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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Manager's Message of the Week (4/14)

At a public hearing scheduled for April 25th at 6:30pm in the Colchester Town Office’s, Outer Bay Conference Room, 3rd floor, the Colchester Selectboard will vote on the adoption of a Stormwater Utility. This proposal is of epic importance to reversing stormwater pollution within the Town’s waters and protecting and preserving these water resources for future generations. It is estimated that approximately $35 million in stormwater improvements are needed in Colchester.  This includes a comprehensive stormwater management system for Malletts Bay and its upland watersheds, remediation plans for Sunderland Brook, Morehouse Brook, and the Town’s 13 miles of gravel roadways, and addressing aging and failing stormwater systems throughout the community. These improvements are designed to reduce the amount of phosphorus and sediment that are polluting Malletts Bay and the community’s streams. Many of these improvements will be required under the Town’s state and federal stormwater permits. Some of the highlights and community benefits of the proposed utility include:

  • Designed to remove phosphorus and sediment from the Town’s waters, and preserve and protect these water resources for future generations
  • Developed over the past 18 months with guidance from a citizen advisory committee of 11 Colchester residents.
  • Creates a more fair and equitable way of paying for stormwater.
  • Allows the assessment of fees to tax exempt properties generating $145,000 of additional funding each year.
  • Increases the Town’s investment in water quality by 60%.
  • While all properties would receive a stormwater bill, the municipal portion of all tax bills will be reduced.
  • Over 2,000 properties will pay less in overall stormwater costs under the utility.
  • Credits for stormwater improvements are available to qualifying properties.
  • Money will be used to meet federal and state clean water standards, improve stormwater systems, and clean up impaired streams and watersheds.

Please visit our website for more extensive information including videos, FAQ’s, presentations, and a searchable database for each property’s projected stormwater costs at http://colchestervt.gov/213/Managing-Stormwater or contact Bryan K. Osborne, Director of Public Works, at 264-5620, or bosborne@colchestervt.gov.

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