Wilmington board discusses projects using local option tax revenue

Tuesday July 23, 2013

WILMINGTON -- With the 1 percent local option tax revenue, the town hopes to fund several economic and community development projects this year.

On July 17, the Selectboard approved two projects that will utilize that revenue. One was maintaining a wifi hotspot in the downtown village, while the other was funding for the creation of historic downtown maps. Both projects have already begun.

The wifi hotspot is a result of a grant the town secured through the Vermont Digital Economy Project. It will be established in the downtown village.

"While that program does not require funding, the acquiring and keeping the wifi on for the course of a year does require (payment to) whoever the provider is," said Wilmington Town Manager Scotty Murphy.

He told the Reformer that it will cost about $1,000 a year to maintain once it is set up.

The historic downtown maps will be for walking tours that focus on historic buildings in that area. Wilmington Works, the downtown designation program group, is overseeing the project.

"This is one of their first efforts," said Murphy. "It's an excellent program ... The Selectboard is very excited about the whole project and very anxious to see how it comes out."

The Selectboard approved the project at an amount not to exceed $10,000. It is estimated to cost $9,600 and to be competed before fall foliage.

The project requires hiring several people for researching, writing and editing. The board would like to incorporate as many Wilmington people as possible for it, Murphy added.

At the same meeting, the Selectboard held a public hearing for a Community Development Block Grant application, which the board is submitting to obtain funding for the digitization of town records if approved.

Applications must include public comments recorded in the minutes and the minutes are then attached to the application.

There is a five day period between the public hearing and submission.

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


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