WILMINGTON -- The street lights for the West Main Street parking lot will be installed today behind Sotheby's International Realty and Pickwells Barn. Doug Swanson, of Swan Electric, will be putting the lights up as long as the weather permits.
"Hopefully, we can get all five done in one day," said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy.
This phase of the project was funded by a grant through the Vermont State Employee Credit Union.
Back in April, VSECU had donated $10,000 to the Wilmington Fund VT for finishing the final phase of the downtown parking lot project. It was part of a matching grant from the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services grant to the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, for a total contribution of $20,000.
The Wilmington Fund VT had donated $10,000 in the beginning of the project then contributed another $5,000 for the parking lot itself. The organization has been responsible for funding and finding other sources of funding for projects related to the revitalization of the downtown village.
On Oct. 2, Murphy had announced at a Selectboard meeting that the construction on Whites Road Bridge was completed a day earlier. The bridge sits behind Wahoo's Eatery on Route 9.
"It was the last FEMA project," he said. "So we're celebrating."
Alpine Construction, out of Albany, finished the repairs on time. The contract had stated that the work would be done by the end of September. An extra day was used to refurbish the decking on Sept. 30, Murphy said.
"We reopened it and graded it," he added. "It looks great. Hopefully, it lasts through the next several high water events."
Murphy told the Reformer that the bridge has held up great during some recent storms and the weather had cooperated for most of the repair work.
Currently, the town is bidding on requests for proposals for an environmental survey of the Brissette property, which was purchased through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. An environmental survey will be the next step in this process.
Within two weeks, Murphy expects that the town will have the survey then another request for proposal will go out for a combined job of demolition and asbestos removal.
"I hope to get it done before the winter," he said. "I'm still hopeful."
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