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    Public Information Meeting
    March 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    Waitsfield Elementary School

    For more than three years, the Waitsfield Planning Commission Wastewater Committee has been evaluating both the needs and the options for decentralized wastewater systems in our community, with the goal of addressing emerging environmental issues, land-use restrictions, and aging septic systems within Waitsfield Village and Irasville. This process started more than 18 months after voters turned down a centralized wastewater proposal in the spring of 2008, but a few of the realities from that project have carried over into the current conversation.

    Specifically, the Town remains burdened with significant debt from the work done on the failed centralized wastewater project ($672,000) which must be repaid starting in 2013; there are still pockets of critical wastewater needs throughout the area; and a vast majority of surveyed residents and landowners (90%+) are dissatisfied with current wastewater options.

    To directly address these issues, the wastewater committee has worked with local, state and federal officials to craft a creative financing program, the first phase of which will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot.

    To be known as the Waitsfield Community Wastewater Loan Program, this voluntary program for local property owners would provide 20-year fixed-rate low-interest loans for shared wastewater projects that meet specific Town criteria. The program would use the resulting loan payments to leverage the existing State and Federal grant of $906,000 the town received for the failed centralized project monies to pay down the debt from that project.

    The Waitsfield Community Wastewater Loan Program would be purely voluntary and would simply provide an alternative funding option for those with specific wastewater needs in the town center.   At the same time, loan repayments coupled with available State and Federal funding would provide funds to pay off existing wastewater debt without burdening local taxpayers.   This planning process is being supported in part through a Municipal Planning Grant awarded by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Housing and Community Development. The plan and the Town Meeting Day ballot article will be discussed during a public meeting on March 3, at 7:00pm in the Waitsfield Elementary School.

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    Waitsfield Community Wastewater Loan Program

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    MARCH 4, 2014

    The legal voters of the Town of Waitsfield, Vermont, are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Waitsfield Elementary School in the Town of Waitsfield on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 between the hours of seven o'clock in the forenoon (7:00 a.m.), at which time the polls will open, and seven o'clock in the afternoon (7:00 p.m.), at which time the polls will close, to vote by Australian ballot upon the following Article of business:


    Will the Town of Waitsfield borrow from the Vermont State Revolving Fund an amount up to Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) for the purpose of funding loans for the construction, repair, replacement or expansion of publicly and privately owned on-site wastewater systems, with said loans to be repaid by the individuals or associations receiving funds therefor pursuant to agreements approved by the Town and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Said loans would be secured in full faith and credit of the Town by the bonding authority.

    The legal voters of the Town of Waitsfield are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting relative to said special meeting shall be as provided in Chapters 43, 51 and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated.

    The legal voters of the Town of Waitsfield are further notified that an informational meeting will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at seven o'clock in the afternoon (7:00 p.m.) at the Waitsfield Elementary School, in the Town of Waitsfield, for the purpose of explaining the proposed improvements and the financing thereof.

    Adopted and approved at a regular meeting of the Selectboard of the Town of Waitsfield duly called, noticed, and held on January 30, 2014. Received for record and recorded in the records of the Town of Waitsfield on the 31st day of January, 2014.

    Waitsfield Selectboard:
         Paul Hartshorn, Chair
         William Parker, V. Chair
         Logan Cooke
         Scott Kingsbury
         Christopher Pierson

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    Town Documents
  • Letter to Property Owners, February 2014. (2 pgs, 145 KB)
  • Model Association-Town Agreement, February 2011. (87 pgs, 90 KB)
  • Draft Facilities Plan, Dec. 2012 (176 pgs, 10,011 KB)
  • Program Outline, February 2012. (7 pgs, 539 KB)
  • Waitsfield Town Plan, adopted 2012.
    Other Information Resources
  • Wastewater Solutions for Vermont Communities, 2008 (32 pgs, 1,927 KB)
  • EPA Management of Onsite Wastewater Systems
  • Valuing Decentralized Wastewater Systems, 2004 (215 pgs, 2,222 KB)

    Assessment of Decentralized Wastewater Options: A Survey of Needs, Capacity and Solutions for Historic Waitsfield Village and Irasville, Vermont, January 25, 2011 - Full document (107 pgs, 8,500 KB ) .

    Also available in the following sections:
    Cover & Contents (3 pages, 167 KB)
    Executive Summary (2 pgs, 148 KB)
    1. Introduction (2 pgs, 166 KB)
    2. Study Area Description (6 pgs, 179 KB)
    3. Historic and Current Wastewater Treatment (9 pgs, 436 KB)
    4. Needs Assessment (7 pgs, 161 KB)
    5. Discussion of Wastewater Management Options (8 pgs, 193 KB)
    6. Recommendations (1 pg, 153 KB)
    7. References (2 pgs, 162 KB)
      Figure 1. Location Map (1 pg, 2,694 KB)
      Figure 2. Property Owner Survey Responses (1 pg, 29,367 KB)
      Figure 3. Environmental Sensitivities (1 pg, 31,631 KB)
      Figure 4. Current Water and Wastewater Infrastructure (1 pg, 1,371 KB)
      Figure 5. Water Connection Status (1 pg, 29,238 KB)
      Figure 6. Future Wastewater Treatment Options (1 pg, 1,234 KB)
      Figure 7. Wastewater Capacity Needs (1 pg, 28,243 KB)
      Table 1. Summary of Survey I Responses (4 pgs, 63 KB)
      Table 2. Summary of Survey II Responses (5 pgs, 65 KB)
      Table 3. Study Area Description (8 pgs, 70 KB)
      Table 4. Summary of Soil Characteristics Related to Onsite Wastewater Treatment(1 pg, 60 KB)
      Table 5. Summary of Permit Information (10 pgs, 96 KB)
      Table 6. Summary of Needs Assessment Results, Waitsfield Village (1 pg, 50 KB)
      Table 7. Summary of Needs Assessment Results, Irasville (1 pg, 52 KB)
      Table 8. Summary of Needs Assessment Results (1 pg, 50 KB)
      Appendix A. Waitsfield Planning Commission Wastewater Committee Members (1 pg, 129 KB)
      Appendix B. Valley Reporter Articles and Letters (3 pgs, 1,887 KB)
      Appendix C. Onsite Wastewater Systems - Technologies, Components, Maintenance (4 pgs, 149 KB)
      Appendix D. VT Regulations for Soil-Based Wastewater Treatment Systems (4 pgs, 152 KB)
      Appendix E. Further Reading, Responsible Management Entities (15 pgs, 2,182 KB)

    Amy Sheldon, Program Manager
    Landslide Natural Resource Planning
    P.O. Box 311
    East Middlebury, VT 05740
    Phone: (802) 388-9278
    E-mail: landslideamy@comcast.net
    Valerie J. Capels, Town Administrator
    Waitsfield Town Office
    9 Bridge Street
    Waitsfield, VT 05673
    Phone: (802) 496-2218
    Fax: (802) 496-9284
    E-mail: town admin e-mail address

    Updated February 14, 2014

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