Brandon OKs $1.4 million loan to advance project


BRANDON — A $1.4 million loan from the state Revolving Loan program was approved by the Brandon selectboard Monday night that will fund construction on Park Street that is estimated to begin in April.

“We take out the loan and then at the end we will find out how much of the loan will be forgiven,” Town Manager Dave Atherton explained.

The project will replace the old 12-inch water line with a new 16-inch water line and put in a completely new sewer line replacing the 90-year-old sewer line currently in place. It will also put in new water service lines, re-grade the road, and add 10 bio-swales along the road to reduce peak runoff and prevent nutrient loading.

The work will all be done within the current curb-to-curb width to maintain the historic hitching posts, greenswards, and stepping blocks that are currently in place along the street.

This is the third and final step, after feasibility and planning and final design, before construction can begin this spring.


In other action at a short board meeting, Devon Fuller was recognized for eight years of service as he took part in his last selectboard meeting on Monday night. Fuller will not seek re-election this year, choosing instead to dedicate more time to the Downtown Brandon Alliance.

“It’s been an interesting seven years,” Atherton said to Fuller. “We talked about a lot of interesting things when we started this. We’ve gotten a lot of them done.”

“It’s one of the reasons I feel so comfortable leaving,” Fuller said. “The town is in very capable hands.”

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