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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
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During its November 6th meeting, the Burlington City Council deadlocked while trying to choose a buyer for its cable and broadband provider Burlington Telecom.  So it passed a resolution asking the two finalists to develop a joint partnership.   If they failed, the council would reopen bids to two previous bidders.  At last night’s meeting, the council adopted a process to choose from among the original four would-be buyers.

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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The Burlington City Council tonight will once again consider which of two bidders - Keep Burlington Telecom Local KBTL or Ting/Tucows  - will be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom, the city’s municipally-owned cable and internet provider.

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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Meeting last night, the Burlington City Council was scheduled to decide which of two bidders for the city’s municipally owned cable and internet provider would be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom.  But after some  twists the panel postponed the vote.

Justice Scales
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A federal judge has ruled that Vermont's largest city can dismantle a homeless encampment in the woods where three men have been staying while their case proceeds through court.

Infrastructure work near downtown Burlington 10-6-17
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Burlington, Vermont is wrapping up the first construction season under the city’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan. In November 2016 voters approved $25.5 million in general obligation bonds to fund the five-year infrastructure project. The plan includes the repair or replacement of streets and sidewalks, aging fire trucks, the bike path, water systems and other infrastructure resources. Mayor Miro Weinberger says substantial work has been done and the city is on target to meet its goals.

Burlington City Council considers Burlington Town Center resolution
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The Burlington City Council has passed a resolution that authorizes the developer of a major downtown redevelopment to begin executing the plan.

Burlington City Council hears comment from the public on Burlington Telecom sale at 10-16-17 meeting
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The Burlington City Council narrowed the number of bidders seeking to buy Burlington Telecom to two on Monday night.  The council faced an auditorium filled with residents supporting the only local bidder – a co-op that councilors and the mayor have expressed some hesitancy over.

Burlington Police car
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Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a man has been arrested after he pulled a large knife during a fight in City Hall Park.

Burlington Education Association (BEA) President Fran Brock announces contract ratification by teachers.
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A week after school came to an abrupt halt in Burlington, both sides ratified a tentative contract Wednesday formally ending a four-day teachers’ strike in Vermont’s largest city.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
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School is back in session today in Vermont’s largest city. The Burlington School Board and the union representing teachers reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night, ending a four-day strike that kept nearly 4,000 students out of schools across the district.

Burlington teachers on strike
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A teachers' strike in Burlington, Vermont, is over after four days.

The Burlington School Board says it reached a tentative contract agreement with the Burlington Education Association after mediation Tuesday. The agreement needs to be ratified by both sides.

Classes and programs are set to resume Wednesday.

Board Chair Mark Porter says the school district has great respect for the teachers. He says he's glad to "get back to what matters most," educating the students.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
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As a mediator calls the two sides together to try to resolve the Burlington, Vermont teachers’ strike, two Republican state lawmakers say they will introduce legislation to ban teachers’ strikes and imposed contracts.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
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As nearly 400 Burlington VT teachers walked the picket lines for the third day, two Republican lawmakers announced legislation Monday that would ban teachers from striking and school boards from imposing contracts.

Burlington teachers on strike
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Burlington, Vermont’s 400 public school teachers are back on the picket line today after contract negotiations fell apart and a strike began last Thursday.

Burlington teachers on strike
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There will be no school in Burlington on Monday due to the teachers' strike, but the district is planning to make meals available to students at several locations.

Burlington teachers on strike
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The public school district in Vermont’s largest city cancelled classes and all activities Thursday as teachers began a Burlington School District-wide strike.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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Teachers in Burlington will not be going on strike on Wednesday after the union and school board have agreed to meet with a mediator.

Burlington School District logo
Burlington School District

Burlington, Vermont teachers rejected a school board-imposed contract Thursday and voted to go on strike next week.

Moran Plant from east
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In 1957, the Moran Municipal Generating Station began generating electricity for the city of Burlington. In 1982, it shut down and ownership was transferred to the city in 1986.  Since then a number of unsuccessful proposals have been made to redevelop the building. Three years ago, voters approved a ballot measure that authorized city officials to work with developers New Moran Incorporated on a final attempt to create a redevelopment plan. But Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger felt it was time to make a final decision on the building.

Moran Plant from south
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced that the city is ceasing redevelopment discussions for an obsolete power plant on the waterfront and will now look at demolition.  The decision comes more than three years after voters approved financing to create a plan for the site.

Moran Plant from south
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The city of Burlington is abandoning plans to redevelop a long-unused power plant on the shores of Lake Champlain and will now move forward with plans to demolish it.

Burlington City Hall Park
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Vermont officials have unveiled a plan to renovate a city park following concerns about violence in the area.

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
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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.

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