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( J.R.H. 51)

Offered by: Representatives Casavant of Winooski and Brunelle of Winooski.

Whereas, Ira Allen and his uncle, Remember Baker, first settled at Winooski Falls, which would become the catalyst for the future city of Winooski in 1773, and

Whereas, as a defense against Yorkers who claimed the same territory, they immediately erected Fort Frederick on the north bank of the river in order to defend themselves against possible attack, and

Whereas, by 1786, industrial development, including the construction of a sawmill, had occurred at Winooski Falls, and

Whereas, after serving as the site for many small businesses, in 1837, the Burlington Mill Company was established at the falls and eventually became one of the largest mill complexes in Vermont, and

Whereas, the commercial vitality of the area surrounding Winooski Falls was further enhanced when the railroad arrived in 1849, and

Whereas, in 1866, in recognition of the growing importance of Winooski as a thriving residential and industrial center, the General Assembly approved, as Act No. 178, a charter incorporating this bustling municipality as a village in the town of Colchester, and

Whereas, throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Winooski initiated many village services, including roads, a sewer system in 1896 and a municipal court in 1908, and

Whereas, with its expanding population and importance as one of the state’s leading manufacturing locations, the voters of Winooski petitioned the General Assembly to approve a charter that would reincorporate their village as Vermont’s newest city, and

Whereas, the General Assembly passed the charter petition as Act No. 314 during the 1921 legislative session, and

Whereas, the voters of Winooski ratified their new municipal status on March 22, 1922, as was required by the legislative act, and

Whereas, 1997 marks the 75th anniversary of Winooski’s incorporation as a city thatcontinues to play a leading role in the economic, civic and cultural affairs of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the citizens of Winooski on the occasion of their municipality’s 75th anniversary as one of Vermont’s leading cities, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Winooski City Council and the Winooski Historical Society.