A - Town General

Posted on: September 29, 2017

Manager’s Message of the Week (9/29)

Dawn Francis, Town Manager

As we settle into fall and back-to-school season as a community, Town Staff are working on many exciting projects that will bring about improvements within the Malletts Bay area. The numerous planning studies and visioning sessions conducted over the last decades present a clear consensus on what our residents and property owners want this area to be: a welcoming, vibrant, safe space for all that wish to enjoy the many businesses, recreation areas, summer concerts, lake views, and friendly neighborhoods that the Bay offers. Water quality concerns have also been a centerpiece of these discussions, which is one of many factors leading to the adoption of a stormwater utility in early 2017.

Over the last year staff and a consulting team have been working on the Malletts Bay Scoping Project, which has involved reviewing three key issues within the Bay with the goals of:

  1. Improving bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular safety along West Lakeshore Drive;
  2. Making intersection improvements at the Bayside/Lakeshore intersection, and
  3. Implementing stormwater and water quality improvements to address the quantity and quality of water entering the Lake.  

There are alternative ways to address each project area listed above, and we have developed a short survey outlining all of the alternatives identified for each project area and their associated costs, benefits, and tradeoffs. Please take the time to fill out this survey and identify which alternatives you would prefer to see: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBIScoping

There are two upcoming meetings with the Select Board where the project will be discussed in greater detail:  Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30PM, where the alternatives will be presented to the Select Board and public for the first time, and Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30PM, where the Board will vote on the preferred alternative for each project area. Both meetings are to be held at the Colchester Town Offices at 781 Blakely Road.  We invite you to join us! For additional information about the Project, please visit the project website at: http://bit.ly/2yrdA6b

Any questions about the Malletts Bay Scoping Project should be directed to Karen Adams, Technical Services Manager, at (802) 264-5621 or kadams@colchestervt.gov . For more about the Town Manager’s office, visit http://colchestervt.gov/manager or call (802) 264-5509.

For more information about the Town Manager’s Office, please visit http://colchestervt.gov/manager or call (802) 264-5509.

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