Select Board discusses $100,000 downtown transportation grant

Springfield Select Board discussed the expansion project to Comtu Falls Park. Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Springfield Select Board meeting started early on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, following immediately after the Public Hearing at 6 p.m.

Town Manager Tom Yennerell explained that the town is in the process of applying for the Downtown Transportation Fund Grant, a $100,000 grant to develop an expansion of the Comtu Falls Park on the site of the former VNA building along Main Street and the river. The selectmen were asked to sign a resolution for the Department of Housing and Community Development to be included in the grant application. The grant is a 50/50 split, providing $50,000 to match the town’s contribution. Two public meetings will be held for public design input for the project. Some suggestions have already been made to have the park be pedestrian only without parking, exclude large trees to keep the park open and bright, have public art on display, and handicap accessibility.

The motion passed.

In his manager’s report, Yennerell, gave update on matters concerning South Street’s sidewalk; the first phase of the VTrans Right of Way approval has been obtained and nine temporary easements from property owners adjacent to the new sidewalk are needed to obtain the second and final phase approval. Three of the property owners have signed the easements so far. Final construction prints and documents need to be approved through VTrans, and the construction is expected to begin in the spring.

Yennerell added that the crosswalk at the top of South Street will be moved down toward the high school to ensure that pedestrians in the crosswalk will be visible to the drivers.

Moving onto the open position of the Planning and Zoning commission, Yennerell reported that applications have been received for the position. Interviews are scheduled to take place on March 5. The interviewing committee will consist of Yennerell; Walter Wallace, Chair of the Planning Commission; Steven Kraft, Chair of Development Review Board; and Thomas Kennedy, Executive Director of the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission.

The Springfield Town Meeting will also take place on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield High School. Voting Day is Tuesday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Riverside Middle School.

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