by Peter Freyne
Two, count ‘em, TWO press releases issued on Tuesday by the office of Progressive Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss. Must have been the full moon, eh?
I don’t recall two press releases coming out in an entire month from the Main Street corner office of the quiet man who’s the mayor of Vermont’s largest city. And neither one of them is about the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” resolution he proudly signed at a recent city council meeting - one neither the Freeps nor Ch. 3 covered.
So far, I haven’t caught any anti-gun control fanatics criticizing da’ mayor for doing so, have you? Anyway here's the latest:
1. MAYOR KISS TO ATTEND MAYOR'S INSTITUTE ON CITY DESIGN ON DECEMBER 7-9, AT THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Burlington, Vermont - December 5, 2006. Mayor Bob Kiss has been invited to attend the Northeast Mayor's Institute on City Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 7-9, 2006. The Mayor's Institute on City Design is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Conference of Mayors, the American Architectural Foundation, and collaborating universities. The City Design and Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host the upcoming Institute.
Mayor Kiss is one of eight mayors invited to participate in this year's institute. The formal agenda of the Institute will consist of a presentation of case studies developed by each of the participating mayors. The majority of the time is spent in roundtable discussions between the mayors and a team of urban designers about issues facing America's cities and how urban design can contribute to the quality of life in each of the participating communities. This year's Institute will pay particular attention to the theme of tourism.
2. MAYOR KISS TO ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF SPECIAL BUDGET COMMITTEE TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FY08 BUDGET
Burlington, VT, December 5, 2006 -- Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss will hold a press conference on Wednesday, December 6, at 1 p.m. in the Mayor’s Office, Room 34 City Hall, Burlington, to announce the formation of an expanded special budget committee to make recommendations for the Mayor’s fiscal year 2008 budget. Mayor Kiss will be joined by member(s) of the special budget committee he appointed last Spring, as well as Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Leopold, who will provide an update on budget preparations.
Mayor Kiss intends to expand the budget committee to include additional Burlington residents and increase citizen participation in the budget process. The Mayor is asking the Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPA) to appoint one member each to the committee. The Mayor is also inviting residents from each ward to apply to serve on the committee. Apart from NPA members, two residents of each ward will be chosen randomly from those interested in serving on the committee.
“We should bring more residents into the process as we seek to develop a budget that is efficient and maintains city services,” Mayor Kiss said. “Expanding the special budget committee I appointed last Spring will increase citizen participation in the process and help to build a better budget for FY08.”
Unfortunately, yours truly will be in Montpeculiar at that hour catching Gov. Jim Douglas' presser. You know - Jim Douglas, AARP's award-winning gubernatorial healthcare-reform champ?