8/7/15

RESOLUTION: The Ward 4 and 7 NPAs request that the stockpiled soils be removed from Leddy Park. YES? NO?

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http://vtdigger.org/2015/08/12/burlington-officials-knew-of-possible-toxins-in-soil-prior-to-dumping-it-in-leddy-park/

WPTZ NEWS: http://www.wptz.com/news/new-push-to-remove-contaminated-soil-from-park/34873672



Agenda for August 26, 2015 NPA:

7:00-7:10 - WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS (events, maximum 30 seconds), AGENDA, GROUND RULES. 

7:10-7:30- Speak-outs (2 minutes maximum, may speak no more than once if anyone who has not spoken)

7:30-8:15 - Reports from Elected and Appointed Officials.

8:15-8:45 - Dirt Pile Presentation, Questions, and vote on resolution*.
    • 5 min. - Jesse invited to do presentation.
    • 10 min. - Questions for Jesse.
    • 15 min. - Presentation and vote on resolution distributed at last meeting.
    • Announcement of upcoming meeting(s) on the topic.
CANCEL - Preview of Orphanage Development - Owiso Makuku

8:45-9:00 - North Avenue Corridor Study Committee Report-Back


RESOLUTION: The Ward 4 and 7 NPAs request that the stockpiled soils be removed from Leddy Park. The NPAs recognize that additional testing must first occur before the soils can be removed. To that end, we urge in the strongest possible terms, that the BPRW, the DEC, and the EPA collaborate to ensure that the timeline for testing of the soil is significantly shortened, thus expediting the process for removal of the soil from Leddy Park as soon as possible.

WORRY OVER TOXINS AT SOUTH END BROWNFIELDS SHARED BY CORPORATE INTERESTS

Nate Wildfire, CEDO Brownfields Manager 

"There’s only two ways to deal with really contaminated brownfields," Wildfire said. “Cover it, and don’t let anybody dig it in for a really long time, or haul it away.”

The Pile

SANDY OPALENIK, GOSOPAL@YAHOO.COM, BRIERWOOD LANE
Thanks to all that cared .Although the pile in Leddy should not be there . Thanks to the special few the pile is covered with black plastic , staw bales around the bottom. Even thought it is not a place for that stuff to be there it might stop some from our lake.Just think how much would have made it to the lake if we did not care . Because they didn't. We need more people to stand up for what we think is right even if they don't. This post was by George

DIRT PILES IN LEDDY PARK 



Residents report more dirt being brought to Leddy Park. Councilors asked to inquire about that. Soil should have been tested BEFORE it was moved. 

FPF: Dirt in Leddy
CLEARY BUCKLEY, WILDWOOD
Although I can follow the logic put forward for storing the dirt in Leddy, I would like to hear a plan for removing it with a real time frame. I've heard that the City might be allowed to mix it into asphalt or concrete. I find this very unlikely, but either way it should not take long to determine if this is realistic. The signs say the dirt will be removed in 2015. What is the plan and when will it happen?


More Contaminated Soil at Leddy Park?

BILL BURRELL, FERN STREET

I spend a ton of time in Leddy Park riding my bike, walking my dog, hiking the trails, swimming and watching amazing evening soccer matches between people from as far away as Africa, Nepal, and Europe. It is an outdoor enthusiasts playground located just outside our back doors. Lately on my walks I've reflected on the history of the land, the park and on how grateful I am to have this resource a few blocks from my home. It means a lot to me. Like anything that means a lot to me I want to help care for it.
The city of Burlington acquired Leddy Park in the 70’s. Originally, it was named “Wabanaki,” which means “thanksgiving” in the Abenaki language. It was assumed that the Abenaki people frequented this land during the 1700’s. However, it was soon renamed after one of the commissioners that played a major role in acquiring the land, Judge Bernard J. Leddy.
On my morning walks this summer I've also been reflecting on the increasing pressures Leddy Park is facing as a direct result of urban intensification and development projects taking place in other parts of Burlington. Leddy Park is currently the "temporary" home to four contaminated piles of dirt and debris excavated directly from the Moran area. While many people are enjoying cocktails, fundraising events and Kathy Montstream's beautiful painting exhibits at (and of) the Moran plant's haunting interiors I and my neighbors are stuck with the former coal gasification plant's contaminated soils. These piles contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Banned in the 1970s The International Agency For Research on Cancer now classifies PCBs as no longer "probable carcinogens." They now classify them as known carcinogens.http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Publications/techrep42/TR42-17.pdf
In my conversations around town I've met a lot of folks who knew Judge Leddy very well. They tell me I'd have a lot in common with him: an avid outdoorsman, caring and involved with his community. When I talk with his relatives and read about him on Wikipedia I realize what an incredible man he was. Many people tell me he would be appalled if he knew the parking lot at his park was holding grounds for stockpiled contaminated soils from the Moran area.
In my next post I'm going to discuss how Leddy Park is an ideal spot for even more contaminated soils from the downtown development of Burlington. And why we should care more.

6/28/15

JOIN THE DISCUSSION!


JULY 22 NPA  AGENDA  ITEMS Miller Ctr, 6:45pm
  • Speak Out
  • Contaminated soil stored in Leddy Park.
  • Discussion of City issues with elected and appointed officials 
  • Public Hearing: 451 Ethan Allen Parkway proposed project
  • Reports from North Avenue Corridor Task Force and Bike/Walk Plan representatives
RESOLUTION: The Ward 4 and 7 NPAs request that the stockpiled soils be removed from Leddy Park. The NPAs recognize that additional testing must first occur before the soils can be removed. To that end, we urge in the strongest possible terms, that the BPRW, the DEC, and the EPA collaborate to ensure that the timeline for testing of the soil is significantly shortened, thus expediting the process for removal of the soil from Leddy Park as soon as possible.

*Have you seen the dirt pile? Take a tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz879z4g-k4

*Are you informed about PCBs and how/why the dirt got dumped in Leddy Park
"People are pretty upset with the pile," explains Dave Hartnett, the independent city councilor representing Burlington's North District. This week, Hartnett and fellow councilor Kurt Wright (R-Ward 4) met with Bridges to press for a removal date. So far Bridges hasn't committed to one. He says more tests must be conducted on the dirt, and then he needs permission from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on how to safely dispose of the soils.



Notice of Public Meeting Re: 451 Ethan Allen Parkway
Ward 4 & 7 Neighborhood Planning Assembly 
Date: July 22, 2015 Time of Meeting: 7:00 pm 
Location: 130 Gosse Ct, Burlington, VT 05408 (Robert E. Miller Community Center)  
Adjoining landowners are hereby notified of a public meeting before the Ward 4 & 7 Neighborhood Planning Assembly at the above time and place regarding a proposed project, located at 451 Ethan Allen Parkway, Burlington, VT 05408, that has been submitted to the Burlington Department of Planning and Zoning for approval. 
Proposed Project Information: Landowners are seeking zoning approval for a nine-unit planned residential development in three buildings on a 7.16-acre parcel of land located between 437 and 463 Ethan Allen Parkway. The complete zoning application is available for review at the Burlington Department of Planning and Zoning (149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401) and the law offices of Burak Anderson & Melloni, plc, (30 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05402).
Information materials will be available for review in the atrium of the Miller Center from 6:30-7pm. A preview of the project will be part of our regular agenda.
  
We will miss you Linda. 
Questions about North Ave Corridor Plan?
Nicole Losch, PTP
Department of Public Works
645 Pine St.
Burlington, Vermont  05401

Questions about the Bike/Walk Plan?
Lucy Gibson, P.E.
DuBois & King
28 North Main Street
Randolph, Vermont  05060

Click HERE.

Right-sizing roadways has shown few downsides after 15 years

An example of the four to three configuration
http://northavenue05408.blogspot.com/ 

6/20/15

JUNE 24 Developers of stormwater and solar farm lead discussion at the North End NPA


Identity crisis over a WELCOME sign.

WELCOME to the NORTH END sign wording was nixed in favor of  a generic WELCOME TO OUR NEIGHBORHOODS sign, modeled after a sign at North St and N. Willard St. Our sign will be located at the intersection of Rt. 127, to be surrounded by a community garden. All neighborhoods are invited to add some plantings and leave a small sign identifying their area. Curious to see how many neighborhoods are active in our community.

When, who, or how did we ever get dubbed New? Ask around and let's see how many explanations we can find.

In 1973, we were North Burlington, the North End, and Northenders. What happened?



AGENDA


June 24th, 2015 
Miller Center 130 Gosse Court     
Facilitator, Jason L’Ecuyer

6:45 Sign in, GREET NEIGHBORS and CITY OFFICIALS

7:00  WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AGENDA, GROUND RULES.

7:05 NPA Business

7:10  Reports from Appointed and Elected Officials – Open forum discussion
 
7:55  Pocket Park update: Ron and Lea??

8:00 North Ave Corridor update – Jason, Paul, RJ, Pat and Rich

8:15 Water Quality, Storm Water Management – Meghan Moir DPW -VIDEO https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/IntegratedWQPlan_Schedule 

8:35 Solar Farm Project Summary, Starr Farm – Frank Von Turkovich.   MAP and newspaper article - HERE 



Sign in a neighborhood is a good reminder for us all!

6/2/15

ARE YOU BLUE?

Help the Lake: Get your home certified BLUE(r) for free!

Hello neighbors,

I am a fellow Burlingtonian and am working with the City Stormwater Director Megan Moir to implement a grant for the BLUE(r) program, which is a project of Lake Champlain International. In a nutshell, we will evaluate your property (for free) and if you meet certain criteria (things like mowing your lawn no shorter than 3 inches), we will certify your property as Lake Friendly, or BLUE(r).

We even have a limited number of mini grants of up to $250 to hep fund projects like rain barrels, gutters or other improvements that if implemented would earn your property BLUE(r) status.

Funds and time are limited, as we are trying to meet deadlines. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help limit the impact you have on the Lake, please contact me at your earliest convenience at 318-5191, orcdrottler@gmail.com.

Regards,

Chris Rottler
BLUE(r) Program Manager  


So how do you become BLUE®?

Just call or email Chris to schedule a free evaluation. The evaluation is quick and simple! By the end of the evaluation, you will know exactly what you can do to become BLUE® and do your part to clean up your waterways and waterbodies!
BLUE® is currently FREE for residents of Colchester, Winooski, Shelburne, Waterbury, and Burlington, VT, and we hope to be in more communities soon. You can even be eligible for up to $250 for property improvements that reduce water pollution. That's a free rain garden, rain barrel, downspout redirect, gutters, low-flow fixtures, and more!

5/11/15

MAYOR PRESENTS BUDGET AND HOUSING ACTION PLAN

May 27, 2015 Wednesday
6:45pm – 9:00pm
Miller Center 130 Gosse Court
Jason L’Ecuyer, Facilitator
Thank you, Kesha.

AGENDA

6:45 Meet and Greet Neighbors, Snacks and Beverages

7:00Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements,
Residents Roll, Steering Committee Nomination
Jason L’Ecuyer

7:05 North Avenue Task Force Update
Ward 4 and 7 Task Force Members

7:15 Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Update
Ward 4 and 7 Committee Members

7:20 City Councilors, School Board Commissioners and City Board Members Q&A
Jason L’Ecuyer

7:50 CCTA in the New North End
Meredith Birkett, Director of Planning and Marketing

8:10 Burlington College Orphanage Building Development
Eric Farrell, Developer

8:30 City Budget FY 2016 and Housing Action Plan
Mayor Miro Weinberger  

9:00 Adjourn 

DRAFT MINUTES, submitted by Kesha Ram,CEDO

4/2/15

HOUSING SUMMIT, FARRINGTON UPDATE, PESTICIDE BUFFER ZONE, VT GAS PIPELINE COSTS TO RATEPAYERS

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April 22, 2015  Wednesday
6:45pm – 9:00pm
Miller Center 130 Gosse Court
Jason L’Ecuyer, Facilitator

AGENDA

6:45 Meet and Greet Neighbors, Snacks and Beverages

7:00 Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements, Residents Roll - Jason L’Ecuyer

~Business~

7:05 Housing Summit: Planning Neighborhoods -  Lea Terhune  


7:10 City Councilors, School Board Commissioners and City Board Members Q&A - Jason L’Ecuyer

8:00 Farrington Mobile Home Park Update - Theresa Lefebvre, President, and Members of the North Avenue Coop, Inc.



8:15 City Pesticide Ordinance, Buffer Zones, and Best Practices - Dr. Julie Hathaway, Burlington Board of Health

8:30 Vermont Gas customers can file complaints with PSB opposing pipeline-related rate increases*Alex Prolman

8:45 North Avenue Task Force Update - Ward 4 and 7 Task Force Members **

9:00 Adjourn  



http://digital.vpr.net/term/natural-gas-pipeline 
VT Gas pipeline discussion. The information is targeted toward customers of Vermont Gas, which includes a vast majority of wards 4 and 7. I understand the desire to keep NPA discussions specific to the wards, and though the information I intend to present is targeted at a broader base, it is something that directly impacts [North End] residents.

The heart of the information is about pipeline cost increases, how that has already translated to higher heating costs for VGS customers, and how engaging with the ongoing public permitting process (through filing a complaint) could prevent a ~15% increase in heating bills next winter.

Beyond that, I am planning to give a very brief history of the pipeline project for context, and discuss broader environmental impacts if there is interest in it.
Alex Prolman





**North Ave Task Force member RJ Lalumiere works on roundabout design at recent workshop in Waterman at UVM.  RJ knows our streets and intersections better than most -- he bike commutes. Jason L'Ecuyer and Pat Kearney also attended the workshop.  The event featured field trips to problem intersections, and a hands-on design experience. Jim Holway, Lea Terhune, and Dave Hartnett also participated. The workshop was sponsored by many transportation interest groups, and Wards 3, 4 and 7 Neighborhood Planning Assemblies.

3/6/15

MARCH 25: HOUSING AND OPEN SPACE

Watch it here - https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/burlington-ward-4-and-ward-7-npa-meeting-1

AGENDA
6:45 Meet and Greet Neighbors, Snacks and Beverages

7:00 Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements
Steering Committee Nomination and Vote – Liam Griffin
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Seeking Representatives
Thank You to All Candidates in March 3rd Election

7:10 Election Results
Power Point Presentation

7:20 City Councilors, Board and Commission Members Update

7:35 Residents Speak Out

7:45 Farrington Mobile Home Park Update
Theresa Lefebvre, Association Chair

7:55 Burlington College Development Viewpoint
Charles Simpson, Save Open Spaces-Burlington

8:10 Housing Action Report Overview
Lea Terhune, NPA Steering Committee

8:20 Two Lot Development Appletree Point
Brad Rabinowitz, Architect

8:35 North Avenue Task Force Overview
RJ Lalumiere, Ward 7 Member

8:50 CarShare Overview
Alicia Taylor, Program Manager

9:00 Adjourn

PRSENTATIONS / DISCUSSION

~Farrington Park -- North Ave Co-Op - Theresa LeFebvre
~Orphranage/Diocese Land -- housing, open space - Charles Simpson
~Preview draft Housing Action Plan
~*Accessory apartment or duplex - Brad Rabinowicz 
~Carshare VT - Alicia Taylor alicia@carsharevt.org

BUSINESS
Nomination of Liam Griffin to the Ward 7 Steering Committee
**Appointment of representative and alternate to Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee. Nominated: Liam Griffin (W7), Kacey Boone (W4). 


*In 1992, within the subsection of former 24 V.S.A. § 4406(4) addressing equal treatment of housing, § 4406(4)(D) was added to the state statutes to protect landowners’ ability to create certain types of accessory dwelling units. See 1991, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 3. It provided that: no zoning regulation shall have the effect of excluding for review as a conditional use one dwelling unit constructed within or attached to a primary single family residence located in a district in which single family residences are a permitted or conditional use. 



**At their February 9 meeting, Burlington City Council created an Advisory Committee to work with the City as we create our first Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. The resolution asks the Ward 4/7 NPA to select one District representative for this Committee. Volunteers are sought. If interested, please come to this meeting!


2/21/15

Feb 25 Ballot Questions, Discussion with Mayoral and City Council Candidates

Ballot Questions are placed on the ballot in two ways: by City Council or by Citizen Initiative. All the ballot questions on the ballot in the upcoming election are approved for the ballot by City Council. Most financial issues (like bonds and TIF loans), charter changes (creation of special reserve funds, allowing non-citizens to serve on boards and commissions and as department heads, change term length of some board members to three years, eliminate disclosure of party affiliation and quotas for some boards), and advisory questions (allow non-citizens the right to vote in municipal and school district elections) are required to be placed on the ballot for voter approval


Ballot Questions HERE.











AGENDA

Miller Center 130 Gosse Court
Jason L’Ecuyer, Facilitator

6:45 Meet and Greet Neighbors, Snacks and Beverages

7:00 Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements

City attorney Eileen Blackwood will present the ballot items and the mayor and city councilors will explain the City's position. Each mayoral candidate will be asked to comment as well, and residents can ask questions directly from the floor.


7:05 Ballot Items 3 thru 8
        Mayoral Candidates
        Residents Q&A

In the second hour, city council candidates will discuss the ballot items, and questions will be taken directly from the floor.

~8:00 Ballot items 3 thru 8
        City Council Candidates

~8:55  Business
         North Avenue Corridor Task Force Appointments
         Report on CDBG process, handouts to take away 

~9:00 Adjourn

A copy of the short form ballot questions and the checklist are at the Miller Center Front Desk. Ward 4 checklist is at The Bagel and at St. Mark's Youth Center. 

All election-related information is HERE: or paste http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CT/Elections in your browser.

ELECTION RESULTS
https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/elections/results/town-meeting-elections-2015#city-of-burlington

2/8/15

Feb 18, FOCUS ON SCHOOL BALLOT QUESTIONS AND CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL BOARD

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Note: Forum on Ballot initiatives (municipal budget and issues) is the following week, Feb 25, regular NPA meeting night. City Council and Mayoral candidates are invited to comment on each ballot question. http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/sites/default/files/Elections/20150303/ballot_questions_full_text_sign_by_mayor.pdf 

SPECIAL MEETING


The program will begin with a presentation of the budget by members of the school board finance committee, and the superintendent or the business manager, if they are available. Next on the agenda, candidates for Ward 4 and Ward 7 will meet with residents of their wards in separate rooms, all coming together to meet and discuss issues with the North District school board candidates in the community room. Candidates are invited to post signs and display literature.

AGENDA

Ward 4 and Ward 7, North District
Special Meeting, School Budget and Candidates Forum
Co-sponsored by the North End NPAs and North End PTOs


February 18, 2015 Wednesday
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Miller Center 130 Gosse Court

Jason L’Ecuyer, facilitator

6:30pm  MEET & GREET Neighbors, Candidates, and Officials. Snacks and Beverages.

7:00pm  Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements.

7:05pm  Budget discussion, #1 School Budget) and #2 (sequester of funds). Comments, Q&A.
Jason L'Ecuyer, moderator. Barry Trutor, timekeeper.

.......*Residents Divide Up by Ward (Community Room and Classroom)

7:35pm Ward School Board Candidates Forum
Opening statement; position on school budget; audience questions; closing statement
[Jason L’Ecuyer moderator, and Jeffrey Peterson, timekeeper] Ward 4
[Barry Trutor, moderator. Linda Chagnon, timekeeper] Ward 7

.......*All Residents Return to Community Room

8:20pm North District School Board Candidates Forum
Opening statement; position on school budget; audience questions; closing statement
[Jason L’Ecuyer moderator. Amela Lulic, timekeeper]

9:00pm Adjourn


*Ward 4 and Ward 7 residents will meet in separate rooms with their Ward candidates.  All come together for North District candidates.

*Candidates will each have equal time to present their positions. All questions will come from the floor. Residents will have a chance to ask one question before any second questions are taken. All questions must be brief and direct to all candidates.  We want residents to have maximum time to ask questions, and we want to give candidates maximum time to answer.

CANDIDATES

Ward 7 
Helen S. Hossley 325 Ethan Allen Parkway helen.hossley@gmail.com  660-9639
David Kirk 36 Blondin Cir.  David.kirk36@gmail.com   862-8216

Ward 4
Arthur Vento 164 Dodds Court Arthur.Vento@comcast.net 238-2374
Anne Judson  119 Oakcrest Drive ajudson@smcvt.edu   999-8783

North District
Mark Barlow  25 Holly Lane  k.mark.barlow@gmail.com  316-7473
Scot Shumski  819 North Ave. Scot.Shumski@gmail.com   923-3944