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Stormwater permits to be a coming issue at Town Hall

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By Mal Boright 

Observer correspondent

November 21st, 2013

During a discussion of a looming flow restoration plan Monday night, the Williston Selectboard sounded a warning for those homeowner associations and landowners with expired stormwater permits.

The flow restoration plan to be completed by Oct. 1, 2016 will also require updated permits.

“This is a hot topic right now that we have to get nailed down,” said Selectboard member Christopher Roy, adding that “we are ready to reach out to the homeowners associations so they can get their clocks started.”

Town Manager Rick McGuire estimated that there are some 13 neighborhoods that could be affected by requiring permits to be up to standard.

It was also stated that, while the state has been talking about the permits for many years but putting forth few specifics, homeowners and associations have, as a result, been hearing “mostly white noise.”

Roy said in many associations, the presidents and maybe one board member might have an idea of what is coming, but most homeowners will be saying, “What’s this?”

Public Works Director Bruce Hoar will be bringing more specific information to the board.

“This is not some wacky idea we came up with,” said Roy. “We have no choice.”

The board appeared to be willing to take the responsibility for bringing permits to standard rather than leaving it to the state.

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