With the last two weeks, Burlington City Council received letters ending city contracts from both City Manager Jim Ferneau and VenuWorks, the company running Memorial Auditorium.
Now, council members are set to discuss the future of the auditorium as they start searching for a new city manager. Discussions for both topics are scheduled at their Monday work session meeting.
Those two discussions will begin as a potentially complicated financial situation arises. At the council's meeting next week, it must decide whether to accept a $1 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant. The SAFER grant will allow Fire Chief Matt Trexel to hire his requested six additional firefighters. However, it may prove fiscally draining in future years.
This year's cost will be covered by already-budgeted money for the hire of one new firefighter. Matching the grant in fiscal 2019 will require another $46,971, then fiscal 2020 will need $219,633 and 2021 will need $461,010. Keeping the six hires after the grant runs out will require $526,684.
Trexel said he thinks and hopes the council will OK the grant. Council members previously authorized Trexel to apply for it, and they knew the cost.
Burlington City Council meets at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 in the Thomas J. Smith Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.