“If that were the only item on the ballot, then you would get almost 95 percent support. But look at the curve ball that was thrown.” Question 6 passed on Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote.
“I represent a ward that definitely is divided on this question. There is a very strong camp of individuals who really are opposed to … a military presence at all, and then there’s another group of people who really want to have a military presence at the airport.”
The Burlington Telecom bidding process continued at an open City Council meeting Monday night, leaving two suitors standing to purchase the troubled municipal fiber-optics telecommunications network.
The fate of taxpayer-owned Burlington Telecom will be decided in the coming weeks as city officials negotiate with finalists in what has been a long, secretive bidding process.
Mayor Miro Weinberger has bucked a transparent process for deciding who will purchase Burlington Telecom, but individuals close to the situation disagree on whether that’s good for taxpayers, who are on the hook for millions of wasted dollars.
As the sale of Burlington Telecom looms, the City Council has left the door open for a public-private partnership, with the city retaining up to 40 percent ownership.
Ali Dieng ran largely on a campaign pledge that he would strictly adhere to voting with his constituents in Ward 7. That promise didn’t last even past the gavel strike of his first vote.
Ali Dieng’s first chance to keep his promise comes on Monday as City Council will vote on a proposal to change North Avenue from four lanes to two to make room for bicyclists.
“As I am doing my sign waves during the campaign, cars are stopped and backed up. Even the emission effect of this traffic isn’t good.”