The stormwater program is primarily funded through the stormwater user fees paid by each property owner annually. However, the program has also been successful in securing over $1,000,000 of funds in the form of grants to the Town, which helps keep costs to property owners as low as possible. Since 2018, the stormwater program has made capital investments worth $818,553. More information about the utility budget and grants received can be found below.
The budget for FY24 (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024) is approximately $1,069,405. The program budget funds the following items with the overall ultimate goal of improving water quality:
- Capital construction funding of $430,032 in FY24 -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 Town has been fortunate enough to receive over $1,077,476 in grants. They include:
Over $200,000 in funding from the Chittenden Country Regional Planning Commission was received to perform video inspections of stormwater structures and underground pipes the Town is responsible for maintaining. This work was completed in 2020 and has been very helpful in allowing the Town to identify priority pipes for investment. Since the condition assessment, the town has spent approximately $250,000 installing structural liners to restore pipe integrity and protect the traveling public.
Shore Acres Stormwater Improvement Project:
The stormwater program has been awarded $367,000 in grant funding to design and construct stormwater improvements in the Shore Acres and Cedar Ridge neighborhood in Malletts Bay. More information is available on this project's webpage. Engineering and design work is complete, with construction planned for the 2024 season. These funds are from the Federal Government's Transportation Alternatives Program.
Police Station Outfall Project:
This 100% grant funded outfall repair work was completed in 2021 behind the Colchester Police Station. These up-grades ensure the stormwater system serving the Town office complex is functioning in a way that protects Smith Creek from erosion.