Funding & Grants

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 thousands 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.

Budget

The stormwater utility budget is reviewed annually by the Board of Sewer Commissioners, which is the acting Selectboard. The utility budget funds the following items with the overall ultimate goal of improving water quality:

- water quality testing at 13 public recreation sites each summer
- street sweeping activities including catch basin cleaning
- 2 fulltime maintenance workers in the Town Garage who maintain and repair 279 outfalls, 314 catch basins, and 2,282 underground pipes
- 1 technical position that oversees the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of stormwater systems
- Town stormwater permits, which cost $20,000 annually
- capital construction funding at a level of $300,000 annually

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Grant Funding
The Town has been fortunate enough to receive three grants in fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). They include:

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 in the fall of 2018, with construction tentatively planned for the 2019 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 for town properties. This is a requirement of the new MS4 permit that the town would need to fund. This grant will help us plan water quality improvements for Town properties and is expected to be completed by 2020. These funds are from the State's Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program.

Stormwater Utility Grant 
The Vermont Agency of Transportation provides grants of $25,000 for communities that adopt a stormwater utility. These funds will be received in both 2018 and 2019 for a total of $50,000. Funding will be used to assist with a systemwide conditions assessment to ensure that all investments by the utility are being made in a cost-effective manner. 

For more information about the stormwater utility, please visit the main page HERE.