BELLOWS FALLS -- Village trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to hold a special vote on May 20 so residents can decide whether to approve a $6 million bond to improve the wastewater system.

With the vote, the trustees also firmed up the two obligatory public hearings that must be held on the matter. The hearings have been scheduled for May 13 and then May 19, the same day citizens will meet in the Bellows Falls Opera House at 7 p.m. to have their voices heard on the 2014 village warrant. The hearing will be held immediately before Village Meeting. The special bond vote on May 20 will take place after residents have elected their village officials via Australian ballot.

Municipal Manager Willis D. "Chip" Stearns II said he told the trustees the bond, if approved by the voters, will be implemented through the project’s engineering study phase to try to develop a plan "of what would take place and the cost elements." After the results of the study come in, it will be time for the final design and requests for proposals for the work will be sent out.

Stearns told the Reformer the $6 million bond would be a debt to pay for the wastewater system improvements, and user fees would be used to pay off that debt. He said he reiterated to the board of trustees that the impending improvements are part of a standard re-evaluation of the wastewater treatment plant.

In other business:

-- The trustees granted a request for a banner fee waiver for the Bellows Falls Rotary Club.

-- They also waived a vendor permit, a parade and open air event permit and the open bottle and noise ordinances for the Bellows Falls High School Alumni Association, which has scheduled the annual alumni weekend event for the second weekend in June.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.