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October 02, 2019
Leaders in South Burlington and four neighboring towns have come together to form the Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership. The municipalities of South Burlington, Williston, Shelburne, Hinesburg, and St. George--recognizing that natural resources cross boundaries--have committed to collaboratively conserve and manage land at a regional level.  

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Bike Boxes Have Arrived!

September 20, 2019
If you have been through the Farrell Street and Swift Street intersection, you might be wondering why therare large green boxes painted on the pavement. This intersection is a test site for bike boxes in South Burlington.   


Indoor Active Recreation Center - Take the survey and share your thoughts

August 27, 2019
The South Burlington City Council has approved a study of community needs for an indoor active recreation center. In addition to meetings with stakeholders and the public, a survey is now available to collect data to inform the design of a facility.

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PUBLIC FORUM: Indoor Recreation Facility

August 13, 2019
Mark your calendar and join us for a PUBLIC FORUM on an indoor recreation facility.  We want your input on what types of activities and spaces you would want to see and use in a facility.

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New Police Officers Sworn In

July 16, 2019
Two new officers were sworn in to the police department at City Hall on Monday.  Joanna Morse and Elijah Domasin took their oaths to serve the City surrounded by fellow officers, city administration, and friends and family.

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PUBLIC FORUMS: Interim Zoning -- Open Space

June 17, 2019

All residents are encouraged to attend two public forums hosted by the Interim Zoning Open Space Committee.


5:30 - 7 pm
Green Mountain Room, City Hall, 575 Dorset Street

10 - 11:30 am
Miller Conference Room, SoBu Police Department
19 Gregory Drive

The Committee is tasked with identifying important open spaces in the community and making recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on priority areas to try to preserve. 

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SoBu Speaks:  Consensus Mobile App Launches

May 31, 2019
Your input can inform decision-making. Imagine being able to give input on your smart phone for an upcoming item on a City Council meeting agenda. Quick and easy, the new Consensus community engagement app makes this possible. 

The app launches on Monday with a press conference on Monday, June 3 at 11:30 am at City Hall. Join us in person or watch live on Facebook at

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City Council Approves FY20 Paving Projects

May 21, 2019
At last night's regular City Council meeting, the contract for paving services was approved. This contract is for $900,000 in paving work to be completed before winter. See which roads are on the work order.

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New South Burlington Bike Routes

May 13, 2019

In partnership with the Bike and Ped Committee, the Recreation and Parks department has created three new family friendly bike rides around town. These rides can vary in distance and come attached with both a visual map and a write-up to help you navigate the routes. 



Dog Park Public Forum

May 05, 2019
You are invited to attend a public forum related to dog parks in South Burlington. The Dog Park Committee would like your input!
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7 - 8:30 pm
City Hall
575 Dorset Street, South Burlington

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Accepting Applications for City Committees

April 26, 2019
Each year, City Council solicits applications for residents to serve on committees. Terms of appointment can last from 1 to 3 years, with reappointment possible. We are now accepting applications. Deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019. 


Fun Filled Family Bingo

April 08, 2019

The Recreation and Parks department put together a fun filled evening of bingo and laughs on Saturday evening (4/6). The event was well attended with over 100 people in attendance and Marco’s Pizza was kind enough to bring 13 large pizzas to the event! With over 30 unique prizes to give away, the energy in the room was vivacious.

Results In

Annual Meeting Results

March 05, 2019
The results are in from today's polls.
 City Articles
  • Article I - Tim Barritt and Dave Kaufman were elected.
  • Article II - City budget passed
  • Article III - 1% local option tax was defeated
  • Article IV - Short-term car rental tax passed
  • Article V - Increase the age to purchase tobacco products passed
School Articles
  • Article I - Minier and Lalonde were elected
  • Article II - School budget passed
Approximately 18% of the registered voters cast ballots.
To see the numbers for each article,  Click Here



February 12, 2019
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget has been approved by City Council and is on the ballot for March 5, 2019. Want to learn more?

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Article III: Charter Amendment 1 - 1% Local Options Tax

February 11, 2019

There are 5 articles on the Annual City Meeting Ballot (not to include the school ballot items). The articles include elections for City Councilors, municipal budget, local options tax, rental car tax, and raising the age for purchase of tobacco products. You can view the ballot items here.

Today, we'll focus on additional information on Article III.

ARTICLE III - City Charter Amendment 1 : 1% local options tax


Dog Park Public Forum and Survey

January 29, 2019
We want your input about dog parks in SoBu. 
  • Attend a public forum on Tuesday, February 5 (6:00-7:30pm)
  • Take our survey online.
The gathered information will inform the Dog Park Committee as they prepare a recommendation for the location of future dog parks for City Council to consider in the spring.

Utility Bills

Utility Bill Payment Flexibility Available for Furloughed Federal Employees

January 16, 2019

Today, SoBu City Manager Kevin Dorn announced flexibility in payment arrangements for city utility bills for federal workers who are furloughed. “We will be waiving late fees and suspending water shut-offs. We will work one-on-one with customers impacted by the shutdown,” he said. Employees will need to provide a copy of their furlough letter. Contact South Burlington Water Department for more information at 802-864-4361.

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Proposed Indoor Recreation Center & Creative Arts Center

January 07, 2019
At a special meeting on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 pm, the City Council will consider recommendations from the Recreations & Parks Committee for an indoor recreation facility and from the City Center for the Arts Committee on a creative arts facility.

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Fiscal Year 2020 Budget (in Development)

January 02, 2019
By the time a Fiscal Year begins, the City is already looking ahead to budget for the following fiscal year.  See below under Adoption Process to learn how the City budget is considered and approved each year.

City Hall Winter

Public Hearing

December 31, 2018
A public hearing will be held at City Hall, 575 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403 on 1/22/2019 at 7:00pm 

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December 07, 2018

Corporal Brianne Williamson of the South Burlington Police Department has been formally selected to represent Vermont Law Enforcement for the Torch Run leading to the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) scheduled for March, 2019.

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Winter Weather

November 16, 2018
Winter has arrived! Road crews are out and will be working through the storm to keep streets clear.  If you have items in or near the edge of the street, such as basketball hoops or vehicles that can be parked elsewhere, please move them. It makes the snow removal safer for us all!

REMINDER:  City WInter Parking Ban is in effect beginning December 1. (No street parking from midnight to 8 am.)


Open Space Update

October 18, 2018
If you haven't visited one of the Natural Areas, we encourage you to do so.


Joint City Council Meeting with Planning Commission

October 01, 2018

Planning & Zoning Director Paul Conner recently provided the City Council with an update on development trends in the community. This included an analysis of recent and more long-term housing construction and population trends; an assessment of where development has taken place over the past several years, broken out by planning & land use areas in the City’s Comprehensive Plan; historic usage and current capacity of the City’s wastewater treatment facilities; development approved and underway in the City Center area; and a map showing areas that are currently developed, approved or under review for development, conserved or restricted from significant development, or potential future development areas in the southeastern portion of the City.

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Police Chief Trevor Whipple Retires

September 28, 2018

On September 28, 2018 We had a Change of Command in the City of South Burlington


Please welcome Chief Shawn Burke

September 28, 2018

The City of South Burlington welcomes Chief Shawn Burke.

Shawn comes from a family history of Police Officers. His dad retired from the NYPD after 20 yrs. and retiring as a Detective Sergeant. With his father being a detective Shawn always had policing in the back of his mind but never imagined himself becoming a chief, until later in his career at the Burlington Police Department.  Shawn lives in Milton with his wife Stephyne and their two sons, Kayden and Kenyon. He is eager to learn about the community’s expectation of their police force and how we can further refine our operations to meet and exceed those expectations.

One hard thing that Shawn believes he faces in his new role, is recruiting qualified officers to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of tenured officers.  However, he is very excited about leading the professional and committed staff of the South Burlington Police Department at a time of uncertainty in American policing. Many communities are at odds with their police force. South Burlington embraces and supports their police, continued community policing efforts in line with the community’s expectations will be crucial in maintaining what South Burlington enjoys today.

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Financing the Proposed Community Center

September 26, 2018
The projected cost of this project is $21.8 million, with $20.4 million needed in bonding.  The debt issued under this authorization will not raise the tax rate. It will be serviced by two main revenue sources: TIF District Financing and City Center Reserve Fund. There is no additional tax increase needed. 

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Bike Boxes Have Arrived!

September 20, 2018
If you have been through the Farrell Street and Swift Street intersection, you might be wondering why therare large green boxes painted on the pavement. This intersection is a test site for bike boxes in South Burlington.   

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Council Approves Land Conservation Agreement in South East Quadrant

September 19, 2018
The City Council has approved participation in a proposed multi-party transaction that will lead to the conservation of approximately 375 acres of the Auclair Farm in the Southeast corner of South Burlington.  The three parcels of land involved in this conserved area connects with hundreds of additional acres of conserved land in South Burlington, Williston and Shelburne forming a very significant tri-community conservation district.

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City Paving Schedule

September 13, 2018
The City's Department of Public Works is currently running a $1.2 million paving program. Projects will be completed throughout the City over the coming weeks. Check out the current schedule.

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180 Market Street | Library + Senior Center + City Hall

September 06, 2018

The South Burlington City Council has approved a ballot item for the November 6th General Election that asks voters for permission to incur debt for a new Library, Senior Center, Clerk’s Office, Auditorium and City Hall that is planned to be constructed on Market Street.

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PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT: Library+Senior Center+City Hall

September 04, 2018
There will be 2 public hearings tonight on:
  • potential TIF District Financing Plan Substantial Change Request (warned for 7 pm)
  • to continue the hearing regarding the placement of a question on the November ballot regarding the Library+Senior Center+City Hall (warned for 7:30 pm)
The City Council meeting takes place in the Green Mountain Room at City Hall, 575 Dorset Street.

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Lime Kiln Road Temporary Crosswalk Installation

August 07, 2018

The Public Works Department has installed a temporary crosswalk on Lime Kiln Road to test the location of a crosswalk. Your feedback will help locate a permanent crosswalk. The installation and survey will be available until August 31.


RESCHEDULED to AUG 15:  City Center Park Grand Opening

August 06, 2018
Due to threatening weather, the grand opening of the park has been moved to Wednesday, August 15 from 4-5 pm. Please enter via the Barrett Street entrance, which is between 60 & 62 Barrett Street.

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NOTICE: Blasting at Burlington International Airport

July 18, 2018

The City has been notified by the Burlington International Airport Director Of Aviation Gene Richards that blasting will soon commence as part of the ongoing construction on the Airport grounds.  The Airport has worked out a means of alerting both air traffic and the surrounding neighborhoods when blasting is planned and commenced. 


Penny for Paths-Close the Gaps

June 18, 2018

On August 14th, South Burlington residents will have an opportunity to vote for needed funds to fill the gaps in our 24-mile multi-use path, crosswalks, and intersections. On May 7th the City Council voted unanimously to place a “Penny for Paths – Close the Gaps” initiative on the August 14 ballot.  South Burlington's multi-use path, a work in progress begun in 1990, is designed to connect neighborhoods, schools, parks and commercial areas to each other and to the paths of our neighboring communities. However the current path has significant gaps, the closing of which will improve safety and functionality by connecting us with where we want to go by foot, bike, roller blades or skateboard! 

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Vermont Aviation Expo

May 23, 2018
The Vermont Flight Academy is hosting a Career Expo that will highlight aviation careers available in Vermont. An aviation career doesn’t just mean being a pilot. The aviation industry includes aircraft mechanics, aviation specialists and aviation business careers. The 2018 Vermont Aviation Career Expo will take place on Saturday, June 9th from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. The Vermont Flight Academy is located at 3060 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05402.

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Municipal Clerks Week

May 10, 2018

What is one of the oldest positions in local government? The municipal clerk!

The first week in March is nationally recognized as Municipal Clerks week. In recognition of this, our clerks recommitted themselves to the vital work they do by taking the municipal clerk's oath (again).


City Council Resolution on F-35 Basing at Airport

April 25, 2018
On April 16, 2018, the City Council passed a resolution regarding the basing of F-35s at Burlington International Aiport.


SoBu Spaces  - Senior Center

April 18, 2018
Seniors, you are invited to save the date - April 18, 2018
From 12:45 - 2 pm | Green Mountain Conference Room at City Hall
We would like to share with you our vision, as well as gather input regarding things we may have missed, that you would like to see in this space.

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Deputy Police Chief Set to Retire, After 27 Years of Service

April 12, 2018

Deputy Chief Paul A. Edwards has served our community for nearly three decades. Beginning his career as a patrol officer, he rose through the ranks with numerous achievements to his current post as Deputy Chief. DC Edwards has served with the utmost professionalism as a dedicated, loyal leader and mentor.   He will retire from the department on May 15, 2018. 


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City Councilor Patricia Nowak Passes Away

April 02, 2018

It is with great sadness that we share that Councilor Patricia Nowak has passed away.  Councilor Nowak has served the community in an elected or appointed capacity for over 23 years and has served on the City Council for the past five years.  Our thoughts are with Pat’s family and friends as we mourn her passing.   


Underwood Master Plan Presentation to City Council

March 19, 2018
Consultants from the SE Group will be presenting their Master Plan Concept to City Council on March 19, 2018. The presentation will include the concept plan presented to the public a couple of weeks ago along with the public input provided from that meeting.


City Announces Next Police Chief

March 13, 2018

Shawn Burke poised to assume the helm of South Burlington Police Department
The City of South Burlington has reached a tentative agreement with Shawn Burke to be the next chief of police.  Burke will fill the position upon the retirement of Chief Trevor Whipple in January 2019.

“Shawn Burke has the exact profile that we were looking for in a Chief to follow in Trevor’s footsteps,” said Kevin Dorn, City Manager.  “We have one of the premier departments in the state, if not in New England, and we had the opportunity to go out and recruit the very best candidate for this job.” 

Open Space

Significant Invasive Removal at Wheeler

March 12, 2018
Those of you who frequent Wheeler Nature Park will soon see some significant work being done, as our Parks Foreman, Andrew Noonan, embarks on some significant invasive removal at this park.


Help Us Name The Park!

March 12, 2018
In mid-July the City will hold a celebration and grand opening of the City Center park, formerly Dumont Park. Many of us contributed to the design and vision of this park in meetings and on-line comments. The Weed Warriors helped to clear invasive species! The vision has been posted in City Hall, and the work has begun! This park is a unique natural urban space, retaining trees, providing paths, and creating outdoor gathering areas. This gem is close to City Center, Central School, the future Library, and existing neighborhoods.

Results In

Annual Meeting - Ballot Results

March 06, 2018
The results are in!  With nearly 3,400 registered voters casting ballots, we have the results of today's Annual Meeting.


Underwood Public Input Meeting

March 03, 2018
March 3, 2018 | 9:30 - 11 am | City Hall
Please join members of the Recreation and Parks Staff and consultants from the SEGroup to review the current status of the Underwood Parcel Master Plan and provide reflective input that will help shape the future of this natural area.

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SoBu Life - Winter Issue In Mailboxes

February 16, 2018
SoBu Life / SoBu Play magazine has hit mailboxes! Look for your copy and catch up on what's happening in the City.


BALLOT ITEM: Bond leads to First Year Savings and Beyond

February 15, 2018
In March 6, voters will consider authorizing a $2.98 million bond to bring the final piece of South Burlington water infrastructure under city control. The Hadley Road neighborhood project will result in tens of thousands of dollars in cost savings in year 1. By the end of the bond period, this number is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. And, the project is eligible for $1.4 million in grants and credits.

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Absentee ballots are available at City Hall

February 12, 2018
Absentee ballots may be completed at City Hall. You may also request one be sent to you via the City Clerk's office. 
Learn more.


Community Initiative Addresses Unmet Social Service Needs

January 31, 2018

Howard Center and the municipalities of South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, Winooski, Essex, and Shelburne are pleased to announce a new community program which will serve adults, children, and families. 
Community Outreach Specialists will work in partnership with local and regional law enforcement to respond to individuals with unmet social service needs, often due to mental health or substance use issues. This will allow law enforcement to more effectively use resources to address criminal behaviors.

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January 15, 2018
Join us on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 5:30 - 7 pm for a Grand Opening celebration. Remarks and ribbon-cutting at 6 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

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SoBu Spaces 2020 - Library  and City Hall

January 05, 2018

We want your input! Designers are beginning the process for a new civic building in South Burlington – to house the City Hall and Library. The first set of workshops will be held at City Hall in the Green Mountain Room.

(re)IMAGINING SoBu Spaces 2020
Thursday, January 18 at 7 pm
Saturday, January 20 at 10 am


South Burlington Library Moves to City Center

December 07, 2017

After 47 years of sharing space with the City's high school, South Burlington's public library finally has a home all its own.  The doors opened at the newly refurbished University Mall location on Dorset Street in early December 2017, following the relocation of over 45,000 items in the collection.


Jaycee Dog Park Closed

November 21, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 the Dog Park at Jaycee has been officially closed. We ask that you utilize the Dog Park at Farrell Park.


Veterans Day Ceremony

November 09, 2017
A ceremony will be held at SBHS Gym at 10 am on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. There will also be a wreath laying at Veterans Memorial Park at 11:30 am.


Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk-or-Treat

October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 22
12-3 pm
Come join us for some Halloween fun! We will have Trunk-or-Treating outside, while we have carnival games, bingo, and many more activities inside.


Community Pumpkin Carving

October 21, 2017
Saturday, October 21
6 - 8 pm
FHTMS Cafeteria
Bring a pumpkin to carve and some imagination. We will provide the tools and stencils. Leave the mess to us!

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Looking for Volunteers for City Boards and Committees

October 06, 2017
The City Council is looking to fill several open positions on City committees and boards. Applications are due on Thursday, October 26.


Drive In Movie

September 29, 2017
Friday, September 29
6 - 8 pm
FHTMS Cafeteria
Bring your own cardboard box car or create one when you arrive.
Snacks | Lemonade | Themed Activities | and More!


Bikes & Bites

September 14, 2017
Thursday, September 14
5 - 8 pm
Veterans Memorial Park
Featuring Josh Panda


Transmission Received.  Over.

August 17, 2017
Thanks to the $1.1 million communications bond approved last fall, public safety radio communication in South Burlington has taken a giant leap forward.


Behind the Election

August 14, 2017

Most of us do our best to educate ourselves on the ballot items for each election. We make time to get to the polls and cast our votes. Then, we eagerly wait for the results on the evening news.

But there is more to the process. A lot more.

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Colorful Crosswalks Bring Art to the Public

June 13, 2017

Last Saturday, under the leadership of SBHS Senior Ali Barritt and in collaboration with City Hall, students began painting crosswalks in the City.


Beauty and the Beast Tea Party

May 28, 2017
Be Our Guest at this first time fanciful event hosted at the Atrium/Gazebo at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Princes and Princesses grades K-5 are welcome to come dressed to impress as we enjoy a tea and dessert buffet, crafts, Belle Story Hour and more.


Invasive Plant Removal Day

May 20, 2017
Invasive Plant Removal Day coming up this Saturday (May 20th), from 9 am – 12 pm, at City Center Park.


South Burlington Community Chorus Spring Concert

May 20, 2017
For the Beauty of the Earth
May 20th at 7:30pm
McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael's College

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Dog Park to Move to New Digs

May 15, 2017

The South Burlington Dog Park located on Kirby Road in South Burlington will close on June 1, 2017. Designated dog parks will be added within Farrell Park and Jaycee Park—both City-owned and managed. 


Weeding City Center Park

May 11, 2017
In April, volunteers were trained in removing invasive plants in City Center Park. Buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose were on the list for removal. The next removal date is Saturday, May 20th—again, in City Center Park.


Summer 2017 Road Construction Projects

May 05, 2017
The summer construction season is upon us and it is time for orange cones, detoured traffic, and cautious driving. More than 10 major projects will be completed over the season and the roads in and around the City will be impacted, at times.


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Joint City Council Meeting with Planning Commission

Planning & Zoning Director Paul Conner recently provided the City Council with an update on development trends in the community. This included an analysis of recent and more long-term housing construction and population trends; an assessment of where development has taken place over the past several years, broken out by planning & land use areas in the City’s Comprehensive Plan; historic usage and current capacity of the City’s wastewater treatment facilities; development approved and underway in the City Center area; and a map showing areas that are currently developed, approved or under review for development, conserved or restricted from significant development, or potential future development areas in the southeastern portion of the City.

Find both a PDF of the presentation as well as a video of the full presentation here.


It is SNOW Season!

It looks like winter has arrived early this year. While our road crews are already at work plowing, remember that removing items from the roads is important.

Good time to prepare, as the City winter parking ban goes into effect on December 1. 

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Corporal Brianne Williamson of the South Burlington Police Department has been formally selected to represent Vermont Law Enforcement for the Torch Run leading to the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) scheduled for March, 2019.
Corporal Williamson has been a volunteer for Special Olympics Vermont since her law enforcement career began in 2010. She has participated in over 40 events, while volunteering over 700 hours. She has positively impacted the lives of over 500 athletes all over Vermont, as well as thousands of parents, supporters, and fellow public safety officials.  She has participated in fundraising events that have raised over $50,000 for Special Olympics. In addition, she was named the Law Enforcement Torch Run Volunteer of the year in 2011 and inducted into the Special Olympics Torch Run Hall of Fame in 2017.
As part of receiving this esteemed honor, Williamson has initiated a three-month fundraising drive to raise $10,000 to directly support Special Olympics Vermont and the World Games. Williamson will be hosting fundraising events in the local community to include “tip-a-cop” campaigns in some of the local restaurants as well as other fundraising initiatives.
The first “Tip-A-Cop” event will be at Applebees on Friday, December 7. Corporal Williamson will be part of the waitstaff that night and diners can provide tips which will go directly to the fundraising effort.

Corporal Williamson is one of our student resource officers in the school system and has boundless energy when working with others.  We recognize the untiring commitment of Corporal Williamson to the men and women who participate in Special Olympics.

Anyone who desires additional information on Corporal Williamson or her fund drive can go to In addition, anyone who is interested in donating directly to her Special Olympics fund can visit her Go Fund me site listed below:


MLK Jr Day Community Event Flyer -- January 21, 2019

Sixth Annual Teen-Led Martin Luther King, Jr. Day South Burlington Event

Sixth Annual Teen-Led Martin Luther King, Jr. Day South Burlington Event


Bike Boxes Have Arrived!


City Paving Schedule

Over the next 2 months, the City will continue this year's $1.2 million paving program. Check out the calendar of work and the type of work to be performed.