Thursday January 26, 2017
Councilor Pat Nowak, first elected in 2013, announced she will seek re-election to the 2 year city council seat. She is a passionate advocate for residents and city issues and during her tenure chaired the council for 18 months.
Nowak, the city’s appointed representative to the BTV Airport Commission, is council appointee to the city’s Pension Advisory Committee, and a 20 year elected member to the South Burlington Board of Civil Authority, which handles elections, tax appeals and abatements.
South Burlington Rotary honored her with the Frederick H. Tuttle award that read “like Fred, goes beyond the expected, bringing extraordinary zeal and integrity to everything in which they are involved, while enhancing the South Burlington community at large.” Rotary also named her a Paul Harris Fellow.
A Financial Adviser and resident for 35 years, she and her spouse Bob own Nowak & Nowak Financial Services, specializing in Financial Planning and Investment Management. As part of her community service, 2017 marks the 25th year she has mentored business interns from St Michael’s College.
Nowak strongly supports Cairns Arena programs, and this year voted to extend their lease for 20 years. “This is a testament to the well run facility that brings so much enjoyment to so many.” She sees Cairns as a fantastic example of how a public private partnership helped to accomplish a treasure for residents. She’s at Cairns weekly, where her sons previously played on the high school team, still cheering for SBHS, as well as for St Mike’s, and now her grandsons’ CSB teams. “Hockey is part of my life,” she said.
“These are exciting times. City Center, Market St. and Dumont Park bring our 4 decades downtown dream to reality, and with it comes a blend of housing, jobs, retail, office and public space. We are South Burlington,” said Nowak. She says the TIF offers opportunities for public facilities with a library atop her list, followed by a performing arts/rec center, garage and perhaps a ped/ bike path over the interstate. She adds that safety for cyclists and pedestrians is a priority, and improved public transportation options are critical along with a future 12B exit.
Nowak states, “adding responsible, innovative growth, while keeping a handle on spending, will be key to offsetting tax increases.” She adds, “maintaining a good relationship with the airport and the Guard will bring beneficial sound mitigation results to hundreds in the Chamberlin neighborhood.”
Nowak says she will put people first, adding, “I’ll bring a voice of reason and balance to the council along with fiscal and prudent financial expertise. I care about individuals and their circumstances and will stand for the best in government.”