April 26, 2017

Town seeks public works proposals


Observer staff report

July 11, 2013

After the Selectboard in June opted to postpone closing on a parcel of land off Oak Hill Road for a new public works facility, the town is asking for other location ideas.

Town Manager Rick McGuire told the Observer on Wednesday morning that he met recently with the Public Works Facility Task Force. The task force decided to issue a request for proposals, asking property owners and real estate agents to propose properties for the public works facility.

Residents in March approved a $5.9 million bond for a new public works facility. After the town announced plans to purchase a parcel on Oak Hill Road in May, a group of residents—many of them from the neighboring Partridge Hill Road—expressed concern with the environmental and cultural impacts of the location. A group, “Right Place Williston: Keep Oak Hill Rural!,” has started a petition online, so far reaching 110 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

McGuire said the task force will use the same criteria for judging sites as it has throughout the process, but noted that, “no site will meet 100 percent of the criteria.” The criteria will be included on the formal request for proposals.

McGuire said he hopes to get all the proposals in by early August, then begin the review process.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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