Wallingford Selectboard Minutes*

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June 25, 2012

Present:  Bill Brooks, Nelson Tift, Frank Bruce, Tom Phillips, and Ann Tiplady

Others Present:  Julie Sharon and Evan Detrick  

Chair B. Brooks called the special Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  

Evan 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 Creek?”  

Evan 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.   

The 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.  

Repairs 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.    

Evan discussed the bid results and was shocked at the exorbitant pricing.  D&K’s estimates had been based on recent projects. 

The 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 (5-0).   

The meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

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