday that an older building in the downtown will be redeveloped to provide for better and greener office space.

Memorial Auditorium, Burlington VT
Burlington Parks and Recreation

Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years.  Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders.  The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.

Moran Plant from south
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Burlington’s mayor and the developer of an old electric generating facility on the city’s waterfront have agreed to cancel a development agreement.  But the New Moran Inc. is being given a final chance to present a feasible project even as the mayor begins to assess other potential developers or destruction of the building.

Vermont City Marathon & Relay

About 3,000 people are expected to take part in the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington.

Burlington Town Center rendering
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

The Burlington City Council this week gave preliminary approval to a plan to redevelop the Burlington Town Center Mall in the heart of downtown.

Burlington Town Center rendering
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says a $200 million redevelopment plan for the site of a downtown mall would create 270 homes, 900 permanent jobs and new office and retail space as well as the tallest building in Vermont.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Saying Burlington is stronger than it has been in years, Mayor Miro Weinberger delivered his fifth State of the City address Monday evening.  He explains that his speech outlined the need to move from policy to action.

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The masks are going back on in Vermont’s largest city. The Burlington city council recently approved revisions to a decades-old city ordinance that banned adults wearing masks.

Burlington Department of Public Works

On Town Meeting Day this week, voters in Burlington approved a pilot project to transform a busy four-lane street to try to enhance safety and traffic flow.  While it passed city-wide, the plan was rejected by those living in the area near the planned project.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger discusses credit rating as BED Director Neale Lunderville observes
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced this morning that Moody’s Investors Services has upgraded the city’s credit rating by two steps.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger attended the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Mayors’ Innovation Project in Washington last week. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about what was discussed and some of the priorities he wants the Vermont legislature to address.

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Burlington, Vermont city councilors heard a report Monday from health and law enforcement officials about the level and impact of the opiate addiction crisis on the city. The city is the latest in our region to grapple with what officials have called an epidemic.

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will have a packed house when he speaks this week in the backyard of second-place Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

Vermont officials at podium
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For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Burlington, Vermont waterfront was an industrial hub.  Since the 1990’s,  officials have been converting the lakeshore for public and recreational use. On Monday, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the ribbon cutting of a new state-of-the-art skateboard park signifying the completion of Waterfront Access North.

Picture of Vermont officials cutting ribbon at new skatepark on waterfront
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Vermont’s top leaders were in Burlington celebrate the completion of a development project on the northern edge of the city’s waterfront.

Late last month, a number KKK fliers were discovered at the homes of two black women in Burlington. The incident sparked a number of rallies in Burlington by people protesting racism. Burlington officials announced on Thursday the arrest of a white supremacist in the case.

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