Sewer Line Project Impact

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sewerST. JOHNSBURY- Election day has passed, and the 8 million dollar sewer line project is now approved. Taxpayers have decided to pay an extra 2.4 million dollars over the next 30 years, which is approximately $109,000 per year. But how will this affect residents?

 "A lot of times you just have to listen to the folks," says St. Johnsbury Select board Chairman Jim Rust, " and sometimes they have really good, but a lot of times that's the noise. To get the prize, you gotta go through the noise, get it out the voters, as much information as possible. You put your faith in the voters, and that's what we did. And the voters came through, and approved the bond overwhelmingly.".

After realizing the king of negative impact that the old sewage pipes have had on the town, voters decided to do something about it in overwhelming fashion, as Rust explains, "The folks in St. Johnsbury for a long time have known that their pipes need to be replaced. You know, in just seeing that it was 2.5 to 1 ratio of winning the bond vote, I think the citizens are very sympathetic to the fact that these pipes need to be fixed. ".

The selectboard knew that accurately getting the information to the public about this project would be a huge challenge, but they took it into their own hands to make sure that all residents were informed, as he explains ""We really counted on getting these mailers out so that the voters could look at these things, see the facts themselves, and make an informed decision. We've done it in the past that way, and we'll always do it that way. And I really think that's what made the day go well.".

The project is currently going through what is called a revision period, this means that in the next 30 days, there will be an examination to see if town officials followed proper state statues in terms of getting information out to the public before the note was made. If no complaints are raised, select board members can then find out how much of the project the state is going to cover. 

 

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