If you had property damage as a result of the July 2023 flood, click here for United Way of Rutland County United Way website and fill out the Casella Flood Relief form.
Town Hall Concert Series. Gypsy Reel, who will be performing on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall. Vermont’s own global musical ambassadors, Gypsy Reel, will welcome a special guest musician from Ireland for their concert in Wallingford Town Hall on Wednesday September 20th at 7pm. Orla Mc Govern hails from Doolin in Co. Clare where she runs a traditional music store and plays whistle and keyboards with many of the top players in the area. She has been a guest Gypsy for many years on both sides of the Atlantic and looks forward to reuniting with Claudine – banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals, Camille – mandolin, bodhran and vocals, and Graham – fiddle and vocals, for a Celtic themed performance in Wallingford on Sept 20th.
All concerts start at 7:00 p.m. with suggested donations of $15/person with all proceeds going to musicians less 10 percent to the Town. Please mark your calendar and join Wallingford’s Concert series featuring Gypsy Reel on Wednesday, September 20th. It is only thru your support that makes local live music possible. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wallingford Historical Society is rescheduling our canceled program from July to Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 7 pm at the Town Hall. It is the presentation on The Covered Bridges of Nicholas Powers. A. Nicholas Strom-Olsen, the great, great, great grandson of famous covered bridge builder, Nicholas Powers, will be presenting the program. You will not want to miss this interesting session. Some of you may have remembered the covered bridge on Rt. 140 that was burned down intentionally in 1949 by the American Legion as it had become too small and not strong enough to accommodate our modern traffic.
We need your support by attending our presentations so that more can be offered in the future. This is part of the history of your community. You will hear about the people that made Wallingford.
Rotary Lobsterfest. Wallingford Rotary’s annual Lobsterfest will be Sunday, September 24th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Wallingford Lodge on Elfin Lake. Tickets are on sale here:
Lobsterfest 2023- Buy Tickets Here | Wallingford Vermont Rotary (wallingfordvtrotary.com)
Elfin Lake public beach is closed for the season. See you next summer.
The Town of Wallingford has hired VHB, Inc. for the design and Right of Way phase of the School Street sidewalk project. All deeds of properties connecting the sidewalk were provided to VHB.
- VHB will utilize Vermont Agency of Transportation parcel database to obtain a graphical representation of the VT-140 corridor ROW.
- VHB to conduct survey and create base map prior to August 31, 2023
- VHB to conduct Natural and Cultural Resource investigations by September 30, 2023.
VHB will be conducting data collection through the summer and a Local Concerns/Alternatives meeting is targeted for November. Wallingford residents will have the opportunity to walk the sidewalk corridor with VHB to ask questions and provide feedback before that meeting.
This information was circulated today during a State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) meeting today:
• Federal and State grant funding is available through Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) to cover 100% of the project cost for the voluntary purchase of properties (residential, commercial, or vacant parcels) that are at risk from flooding.
• If a property was damaged during the July 2023 flooding event, VEM may be able to fund the purchase the property at the appraised value the day before the storm.
• If any federal funding was received following damages from this event (e.g., flood insurance payments or Individual Assistance), property owners need to save all receipts showing that funding was used for repairs.
• If a property was not damaged during this event but is at risk from flooding, VEM may be able to fund the purchase of the property at a current-market appraised value.
• If a property owner is considering pursuing a voluntary buyout, or if a municipality has property owners who may be interested, please fill out this intake form: https://forms.office.com/g/JisdCq8LDL. VEM will then direct you to the appropriate application materials in the next few weeks.
• Once property buyouts are complete, any structures will be demolished, and the property will be maintained as green open space in perpetuity.
• If you have questions or would like to request a site visit, please reach out to email@example.com
Emergency Mgt Director Jim Bagnall delivered a supply of nitrile gloves & N95 respirators from the Army National Guard to Town Hall if you need anything or know of someone who could use these items.
Town Hall is open Mondays thru Thursdays from 8 am until 4:30 p.m.
GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES $20 MILLION IN EMERGENCY GAP FUNDING FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY SEVERE FLOODING
Berlin, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), and State Treasurer Michael Pieciak announced multiple initiatives today to provide financial support to businesses and municipalities impacted by the severe flooding.
“Hundreds of Vermont businesses have been impacted by severe flooding, and for many, loans will not be enough” said Governor Phil Scott. “That’s why I’ve instructed my team to get creative about how the State can provide direct financial assistance, quickly, to help employers get back on their feet. Although this $20 million commitment is significant, we know it will not meet the need. My team will continue to work to find additional resources, and we’ll continue to work with our congressional delegation to get more federal assistance for Vermonters in need.”
The Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program will be administered by the Department of Economic Development and provide $20 million directly to impacted businesses and not-for-profits who suffered physical damage due to the severe flooding in the form of grants. The program is still under development and program specifics will be released next week. Business owners can expect grants to support demonstrated losses to their physical space and replacements of inventory, machinery, equipment, and supplies.
“This program is intended to provide emergency gap funding to businesses so they can return to being the economic engines of their local communities,” said ACCD Secretary Lindsay Kurrle. “We understand the urgent and pressing need for financial support, and while this funding will not make them whole, we hope it will make a substantial impact in helping them bringing back their employees and opening their doors. The dedicated team tasked with swiftly implementing this program is working tirelessly on the details and we are committed to making this process as efficient and transparent as possible in the days ahead.”
ACCD will update businesses on program specifics, eligibility, and grant application opening date next week. At this time businesses are encouraged to collect, document, and prepare photographs of damage, insurance adjuster damage assessments, estimates for repairs to physical structures, equipment, inventory, or supplies purchases, and/or actual paid expenses.
For the latest updates on this developing program, as well as federal SBA updates, and other resources for businesses please subscribe to the ACCD Flood Newsletter and visit the ACCD Flood Recovery Resource page.
In addition, the Treasurer’s Office will be accelerating $11 million in State payments to 40 Vermont towns most impacted by last week’s flooding. Originally scheduled for disbursement later in the fiscal year, these funds will now be fast-tracked to towns to ensure they have a steady cash flow to support ongoing recovery efforts. This will ensure municipalities have access to immediate funds while awaiting FEMA reimbursement. It may also help prevent municipalities from taking on borrowing costs while waiting for FEMA reimbursements.
The early payment initiative replicates a program implemented in 2011 to assist towns’ recovery from Tropical Storm Irene, and again in 2013 after a period of unprecedented rainfall. “These advanced payments are a quick and easy way to get cash in the hands of hard-hit municipalities so they can continue the cleanup and recovery efforts,” said State Treasurer Mike Pieciak. “I appreciate the leadership of the Governor and his team during this challenging time, and we stand ready to assist efforts to recover and build back stronger.”
The Treasurer’s Office announced a pause on its $85 million local investment program for economic development. The Office will work with the Administration to determine if these funds may be better employed to support flood response. The Treasurer’s Office is also working closely with the Vermont banking sector, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, and the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank. All are ready to fill any gaps that may emerge in the flood recovery effort.
“This recovery process will take time, but right now, we need to help municipalities with access to funding and get our small businesses back open who are the backbone of our communities,” said Governor Scott.
There are additional federally funded recovery resources available through FEMA for municipalities and individuals in counties that have been approved through President Biden’s Major Disaster Declaration (for more information visit www.vermont.gov/Flood). The Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program is being designed to provide emergency grants for small businesses because they are not eligible for the FEMA Individual Assistance program.
What does the E. coli test result mean?
E. coli in water is measured as the number of bacteria found in 100 milliliters (mL) of water. In Vermont, when the test result at a public swimming area is 235 E. coli/100 mL or less, it means that the water is considered suitable for swimming. A result greater than 235 E. coli/100 mL means that the water is not considered suitable for swimming. Elfin Lake water was tested July 19, 2023 and the result was 25 E. coli/100 mL – well below the 235 threshold.