Councilors also heard from residents who expressed anger and frustration in response to a police shooting that hospitalized a Burlington resident over the weekend.
“There’s a general sense that the decisions we make as a city impact all of our residents equally regardless of whether you’re a United States citizen or not,” said Ben Traverse, a Democratic city councilor and member of the charter change committee.
Mayor Miro Weinberger also laid out his projections for the city’s upcoming annual budget, which is expected to cut spending in nearly all departments.
Burlington city councilors heard updates about the long-beleaguered project at a Monday night meeting and sent a proposal that would regulate short-term rentals to the body’s ordinance committee.
During the City Council’s “Organization Day,” the 12-member body elected Democratic Councilor Karen Paul as its president and selected three councilors to sit on the Board of Finance.
The party guarded the four seats it already held in Tuesday’s Town Meeting Day election, with swing vote Ali Dieng maintaining his seat by a thread.
The three contenders opted for serving utensils over partisan barbs at an event last week, in what they hope can be a model for the city’s other precincts ahead of a contentious March 1 election.
Candidates’ first disclosures showed that Democrats generally raised more than their rivals, though Progressives said their efforts will pick up as the March 1 election nears.
Three candidates are vying for the city council seat in Burlington’s South End, which has been a locus of housing issues over the past few months.
Now that all three major parties have nominated candidates, five of the eight open City Council seats are expected to be contested in Burlington’s March 1 election.
A Ward 5 Democrat, Mason said the council’s sizable time commitment and penchant for polarizing issues influenced him not to run again.
“This is a new frontier, and the law and the surrounding circumstances are developing every day,” said Burlington attorney Ben Traverse.