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Burlington’s January Town Meeting Postponed to February 16 Due to COVID Spike

Burlington’s January Town Meeting scheduled for next Monday has been postponed.

“Town Meeting regularly scheduled for January 24, 2022 has been postponed,” Town Clerk Amy Warfield said in a release. “After discussion between the Moderator and the Health Department it has been decided that the best option at this time is to postpone the meeting for three weeks, when the COVID situation should be better and have an in-person meeting at that time.”

The new date for Town Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 16 at Burlington High School at 7:30 p.m.

Town Moderator Bill Beyer further explained the reasoning for the postponement in a letter to town administration and Town Meeting members.

“I have consulted with the Burlington Health Agent and have determined that due to the surge in the COVID-19 Omicron Variant a public health emergency exists, and that the convening of Town Meeting in the High School auditorium would be counter to protecting the members of Town Meeting and the various staff involved as well as the users of the High School,” he wrote.

Additionally, Warfield said that Town Meeting will have to be held in person because the special legislation from the state allowing for hybrid in-person/virtual meetings pertaining to Town Meetings expired in December. The town was attempting to get an extension but that did not make it through the legislative process in time for this session. 

Click Here to see the Town Meeting warrant.