NORTH END Neighborhood Planning Assemblies: Residents of Ward 4 and Ward 7 meet to discuss proposed development and other city issues. There is a public forum at every assembly meeting. Official NPA positions are expressed in resolutions.
6-7 PM OPEN HOUSE: Spokespersons for Ballot Questions and Candidates for School Board, City Council, and Inspector of Elections are invited to an Open House to meet with residents before the Assembly begins. Handouts, flyers, posters, and cookies. NPA will provide tea and hot cocoa.
Copies of the official ballot will be available to review. People have asked about LARGE PRINT BALLOTS. We are told that the city does not provide them routinely at the polls. NEVIS will see what can be done to correct this is the future. North End Voters InSpired!
7- 8:30 PM BALLOT QUESTIONS: Spokespersons for each ballot question are invited to define the question succinctly, and briefly summarize pros and cons (4 min max, so plan, share the time, focus, and talk fast*). Where possible, spokespersons are from our Wards, and serve on the Board or Commission that is associated with each ballot question:
#5 ~50% majority threshold for mayoral election. Mayor Kiss, Paul Decelles W7 (Charter Change Committee). NO
#6 ~Council majority, define as majority of members present and voting. Mayor Kiss, Paul Decelles W7 (Charter Change Committee). YES
#7 ~Composition, Board of Finance, remove CAO as voting member and add a City Councilor: Mayor Kiss, Kurt Wright W4 (Finance Board). YES
#8 ~Preserve subsidized housing, advisory to State Legislature: Brian Pine (CEDO, Director Housing), Loyal Ploof W4 (Housing Board). YES
Presentations will be followed by questions and comments from residents* 1 min each. Answer/response 1 min. We want to cover as much ground as possible.
8:30-9:30 PM CANDIDATES: Each candidate will have 3 min to campaign, followed by questions from organizers (steering committee - BT lessons learned, NPA participation, how you will make voting decisions) and questions/comments from residents. 1 min max for each comment or question, and 1 min max for answer.
~ School Commission - W4: Ben Truman. W7: Nate Moreau and Ed Scott.
~ City Council - W7: Vince Dober and Greg Jenkins. W4: Dave Hartnett.
~ Inspector of Elections - W4: Bill McNamara; W7: Kirstin Decelles, Linda Deliduka
* Residents speak first, and everyone is invited to speak once per issue, additional comments/questions after all have had a chance to speak once. Please step up to the microphone to project your voice clearly for the camera audience and for everyone in the room.
Regular NPA agenda resumes on Mar 15. Bruce Seifer will tell us about Economic Development programs in Burlington, and we'll talk about what kind of businesses residents in the North End want to attract.