The Wallingford Selectboard does NOT support a Roundabout. Wallingford Block owner Michelle Kenny coordinated with Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the Town of Wallingford on a state Municipal Planning Grant application aimed at structural improvements to the building at the Route 7 and 140 intersection. Because it was a planning grant, it had to include a planning component. The application drafted by Ms. Kenny and RRPC called for a streetscape design. The state awarded funds for the project based on the application submitted. BMA Associates was the low bidder for a streetscape design and was awarded that portion of the project. At no point during the design phase, was the Town made aware that a roundabout was being considered. It was not until the designs were submitted that board members found out about the roundabout. The Selectboard was quite alarmed by this design and withheld 50% of BMA’s fee until an associate provided an explanation. At the April 6 meeting, BMA’s Kirk Moore responded to questions from the Board about right-of-way, parking, cost and more. At the end of discussion, Selectboard Chair Nelson Tift expressed doubt there would ever be funding for that project in that location. At no time, has anyone on the Selectboard expressed support for the final design and/or roundabout. It was one element of an overall project that resulted in significant structural improvements to a building that has been such an integral part of the community’s history and is located in the heart of the village. Finally, the Selectboard has no intention of pursuing funding for a roundabout.
Sincerely, The Wallingford Selectboard
Nelson Tift, Chair
Rose Regula, Vice Chair