1. $16,400,000 from the Sewer Fund for improvements to the Water Resource Recovery Facility (known by many as the Sewer Treatment Plant).
2. $7,200,000 for East State Street ($4,000,000 from the General Fund, $3,200,000 from Water/Sewer Funds).Project includes complete reconstruction of East State Street from Main Street to College Street. New water and sewer lines will be installed underground. A rebuilt road base and surface as well as improved sidewalks will be installed above. A sewer overflow (CSO) issue will be corrected by installation of a new stormwater outfall. The Blanchard parking lot behind the Fire Station will also be improved. This project will also correct the periodic odor problem at the East State and Main intersection. Funding for the project is aided by a $1,420,000 ARPA grant.
3. $1,815,000 from the General Fund for a group of infrastructure projects.These projects have been in various planning and design phases in recent years. They include:
- $600,000 for Confluence Park. This money will match grant and private funds for construction of the long-planned park next to the bike path and Transit Center at the confluence of the Winooski and North Branch rivers.
- $550,000 for the Main Street and Barre Street Intersection. As per the approved Main Street Corridor Plan, a new traffic light will be installed along with physical alterations. This new “smart” signal light will be coordinated with traffic lights at the Main/Northfield and Main/State systems to better manage traffic flow.
- $250,000 for Street Lighting upgrades. Downtown street lights will be converted to LED lighting. This has the double benefit of reducing energy use and electrical costs while improving lighting quality. The city’s current street lights have passed their useful life and have regular failures. The new lights are projected to pay for themselves with energy savings over the life of the bond.
- $250,000 for a Pellet Heating System at the DPW Garage. This was identified as the top priority building improvement project in the city’s Net Zero Energy plan. It will replace the oil-fueled heating system with a wood pellet system.
- $165,000 for Marvin Street Slope Repair. There is a significant slope failure on Marvin Street which is putting the roadway at risk.