February 19, 2009
Opening: The regular meeting of the Ward 4and 7 NPA was called to order at 7:15 on February 19, 2009 at Heineberg Senior and Community Center by Lea Terhune
Present: see sign in sheets.
Facilitator, Lea Terhune. Note-taker: Linda Deliduka
Introductions and Ground Rules and Agenda
Business: RESOLUTION Presented by Wards 4 & 7 NPA's
(To be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Disc Golf Working Group)
~ Whereas the Parks and Recreation Commission has appointed a Disc Golf Working Group to evaluate the proposal for an 18-hole disc golf course at Leddy Park;
~ Whereas the Disc Golf Working Group has been charged to obtain input from the constituents who they represent;
~ Whereas the Chittenden County Forester, in a letter, dated September 22, 2008, stated, "…it would be hard to make a case that clearing the understory for disc golf (in Leddy Park) is consistent with maintaining long-term forest health or with the existing forest management plan.";
Now, therefore, be it resolved that:
The residents of Wards 4 and 7, as represented by their NPAs, are not supportive of a disc golf course in Leddy Park due to its adverse environmental impacts; and
The Disc Golf Working Group shall include this Resolution within the recommendations it makes to the Parks and Recreation Commission; and
The Parks and Recreation Commission shall direct the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department to work with the BTown Disc Golf Club to identify alternative sites for a disc golf course in Burlington, or surrounding communities.
The resolution was proposed by Nancy Powers and seconded by Michael Crane from Ward 4; proposed by Greg Jenkins and seconded by Phil Lavigne from Ward 7.
The vote result:
support the Resolution 42
oppose the Resolution 0
support the Resolution 14
oppose the Resolution 0
Open Forum for Residents, and Announcements:
Amy Wright was introduced by Lea Terhune. Amy explained the background of the DMV Site, stating that a number of citizens from the New North End approached Cathedral Square about the need for senior housing in the New North End, requesting that CSC try to secure the former Thayer school for this purpose. Amy described a meeting held in the summer with over 30 residents who expressed strong support for senior housing with support services. She explained that Cathedral Square is submitting a bid to buy the DMV site on North Ave. The citizens of Wards 4 & 7 were very enthusiastic when they heard about the progress.
D. Ballot Items
Barbara Grimes spoke about the bond for Burlington Electric ballot item # 4
Bob Hooper, Thom Fleury and Bernie O’Rourke spoke about the ballot items for the Burlington Schools. They answered questions from the audience.
The Wards broke in to two groups to hear the Candidates for City Council for both wards.
Meeting Adjourned at 9:30 pm.