MORAN PLANT PROPOSAL AND PROCESS
The City recently sponsored an open house at the Moran Plant to give the public an opportunity to see and hear more about the Citys proposal to redevelop this building that is part of Burlingtons history. I believe that there is value in the building and in redeveloping it for multiple uses by the community. The mixture of commercial and non-profit uses that Im proposing is intended to promote community uses and commercial development that will bring revenue to the City. Just as important, it will enhance the communitys experience at the Waterfront and bring more people there. The City Council will be reviewing the proposal in the months ahead. I hope that residents become familiar with it as well and ask questions if they have them. For more information about the proposal, go to www.cedoburlington.org. UPCOMING PILOT STUDY WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE THE ROUTE 127-NORTH AVE. SLIP RAMP
People should know that the Department of Public Works is doing a pilot study related to pedestrian, bicycle and driver safety at the Beltline-North Ave intersection. The study will involve temporarily closing the slip ramp that merges onto North Ave at this intersection. Instead of going onto the slip ramp, north-bound traffic coming off of Route 127 will go straight to the traffic signal on North Ave and turn right. Signs will be posted in advance of the closure, which is planned to occur no earlier than Monday November 5, and is planned to continue for at least two months. The pilot study was approved by the Public Works Commission and City Council and could lead to permanent closure of the slip ramp. CITY RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP IN PREVENTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
I was pleased and honored that Women Helping Battered Women recently awarded the City with an Outstanding Community Leadership Award for the Citys tireless dedication to eradication of domestic violence in our community. This award results in no small part from the hard work and leadership of the Burlington Police Department and CEDOs Community Justice Center, as well as the leadership of the City Council. Domestic violence continues to be a tragic experience in our society, one that often destroys womens lives and whole families, and seriously impacts our workplaces and schools. Women Helping Battered Womens effort in the community to educate people about violence against women and prevent domestic violence is work that can save peoples lives. In partnership with organization like WHBW, the City will continue work to prevent and eliminate domestic violence. TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Each year, through CEDO and other partners the City runs a volunteer service to provide free tax preparation help to low-income taxpayers. This year, CEDO is trying to increase the number of volunteers so we can serve more people. Helping people access their tax refunds can be very rewarding and theres training and support for volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Robin Bahar at 655-6688, ext 4712, or firstname.lastname@example.org. THROUGH CEDO, CITY RECEIVES $2.8 MILLION LEAD PAINT GRANT AWARD
The Community and Economic Development Office has recently been awarded $2.8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to continue the very successful Burlington Lead Program. Lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat facing children in the United States, affecting nearly 1 million young children. Residents who have concerns about lead in their homes are encouraged to contact the program for more information at 802865LEAD (5323). To read about the Burlington Lead Program, visit http://www.cedoburlington.org/. BURLINGTON RESPONDS TO HURRICANE FELIX
The Mayors Office and the Burlington-Puerto Cabezas Sister City committee recently coordinated a relief effort for the Puerto Cabezas area devastated by Hurricane Felix. This effort has raised $6746, not including a contribution through the Board of Finance and Mayors Office of $2500, bringing the total to $9246. Burlington residents and the City have a long history of reaching out across borders for cultural exchange, to make a difference in the world, and to help others in need. Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped in the relief effort.