WILMINGTON -- A barn located on Route 100 is slated to be owned by the town after the result of Tropical Storm Irene and subsequent federal funding.
On the site, which had a small drain at the bottom of the barn at one point, there may have been dumping of petroleum or other hazardous chemicals, said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy.
Last week, the town received a letter from the state, saying that the property was clean after a review through the Vermont Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Program.
On Oct. 16, the town is scheduled to close on the property, which was previously owned by Frank Sprague.
"Now, it's about getting hoops cleared, lawyers lined up and meeting FEMA requirements," said Murphy.
With the government shutdown, town officials were concerned about the progress of the buyout.
"We were wondering if it will affect funding and we were told, ‘No,'" Murphy said.
The town will go through a similar process to the one it went through in August with a property on Shafter Street.
Both buyouts were made available through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, or HMGP. It was offered to property owners whose properties had been affected by the damage from Irene by at least 50 percent. The program offers 75 percent of the buyout through FEMA funding. The town is then responsible for funding or finding funding for the remainder of the buyout.
Currently, there are no plans in the works for the site on Route 100, Murphy told the Reformer. One prospect he mentioned was turning the property into a park.
"It does have a water system, a well and a septic system on the site," said Murphy. "There's not much we can do with these sites."
Part of the buyout program agreement states that the property can no longer be developed or built upon, which is meant to mitigate future flooding risks.
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