Lea Terhune 
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Re: “Arborcide: In Burlington, Vandals Target Trees

Thank you, Warren Spinner.

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Posted by Lea Terhune on 07/12/2014 at 4:51 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Moves Forward Church Street Smoking Ban

In all public places, indoor and outdoor, we need to prohibit smoking by city ordinance because smokers don't have the good manners not to smoke in public places where their smoke forces unhealthy pollution on everyone around them. It's a no-brainer. If cigarette/cigar smoke were harmless, could discuss it as a social issue, but it is a health issue plain and simple. Case closed. Arguments to the contrary on display at Council last night were pathetic.

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Posted by Lea Terhune on 06/24/2014 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Vermont Gas Pipeline Protester Arrested After Chaining Herself to HQ

What a respectful, enlightening report of the incident at VG and the issues. Hats off to Katheryn Flagg, and to Sara Mahalick. To those training in CD for future actions, may you be guided by your conscience and empowered by your convictions.

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Posted by Lea Terhune on 05/27/2014 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Can Bob Rusten Solve the Burlington School Budget Problem?

Rusten refuses to comply with state statute that requires him to provide Council and the State Auditor with an evaluation of the City's financial management policies and procedures known as the Internal Controls Checklist. It was due on June 30, 2013, and is now 11 months delinquent.

24 V.S.A. § 1571(d) makes it clear that Burlington is required to “complete and provide to the select board [City Council] a copy of the document made available by the Auditor of Accounts pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 163(11) regarding internal financial controls.”

Rusten says he did not know the checklist was required, and then he said he wouldn't do it because he is new. The questions on the checklist pertain to information about financial management that should have been the first questions asked of every city department, and staff in the Treasurers Office, on day 1 when he took the job. In my opinion, if Rusten is as meticulous and skilled as this article suggests, he knows the answers but does not want Council, the State Auditor, or the Public to know. Just as the school board is blamed for weak oversight, so the City Council is failing us by not demanding compliance with the law, by not demanding that the Mayor and CAO produce the Internal Controls Checklist. They have known about this, and they have accepted non-compliance.

The purpose of the checklist is for municipal officers to be sure they have sound accounting practices, i.e. strong internal controls. Of course, it is also in the best interests of taxpayer that this checklist be adopted and made public, like a report card. Here's what it says -- sound like something Burlington City and School District could use?

"[This] self-assessment checklist has been compiled to assist town managers, treasurers, and auditors to assess their town's internal control environment for accounting and financial reporting and to provide guidance in implementing controls where weaknesses are perceived. Your town's system of internal controls includes all of the policies and procedures needed to provide reasonable assurance that your financial information is reliable, that operations within the office are effective and secure, and that you are complying with applicable laws and regulations."

As required by statute (and because it makes sense), Council and School Board must fulfill their oversight responsibilities by insisting that the checklist be completed on time, and yearly. The checklist is on the State Auditor's website. http://auditor.vermont.gov/localgovernment

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Posted by Lea Terhune on 05/17/2014 at 12:27 AM

Re: “In Burlington's New North End, a Longtime Resident Takes On a Titan

In the North End, we value, honor and respect all our candidates. We have true diversity, and are proud of it. Seven Days pushes entitlement and privilege when they only cover the mainstream candidates. Third, fourth, fifth party candidates bring voters to the polls who might otherwise stay home. The more people partipate, the more energized and vibrant is our democracy. Loyal Ploof deserves to be recognized. North End NPA says that snub was unnecessary and shame on you, Seven Days. Independent you are not

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Posted by Lea Terhune on 02/27/2014 at 12:22 AM

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