The stormwater utility is primarily funded through the stormwater user fees paid by each property owner annually. However, the program has also been successful in securing over $500,000 of funds in the form of grants to the Town, which helps keep costs to property owners as low as possible. More information about the utility budget and grants received can be found below.
The budget for FY19 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) is approximately $847,000. The utility budget funds the following items with the overall ultimate goal of improving water quality:
- Capital construction funding of $335,000 in FY19 -2 full-time maintenance workers in the Town Garage who inspect, maintain, and repair 279 outfalls, 314 catch basins, and 2,282 underground pipes
- 1 technical position overseeing planning, design, and construction of Town assets
- Compliance with Town stormwater permits, which cost $20,000 annually - Stream monitoring for nutrients, chloride, and bacteria (learn more information)
- Water quality testing at 13 public recreation sites each summer - Street sweeping activities, including annual catch basin cleaning
The catch basin below collects stormwater that moves through the piping system to the nearest waterway.
The Town has been fortunate enough to receive over $500,000 in grants. They include:
Condition Assessment: This $128,000 grant from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission will help us perform a town-wide assessment of all public stormwater infrastructure, o be completed in 2019. We will use the information to develop an investment plan for the next 5 years to prioritize future spending needs. Stormwater Improvements along Shore Acres / Cedar Ridge Rd:
The stormwater utility was awarded $295,200 in grant funding to design and construct stormwater improvements in the Shore Acres and Cedar Ridge neighborhood in Malletts Bay. This area will benefit greatly from improved drainage systems, including the upgrade of existing systems and replacement of older systems with newer technology. Engineering and design work is expected to take place through the spring of 2020, with construction tentatively planned for the 2021 season. These funds are from the Federal Government's Transportation Alternatives Program.
Phosphorus Control Planning
The stormwater utility was awarded $40,000 to design a Phosphorus Control Plan. This is a permit requirement, with this grant helping us plan water quality improvements for Town properties, and the Plan is expected to be completed by 2020. These funds are from the State's Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program.