Matt Kelly | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Matt Kelly 
Member since Feb 4, 2015

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Re: “Burlington Senior Center Wants to Partner With the City

Bravo! Kudos to all involved for your out of the box thinking to save this valuable institution and positioning it to thrive moving forward! How can we all help?

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 07/02/2019 at 9:10 PM

Re: “South Burlington Council Wanted a Say in Burlington Zoning Change

Excessive noise is a public health issue and a public nuisance, especially when it comes to low-frequency base. Yet for those who are victimized by this, there is little relief as any complaint occurs AFTER the incident has occurred and their 'right to quiet enjoyment' has been disturbed. Just ask the renters and home owners who live within 2-3 blocks of Nectar's or Lower Church Street about the lack of response for years from the city and local businesses. What again is shocking is that the City Council didn't stipulate an acceptable noise level for the zoning change (to my knowledge). 75db is quite different than 55db. Hence, this has the potential to negatively affect property values for those living on SouthCrest Drive and Arthur Court and elsewhere, not to mention their quality of life. So, hopefully HG will be a good neighbor and proactively insulate, insulate and insulate again, against sound permeating its structure and negatively impacting its neighbors. As to traffic impact, South Burlington could always have a police cruiser sit at the intersection of QCP Road, Industrial Pkwy and Central Avenue doing sobriety checks in the interest of public safety. Traffic would very soon come to a trickle here as patrons would quickly come to use Home Avenue.

17 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 06/19/2019 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Gun-Purchase Waiting Period, Signs Abortion Bill

Please read this as an observation and not as a criticism - but didn't the commenter named 'doom' supposedly move out of Vermont several months ago, and proudly so? (as announced here in the comment section...just look at his/her past comments/history.) Maybe his body moved, but judging on the number of comments since said move, his mind clearly hasn't. It's like I always said...Vermont gets under your skin. You can leave Vermont, but it doesn't leave you.

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 06/11/2019 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Forms Police Oversight Committee; Other Accountability Efforts Fail

This is the second or third time I have read Seven Days describing Councilor Jack Hanson as the only councilor to attend last month's meeting of Black Lives Matter. I would be more impressed if Seven Days pointed out that NO councilor volunteered, offered or made prerequisite a series of ride alongs with our City Patrolmen/Women before enacting such an oversight role. I'd like to point out that issue now, here, for all to read and see, and ask that you request YOUR councilor ride along with our Police for a series of 8-hour shifts to really, REALLY get a fundamental grasp of just exactly what they face everyday in trying to maintain safety in our city.

38 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 06/04/2019 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Church Street Marketplace Director Ron Redmond to Resign

Best of luck to Ron and to his successor who will have to face many challenges and not many options. My concern with the Marketplace is there is nowhere to go in terms of growth, except upwards. There is no "attraction" to further bring in additional tourism which helps reduce taxes for residents, other than the open air feature, events and ala carte dining, surrounded by retail, which has remained the same formula since its inception. The proposed City Center doesn't change that formula except to possibly offer expanded retail (at higher rental price per square footage, you can be sure).

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 06/03/2019 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Leaders Say Cannabis Bill Is Smoked for the Year

I agree with Dave Meek and GW42. I mean really, who do these part time legislators who work 18 weeks at over 40 hours per week, not to mention the travel time to and from and away from their families for $12,732 ($707.36 per week for 18 weeks of budgeted work) think they are??? When you factor in the per diem that lawmakers are provided, (Member receive $115 for lodging if a room is rented. Members also receive $74 for meals, regardless of whether they stay overnight or not), why they practically are robbing us blind! I mean it's more than minimum wage for those 18 weeks and for what?? To sit around and talk and debate and discuss and compromise and make laws that are supposed to solve our problems? I mean I'm sure they can find another job for those other 34 weeks. Of course their are employers who are willing to pay for someone to be gone for 18 weeks a year. I for one can't wait to see Meek on my next ballot because clearly he's got the solutions. To everything. (Snark)

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Matt Kelly on 05/14/2019 at 5:13 PM

Re: “What Happens in Montgomery: Town Asks Troopers to Cruise Elsewhere

And the State wonders why people are leaving VT? Sadly this isn't just an issue with the State Police in Berkshire. I've been ticketed by VSP going 26 mph in a 25 mph zone and for not using my directional at 2am when no one else was visible on the roads. It's this mentality that forced me to move away from small town Vermont. Until legislators stop being cowed by the Police union/lobby, this drain of talent from Vermont won't stop.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Matt Kelly on 03/11/2019 at 9:27 AM

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