Friday February 06, 2015
City Councilor Helen Riehle is pleased to announce she will seek a second term. First elected to the city council in 2012, she hopes to return to her three-year seat and build on the accomplishments achieved. “It has been a privilege and joy to serve South Burlington in this capacity,” says Riehle. “The consensus building skills and confidence in making difficult decisions in the public eye that I brought to the table from 18 years as a State Legislator have come in handy.”
Over the past three years Councilor Riehle has provided a thoughtful and measured approach to the challenges of interim zoning, continuing to improve the city’s fiscal stability and health, achieving better city-resident communication, listening to the many citizen committees on how the city can best grow and prosper, and importantly, progress on City Center and the TIF district. She has served as the council liaison to the Open Space and Natural Resources Committee, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Feasibility Committee, the Board of Civil Authority and the Tax Abatement Committees. Riehle strongly supports the proposed FY 16 City Budget allocation of $50,000 as start-up monies for affordable housing in our community. She believes it will be important to jump start collaborative work with Champlain Housing Trust on a South Burlington project to meet the needs of our young families and elder populations.
One of the most difficult and challenging issues she faced was the decision to replace the city manager in early 2013. “Our City Manager Kevin Dorn has proven to be a very wise choice and the decision has resulted in improved cooperation across city government, high staff morale of city employees, refreshing and invigorating open discussions and decision making and a skill set critical to important oversight of City Center and the TIF district demands” said Riehle.
A highlight of the past three years is the progress toward realizing a City Center. Thanks to the investment in expert consultants to help lead an incredible engagement of so many South Burlington residents to imagine a vision for City Center, we are making great strides. City council has provided the leadership to help realize this 30 year old dream. Much of the heavy lifting i.e. decisions regarding financing and public buildings in City Center, is yet to be done. I look forward to applying the knowledge gained this term to continue to make thoughtful and prudent decisions going forward. Thank you for your past support and I hope you will consider giving me the privilege of continuing in this important work.
Councilor Riehle lives with her husband Ted and their three golden retrievers on Hinesburg Road.