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.
The Grand Isle Selectboard