For the past
20 years, the Town of Waitsfield had been exploring the feasibility
of providing municipal water and wastewater infrastructure to support
economic growth in Irasville and Waitsfield Village, avoid sprawl
into the rural landscape, protect water quality of the Mad River,
and address a number of public health concerns regarding conflicts
with private on-site water supply and septic disposal systems.
After 10 years of intensive planning, testing, and engineering,
and in an effort to coordinate the construction with the long-awaited
sidewalk project and Route 100 repaving, both projects were presented
to voters on March 4, 2008 in the form of three
bond articles. They were defeated. A post-bond
vote task force was formed, which recommended to the Selectboard
that the wastewater project be put on hold and that a modified water
proposal be brought back to voters. This bond
vote was held June 10, 2008 and was again defeated. A
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with the required number of signatures (at least 5% of registered
voters) was submitted following the defeat of the June 10 bond vote
for a water system. By statute,
the Selectboard was required to accept the petition and to schedule
a revote within 60 days on exactly the same article as previously
voted. The Selectboard scheduled this revote for September
9, to coincide with the State primary vote on that date, but
a defect in the notice process required it to be held on November
4, where it passed 595 to 558.
information about the proposed water project can be found at www.waitsfieldvt.us/water.
Information about the previous proposals can be found at:
4, 2008 Town Meeting Bond Vote and
2008 Special Meeting Bond Vote.
Details of the original water project were published in Bulletin
#1 in November 2007, mailed to property owners and voters, and posted
With the defeat of the March 4, 2008 bond articles and, based upon
the recommendation of the post-bond
vote task force, further planning for the wastewater
system has been suspended. Current information about the wastewater
project can be found at www.waitsfieldvt.us/sewer.
Information about the original proposal can be found at www.waitsfieldvt.us/sewer/index_march08.cfm.
Details of the original wastewater project were published
in Bulletin #2 in January 2008, mailed to property owners and voters,
and posted on-line.
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Valerie J. Capels, Town Administrator
Waitsfield Town Office
9 Bridge Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: (802) 496-2218
Fax: (802) 496-9284
October 8, 2009
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