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South Burlington City Council strife

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Some South Burlington residents have had enough turmoil surrounding the City Council.

"There are probably a lot of words that might describe their behavior, whether it is brash and impulsive, whether it's misguided," said Michael Simoneau of South Burlington.

The most recent controversy-- the City Council fired city manager Sandy Miller. The council cited what it called Miller's aggressive and confrontational style. But the decision shocked Simoneau, who thought the council supported its manager.

"There were other instances again where it's like, OK, we are alright with your behavior here, go on Sandy, go get 'em, go get 'em Sandy," Simoneau said.

Current City Council member Sandra Dooley disagrees. She says the decision came about gradually and the result is positive for the city.

"I've gotten a lot of that people are relieved and pleased," Dooley said.

Dooley is running for re-election, opposed for the first time in six years, with some South Burlington residents unhappy with recent council decisions, including interim zoning and objecting to F-35 jets. Dooley's opponent believes it is time for South Burlington to have a fresh start.

"There has been a lot of discontent when talking with my neighbors and friends when talking about South Burlington City Council actions over the last two or three years. So, I'm motivated to get on there and change what I perceive to be some of the dysfunctions that I've seen," said Chris Shaw, a candidate for South Burlington City Council.

As to how South Burlington residents feel with the current City Council-- the best feedback will come at the voting booths in March.

In addition to Dooley, current City Councilor Paul Engles is also up for re-election. He will be opposed by Pat Nowak.

Bob Rusten has been named the temporary city manager in place of Miller.

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