and towns across Vermont are debating how to best treat their water systems to
meet new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. In Grand Isle, the debate is centering on whether to add chloramine.
in Dummerston will have to wait a little longer for repairs to a landmark
covered bridge over the West River. Officials have had to put the
work on the 140-year-old covered bridge out to bid again.
in Middlebury are
debating whether to rebuild or replace the town’s 100-year-old municipal
building and gymnasium. Preliminary
estimates for the proposed 16,000 to 19,000-square-foot municipal offices range from $6 million to $10 million.
cities and towns ordered heavy machinery into rivers after the floods to shore up
banks and reroute streams. That’s
what Middlebury did, even though the town was relatively unscathed. Residents and state officials now worry that
rechanneling the Middlebury River might exacerbate future flooding.
challenge in Vermont to re-build roads and bridges left crippled by Tropical
Storm Irene will come at a cost. How much isn’t known yet, but complicating the
bottom line is the desire to rebuild roads to be better than they were before
to make sure future storms don’t wreak as much havoc as Irene did.