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The North Hero – Grand Isle draw bridge has been experiencing mechanical issues lately this summer. As a result the draw bridge for the remainder of the season will open Monday through Thursday 9am, Noon, 3pm, Fridays 9am, Noon, 3pm and 6pm and on weekends 8am, 10am, Noon, 3pm and 6pm

The Agency of Transportation this winter will work on the draw bridge to replace the engine and work on the manual operations to open and close the bridge. A major repair of the draw bridge is expected in 2017.

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Grand Isle Residents,

We on the Selectboard would like to give an update regarding questions and concerns that have arisen regarding the condition of the town’s municipal buildings and the future of the fire station project. As many of you already know the Gordon Site location was unable to come to fruition due to budget issues. While the building was scaled back drastically, site improvements and building costs put the project hundreds of thousands of dollars over budget. The next location was the Gravel Pit sit. Unfortunately, this location consists of wetlands that were filled in years ago. The mitigation aspect of this matter is still ongoing with engineers and the Agency of Natural Resources to solve the issue.  Therefore, this building site is also unsuitable.

The Selectboard has been looking at other locations for municipal buildings to be constructed in order to ensure room for the town to grow into the future, while keeping its building’s centrally located. The decision is to pursue the Poratti Property.( formerly known as the Poquette property) This parcel of land is the roughly 4.8 acres that surrounds the area the town currently occupies with its town office, fire station and garage. The Town has entered into a $5,000 non-refundable option agreement of this parcel which guarantees the land will not be sold for 1 year to any other buyer except the Town of Grand Isle. In this time the Town has full access to the land to do site surveys and architectural design work. The goal is to have a design in place and present the option to purchase this land for $109,900 to the voters in November. The plan currently is to phase in buildings over time with the fire station being the first constructed on the property. The intent is to open up discussion with the town’s various departments and boards as well as the community to better assess our needs as a community. The goal is for the Town of Grand Isle’s buildings to serve the needs of the town today and into the future. While keeping expectations realistic, practical, and cost-effective

This project is one that will be heavily researched to ensure all questions have an answer and that the process is open for all community members to participate in and be informed of during the entire process. The project will work in close collaboration with the Planning Commission’s Capital Budget Plan to ensure all funding for these projects are spread out.

The Grand Isle Selectboard meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm at the Town Office. Our next meeting is July 20th.

Sincerely,

The Grand Isle Selectboard

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LISTERS ANNOUNCE FILING OF THE
GRAND LIST AND GRIEVANCE HEARINGS

Pursuant to Title 32, Vermont Statutes Annotated, Section 4111(g),
“A person who feels aggrieved by the action of the Listers and desires to be heard by them, shall, on or before the day of the grievance meeting, file with them his/her objections in writing and may appear at such grievance meeting in person or by his/her agent or attorney. Upon the hearing of such grievance the parties thereto may submit such documentary or sworn evidence as shall be pertinent thereto.”

The Grand Isle Listers will hold Grievance Hearings on the 2015-2016 Grand List starting on June 22nd, by appointment only, starting a 9:00 am. A letter of grievance must be submitted to the Listers Office by June 18, 2015.

Please contact the Lister’s Office to schedule an appointment (802-372-5233) or grandilselisters@gmail.com.