unofficial Minutes subject to the approval at the next regular meeting.
Bill Brooks, Nelson Tift, Frank Bruce, Tom Phillips, and Ann Tiplady
Julie Sharon and Evan Detrick
Chair B. Brooks called the
special Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
Detrick, P.E. from DuBois & King came to the meeting to answer questions of
the Selectboard before tonight’s special Town Meeting. The purpose of the town
meeting is to ask “Shall the Town authorize the Selectboard to borrow up to a
maximum $100,000 for a term not to exceed more than 30 years, from the Vermont
State Infrastructure Bank, in order to secure a one-time offer of a historic
bridge grant in the amount of $400,000 offered by the Vermont Agency of
Transportation to complete the repair of the Route 140W Bridge over Otter
confirmed that there would be a possible savings of approximately $40,000 if the
bridge was closed entirely for four months.
If the bridge maintained traffic for one-lane, it would be closed an
extra month. Traffic can be
detoured; however, the Town must follow state’s sign requirements.
Evan stated that VTrans has undergone a major change in staffing since
the first phase of this project was completed.
He has seen an entire change in their outlook, which affects the
requirements and opinions on projects. Wendy
Pelletier, our contact at VTrans for this project, told Evan that even if the
bridge has one lane open, she thinks the lane may be restricted and some detour
would be necessary. This would
result in an additional nominal expense for the Town.
The process for removal of the lead paint was discussed, which is the
most significant cost of the project.
Selectboard discussed the implications of this bridge being designated
“historic”, the funding that is only available for historic structures as
well as what repairs have to be performed under this program.
made during the first phase were discussed.
This current truss bridge has been in place since the early 1950’s.
Evan made it clear that the deck is 60+ years old and will likely need
total replacement within 15 years. Replacing
the deteriorated steel and painting the bridge as planned will extend the life
for more than 20 years. A bridge’s
life expectancy is 75 years.
discussed the bid results and was shocked at the exorbitant pricing.
D&K’s estimates had been based on recent projects.
Selectboard agreed that voter approval is necessary for the additional match
required, followed by obtaining loan approval, notifying VTrans, awarding the
bid, and getting the project done in one season.
T. Phillips made a motion to approve Parent Construction’s bid with
alternate 1 for bridge work contingent upon approval by the voters tonight and
securing the loan. Motion carried
The meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.