More Budget Talks at City Hall; Riverfront Group Gets OK

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL TALKED ABOUT THE BUDGET AGAIN LAST(MON) NITE, INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF ASKING NON-UNION CITY EMPLOYEES TO SETTLE FOR A ONE PERCENT RAISE NEXT YEAR…WHILE THEIR UNION COUNTERPARTS GET TWO PERCENT, AS WRITTEN INTO THEIR CONTRACTS.

 

THE COUNCIL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING THIS THURSDAY NITE TO WRAP THINGS UP.   EARLIER IN THE MEETING, THE SUBJECT OF CUTTING THE LIBRARY BUDGET AGAIN CAME UP…AND COUNCILWOMAN BECKY SHOCKLEY FEELS THAT SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE.  COUNCILWOMAN BECKY ANDERSON DISAGREES AND SAYS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE WILL BE NEEDED.

 

 

IN OTHER BUSINESS, COUNCIL MEMBERS GAVE THE RIVERFRONT ADVISORY COMMITTEE THE OKAY TO TALK TO THE BNSF RAILWAY ABOUT TRANSFORMING 10 ACRES SOUTH OF THE AUDITORIUM INTO PARK SPACE…APPROVED (ON A 3 TO 2 VOTE) A 20-YEAR LEASE WITH THE BURLINGTON APARTMENTS FOR 42 PARKING SPACES IN THE VALLEY & MAIN LOT…AND GAVE FINAL APPROVAL TO SOME NEW CLAUSES IN THE TREE ORDINANCE, THAT REQUIRE RESIDENTS TO USE THE INJECTION METHOD WHEN TREATING FOR THE EMERALD ASH BORER AND MANDATING THAT THE TREE BE TREATED AS LONG AS IT’S LIVING.

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