The City of Barre held a Housing Forum Oct. 17, with a panel led by Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, listening to concerns on the eviction process and both tenants and landlord protections. Councilors were updated on transportation items by CVMC and GMTA, including extension to Hannaford’s and Barre Internal Medicine. The Wheelock building has been occupied by the Barre Partnership and the rear space was approved by Council to apply for grants for a teen center.

Councilors received presentations from Central Vermont Medical Center on the community health needs assessment, our FY20 first quarter update, a tour of the DPW campus, review of the municipal pool bid schedule in early February 2020, the President Theodore Roosevelt Historic Marker, and an overview of the line striping and paving to be completed. Council discussed enhancing the city’s cultural presence from additional murals to monuments to “welcome signs.”

City Council approved no smoking signs in parks and playgrounds, an energy plan public engagement consultant, Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district substantial changes, Vermont Revolving Fund loan documents for digester cover engineering, citywide reassessment, and letters of support for broadband innovation, CVSWMD HHW facility and the Working Communities Challenges Grant.

The yard waste pick up will be the first week of November, the Pearl Street Pedway opening on Nov. 8, the Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 11, flags down and lights/winter banners up on Nov. 15. “Coffee with the Mayor” will be at Espresso Bueno on Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. Small Business Saturday, the Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony will be on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Lucas J. Herring



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