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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Updates

COVID-19

For daily updates, current information, and health/safety resources regarding COVID-19, please continue to follow the Vermont Department of Health: healthvermont.gov/covid-19

Latest Update - Tuesday, 4.7.20


Public Parks Notice 

In supporting the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, and in the interest in promoting social distancing in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19, the City of Winooski is closing the following facilities effective 4/7/20 until further notice:

  • Landry Park Skate Park
  • Landry Park Playground Structure and swing sets
  • Landry Park Tennis courts (nets will not be installed at this time)
  • O’Brien Center basketball court
  • West Allen Park swing sets
  • West Allen Park basketball court
  • West Allen Park Dog Park
  • Additionally, the playgrounds at the Winooski School District and Saint Francis Xavier School have been closed to the public until further notice.

Questions regarding any of these specific closures can be directed to Ray Coffey, Community Services Director: rcoffey@winooskivt.gov / 802 373 0050. While we are making decisions to close some of our close contact facilities, we do encourage our community members to continue to get outside for exercise and positive mental health during this time of social distancing and isolation. We can safely continue to enjoy the outdoors with these measures:

  • Stay close to home. Find areas close to your home that you can walk or bike to. If you must drive, please limit the distance from home to ten miles, and only drive with members of your household.
  • Practice social distancing while outside. You lower your risk when you stay at least 6 ft apart from others. This includes having your dog on a leash and close to you.
  • Be cautious and choose low-risk activities to avoid injury. This will help lower the burden on our hospitals and health care system. Respect signs for closed areas, trails and land.

For a full list of parks and open spaces within the City of Winooski, click here.

City Council Update

Winooski City Council held their first all virtual meeting last night. The recorded live-stream will be hosted here via CH17

Department of Labor Announced Dates and Topics for Employer-Focused Virtual Town Hall Events

The Vermont Department of Labor has announced it will continue its Virtual Town Hall events for the week of April 6, 2020. The Department announced the events in response to the impact of COVID-19. Click here to read the full press release

Updated Downtown Winooski Business Portal Resources

Downtown Winooski has updated their Winooski Business Portal with new resources. Click here to view.

Green Up Day Postponed to May 30

With so many closings and the Governor’s “stay home, stay safe” order, Green Up Vermont is unable to distribute Green Up Day supplies until the first week in May. Town coordinators will be communicating how people can pick up bags safely with social distance, along with plans for trash collection on May 30. With Covid-19 and the precarious health situations in our world today, please use logical precautions and stay informed on what the Vermont Dept. of Health is recommending. Visit http://www.greenupvermont.org for information on safety, ways to communicate, and other fun information. Thank you to all who get out and Green Up to keep our state looking beautiful as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Green Up Day. An easy way to support Green Up Vermont is on line 23 of your Vermont Tax Form.

Previous Updates

Municipal Services - Current Status


Municipal buildings are closed to the public. Essential services are maintained with minimal staffing.

  • Effective Wednesday, 3.18.20 all City buildings are closed to the public and minimal staffing is in place.
  • Police, Fire, and Public Works services remain fully operational but at minimal staffing levels. 
  • Service at the City Clerk’s Office is by appointment only. Please call 802 655 6410 to schedule an appointment for time-sensitive, non-electronic needs. All requests will be responded to within one business day. Time with property records will be limited to two people at a time. All requests that can be done on-line or electronically will be accommodated in that fashion.  We encourage residents to make use of our on-line systems. If you need to make a tax or utility payment, pay a fee or fine, or register for a program, please use our online services.
  • Staff who are able are working remotely. All other non-essential staff are not reporting to work. 

Service Changes

In addition to all City buildings being closed, we have made some modifications to current services.

  • Policy Commissions – Charter, Housing, Finance, Municipal Infrastructure, and Safe Healthy Connected People commission meetings will be canceled until April 15th.
  • City Council Meetings – meetings will be held on schedule; however, a teleconferencing option will be made available to the Council, Staff, and community who would prefer to participate from home.
  • Code Enforcement Residential and Commercial Inspections – We are suspending all non-essential inspections for the foreseeable future. Housing complaints will continue to be processed.
  • Dog Licenses – The deadline for dog license renewals is extended from April 1 to May 1, 2020. At this time, we are only registering dogs via forms through the mail. To get started, please call us at 802 655 6410 or email our City Clerk, Carol Barrett: cbarrett@winooskivt.gov
  • Utility Disconnections – All disconnections due to utility non-payments are canceled for the quarter. 
  • Winooski Memorial Library – At this time the Library is closed to the public. We are providing curbside or home delivery services. To request items, please call 802 655 6424 or email the Library: winooskilibrary@winooskivt.gov
  • Zoning Permit Application Submission – To the extent possible, applications for zoning permits including any supporting documents should be sent via email to evorwald@winooskivt.gov. The required application fee will be calculated after the application is received to ensure accurate payment information is identified. The applicant will be notified of the fee and payment options once the application is reviewed. If applications cannot be sent via email, they can be dropped off using the drop box at City Hall. Please put the application in an envelope with the words “Zoning Permit Application” on the outside. Properties will continue to be posted for the required 15-day appeal period by the City and zoning permits will be sent to the applicant once it is issued. Questions about applications or submission requirements can be directed to Eric Vorwald, at evorwald@winooskivt.gov.
  • Building Permit Application Submission – To the extent possible, applications for building permits, including any supporting documents should be sent via email to lkeating@winooskivt.gov. If applications cannot be sent via email, they can be dropped off using the drop box at City Hall. Please put the application in an envelope with the words “Building Permit Application” on the outside. The application will be reviewed to ensure complete information is provided. The applicant will be contacted if additional information is needed or to indicate the status of the permit. Once a building permit is approved, the applicant will be contacted to indicate start of construction. The permit card will be sent to the property owner for posting at the property. Questions related to the application or submission requirements can be directed to Captain Liam Keating at lkeating@winooskivt.gov.
  • Downtown Winooski / Parking and Business Operations – In an effort to support takeout/pickup and short visits to downtown businesses, the City of Winooski has suspended parking enforcement and ticketing at all downtown on-street parking spots. These courtesy spaces are available effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. The parking garage will operate and be enforced as normal. Local businesses are encouraged to share your closures/takeout/virtual class information with Downtown Winooski. downtownwinooski.org/support-winooski-businesses-during-covid-19
  • Winooski Food Shelf – The Winooski Food Shelf is adhering to the set of standards as outlined by the Vermont Food Bank. Clients must remain outside when receiving items as coordinated by volunteers. Drop off locations for donations are at the Winooski Food Shelf (24 West Allen St.) by phone appointment only: 802 655 9629 and at JJ’s Corner Market (76B W Allen St, Winooski, VT 05404).
  • Volunteering - Many community members have inquired about volunteering during this difficult time and are interested in helping their neighbors. For the time being, the City of Winooski has postponed all current volunteer opportunities and activities to focus our attention on COVID-19 related requests. If you’re interested in providing a volunteer service related to COVID-19, visit winooskivt.gov/covid-19 or winooskivt.gov/volunteer
  • Public Parks -  In supporting the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, and in the interest in promoting social distancing in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19, the City of Winooski Community Services Department is closing the following facilities effective 4/7/20 until further notice.
    • Landry Park Skate Park
    • Landry Park Playground Structure and swing sets
    • Landry Park Tennis courts (nets will not be installed at this time)
    • O’Brien Center basketball court
    • West Allen Park swing sets
    • West Allen Park basketball court
    • West Allen Park Dog Park
    • Additionally, the playgrounds at the Winooski School District and Saint Francis Xavier School have been closed to the public until further notice.

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