The City of South Burlington has been working toward the development of a downtown—City Center—for decades. Over the last few years, new development has occurred in the district including Trader Joe’s, Pier One, Black Bay Housing (at the east end of Market Street), and most recently the new CVS Pharmacy. A critical component to move forward in making further development a reality includes investment in public infrastructure. The City has state legislative approval to implement a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in a portion of City Center. Some of the…

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City Withdraws Offer for Central School Property

Rick Marcotte Central School sign

No decision on consolidation leads to retraction of property swap offer The South Burlington Steering Committee, comprised of both City Council and School Board members, met recently to discuss their current work. One of the top items discussed was the School Board’s work regarding school consolidation. At the meeting, it became clear that the School Board did not appear to be in consensus on consolidation. Based on this information, the City Council has retracted its offer to acquire the Rick Marcotte Central School property. The City Council had made an…

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Spooktacular 2016 – A Smashing Success

It was a BOOtiful weekend of festive family fun as little ghosts and goblins flitted in and out of the annual Spooktacular Halloween events produced by the South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department. We kicked off the weekend with a community pumpkin carving party where families brought their energy and enthusiasm for carving and were able to leave the mess to us.  It was great to see so many families getting in on the fun and we are proud to announce that we had three adults in attendance who were first time…

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South Burlington Police Officers Promoted

Deputy Chief Edwards, Sgt. MacDonough, Sgt. Ward, and Chief Whipple

Amidst their colleagues and family, two officers have been promoted within the South Burlington Police Department. Sergeant David MacDonough and Sergeant Dennis Ward were given the rank of Sergeant during a ceremony held on Friday. Both officers have been serving as acting sergeants for the City, and Chief Trevor Whipple was pleased to perform the ceremony which made the positions permanent. Sergeant David MacDonough joined the South Burlington Police Department in 2009, after serving the Shelburne Police Department and the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office. A graduate of Champlain College with…

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South Burlington Community Justice Center Adds Restorative Writing Program — wiVT

The South Burlington Community Justice Center (SB CJC) announced that writing inside VT, a well-established, successful restorative writing program for women incarcerated at South Burlington’s Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), is now one of South Burlington CJC’s programs. writing inside VT (wiVT) was established in January 2010 to provide year-round weekly writing circles that foster self-expression and discovery to support growth and change. Experienced facilitator/writers model behaviors that help offenders succeed on the outside. By involving participants in the establishment of shared agreements, the circles also create a sense of community and…

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South Burlington Landfill Goes Solar—A model of responsible solar siting

SB Landfill Solar Site Map

The South Burlington Landfill Solar Project has received a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board. The 2.15 MWdc (1.55 MWac) project has been developed by Encore Renewable Energy, a local clean energy company, and will be funded and owned by Connecticut-based Altus Power America, Inc.  The solar project will be sited on the closed and capped landfill owned by the City, located off Airport Parkway in South Burlington. The closed landfill has lain fallow for nearly 25 years as it still contains environmental risks for most forms…

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Fire Prevention Week: October 9-15, 2016

Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure. A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for the South…

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