• Bond funding still needs clarity
    March 02,2013

    WATERBURY — How a $7 million bond will actually be broken down between the state and town remains up in the air despite an upcoming vote.

    The village will pay a local share of about 5 percent, which amounts to $355,000, to make an environmental regulation upgrade to the village’s wastewater treatment plant.

    State and federal funds will pick up the rest of the project, but the level of state funding depends on a capital bill that hasn’t been passed.

    “Nothing’s guaranteed until the Legislature passes it,” Village President P. Howard “Skip” Flanders said before a public hearing on the bond this week.

    Voters will cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Street fire station. The bond is for wastewater treatment plant upgrades in order to reduce phosphorous levels to a yet-to-be determined acceptable range. The village has agreed to meet the new level, which the Environmental Protection Agency will set, by fall 2014.

    During the public hearing, the village had a letter of support from the state’s Environmental Conservation Department commissioner, David Mears.

    Mears wrote his department has identified nearly $2.5 million in capital funds for the Waterbury project, and Gov. Peter Shumlin has requested $3.2 million in additional funds for the local project.

    The department also has notified the Legislature the need to increase the governor’s budget request to $3.4 million due to recent changes in the project.

    “We will continue to advocate for the funding necessary for the project during this legislative session,” the letter also stated.

    If state funds don’t come through, the village would need to go back to the voters to obtain more than $355,000 for the project, Flanders said.

    In other news at Wednesday night’s village board meeting:

    The village approved a “campus overlay district” with some adjustments. The board approved the setbacks for new structures and additions will be 15 feet and minimum lot size will be 10,000 square feet. The zoning regulations will help facilitate re-development of the Waterbury state office complex.

    — Staff report

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