UPDATE: Use Sidewalk Reserves To Repay State?
At its last meeting, the Selectboard, without a vote, dropped the proposal to use sidewalk reserve funds to repay the State nearly $66,000. See Agenda Item: Use Sidewalk Reserves To Repay State. The request seemed premature as the Selectboard, on August 22, wrote to the Project Manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation proposing two alternatives to immediate repayment to VTrans.
The first was to credit against the $66,000 any amounts the Town expended on traffic calming measures on Church Street. The second was to repay the money over the next three fiscal years. Town Manager Herb Durfee was not optimistic about getting a favorable reply, saying the signed agreement was clear. Selectboard Chair John Pepper thought it worth asking. Both may be right.