Halifax checks on bridge after washout


HALIFAX -- Although Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner says there were only a few small washouts that occurred around town in the past few weeks, the board met with contractors who installed the Hale Road bridge.

He said some of the riprap was taken out during a washout and he did not believe a repair would come at a cost to the town.

"It's supposed to be guaranteed for a year," said Sumner.

The bridge was rebuilt and lengthened following Tropical Storm Irene. It was the final bridge to be rebuilt after the storm.

A special Selectboard meeting on Thursday, July 24, was held with Road Commissioner Brad Rafus, SVE and Renaud Brothers to discuss erosion damage, the guardrail system and warranty.

"We came up with a plan to resolve the washout that occurred on July 2," said Selectboard member Edee Edwards. "We're hopefully going to move forward on getting that permanently fixed up shortly."

Currently, there is a pile of rocks next to the bridge.

"The town made temporary fixes to make sure no further damage occurred," said Edwards. "We're going to check in with ANR (Agency of Natural Resources). I think everything should come together nicely."

In other town news: Sumner and board member Earl Holtz will be attending the annual Vermont Yankee budget meeting on Friday, July 25, at the Governor Hunt House in Vernon, where the nuclear power plant's 2016 budget will be discussed.

Entergy, which owns the Vernon-based plant, currently funds the Emergency Management Director position in Halifax. The company also assists with emergency management funds for the town.

Historically, the funding was supplied to six towns that neighbor the plant that is scheduled to be closed by Dec. 31, 2014. There was some concern that this funding would cease to be distributed once the plant is closed.

"We've heard rumors but maybe they'll tell us when we get there," said Sumner. "We're going to listen to see what's going on. Maybe we won't hear anything."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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