After vote, Jamaica to study water system

JAMAICA — A feasibility study on developing a village water system will move forward after a 46-22 vote Tuesday.

"It was a good turnout," said Town Clerk Pamela Tweedy.

The article at Tuesday night's special town meeting asked voters whether to "authorize spend $7,000 to hire the Dufresne Group to conduct a feasibility study for a town water supply project." A paper ballot decided the matter.

The study will look at potential water sources as well as ways to get water to properties and fire hydrants.

Proponents of the project say a water system could spark more economic development and help with the local tax burden. The Planning Commission had included a section about exploring its potential in the updated town plan, which was approved last year.

"The vote is only for feasibility, for an engineer company to tell us whether it's even feasible," Select Board Chairman Paul Fraser previously told the Reformer. "We're just talking about drinking water now. Wastewater is a whole other consideration."

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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