Burlington mayor considering resolution on F-35s

Published: Mar. 27, 2018 at 6:09 PM EDT
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A resolution calling for the Air Force to replace the F-35 fighter jets with quieter planes now sits with Burlington's mayor.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger praised city councilors for asking for a replacement mission instead of outright cancellation of the F-35 without another option for the Vermont Air Guard.

But the Vermont Air National Guard says it's already in the middle of construction and training to prepare for F-35s coming to the state.

Late Monday night, councilors brought up the Town Meeting Day ballot item and said the wording was too confusing. Some wanted to change the language, others didn't.

"I think that it's important to support the will of the voters and my voters did support the ballot question," said Joan Shannon, D-Burlington City Council.

"They didn't want Washington to be confused. I wish you had had that much respect for the Burlington voters when you put the question on the ballot," said David Hartnett, I-Burlington City Council.

The mayor says he will take until the April 16 City Council meeting to make his decision on the resolution.

And the Vermont Guard also released a statement late Tuesday afternoon calling the resolution an "unfortunate distraction" and saying that the Guard will be ready to receive the F-35s in the fall of 2019.