The Selectboard of the Town of Waitsfield, Vermont, adopted amendments to the existing water ordinance on November 19, 2018. This notice is published pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1972 to inform the public of these amendments and of the right to petition for a vote to disapprove them.
The amendments adopted include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: the Water Commission shall include at least two persons owning or leasing property connected to the community water system; clarifications and expanded language in multiple sections; water allocation planned on an annual basis and connected to Town land-use planning objectives; a system for awarding preliminary and final allocation; designated authority to approve smaller allocation requests; applications amended to include allocation and connection; fees amended to reflect reduction combined with a charge for the meter and remote meter reader; clarifications to the disconnection section; sections on steam thawing, construction phase, and seasonal shutoffs; addition of a section on tax sales and liens; fire suppression system requirements for backflow prevention and annual inspections clarified; language allowing capital reserves dedicated to debt service, anticipated and emergency water system repairs, and replacements.
The full text of the ordinance may be found below:
The full text may also be examined at the Waitsfield Town office at 4144 Main Street during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday).
Citizens may petition for a vote at a special or annual meeting to disapprove ordinance amendment adopted by the Selectboard, pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973. A petition to vote must be filed with the Selectboard or the Town Clerk and be signed by not less than five percent (5%) of the Town’s qualified voters. The petition must be presented within forty-four (44) days following the date of the adoption of the amendments (January 2, 2019). Unless a petition requesting a vote is filed pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973, the amended ordinance shall become effective sixty (60) days from the date of said adoption (January 18, 2019).
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Town Administrator Trevor Lashua at the Waitsfield Town offices during regular office hours, by calling (802) 496-2218, ext. 5, or by emailing [email protected].