Councilors also heard from residents who expressed anger and frustration in response to a police shooting that hospitalized a Burlington resident over the weekend.
The 21-year-old is accused of throwing objects through windows around Golden Place and Locust Terrace early Tuesday morning.
“This has been a very long time coming indeed,” said Joe Flynn, secretary of the state’s Agency of Transportation.
Approved by Burlington residents in 2014, the charter changes have languished in the Legislature, which, along with the governor, must sign off on them before they are enacted.
The Burlington City Council on Monday night voted to ratify a three-year contract with the city’s police union. This is the first contract agreement since the council cut the force by 30% two years ago.
Nearly 100% of the population growth in the last 10 years has been among residents who are Hispanic, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Native Hawaiian, the report shows.
The agreement will allow the electric aircraft company to build a 355,000-square-foot manufacturing and assembly structure, a 15,000-square-foot child care facility and a 300-space parking area on airport property.
After years of trying, Burlington is taking another stab at opening a facility for supervised drug use. The proposal does not have support from state or federal officials.
Mayor Miro Weinberger is experiencing mild and improving symptoms, his office said.
The shooting is Burlington's first homicide in more than two years, Mayor Miro Weinberger said in a statement.
Following Burlington’s annual report on how its policing affects people of different races, the city’s police watchdog group is asking law enforcement to work with a third party to address potential racial bias.
The budget, which goes into effect Friday, is set to result in a slightly lower tax rate for Burlingtonians because of a statewide education tax relief initiative.
The city’s development review board warily signed off on a proposal to house people experiencing homelessness in 30 modular shelters on an Old North End parking lot, with one major caveat.
School officials say the plan would save the district $20 million as it prepares to build a new, roughly $200 million high school and technical center by fall 2025.