Cavendish addresses drainage requirements for roadsides

Cavendish town sign. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell

CAVENDISH, Vt. – The Select Board began their monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 13 by adjusting the agenda. The review and consideration of the fiscal year 2017-18 sewer budgets was amended to distribute the budget plans, and review them at the December meeting.

A member of the Green Mountain Snow Fleas then presented his road crossing agreement to the Select Board, expressing that they will only need to cross-minimal road space for the VAST trail. The trail and road usage request that was presented is the exact same as last year. This made it easy for the Board to make a motion and approve the road crossing agreement.

Proposed budgets were then distributed amongst the board members, to be looked over and discussed over the next few weeks. The sewer and town budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year will be reviewed and approved at the December meeting.

Town manager Brendan McNamara quickly moved to the next order of business, updating the Board of various town projects, including the two bridge repairs. At the previous October meeting, seven bids had been submitted. After carefully looking them over, McNamara and board member Bruce McEnaney agreed that Gurney Brothers had submitted the lowest bids of $160,000 for Bridge #21 on Greenbush Road, and $158,000 for Bridge #22 on East Road.

“That includes the guardrails and detour package,” McEnaney explained, keeping in mind that the state pays 90 percent of this cost while the town pays 10 percent.

One bridge will be constructed after the other, and each bridge will take three to four weeks to complete. The longest detour will be for those residents who live on Stevens Road, who will have to take Route 106 to navigate around the construction.

A motion was made and approved by all the Board members to accept the bid from Gurney Brothers to start the bridge construction projects.

A brief inventory was recently made “on a number of roads that are not up to Vermont drainage standards,” McNamara explained. The town needs to update the permitting process for proper ditching and drainage on many roads, starting with Greenbush and Newton. Stone lining the ditches to at least seven inches will meet the state requirements.

Some roads “may not have any major problems,” said McNamara, “Newton Road hasn’t had any serious erosion or drainage issues, but since it doesn’t meet state requirements, it has to be addressed.” He continued, “We must meet these requirements to continue to receive financial assistance.”

McNamara continued on to explain that patches have been made on Maple Street and Twenty Mile Stream Road, where insertion valves were put in place in the water system to isolate sections of the town. This will allow the town to fix the portion of the pipe that was recently leaking, while also allowing most of the town to maintain water throughout the day. Only certain parts of Maple Street will be without water while the repairs are being made.

The Board then briefly covered the e-waste transfer station building, which will be constructed on Nov. 21 and will only take one day to put up. The town will also look into options to flag the fire hydrants to allow visibility in the snow. Also, the town trucks have been moved into the M&M building in Proctorsville, where they will be housed until a permanent town garage is determined.

The tentative location for the garage is at the sand pit off of Route 103. The garage, sand pit, salt shed, and the wastewater treatment plant can only take ten acres of “disturbed land.” The salt shed may need to be relocated to stay within that requirement. The town is waiting on an access permit from VTrans to learn where the access to the garage will be, in which the state will only allow up to 40 feet of roadside access.

Engineering will begin this winter, and more concrete plans will be discussed at the December meeting.

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