K9 Officer Kaiser Laid to Rest

It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of Kaiser, South Burlington Police Department’s faithful K9. Officer Kaiser served SBPD and the Vermont law enforcement community with full heart and soul from July 2008 until his passing last week. Kaiser did it all—he helped get drugs off the streets; find missing persons in inclement weather; and he was bar none, the most playful and energetic dog. Kaiser was a dedicated servant to the community of South Burlington, participating in countless demonstrations for kids.…

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Make an Informed Decision — Insurance for Water Service Lines

Recently, we were made aware that some of our residents have received correspondence in regard to purchasing insurance for your water service lines. A company called HomeServe, which we believe may have changed their name to American Water Resources, has been soliciting South Burlington residents by mail. The offer is to purchase an insurance policy that covers repairs of residential water service lines from the “property boundary to the foundation of your home.” No Endorsement— The company HomeServe DBA American Water Resources is in no way affiliated with the City of…

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Winter Weather Advisory – Today, Tonight, Tomorrow morning

The following information was shared from the National Weather Service. High Winds: We are anticipating a period of strong winds from mid-Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night. The strongest of the winds will primarily occur across the Champlain Valley, with frequent gusts of 35 to 45 mph during the period.  It is not out of the question that a few gusts over 50 mph may occur, especially closer to Lake Champlain between 6pm and midnight. The winds will down some tree limbs,  which could result in scattered power outages.   Snow…

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Reminders to help prevent frozen water pipes

Avoid frozen and burst pipes

With temperatures now dipping lower, one of the things you need to watch for in your home is frozen water pipes. To prevent water service lines from freezing, consider taking the following actions: Leave a faucet slowly dripping to keep water flowing through the pipe. If water is flowing through the pipe, it is less likely to freeze. The water can be captured in a bucket and used for other purposes around the home like watering plants and washing dishes. Open under-sink cabinets to allow warm air to circulate near…

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SB Energy Committee Recognized by VECAN

Things are looking bright for our South Burlington Energy Committee (SBEC)! This committee has been hard at work and its is beginning to pay off. In October, after more than 5 years of work, the South Burlington Landfill Solar Project received a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board. And, construction is expected to begin in Q2 of 2017. Now, Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN) is recognizing the committee’s efforts with the 2016 Energy Project Award for the Landfill Solar Project. At the 9th Annual VECAN Conference award…

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A New Master Plan for Jaycee Park

O'Brien Center at Jaycee Park

You may have noticed the orange fencing and yellow tape that is now encircling the O’Brien Center at Jaycee Park. This area will now be a construction area, as the house is scheduled to be dismantled. Weather-permitting the work will begin next week. First, shingles will be removed and then the structure will be razed. The building had become unsafe for the public to use and is lacking structural integrity. The Parks Department staff has removed any items that could be recycled or reused. The appliances and the furnace have been…

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What is the Capital Improvement Program?

Capital Improvement Program Process

Each year the City adopts an annual budget, which is an appropriation of public funds for the following fiscal year. Within each year’s budget, operational expenses and capital investments are included. In the fall of each year , budget preparation begins including work on the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP is a tool used to improve coordination in the timing of major projects, plan for capital replacement and major maintenance costs, and reduce fluctuations in the tax rate. The program is not a budget, but a road map to…

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Winter Parking Ban In Effect—What you need to know.

Parking Ban

The South Burlington Police Department has issued notice that the WINTER PARKING BAN IS IN EFFECT. This ban is regardless of snowfall—this ban applies even if there is no snow. City of South Burlington Ordinance, Section 32: “No person shall, between the hours of 12 midnight and 8 am including Sundays and legal holidays, during the period from December 1 of each year to April 1 of the following year, park any vehicle within the limits of any public highway of the City.” A violation of the ordinance may mean a…

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I-89 Exit 14 Bike/Pedestrian Crossing Workshop—Output

Last week, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the City of South Burlington hosted a public workshop to explore the needs and improvements for the I-89 Exit 14 Bike/Pedestrian crossing. As you might imagine for one of the busiest areas in the state, this crossing (both east and west over I-89) could use some improvement for many reasons. Attendees were engaged in identifying ideas—broad and specific—that could be useful to prepare options for improved transit for this busy area. At the end of the workshop, each participant had the…

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South Burlington Weekend Wrap Up

Autumn park

What a weekend!  First, the weather—a beautiful Saturday with temperatures in the 60s. followed by the sharp decline in temperature and falling snow. This is fall in Vermont! Hope you were able to get out and enjoy our City this weekend—whether a walk on one of our many trails, a bike ride on the recreational path, or playing in the falling snow. Don’t forget that our parks are open for the winter, with limited facilities—but a great place to get out and enjoy the outdoors.   FAMILY BINGO NIGHT There…

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