Burlington City Council

A rendering of the proposed renovations to Burlington High School.
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Major renovations might be on the way for Burlington High School. On Monday, the City Council will hear a proposal for the $70 million bond that would pay for the work.

An F-35B lifts off from the runway at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in October 2017. Burlington will receive 18 F-35s starting in 2019.
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Eighteen F-35 stealth fighter jets are set to come to Vermont next year, but on Town Meeting Day, a ballot question with language rejecting the fighters passed with wide support in Burlington. We're looking at what that vote means and what happens next for the F-35s in Vermont.

There are races this year for four of Burlington's 12 city council seats. Three incumbents are running, including City Council President Jane Knodell.

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Burlington’s City Council will decide Monday night whether or not to keep a controversial street design pilot through the winter.

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At a packed meeting Monday night, Burlington's City Council voted down two resolutions designed to prevent the F-35 from coming to Vermont in 2020. One resolution was meant to bar the jet from Burlington International Airport indefinitely, while the other could have delayed the basing until later.

F-35 opposition attorney Jim Dumont presented a new legal strategy that he says will allow Burlington's city council to ban the F-35 from Burlington International Airport.
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A new proposal by Progressives on Burlington’s city council could effectively block the F-35, opponents say.

The resolution, crafted by Councilor Vince Brennan with input from F-35 opposition attorney Jim Dumont and City Attorney Eileen Blackwood, calls on Burlington International Airport director Gene Richards to develop noise and safety standards for the airport.

Dozens of gun rights advocates spoke out against the gun control charter changes at Burlington's city council meeting Oct. 21.
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Burlington is moving forward with a trio of gun control measures with wide backing from the mayor, city councilors and the city’s police chief.

Bob Dougall of Bolton, left, and Diane Tardif of Essex Junction came to Burlington Monday to protest proposed gun control measures.
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Update: Burlington City Council approved three of the four proposed measures. Read VPR's full story of the meeting here.

Burlington’s City Council Monday night heard public comments about proposed charter changes that would increase regulation of firearms in the city.

  Prospects are bleak for a Burlington City Council resolution to ban the F-35 fighter jet from Burlington International Airport, after City Attorney Eileen Blackwood released a legal opinion yesterday asserting the city doesn’t have that power.

Burlington City Attorney Eileen Blackwood released a report Thursday stating her legal opinion that the city has no way to bar the F-35 from basing at Burlington International Airport.

The report reviews a number of factors, including local, state and federal laws in addition to agreements between the city and federal governments. 

Burlington City Council at a Sept. 23, 2013 meeting.
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Now insured against lawsuits related to Burlington International Airport, Burlington’s city council plans to discuss a total ban of the F-35 at the airport later this month.

A resolution drafted by Councilor Vince Brennan proposes a complete ban on the high-tech fighter, citing public health and safety concerns as well as liability issues for the city.

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Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen and three other "human guinea pigs" converged on Burlington City Hall today to protest the possibility of the F-35 fighter jet being based at Burlington International Airport. The group's intent was to express their feeling that basing such a new fighter jet so close to Burlington's dense population makes residents "guinea pigs" for the Air Force.

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Burlington's City Council will vote tonight on a revised version (PDF) of their livable wage ordinance. The ordinance, originally implemented in 2001, applies to any city contractor or grantee getting at least $15,000 in city money. It requires them to pay at least $13.94 if they do provide health insurance and $15.83 if they do not. The ordinance also applies to the city itself.

Champlain College Vice President David Provost answered questions at Monday night's Burlington City Council meeting.
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The Burlington City Council unanimously approved on Monday the sale of a downtown parking lot to Champlain College. The college will pay $1.1 million for the 42-space lot one block Burlington's City Hall Park.

The college has plans to develop the Browns Court Parking lot along with the adjacent property, which it bought in 2009. The new development will hold 70 to 90 apartment-style housing units for Champlain College students.