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***BURN BAN IN GRANVILLE*** THE RECENT DRY SPELL ACROSS VERMONT HAS ALLOWED FINE FUELS BELOW 2000 FEET TO BECOME VERY DRY ACCORDING TO THE VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF FOREST, PARKS, AND RECREATION. THIS COMBINED WITH DEVELOPING BREEZY SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH, AND MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES BETWEEN
28 AND 38 PERCENT, WILL INCREASE FIRE CONCERNS MONDAY. THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL BE THE LOWEST AND WINDS THE STRONGEST BETWEEN NOON AND 4 PM MONDAY.

AREAS OF DRY FINE FUELS EXIST ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE STATE. GIVEN THE EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS, ANY FIRES THAT DO OCCUR COULD SPREAD QUICKLY, BURN INTENSELY, AND BE DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN.

NO BURN PERMITS ARE BEING ISSUED AT THIS TIME.

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FEMA  ALTERNATE PROJECTS

December 2013 to January 2015

UPDATE #1

This is the first installment of Alternate Project Updates.  This report, and those to follow, are intended to

keep residents and taxpayers of Granville informed about current activities – both financial and actual

on-ground work.  Planning and completion of the six Alternate Projects is a very large undertaking for

the town, and most residents will be affected in some way as improvements are made to town roads and

trails, and replacement fire and rescue vehicles are purchased.  Approximately $667,000 will be spent on

Alternate Projects, with 90% funding from FEMA and the rest from the State of Vermont, once all

invoices are audited and approved.  Funds for Alternate Projects are available in lieu of funds which

would have been available (but grossly insufficient) to repair flood damage on Buffalo Farm Road.  The

town expects to complete all activities and close the books by December 31, 2016.

These Updates will appear on the town’s website and will be available at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Updates begin with the town’s application for Alternate Projects under the Sandy Recovery Improvement

Act.  The date of each Update will be random, depending on activities underway.  Questions may be

directed to the Granville Selectboard, Road Commissioner, or FEMA Coordinator.

Granville formally applies for approval of six Alternate Projects to be done within a budget of $667,692.

Expectation (at the time of application) was that approval would be granted by spring 2014, which would

have allowed two construction seasons to complete all projects prior to a due date of September 1, 2015.

December 16, 2013

1. Buffalo Farm Road Closure Barriers $20,338

2. Butz Road Improvements $350,540

3. Fire & Rescue Replacement Vehicles $140,000

4. West Hill Road Improvements $21,000

5. West Hill Road Extension Road Improvements $99,241

6. Recreational Trail System $12,240

These costs are estimates and do not total the amount to be made available.

May 19, 2013

Granville is asked to re-apply for Alternate Projects since there has been a change in forms and in the

identification number – PW#3369.  Re-application made and accepted by FEMA.

December 8, 2014

Vermont Emergency Management notifies the Town of Granville that FEMA has approved all Alternate

Projects with a maximum budget of $667,692.  Any expenditure beyond the limit will be entirely

December 16, 2014

The Town of Granville makes an urgent request in writing to extend the completion date from

September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.  An entire construction season has been lost from the date of

application to the date of approval.

January 5, 2015

Selectboard awards a contract to Chase & Chase Surveyors of Barre for a complete survey of the Butz

Road ($29,000) and a survey for that portion (0.4 miles) of West Hill Extension to be improved ($8100).

The hope was that winter conditions would permit an early start on the surveys, but it wasn’t to be, and

surveying is expected to start in May 2015.

January 26, 2015

Granville receives $450,692 in advance funds from FEMA for Alternate Projects.  This amount

represents 75% of the total financing FEMA has promised.  The remainder will not be received until all

projects are completed and approved.  To bridge this financial gap, the Town Treasurer has secured a

$220,000 Line of Credit with Mascoma Bank.

——  End Update #1  ——

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Thank you to everyone for all your efforts in beautifying our town!

Feel free to keep the spirit alive and continue to hit areas that you may see!

Look for photos of the event here on our website!

Thank you as well to the Moss Glenn Grange for sponsoring this again!