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Stormwater meeting taking place June 1

May 26, 2011

By Adam White
Observer staff

Town officials are seeking residents’ help in identifying problem areas for stormwater in Williston.

An open meeting will be held in the Town Hall meeting room on June 1 at 6:30 p.m to collect information to help assist with Williston’s Town-wide Stormwater Master Plan. Environmental planner Jessica Andreoletti said that input from residents is crucial to evaluating problem areas and formulating solutions for protecting area rivers and other waterways.

“The only way to improve the quality of our rivers is to work as a community,” Andreoletti said. “In a situation like this, everybody is the government. It’s something that we can’t do without the town’s input.”

The meeting – part of Phase II of the Master Plan, identifying stormwater problem areas – is aimed at identifying places where runoff and seepage could potentially reach waterways. Andreoletti said that she will likely “give the first example” by describing an eroded portion of the parking lot directly to the west of the Town Hall Annex, through which dirt and sediment from the adjacent armory lot is carried into a nearby catchbasin that empties directly into the Allen Brook.

Andreoletti said that subsequent input from townspeople about other problem areas will help “fill in the blanks” for town officials who simply don’t have the time or manpower to personally explore every inch of Williston.

“Input from people in town will be a big help to us, because we have enough problems focusing on town-owned infrastructure and caring for its problems,” Andreoletti said. “We need to manage our stormwater, too.”

Federal attention

Stormwater issues were also the focus when a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency visited Williston late last week. Public works engineering technician Lisa Sheltra said that FEMA officials were in the area on Thursday and Friday to conduct a preliminary damage assessment of private homes impacted by recent flooding.

“They had a list of people who had concerns relating to flooding, and they went to those areas to ask questions about the damage,” Sheltra said.

Ray Doherty, state hazard mitigation officer for Vermont Emergency Management, said that the assessment was part of a statewide effort to “determine if Vermont would be eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance grants for private homeowners.”

Sheltra said that FEMA had previously conducted an investigation into municipal flood damage, and that the organization is “still investigating” both facets of the issue.


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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