Joanne Kalisz

  • Maple St & Pine St Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric

    I was unable to comment on the person who suggested replacing the 4 way stop with a traffic signal.

    Burlington needs to improve the Maple St and Pine St intersection. During the late afternoon commute there is a LOT of traffic going through that intersection. This is especially pronounced in the summertime as there are a lot of events happening on Pine St.

    Many drivers do not know how a 4 way stop works or just don't care. Many have a "ME ME ME" mentality. They also like to rudely HONK at you if you follow the rules of the 4-way stop and allow someone who got there first to go before you.

    Furthermore, pedestrian crossing and cyclists not adhering to the 4 way stop makes it difficult to follow the protocol of a 4-way stop. As a result, people throw vehicle responsibilities and safety to the wind and just go!

    Furthermore, many drivers making a right hand turn from Pine onto Maple will sneak up besides the car already navigating the intersection creating an illegal 2nd lane which makes the 4 way stop more dangerous and difficult to maneuver.

    Replacing the 4 way stop with traffic signals and crossing signals for pedestrians sounds like a safe and promising solution.

  • Cottage Grv & Loaldo Dr Burlington, VT, 05408, USA - Burlington Electric
    Cannot see stop sign until it is too late to stop. Has been hard to see for a couple weeks, but with the spring rain you cannot fully see it until you are 2 car lengths away! Saw someone run through it and I cannot blame them as I almost did the same thing! And I KNOW it is there!
    Vegetation needs to be cut WAY back. Possibly permanently remove vegetation or replace vegetation with low growing plants to avoid a repeat issue.
  • Old North End Burlington, VT, USA - Burlington Electric
    Large dogs are able to push the vehicle gate At the dog park and get loose. We’re talking 80 pound dogs can just push their way through the gate and get loose which I just saw!
    Please
    - put stronger latch on gate, Possibly latch at the bottom and top.
    - Fill in area under gate so dogs can’t fit under the gate
    - Ideally Reinstall or replace so that there’s not such a large gap between the two gate pieces and the bottom.
    Again, I just saw an 80 pound dog squeeze through the opening of this gate. An 80 pound dog.
  • Snow Plowing Archived
    New North End Burlington, VT, USA - Burlington Electric
    Please plow the full bike path. As you can see from the photos based on imprint in the snow, the majority of the people who use it in the winter are walking or biking. Yes people do use cross country skis, but they are in the minority and there’s plenty of space for them to cross country ski on the side of the plowed portion. Furthermore, as I pointed out multiple times, the majority of people who cross country ski are in an income bracket in which seeking alternative locations is affordable to them. Not so for people who are walking or biking on the path in the winter to and from work.
    Given that Covid is still at large, it’s very important to maintain at least 6 feet away from people even if you are vaccinated or outside. And you can’t stay 6 feet away from other people on this narrow plowed path.
  • Lake St Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric
    A photo follow up to #11315152
    Overgrown hedge on Lake St and poor crosswalk visibility in conjunction to speeding cars who do don’t stop.
    Taken on 12/16/2021
  • Lake St Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric
    Bench fell down at the boardwalk. In between the stone sculpture with the round eye and the international dialogue sculpture. The oval hook that connects it to the top needs to be replaced, it is bent and rusted.
  • 2-172 Staniford Rd Burlington, VT, 05408, USA - Burlington Electric

    Two large chairs have been on the Staniford road (on the side but still on pavement) for three days now. At some point someone’s going to end up hitting them as they are hard to see when it is dark and they are near a parked car.

    If I could lift them and get them into my car I would get rid of them. But I don’t even know where to bring trash for free nor can they fit in my car. It is a shame that all the people who own trucks in this neighborhood haven’t been a Good Samaritan and picked them up yet. t’s not right for me to call a private company to pay to have two large chairs disposed of when I don’t even live near hear.

  • 78-210 Lake St Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric

    1. Cars Go too fast on this road and often do not to stop for people in the crosswalk.
    2. The bushes are overgrown and need to be trimmed back because:
    A. It is hard for elderly, children, and disabled to hold onto one side of rail (yes, there is a rail in other side, but both should be accessible.)
    B. It is hard for drivers to see small children and dogs and people in wheelchairs because the bush is so overgrown so close to the sidewalk and edge of the road. This is especially problematic at night because that’s when there are more drivers speeding and visibility is bad.
    Action:
    Please trim back the low tree branches and the bushes. Eliminate the first bush.
    Add crosswalk signage to other side of traffic.

    Seriously. If you I don’t have the manpower to trim the branches and bushes let me know and I am happy to do it for you for free.
    Add flashing lights to crosswalk.

  • Greenbelt/Treebelt Acknowledged
    Old North End Burlington, VT, USA - Burlington Electric
    The vegetation on Staniford Road where it meets the curve heading to Apple tree point is overgrown again. There are vines and plants reaching out over 2 feet into the street. It is really hard for pedestrians to see across this curve when they’re crossing in the crosswalk at the bike path. Please trim and please consider cutting down some of the tree branches to improve vidability
  • Old North End Burlington, VT, USA - Burlington Electric
    There is a gap at the retaining wall near North shore large enough for a toddler or a young child or a dog to fall through. Very steep and potentially life-threatening fall down the rocks. Hopefully it’s an easy fix with some large boulders, if I could carry 1/2 a mile down the bike path I would fix it myself. But I can’t.
  • Lawson Ln & Main St Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric

    Parking meter S16301 Main St. Is not working on the side by the red coral sculpture at the hotel in between Pine Street and Saint Paul Street.

    I put in 6 quarters, a value of $1.50, and it did not register them nor would it give me my quarters back. And why did I put in 6 quarters? After the first 2 didn’t work, I thought maybe I needed to put in a minimum of one hours worth of quarters for it to register them. It did not nor would it give me my quarters back.
    It is also hard to read the digital displays in the sun, so please forgive tickets at this meter until it is fixed.

  • Railway Ln Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric
    Trash, fireworks, beer cans, and clothing in park and on benches. I picked up all the small trash I could fit in a dog poop bag, but had to stop when my dogs wanted to drink the beer inside of the beer cans.
    This is the 3rd or 4th time I have found firework remnants in this park in the PAST MONTH! That is EVERY TIME I have walked the greenway out here. Clearly this is a repeat problem, and given the EXPLOSIVES,a potentially dangerous one.
    Lastly please ADD A TRASH CAN in this park so that good samaritans can throw away the trash without having to backtrack to Perkins Pier.
  • Snow Plowing Archived
    Oakland Ter Burlington, VT, 05408, USA - Burlington Electric
    We have 2 to 3 inches of snow and pushback from the street plows on our sidewalks on Oakland Terrace. They also have a number of school-age kids that walk to the bus and to school as well as older people who walk on the sidewalks. Please come back and replace the sidewalks on Oakland Terrace. They are noticeably worse than the ones on nearby streets like Staniford Road and North Avenue.
  • 05408 Burlington, VT, USA - Burlington Electric
    Could you please plow and salt the bike path that goes past the train tracks all the way up through Perkins pier? I’m noticing with the warmer than usual January weather and Covid restrictions, there’s a lot more people outside. It’s also important to keep paths as ice free as possible to prevent people from needing to use doctors in the emergency room so we can leave those resources free to handle Covid patients.
  • 05408 Burlington, VT, USA - Burlington Electric
    Illegal fireworks left on bench in public scenic outlook off of bike path. It is the new scenic outlook and between fitness station number four and North Beach.
  • 265-265 Shore Rd Burlington, VT, 05408, USA - Burlington Electric
    The trashcan and recycle can on the Burlington bike way that intersects shore Road in the new north end, has not been emptied for a couple weeks. It is now completely overflowing and trash is on the ground
  • 104 North Champlain Street Burlington, Vermont - Burlington Electric

    Pothole and sidewalk in need of repair at entrance of Sustainability Academy parking lot on Noth Champlain St (closest address is a residential dwelling at 104 N.Champlain)

    Spoke with staff at school and pot hole has been there for years and gets bigger each year. One of the persons I spoke with said that they called to have it fixed and it never was. They did not specify who they contacted. Thus I am filing an official request and documenting how long the repair takes and the process. I have seen and driven over the pothole for over a year. The sidewalk that spans the driveway is a mess: inadequate patching, bumpy, and uneven. Given that many small children and their families walk across this sidewalk to get to school each day, it must be fixed. Given that hard working teachers and staff have to drive through the pothole everyday to work for the city of Burlington risking wear and tear and potential flat tires, it must be fixed. Furthermore, when I spoke with multiple people, they said the city is responsible for maintenance on the portion of driveways between the sidewalk and street.

    Please do not instruct me to contact BSD as I have little faith they would acknowledge my request, let alone repair it.

    -Joanne Kalisz
    Burlington resident, teacher, & taxpayer