The council also heard a proposal to up the school budget by $3.6 million as a result of Covid-19 pressures and the relocation of Burlington High School.
At Thursday’s debate, mayor hopefuls Max Tracy and Ali Dieng presented divergent visions for a path forward in Burlington, as incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger defended his nine-year tenure.
The ballot question would delay local licenses for cannabis retailers until October 2022, a measure that small growers say will balance scales that the state has tipped in favor of established dispensaries.
Burlington can now test for community presence of the B.1.1.7 strain of Covid-19 itself, but mounting cases and the impending return of college students still gives reason to worry.
“We should assume it’s already in Vermont,” University of Vermont Medical Center President Stephen Leffler said of the more contagious variety at a press conference Wednesday.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger had copious concerns about a new proposal for a police oversight board. The council fell one vote short of overturning his veto.
The Burlington mayor says he will withdraw his veto if the City Council is willing to find common ground.
In June, the City Council voted to reduce the police force by 30% through attrition. Now that the midnight shift is at risk of going uncovered, members are searching for solutions.
Lawyers had argued the inquiry was warranted after revelations the mayor knew about a fake Twitter account by the city’s police chief earlier than disclosed.
New court documents show Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger knew about the Twitter account used by his ex-police chief to troll a critic before he was put on leave.
The department has lost 10 officers since June, and expects to lose more, in part because of a racial justice resolution that capped the force at 74 officers.
Chittenden County had its highest one-day count on Dec. 3 with 85 cases. By today, its one-day case count had dropped to 29.
Residents spent hours Monday night expressing their support for a City Council charter change proposal that would give a police oversight board more power.
Kienan Christianson, who secured the Progressive nomination for the North District City Council race, also captured the Democratic nomination, knocking out his only competitor.