NORWICH, VT. >> The future of a Vermont dam destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene doesn't look promising.

State officials had denied an application to rebuild the dam in Norwich. The Select Board voted Tuesday against an appeal.

The Valley News reports the board's decision could be the end of the proposal.

Town leaders submitted an application to restore the swimming hole in August; it was rejected in October. Officials said the town had spent more than $70,000 on lawyers, engineers and biologists helping to move the case forward.

Opponents of the appeal say the costs of getting the dam have outweighed the benefits.

Town leaders have until next Thursday to appeal the decision. They also have to decide how to spend $500,000 in FEMA aid that would've gone toward the dam.