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Structures grant received

PUTNEY—PUTNEY — Putney recently received a $175,000 Structures Grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) to replace a box culvert on Hickory Ridge Road.

At the May 20 regular Selectboard meeting, Town Manager Cynthia Stoddard announced the grant. Replacing the box culvert “ended up being a $200,000 project,” Stoddard said, but noted, “Putney was awarded the maximum grant of $175,000."

This project is part of Putney’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.

“The problem is on the north side of the road — all but about 10 feet of the pipe has come off the footing creating a void behind the pipe and a big hole in the middle of the road. There are also two sections of the road where the brook comes very close, which typically has to be patched up once or twice a year,” according to the plan.

According to Putney’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, because the current box culvert is inadequate, Hickory Ridge Road “experience[s] flash flooding which prevents people traveling down [the road], and more importantly prevents emergency access and people getting to and from their homes."

Lister appointed

PUTNEY — At the May 20 Putney regular Selectboard meeting, the board appointed Jonathon Johnson to serve as one of the town’s Listers.

As the Vermont Listers’ Handbook says, “The overarching responsibility of the lister is assessment equity...to determine everyone’s fair basis for taxation.”

Johnson joins Kathleen O’Reilly-Lawrence and Christopher Landin as Town Listers.

“It’ll be great to have a full board again,” said O’Reilly-Lawrence.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #308 (Wednesday, June 3, 2015). This story appeared on page C1.

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